Otta Benga, Formerly Enslaved
The Epitome of a Nubian Knight

Otta Benga, Formerly Enslaved<br>The Epitome of a Nubian Knight

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"Whenever I use BLACK it relates to some history of Africans in that particular place. It’s the idea of the color BLACK as a metaphor, or as a representation of African-Americans. It’s the notion of BLACK- BLACKNESS - and all its other meanings in relation to the history of race..."

- Fred Wilson

"Most of my fortitude to continue doing the work comes from the moral outrage I feel about the injustices that Black people endure disproportionately daily."

- N. Abdul-Wakil

"In the end, what matters is not skin shade but pan-African consciousness. Loving your complexion, your nose, lips, hair length and texture, no matter what the politics or trends decide, and simply be. That's the problem with us (African folks). We're still learning how to love ourselves. So used to glorifying others and putting others first..."

- Dredlocks Tree

The REEL Black Same Gender Loving Filmography Resource (A 24/7 ONLINE FILM DATABASE)

The REEL Black Same Gender Loving Filmography Resource (A 24/7 ONLINE FILM DATABASE)
Click The Pic To Access The Film Library Database! (166 Films)
LAST UPDATE: Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Monday, November 30, 2009

Kevin Powell's 9th Annual
Holiday Party & Clothing Drive
Friday, Dec. 11th, 2009, 10PM - 4AM

Offical Website:

Kevin Powell's
9th Annual Holiday Party and Clothing Drive

Friday, December 11, 2009
10PM - 4AM

54 Varick Street @Laight Street
Right near the Holland Tunnel in Lower Manhattan

1, A, C, E trains to Canal Street

ADMISSION IS FREE with the donation of CLEAN new or used clothes, which will benefit the SAFE HORIZON STREETWORK PROJECT, a program that assists approximately 10,000 NYC homeless young people each year with temporary or permanent housing, and other vital services. PLEASE BRING coats, gloves, scarves, hats, boots, shoes, shirts, pants, sweaters, sweatshirts, thermal underwear, socks, etc., for the winter months.

RSVP to rsvp[at]kevinpowell.net
You MUST be 21 or over with an I.D.
Cash bar entire night

DJ Beverly Bond, DJ Misbehaviour, and DJ Reborn

Marisa King-Redwood, mking[at]buzzig.com, or 212-360-0399


Friday, November 27, 2009

A Secret Meeting Between Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Kumble Theater (Bklyn)
Monday, Jan. 18th, 2010

Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
at Kumble Theater

Join Shades of Truth Theatre
Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts
as they present:


Written by Jeff Stetson
Directed by Eric Coleman
Lawrence Winslow as Malcolm X,
Michael Green as Martin Luther King, Jr.
Ron Wilks as Rashad

Monday, JANUARY 18th, 2010
· 3PM & 6:30PM


The Meeting is an engaging and intelligent play that depicts a fictional account of a secret meeting between Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. following the bombing of Malcolm X's home.

Shortly before he is assassinated Malcolm meets Martin in a room inside the historic Theresa Hotel. They were two men with different ideologies, but common understanding of the plight of Black Americans. Join us for a MLK Day theatrical celebration and post-show discussion.

Celebrate the holiday in a unique way!

Tickets: $25 and
$15 for students, seniors &
groups of 10 or more.

For tickets
Visit us on the Web:



Box office:
Call (718) 488-1624

Thursday, November 19, 2009

OMA ---> OutMusic Award 2009
Grand Ball Room @ Webster Hall (NYC)
Tuesday, December 8th, 2009 @ 7PM





TUESDAY, DEC. 8, 2009

Grand Ballroom @ Webster Hall
125 East 11th Street
(between 3th & 4th Avenues)
New York City

7:00PM Cocktails Pre-Show Presentation
8:30PM The Awards Ceremony
11:00PM After Show Dance Party

(Extra Cost For After Party; See Website)



New York, NY (November 18, 2009) The OUTMusic LGBT Recording Academy and its Board of Directors today announced that the 2009 OUTMusic Awards will take center stage at New York City’s legendary Grand Ballroom of Webster Hall on Tuesday, December 8th at 8 p.m. The 2009 OUTMusic Awards will be hosted by Kate Clinton and Rodney Chester. This year’s milestone celebration will recognize and celebrate musical excellence while featuring performances from some of the hottest names in LGBT music. Nominations for the 2009 OutMusic Awards can be viewed at www.outmusic.com/awards.html

“We have cultivated new partnerships with some amazing organizations that know of our struggle,” said Diedra Meredith, OUTMusic executive director. “It is my hope to create an equivalent presence in the music industry for these amazing artists and performers through the OUTMusic Awards. I've been waiting all my life for this moment to arrive! Our community is tenaciously strong, it’s been a long tough road, but with the OUTMusic Awards, we will make history during a time when LGBT Equal Rights is gaining momentum! This is our entry into the fight for LGBT Equal Rights.”

