Editorials

Craig Washington: Scars to heal

They were dog tired that night arriving home after working the third shift at the warehouse. They laid their spent bodies down on the mattress in Anthony’s mother’s living room as they had done many times befor...

Darian Aaron: An abominable truth

“But the sacred constructions of silence are futile exercises in denial. We will not go away with our issues of sexuality. We are coming home.” —Essex HemphillCan we talk? Good. This conversation couldn’t c...

Darian Aaron: In 2016, resolve to be less racist

I’m outspoken, but not as much as people believe. To be honest, I’m much more comfortable expressing myself through the written word than I am in situations where people have certain expectations about who I am...

Health Alert: Why I wiped HIV off my face

Some years ago, I told someone that I was HIV positive before I agreed to his invitation for a date. “Yeah, I know,” he casually replied, and then he looked a little embarrassed, as if he shouldn’t have said it...

Terrance Dean: World AIDS Day is every day

My strong and God-fearing grandmother wrapped her weary arms around me, held me close, and cried, “Your mother has AIDS, and your newborn baby brother has the HIV virus.” I remember the room spinning and I beca...