Jamal Encalade

Stories from Jamal Encalade

I saw Moonlight 3 days before the election of Donald J. Trump (P45). At the time, I believed I lived in an imperfect world where hope still loomed and progress was never too distant. I was eager to see that world reflected in the stories of the film’s character Chiron, who I had never seen but already knew. Though a stranger, I knew Chiron’s story was needed to elucidate the experiences of a community rendered invisible.  Black queer men have been pigeonholed to academic journals that limit us to DL culture, where our only contribution was to the HIV/AIDs epidemic.