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

Sunday, June 26, 2011

BMX National Presents
I AM A MAN: Black Manhood & Sexual Diversity In The Black Community (Forum)
Saturday, July 16th, 2011 @ 2:00PM (NYC)

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Contact: Anthony Truly
Telephone: 212-928-1957
Email: infinitygroup[at]yahoo.com
Website: BMXNY.org
Download: "I AM A MAN" Public Relations (PDF)

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Rev. Al Sharpton, Marc Lamont Hill
and Cleo Manago
to Contribute to Historic Discussion at
Black Manhood & Sexual Diversity Forum in NYC

I AM A MAN Panelists (Banner)

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The Black Men's Xchange National Joins Forces

The National Action Network and
The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement for

Black Manhood & Sexual Diversity
In The Black Community" Forum

Rewriting Black Manhood Myths 17 (Anthony Jenkins) - Vertical

Saturday, July 16th, 2011 @ 2:00PM
@ National Action Network

New York, NY - From comedian Tracy Morgan's controversial rant to CNN's Don Lemon's 'coming out', to the historic legalization of same-sex marriage in New York last week - homosexuality is at the forefront of water cooler conversations these days. It is a particularly hot topic within the Black community, given the social, political and cultural ramifications inherit within this community. Where as in previous generations, in order to escape oppression, some very 'light-skinned' Blacks 'passed as White,' today many same gender loving (SGL) men pass as heterosexual, hiding in plain sight, to escape the pain of being regarded as less than "real men."

In response to the brewing controversy around homosexuality and the Black community, the Black Men's Xchange (BMX) National has joined forces with the National Action Network and the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement to present the community forum I AM A MAN: Black Manhood & Sexual Diversity in the Black Community on Saturday, July 16th at 2:00 PM at the National Action Network in New York. The National Action Network is located at 106 W. 145th St. (near Lenox Ave.) Black Men's Xchange National is the nation's oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to promoting healthy self-concept and behavior, cultural affirmation and critical consciousness among same gender loving, gay-identifying and bisexual African-descended males and allies.


I AMA MAN (Sanitation)

Recalling the signs carried by Memphis sanitation workers at the strike where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, I AM A MAN is an affirmation of the common struggle of Black men, and a call for the inclusion of the SGL men among the collective. Noting a rash of highly publicized homosexual teen suicides across the country and that the highest incidence of HIV/AIDS in the Black community is still among Black men, most of whom are homosexual and bisexual, Reverend Sharpton cites, "There is absolutely a need to have this discussion."

Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover (11-year Old Suicide)Joseph Jefferson

11-Year Old Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover



Says Cleo Manago, "For generations, the Black community has been so preoccupied with survival in America, or assimilation, we have rarely stepped out of this to figure ourselves out, or rationally address our perceived differences with each other. This forum is one of those rare opportunities on an essential issue."

I AM A MAN (Emery Franklin)

Black Men's Xchange-NY Co-founder, John-Martin Green insists, "This human rights struggle - for diverse Black men to be fully present, respectfully representing our range - can only be won as we muster our courage as a community to face our fears and end misunderstandings that produce unhealthy behaviors and division among us."

I AM A MAN (many demostrate)

Join BMX National and their community partners to jointly build a stronger community, where whether SGL, bisexual or heterosexual, it is safe not to "hide in plain sight" anymore. I AM A MAN: Black Manhood & Sexual Diversity in the Black Community will be a forum dedicated to insuring that all Black people can be respected and affirmed.

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Cleo & Al Sharpton (Breakfast)

AmASSI/BMX Founder Cleo Manago & Reverend Al Sharpton

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Other Countries: Black Gay Expression
25th Anniversary Celebration at
Summer Solstice - The Legacy Continues
June 25th, 2011 @ 7:30PM (NYC)

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Other Countries: Black Gay Expression
25th Anniversary Celebration at Summer Solstice
The Legacy Continues

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

LGBT Center
208 West 13th Street
(between 7th & 8th Avenues)
Room 410
New York City

Admission is Free
(see attached flyer; feel free to distribute)

Featuring readings and performances of the work
of past and current members of Other Countries
Black gay men's writing collective.
For info contact kevmcgr[at]pipeline.com

