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Otta Benga, Formerly Enslaved
The Epitome of a Nubian Knight

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QUOTATIONS OF "BLACK"

"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

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

STOP THE B S
STOP THE BULLYING & SUICIDES
Rally For The Cause! Washington Square Park
October 28th, 2010


STOP THE B S

STOP THE BULLYING & SUICIDES

Rally For The Cause!
Washington Square Park
In The Village, New York City
Thursday, October 28th, 2010

5:00PM To 6:00PM
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For More Information
Call David At 718/222-6300

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Celebrate Life - Stop The Madness
Friday, October 29th, 2010 / 6PM - 8PM
In Memory Of Those SGL Youth We Lost To Suicide

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In Memory Of Those We Lost To Suicide And Untimely Deaths
Come And Share Your Thoughts

Remembering Jospeh Jefferson, Mosey Viaze
Aiyisha Hassan, Raymond Chase,
Victoria Carmen White and Tyler Clementi


LGBT Center
208 West 13th Street
(between 7th & 8th Avenues)
Room 410
New York City
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Monday, October 25, 2010

MIXTAPE LIVE!
November 27th, 2010 @ Santos Party House
With DJ Selly & Numerous Guest Performers!!!

Tickets Can Be Purchased In Advance At



Mixtape Live Vol II is one of the premier events leading up to the 2010 OutMusic Awards; as well as a benefit concert for the OUTMUSIC Foundation's Sponsor A Young Person Initiative. Our effort is to be a part of the solution to help the devastating issue of homeless young people in America and support organizations that provide services to homeless young people and at-risk youth.


On Saturday, November 27th at 8PM see some of the biggest names in the community perform live before the most fabulous crowd that New York City has to offer:

Cocoa Sarai (as seen on BET’s 106 and Park)
What keeps music fresh is its way of reinventing itself and Cocoa Sarai seems to have found a beautiful balance between the past and the present. Her soulful delivery over today's club driven style of production has given her a unique sound being referred to as "Pop-soul." With influences such as Prince, Billie Holliday & Mary J. Blidge she colors outside the lines and pushes the envelope of creativity.

Baron (as seen in BLEU Magazine)
Diversely inspired by hip-hop, new wave, rock and alternative, Baron blends his powerful vocals and songwriting talents to create a phenomenal mix of musical bliss.

Chery Lily (as seen on the Vans Warped Tour 2010)
Born and raised in Chicago, Cherie Lily moved to New York City with Big Apple dreams in 2002. Cherie’s music and personality quickly made a mark on the downtown NYC music scene with her punk rock bands Spank and FlüRT, while also making an impact in New York City’s premiere fitness clubs like Equinox, Reebok Sports Club, and Crunch.

Bry'Nt (as seen in Spin Magazine)
Bry'nt has had the privilege to perform throughout the country opening for artists such as Fantasia, Teairra Mari, RuPaul, and DJ Class. From interviews on Sirius Satellite Radio with DJ Kay Slay and Angela Yee, features in a number of magazines including Spin, Bleu, and Kontrol Magazine, having his own brand of condoms, and starring in the independent film "Finding Me: Truth", Bry’Nt has put himself at the forefront of an underground movement known as “Out Hip-Hop;” which consists of openly gay, lesbian and bi-sexual artists.

Nhojj (as seen on MTV.com)
Last year Nhojj made OUTMusic Awards history when he became the first black male to win an OUTMusic award. The Alliance of LGBT Recording Artists & Performers voted his ballad “Love” 2009 OUTStanding R&B/Soul song of the year. He broke another barrier earlier this year when his gay music video “Love” reached # 1 on MTV Music Top 100 chart.

SGT SASS (as seen in Philadelphia Weekly)
Slowly but surely, Sgt. Sass is shaking up the underground hip-hop and dance scenes with their eruption of sophisticated electronic turbulance. With their latest musical endeavor, a digital EP entitled Body Rock, the potent Philadelphian pair find themselves progressing towards a signature style of rhyme and flow and destroying dance-floors from secret warehouses to clubs in every gay ghetto, while still acting as a voice to queers across the world.

