Chuck’s Chat

Story by Chuck Tackett THE UPSTAIRS LOUNGE ARSON FIRE Several years ago, I wrote a Chuck’s Chat article in KC Exposures magazine. I had never heard of this incident. With the responses and feedback I received back then I knew I wasn’t alone. We didn’t know this about our LGBTQ history. Since we’re in the […]

Story by Chuck Tackett “Gold. Always believed in your soul. You got the power to know. You’re indestructible. Always believe in because you are gold.” “Gold” — Spandau Ballet It is the night of May 17th as I am writing this article. At the end of the month, we here in the Greater Kansas City […]

Story by Chuck Tackett “Why can’t you do it? Why can’t you set your monkey free? Always giving into it. Do you love your monkey or do you love me?” “Monkey” George Michael Recently, I was in the mood for comedy instead of horror. I chose the movie “Victor/Victoria” because it has been eons since […]

Story by Chuck Tackett “This is a story about control. My control, control of what I say, control of what I do, and this time, I’m going to do it my way.” “Control” Janet Jackson This article is dedicated to some of the artists I know that educates, entertains through their various talents promoting critical […]

Story By Chuck Tackett ANDREW YANG 2020: HUMANITY FIRST With the field of 2020 Presidential candidates expanding, there is a concern on how one will set themselves apart from the rest and really grab our attention. Another one of these candidates is Andrew Yang. As I said in my article a couple of weeks ago […]

Story by Chuck Tackett If you are a regular reader of my column, you know I am a huge fan of LGBT+ Kansas City’s podcast “Just My Opinion” with their hosts MT Baby and Spiritual Studd. I try my best to keep up with their monthly episodes. I even at times, put their episodes on […]

Story by Chuck Tackett REP. BARBARA JORDAN: AN ELOQUENT THUNDER Before there was a Rep. “Auntie Maxine” Waters, before there was Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, there was a presence in Congress back in the 1970s whose shoulders these two Congresswomen clearly stands on: Rep. Barbara Jordan. As a teenager and young adult in the early to […]

Story by: Chuck Tackett JACKIE SHANE: UNSUNG TRANSGENDER PIONEER “Tell her that I’m happy. Tell her that I’m Gay.” Jackie Shane 1950s-60’s singer “Any Other Way” 1962 song The following article is a perfect example of why I began my weekly Chuck’ss Chat features 23 years ago. I realized I was not very learned when […]

Story by: Chuck Tackett FAMOUS CELEBRITIES WE’VE LOST IN 2018 January: 01 – Jon Paul Steur, actor – played Rozhenko in “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” 04 – Ray Thomas, musician – a member of the rock group, “The Moody Blues.” 05 – Jerry Van Dyke, actor – the brother of famous actor Dick Van […]

Story by: Chuck Tackett NOW YOU WANT CIVILITY & UNITY? TRICK, PLEASE “I never give them hell. I tell the truth and they think it’s hell.” President Harry S. Truman Love, Peace, and Unity. For decades, members of my generation (Baby Boomers) entombed these and other similar words in our brains and hearts when we […]


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