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TEDDY TINSON, #YGBQ FOUNDER (KNEELING, rT.) | VOGUE: Thom Browne Thanksgiving, MOST Fashionable Football Game EVER | PHOTO: AARON VAZQUEZ

 

Young, Gifted, BLACK, & QUEER

//  life at THE INTERSECTION OF art + ACTIVISM  //

 

#YGBQ celebrates marginalized individuals & challenges the notion of "otherness" in the push for equity & equality

Whether you're young, gifted, black, & queer, or simply a 'woke ally', listen, believe, learn, share, & FIGHT FOR our civil rights!

 
 
Your silence will NOT protect you.
— audre lorde, poet, womanist, & ACTIVIST
 

 

QUEER

     adjective:  \ ˈkwir  \ 

  1. challenging the status quo; DISRUPTIVE, revolutionary, WEIRD, Eccentric, unconventional

  2. differing in some way from what is considered "normal," "TYPICAL," "USUAL," or "Acceptable"

  3. DIFFERING cultural "norms" around sexuality and/or gender identity and expression

 

//  #YGBQ STYLE  //

MEET Spike Lee’s Costume Designer, MARCI RODGERS

THe Blackkklansman designer is on the career ride of a lifetime—and she’s only just beginning. 

TEXT BY TEDDY TINSON FOR THE C.F.D.A.


//  # Y G B Q NEWS ITEMS FROM AROUND THE WORLD  //

ESSENTIAL READING

THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE ATLANTIC, & MORE ...


 ©HERB RITTS

©HERB RITTS

The ANSWER to injustice is not to silence the critic but to END THE INJUSTICE.
— Paul Robeson

//  # Y G B Q ECONOMICS  //

Large income gaps persist between men — but not women.

Extensive Data Shows Punishing
Reach of Racism - BLACK BOYS

THE NEW YORK TIMES

White boys who grow up rich are likely to remain that way. Black boys raised at the top, however, are more likely to become poor than to stay wealthy in their own adult households.

Most white boys raised in wealthy families will stay rich or upper middle class as adults, but black boys  raised in similarly rich households will not.


//  # Y G B Q HEALTH | WELLNESS  //

 Jennings taking part in Sturdevant’s support group in May. Participants were asked to look in the mirror and say something positive about themselves.

Jennings taking part in Sturdevant’s support group in May. Participants were asked to look in the mirror and say something positive about themselves.

AMERICA'S HIDDEN HIV EPIDEMIC: GAY BLACK MEN

THE NEW YORK TIMES

LAST YEAR, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, using the first comprehensive national estimates of lifetime risk of H.I.V. for several key populations, predicted that if current rates continue, one in two African-American gay and bisexual men will be infected with the virus. That compares with a lifetime risk of one in 99 for all Americans and one in 11 for white gay and bisexual men. 


//  # Y G B Q ECONOMICS  //

 250 years of  slavery . 90 years of  Jim Crow . 60 years of  separate but equal . 35 years of  racist housing policy.   Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.

250 years of slavery. 90 years of Jim Crow. 60 years of separate but equal. 35 years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.

The CASE for REPARATIONS

TA-NEHISI COATES | THE ATLANTIC

America was built on the preferential treatment of white people—395 years of it. Vaguely endorsing a cuddly, feel-good diversity does very little to redress this.

Liberals today mostly view racism not as an active, distinct evil but as a relative of white poverty and inequality. They ignore the long tradition of this country actively punishing black success—and the elevation of that punishment, in the mid-20th century, to federal policy. President Lyndon Johnson may have noted in his historic civil-rights speech at Howard University in 1965 that “Negro poverty is not white poverty.” But his advisers and their successors were, and still are, loath to craft any policy that recognizes the difference.

 

//  honoring OUR QUEER ANCESTORS  //

LORRAINE HANSBERRY

A Raisin in the SunYoung, Gifted, & Black PLAYWRIGHT | JOURNALIST & ACTIVIST


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"I am a writer.  I am audacious enough to think of myself as an artist. 

Though it is a thrilling and marvelous thing to be merely young and gifted in such times, it is doubly dynamic To Be Young, Gifted, & Black!

LORRAINE HANSBERRy (with NINA SIMONE), YGBQ ARTISTS & ACTIVISTS, c. 1963


//  honoring OUR QUEER ANCESTORS  //

NINA SIMONE

High Priestess of Soul | "to be Young, Gifted, & BlackSINGER/SONGWRITER/MUSICIAN & ACTIVIST 


To Be Young, Gifted & Black” — an ode to Lorraine Hansberry by Nina Simone, June 1969.

Interview & recording session: Live at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA.

 

MEGHAN & HARRY, THE NEW CBK & JFK, JR. THE NEW MRS. & MRBOND?  

The Duke & DUCHESS of SUSSEX

IS The DUCHESS OF SUSSEX The new Queen Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, england's first black royal?  

late 18th-century history aside, One thing's certain...HE, not she, married well!


IF their gloriously inclusive wedding ceremony (The single mother! THE CHAPLAIN! THE BISHOP! THE GOSPEL CHOIR! THE CELLIST! 2 billion viewers!) was any indication, this is THE NEW NORMAL, and it's beautiful.  CLICK the instantly iconic image ABOVE FOR a recap of our favorite young, gifted, black, & Queer moments from the wedding of the century!

