At the Sunset Community Festival today, I was reminded again of how art can transform lives. The Festival was founded 19 years ago by Dawn Stueckle, her husband Reverend Ron Stueckle, and their friend Reverend Delvin Mack, all co-founders of Sunset Youth Services, an amazing community center which provides case management, artistic programming, and a whole lotta love to in-risk youth around the city. Some kids bus over an hour to spend time there, and if you met anyone on staff, entered that space, or saw today’s performance, you would know why.
Sunday night, I went to my first venue in San Francisco,
During the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, Miley Cyrus simulated analingus before slapping her black backup dancer’s ass—three times. That moment captures the two biggest issues I have with Miley’s new image: the exploitation of black culture and the exploitation of queer culture.