Monday, June 20, 2011

Taylor Siluwé (of The SGL Café Blog) Transitions
Sunrise: Janaury 27th, 1966 to
SUNSET: June 19th, 2011




Saturday, June 18, 2011

By Dynamite Entertainment
Plus A Little Black Panther Mixed In Here

Official Website: DynamiteEntertainment.com
WOW! Qool Ass Cover By Artist Alex Ross

Story by

Alex Ross, Jai Nitz

Art by
Wilson Tortosa

Colors by
Marlos Ilagan

Letters by
Simon Bowland

Covers by
Alex Ross

Dynamite Entertainment

WOW! I just came across this comic book from one of my favorite websites/blogs Black Superhero Fan.com and this book sounds awesome.

I have to get this book and check it out. To my knowledge it is already up to issue #4. The publisher also hosts a bunch of other books such as The Green Hornet.

Bring The Thunder #3
(Viciously Qool Cover By Alex Ross)

Bring The Thunder #3
(I'm Not Sure If This Cover Or The One Above Is
The Variant Cover)

The following art pages are from Bring The Thunder #3. Click on any of the images to enlarge them...

...And I Can't Forget MY BOY Black Panther. The latest issue #520 releases June 22nd, 2011...

And a qool qat by the name of IsmailW (writer/illustrator) has some creative vibes. Click here to see more and scroll down the page...

Kevin Powell - A Progressive Community Leader in the African Diaspora
Supporting Marraige Equality

Official Blog: KevinPowell.net

(A Guest Nubian Knight's Perspective)

Why I Support Gay Marriage


My adopted home of New York is grappling with becoming the sixth (and most populous) American state to legalize gay marriage. Whether it happens or not, gay or same-sex marriage as a movement in America is here to stay. That is why I am saying very loudly, as a heterosexual male who plans on marrying the woman I love in the very near future, that I support gay marriage. And that I feel it should be the law in the entire United States one day. In short, I believe in human rights for all human beings. And equal protection under the law for all Americans.

I have actually felt this way for a number of years, as I’ve spoken about equal rights and treatment for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in my speeches across America, and I’ve condemned homophobia and violence against the gay community in my writings. I have even made it a point to walk in gay pride parades, as a community and political leader, and I have participated in marches and rallies calling for safe spaces for the LGBT community in the aftermath of brutal attacks.

For me the reasons for these actions, through the years, are quite simple: I believe in equal rights for every human being; I believe that each and every one of us are sisters and brothers; and because of my own experiences, as a Black man, dealing with institutional and individual racism in America, to this day, I don’t want to see any group oppressed, marginalized, discriminated against or ridiculed in the way my people have been. In other words, I am not just opposed to injustice that relates to me. I am opposed to any form of injustice that would stunt, hurt, or damage another human being, because I am so clear that we as a people are linked and if some of us are not free and empowered, then none of us are free and empowered.

I think of this a great deal when I think of women and men I know, for fear of alienation, fear of losing a job or other opportunities, and for fear of being abused verbally or physically, or both, who simply keep their sexual orientation to themselves. That is just not the way to live, where you cannot be who you truly are. Just think of the emotional and spiritual toll that must take on a person’s psyche. Could you imagine what your life would be like if you had to hide or repress parts of who you are, just to make others feel comfortable about themselves, or just to survive in a world hostile and opposed to your very existence?

This is often very noticeable in our religious settings, be it churches, synagogues, or mosques. As an African American, I know the Black community is certainly not any more homophobic than any other part of America, and I reject any claims that we are. I’ve crisscrossed our country many times and have heard and witnessed horrific homophobia from people of various backgrounds. However, I do understand why many in my community are so outspoken on the issue of gay rights and gay marriage. We’ve been a people under siege since we were kidnapped from Africa and brought to these shores as slaves four centuries ago. We’ve seen our manhood and our womanhood denigrated and castrated from multiple angles. And we are a deeply proud people, proud of what we’ve survived, proud of what we’ve achieved, and proud of our relationship to whatever God we believe in (and yes, most of us do believe in God), against all odds. That does not leave much room for honest and open dialogue about sex, sexual orientation, or the abuse and misuse of sex in my community, as is the case in other communities, unless we struggle to build and create that room. And no room, no dialogue, typically means fear, misunderstanding, and, yes, even hatred of those who are “different.”