LiKWUiD (as seen on AOL Black Voices)
As a rising star and advocate for the positive media literacy of women within the hip hop industry, LiKWUid has collectively performed with the following ground breaking artists; Lyfe Jennings (tour), Talib Kweli, Dr. Dre's songstress TruthHurts, Balil, Jahiem, DJ Webstar, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Bow Wow (tour), and Jazmine Sullivan.

Honey Davenport (as seen in NEXT Magazine)
Elevating the realms of androgyny, Miss Honey Davenport commands power, energy, and evolution with each stage performance.

DJ SELLY (Ubiquita Worldwide as seen in the Village Voice)
It has been more than ten years of spinning for this Lower East Side DJ who continues to successfully canvas the New York City area with her anti- radio message. Selly began her career as a college DJ who later spread her sound throughout bar/event and nightlightlife scenes in New York as well as the larger globe.

**Presented by: OUTMUSIC, BARON and ROYALTY MEDIA GROUP

Tickets Available Soon:
$10 ADVANCE General Admission ($15 at the Door)
$30 VIP Tickets
$50 ALL-ACCESS**


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Black Panther Premieres In
Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes
It's Everything The BET Black Panther
Animated Series Is NOT!!


WOW! This is soooooo freakin' qool!!!

Give a look...






REFERENCE SOURCE:
Black Superhero Fan

And according to Shadow & Act the Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes series premieres Wednesday, October 20th at 8:30p/7:30c on Disney XD

Monday, October 11, 2010

NAKO-NY Presents A Community Forum For
The New York State Freedom Party
With Councilman Charles Barron
Sunday, Oct. 17th, 2010 / 3PM - 6PM


NEW YORK CHAPTER
of the
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of KAWAIDA ORGANIZATIONS


On Sunday, October 17th, 2010 the New York Chapter of the National Association of Kawaida Organizations (NAKO) presents a community forum with the New York Freedom Party.


On Monday, June 14th, 2010, New York City Councilman Charles Barron stated that the Democratic party chose to put together an all-white statewide party, in spite of the fact that New York's population is multiracial. Barron vowed that he would begin to organize a protest bid for governor for the state of New York. Freedom party officials stated that the purpose of this new political party is to create a state-wide vehicle through which the average poor and working people can be organized into a powerful collective voice and have their issues addressed.


Some of the questions to be addressed will include the valid effectiveness of a third party, strategies for organizing state wide, honest efforts to develop coalitions among varying interest groups and fund raising tactics.

Candidates and officers appearing to speak and address concerns will be Charles Barron candidate for Governor and candidate for Lt. Governor, Attorney Eva M. Doyle and Co-Chair of the New York State Freedom Party, educator Jitu Weusi.

This event will take place at the Afrikan Poetry Theatre (APT) from 3pm to 6pm. APT is located at 176-03 Jamaica Avenue in Jamaica, Queens, New York 11432.


Councilman Charles Baron
At The Jena 6 Rally At City Hall (September 20th, 2007)

Copyright © 2007 ROD PATRICK RISBROOK


Sunday, October 17th, 2010
3PM to 6PM
Afrikan Poetry Theatre (APT)
176-03 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, Queens, New York 11432
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Admission: Bring your check book - volunteer a contribution.

For directions and information
call (718) 523-3312 or (718) 789-3264 or
email nakoinfogroup[at]yahoo.com

An Open Letter to Oprah Winfrey
Concerning the Down Low
By David J. Malebranche, MD, MPH





An Open Letter to Oprah Winfrey
Concerning the "Down Low"
by David Malebranche on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at 8:20pm


Dear Oprah,

On a beautiful, sunny October 7th afternoon in Atlanta, Georgia, I sat down to enjoy a rare occasion where I could come home early from work to catch a new episode of your daily talk show that I have watched on and off for the better part of the past 3 decades. Upon pressing the info button on my remote, I learned that your show would be discussing a woman who “sued her husband for 12 million and won,” after finding out he had given her the HIV virus. To say I watched this episode unfold in horror is a profound understatement – I was uncomfortably riveted and disgusted for the entire hour.


