Conceptualizing The Black Future: A Few Words with Noni Limar

Popular Black consciousness now is focused for the moment about the possibilities of the future of Africa and the rest of the Diaspora. Some of the discussions around the movie Black Panther have facilitated this conversation, and a few have chosen to build on that. Black Lives Matter has an initiative titled Black Futures Month where it uses this month to focus on a re-imagining of Black life. This began in 2015, and this year, the focus is the future of Black Feminism. To delve into this a bit more, Polite On Society reached out to Noni Limar, a poet...

A Brief Look at the Dangers of Conversion Therapy

by Cristi Casella In an effort to change the sexual orientation of someone who has expressed same-sex preferences, it was at one time a common practice to take that person to counselling sessions labelled Conversion Therapy. Sometimes referred to as Reparative Therapy, the object was to ‘restore’ them to what was understood as ‘normal’ sexual behaviour. Rarely was conversion therapy effective in changing the person’s sexual orientation, but what is even more disturbing is the impact this type of therapeutic intervention had on the subject. Although rare, there are still practitioners who use this approach, even though literally every major...