This special night of celebration for LGBT recording artists will be filled with celebrity presenters to honor openly gay recording artists for their achievements and courage to be OUT and proud through their free expression of music. Throughout the night, special presentations will be made to Kevin Aviance, who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award and Toshi Reagon with the Heritage Award. Also, the late Willie Ninja will be named OUTMusic Icon for his worldwide, inspirational, innovative and trendsetting contribution to the artistry of Vogue, fashion and performance. OUTMusic will also honor founders Dan Martin and Michael Biello with the Visionary Award.

The 2009 OUTMusic Awards Pre-Show will be hosted by Julie Goldman of LOGO’s Big Gay Sketch Show and DeMarco Majors of LOGO’s “Shirts and Skins.” DJ Shane Phoenix and the Rickster of Q Nation FM's hit radio show "Q's In The Biz" will broadcast LIVE from the Red Carpet and can be seen on www.qsinthebiz.com. DJ Stacy will broadcast LIVE from the Red Carpet on Girlscenenyc.com her popular show “Listen 2 Me” presented by JAMBOX.

For this year’s awards, OUTMusic has partnered with LOGO/MTV Networks to create three new, special award categories for those artists who have befriended the LGBT community and are seen as tastemakers by the LGBT community. The three award categories included NEXT GAY ICON, FIERCELY FASHIONABLE and KEEP BRINGIN SEXY BACK. The winner will be determined by the number of votes received by fans of the artists. To vote for your favorite artist in each category, please log onto www.logoonline.com.

The evening will be filled with some of the best recording artists in the LGBT entertainment industry including a spectacular opening performance by Christine Martucci, whose song “There You Are” has been chosen as the theme song for the 2009 OMA. Also, performances by Jason Walker, Toshi Reagon, R&B crooner Nhojj, Rachel Sage, Jasper James & She Dick, Levi Kreis, Deepa Soul and Kevin Aviance. Also, a Gay Hip-Hop Evolution segment will feature Tori Fixx, J.R., Soce The Elemental Wizard,Mack Mistress and Da Fresh Geex.

Tickets for the 2009 OMAs can be pre-purchased for $25.00. Special Group discounts of 10 or more are available. Please visit www.outmusic.com to purchase tickets. Tickets will also be available at the door for $40.00.

About OUTMusic

OUTMusic is a premier 501c3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to honoring, supporting and advocating on behalf of underrepresented openly Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered artists and performers. The organization was founded by life partners Dan Martin and Michael Biello over 18 years ago to provide a safe and supportive environment for LGBT recording artists and performers. Our mission is to ensure that underrepresented OUT artists/entertainers have equal and inclusive presence in the mainstream entertainment industry. We work to put an end to homophobia in the entertainment industry and the world we live in through education, advocating and raising awareness, thus bridging the gaps that exists. We educate, advocate and raise awareness with the goal of bridging the gaps ing the gaps. OUTMusic work with the mindset, Freedom Of Expression IS OUTMusic.

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"Issues Through Art"
Presented By Circle of Voices, Inc.
An Evening of Social Expressionism
Community Artists Addressing Community Issues



"Issues Through Art"

An evening of Social Expressionism

Poetry, Singing, Book Readings, & more....

Community Artist Addressing Community Issues

Saturday, November 21st, 2009
7PM -10PM

The Center
208 West 13th Street
(Between 7th & 8th Avenues)
NYC, NY 10003


Advance admission: $10
On-line $11 w/Service fees
$15 at the door

*Group ticket special available
(Buy 10 & get one free! Offer not available on-line-must send e-mail)
(Until Nov 10th 2009 12am )


A Pre-Holiday Benefit & Market Place & Gallery (with Silent Auction)

Featuring: G Winston James -Author of Shaming the Devil, Renair- Spoken Word Diva, “Mildred” Artist formally know as “Dred”, Devin Christy – Vocalist,

Stefon Royce, Impersonator & more........

