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Tasteful Rude’s editorial voice eschews politeness in favor of truth-seeking and fun. It is Tasteful Rude’s mission to abide by Edward’s Said’s commandment: "Criticism must think of itself as life-enhancing and constitutively opposed to every form of tyranny, domination, and abuse."

Alone Together: Navigating Online Therapy During COVID-19

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For Nigerians seeking therapy, two options exist: IRL and URL. Hauwa Shaffii Nuhu describes her experiences with both.

On September 23, 2021

We Are The Ones Who Got Away

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The Petito case challenges us to consider how we language romantic harm. Domestic violence seldom stays at home.

arizona highway
On September 21, 2021

Sagradas: A Texas Story

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I was lost. Although I had never imagined myself as a mother at the time, I knew it couldn't happen the way it was going to. I was despondent and caught in a physically, emotionally and sexually abusive relationship. I didn't need a child. I needed help. During this terrible time, I experienced a clear realization that if I went forth with this pregnancy, my baby would suffer.

el paso church
On September 9, 2021

Notes on Imagined Places: From Tim’s Creek to Santo Domingo

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This imagined town in North Carolina, where all of Kenan’s stories take place, is home to preachers, farmers, Black and white people, the rich and poor. In this town lives a queer Black boy, Horace Cross, whose life is being shrunk by the social boundaries delimiting his desire, the same machinations of shame and disregard that turn many young Black queer people into ghosts of themselves.

a visitation of spirits
On September 3, 2021

Function at the Junction: Notes on Summer of Soul

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I’m getting ready for the function at the junction And baby you’d better come on right now Because everybody’s gonna be there We got people comin’ from everywhere – “Function At The Junction,” Shorty Long, 1966 There’s a long, long legacy of Black folks gathering around food and funk, bbq sauce and song. Before we […]

Summer of Soul
On August 19, 2021

Mushrooms Talk to Her: A Conversation with Bett Williams

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I first did mushrooms with a green-haired mermaid. It was Halloween, we were at an off campus party, and the sea creature invited me to climb into the back of her Bronco with these magic words: “I love your work.” By “work,” she meant the diary entries I posted online, which were mostly about cigarettes […]

wild kindness book cover
On August 17, 2021

Crybabies and Sugardaddies (From The Impossible People)

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Raffy’s was the bodega directly across the street from our Brooklyn apartment, and up through high school, I was certain that it had everything I could ever need in life, from candy and laundry starch to the latest neighborhood gossip. Raffy’s was where, on a Saturday afternoon, I heard that the Guyanese girl in 4C got pregnant.

African-American men play chess on a community chess table at Woodruff Park in downtown Atlanta on October 8, 2016 in Atlanta, GA
On August 5, 2021

To Evil Women: May We Know Them, May We Be Them

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Each evil woman’s origin story is seemingly unique, but Maleficients and Medusas all too often begin as victims. These characters struggle to obey, to fit in, to be respected and taken seriously, though their efforts are for nought. Their foes point to some physical attribute, an aspect of their temperament, or a pariah status to justify keeping them down.

Batman 66 Vol 1 Issue 26
On July 27, 2021

Nonprosecutable: A Review of Shiori Ito’s Black Box

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Through personal narrative, journalist, survivor, and activist Shiori Ito examines rape culture in Japan.

black box book cover
On July 13, 2021

Nigeria’s Twitter Ban Hurts

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Nigerian President Buhari's banning of Twitter terrifies populace, disrupts activism, impacts the economy, and indicates a dangerous future. Disregard for such consequences is characteristic of Buhari's administration.

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On July 6, 2021

Stories For Stoners: An interview with Marijuanera Mala Muñoz

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Mala Muñoz is without a doubt a Chicana who smokes her fair share of weed.

Marijuanera hero
On June 29, 2021

Spelling Cyphers: A Review of Long Division by Kiese Laymon

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The most interesting mystery novels don’t announce themselves as such. There is no murder to solve or culprit to apprehend. Rather, events which have no obvious explanation unfold and an air of ambiguity surrounds them. Kiese Laymon’s novel Long Division belongs to this category of mystery.

Long Division Book Cover
On June 24, 2021

Documentary The Accidental President Intentionally Forgets the Trump Presidency

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We desperately need documentaries to help us understand how Trump won the 2016 election. Not only does The Accidental President fail to perform this type of analysis, but the movie also stymies it, giving those who participated in the grooming and installation of pro-fascist leader a platform from which to manipulate history.

The Accidental President film poster
On June 22, 2021

‘Executive Order’ Re-Writes the Post-Apocalyptic Genre

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Executive Order challenges viewers to re-think the post-apocalyptic format and hero-making narratives, flipping the script on a genre that has long reinforced racism, centering Black humanity as a racist government lead by an evil Karen tries to force all Black people to repatriate to Africa as a form of reparations.

Executive Order Film Still
On June 17, 2021

Bankrupt: An Excerpt From Driven: A Kunstlerroman

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In this excerpt from Chris Rice’s hardboiled memoir, an artist dumps her boozehound bankrupt boyfriend, steals what is rightfully hers, herself, and retreats to Venice, California

Hand, cigarette, & empty beer glass
On June 15, 2021

I Know You Want It

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I was embarrassed to admit I'd been sexually assaulted. It hadn’t really been anything, but it had been giving me nightmares, his lips forming the words, “Your mouth is saying no, but your body is saying yes.” I was someone who was very comfortable, very open, about her sexuality and having sex. Why would the way he acted make my skin crawl for so long after he did it?

Blurred Lines video still
On June 11, 2021

Bargain Basement Queerness

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What is gayness if it isn’t visible via purchases? What is safety if it isn’t sanctioned by the consumer state? Without Target gay gear, many celebrants would be left indistinguishable from the average heterosexual white dude.

Pride Family
On June 8, 2021

Pocas Pero Locas, Episode 3: “Wassup, M’ija?”

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After a gang unit stopped my 14 year old cousin for driving in a stolen hoopty, they took her to Eastlake Juvenile Hall and handed her over to a new abuser: a cop.

Desiree Gurba
On June 1, 2021

Pocas Pero Locas, Episode 2: Chicken Soup for the Homies’ Soul

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An older homegirl, a hood mom whom Desiree considered her mentor, announced, "I'm jumping you in."

Desiree Gurba
On May 27, 2021

The Girl and the Nappy Halo

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As I settle into my pregnancy, I fantasize about the human I’m going to bring into the world. I picture a girl. Beautiful. Black. Freckled like her father. Myopic like me. When she is thirteen we will sit down and have the talk. Not about periods. Or boys. Or girls. Or bodies. Or pets. Or HBCUs. Or sex. But about getting a perm.

Little girl with nappy hair
On May 21, 2021