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Brave Soul Collective salutes the life & legacy of E. Lynn Harris.

A tribute to the beloved E. Lynn Harris Just As He Was... Monte J. Wolfe 1995 was a monumental year for me. At the onset of that year, I was a sophomore at Grambling State University. I was also pretty miserable. Even though I was enjoying the 'garden variety' experiences...

EXCLUSIVE: Brave Soul Spotlight on Craig Stewart

What you are about to read is a personal testimony from a same gender loving brother who is an inspiration to any of us who have a dream and have the faith, focus, and determination to see it manifest. Craig Stewart is an entrepreneur, and playwright whose play, "A DAY...

It's About Time...

The 2007 National African American MSM Conference on HIV/AIDS (January 25th -28th) in Charlotte, NC proved to be a success and served not only as a platform to discuss the issues most relevant to us as black gay men, but also as a homecoming of sorts. It felt comfortable...

Soaring to the Heights of My Endless Possibilities

We all face different challenges in life, some good and some bad. Often times we might ask ourselves, "Why did this have to happen to me, and why do I have to struggle?" People some time endure the pain of unforgiving heart ache. How we bounce back from these...

Noir Reflections '06

we came to hills where cometh our strength, riding the wave of whatever change was awaiting permission to be sparked. we brought our burdens there: full hearts and blues boxes with songs from the key of life and salt. we came committed to be the change we dream: living...

Beautifully Flawed

I STAND TALL BEAUTIFULLY FLAWED NOT DEFINED BY MY SEXUAL NATURE NOR BOUND BY MAN'S CONVENTIONAL IMAGINATIONS I AM BIGGER THAN WHAT U SEE, HUMAN, AUTHENTIC, AND UNIQUE NOT STRANGE, NOT PECULIAR, NOT WEIRD SO TAKE ME AS I AM BEAUTIFULLY FLAWED, NAKED AND BARE I REMOVE MY MASK AND...

Life with Heidi

Life with Heidi, a Reflection on our Anniversary It is hard to believe that today is a few days past the year marking the beginning of our anniversaries. Hard to believe that this time last year I was dealing with the idea and the shock of your presence; the announcement...

First Flight (for Rickey Williams)

on monday he took first flight leapt to his death face cutting air arms surrendering like the tears i'd wiped goodbye many times before he fell as if meant to fly no confidence in wings and some of us knew he was an angel but he didn't believe us...

Coming Out Twice

I am a 30-year grown ass man. Therefore, I take responsibility for all of my actions - including from when I was a kid. I cannot justify the "bad" decisions that I've made, I can only identify them, own them, and then choose something different for the next opportunity that...

Shining Star

(dedicated to Monte J Wolfe) A few years ago Not So Long Ago, God Sent Down To Me An Angel On Earth To Watch Over And Protect Me As If I Belonged To Him From Birth A Guardian, And A Friend A Mother, A Father A Brother, A Sister All...

demon eyes

we are not all lurking trembling between DL hell and picture perfect projections of wifey and kids shivering between night knights at twilight and forgetting ourselves and our Crixivan inside of somebody we are not all dishonest especially with ourselves and many of us tell the truth about ourselves even...