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)
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LAST UPDATE: Monday, December 3rd, 2012

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