Saturday, April 14, 2007
Mine was slightly bizarre.
I am also a man who since I have become an adult won't stand for any of their bullshit. Let me explain.
I am not in church often, but when I am in church, I have a low tolerance for preachers who use Bible passages to condemn homosexuality and this past Easter was no different.
I was in the midwest visiting a friend over the Easter break and decided to join him and his family at the family's church. It just so happened that the preacher decided that this was the day to attack the homo's.
"And the book of Leviticus verse 22 chapter 8 says 'do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable."
He went on to quote the book of Genesis which includes the story of Sodom & Gomorrah blah, blah, blah.
As I listened to his out of context ranting about homosexuality, I suddenly had an out of body experience. I found myself standing up in a congregation of about 1,200 people. I stood silent as the people around me begin to take notice.
Suddenly the preacher, noticing that I had stood up and was beginning to get attention from the congregation said "Come up to the stage young man." As I made my way through the aisle to the stage I thought, what the hell am I doing?
When I reached the stage the preacher said "Son, you seem to have something heavy on your heart, let the Lord use you." and he gave me the microphone.
What happened next could only be described as....DEEP!
I said, "This is not right...it is not right that your preacher is using Leviticus to condemn homosexuality. Let me explain."
The book of Leviticus says a lot of things to include:
Chapter 20 verse 13 "If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads."
So according to the book of Leviticus homosexuals like me should be put to death.
Chapter 19 verse 19 "Keep my decrees. Do not mate different kinds of animals, "Do not plant your fields with two kinds of seed. "Do not wear clothing of two kinds of material."
So you all should check your clothing to see if you are wearing woven blends or you are in violation of God's laws.
Chapter 19 verse 27 "Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard." Verse 28 "Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves I am the Lord."
Everyone with fades or trimmed beards or tattoos is in violation of God's laws according to Leviticus.
And have you all really read the bible story of Sodom and Gommorah. If you haven't you should read it because no where does it say that the reason that those cities were destroyed was because of homosexuality. I also find it strange that it was ok for Lot to exchange his two virginal daughters to appease the crowd of men seeking sex with the men (angels from God).
It is strange because that was then...a different culture, a different understanding of humanity, thousands of years ago, among a people desperate for law and order during a difficult time in their historic evolution, similar to many black people today. And while many of the values espoused in the book of Leviticus are good food for thought, much of what you read here are ancient efforts to put an out of control community in check.
And if you plan to use these scriptures as a way to condemn and put homosexuals in check you are perpetrating a fraud.
I then walked off of the stage and sensing the hysteria that I had caused walked right out of the door.
Thursday, April 5, 2007
My work has me traveling freqently between L.A., NY, Atlanta and the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area. Earlier this year while at a NY Fashion Week party I literally bumped into this handsome young man that I later learned was also a model in one of the Fashion Week shows. At one point during the show, a parade of hot men began to pour from behind the flowing curtains that served as the backdrop for the collection. Then he appeared from behind the flowing curtains...tight body...eight pack abs, carmel mocha complexion. I was transfixed on him. I decided I had to meet him.
Later after the show, I waited like a backstage groupie at a Chris Brown concert. Suddenly he appeared and I introduced myself. He had a very pleasant demeaner and smile. His energy was very masculine yet gentle at the same time. I told him who I was and what I did for a living and then told him that he looked very familiar and figured that since he was a model that this is where the familiarity came from. Maybe I saw him in a magazine or something.
He then introduced himself as Demarco Majors and said that he is an athlete, a basketball player. Then it clicked. Yes, yes! You were on that website being interviewd as a gay basketball player I said. He smiled and said yeah...so many people who have seen that interview have that reaction.
I told him that I was recenlty in Oakland California at the Uptown nightclub and remembered the promoter introducing you and saying that you were leaving for NY for Fashion Week.
He laughed and said yeah, yeah...that's my boy Joe Hawkins.
He then apologized for not being able to stay and talk because he was rushing to do a video shoot with Beyonce. I asked him for contact info and he gave me his number which I put into my phone wrong due to the rush.
