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25 07, 2021

Old School New Kid 24

By |2021-07-19T07:13:17-04:00July 25th, 2021|Categories: guest, Uncategorized|0 Comments

“To Thine Own Self” Guest Writer: W.D. Foster-Graham    June 2021 was certainly a big month in this household. Juneteenth is now a federal holiday. Father’s Day has special meaning for me. My husband and I celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary. And on a local level, I and another LGBT congregant had the honor of speaking at our [...]

11 07, 2021

HartStrings 10

By |2021-07-08T03:44:00-04:00July 11th, 2021|Categories: guest|0 Comments

Now and then, a talent graces the world with its appearance. It’s like a shooting star! And those who catch a glimpse are forever changed. This was the life of Franklyn Vincent Ellison Seales. Born on July 15, 1952, he was the fifth child of eight to Francis Seales, a government employee and [...]

20 06, 2021

Old School New Kid 23

By |2021-07-19T06:36:53-04:00June 20th, 2021|Categories: guest|0 Comments

“It Never Stops” Yes, June is Pride Month, in commemoration of the Stonewall riots that took place on June 27, 1969, and lasted three days. It was a time when LGBT folks said, “Enough,” and fought back against the police harassment that was a common practice for far too long. And leading the pack of social resistance [...]

30 05, 2021

Old School New Kid 22

By |2021-07-19T06:34:24-04:00May 30th, 2021|Categories: guest, Uncategorized|1 Comment

“Speaking in Retrospect” Recently on my Twitter feed, I was invited to do a “Quote Retweet,” attaching a black-and-white photo myself. I had to dig deep to find one; it is included in this post. From time to time, I have been asked variations of the following question: “If you could tell your younger self anything, what would [...]

23 05, 2021

HartStrings 9

By |2021-07-06T11:23:52-04:00May 23rd, 2021|Categories: guest, Uncategorized|0 Comments

“America’s Only Male Torch Singer” Guest Writer: Bishop Hartsel Clifton Shirley A torch song is a sentimental love song, typically one in which the singer laments an unrequited or lost love--either where one party is oblivious to the existence of the other, where one party has moved on, or where a romantic affair has affected the relationship.  The term [...]

25 04, 2021

Old School New Kid 21

By |2021-07-19T06:32:23-04:00April 25th, 2021|Categories: guest|0 Comments

“It’s Never Too Late” Spring is now in the air, and I am excited to have my first male/male romance novel, The Right to Be: A Christopher Family Novel, launched. As with the previous five novels in the series, it will be available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. For those who have been following my Old School [...]

18 04, 2021

HartStrings 8

By |2021-04-18T13:48:51-04:00April 18th, 2021|Categories: guest|1 Comment

“The Unimaginable” Guest Writer: Bishop Hartsel Clifton Shirley Emile Alphonse Griffith was born February 3, 1938, in St. Thomas, the U.S. Virgin Islands. In his teenage years, Griffith worked at a hat factory. On one particularly steamy day, the owner allowed him to work shirtless. That owner, a former amateur boxer, noticed Emile’s promising physique and took the [...]

21 03, 2021

Old School New Kid 20

By |2021-03-16T18:24:10-04:00March 21st, 2021|Categories: guest|1 Comment

“Believe in Dreams” Guest Writer: W.D. Foster-Graham    Thank you, Wyatt, for the wonderful opportunity you have given me to be one of your guest columnists. Not only is this my 20th post with you, but it is also my second anniversary in that capacity. Indeed, February 2019 marked my debut as the Old School New Kid. As such, [...]

14 03, 2021

HartStrings 7

By |2021-03-11T23:42:43-05:00March 14th, 2021|Categories: guest, Uncategorized|2 Comments

“Pretty Baby” Guest Writer: Bishop Hartsel Clifton Shirley Throughout the Great Migration (1916-1970), roughly seven million Blacks from the southern United States traveled to the North, Midwest, and West to escape racism, seek work in manufacturing cities, and obtain better educational opportunities. Bronzeville, an area of Chicago near Hyde Park, attracted a Black gay population—which snowballed. The relative sexual [...]

7 02, 2021

Old School New Kid 19

By |2021-02-04T15:01:04-05:00February 7th, 2021|Categories: guest|0 Comments

“Didn’t You Know” Guest Writer: W.D. Foster-Graham    My brothas and sistahs, it has been a pleasure to see The Right To Be: A Christopher Family Novel (my first full male-male romance novel) come to fruition. Then again, when you’re doing something you love doing, it’s not work. Following your passion surely has its rewards; since my last column, [...]

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