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9 08, 2020

HartStrings 2

By |2020-08-19T23:30:51-04:00August 9th, 2020|Categories: guest|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

"Return of the Arc"  Guest Writer: Bishop Hartsel Clifton Shirley   The much-anticipated return of Noah’s Arc came and tantalized us just as the series did for two seasons on Logotv.  This time with much more freedom and creative control, Patrik-Ian Polk--the groundbreaking program’s creator, writer, producer, and director--returned to whet our appetites with Noah’s Arc: The ‘Rona Chronicles. The ‘Rona Chronicles, [...]

5 08, 2020

Ready or Not…”Hear” I Come!

By |2020-08-05T09:55:10-04:00August 5th, 2020|Categories: Events, news|Tags: , |0 Comments

     Breaking News:  the relaunch of my radio show hits the airwaves this OCTOBER!       Like WYATT’S MAN CAVE (WMC), the previous incarnation, the new program explores and dissects controversial issues—including relationship and wellness—that impact the LGBTQ Community and its allies.  As well, diverse, distinguished, and compelling guests weigh in.          In the meantime, let’s do a rewind of the debut eppy of WMC!  The special guest is MR. R  [...]

29 07, 2020

Chris Dickerson: Profile in (Fierce) Courage, Part Two

By |2020-08-21T02:38:31-04:00July 29th, 2020|Categories: blog|Tags: , |3 Comments

     “What a man, what a man, what a man…What a mighty good man…”—“Whatta Man,” by Salt-n-Pepa with En Vogue.     A while back, I penned an article about one of my early idols, Chris Dickerson, a Mr.Olympia.  Becoming the first African-American, oldest, and openly-gay/SGL (same-gender-loving) Mr. Olympia, Chris truly was a trailblazer.       Unfortunately, in early March, the icon fell at [...]

26 07, 2020

Old School New Kid 14

By |2020-08-21T02:49:34-04:00July 26th, 2020|Categories: guest|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

"Flirting With 70"  Guest Writer: W.D. Foster-Graham                Yes, I said it. I haven’t consummated it yet, but I am in the flirting zone with 70.      That was such an alien concept to my 21-year-old brain in the early 1970s, somewhere in the future far, far away, off in my grandmother’s territory. And to be gay and [...]

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. [...]

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