In “Colorism in Black and White,” my brand new MOOD SWINGS column for the venerable BALTIMOREOUTLOUD, I explore the ignominious origins and roots of colorism, an insidious form of racism/discrimination many Caucasians continue to wage against people of color–particularly African-Americans. Born during the advent of slavery, colorism is the practice of using the differences in complexions to pit one group of oppressed people of color against another–a strategy of “divide and conquer.” It was an effective “skin tone scheme” that the slaves had to adopt in order to survive.
I also delve into how, unfortunately, victims us this malicious and demoralizing practice–which can have devastating ramifications. To read “Colorism in Black and White” in its entirety, visit: www.baltimoreoutloud.com/thinking-outloud/mood-swings/item/2518-colorism-in-“black-and-white“
“’Dang’ man! You look damn good for your age!”
That soared out of the mouth of this rather attractive twentysomething guy at a recent function. You see, he thought I was in my early forties; actually, I’m older. (And yo! Don’t even ask me by exactly how much—‘cause I ain’t gonna tell ya! LOL.)
After that comment, if he thought he had any chance with me, he was dead wrong.
Dating can be full of potholes and minefields; but the experience can be even more daunting for those single gay/SGL (Same Gender Loving) men who are 40 and up. In my newest Mood Swings column for BaltimoreOUTloud entitled, “Make Being a ‘Little Long in the Tooth’ Work for You,” I consult a respected certified love/relationship coach to find out how we“Men of a Certain Age” can win at the “Dating Game!” Visit: www.baltimoreoutloud.com/thinking-outloud/mood-swings/item/2455-make-being-a-little-long-in-the-tooth-work-for-you
“Sex in Prison,” my new MOOD SWINGS Column in the venerable BALTIMOREOUTLOUD, has just been published! I discuss how the common occurrence of sex in prison poses significant challenges for HIV prevention and treatment. This is deep, Y’all. Visit: http://www.baltimoreoutloud.com/thinking-outloud/mood-swings/item/2356-sex-in-prison
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~Wyatt O’Brian Evans