15 11, 2020

One Helluva (Perversely) Rich Tradition

By |2020-11-14T11:04:45-05:00November 15th, 2020|Categories: blog|0 Comments

It is one of the most sordid and shocking chapters that has ripped through U.S.  history. As a result, it’s hush-hush.  Unspoken.  Not talked about. Sooty and soiled, it’s secreted way back in the dark corners of the closet of American history. And the entrenched unwillingness to acknowledge it has resulted in a paucity of research.   This period of depravity is shrouded [...]

29 09, 2020

Revitalize and Fortify Your Soul!

By |2020-09-29T10:00:09-04:00September 29th, 2020|Categories: blog|2 Comments

     COVID-19.  The Pandemic. The Coronavirus. Or simply, ‘Rona.       Whatever you choose to call it, this societal scourge is wreaking havoc in so many innumerable ways.  According to the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), “The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic recession have negatively affected many people’s mental health and created new barriers for people already suffering from mental illness and substance [...]

23 08, 2020

It’s Time to “Never Give Up!”

By |2020-08-23T10:00:58-04:00August 23rd, 2020|Categories: blog|0 Comments

EXCLUSIVE! is proud to present the first in-depth interview with author and columnist Mr. W.D. Foster-Graham!  Recognized by the International Society of Poets as one of its “Best Poets of 2003,” W.D. also is an original member of the multi-Grammy Award-winning ensemble, Sounds of Blackness.  Just last week, W.D. released his highly-anticipated new novel, Never Give Up.  Below is my conversation with [...]

15 08, 2020

The Poz-itive Brain

By |2020-08-15T09:55:52-04:00August 15th, 2020|Categories: blog|0 Comments

     Even when antiretroviral therapy is effective, individuals with HIV still sustain damage to the central nervous system—which includes the brain.  And unfortunately, detecting these changes early and reliably is far from an easy feat.      There’s good news, however.  Recently, a test was conducted that examines brain waves to evaluate just how well that organ processes sound.  This new study is [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

12 02, 2020

Black Gay History IS American History.

By |2020-02-12T11:00:38-05:00February 12th, 2020|Categories: blog|Tags: , |0 Comments

     It’s an indisputable and immutable fact:  Black Gay History IS American History.       February is designated as Black History Month.  In 1976, President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month calling upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”        Black History Month reminds us all that each and every American must shine a bright [...]

5 02, 2020

Perseverance, Thy Name is R. L. Norman

By |2020-02-05T10:55:53-05:00February 5th, 2020|Categories: blog, ipva|Tags: , , |12 Comments

     “You have to believe in yourself in order to succeed.  If you don't, no one else will.”       Sounds simple, eh?        Then, why is it that too many of us find it so difficult to do?      That’s the mantra of Mr. R. L. Norman, arguably the quintessential Renaissance man.  Mr. Norman is an African American entrepreneur, videographer, performer, columnist, internet host and author [...]

4 01, 2020

Fulfilling Your Wishes

By |2020-01-04T11:55:12-05:00January 4th, 2020|Categories: blog|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Wanna start off your New Year just right? Well, you can with “Wishes Fulfilled,” the popular book and seminar by Dr. Wayne Dyer. Sadly in 2015, this acclaimed motivational speaker and international best-selling author passed away. The salient message of “Wishes Fulfilled” is: a change in feeling (and thinking) is a change in (your) destiny. As I’ve been applying “Wishes Fulfilled” in [...]

1 01, 2020

Be Resolute About Your Resolutions!

By |2020-01-01T09:55:26-05:00January 1st, 2020|Categories: blog|Tags: |0 Comments

Lose weight and get fit! De-stress. Eat healthier and diet. Get out of debt and save money! Quit smoking. According to Time, these are five of the top 10 most commonly broken New Year’s resolutions. Soooooooo…have you complied your list of New Year’s resolutions yet? Before you do, allow yours truly to avail you of some pertinent, rather “innerestin’” facts! Fifty percent [...]

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