To be quite clear, I wasn’t horrified or disgusted by the fact that this unfortunate Black woman had contracted HIV as a result of her husband’s secretive “Down Low” infidelities with other men. As a Black gay male, physician and public health advocate who has dedicated the past 12 years of my life to the behavioral prevention and treatment of HIV in the Black community, I have heard stories like your guest’s on this day more times than I would like to admit. To the contrary, the acidic taste of bile that coated the back of my throat as I heard her story was in response to the superficial and sensationalistic manner in which you handled the topic, and how it was apparent that you and your staff have learned absolutely nothing in the 6 years since you originally interviewed J.L. King on your “Down Low” episode in 2004.

Yes, you can claim that for this updated version of your “Down Low” show, you actually included the fact that publically “heterosexual” White men and men of other races are equally capable of having secretive homosexual affairs as their Black counterparts. And yes, this new version of J.L. King who again opportunistically sashayed onto your stage to promote himself now uses the word “gay” to describe his sexual identity (partly as a consequence of the fame and fortune he attained from appearing on your show). However, everything else about the show remained stuck in a metaphorical time warp in which Black women are portrayed as simple victims with no personal responsibility or accountability when it comes to their sexual behavior, and Black men are projected as nothing more than predatory liars, cheaters and “mosquito-like” vectors of disease when it comes to HIV.

I felt like I was like watching a train wreck or an car accident about to happen: it was so awful that despite wanting to turn it off, I found myself transfixed and could not bring myself to pick up the remote or change the channel. From the ominous background music and blurred images on the screen when discussing Black men being intimate with one another (God forbid!), to your declaration that reading your guest’s husband’s sexually explicit emails and messages on gay websites “blew your mind,” the way in which your show was staged did nothing to forward the conversation on the current facts or the social context that currently drives secretive same sex behavior among Black men and the current HIV racial disparity in the United States. Instead, what came across was a clear, fear-mongering and hyperbolic message: “Black women, look out for your husbands, they could be lying and cheating on you with other men and putting you at risk for HIV.” It was bad enough that 6 years ago, after your original “Down Low” show, you single-handedly launched a major media and cultural hysteria where Black women across the country were now searching for signs of how they could tell if their men were “on the Down Low” through stereotypical signs and ridiculously offensive generalizations about how homosexual men think and act. Your show also helped J.L. King and other self-proclaimed “HIV experts” make a lot of money off this capitalistic, fear-based industry to promote their books, movies and narcissistic products on the so-called “Down Low.” It did nothing, however, but open new wounds and put salt in the old scars caused by centuries of sexual exploitation and calculated pathologizing of Black bodies in the United States and internationally. The way you and your staff have handled this topic has done nothing but widen the already irreparable rifts between Black men and women, as well as between Black heterosexual and non-heterosexual peoples.

While I realize that this is your show’s “final season,” let me give you and your staff some suggestions on how you can better address this issue of the “Down Low” and HIV in the Black community if you ever wish to revisit this issue during this year:



  • 1. Please do some research on the facts explaining why so many Black women in the United States are contracting HIV. I can guarantee you that what you find will surprise you, as the vast majority of cases are not due to so-called “Down Low” Black men. Remember that in other countries like South Africa, India, Russia and China, there are millions of HIV cases attributable to heterosexual transmission. Ask yourselves where is the proof, outside of anecdotal stories that are splashed on your show, BET and the pages of Essence magazine, that bisexual men are primarily accountable for this horrible disparity among Black women?

  • 2. If you are going to tell the story of HIV in the Black community, please give equal consideration to the social context and personal story/struggles of Black men who contract the virus, regardless of whether it is through IV drug use or sexual behavior. I can tell you for certain that if you sit down and ask these men to tell their stories, you will undoubtedly have your eyes opened to the fact that there is much more to their lives than the “predator” labels you so easily ascribe to their actions. And believe it or not, Black men can also be “victims” of this disease when exposed through their wives or female sexual partners who don’t tell them about the other people with whom THEY have been having sex.

  • 3. If you are going to talk about the so-called “Down Low,” then really talk about it. That means, be prepared to discuss how Black men are socialized in this country to believe that our manhood solely exists in our athletic prowess, entertainment value, and the size and potency of the flap of skin that dangles between our legs. Moreover, be prepared to talk about how these manhood expectations placed on Black man are in stark contrast to the stereotypical images and expectations of “gay” men we see in the media: White men who assume a gender performance of how women are traditionally expected to act. And then talk about our society’s pervasive disdain, hatred and religious condemnation of anything that does not fall into a heterosexual “man-woman” norm of relationships and behavior, and how this puts pressure on men to deny who they truly are for fear of rejection and isolation. Only when you begin to scratch the surface of these dynamics can you begin to rise above your current myopic and pathologic lens through which you view and project secret homosexuality and bisexuality as an “immoral act” on your show.

