Or swan dive into an empty swimming pool. Whatever works, just spare us from having to deal with your racist bûllshıt.
Oh, just fiddling around at the office. 😊💝🎹 #CoverSongs #JekyllAndHyde #ChristianeNoll #FrankWildhorn #MusicTheatre #Falsetto #CounterTenor #ChurchGigs #BrooklynMusic #IndieMusic #PianoVocals #BlackandBrownBoys #AfroLatino #Colombian #QMOC #OnceUponADream #iloveMusicals #Broadway #BedStuy #indiemusic #BlackCatholics
I'm making it political because White people already have, so judge me if you want, I don't care. If this does turn out to be linked to a radical attacker falsely claiming Islam as their religion, then America and Europe have only themselves to blame. When allied powers actively work to demonize, destabilize, or exploit multiple peoples and sovereign nations in a particular region, you'd best believe this kind of reactionary response will be a result. And if this doesn't prove to be an extremist related incident, then White racists who swear Muslims are the problem are even more ignorant than the rest of us had previously thought. Either way, what happened in England this week is an unequivocal outcome of Supremacy, colonial Imperialist expansionism, and generations of unsolicited militarized aggression. I will continue to support and defend Muslims, who have consistently condemned this kind of violence from the beginning, and who have been on the front lines offering help and support to victims of these horrific events. If you don't believe me, I have PLENTY of receipts to back that up. Pray for the repose of these souls. No one deserves a tragedy. #dontdebatemeonthis
So, of course, in the midst of everything going on yesterday, added to the fact that my weekend was literally booked to the brim w/church gigs at 4 different locations, I did not get any pics of the Main Event, so to speak, hence why I am using an older shot that I captured when I first started working for St. Martin de Porres Parish several months ago. However, I did want to use this picture to take time and congratulate my musical comrade @rasaan_b, and our nearly 40-deep (!!!) Mass Choir on an inspiring, exemplary display of what music Ministry in a Black + Brown Catholic Community looks like in the heart of Bed Stuy, Brooklyn. The main event I'm speaking of was the official rededication of the beautifully restored Holy Rosary Church, presided over by Bishop Raymond Chappetto, Vicar General for the Diocese of Brooklyn. In addition to it being my first time being part of this kind of a liturgy, our guys gave that church a run for its money, musically speaking, presenting a program that spanned the gamut, from time-honored catholic hymnody, to contemporary Christian pieces, traditional Black Catholic service music, modern gospel, a number from a group of relatively new charismatic Catholics (who, as converted European Jews, took some of their musical traditions and transfer them into their worship), a new original setting of Psalm 66 from yours truly 😘, and a dash of liturgically appropriate musical theatre - thank you Lenny Bernstein 🙏. To say that this ensemble rose to the occasion would be wildly understated; you know you hit the mark when the Pastor had to work to hold back happy tears in order to get through his thank-yous and the congregation is on its feet to acknowledge the hard work of these focused, engaged singers. As for me? Well, I'm not sure if I was clear before, but it has been an absolute blast working w/this group of people - as I said to friends and family, this isn't work. It can't be when I'm having so much fun. Kudos to Fr. Alonzo Cox, Fr. Daniel Kingsley, and the staff/administration/volunteers who made yesterday afternoon a moment to remember, and here's hoping there'll be plenty more, as many as can be had in these days and times.
[Swipe Left | Swipe Left | Swipe Left] In September of 2016, Black indie auteur + activist Zack Linly wrote a piece for the Washington Post entitled, “It’s time to stop talking about racism with white people.” The quote I want to use from it ties into my thoughts. It says: “We don’t need them to “get it” for us to keep fighting.” I don’t know if Mr. Linly’s writings were what prompted me to take a similar stance, but they did materialize what I’d been feeling about the constant brick wall I was hitting w/my White friends/family re: racism, Supremacy, and institutional oppression. What I also know is that this then forced me to look inward, both personally and w/in the scope of my racially marginalized social networks, choosing to redirect my energy towards, amongst other things, navigating the divide between heterosexual, cisgender Black + Brown folks and my specific intersection (Queer + PoC). It’s a frustrating, but necessary, task, because, if for nothing else, it affects my life and livelihood. Because every day, misinformation like the comments I copy-pasted here allow the space for Non-Cisgender, Non-Heterosexual Black + Brown people to become victims of every form of discriminatory, bigoted violence, simply for being who they are. Like Zack Linly’s stance on Whiteness, it is never my job as a Queer Man of Color to educate straight people on their ignorance, especially the wildly ignorant [and dangerous] notion that Queerness is a “choice.” Worse yet, the idea that same-sex rape is a precursor to emasculinization or “turning” Straight men Gay. However, with respect to Mallence Bart-Williams - who is doing good work for the children of Sierra Leone - I cannot call myself socially conscious or committed to my community if I don’t call out this kind of intellectual dishonesty when I see it, especially when the person sharing it has the potential to make groundbreaking strides with her work as it pertains to African liberation. To my cishetero Black + Brown people, there is no middle ground here: educate yourself and do better, for the sake of your tribes. Queer People of Color have had your back from the beginning. It’s time you did the same.
#AlmaMater | Happy to report that the Vocal Department of #LaGuardiaHS is alive and kicking. As 2017 is the 15th Year since I left the crazy halls of that unbelievable place, I was also reaffirmed in my belief that there are no coincidences, since a member of the choir at St. Martin de Porres parish is a graduating senior from LaG. She invited me to their Spring Musicales festival, where I got to witness, amongst the other performance groups, a Women's Choir that totally blew me away. Grace, poise, timbre, tone, everything came together to make for a sublime program that included Monteverdi, Schubert, Paul Simon, and selections from Waitress: The Musical. Kudos to Dept. Chairperson Bernice Fleischer (yes, she's still there, for those who know 😁) on finding a directorial gem in Ms. Jana Ballard, and congratulations to all the beautiful women who topped the night off with some awesome singing!
*NSFW* Substitute corny for the P word and he's very close to nailing it. But basically this. Cause sometimes cishet Black men need to literally hear it coming from a voice like this. Good morning. @mouse_Jones ladies and gentlemen. #GMOC #GayMenOfColor #BlackLivesMatter #AfroLatino #Latinx #blacktranslivesmatter #BlackAndBrownBoys
To mine, and to all of yours. Thank You.
#Justise4All #joinfdny | Following the formidable challenges brought forth via legal proceedings on behalf of the #FDNY's #vulcansociety several years ago, the Department has been working hard to find and recruit new Fire Officers from New York City's Black and Brown communities. While this effort does not come without its difficulties, as the son of a retired FDNY Captain, I can proudly say that being a member of this brave institution is truly an amazing opportunity that anyone looking for a fulfilling position in civil service should not pass up. As of this week, the filing deadline for the next exam has been extended to Wednesday, May 17th. For those wondering, yes, the job comes with full benefits, paid leave, and one of the city's most secure pension plans for retirees. But besides this, if you identify as a Person of Color in #NYC, meet the Department's requirements, and are looking for ways to help your community while supporting yourself or your family, this is a surefire way to do that. I will leave the link to the online filing form in my bio til the deadline date, but for those not using the IG app, you can click or copy-paste the following: http://on.nyc.gov/2nJQ2mU Best of luck to all applicants!