He also gave me the website that the video was on www.clubrimshot.com. I contacted Joe Hawkins and he sent me the links and pictures for my blog, THANKS JOE!
As I write this, I am also watching Beyonce's "Freakum Dress" Video on VH1 Soul and I can see glimpses of Demarco standing with a crowd of brothers checking out Beyonce in her new "Freakum Dress"(yeah right...I don't care how beautiful she is).
Beyonce..keep your hands off my future husband!
Hey...a guy can dream can't he? Wherever you are Demarco...good night honey.
Monday, April 2, 2007
2006 was clearly a year for some of the most amazing leading black actors in fabulous movies.
I was blown away by Forest Whitaker in "The Last King of Scottland" Jennifer Hudson in "Dream Girls" and was very impressed with Will Smith in the "Pursuit of Happyness."
This is another film Executive Produced by Will Smith (I.Robot was the other).
I don't think bruthas know how much we needed this film. How many of us have struggled through life and the ugly spirit of racism, self doubt,self hate and hopelessness. Wondering if this is all there is.
When I saw this film I cried my ass off. I was asked to see the film again by a group of friends who had never seen it and to my surprise, I cried again.
I know how it is to struggle without the support of family and still find success.
This film should be required viewing (similiar to Malcolm X & MLK)for every young black male regardless of his socio-economic status.
It's on sale now..BUY IT!
I'm chillin at my computer working, listening to and watching my favorite music station VH1 Soul when Beyonce's "Get Me Bodied" the video comes on. Although I have heard the song before I had never seen the video so I stopped working and focused on the video.
As I watched the video I was impressed (as always) with Beyonce's "dirty south/harlem hoochie" style of dancing. But I was even more impressed to see that she dedicated a section of her video and song to "The Kids" or gay men. This of course was confirmed for me when two "obviously" gay club heads appear dancing with a woman.
"A little sweat ain't never hurt nobody
While ya'll standin on the wall
I'm the one tonight gettin bodied"
Even her video "Freakum Dress" begins with to gay bruthas, who I believe were the choreographers or stylist for the that video. Good for you Beyonce!
Usually, black women don't understand the power of acknowledging their black gay male fan base publicly, at least not until they become old divas and are no longer afraid of being labled "homosexual" supporters.
I remember when Madonna came out with "Vogue" I thought, Now why didn't Janet Jackson come out with that? Black people have been so scared to publicly embrace black gay styles that they miss out on their blessings.
Beyonce, you have clinched your crown and "divadom" at an early age with a black gay fanbase young and old.
Don't stop, get it, get it.....get me bodied.
Hello Guys. Not sure if you've gotten word as yet, but there's a group of 10 plus individuals and groups that have been planning a Sizzle Takeover for the past few months. I am sending this email to you and a friend of Sizzle and Clik Magazine, thinking that you might be concerned. Just know that we are aware of all of their plans and have made and will continue to take steps to ensure that we maintain the Sizzle experience for our guest. This is a courtesy email to let you know that all's well.
The event is called the 1st Annual Meet Me In Miami and their official website (http://www.paradiseinmiami.com/). You're probably saying to yourself that Sizzle has nothing to worry about. And you're probably right. I am just amazed at the list of people and promotions groups that involved in this. I have decided not to list the names here in my email. You can find them on their website. These are promoters from Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago, New York, Miami and others.
For business reasons, I have decided not to open my events to outside promoters in fear of future possible problems. As a result of that decision the group has decided to challenge us. Sizzle is a year-round business and we treat it as such. They will be leaving their own cities, their own events to disrupt and event I started more than 5 years ago. As a rule we (Sizzle) stay out of their markets of other promoters. This group of men and "women", has no integrity, vision or creativity. If they did, their energies would be channeled towards an untapped market or event better, used to enhance their own events.
If you do business with anyone involved with this group, let them know that you can not and will not support their actions. Also, as an additional show of support for Sizzle, I enclosed a web banners that you could used on you website / blog / email blast.
