Jason Howard Green

Jason Howard Green

Monday, September 28, 2009

This is deep. Tyra has a conversation with the sixteen year old that went through the exorcism to cast the homosexual demon out of his body. The teen now claims he is no longer gay following the "casting out of the unclean spirit." He does confess that he is still sexually attracted to men and the temptation seems to be something beyond his control. Also on the show are the prophet that performed the excorcism and her husband the overseer. According to them if you're homosexual, whether you act on your desires or not, you're still hell bound.

The prophet and overseer are so eager to throw out the "man shall not lie with man as he does with woman" verse from the Bible. But the prophet doesn't look like she'll turn down a meal from the church fish fry. But I don't hear her quoting that shell fish and catfish are also an abomination. And I'm sure the overseer hasn't eliminated pork from his diet, which also according to the Bible is sin. Is he on the train headed to Satan's den? And I hate to break this to the sixteen year old with the goatee, but shaving your facial hair, also a sin.

I'm so sick of these people from the church placing their judgement on my life. Luckily I'm now in a place where I don't care about what they think. But the reality is the harm they are causing in undeniable. Kids hear the judgement. They hear the ridicule. And they come to the conclusion that their life has no value. Unprotected sex? Okay. Dropping out of school? Okay. Drug use? All of these bad decisions don't matter because there is no concern for self preservation. Some decide that their life is not worth living so they decide to end it.

As a gay man (particularly as a gay man that grew up in the church) this show was very difficult to watch. It brought back too many uncomfortable memories. My prayer for this teenager that suffered through this excorcism is that he is delivered from this prophet and this church and that he can find comfort in accepting himself.

Friday, September 25, 2009

It's a showdown. This is probably of interest only to those that were apart of the Greek system while in college. I was a brutha of Phi Beta Sigma. The royal blue and white. GOMAB!!! I can't believe I got excited by a commercial. But this one made me want to grab my cane and pull my step shoes out of the closet. I can't wait to learn more details.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

JANET: Make Me

Life for Janet has been very crazy lately. First there was the break-up with Jermaine Dupri. Then she went into the studio working with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis on her upcoming album. Then she lost her brother. The craziness and insane media frenzy and seemingly world shut down following his death was out of control. But Janet said it best at the funeral. For us he was a musical great. For the Jackson's he was family. Then came her tribute to her brother at the MTV VMAs. If you're like me you couldn't wait to see Janet on stage again, even though it was for a sad occassion. The day following her MTV performance she leaked a song from her upcoming album. I wanted to share it with you that same night but for some reason the site was down. Today is my first time checking back and it apparently the site is up and running again and the song is still available.

I'm so excited about her upcoming album. I've purchased every album since control (usually in the opening week). I love them all. Hopefully there is a tour to come also. Most of her fans were disappointed with the announcement that her last tour, Rock Wit U, was being cancelled shortly after it began. I'm a die hard fan and will be for life. Please check out her new song, Make Me here. And get into her MTV tribute to her brother below.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Last weekend I took a couple of hours of my time and went to see a film by my favorite closeted gay man, Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself. Let me tell you now, if you're not a fan of Tyler Perry movies then you are not going to enjoy this film. It is very Perry-esque. He is criticized by many as making the same type of film over and over again. But for me - I LOVED IT!!!

Okay - let me start with the cast. Taraji P. Henson. Mary J. Blige. Gladys Knight. Marvin Winans. The professionals are on top of their game in this one. But Gladys and Mary are known for their singing not their acting. I was wondering if they would be able to bring it to the big screen. They do not disappoint. Their acting skills are terrific. And it helps they both get a chance to pick up the mic and belt out a song or two. Same goes for gospel great Marvin Winans. Playing the role of a preacher was probably not that difficult for him but he shines the most for me when he is in his natural element, singing in front of the choir. Then there is this young lady that I'm seeing for the first time. To me she is the star of the movie. It is Ms. Hope Olaide Wilson. She is playing the part of a 16-year-old that is basically the sole care provider for her two little brothers. This girl made me weak and had me crying like a lil' school girl several times throughout the film.

Now let's talk about the music. Outside of the home of the leading lady, there are two places we see often in this movie. The club where she performs and the church. So there are several opportunities for someone to break into song. As I mentioned already you have two of R&Bs greatests in this film. Is there any doubt that the music would be stellar? My only disappointment about the music is that there is no soundtrack available just yet. Come on Tyler Perry, what are you waiting on? Give me the music.

