Purdue University

This month I returned to my alma mater, Purdue University, to speak on sports, diversity, the LGTBQ+ community, my journey, and my truth. The campus was almost unrecognizable, I hadn't returned for nearly half a decade, and the building had changed, one-way roads became two-ways, and the football program had a new facility worth over…

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Inside The Poem: Know The Difference

After my first serious break up as a young adult, I was in shambles. My previous relationships ended with two people growing into themselves and eventually growing apart. That felt normal. I was almost proud of growth so deep that even the way I perceived love had blossomed in some ways. Nevertheless, heartbreak was something…

Black of Night

The Spring conducts its intimate ritual, Almost unnoticed by man. The winter's bite Came greedy—and hungrier than in past years. The visitors of our home, all teeth and laughter, Join in the barbaric joy of the Super Bowl, Thank God! Welcomed intruders pleading: save me a slice of pizza and a spot by the tv.…

The Advocate: The Reinvention of Ryan Russell

On Super Bowl Sunday I was rooting for inclusivity! Thank you to The Advocate for this fantastic exclusive being released at such a crucial time in football and on Black History Month. Sports, at its root, is about family and working together to reach a common goal. If you would like to read the whole…