No Tea, No Shade

A peculiar anxiety marks E. Patrick Johnson’s introduction to No Tea, No Shade. It emerges as repeated assurances that younger scholars respect and follow the work of older scholars. Listen: The black queer “children” who came of age during the burgeoning stages of black queer studies also learned from the lessons of their foremothers and … Continue reading No Tea, No Shade

Inxeba: Kwanda

I have been having trouble thinking-feeling about Kwanda—acted by the beautiful Niza Jay Ncoyini. I am always undone by scenes of anti-queer violence, from the insults and bullying to the beatings and killings. I am undone when queerness is treated as a synonym for disposability. Undone because of the impossible demand that truncation not be … Continue reading Inxeba: Kwanda

Inxeba: Readings

What is a black queer diasporic reading of Inxeba? What is an African queer reading of Inxeba? What is a South African queer reading of Inxeba? What is a Xhosa queer reading of Inxeba? By reading, I mean at least two things. First, what does each position—black diasporic, African, South African, Xhosa—bring to the film? … Continue reading Inxeba: Readings

3 works about Kenya

3 works explain the structures of power in Kenya. Grace Musila, "Phallocracies and Gynocratic Transgressions" Wambui Mwangi, "Silence is a Woman" Shailja Patel, "Politics of Contempt" Cumulatively, these works describe how minoritized Kenyans—poor, refugees, women, forest dwellers, sex workers, queers—are rendered disposable. These works describe the powerful alliances dedicated to uphold various ethno-patriarchies. These works … Continue reading 3 works about Kenya


I am impressed–and frankly intimidated—by people who consume and regurgitate large amounts of information. In primary school, these people memorized every single political figure in Kenya, from the president to every local headman. In high school, they memorized every single Kenyan export, knowing where it was produced, in what quantities, how it was processed, and … Continue reading cram