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

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Same Gender Loving (SGL) Version of
"The Dating Game": Rainbow Dating Game Show
& The "Newlywed Game": Rainbow Couples Game (Sep 25th & 26th)

DTEG Theatre Proudly Presents
The Same Gender Loving Version Of

"The Rainbow Dating Game Show"

"The Rainbow Couples Game Show"
With Your Host
Lee Truesdale

Friday, September 25th, 2009
Saturday, September 26th, 2009

112 West 131st Street
(betw. Lenox Avenue and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd)
Harlem, New York City

Tickets: $20
Contestant Info: 212/991-8471

A Black Same Gender Loving Film
Playing At The Best of NewFest @ BAM
Sat & Sun, August 29th & 30th (Bklyn, NYC)

Hey Black Family,

Every year NewFest and BAM team up toward the end of the summer to present some of the best homosexual independent films out of the NewFest Film Festival that happens every June. This team-up is called The Best of NewFest @ BAM. The selection of films at BAM usually have a healthy selection of films with the Black same gender loving (SGL) experience in mind, though not all the film do so.

Three films I wanted to mention in particular (I haven't seen any of them yet) is Mississippi Damned (2009), Rivers Wash Over Me (2009) and black./womyn.: Conversation with Lesbians of African Descent (2008).

Mississippi Damned (2009) Directed by Tina Mabry

Mississippi Damned
Saturday, August 29th, 2009 at 4:30pm
Running Time: 120 minutes
Directed by Tina Mabry

Winner of the Best Narrative Film at NewFest, Mississippi Damned is an intensely personal story set in Mississippi between 1986 and 1998. Three siblings dream of escaping from their small town and an endless cycle of addictions, sexual abuse, and violence that has plagued their family for generations.


Rivers Wash Over Me (2009)

Rivers Wash Over Me (2009)
Saturday, August 29th, 2009 at 9:40pm
Running Time: 83 minutes
Directed by John G. Young

A gay NYC teen faces devastating challenges when he’s sent to live with family in the South. Racial and sexual politics take their toll on a family, and ultimately a community, in this unique and powerful drama about coming to terms with oneself.


Conversation with Lesbians of African Descent (2008)

Conversation with Lesbians of African Descent (2008)

Sunday, August 30th, 2009 at 4:30pm
Running Time: 97 minutes
Directed by tiona.m

Black lesbians between 18 and 60 speak about their experiences with sexuality, religion, discrimination, marriage, gender roles, identity, and activism. Features poets Cheryl Clarke and Stacey-ann Chin, artist Hanifah Walidah, and hip-hop performers KIN.


I'm told by my boy Jair, The Literary Masturbator from Cali and my friend Martey here in New York City that Mississippi Damned is a most spectacular film! So I can't wait to see it myself. I personally like young actor Malcolm David Kelley from the hit and exceptionally well-written tv series LOST. As small as his role was on LOST I LOVE da little brutha, so yet, another reason I want to see this film.

As for Rivers Wash Over Me, we'll see... I'm gonna be straight up front and say I personally do NOT care for interracial films, and, YES, I have a MAJOR BIAS! I'm also not into white "gay" (homosexual) films either (mark my distinction between the use of ther term "SGL" and gay" in my blog entries) or the Boy Culture (2006) type of films with one (token) Black person in it; another bullshit dynamic!! Yes, I liked (not loved) Noah's Arc, but NO, don't wanna see Boy Culture because the powers-that-be tried to do some crossover appeal by having actor Darryl Stephens in it. NO! Nada! Not feelin' dat! I LOVE seeing the Black SGL experience where Black men are interacting with one another (in a positive way) or Black women interacting with one another. BLACK on BLACK LOVE is what I'm sayin'. Though more and more Black SGL films are coming out there's not nearly as many as the white gay experience. You can stroll through TLAVideo.com which has some of the largest homosexual libraries of film and tv content out there, and you'll see that there aren't too many Black SGL film available overall. Basically, I'm saying that I'm a Black SGL brutha and I wanna see the Black SGL experience. Period!

With that said, I'm only mentioning Rivers Wash Over Me (on a thin thread and it's NOT a Black SGL film) because the (white) director John G. Young directed two other interesting films I saw called Parallel Sons (1995) and The Reception (2005). John G. Young, for whatever reason, has this absolute fascination with homosexual relationships where Black and white men are concerned. For example, Parallel Sons had some interesting moments that I like (especially the twisted ending), but I do object to the "angry (and sometimes out of control) Black man who escapes from jail" dynamic coupled with the white boy from a small town who "wants to be down with the Black culture and has dreadlocks" syndrome. The Reception did not deal with homosexual race relations, but it did have a race relations arc in the film nonetheless. Though one of the main Black male characters in the film just doesn't stand up for himself in certain key moments of the film and allows himself to be degraded as a Black man which was absolutely irritating to say the least. However, I did like the blossoming relationship between the two bruthaz and the possibilities of their relationship.

So, with all that said, the jury is out (until Saturday) on Rivers Wash Over Me. Because one of the boys is African-America, I have a vested interest in that character and to see how his role and story arc plays out. I may report back on these films. More information is listed below if you're interested in seeing these or some of the other films listed at BAM.

Be qool y'all!

General Admission: $11
BAM Cinema Club members: $7
Seniors and Students (Mon—Thu, 25 and under): $8
Buy online or by phone at 718.777.FILM (theater ID #545)

BAMCinematek / Rose Cinemas
30 Lafayette Avenue
(between Ashland Place & St. Felix Street)
Brooklyn, New York City

Train Travel:
2, 3, 4 or 5 trains to Nevins Street; “G” train to Fulton Street