Archive for July, 2012

Frank Ocean’s Fluidities

News of the the recent media splash made by musical artist Frank Ocean’s disclosure about his attraction to more than one gender came to me by way of my friend and co-editor, Herukhuti.  In an article for, Herukhuti wrote,

 “In 2012, some folks find it more provocative that a black man has loved another man than if he had done violence against one.” 

Dr. H. Sharif Williams or Herukhuti.

Herukhuti also noted that in a recent journal entry, “…Ocean eloquently explores his experience of love toward/with/for an undisclosed man…Media sources have alleged that the self-disclosure was precipitated by a music reviewer noting instances in Ocean’s forthcoming debut studio album in which the singer/songwriter uses male pronouns in expressing love and Eros toward someone.”

It takes a lot of courage for a man to be so honest, but it’s especially impressive that Ocean chose to go public about his fluidity when his debut album, Channel Orange, was just released.

Posted on July 13th, 2012 by Loraine Hutchins

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