Thursday, November 20, 2014

deepsouth and World AIDS Day

Had a chance to see the film deepsouth last week, as part of a World AIDS Day event. It's a documentary about HIV & AIDS in the U.S. South, and how silence and shame are at root for the continued epidemic in the U.S. South. 

I enjoyed the film and post-film discussion led by director Lisa Biagiotti. Got a real understanding of how silence and shame around sex & sexuality, along with the reverence given to Southern tradition, make for a recipe ripe for HIV and AIDS in the U.S. South.

If you're part of a campus or community Cultural, Gender, or LGBT Center,  or part of an HIV/AIDS Education agency, I encourage you to contact the film director and arrange a screening of the deepsouth film.

Monday, November 17, 2014

LoWriting: Shots, Rides, Stories from the Chicano Soul

Had a wonderful time attending an event for the LoWriting: Shots, Rides & Stories from the Chicano Soul anthology at the Cal State L.A. Student Union today (11/17/14). Great readings, photography, and stories about the positive elements of Low Riding communities in L.A. and nationwide.

Anthology editor, S.J. Rivera, plus three contributors -- Art Meza, Viva Flores, and Tara Evonne Trudell -- shared their pieces and talked about the significance of Low Riding to the Chican@ community, plus the inspiration behind their pieces and the anthology.

Get a copy for yourself. Or catch the LoWriting team at other book events in L.A. this week at UCLA or in Boyle Heights for other events.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Healthy Masculinities and Eagle Men's Retreat. Lit Review.

In addition to my QPOC novels, I am a Student Affairs professional.

This weekend, I attended and presented at the ACUI Region I, a regional conference for College/Student Union professionals. My co-workers and I presented on Healthy Masculinities, Gender Performance, and the Cal State L.A. Eagle Men's Retreat that we facilitated in February 2014.

Because the Prezi text was small, and may have been difficult to read, I'm sharing the Lit Review that we used and referenced during our ACUI Region I presentation.

Even if you didn't attend, but follow me due to my QPOC work, you may still find this Lit Review helpful for your further scholarly inquiry.

Men and Gender Performance
Berkowitz, A. (2011). Using how college men feel about being men and “doing the right thing” to promote men’s development. In T. Davis & J. Laker, Masculinities in higher education: Theoretical and practical considerations. (pp. 161-176). New York, NY: Routledge

Kimmell, M. (1994). Masculinity as homophobia: Fear, shame, and silence in the construction of gender identity. In H. Brod and M. Kaufman (Eds.), Theorizing Masculinities. (pp. 147-151). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage

Intersectionality and Identities
Crenshaw, K., Gotanda, N., Peller, G., Thomas, K. (Eds.) (1996). Critical race theory: The key writings that formed the movement. New York City: The New Press.

Stewart, D.L. (2008). Being all of me: Black students negotiating multiple identities. Journal of higher education, 79 (2) , 183 – 207.

Strayhorn, T.L. (Ed.) (2013). Living at the intersections: Social identities and Black collegians. St. Louis: Washington University Press.

Men of Color & Gender Performance
Harper, S.R. (2005). The measure of a man: Conceptualizations of masculinities among high-achieving African American male college students. Berkeley Journal of Sociology, 48(1), 89-107.

Williams, R.A. (Ed.) (2014). Men of color in higher education: New foundations for developing models for success. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing

Men of Color, Queer Identities, & Gender Performance
Alexander, B.K. (2006). Performing black masculinity: Race, culture, and queer identity. Washington, D.C.: Alta Mira

Johnson, E.P. (2008). Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South--An Oral History.  Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Launching a Book. Applying to Doctoral Programs. And Being a Fabulous Professional. Oh My!

I like juggling multiple plates, projects, and processes. I do.

So in addition to being an author, a friend and son and very social person, a Student Affairs and Higher Education professional, a scholar, a speaker and panelist, an advocate for ethnic, gender, and social justice awareness and equity... I'm shopping around for grad schools.

