Articles by Marcus Scott

MARCUS SCOTT is a playwright, songwriter, dramaturge, sketch comic and journalist. His work has appeared in Elle, Out, Passport, Essence, Uptown, Trace, Backstage, Giant, Hello Beautiful, NewsOne, The Urban Daily, Madame Noire, Styleblazer, Clutch, Artvoice, Bleu and Krave, among others. He has interviewed Fefe Dobson, VV Brown, Elle Varner, SWV, Danity Kane, Ryan Leslie, Rose Byrne, James Earl Jones, Annaleigh Ashford, LaMarr Woodley, Mehcad Brooks, Lisa Raye, Shaun Ross, Columbus Short and Boris Kodjoe, among others.


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Gender Non-Conformist Mykki Blanco Tackles Glaring Racial Bias in LGBT Media

On March 28, 2016, black genderqueer alternative hip-hop rapper and LGBT activist Mykki Blanco sparked a lengthy conversation via Twitter when he called out major gay publications for prioritizing straight, hyper-masculine beefcake white cisgender men over queer-identified people in their own community. These tweets particularly address LGBT and gender-nonconforming people of color, who are often omitted…

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Tooji Starts Battles LGBT Respectability Politics, Islamic Homophobia and Sexuality on Mainstream TV

In his acclaimed self-help book Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life: How To Finally, Really Grow Up, Jungian analyst James Hollis wrote a troubling and yet valid emotional dialogue on the cold war between religion and sexuality: “So often spirituality, like the false self, is fear-driven, which is not to be judged, but…

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Police Brutality, LGBT Visibility and Black Lives Matter: From a Millenial Perspective (Part I)

When asked to write on what is currently happening in the U.S. at the moment, amid the multiple police brutality incidents against black bodies, the hate-crime ultra-violence being inflicted on black transgender sisters and brothers and the rise of a homophobic, Latino-hating, Muslim-loathing, racist and sexist Republican presidential frontrunner for the GOP, I needed a…

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Afro-Punk: The Race Barrier of Rock ‘N’ Roll and Its Complicated History

The New York Times described The Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park as “the most multicultural festival in the US.” The word ‘afro-punk’ (a portmanteau of the words “afro” and “punk rock music”) has become synonymous with ‘open-minded, non-conforming and unconventional, placing the institution at the epicenter of urban culture inspired by alternative music.’ This…

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Frank Ocean and the Gay R&B Music Stars Who SPoke Out After 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting

In the wee hours of Sunday, June 12, 2016, just as last call drinks were being served at around 2:00 a.m., 29-year-old Omar Mateen walked into Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., slaughtering 49 people and wounding 53 others in a mass shooting. Armed with a SIG Sauer MCX semi-automatic rifle and a 9mm Glock 17 semi-automatic pistol, Mateen’s violent attack on the…

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