But the grave danger of such a locked-in mindset is that right in our midst are individuals living their lives in guilt and shame because they feel, and they know, there are no safe spaces for healthy conversations on the many kinds of experiences that exist in the human family. Add in the constant barrage of negative and toxic sermonizing about gay people, including from pulpits every Sunday, and what we have is a deep inability and unwillingness to see the humanity in all of us, in spite of differences and disagreements.

I believe that is why so many in my community are hypersensitive to comparisons between the Civil Rights Movement and the gay rights movement. We as Black folks can never, for example, hide our skin color. But if one is White, or White and gay, one can more readily move and excel in America because of the persistent reality of skin-color privilege, even if you are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. And I certainly know many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Black folks who complain of the racism within the gay community, even as the movement for gay marriage spreads, presumably for all gay people. It is my sincere hope that racism in the LGBT community is eventually dealt with openly and honestly, and in a way we straight folks have historically refused to do in America.

And it is my sincere hope that Black people, my people, begin to understand that the Civil Rights Movement, and most of our movements for justice and equality in America, dating back to slavery, have been so soulfully forceful and prophetic, that inevitably other people, other groups, would be inspired to fight for their own rights, too. But because so many of us are still deeply wounded by American racism, conversations about and comparisons to our struggles come across as diminishing or denigrating our very unique American journey.

But this goes both ways. I also challenge people in the gay marriage movement’s leadership (the White leadership, that is) to really think about linking your very necessary movement to the Civil Rights Movement without ever having any real and consistent dialogue with responsible and open-minded Black leaders or other leaders of color. I clearly see a connection between each and every American movement for social justice, which is why I am an ally and supporter of the gay marriage movement. But many will not because there has not been any genuine and consistent outreach and dialogue on this issue. Just the borrowing of language, tactics, and historical reference points is not enough.

The above notwithstanding, as a Christian I refuse to be a member of any church (or visit any religious institution, regardless of faith) that recklessly and aggressively condemns homosexuals, or any spiritual center which refers to homosexuality as a “sin,” and seeks to “cure” gay people of their sexual orientation; and which, in one breath, talks about God and love yet in another breath preaches, directly or indirectly, hatred and ugliness toward gay people. Last time I checked none of us are God, none of us have had direct conversations with God, and the Christianity I believe in and practice is about love for all human beings. All means all.

Indeed, so many of us act as if gay sisters and brothers have not been in our lives and in this world until very recently. Well, they have been, and they have been a relative, a childhood friend, a hairdresser or a barber, a coworker or employer, a choir director (or even the pastor, rabbi, or imam), and they have been and are a part of every sector of American society and American history. Case in point, we often give Dr. King the major credit for the famous 1963 March on Washington, but it was actually a gay Black man named Bayard Rustin who spearheaded that historic event. But just as those who refuse to see them have habitually made Native Americans, Blacks, Latinos, Asians, women, the poor, and persons with disabilities invisible, the same has been and is the case with the gay community.

I was one of those individuals who refused to see or acknowledge the humanity of gay people until I began to actually hear to the voices of that community. In fact, that is precisely why I moved to New York City, because it truly is a rainbow, or what former Mayor David Dinkins called “a gorgeous mosaic” of human beings. Be it my cast mate Norman on the first season of MTV’s “The Real World,” or my first editor-in-chief and other staffers at Vibe magazine, or the many poets I’ve worked with in the literary scene, or the many painters, actors and actresses, singers and musicians I’ve crossed paths with, over time, as I listened and learned I heard tales of triumph and sorrow, of joy and pain, very similar to my own life journey. And all of us want the same things: a decent quality of life; decent and affordable housing; a job or career that makes us happy and that which brings us pride and dignity; and we all want love, love to give and love to receive, from family, and from an intimate partner, God and the universe willing.