  • 4. Have your team do better research on the notion that just because men do not disclose that they have same sex relations to their female sexual partners DOES NOT automatically mean that they are irresponsible when it comes to condom use. Simply put, “coming out of the closet” does not mean that a formerly “Down Low” brother will increase his condom use. I can provide you team with numerous studies to support this statement if it goes against your preconceived notions of the so-called “benefits” of “coming out.”

  • 5. Withhold your judgment and disdain for explicit homosexual websites until you take time to explore websites like craigslist, nudeafrica.com, xtube.com and the many others that heterosexuals are just as freaky, raunchy and sex-crazed as homosexuals are. If you really want to read some conversations, pictures and videos that will “blow your mind,” check out these websites and do a show on how HUMAN BEINGS are sexual creatures – instead of suggesting that homosexually active people have a monopoly on that market.

  • 6. Finally, if you are going to have a discourse on homosexuality or bisexuality on your show in the future, please be bold and courageous enough to tell the various sides of men’s stories. We are not all self-loathing, secretive, unprotected sex-having, disease ridden liars. Surely in the work you have done in the entertainment field over the past 3 decades, you have interacted with enough same gender loving men to realize that sexuality is a fluid journey for anyone, and that there are many Black homosexual men who are well-adjusted, comfortable with who we are, and at peace with our lives.

Oprah, I was so disappointed with your show and treatment of this follow up to your “Down Low” episode 6 years ago that I don’t know if I really care to watch the remainder of this, your final season. As a seasoned journalist, you have intricately described and explored the nuances of diverse topics such as eating disorders, mental health, spirituality, violence and criminality, cultural diversity and even the benevolent nature of human beings on numerous shows. You have approached these topics with a sensitivity and attention to detail regarding the social contexts driving human behavior, that even the most skeptical viewer can understand why some people do the things they do. So why is it with this topic (the so-called “Down Low”), particularly when it comes to the task of actually humanizing Black men, that you and your staff appear mentally, emotionally and intellectually incapable of creating a show that shows the rich, diverse and complex experience of being a Black male and homosexual in this country? Is it really that difficult?

As one of the most powerful human beings this country has seen in the past 30 years, and someone whose show I grew up watching, it would be nice if you realized your influence and took more personal responsibility for the quality of your shows that address serious topics like HIV in the Black community. The careless manner in which you continue to drive a wedge between relationships among Black men and women, between heterosexuals and homosexuals in this country through your one-sided analysis of Black sexuality in your shows is reprehensible. And I for, one, refuse to sit by idly and say nothing while you spoon feed sensationalism and fear to our community who will all too willingly eat every last drop because it comes from your hand. I need you to do better Oprah – the world is watching.

David J. Malebranche, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor Emory University Division of General Medicine
49 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive
Suite 413
Atlanta, GA 30303

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Photo: Amar'e Stoudemire Poses Nude For ESPN




MAN! All I can say is PHYNE! Beautiful cover!!!!!

Now to see if I can pick up a copy!


And this previous Sports Illustrated Jason Campbell cover (August 2009) is a nice opposite (clothes on) bookend...

And YES, I do own this issue! I'm a Skins FAN. Whaddu U want?

Sunday, October 3, 2010

A Tribute To Raymond Chase, 19 Years Young
SUNRISE: 1991 To SUNSET: Sept. 29th, 2010
Our Baby Boy, A Gatekeeper, Returns To The Ancestors



Raymond Chase, 19 Years Young
SUNRISE: 1991 To SUNSET: September 29th, 2010


I didn't know you Baby Boy, but I am saddened (though I don't judge you, yet mourn you) that you felt you were suffering so much INSIDE that you needed to cut your own live short.

All I can do is celebrate the SAME GENDER LOVING GATEKEEPER that YOU were and transitioned to, and that the ancestors take care of the exodus of your SPIRIT...




It Does Get Better...