Fast Company recently released their 2013 “Smartest Women on Twitter” list in which you will find no, I repeat, no black women. At all. So, in honor of black-queer greatness, here’s a new series to present to you amazing, intelligent black, queer women that are smart enough to be on anyone’s “Smartest” list. These women have greatly impacted the fight towards black LGBT visibility,social justice, and all around wonderfulness- and as a nice touch, all will have Twitter accounts.
Stacyann Chin- Poet, Writer, Activist- Twitter/stacyannchin
Staceyann Chin, a native Jamaican, has written a number of thought-provoking poems and even had a one-woman show at New York City’s Nuyorican Poets Cafe. She was co-writer and original performer in Russel Simmon’s Poetry Def Jam on Broadway. She wrote a memoir entitled “The Other Side of Paradise,” and was featured on “The Oprah Show” where she expressed the difficulties coming out as a lesbian in Jamaica. She has spoken openly about her pregnancy through In vitro fertilization, and proudly represents as a single, lesbian mom.