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Chloé Hilliard Chloé Hilliard grew up in predominantly hasidic Jewish south Williamsburg. Her family was one of a handful (“like, one hand”) of black families, and it wasn’t until she was 13 and “ready to become a woman at her bat mitzvah” that her mom explained, “we’re black.” It only complicated things slightly that Hilliard’s family was Pentecostal, with full-blown speaking in tongues and falling to the floor at church—she describes the services as “Olympic.” Hilliard...
Hadiyah Robinson You remember when a chocolate replica of your asshole was a thing you could buy for the person you loved on Valentine’s Day? The internet was convinced that a dozen delicately carved, tasty buttholes was an excellent gift idea—Hadiyah Robinson, thank god, remained unconvinced. One of her best videos on Internet Action Force warned “Just picture your grandmother buying your grandfather a box of her chocolate buttholes. ‘Mmm, that’s delicious,’ says your grandfather....
Sabrina Jalees It’s hard to imagine Sabrina Jalees without the gay jokes, but she kept her routines homo-free for several years at the advice of an industry guru, and as a sort of self-protection mechanism. In Toronto Life (Jalees is Canadian!) she wrote about finally coming out to her family: “At home, I was in the closet. My dad grew up in a village in Pakistan, my mom in a Swiss farm town. There were...
Franchesca Ramsey Consider yourself forewarned: if you enter the comments section with Franchesca “Chescaleigh” Ramsey, you might lose a limb. Confused about the new Ghostbusters trailer? Wondering why ‘caucasian’ is still a word we use? Be careful what you query. She has a quick, striking wit, and she’s not afraid to use it against anyone and everyone. Ramsey is a writer and contributor on Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, where she just started...

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