The storyline is so moving. Taraji plays April, a lounge singer that enjoys her single life and her frequent visits from her boyfriend (that just happens to be a married man). Her life is interrupted when her sister's kids wind up at her front door with no place else to go. They were caught stealing from Madea and you know she don't play that. I will admit that the story is very predictable. I don't think you'll be surprised by the ending. It's a Tyler Perry film and he tends to stick one formula. Which is why he is constantly ridiculed by the critics. But I'm ain't mad a Tyler. If it's a formula that works then why mess with it. The film in moving and inspirational and laced with good ole Christian values - halleluyer! But is that bad. Lord knows with all the craziness in the world right now we need all the positive messages we can get. So I'm gonna encourage Tyler Perry to keep on keeping on. And when you look at the influence he now has in Hollywood and you look at his bank account - the man must be doing something right.

Monday, September 21, 2009

The Color Purple Reunites Two Greats

The Color Purple is now playing in Atlanta and Fantasia Barrino has rejoined the cast reclaiming her role as Celie. But guess who was already in the touring show as Nettie. Child - it's Latoya London. Now just in case you don't know Fantasia and Latoya were friends and rivals in season three of American Idol - along with Jennifer Hudson. Although Fantasia would go on to win the show (and become my all-time favorite idol even to this day) she would remain friends with the other two divas. Season two had the most drama for me for the idols. There was this constant effort to intentionally cause tension between the three divas of that season (Fantasia, Latoya and Jennifer). But they luckily did not fall for it.

So now Fantasia and Latoya are together again working it out as sisters Nettie and Celie in this tour that I'm sure it is going to be phenomenal. In an interview Latoya recently did with Southern Voice magazine of Atlanta she talks about the same gender loving relationship between Celie and Shug Avery and she talks about her gay fans. “The show is very realistic,” she says. “It deals with real life issues — abuse, same sex love.” I only wish the tour was making its way to Phoenix. Get into the interview here.

Atlanta's LGBT liason for the police department [she's a black lesbian - I love that] speaks about her role in the ongoing investigation regarding the department's raid on the gay bar The Eagle. The claim was made that the bar was raided because undercover officers had witnessed customers of the bar engaging in sexual activity in the bar. Hopefully Officer Dani Lee Harris can do some damage control for the department.

David Archuleta on the AMLAs

This is the David I was pulling far in American Idol's seventh season. Unfortunately he didn't win. But he did go on to record his own CD and now here he is performing on the American Latin Music Awards. It was his first time performing at an Awards Show and his first time performing in Spanish. Well I must admit as a virgin to these categories he did amazingly well. Looking forward to more great things from this guy.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Gay Men as Two-Spirited - Great Video

Very powerful video about gay men as two-spirited individuals that are the gatekeepers and spiritual nourishers of a community. The individual speaking is from Egypt which is in itself a powerful testimony because we're constantly told that gay men in Africa must live a closeted life for their safety and their survival. Maybe that is the role of gay men in the southern part of the continent and not so much in the north in countries like Egypt or Morrocco (I don't know). But I am glad to have found this post and to have heard this man speak. Please watch the video and give me your feedback regarding his comments.

I really looking forward to picking up a copy of E. Patrick Johnson's book Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Stories. Johnson interviewed several black gay men from this region and turned their stories into this book. Then he came to realization that he may be able to better retell their stories by way of dramatic interpretation. He has now turned his book into a one man show of the same name. Growing up in Alabama I'm sure I'm familiar with many of these stories. I'm excited about this next read.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

I had to post this video from the Daily Show that contains one of my favorite Representatives from my great home state of Arizona. I have a gay man's crush on Kristen Sinema. They enter her office at approximately 2:15 in the video and she appears somewhat startled. This clip happened because apparently our state has come up with this brilliant plan to sell the capital and rent it back from the owners. The whole video is funny.

Kanye West - I'm So Not Gay That I Can . . .

I was just listening to this interview with Kanye West and I was a bit concerned about where this conversation was going. He starts talking about bloggers and then the dialogue shifts to homosexuality. Kanye boasts that, "I don't like men. I'm not gay, and I'm so sure of that. I'm so sure that I'm not gay that I'll wear a pink watch. That I'll wear tight jeans. That I'll stand next to people who look gay. That I'll stand next to people who are gay. That I will go to dinner with a gay person. Just me - and that gay person." Well good for you Kanye for being straight. Big whoop. But as the continued I remember why I always end up siding with this man (ego and all).

The next few words out of his mouth were, "First of all what we need to get past as Black people especially is the concept that gay people are bad because if people accept them then the concept of being gay or being cool with someone gay wouldn't even matter." He goes on to compliment the gay people in his life for their genius. Get into the interview below.

Men In Motion - Next Book For My Shelf

Looks like I have to make another trip to Barnes & Nobles. Photographer François Rousseau enters the world of the male dancer in his new photo essay Men in Motion: The Art and Passion of the Male Dancer. Some images from the new book have been released. I must say, I like what I see so far. This is hot.

