Essays & Commentary by Janet Mock TV

 

‘Make Space For That': Discussing Gender, Race & Representation with Black-Ish Star Tracee Ellis Ross

When I got word that I would be sitting down with Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross for an interview on September 18 while filling in for Larry King on his new eponymous...

In Defense of Clair Huxtable & the Angry Black Woman In TV & Beyond

In the second grade, all I thought I could aspire to was being a secretary. Not that there is anything wrong with being an administrative assistant but there...

My Feminist Awakening & the Influence of Beyonce’s Pop Culture Declaration

I have a reluctant relationship to labels, especially when I feel forced to clothe myself in them to signify my identity. James Baldwin created this beautiful...



An Open Letter to Jane Doe, the 16-year-old Girl Who Smiles & Dreams From Behind Bars

Dear Jane Doe*, I've known about you ever since you wrote that moving letter to Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy, pleading for your release. It marked...

Why I Asked Alicia Menendez About Her Vagina & Other Invasive Questions

I initially said, "No," when Alicia Menendez reached out to me on Twitter about her "great idea." Alicia's pitch involved me asking her the invasive questions...

Elixher’s ‘Body Issue': Reclaiming Our Stories, Our Narratives, Our Bodies

In a chilly industrial studio in Long Island City, a week before the release of Redefining Realness, I lay nude on a gray backdrop. Though my hair was teased...