“ALL THE WOMEN ARE WHITE, ALL THE BLACKS ARE MEN, BUT SOME OF US ARE BRAVE”: ON THE LEGACY OF BLACK WOMEN ENTERTAINERS (My latest column at Bookslut)

"Sometimes we'd make a six-hundred-mile jump and stop only once," Billie Holiday wrote in her autobiography Lady Sings the Blues (1956) about touring in the Jim Crow South. "Then it would be a place where I couldn't get served, let alone crash the toilet without causing a scene. At first I used to be ashamed. …

HOW TO BE LOST: SEX (RACE, CLASS, AND GENDER) IN THE CITY OF LIGHT: My March Column at Bookslut

After graduating from college, I headed to Paris to study contemporary French philosophy -- Lacan, Derrida, Foucault, Deleuze -- and semiotics with Julia Kristeva. I spent most evenings contemplating the meaning of life while drinking Scotch in a gay bar in the Marais. I lived in a series of chambres de bonne with a Turkish …