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12 07, 2020

HartStrings – Before The Rainbow

By |2020-08-21T02:09:19-04:00July 12th, 2020|Categories: guest|Tags: , |2 Comments

"Before The Rainbow"  Guest Writer: Bishop Hartsel Clifton Shirley            Drag queens, female impersonators, transgenders.  We’re very familiar with the terms, even if we don’t personally know someone who is. Throughout American history, these individuals have been taboo, underappreciated--and rejected. In Black America, these persons were “worse than freaks, were abnormal, and the dregs of society.” Therefore, imagine how [...]

8 07, 2020

Want Your “HartStrings” Tugged?

By |2020-07-08T10:55:57-04:00July 8th, 2020|Categories: Events, news|Tags: |0 Comments

     In that case, have no fear!  WYATTEVANS.COM is on the case.      Please welcome Bishop Hartsel Clifton Shirley to the WYATTEVANS.COM Fam of Writers!  As the popular news, features, and entertainment website’s newest Guest Columnist, Bishop Shirley will delight in tugging your heartstrings by providing insight, analysis…and emotion.       Currently residing in Atlanta, Mr. Shirley is a bishop of National and [...]

1 07, 2020

Doin’ It On the Regular

By |2020-07-01T10:55:41-04:00July 1st, 2020|Categories: blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

     If you’re HIV-poz, what’s essential to achieving viral suppression?      The answer:  adherence to antiretroviral (ARV) therapy.  This faithfulness and fidelity about taking your HIV meds on the regular put you on the righteous road toward becoming undetectable.  And that, my friends, is the ultimate destination—to NOT transmit the virus to your sexual partners.      Unfortunately, however, social factors are undermining [...]

28 06, 2020

Old School New Kid 13 – MARK MY WORDS, YOU NEVER KNOW, NEVER GIVE UP

By |2020-06-28T10:00:06-04:00June 28th, 2020|Categories: guest|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

"MARK MY WORDS, YOU NEVER KNOW, NEVER GIVE UP"  Guest Writer: W.D. Foster-Graham                     Besides the COVID-19 pandemic (which, paradoxically, has given our planet a chance to breathe), there is another pandemic that is front and center at this time, though it has been around far longer: systemic racism. Indeed, George Floyd's murder has sparked a revolution around the [...]

21 06, 2020

Honey, Let Me Tell You Something! 20

By |2020-08-21T03:06:43-04:00June 21st, 2020|Categories: guest|Tags: , , |5 Comments

“Pardon Me” Guest Writer: R. L. Norman       As I sit here, I swear I can feel the walls closing in on me. I don’t know how much more I can take of this “quarantine thing.”  But they say, “It’s for my own good.”  I’m not so sure about that:  I’d rather be with my family and friends during this time.  I [...]

17 05, 2020

Old School New Kid 12

By |2020-05-17T09:55:42-04:00May 17th, 2020|Categories: guest|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

"Second Home"  Guest Writer: W.D. Foster-Graham                 Indeed, COVID-19 has brought about drastic changes in our lives. My state has a shelter-in-place order at this time, and all that goes with it. People overall have been good about compliance here; I must admit it’s weird driving on freeways with hardly any traffic, but I will take it for what it’s [...]

25 04, 2020

Honey, Let Me Tell You Something! 19

By |2020-04-25T09:55:52-04:00April 25th, 2020|Categories: guest|Tags: , , |6 Comments

“Jump!” Guest Writer: R. L. Norman             I was frozen with shock. I couldn’t move. My mind was racing with so many thoughts.      “I can’t believe he did that. I can’t believe we did that. Right here in the alley between two buildings. Anyone could have walked upon us.”      At twelve years old, I thought about [...]

19 04, 2020

Old School New Kid 11

By |2020-04-19T10:55:56-04:00April 19th, 2020|Categories: guest|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

"Never Give Up!"  Guest Writer: W.D. Foster-Graham            Summer will be here before I know it, and with it the release of Never Give Up: A Christopher Family Novel. True, it is a historical fiction/whodunit, as I have mentioned in my previous columns. However, the story does have elements of romance, which include the LGBT members of the Berry family. [...]

8 04, 2020

The IPV/A Chronicles, Part Eight: IN CLOSE QUARTERS

By |2020-04-08T10:55:01-04:00April 8th, 2020|Categories: blog, ipva|Tags: , , |0 Comments

I have made it my ongoing--and fervent--mission to continue to shine a bright light on a certain demoralizing, insidious and horrific cycle of behavior that continues to be a growing concern within the LGBTQ Community. This is Part Eight of an ongoing series that will address this potentially life-threatening cycle of abuse.       COVID-19. The coronavirus. The Plague of the 21st [...]

15 03, 2020

Old School New Kid 10

By |2020-03-15T11:00:48-04:00March 15th, 2020|Categories: guest|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

"Blue Lights in the Basement"  Guest Writer: W.D. Foster-Graham            For those of us brothas of a certain age, “Blue Lights in the Basement” was the title of an album by Roberta Flack. When I think of that phrase, I think of a place and mood that took place despite the challenges. Hence, I consider this installment more as a [...]

1 03, 2020

Honey, Let Me Tell You Something! 18

By |2020-03-01T09:55:36-05:00March 1st, 2020|Categories: guest|Tags: , , |0 Comments

“Man In The Mirror” Guest Writer: R. L. Norman               I’m so jazzed and proud that author, performer, and podcast host Mr.  R. L. Norman has returned to WYATTEVANS.COM!  So Y’all, get ready for more of R. L.’s topical, scintillating and thought-provoking prose!   And his new novel, “Honey, I Can’t Stand the Rain: The Story of Survival,” drops in April.       Ready?  Aight…let’s do it to it!       "Can I buy you a drink?” the guy [...]

23 02, 2020

Vong Show: More Than Just a Showman

By |2020-02-23T11:54:37-05:00February 23rd, 2020|Categories: blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

     I’ve got mad respect for Vong Show! Hailing from Canada, he’s an Asian stand-up comic whose star is shining quite brightly.      An integral stop on my eclectic journey as a talent makes me say that about Mr. Show. Allow me to explain.      Back in the day—the ‘90s to be exact—I, myself, was a stand-up. As mostly [...]

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