King of p-Op 2010: Antoine Dodson
Time Magazine has had its say. Mark Zuckerberg, the multibillionaire founder of Facebook who has come to control my life without the benefit of me calling him "husband," is its 2010 Person of the Year. I don't disagree with Time editor Rick Stengel's reasoning. I just have a different, unconventional choice to dub my first-ever "King of p-Op."
Enraged by an attack on his sister in her bedroom and the seeming indifference of local authorities, Antoine Dodson of Huntsville, Ala., gave the interview seen around the world. His impassioned words became a hit song that has been replicated by everyone, from marching bands to college choirs to political campaigns.
By far, this was my favorite story of 2010. It was a near-tragedy that became a ticket out of the projects for the Dodson clan. And it was all because an unapologetically flamboyant black gay man decided that he was too-through.
What I wrote about Dodson on Aug. 19 bears repeating today.
The photos present an image of a flamboyant punching bag, rhetorically and physically speaking. But when you consider that Dodson is an openly gay black man (who was) living in the projects in the deep south -- far from the cushy gay enclaves of Chelsea, Dupont Circle and West Hollywood -- you soon realize that he is one of the strongest people we've seen in a while. That Dodson can deal with the slights -- real and perceived -- that may come his way and still keep his head held high and a smile on his face despite the challenges he and his family faced is proof that he possesses an inner strength that is worthy of awe and respect.
For that, Antoine Dodson is my person of the year.
| December 15, 2010; 12:32 PM ET
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