Marquis Bey

Marquis Bey is an unapologetically Black feminist Ph.D. student in Cornell University's English department studying Black Feminist Thought, African American Literature, and Transgender Studies. He has published a number of academic articles on race and gender, and also writes for more public forums on the topics of feminism, Blackness, and language. Aside from his "academic jam" (thank you for the phrase, Kristen), Marquis enjoys watching cartoons, working out, collecting cat posters, and losing touch with the outside world by receding into the tumultuous recesses of his own mind.

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    Confessions of a Male Feminist Hip-Hop Fan

    “Wake up, sisters (and brothers) Take back the mic and take back the night and take back the right to rhyme unmolested and uncoopted by corporate controlled media fueling machines of politics, war, and music.” — Janell Hobson, Hip-Hop Hegemony If there is one plucky intellectual barnacle that I grapple with everyday as a Black […]

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    Unbecoming Myself in Pursuit of a Feminist Manhood

    When it comes to implicit, explicit, and sometimes fatal coercions to “Be a man,” I’m just like, “Nah, I’m good.” Like, for real, that whole staunch masculinity bullshit is played. I’m over it. Leave your gendered cowardice, your masculine fragility hiding behind diffident displays of cultural proverbial (and sometimes literal) dick-swinging at the door. ‘Cause, […]

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    As a man of color, I am not your fetish

    “Dude I’m not into black men and I think your sexy that’s saying a lot.” —Text message from a white woman I used to know While most romantic—indeed, nearly all—relationships are full of complexity and turmoil, there is a particular and specific kind of dynamic in my heterosexual relationships with white women as a Black […]

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