Again we are OK and will do well.
Thanks for your support.
CEO / Sizzle Miami Inc
Midtown Proscenium Center
1170 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 1200
Atlanta Georgia, 30309
(404) 885-6067 Office
(404) 885-6068 Fax
It's about time that the negative stuff that goes on among black gay organizers and promoters STOP!
We continue to operate from a place of scarcity. From what I saw when I was in Miami...shit..there was more than enough sissies to fill a few large clubs.
First, the producers of Miami Sizzle should just do what they do. No one owns Miami...except for rich white jewish people and cubans.
Miami Sizzle do your thing and don't trip. Anything as successful as Miami sizzle is bound to have copycats, opportunist and messy folks. Take it as a compliment.
Enough...It's time for me to clean up my bedroom.
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Max Robinson (May 1, 1939 – December 20, 1988) was a television journalist and was the Chicago based co-anchor of ABC News "World News Tonight" from 1978-1983 in the United States, and is best known for being the only (as of 2006) African American broadcast network news anchor in the United States. He was also a founder of the National Association of Black Journalists. Robinson's ABC tenure was marked by conflicts between him and the management of ABC News over viewpoints and the portrayal of Black America in the news. In addition, he was known by his co-workers to show up late for work or sometimes not show up at all, along with his moods, and his use of alcohol escalated.
In addition, Robinson was known to fight racism at any turn and often felt unworthy of the admiration he received and was not pleased with what he had accomplished. He was often considered a mentor to young black broadcast journalists. Robinson found out he had AIDS while he was hospitalized for pneumonia in an Illinois hospital, but he kept it a secret.
In the fall of 1988, Robinson was in Washington to deliver a speech at Howard University's School of Journalism when he became increasingly ill. Robinson checked himself into Howard University Hospital, where he died of AIDS on December 20, 1988. Robinson never knew how he contracted the disease since he didn’t engage in high-risk behavior. Robinson was survived by-three ex-wives and four children.
Howard Rollins was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Daytime Drama Series for his role on Another World. Rollins was also nominated for the 1981 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the motion picture, Ragtime. In 1984, he starred in director Norman Jewison's film, A Soldier's Story which led to his role as "Virgil Tibbs" on the In the Heat of the Night television series based on Jewison's acclaimed motion picture of the same name.
In 1993, Rollins spent about a month in jail for driving under the influence and reckless driving. Because of continued legal problems, Rollins was ultimately dropped from In the Heat of the Night and was replaced by Carl Weathers. Rollins was invited back as a guest star on several episodes in the seventh season, but further legal problems led to his being totally banned from the county where the series was filmed. During this time, Rollins changed his appearance and appeared on a talk show in feminine looking clothes. Rollins died in 1996 after complications from AIDS-related lymphoma and was interred in the Woodlawn Cemetery in his native Baltimore. He had been diagnosed with the condition approximately six weeks earlier.
Theodore "Teddy" Wilson (pictured here bottom right mustache) was a character actor best known for his recurring role as Sweet Daddy Williams on the CBS sitcom Good Times from 1976 until 1979. Wilson also played the role of Al Dunbar in a popular two-part episode of the 1970s sitcom What's Happening!!. In the conclusion of the two-parter, Wilson's character gets arrested for bootlegging a Doobie Brothers concert. Wilson was married to actress Joan Pringle. He died from AIDS-related complications on July 21, 1991 at the age of 47 in Los Angeles, California.
Kevin Peter Hall (pictured bottom left) was an actor famous for his roles as Dr. Elvin Lincoln in Misfits of Science (1985), the 'monsters' in Prophecy (1979), Harry and the Hendersons (1987), Predator (1987), and Predator 2 (1990.) He also had guest spots on shows like Night Court and Star Trek: The Next Generation. He was frequently cast in monster roles due to his extremely tall stature-he stood 7' 2½" (2.20 m). His mother stood a top height of 6'2" and his father stood 6'6."
