Originally published on GayCityNews.com.

By the early ’90s, actress and maker Jasika Nicole (“Fringe,” “The Good Doctor” and “Punky Brewster”) already cornered the market on radical and resourceful creativity: She had lengthy and rich manuscripts about cats; a trove of pencil-drawn illustrations; and a commercial jingle writing about fictional products, played to the tunes of a used organ piano she’d received for Christmas.

Fast-forward three decades, Nicole is still fiercely creative. She’s performing, turning looks, throwing clay, and spawning artwork that would make her younger self proud.

Suffice it to say, Nicole envisioned a career on Broadway. Peek closely at…

Please share a bit about your upbringing, and what in your early life inspired you to write?

That is the first question one might ask a celebrated author when writing a thoroughgoing profile piece that addresses her motivations, her wealth of compositions and her heritage.

But, what if one already knew that Sandra Cisneros, the acclaimed literary architect who produced works such as “The House on Mango Street,” “Loose Woman” and “Carmelo,” was brought up on Chicago’s West Side, and was the only girl in a collection of seven children? …

When a struggling gay nightclub reopens for the summer, 19-year-old Jordan scams their way into a job as a women’s restroom attendant. The series “Stalled” will be available on Youtube Channel starting May 24.
When a struggling gay nightclub reopens for the summer, 19-year-old Jordan scams their way into a job as a women’s restroom attendant. The series “Stalled” will be available on Youtube Channel starting May 24.
Watch “Stalled” on YouTube on May 24th.

When a struggling gay nightclub reopens for the summer, 19-year-old Jordan scams their way into a job as a women’s restroom attendant. The series “Stalled” will be available on Youtube Channel starting May 24.

Jordan’s inability to talk to people offline makes them a terrible candidate for a job in customer service, but their earnest desire to connect carries them through each drunken interaction.

Unfortunately, the only person giving tips is their aggressively enthusiastic boss, Anthony. Anthony’s determination to resurrect the historical gay bar would be admirable if it weren’t so annoying. Jordan wards off his team spirit with…

Originally published on GayCityNews.com.

The Netflix documentary series “My Love: Six Stories of True Love,” released in mid-April, is a case study on long-term romantic relationships. The year-in-a-life account quietly explores the varied societal, communal and emotional experiences of its protagonists.

Over the course of six hour-long episodes, the limited series chronicles the enduring and, at times, imperfect love experienced by six unique elderly couples from different nations. …

Originally published on GayCityNews.com.

The patron saint of New Orleans, Big Freedia , is irrevocably known for her contributions to the rump-shaking sub-genre of rap known as bounce music. Still, she also has a penchant for homestyle cooking, community development, and legacy-building. In other words, the sky’s the limit for the self-proclaimed Queen Diva.

Though not overnight, Freedia seemingly unlocked the code for industry success. In less than a decade, she graduated from belting “Gin in My System” into the night air at local block parties to performing it to sold-out stages across the globe. …

Originally published on GayCityNews.com.

Queer aesthetics heighten film and television, and LGBTQ women contribute significantly to that space, providing visibility, vulnerability, and originality on screen.

Cite “But I’m a Cheerleader,” “The Watermelon Woman,” and “Happiest Season” as evidence. Tapping into their well of experience, culture and queerness, LGBTQ actresses evoke authentic on-screen moments, shaping the way society views queer and trans women — and the way queer and trans women view themselves.

Stigma surrounding queer and trans women is slowly shedding, and yet, America is still a dangerous place for members of the LGBTQ community — particularly trans women of…

Originally published on GayCityNews.com.

We don’t get redos, but we do get new opportunities. People’s Pottery Project, a Los Angeles-based artist-driven initiative, offers those opportunities to formerly incarcerated women, trans, and non-binary individuals by way of clay and ceramic art. Full-time artists at the studio benefit from skill-building, paid job training, gainful employment, and a judgment-free haven.

Sculptor and mixed-medium artist Molly Larkey co-founded People’s Pottery Project in 2019 in response to a need. An active member of Californians United for a Responsible Budget and the California Coalition for Women Prisoners (CCWP), and an ally to the Black Lives Matter…

We’ve reached a tipping point.

Barriers and inequities uniquely experienced by Black individuals in the US are televised, streamed, and tweeted. Against a backdrop of police brutality, systemic anti-Black racism, a faltering age of cultural appropriation, and Karen-related pettiness in the thick of a global pandemic, there has been a riveting social response. The reckoning has led to a burgeoning demand for the visibility and economic triumph of Black business owners, makers, and creators, as well as those who exist at the intersection of Black and LGBTQ communities.

The unmasking of untreated disparities is not new. Reputable institutions have published…

By Nicole Akoukou Thompson

Tacos de Zanaharos and the Ensalada de Mercado caught my eye as I scanned the menu of an upbeat eatery, serving Mexican street food at a premium price. “Frustrating,” I thought, “I could’ve gotten better tacos at half the price in my own neighborhood.” I closed the menu when the waitress returned, ordered and looked over at my group of quasi-estranged white college friends — we’d gathered to celebrate a birthday.

By the time I’d taken my seat, the group had already started in on margaritas and had fastened on a subject: North Korea. More specifically…

Staying Awake: “OITNB” and Poussey’s Body

Warning: This content discusses police violence, animal cruelty, and it contains spoilers for the fourth season of “Orange Is the New Black.”

Literally and perhaps figuratively, while many may be slumbering, I’m awake. I can’t will my eyes to remain shut. The natural sleeping cycle melatonin normally affords me has faltered, and I can’t relax enough to allow my mind to welcome a dream.

However, I am privy to dream-like images… distressing ones; for instance: the wild struggle on Poussey Washington’s (“OITNB”) face as she asphyxiates and dies. I see her confused eyes as…

Nicole A. Thompson

Nicole Akoukou Thompson: feverish #fiction writer, budget jetsetter & devout #feminist. Fond of eggplant: both, the veggie and the color. nicoleakoukou.com

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