Author: Sondra Morris

Bohemian Rhapsody is Honest to Freddie Mercury’s Identities but Glosses Over His Tragedies

Bohemian Rhapsody is Honest to Freddie Mercury’s Identities but Glosses Over His Tragedies

I bought a ticket to see 2018’s Bohemian Rhapsody somewhat apprehensively. Though I was originally elated at the prospect of a Queen biopic, I’d heard rumors that the film denied any mention of frontman Freddie Mercury’s sexuality or his Parsi ethnicity. These assertions were so widespread that back in June I’d witnessed a woman at WeHo Pride yell at a street team promoting the film.

The Future of Hip-Hop is Woven into its Past: An Interview with Chicago Artist FURY

The Future of Hip-Hop is Woven into its Past: An Interview with Chicago Artist FURY

It’s not uncommon to come across an artist who’s lyricism reveals vulnerability with the candor of a diary, yet Chicago hip-hop artist FURY manages to do so on her own terms. FURY stands out from contemporary mainstream hip-hop with her positive message, live band, and dedication to the old school 90s hip-hop sound. She agreed to talk to The 26 to discuss her stand-out brand of music and upcoming album, Black Magic.

A Legacy at Risk: Why RuPaul’s Views on Gender & Race Feel Problematic Today

A Legacy at Risk: Why RuPaul’s Views on Gender & Race Feel Problematic Today

Whether you watch RuPaul’s Drag Race religiously or you’ve never seen an episode, you’re likely familiar with the eponymous legend behind the television phenomenon. RuPaul is famous not just for portraying an impossibly beautiful drag queen and leading a hit TV series, but also for wielding considerable influence both within and beyond the LGBTQ+ community. However, as public consciousness shifts, Ru’s brand of unapologetic realness has begun to create controversy.

A Queer’s Guide to Fall

A Queer’s Guide to Fall

As we slip into shorter days, longer nights, colder weather, and darker colors, seasonal events and goodies will start to pop up around every turn. In order to make sure you have a head start on the essentials, I created a guide to the season’s six most import F’s: fashion, furnishings, flavors, films, frights, and fun.

The Lasting Relevance of “Set It Off”

The Lasting Relevance of “Set It Off”

My parents refused to let me see Set it Off because of the violence–and possibly Queen Latifah’s depiction of a lesbian character. Though it’s now considered a classic of black cinema, I only saw Set it Off for the first time this week. I expected to find it dated but was shocked to find it still painfully relevant.

Pop Music + Gay Icons: Who Gets to Be In the Club

Pop Music + Gay Icons: Who Gets to Be In the Club

Who we designate as our icons reflects what we hold dear as a community. If we choose to become more discerning on who we give that title to, we don’t have to stop enjoying artists whose work for the community is less iconic. We can love artists like Beyoncé, Britney Spears, and Macklemore who are inspired by queer culture because they often inspire us and they take aspects of queer culture to the mainstream.