There’s a name causing quite a stir in the social-sphere, which is being met with both cheer and reprisal just a little over half way into black history month.
It is Cleo Manago’s, after the recent rant of offensive tweets by CNN political analyst Roland Martin.
While Roland Martin’s irresponsible and unadulterated tweets during this year’s Super Bowl were duly noted, Manago’s has expressed publicly his disappointment with the lack of attention to attention to detail by GLAAD and see’s them as having a larger problem.
Recently, Manago was quoted on The Root with claims that GLAAD is “Blackphobic.”
His quote however, is merely a sliver of the larger picture Manago has painted in recent open letters about the problems surrounding Martin’s behavior and his questionable methods surrounding GLAAD.
A recent Huffington Post headline spotlights Manago and Black Men’s Xchange National, presenting the question of Manago as a possible danger, written by renowned African American lesbian activist, scholar and public theologian Irene Monroe.
Monroe’s article plays on the theme of Manago as a danger to some and a hero to others. Ultimately, Monroe’s story suggests Manago is a man of ideas, and action by highlighting the many and various achievements and milestones of he and BMX National.
The Huffington Post’s article gracefully highlights the story of Manago’s journey in LGBTQ community, and so accurately captures real issues he and his organizations have addressed.
Manago was also cited by the Huffington Post as “one of the first innovators in the AIDS movement to provide HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention services utilizing a psychosocial, mental health model that was culturally specific to the African-American identity. AmASSI has been in practice since 1989.”
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