I'll look for you at the bookstore. The book will be released October 6.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

On the Next GREEK

More Gay Movies & Entertainment News

I'm so in love with Greek. Who knew that a show like this would be on ABC Family? And the only reason Im into the show is Calvin. The above video is for next weeks show. Child I can't wait.

Tim Hardaway Trying to Make Amends

A couple of years ago after John Ameachi came out of the closet (making him the first and still only NBA player to come out of the closet) Tim Hardaway immediately responded with some of the most homophobic and hateful comments about the gay community I've heard. His comments, just in case you don't recall, were as follows . . .

Well, you know I hate gay people, so I let it be known. I don't like gay people and I don't like to be around gay people. I am homophobic. I don't like it. It shouldn't be in the world or in the United States.

The backlash that followed was swift and harsh. The NBA immediately pulled him from some of the events at which he was supposed to appear. Public outcry was loud and few people held their tongues in stating how stupid and hateful his comments were. But Tim Hardaway dissappeared from our radar almost as quickly as he appeared. I don't think anyone forgot about what he did, but our focused quickly shifted to the next hot topic the media was forcing down our throats.

Hardaway did apologize for his comments but that was not media worthy so most people are unaware of this. Apologies are not really news worthy - so of course we're not going to hear about them. And he promised he would do what he could to make amends for any hurt he caused.

It looks like he's trying. According to David Wylie, a committee chairman for the Trevor Project of Miami, Tim Hardaway is offering to sponsor an event for the organization. The Trevor Project is a 24/7 crisis prevention helpline for gay and question youth and is considered by many to be one of the most important LGBT youth organizations in the country. According to Wylie, "His foundation approached us and just said, 'Hey, is there any way we can help?' He wasn't looking for PR."

Looks like Tim is trying to follow through on his commitment to remedy his relationship with the LGBT community. I think it's great that he is offering to help the Trevor Project but what I find most interesting is that there was no PR tied to this. While we don't know all details (their PR plan could have been to go to the media after the project) I still think its noteworthy that this action is being taken. Hardaway could have simply stuck to his hateful mindset and ignored us altogether. He is retired from the NBA so I don't know if there would have been a lot of additional backlash from his comments if he didn't do anything at all. So I for one want to applaud him for what he's doing. Hopeful he has changed the way he feels about gay people.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

My Patrick Swayze Tribute

Hope you like. I've always been a fan of Patrick Swayze. From The Outsiders to Ghost to To Wong Foo. I think he will always be most remembered for Dirty Dancing. That movie was fabulous and the soundtrack still gets me on my feet. I loved him in Road House (we got to see his ass in that one). I loved him alongside Whoopi in Ghost. He was probably my first white boy crush (guess I never got over it - I ended up marrying a white boy). I refused to include any of his more recent pictures. He looked very ill and I don't want to remember him that way. He may be gone but he'll never be forgotten.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Mehcad Brooks: True Dat

In case you didn't know - the hottest thing on TV has been True Blood. I won't even lie, I just finished watching Season 1 for the fifth time and though Season 2 just ended I'm already on countdown to the release date. I love the fact that there is a black gay face on the show (that's what drew me to the show in the first place). But looks like there are more reasons for loving the show. Mehcad Brooks who plays Egg on True Blood just gave mad props to the gay marriage agenda.

Here is the quote from Michael, "I haven’t even gotten that far (thinking about settling down). But yeah, I want a wife, I want kids. The whole thing. But I’m also not even concerned with marrying somebody until it’s legal for everybody to get married. And what I mean by that is the whole Prop 8 thing. I find it really offensive. I just find it really problematic when you start throwing people’s rights away. Until we get our gay brothers and sisters back into a realm of consciousness that everyone else is in, it’s just not right. A woman who’s getting married — it’s probably going to be a gay man who made her dress, and a gay man who’s doing her hair and makeup, but he can’t get married. How messed up is that?"

And they say blacks folks hate gay people. Well there you have it - doesn't sound like hate to me. Great to hear reaffirming attitudes and action by our black straight allies. Contrary to popular opinion they do exist.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

BEYONCE: I Hate that I Love Her

I talk sh*! about Beyonce all the time. She's was not the prettiest in Destiny's Child ( that honor goes to Kelly Rowland). She is soooo overexposed (I can't throw a stick out my front door without hitting something Beyonce influenced). She got a big ego (it's so big, it's so wide, it won't fit). I hate her. And then I hear a Beyonce song or I see her perform and I'm like - oh yeah, that's what it's all about. This bitch deserves performer of the century in my book - but if you ask me to repeat this I'll deny ever saying it. Get into her performce from tonight's MTV Awards below. She is the truth.