My New York City journey led me, over time, to rethink my own homophobia (I was never a gay basher but I certainly had my fears and trepidations at one time), and it made me think about the former college mate of mine, a gay man, who allowed me to live with him and his teenage brother when I had no place to stay in the late 1980s. It made me think about Jonathan Van Meter, that first Vibe editor-in-chief who remains, to this day, the only person ever to give me a full-time job as a writer. It made me think of Michael Cummings, an openly gay visual artist in Harlem, who rented me a room in his brownstone when I lost everything after my Vibe years and was suffering through a terrible depression. And I think about the countless stories of gay sisters and brothers who have been verbally abused, physically assaulted, or killed for being who they are. For sure, the saddest funeral I’ve ever attended in my life was for Shani Baraka, daughter of famed poet Amiri Baraka, after she and her partner Rayshon were shot dead by the estranged husband of Shani’s older sister. It was at that funeral, as I cried and cried, that I vowed I would become outspoken, as a straight person, about homophobia, and the awful hatred many gay people, be they out or not, have to confront daily.

For that reason I am not interested in tired, predictable debates about whether someone was born lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, or if they “chose to be that way.” I reject former New York Giant David Tyree’s assertion that legalized gay marriage will lead to “anarchy.” I know many same gender-loving couples, both male and female, which are raising children of their own, either by birth or adopted, and they are amazing parents. And, no, they are not “making their children be gay” as some are quick to suggest. Furthermore, this kind of ridiculous logic is what led many, back in the 1980s and early 1990s, to associate the AIDS virus solely with the gay community or, as I remember so clearly, many to think if they had an interaction of any kind with a gay person, no matter how innocent, “the gayness would rub off on them” or they would get the AIDS disease simply by touching or being in the same room or area as a gay person.

Fear is a not-so funny thing, particularly when it transforms itself into profound ignorance and hatred and some of us, again, start thinking we are God and, thus, can judge and condemn people. That is why I don’t concern myself with Biblical quotes conveniently used to attack and condemn gay people, because I know that same Bible has been used to justify, say, American slavery, or the subordination of women. What I do know is that just how it was once illegal for Blacks and Whites to marry in many states in this country, and it is morally wrong for us, in the 21st century, in our democracy, to tell people who they can and cannot love, or marry, because we want, fear and hateful reactions firmly in our hearts, to determine what love and marriage is for every single individual.

For those with selective amnesia love is an unfiltered expression of devotion to another human being. Marriage is simply the legal and official confirmation of that devotion. I know many gay couples who’ve been together for years, for decades, even, but because they cannot legally wed in most American states, they do not have the legal and economic protections of women and men married to each other. Yet they have relationships stronger and far more committed than many heterosexual couples I know personally.

And because none of us, not you, not me, can tell anyone who and how they should love, I say now is the time to come into the 21st century and acknowledge, at this historic moment, that we are all children of whatever God or Goddess we believe in (or not, and we have that right, too), all creatures of this universe, and that if our nation, and our planet, is to truly move forward, then it is time to create safe spaces for love and marriage for all people, equally.

About Kevin Powell...

Kevin Powell, activist, writer, public speaker, is the author or editor of 10 books. His next books include Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan, and The Ghost of Dr. King: Blogs and Essays, and The Education of Kevin Powell: An Autobiography. Email him at kevin[at]kevinpowell.net or follow him on Twitter, @kevin_powell

2nd Annual Harlem Pride (2011)
Scheduled Events At Casa Frela Gallery,
Marcus Garvas Park & Harlem Lanes
June 23rd - 26th, 2011 (NYC)

Official Website: HarlemPride.org

The Harlem Pride 2011 Event Schedule

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Breaking The Silence: Depression in Black Gay Men
Hosted by Antoine Craigwell

Shane Tull, LICSW-R, GMAD
Victor Pond, Griot Circle
Rev. Stacey Latimer, Pastor, Love Alive International
DJ Baker - Radio Host, Da Doo Dirty Show

- discussing, educating, informing, and raising awareness
of depression in Black gay men to change and save lives.

Casa Frela Gallery
(47 W. 119th Street - between Lenox & 5th Avenues)

6PM - 9PM
FREE To The Public

For More Information Visit: http://www.dbgm.info

Friday, June 24, 2011


Come out and meet the Harlem Pride, Inc. Board of Directors,
elected officials, community leaders, and supporters.

