Malik Post: Introducing HIM
Welcome, and thank you for taking the time out to visit our website. These last few weeks have been an amazingly beautiful creative process for HIM, and as a collective, with an indefatigable spirit, have produced both a podcast and website. We are beyond elated to share the fruits of our arduous labor. This is a proud moment for us individually as well as a collaborative group; a composite of four queer men of color creating a platform and healing space for not only ourselves, but also for the black LGBTQIA community, extending our branches further into the greater black community.
I am terribly ashamed to admit that the initial desire to create this podcast was borne out of a marriage of sorrow an aloneness. Ever since I was a little boy I have had this feeling that has followed me, a feeling that I have no true place in this world. A space of my own, to feel safe, to feel loved, and to grow. This need for a safe space created a sense of urgency within myself, and it is that sense of urgency that would lead me to creating this very podcast. The idea of creating a new podcast came to fruition February of 2017.
Trey was the first person I asked to sign on to this project. I’ve been following Trey on social media since he was 16 years old, and I have always appreciated his taste in music and art. His work ethic exceeds people twice his age, and he’s simply a beat on a computer. Being privy to the fact that he would be attending FIT in the fall I thought he would be a great fit for the project. Erin would be the next person I would contact regarding the project.
I first met Erin in 2013 (or 2014) through a friend who is very special to me. He also served in the Navy and was stationed in the city that I am originally from. If my recollection serves me well I believe Erin tweeted that he would be moving to NYC soon. Of course, I sent him a DM explaining the project. Erin and I have always run in the same circle of friends, and I have always admired and agreed with his intellect on social media as well as offline. Erin is most certainly a true charismatic who’s voice I feel as though would be invaluable to the project.
The last piece to the puzzle was Stevie. I’ve followed Stevie for about 6 years on social media. It’s funny how one grows with another through various social media platforms, but I literally have been with Stevie through each and every journey. That being his YouTube channel, his infamous Tumblr page, and his inspiring fitness challenge. Over these 6 years, we have both shows each other love, and he has always been so pleasant through correspondences. Admittedly, I was a little nervous that he wouldn’t want to be involved in the project, but I tried my hand anyway. After careful consideration, he sent me a message advising me that he would be signing on to the project; a sense of relief washed over me. I had my team and now the real work could begin. From February through August we had biweekly conference calls to prepare everything that we needed for a successful launch. During that time, we decided on the name HIM for the podcast. Stevie and I were already residents of NY and Erin landed in NYC as of July, and Trey the last piece, moved to NYC as of August. I am so thankful that we are all in NYC now, and that everything worked out accordingly. We have faced challenges but God has seen us through each and every trial.
"HIM" welcomes you to our safe space. Come as you are. We implore you to bring your pain, your sorrow, or your broken heart. This is for the underdog, the disenfranchised, the oppressed, the forgotten, and the unwanted. If you feel that you are struggling alone, HIM is here. If you have never been loved, HIM will love you unconditionally. If you are ready to heal then we are ready to heal with you. We at HIM look forward to you all following us on our journey. HIM will tackle topics pertaining but not limited to fem identity, dating in the LGBTQ community, HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness, and other topics centered in queer theory. Our debut episode will be available at midnight, and we will be releasing a new episode on a weekly basis. A music playlist will also accompany each new episode so please feel free to check out our playlist. We will update our website daily so please make sure to check in at your convenience. We hope you enjoy our first episode, and we hope to hear your comments and feedback via our social media platforms (@HIMpodcast), via email, or you can just drop us a line by clicking the contact tab.