Specifically, looking at Doctoral programs in Educational Leadership and Higher Education. While I'm concentrating on Southern California programs at CSU Long Beach, UCLA, Loyola Marymount, and USC, I've had scholar friends encourage me to consider some out-of-state/fly-in on weekends for classes programs. Yikes!

Launching a book and completing school application processes -- both happening simultaneously in January 2015 -- is a fun juggling act. I need to do GREs again, write statements of purpose, gather recommendations... AND I need to do events to promote Play It Forward. And that's on the side of being a full-time professional at a University.

I've always been an overachiever, wanna do everything, like staying busy type of person. I'm hoping I can stay above water with multiple and equally important processes in my life.

Oh my!

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Bloggers, Reviewers, College Cultural Centers & LGBT Centers: My New Book Needs You!

Hello Readers,

My novel, PLAY IT FORWARD, will be published in January 2015 by Bold Strokes Books (ISBN: 9-7816-2639-2359). I am writing to you in hopes that you will consider:

§  Visiting my website,, for Chapter 1 excerpt from PLAY IT FORWARD and for information on my previous novels, Down For Whatever and Right Side of the Wrong Bed.

§  Ordering the novel from Bold Strokes Books, your local bookseller, or online retailer for personal, professional, or academic use:

§  Inviting me for an in-person or Skype reading, discussion or writing workshop with your organization

§  Writing a notice or review about the novel in a publication or online/social media site you work with

§  Telling your friends and colleagues about the book and its upcoming release

Malcolm Campbell is the director of a south Los Angeles organization focused on mentoring gay youth, and his nineteen-year-old nephew, Blake, is being sent to stay with him for the summer. Malcolm has always been a community and family role model everyone looks up to. But he also has a secret he never knew he had… until it pops up on the Internet.
Across town, in the closed and closeted world of Black Hollywood celebrity, pro-basketball player Tyrell Kincaid and R&B singer Tommie Jordan are public heroes in a very private relationship. After a series of indiscretions and slipups, the relationship becomes fodder for speculation and outing by the paparazzi and nationally-known gossip reporter Livonia Birmingham.
Despite living in two different worlds in L.A., Malcolm, Blake, Tommie, and Tyrell find themselves in the same arena, where they’ll have to risk it all to protect their hearts and their destiny.

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, I am a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and Loyola 
University Chicago. 

A finalist for the PEN Center Emerging Voices Fellowship, and an alum of the VONA (Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation) Writers Workshop, I am a social justice advocate. I live in Los Angeles and work with college students to help them find their voices and develop pride in their cultural and gender identities. 

I am the author of Down for Whatever and Right Side of the Wrong Bed, a Lambda Literary Award finalist.
Thank you for your time and consideration. I hope that you will love PLAY IT FORWARD as much as I enjoyed writing it. I look forward to discussing the possibility of a review, feature, or reading.

Frederick Smith
Author, PLAY IT FORWARD, January 2015
ISBN: 9-7816-2639-2359

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Write Funnier? Read It Out Loud First. Ha.

I love book reading events. Go to them whenever I have a chance. Some are lively. Some are informative.

But I found this writing tip online at The Blackboard, which I plan to use for myself. For fun/funny writing, read it out loud!

Monday, September 22, 2014

We'll Miss J. California Cooper

J. California Cooper, one of my all-time favorite writers, died over the weekend.

I love all of her short stories and novels. I've written about her numerous times during the course of keeping this blog.  Here are links to those previous posts on J. California Cooper.

$100 And Nothing

J. California Cooper

Some Love, Some Pain, Sometime 

Life is Short, Wide, and Can Tease You

Life is Short But Wide


Friday, July 18, 2014

The Whitney Houston Movie. My Life as an Extra.

I had one of the most fun experiences this week. I worked as an extra on the Whitney Houston movie that Angela Bassett is directing for Lifetime TV. I was an "excited fan" at a Whitney Houston concert. :-)

Long days. Long periods of waiting. But LOADS of fun!

I think you'll all be amazed and surprised at how good the movie will be, how great Deborah Cox as the "Voice of Whitney" is, and how amazing Yaya DaCosta is as Whitney Houston.

Still on Cloud 9!