Critical Dharma for Thinking Minds
“I was put on this earth to be a bodhisattva, to just glow, emanate love, respect, peace, pizzazz.” Andre J.
“I Am Just So Glad You Are Alive”: New Perspectives on Non-Traditional, Non-Conforming, and Transgressive Expressions of Gender, Sexuality, and Race Among African Americans. Layli Philips, Marla R. Stewart (2008) Jr. Af. Am Studies
In mid-autumn 2007, the November issue of French Vogue appeared on newsstands featuring a statuesque bearded black man sporting a feminine mushroom bobbed hairstyle, a fitted turquoise Burberry mini-length trench coat, high-heel ankle boots, a giant cocktail ring, and lip gloss. This 28-year-old New Yorker was known as Andre J.
Who — or what — was this person? And where did he come from, literally as well as figuratively?
Numerous interviews with Andre J reveal an intriguing and complex set of self-characterizations:
“Most people are conditioned to think of a black man looking a certain way. They only think of the ethnic man in XXX jeans and Timberlands, and here Andre J. comes along with a pair of hot shorts and a caftan or maybe flip-flops or cowboy boots or a high, high heel.” (Trebay 2007 November 25).
“I’m just expressing myself and not hurting anyone and taking myself to a place where I want to be, where the world is beautiful.” (Trebay 2007).
“I was put on this earth to be a bodhisattva, to just glow, emanate love, respect, peace, pizzazz.” (Larocca 2007 March 4)
I want to spend a lot more time and blog space focusing on dharma and culture. Why? Let me list a few reasons:
So divergent dharma culture is going to be an increasing focus for my blogs. Let’s focus on creating really divergent and liberating dharma cultures. I’m game for it.
*queirdo: queer + weirdo.