Literature and the crafty use of the english language was my very first love. As a young child I remember being so fascinated with the art of narration and story-telling. It was the story of the ghost, who cried “bloody finger” that first captivated me. Throughout the spooky story I was afraid, but that feeling was met with a comically relieving conclusion, as the author jokingly told the ghost to go “get a bandaid” and be quiet. Then again in middle school, I read Max Ehrmann’s “Desiderata” for the first time and fell in love with poetry. …


I’ve heard it said, that the worst thing that can result from this 2020 pandemic, is if we come out of it unchanged. That is why I am so worried that we seem to be repeating the same mistakes of 2016, that lead us into the egregious leadership we exist under in the United States today. When Bernie Sanders announced the conclusion of his campaign for the Democratic candidacy on April 8th, I felt a sense of dying hope all over again. I know that it was not just me and my flame dying but also the passion of the…


Concluding these readings, I pray you feel compelled to effect change in yourself and the immediate world around you. I hope you’re ready to defend someone on the train that doesn’t look like you. I hope you’re triggered when you hear problematic remarks about vulnerable communities, and that you speak up to combat the voice of vitriol that threatens people’s real lived experiences. Regardless of if you’re in the locker-room, at the thanksgiving dinner table or at a bar, I hope you will be the voice for the voiceless and ally for someone who needs it.

Lions’ Den

In a…


White Fragility is Threatened by DEVIANT

Deviant is a circuit party curated for and by the celebration of queer people of color. Just as we are finished expending our energies convincing white folks that “black lives matter”, we are also through with trying to fit into the white and/or heteronormative social structures of the world. We are past apologizing for our differences and doing things “appropriate” to appease our black/ brown community. As a Deviant, our power exists in living our unfettered truth.

Deviant is wherein queer people of color may gather safely and freely. We flirt and dance and…


Allure Models is a mobile app and business model built upon the premise of restoring human dignity in the work-place. Most models are working class, young people who, rightfully so, expect and deserve working conditions that are safe from sexual harassment, discrimination and pay inequity. Models who experience these violations on the job typically have no way to report it. Allure Models is a mobile app that connects models and casting directors in a marketplace where both can be held accountable using our two-way, anonymous reporting system.

It’s important to curate a standard of reporting after each production. Many young…


It is one word and two syllables which hold varying degrees of importance to so many, different people. Utterance without explanation; This term proves itself complex and equally complicated for folks to understand. Context is everything. What it means is based on where it comes from and who’s using it. Pronunciation. Relationship to the persons hearing it and the tone in which it’s stated all play factors into how it is taken. This one word has multiple origins and meanings, which are entirely different. …


An Origin Story

“Am I dealing with a demon of homosexuality?” My dad, a black pastor, weighing in at about 220 pounds scolded me, when I was just 11 years old. I was a frail boy, weighing barely 100lbs, and I was terrified at this line of questioning, coming from a man of his stature. He’d just finished interrogating me in front of my mom in the basement, while pulling up all the “gay porn” tabs in the computer history. I was embarrassed in front of them both, and also angry watching my mom cry. She cried as though she…


“Jesus Is King” is the title of Kanye West’s provocative new album, and my friend and I have argued about his promotion of it all weekend. Much of the black community, myself included, was particularly disappointed in West’s support of the proven racist, sexist, transphobic and xenophobic, that is Donald Trump. Once upon a time, I idolized Kanye as a musical genius, so it hurt me to no measure to see one of my heroes fallen; And not because of craft or politic or controversy. He fell from grace because of his allegiance to capitalism, and pursuit of power over…


I was afraid of using my brand as a model to promote my belief in Sex Positivity, specifically because I’ve been so outspoken in condemning sexual harassment in my own life. I’ve been transparent and vulnerable about my experiences with sexual assault, and feared revealing my revel in sex positivity might cause some to question my integrity. Quite the contrary, the two messages do not contradict each other but instead go hand in hand: Condemning sexual harassment and sexual assault is precisely what sex positivity achieves by educating people to see, understand and uplift its pillars of “consent” and “safety”…


“Bottom-Up” strategy versus “Trickle-down” theory: Wherein we advocate for the most vulnerable and oppressed persons on the social economic ladder, as a means of bettering the lives of everyone, who holds privilege within and above them in society.

The needle moved a little on each of these fronts within the social justice movements. Black liberation meant assimilation into public spaces, but to date black people face the threat of the same police brutalization and structural oppression. Though the gays were awarded marriage equality, little was done to thwart the onslaught of violence against queer youth in schools or their alarming…

Micah Marquez

Just a thoughtful millennial trying to lend my pen to creating good in the world around us. I'm a Sociologist with interests in equity for queer POC and women.

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