Myles E. Johnson

Writer/Editor

“The job of the writer is to make revolution irresistible.” – Toni Cade Bambara

As a child, I was a ghost desperately waiting to be actualized. I was a desperate child. I was desperate to be seen. Imagine being told you do not exist, and believing them. You think to yourself that you are the only person that has experienced this emotion and impulse. No one else on the face of the Earth has skin that has felt the sun or gravity how you have, you think. This was my experience consuming content at the intersection of black and queerness. The feeling of invisibility deepened throughout my life until I ventured outside of the library that I was given. I went into the city of Atlanta as a teenager and found a library specific for people of the LGBT community called Outwrite Bookstore. There was a section specifically for Black literature. In that moment, I believe, I was born. I bought everything I could afford and came back for what I could not. This experience informed my passion for writing and creating media that spoke to and for the Black queer community. This passion has never left and has informed my writing as of today.

Today as an adult, I exist just as thirsty to create, but my desperation has been replaced with determination. It is this determination that had made me release essays critiquing current events, create fictional content for both children and adults that center marginalized identities, create workshops that center community and creativity for black children, and develop creative writing courses for charter schools that disrupts the marginalized child’s belief that they cannot be centered in their own writing without considering the gaze of those that dominate you. My dream is to replace other people’s desperation with determination and empowerment, as well.

I’d like to keep this desperate child in mind while visiting bell hooks’ quote, “When we drop fear, we can draw nearer to people, we can draw nearer to the earth, and we can draw nearer to all the heavenly creatures that surround us.” The goal, for me, is to not only learn how to drop fear, but move nearer to truly revolutionary, transformative, empowering, and entertaining work. This, to me, is the nature of the revolution that I believe can cause massive changes in the world. This is the revolution that cannot be voted for or against. This is the revolution that happens underneath your skin, regardless if your state is blue or red. This is my obsession and purpose, and my life’s work is to make it irresistible.

Portfolio

White 'Allies' And The American Tradition Of Consuming Black Grief
The exhaustion is heavy. It turns my eyelashes into bricks and each tear that escapes my eye into a stream of lava rearranging my face. These cases of Black deaths are always...
What I Learned About Myself from Loving the Toxic Hyper-Masculine Man
"this boy on your block he the double dutch champ he teach the boys to slow dance the girls, how to please their men they listenhe keep house better than your wife or your mama"...
To Serve Celebrity: Lee Daniels and a Possible "Paris Is Burning" Remake
By Myles E. Johnson @hausmuva The idea of Lee Daniels remaking Paris is Burning disturbs me, but it does not shock me. It disturbs me because I rarely see Daniels handle his...
Looking for the Body: JonBenet Ramsey, Super Predators, & Missing Black Children
By Myles E. Johnson @hausmuva In 1996, Hillary Clinton made the speech that includes her now infamous "super predators" line; a line that has echoed in the past year as a phrase...
When Dominations Cry: Portrait of the Queer Black Man as Black Liberation's Secret Weapon
By: Myles E. Johnson Picture me, attempting to dismantle my spine in order to better serve my body. Picture me, reaching down my throat to capture my heart because it did not...
Dangerous Truths: An Agitation of Black Participation in the LGBT Community
By Myles E. Johnson Where beer flows or hugs are given, you can often forget as a Black person, that you are always in a certain amount of danger. Sometimes, it is physical,...
Mourn Like Beyoncé
By Myles E. Johnson @hausmuva "Everywhere I'm looking now, I'm surrounded by your embrace. Baby, I can see your halo. I pray it don't fade away." - Beyoncé Most artists are in...
Mark Anthony Green Talks 'Fair Use Vol. 1' [Interview]
The ways we archive blackness should be as dynamic, infinite and mutable as blackness itself. The way we preserve blackness should also be as dynamic, infinite and mutable as...
MLK: His Nightmare, Their Dream, and Our Reality [Opinion]
"If you are silent about your pain, they'll kill you and say you enjoyed it."- Zora Neale Hurtston Andy Warhol is remembered saying that death is embarrassing because somebody...
Fantastic Food + Where to Resist Domination This Turkey Day
"I'm pretty critical of the notion of safety in my work, and what I want is people to feel comfortable in the circumstance of risk." - bell hooks "Do me a favor and cut those...
Knowing Utopia: Imagining Perfection Outside of Colonization
The most difficult part of being a creative person that is also marginalized was realizing that I was attempting to create perfect worlds that operated as shadows and quick...
The Queer Thing About Sex Work
Often as a queer black person, my relationship to what is deemed subversive to the hegemonic culture isn't intentional. Often marginalized people are characterized as rebellious...
Loneliness is a Starstruck Thing
It is June and this summer is unlike any summer I have known before. This summer, I am honest. This summer, I am not pretending that I am riding waves when I am drowning in lake...
My Boyfriend is Blond
SKIP TO "NIKES"] Black is the color of my true love's hair. He slightly resembles Harry Belafonte, but he looks just like Trayvon Martin. It is dangerous to talk to him late at...
Revenge as an Heirloom
TW: Graphic violence IKnewIf I just gotHim to the swampEverything would be forgiven in the water. One doesn't worry about cleaning up the dust once you move a mountain. There is...
Domination as a Bedfellow
If I say that I love myself three times while looking in the mirror, perhaps Nina Simone will appear, pull me by my neck, and drag me into my own reflection. She can drag my...
Disengaging Dystopia: Critically Engaging Beyoncé, Your Heartbeat, & Other Things We Cherish
By Myles E. Johnson The great lie of colonization is that it is a war. Boom! Body parts! Screams! Guts! This is a simple way of engaging critically with colonization, and for...

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