Something special happened in Oakland in June 1986. Three Black men wanted to do something about the isolation often faced by gay men like themselves. They met, and that meeting planted the seed for a group called Black Gay Men United (BGMU). Each of them, in turn, invited three of their friends to the next meeting. Within months, the group had a steady core of 15 to 18 men who met each month. I was one of those men.
Fulton County has one of the highest eviction rates in the country, with approximately 800 tenants receiving an eviction notice every week, one in five over the course of a year, or 109 every day. In the 30291, 30337 and 30331 zip codes, which include Union City, College Park, and areas just west of Atlanta, eviction rates have gone above 40 percent.
On June 5th, 2019, Netflix dropped the fifth season of its dark anthology series, Black Mirror, to eager audiences, myself included. Due to a new job and other extraneous forces, though, I couldn’t devour the three-episode season in one sitting like I would with previous ones. However, the episode titled “Striking Vipers” kept popping up in many of my remaining social media feeds, provoking in-depth discussion among those who had seen it. When I did finally get to the episode, I was left with metaphorical blue balls at what had just transpired on my screen.