Gallery Artist Charly Dominguez & John Hanning

Vendors & Exhibitors wanted now ($40 special) Early Bird Rate

(Offer will increase Nov 10th 2009 After12am) (Limited time offer)

Info call: 718-975-0141 or email info[at]covinc.org


The Issues Through Art event was pretty decent. Not a bad show, but for some reason I was under the impression (assumption) of seeing a lot of African Diasporic drawn art. Instead the "art" manifested itself through a myriad of spoken word, dance performances, singing and drumming. It was good and I liked the event, but I was expecting paintings of art. MY stuff. But perhaps because I knew about this event through my friend Charly who posted this on Facebook and is an artist who draws, I probably drew my parallels from that.

Strangely, as my friend Charly Dominguez, whose art work was on display at this event,pointed out to me, the "issues" were kind of missing from most of the art since this was called "ISSUES THROUGH ART". The most prolific part of the event was one spoken word artist who spoke on some serious issues concerning the Black SGL (same gender loving) community and the lack of LOVE we receive from the larger Black community. I think I've seen and heard this sistah before at another African event at The Center (KWANZAA perhaps).

Below are a bunch of pics from the event of different things going on. Have FUN looking...

MilDRED Performing One Of Many Characters


MilDRED's Revelation! LOL! ;-)

MilDRED Performing Another Alter Ego Character

G. Winston James Doing A Live Reading
From His Latest Novel

Author G. Winston James Selling and Signing His Books

An Entertainment Performer

Another An Entertainment Performer

Featured "Issues Through Art" Artist Charly Dominguez
(Table 1)

Charly's Alter Ego.
Charly Is Not Only A INCREDIBLY Talented Artist
But A HOTTIE/CUTIE As Well! LOL! ;-)

Charly's Work on Exhibition (Table 2)

Charly's Work on Exhibition (Table 3)

Close-up Of Charly's Art

More Close-ups Of The Art

Brutha Jawamza Was The Raffle Winner
Of This Particular Art Piece Drawn
By Charly Dominguez!
I Was So Envious (I Didn't Win With My Raffle Ticket)
Because It's A Really Nice Art
Piece With Embossed 3D Parts.

Also, This Beautiful Art Piece Reminds Me
Of An Acquaintance
By The Name of Adam.

Jawamza (An Artist Himself, left) &
Artist Charly Dominguez (right)

Taking A Picture Together

Art Piece Name: "Bluez of a 'B' Boi"

Jawamza's African Egyptian Staff
Forged From Mahogany. INCREDIBLE!
(Not A Part OF The Art Show)

Jawamza's Website:

Jawamza With His Won Art Piece
And His Hand Forged Mahogany African Egyptian Staff.

This Pics And The Next Pic Below Are Merchandising
That Vendors Were Selling

T-Shirts For Sale

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Middle Passage: White Ships | Black Cargo
Art by Tom Feelings
Introduction by Dr. John Henrik Clarke
80 Pages

I received my copy of the book in the mail today and Tom Feelings' ART is nothing short of incredible, yet viscerally disturbing at the same time; a dichotomy. I had to share some of the images though. Y'all should out up the book whether it be Hue Man's Bookstore in Harlem, NYC or Amazon.com - Worth every penny!

Look on...


The Paths To Which Africans Were Brought To The Americas
Click The Picture To Enlarge

I downloaded the following pictures a couple of years ago. They are floating around on the 'Net on various message boards, blogs and such. Various sources (apparently copying each other like I'm doing here) say:

The four photographs below were taken in 1868 of African aboard a Dutch ship HMS Daphne, intercepted and taken from Arab slaving dhow in the Indian Ocean; source not yet known

Children of Our Ancestors of the Middle Passage 1
Royal Naval Ship 1868

Children of Our Ancestors of the Middle Passage 2
Royal Naval Ship 1868

Children of Our Ancestors of the Middle Passage 3
Royal Naval Ship 1868

Children of Our Ancestors of the Middle Passage 4
Royal Naval Ship 1868

CNN Coverage of Our Rally for Heather Ellis
By Your Black World Today

To join the Your Black World Coalition,
please visit www.YourBlackWorld.com

Dr. Boyce Watkins

Hello to my friends,

I wanted to email you during my trip to Kennett, Missouri on behalf of Heather Eliis, the 24-year old college student now facing up to 15 years in prison for cutting in line at Walmart (for more information, please visit TheHeatherEllisCase.com). The rally occurred yesterday and thankfully, it was peaceful. I was concerned about going into this area, since there were quite a few white supremacists groups standing along the march route (they were holding up confederate flags and flags with swastikas on them). I respect their rights to freedom of speech, but my concern was that things might get out of control.

