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How a Dance-Theatre Show is Tackling Mental Health in the Black Male Community

The British actor and choreographer Lanre Malalou has created a dance-theatre solo that explores issues surrounding mental health in the black male community. The dance-theatre piece is aptly titled Elephant in the Room and stars Malalou himself as the protagonist Michael. The actor draws on his own experience of suffering from depression as a young, black, working-class man. The solo fuses physical theatre, hip-hop dance, and spoken word in order to explore the mental health crisis and toxic masculinity.


N.K. Jemisin: Pioneer of Diversity in Science Fiction/Fantasy

Necko L. Fanning | April 3, 2019

Here at BlakeWrites one of our favorite pastimes is advocating for the authors of the world that have touched us. We believe...

How to Keep Gay Bars Gay (Without Turning Into Misogynists)

Necko L. Fanning | March 22, 2019

If you’ve been to a gay bar recently you might have noticed a new trend: a ton more straight women. A growing number of...

The Ideal Gay Man?

Necko L. Fanning | March 5, 2019

I recently found myself watching the new Netflix series “Dating Around”. The premise is simple: a camera follows one...

Three Men Redefining What It Means To Be a Man

Necko L. Fanning | February 22, 2019

When we talk about broad concepts like "redefining masculinity," we aren't referring to some grand action or...

FAQs of Toxic Masculinity

Necko L. Fanning | February 14, 2019

You’re hearing it everywhere. It’s filling up your social media feeds and being used in razor commercials; toxic...

Learning about Consent from Kinksters

Necko L. Fanning | January 7, 2019

Consent—sexual and otherwise—has never had as much limelight as it’s getting now. With more and more women stepping forward...

6 Underrated Video Games You Need to Play Before 2018 Ends

Necko L. Fanning | October 3, 2018

Just because a game doesn't have a multi-million dollar marketing campaign behind it doesn't mean it's not worth your time....

The Divine Masculine Tarot Deck by St. Jinx [product review]

Necko L. Fanning | September 17, 2018

In recent years the world has seen a resurgence of Pagan traditions. Wiccans, Druids, spiritualists, and other Pagan...

Top Five Underrated TV Shows With Great Representation

Necko L. Fanning | September 12, 2018

We all love to binge a great series but the downside is that as soon as it’s over we’re left desperately wanting a new...

5 Black Authors You Need to Be Reading

Necko L. Fanning | September 3, 2018

There’s a romanticized ideal that somehow the publishing world is above concepts of institutional racism/prejudice. Sadly,...

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