The duke & duchess of sussex depart Windsor Castle for a reception hosted by The Prince of Wales at Frogmore House, in a silver blue Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero. This vehicle was originally manufactured in 1968, and has since been converted to electric power. 

on meghan: The late princess diana's aquamarine ring, STELLA Mccartney halter gown.

 

//  THE CONVERGENCE OF POLITICS + POP CULTURE  // 

NEW & NOTEWORTHY NEWS

- PLUS PUBLISHED WORKS from HELLO MR., INTERVIEWVOGUE, & W MAGAZINES -


CHILDISH GAMBINO

//  AKA DONALD GLOVER - “THIS IS AMERICA”  //


//  PUBLISHED WORKS by TEDDY TINSON  //


//  # Y G B Q STYLE  //

" BLOGS " — 10 YEARS ON

HOW STREET STYLE BLOGS RESHAPED INTERNATIONAL FASHION & WHAT’S AHEAD

TEXT BY TEDDY TINSON FOR THE C.F.D.A.

 

//  # Y G B Q CULTURE  //

  The pain of these policies is not equally distributed.  Indeed the rule of [the current president] is predicated on the infliction of maximum misery on West’s most ardent parishioners, the portions of America, the muck, that made the god Kanye possible.

The pain of these policies is not equally distributed. Indeed the rule of [the current president] is predicated on the infliction of maximum misery on West’s most ardent parishioners, the portions of America, the muck, that made the god Kanye possible.

I'M NOT BLACK, I'M KANYE

TA-NEHISI COATES | THE ATLANTIC

the better banning of Muslimsthe improved scapegoating of Latinosthe endorsement of racist conspiracythe denialism of sciencethe cheering of economic charlatans, the urging on of barbarian cops and barbarian bossesthe cheering of tortureand the condemnation of whole countries

Nothing is new here. The tragedy is so old, but even within it there are actors—some who’ve chosen resistance, and some, like West, who, however blithely, have chosen collaboration.  The consequences of Kanye West’s unlettered view of America and its history are, if anything, more direct. In any case what will remain is this—West lending  his imprimatur, as well as his Twitter platform of some 28 million people, to the racist rhetoric of the conservative movement.

West’s thoughts are not original—the apocryphal Harriet Tubman quote and the notion that slavery was a choice” echoes the ancient trope that slavery wasn’t that badthe myth that blacks do not protest crime in their community is pure Giulianism; and West’s desire to “go to Charlottesville and talk to people on both sides” is an extension of Trump’s response to the catastrophe. These are not stray thoughts. They are the propaganda that justifies voter suppression, and feeds police brutality, and minimizes the murder of Heather Heyer. And Kanye West is now a mouthpiece for it.


MICHELLE OBAMA & Tracee Ellis ROSS

//  VIDEO: United State of Women Summit  -  PRESS PLAY BELOW  // 


MAY 5, 2018—LA, CA. #USOW2018 #STATEOFWOMEN, RISING + YOUTUBE | TAKE ACTION WITH #USOW: WWW.THEUNITEDSTATEOFWOMEN.ORG/1MILLIONACTIONS


//  TEDDY, like a bear, but i'm not one.  //

Y N G F T E D B L K & Q U R.



//  STYLING + PROFILING  //

MET GALA #TBT

 - on the first monday in maY -


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Manus x Machina Met Gala fitting with model Joan Smalls + Balmain designer Olivier Rousteing.

STYLIST / DIR. PROD.: TEDDY TINSON | VIDEOGRPAHER: PABLO Tapia-Plá


//  # Y G B Q LEGAL DEFENSE FUND  //

Young, Gifted, BLACK, & QUEER

- A RECKONING FOR institutional discrimination -


Inspired by the #MeToo & Time's Up women's movements, the Young, Gifted, Black, & Queer Legal Defense Fund will help defray legal & public relations costs in select cases for those who have experienced racism, sexual harassment, disparate treatment, or related retaliation in the workplace.  We're tired of waiting for tomorrow - Our # Y G B Q lives are at stake & We demand equity today


 ILLUSTRATIONS OF   #  Y G B Q  LEGENDS, (L-R)  LANGSTON HUGHES ,  JAMES BALDWIN , &  BAYARD RUSTIN

ILLUSTRATIONS OF # Y G B Q LEGENDS, (L-R) LANGSTON HUGHES, JAMES BALDWIN, & BAYARD RUSTIN


A network of lawyers & public relations professionals across the country will work to provide assistance to those who have experienced harassment or retaliation.  Access to prompt, comprehensive legal & communications services will mean empowerment for disenfranchised individuals, as well as long-term growth for our culture & communities as a whole.

When an INDIVIDUAL is protesting society’s refusal to ACKNOWLEDGE HIS DIGNITY as a human being, his very act of PROTEST confers DIGNITY on HIM.
— BAYARD RUSTIN, MLK, JR. KEY ADVISOR & MARCH ON WASHINGTON ORGANIZER, FORCED INTO THE SHADOWS FOR BEING UNAPOLOGETICALLY QUEER.
 

//  A TRIBE CALLED # Y G B Q  //

LEGENDS & ALLIES

"Somebody, your father or mine, should have told us that not many people have ever died of love. But multitudes have perished, and are perishing every hour – and in the oddest places! – for the lack of it." - Giovanni's Room, 1956, JAMES BALDWIN

let's take a selfie.

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JOAN.

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LAUREN HUTTON.

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 GROWN-ish.

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GENTS.

 SHE READY. 

SHE READY. 

 BOYZ. 

BOYZ. 

 MAYE MUSK.

MAYE MUSK.

 

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