Child, a bitch is busy, so I don't have the opportunity to watch TV on a regular. But I'm loving Vogue Evolution being a part of this season of America's Best Dance Crew. So I have to stay on top of their performances via YouTube (thank you to my friend Rod who continues to forward them to me as they come). These kids are serving. They are great dancers and I'm really pulling for them to win.
Monday, August 31, 2009
"All I want is the people to come forward and talk about it," said Beverlyn Mack, Tyli'a Mack's mother. "I don't like it because my child was born just like everyone else — through a mother's womb," she said. "And I don't think it's fair for other people to take other people's lives."
I've attended the Transgender Day of Remembrance several years in a row. At this remembrance, the trans community acknowledges the trans people that were killed over the course of the year. It seems that each year the list gets longer. So I'm left to wonder if we'll ever see the day when this madness will stop.
Monday, August 24, 2009
And oh yeah - great rendition of On the Ocean. You have a beautiful voice. For those that would like to hear her sing, check her out here.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
I have to admit, I am very pleased to see black folks spear-heading the fight for LGBT equality. The restaurant was very stupid in it's actions and I'm sure there will be consequences. We can only wait now to see how severe those consequences will be. Ms. Ford and Ms. Brown - go head with yourself. You make this black gay man proud. Please get into their video below.
I can't believe the audacity of some people. Now that these people have lost they have to come up with every reason in the world why their failure is someone else's fault. So now, although Semenya may be all women biologically and was probably born all woman despite her accusers concerns, she has to endure this taunting and judgement while she is on the world stage. Lord, give her strength. She is going to need it. Her mother and her grandmother have verified her gender identity and if anyone should know I would think these women would. If I were her I would NOT consent to the testing. I know this will probably make even more people raise and eyebrow but fuck'em. She has proven herself to those that matter and in my humble opinion - the rest can just . . . well I won't go there. I'll just congratulations Semenya on your win.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
When I got the news about his death it hit me that I may never have an E. Lynn Harris moment again. I'm sure other fans of Harris understand the E. Lynn Harris moment. True fans of his always paid attention so we knew when another one of his books was being released. Then the countdown began; it's the countdown to the day the book would be released and I can make my trip to Barnes & Nobles and pick up my copy. The MOMENT I'm referring to is the moment you get into the book store and actually pick up your copy of the book. The moment is intense and exciting because you know that you're about to escape into another world filled with beautiful people, romance, drama and that special magic that only E. Lynn Harris could create. I'm not ashamed to say that on several occasions I've taken the day off from work to enjoy a new book by Harris.
The death of E. Lynn left me a bit wounded because I couldn't again have an E. Lynn Harris moment. Or so I thought. Apparently there are two novels that were completed by Harris before he suddenly left us. One is schedule for release in September. That's next month. That means that another E. Lynn Harris moment is just over the horizon for me. Hooray! Mama Dearest will hit the shelves of your favorite bookstore very soon and it will be a follow up to Not A Day Goes By. This news brings a smile to my face (and I'm sure to many other faces too). The other novel, The Bentley Chronicles, is scheduled to be released in 2010.
Also, apparently there are still people working to make several of his books make it to the big screen. This is also fabulous news. I've always thought his stories would play out very well on film. I won't get too excited about this latter news until I hear casting is happening or production has started. But I'm hopeful that this vision makes it to reality. Until then I have all the books I currently have on my shelf and the two novels that are making there ways to the bookstores to keep me happy.
Friday, August 7, 2009
I just don't understand how the kids involved in this assault thought this was amusing. What's funny about holding a guy hostage and violating him with a hockey stick. I know how locker room behavior works and I know that teens need to demonstrate their Alpha Male mentality occasionally. This really manifests when there is a group of others watching. But these kids are now realizing there are consequences to their action. Homophobia may not even be a factor in this equation. The main catalyst for this behavior is probably stupidity and adolescent immaturity. It'll be interesting to see how this plays out when these kids go to court.
I'm so excited about Wanda Sykes getting a show. Her's is a voice that is needed on television right now. She speaks what many of us are feeling. Even though the show may only air once a week, it makes me excited about watching TV again. Lord knows I don't have a reason to watch it right now (well I do have Real Life Housewives of Atlanta - that's the bomb).
Wanda, I am wishing you much luck on your new show. I will be tuned in every Saturday night to see you. I want to say thank you for being the funny lady that you are. Thank you for making me laugh so hard that I shed a few tears. Thank you for bringing awareness to gay bullying and namecalling. Thank you for coming out and representing the black LGBT community so well. You are an inspiration to many.
But before I go, let me recap. We got a Black U.S. President. We got a Hispanic woman on the Supreme Court. Now we have a black lesbian with her own TV show. Child, we done overcome and somebody forgot to tell me. America - go head with your self.
One of my all time favorite people in the world (and someone that I suspect is a member of the LGBT community) was recently spotted at a lesbian bar having herself a good old time. According to the New York Post, Queen Latifah aka Dana Owens aka Who You Calling a Bitch was sited at the Country Club's Wednesday night lesbian party "Eden." According to the source of the NY Post, "She chilled for several hours, ordering bottle service for her friends and chatting up promoter Maggie Collier."
Maybe Latifah is getting ready to make the big announcement. I think it would a terrific thing to have more out African-American celebrities. Lord knows there is plenty of room for more. Kudos to the few we have (Wanda Sykes, Rahsaan Patterson, Meshell N'Degeochello) but there are so many more that need to walk in their truth. But for Latifah, I love her death in or out of the closet. But if she decides to come out, she will fly to the top of my celebrity list.
Monday, August 3, 2009
I am excited to see Spearman continue his vow to be an out and visible force for the gay community. If you remember, Spearman was the first individual from the original cast of Noah's Arc to come out as gay. I know we assume that they all play on our team but most of them have not admitted to it. Thus far, the only out individuals are Spearman, Darryl Stephens (and he was basically forced out when Out magazine listed him in their Out 100 year end special) and Wilson Cruz. Keep up the great work Doug Spearman.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Of course he received a question about Dr. Louis Gates and his recent arrest. They wanted to know what the organization was doing about the incident. But he also received a question about Prop 8 and the inability of African-Americans to embrace same-sex marriage.
I think his answer was great. His response was, "black voters have been scapegoated - so many pundits blamed the passage of Proposition 8 on them. But it would have passed even if 100 percent of the black voters had voted against it."
I loved this answer. For some reason the passage of Prop 8 seemed to be dropped squarely in the hands of black voters. I just had so many issues with this. But I won't digress. Let's continue with the interview of Jealous.
Why do you think it’s such a divisive issue in the black community?
So you think gays should mobilize blacks instead of expecting you to?
"That’s exactly right."
The final question seemed almost accusatory. To me the phrasing of the question sounds like a set up. But it was a set up that Jealous didn't fall for. Why would the gay community expect the NAACP to mobilize blacks on gay issues? It's terrific that the organization can be an ally on LGBT issues but I would not expect the NAACP to take the lead in the fight for same-sex marriage. The question to me sounds like its trying to absolve LGBT groups from having to engage black folks in a dialogue about same-gender loving issues.
That may not be the case but thats just what I seemed to get out of this. Anywho, I'm impressed with how Jealous handled the questions he received. I don't know if the answers were abbreviated for the article or if Jealous intentionally gave short answers because he was guarded (but if he was guarded - I can understand why). I'm hoping the allegiance to the fight for gay rights issues that Julian Bond started for the NAACP is continued under the leadership of Jealous. Only tme will tell.