Interview with Chris Willis

I was just purusing thru the internet and landed up on PlanetOut.com. I found this terrific article with Atlanta's hometown boy Chris Willis. The video below is Chris performing with David Guetta (and just a quick sidebar - if you haven't picked up David's new CD One Love it is hot to def). I was excited to see this feature on PlanetOut and to learn a bit more about this singer/ songwriter. He has a terrific voice and I'm anxious to see what the future holds for this man.

In the interview he talks about his favorite restaurants, favorite bars and his attraction to LA Fitness. Check out the interview here.

Interesting News about Don't Ask Don't Tell

According to new data, Don't Ask Don't Tell doesn't just discriminate against gays. The numbers show an interesting trend. Although people of color make up only 29 % of the military, they account for 45% of those that have dismissed because of the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy. I find this very interesting. I guess since most of the people I see protesting and the soldiers that scream the loudest against the policies are not minorities. This is another reason I think I would like to see more out gays of color and straight allies in this fight for LGBT equality. We need to realize that inequality to the LGBT community hurts all races.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Stephon Marbury Is NOT Gay!!!

And I'm not either (LMFAO). Stephone Marbury has posted another video to YouTube and he continues to deny behing homosexual while simultaneously showing off his painted toenails complete with glitter highlite. That screams STRAIGHT to me. That's all I have to say on it. Check out the video below. Though he currently is an NBA free agent, videos like this make me wonder if any team will be willing to give this mental case a shot. But I get it child - the closet will drive a bitch batty. Check out his previous YouTube post here, where he breaks down crying about being picked up by other players and misunderstood.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Laughing OUT Loud: Stephen K. Amos

I'm loving Queerty more and more each week. Several weeks ago they gave us the story about five black, gay hip hop artist we should be paying attention to (you can read about them here). Now today, I just read a story about Stephen K. Amos. Amos is a out black comedian doing this his thing on the other side of the pond. And now he venturing here in the states making 'em laugh. The article poses an excellent question - "Where are all the black gay comedians?" They acknowledge the success of Wanda Sykes and rightfully so. Ms. Sykes is the premiere black gay comedian right now. But surely there are others. There are wonderfully successful black comedians (i.e. Kat Williams, Dave Chappelle). There are some terrific gay comedians (Ellen Degeneres is no doubt the leader of the pack). But surely Amos and Sykes are not the only two black gay comedians out there. Amos posed the question wondering why we don't see successful hybrids.

Well I can tell right now that there are definitely more black gay comedians out there. They are hitting the pavement, working the clubs, and touring the country. Unfortunately, it has been very difficult for these hard working individuals to break through to mainstream success. One of my favorite comedians is Andre Kelly. I first say Kelly about a year ago on Logo. I have two words to describe Kelly. Fun - NEE! I think I found him so hilarious because the stories about his family sounded so familiar. Check him out here.

Also thanks to Logo, I was pleased to learn about Karen Williams. Her stand up special "I Need a Snack" brought tears to my eyes. She talks about her experiences as a middle aged lesbian frustrated with the stupidity she encounters in with others - like youth, dating partners, and flight attendants. As I watch her it seems like I'm sitting in a room with a friend just listening to her share her stories. Watch a clip from Karen here.

Then there is the one and only Ebony Chunky Love. I have to tell you how I found out about Mr. Keith Price. Unless you're a African-American same gender loving person, then you probably have no idea how difficult it is to find films, books, or products that speak specifically to us. So one day I was on google browsing for black gay documentaries and his dvd was suddenly on my radar. As the host of his own satellite radio show, Keith is probably the most heard of of these other black gay comedians. He can be heard on Sirius OutQ radio. Check out the trailer to his dvd Ebony Chunky Love here.

Now I know there have to be more out there. If you know of any additional, please feel free to contact me and make me aware. I'd love to know about more.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Whitney's Back - Hear the Entire Album

I just finished listening to the new Whitney Houston CD and I feel comfortable saying this - the old Whitney is back! Several songs are just off da chain. Worth It is by far my favorite at this moment. I'm a romantic at heart and this song is a shout out to those people in love. Her cover of Donnie Hathoway's A Song for You is terrific - she speeds it up a bit but it works. I've played Salute about ten times already - this song just gives me strength. The entire CD is good but there are just some songs that stand out as much stronger than others, but I think over all you will be pleased with the entire package.

I'm very happy to see Whitney back making music again. She seems very happy and she seems be working very hard to clean up her life. I'm pulling for Whitney. I want her to continue to make powerful music and to live a drug-free, productive life. Right now she's making the rounds promoting the new CD and that's what she needs. I hope she is surrounding herself with positive people that can help her keep strong.

Whitney fans will be very pleased with the new album. Haters will always find something hateful to say and I know we will hear from plenty of them. Whitney - hold your head up. I'm gonna support you come whatever. I'm a fan for life. If you'd like to hear the entire new album please go here. I know you'll find something you like. One final question - don't she look her cousin Dionne Warwick in the picture above?