Larry Riley (pictured here) was an actor, best known to screen viewers for his role as C.J. Memphis in the movie "A Soldier's Story," and as Frank Williams in the prime-time soap opera Knots Landing. When Riley wasn't working as an actor, he was a respected craftsman who built Hollywood sets. He died of AIDS in 1992. He was forced to give up his role in "Knots Landing," because of his declining health due to the illness.
Willi Smith (February 29, 1948-April 17, 1987) was one of the most successful African-American fashion designers in fashion history. At its peak, his company WilliWear Ltd. sold $25 million worth of clothing a year. Although the company bared his name and he was the public figurehead, the majority of the revenue generated-went to white investors. Smith was also the brother of model Tookie Smith. Tookie had a long-term relationship with actor Robert DeNiro and is the mother of his twins. Willie designed the wedding dress worn by Mary Jane Watson when she married Peter Parker in the Spider-Man comic book and comic strip in 1987 and the suits for Edwin Schlossberg and his groomsmen when he married Caroline Kennedy in 1986. Smith also designed clothes for Spike Lee 's 1987 film School Daze. Smith died unexpectedly at the relatively young age of 39 after contracting pneumonia while on a trip to India, apparently as a result of AIDS. It is suspected that Smith, himself, didn't know he had the disease although those around him knew he was fragile in his last days.
Raymond St. Jacques (March 1, 1930 – August 27, 1990) was an African-American actor. Born in Hartford, Connecticut, he was known for playing the roles of Coffin Ed in the 1970 blaxploitation classic Cotton Comes to Harlem, Rawhide and a two year stint as Judge Clayton C. Thomas on the well-forgotten Syndicated TV show Superior Court from 1988 to 1990. He died from AIDS related lymphoma in Los Angeles, California at age 60. He was the father of Sterling St. Jacques (who died in 1984 from AIDS). St. Jacques and actor Paul Winfield were common fixtures at gay clubs in the Castro district of San Francisco when they were in town in the 70’s and 80’s.
Melvin Lindsey (1955-1992) was an African American radio and television personality in the Washington, D.C. area widely known for originating the "Quiet Storm" late-night music programming format. Lindsey began his broadcast career as an intern at Howard University radio station WHUR-FM. In 1976, he brought "The Quiet Storm" to the station's late-night lineup, titled after a romantic hit single by tenor crooner Smokey Robinson. The show's soulfully melodic, moody musical fare made it a phenomenal success, and "The Quiet Storm" spawned scores of imitations in stations across the country serving a black, adult, urban demographic. Lindsey's show also gave rise to a category of music of the same name. After a nine-year run on WHUR, Lindsey took his format to another local radio station, WKYS-FM, for five more years and later hosted Screen Scene (with Angela Stribbling/Suzette Charles) for Black Entertainment Television (BET). Lindsey also worked for Washington, D.C. television stations WTTG-TV and WFTY-TV and for WJZ-TV in Baltimore, Maryland. Melvin Lindsey died of AIDS in 1992, but the Quiet Storm format he originated remains a staple in radio programming today, three decades after its inception.
Ray also studied dance at the Julia Richman High School, where he would audition for Fame choreographer Louis Falco. Much like his Fame character, Ray had little professional training, but a raw talent that won him his role for the film.
Despite being a hit as a film, the 1982 television spin off of Fame only lasted one year on NBC before being cancelled. The show was later syndicated by MGM Television from 1983 to 1987. Ray also appeared in the films Out Of Sync (1995) which was directed by his Fame co-star Debbie Allen and the 1996 Whoopi Goldberg comedy Eddie.
Ray died from complications of a stroke on November 14, 2003 in Manhattan, New York. He was HIV positive at the time of his death.
Jermaine Stewart (September 7, 1957 – March 17, 1997) was an American pop singer, best known for his Billboard hits, "The Word Is Out" from his 1984 debut album of the same name, and "We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off" in 1986, from the album Frantic Romantic.