Sponsored by El Dorado Rum
Catered by Kai & I, Inc.

Featuring DJ Mario, with guest DJ Andre Collins
and award winning recording artist Syl Simone!

Casa Frela Gallery
(47 W. 119th Street - between Lenox & 5th Avenues)
(a wonderful gallery AND a private residence!)

7PM - 11PM
Tickets: $50 each (includes open bar & buffet)

Carmen Neely (Harlem Pride's Executive Director)

Saturday, June 25, 2011


Come show your PRIDE and celebrate with us.
We've got vendors, artists, elected official, and other guest speakers.
Don't forget to check out the SAGE Health Fair as well.

Marcus Garvey Park
(124th Street & 5th Avenues)

12 NOON - 6PM
FREE to the Public (Vendors $50 for a table and 2 chairs)



Harlem Public Library
(9 W. 124th Street, between 5th Ave. & Mt. Morris Park West)

12 NOON - 4PM
Featuring health screenings, health information,
health and wellness workshops, and medical service providers.

Sunday, June 26, 2011


Harlem Lanes
(2116 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd @ 126th Street, 3rd Floor)

6PM - 10PM
Come and enjoy bowling with your friends and family.
Rental, food & beverage discounts offered.

UPDATE (Wednesday, June 29th, 2011):

Here are some pics I took from the 2nd Annual Harlem Pride this past Saturday at Marcus Garvey Park...

I Saw This Ad On The # Train And Pulled Out The Cam
To Get A Picture.

It Was Good To See Black Representation

I'm Headed To The 2nd Annual Harlem Pride!
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The Official Harlem Pride Desk

Video Interview At The Black Men's Xchange (BMX-NY) Table
Official Website: BMXNY.org

Writer/Producer/Director Patrik-Ian Polk (Pink Shirt)
Doing Some Filming With a RED CAMERA!!!!! WHAT!!!!

Friends Donald and Paul

Friends Brian and Herb

Bruthaz From ADODI,
A Same Gender Loving Afrocentric and Spiritual Organization
That Hosts Annual Summer Retreats

Kenny and Randy


Dadland's Outreach Table

MY Friend Brian

Ra Shawn and His Son

Patrick Givin' A Hug

Bryan Jazz and Michael E.

BMX Bruthaz Doing Outreach and Voter Registration

Beautiful Ladies

Graphics Designer, Author and Cartoonist Michael-Christopher

Michael-Christopher Promoting His Latest Project,
The Eye Candy Coffee Table Photo Book

Purchase The Book From Michael's Official Website:

Attractive and Beautiful Brutha and Model Jorge Lander.
He Was The Hands Down Best Model In Last Year's (2010)
DC Black Pride Fashion Show
Check Out His Portfolio HERE

Activist Keith Boykin and George B.

I Got My Eyes On You

Terry, Another Photographer Getting Good Shots

Cute Doggies

Harlem Pride's Executive Director Carmen Neely
And BMX-NY Chapter Co-Founder John-Martin Green

Charly (pictured right) and His Friend!
Charly Wanted to Trade My Beads For His!
Ummmmmm... NAH MAN!

Legendary SGL Entertainment Promoter
James Saunders (center) and Donald

Likwuid Stylz!
As She Professes... "Always Mix Your LiKWUiDs"

OBB ---> Out and Beautiful Brother

Entertainment Promoter and Estate Realtor Laurence Pinckney
(Green Shirt)

Xavier and Antoine Having a Debate

A Brutha Gettin' His Two Cents In
And Professing There's Nothing Wrong With Homosexuality.
Good For Him!! We Gotta Speak Up For Ourselves!!!


Brutha Zavier

The Brutha On The Extreme Left (Unicef Shirt) Is a Mad Cutie!!! Smiley Teeth.gif
He Wouldn't Let Me Take A Solo Picture Of Him
I Settled For A Group Shot With His Friends Instead! LOL!
I'm Good With That!

ADODI Bruthaz Jason and Jonathan

Brutha Edward

Sistah Workin' The Panny Cam