I promised last week that there would be some very good news to share ...
I'm headed to Boston next month on a fellowship provided by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. That's right: The one and only MIT. I'll be attending a workshop class and boot camp developed by Knight Science Journalism at MIT. The program recruits leading science journalists from across the globe to increase their understanding of science, technology, engineering, medicine and environment. There is also a Knight Journalism Program at Stanford University based around "innovation and ideas." I've been working on the MIT project for more than a year.
In other news: You will soon see my byline at a new platform: Scientific American. My first report will be published next month. Can't give away the topic but you will be pleasantly surprised.
I'm extremely grateful, honored and humbled by these and all the other amazing opportunities that have been presented to me. The MIT and SciAm developments are also a source of great pride. The exact same issues that I have reported here at R20, EBONY, The Atlantic, The Economist, The Advocate, POZ, The Body, The Advocate, WURD, RT/Voice of Russia, everywhere—such as HIV/AIDS among African-Americans, HIV/AIDS and Black gay men, gun violence and Black youth, hate crimes targeting Black gay men, post traumatic stress among Black youth, anti-gay policies and global health in Sub-Saharan Africa—these are the EXACT same issues that I will be researching/elevating at MIT and reporting at SciAm and elsewhere.
On a final and very personal note: I was able to post six or eight times daily for many years. I can't do that now. Sometimes I can do three or four posts a day. Sometimes I can't do any. But I can elevate and report "our" news, issues and concerns to global platforms. Unfortunately it takes very many hours, days and weeks to write, report, interview, transcribe, travel and elevate your work so that you can get a "like" from MIT, SciAm, The Atlantic, EBONY, international fellowships, universities, the GLAAD Media Awards, etc. Some people can't understand that. Others are envious, resentful and spread false rumors. I'm okay with that. Sometimes you need fewer people around you—fewer "likes" and fake "friends"—if they have negative energy and try to sabotage your success. Leave them behind and laser-focus on your goals. Thanks to all who have supported me all along.