There were snipers on the rooftops and even the former prosecutor of Heather's case, Stephen Sokoloff, stood on the balcony of the courthouse and watched the speeches from above. I'd visited the Lorraine Hotel, where Dr. King was assassinated, just the day before, and that provided courage and inspiration as we marched forward.

There was a standoff with police and the city attorney's office over whether or not our permit was valid. This led to some yelling back and forth between Heather's father and the officers, but I simply sat quietly during the entire process, since we'd won the battle before it even began. After the yelling stopped, our outstanding legal team simply informed the officers that we had legal grounds to hold our march with the specified permit. The officers (joined by the city attorney) had a three minute meeting and then came back to inform us that we would be allowed to march as we'd specified. This is a reminder that education is one of the greatest weapons you can have when defending your civil rights - it is best to just walk softly and make sure you carry the bigger intellectual stick.

CNN, Michael Baisden, Rev. Al Sharpton and tons of others were calling in to get updates on the march, and I will have as much footage as possible posted on the website as soon as we can. However, the real battle begins on Wednesday, when Heather's trial starts - so this is just the beginning. Personally, I don't intend on seeing this young woman go to prison, and I ask all my friends to bring the fire of heaven and hell down on those who choose to destroy this young woman's life over a minor incident such as this. Please visit the website and get involved - you can send letters to Walmart or the Attorney General's Office or donate to the family's legal expenses (there are forms on the website and donation links on the side).

There will be pictures and video footage from the rally on the main website if you'd like to see it. Also, if you can please sign our petition for the Attorney General (on the right hand side of the website, near the top), we would be grateful. There are some at Syracuse University who don't want me to get involved in issues like this (you'd be amazed at what has happened behind the scenes), but the truth is that when it comes to fighting for my people, there is no room for negotiation.

God bless,

Dr Boyce

Monday, November 9, 2009

"Ode to an AIDS Survivor" by Victor Pond
(A Guest Nubian Knight)

Ode to an AIDS Survivor
by Victor Pond

(A Guest Nubian Knight)

Even when the darkness bends

extruding the light
leaving behind an intangible night

there you will be
silently defiant
unmindful of the void before you
knowing that tomorrow
the sun will rise
to swallow up the shadow.

With the confidence
of Griots….the ones who taste stories
before sharing them.....You will walk
leaving behind carved memories
so strangers behind you
will burn with the desire
to live one more day.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

BMX-NY Presents A Movie Screening:
RAG TAG (A Black SGL Film)
Friday, November 6th, 2009 @ 8PM
Harlem, NYC

A Movie Screening of

Hey Bruthaz,

The Black Men's Xchange-New York (BMX-NY) will be screening the Black same gender loving (SGL) film RAG TAG (2006) this Friday, November 6th, 2009 @ 8PM.

We hope you can come out and see a phenomenal film about the SGL experience from a British perspective.

This film ranks as one of my top favorite three Black SGL films of all-time!! Yes! I LOVE the film that much!

BMX's address and film info is listed below.

Be qool y'all!


730 Riverside Drive (@ the corner of 150th Street)
(Entrance is on the 150th Street side of the building)
Suite 9E (9th floor)
Harlem, New York
8PM - 11PM
Google Map
TRAVEL: Take the A, C, D (front of any of those trains) or the #1 train to 145th Street

Rag Tag (2006)

Running Time: 98 minutes / Genre: Drama/Romance
Starring Danny Parson (as Raymond/Rag) and Adedamola Adelaja (as Tagbo/Tag). Produced, written and directed by Adaora Nwandu.

Despite their radically different backgrounds, young Black British boys Rag and Tag share a close bond - perhaps too close. Rag is from a single-parent West Indian home and Tag is the pride of middle-class Nigerian parents. The two are inseparable until Social Services discovers Rag's mother isn't around and he's taken far from his
London home to Birmingham.

10 years later they discover later as young men that their once
innocent desires have definitively shifted into an urgent need to be together.

Propelled by a fantastic hip-hop score, Rag Tag is an intricate,
lyrical film about love and friendship set against a cultural backdrop that has never before been seen in a same gender loving film.

Filmed in the United Kingdom and Nigeria.
Genre: Drama/Romance.

DVD Purchase: http://www.mukaflicks.co.uk/shop.html


10 GBP + Postage and Packaging (Roughly $23.00 U.S. Dollars)

PAL DVD, Multizone - will play on computers and newer DVD players
all over the world

Bonus Extras include: 'Making Of' documentary and shots from Deleted Scenes

8 - 10 days delivery from England