Born in Columbus, Ohio to parents Ethel M. Stewart and Eugene Stewart, Jermaine always enjoyed dancing and in school would often give dance lessons to other children for $1 a lesson. In 1972, the Stewart family moved to Chicago, Illinois where he took his first steps toward a career in entertainment. This was followed by stints on both American Bandstand and later Soul Train as a dancer.
In 1992, Jermaine teamed up with Chicago producer Jesse Saunders for his last recorded work, an album for Reprise Records. Entitled Set Me Free, the album marked a return to the dance funk style of Say It Again. The title track was released as a single in the U.S., but found little success. The album remains unreleased.
After a long battle, Jermaine Stewart died in 1997 of liver cancer caused by AIDS.
His hit "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" referred to the AIDS scare of the 1980s. In 2003, the song placed #76 in VH1's 100 Greatest One-hit Wonders. In 2005, a compilation CD celebrating Jermaine's underrated contribution to '80s R&B, including several of his hits and a few previously unreleased tracks, was released by BGF Records, an Ohio record label run by Jermaine's brother.
Eazy-E's style was marked by his youthful, high-pitched voice and his lyrics focusing on the elements of urban street life such as guns, drugs, relations between residents and the police, and deviant sexual activity.
"First i'd like ta say..Props to my nigga Pete Reynolds yo real hommie from the crib...I may not seem like a guy you would pick to preach a sermon. But I feel it is now time to testify because I do have folks who care about me hearing all kinds of stuff about what's up. Yeah, I was a brother on the streets of Compton doing a lot of things most people look down on -- but it did pay off. Then we started rapping about real stuff that shook up the LAPD and the FBI. But we got our message across big time, and everyone in America started paying attention to the boys in the 'hood. Soon our anger and hope got everyone riled up. There were great rewards for me personally, like fancy cars, gorgeous women and good living. Like real non-stop excitement. I'm not religious, but wrong or right, that's me. I'm not saying this because I'm looking for a soft cushion wherever I'm heading, I just feel that I've got thousands and thousands of young fans that have to learn about what's real when it comes to AIDS. Like the others before me, I would like to turn my own problem into something good that will reach out to all my homeboys and their kin. Because I want to save their asses before it's too late.
"I'm not looking to blame anyone except myself. I have learned in the last week that this thing is real, and it doesn't discriminate. It affects everyone. My girl Tomika and I have been together for four years and we recently got married. She's good, she's kind and a wonderful mother. We have a little boy who's a year old. Before Tomika I had other women. I have seven children by six different mothers. Maybe success was too good to me. I love all my kids and always took care of them. Now I'm in the biggest fight of my life, and it ain't easy. But I want to say much love to those who have been down with me. And thanks for your support. Just remember: It's YOUR real time and YOUR real life."
On March 26, 1995, ten days after being admitted into the hospital, Eric "Eazy-E" Wright died, at the age of 31. Among his survivors were his wife, Tomica Woods-Wright, whom he married just days before, and seven children -- one with Woods-Wright, and six others from previous relationships. 
Some believe that before his death, Eazy had made amends with Ice Cube and Dr. Dre (although others believe that only D.J. Yella saw Eazy while he was in the hospital). Dre believes that their history together overshadowed the feud. Four years later, Dr. Dre publicly discussed the death of Eazy in the song "What's The Difference" from Chronic 2001 with his lyrics, "Eazy, I'm still wit' you. Fuck the beef, nigga I miss you. And, that's just bein real with you." Ice Cube later paid tribute to him on the song "Growin Up", off his comeback album Laugh Now, Cry Later.
Wright's body was laid to rest at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, California.
TV appearances for Mr. Seales include three 1982 episodes of Hill Street Blues, one episode of Wiseguy, one Growing Pains episode, and the TV sitcom Amen as Lorenzo Hollingsworth during the 1986-1987 season. He also had a role in the mini-series Beulah Land.
Seales is most famous for his role on Silver Spoons. He played Dexter Stuffins, business manager and family friend of the Strattons, starting in Season 2. He also did some artwork as a painter. He died in Brooklyn, New York of AIDS.