Friday, February 24, 2017

Beyonce Issues Pro-LGBTQ Statement in Response to Trump Trans Bathroom Ruling

When life gives you lemons...Beyoncé has issued a statement urging support for LGBTQ students in the wake of the Trump administration's decision to revoke federal guidelines designed to protect transgender students in public schools. Said guidelines being common sense shit like allowing transgender students to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity. But that's none of my business 'tho.

"LGBTQ students need to know we support them. Share your support to #protecttransyouth at & put #KindnessInAction GLSEN​…” Beyonce wrote on her Facebook page. She also shared a link to the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), encouraging fans to donate to the organization.

Read more HERE.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Capturing Moonlight

If, like me, you saw Moonlight and lived for every frame of it, then you'll likely still devour Indiewire's October 2016 article detailing the film's cinematography techniques and how the filmmakers, in co-writer Barry Jenkins' words, captured the "beautiful nightmare" (I peeped that Beyonce reference) that is Miami's Liberty City.

Read it HERE.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

WATCH: Missy Eliott's New Video 'I'm Better Ft. Lamb'

Twenty years after Supa Dupa Fly and "The Rain" and Missy is still so addictive. Get into the fabulous weirdness below.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Just the Alternative Facts Ma'am

Unless you've swore off all forms of communication with the outside world, then you know President Trump's campaign manager-turned adviser Kellyanne Conway has never met a question shouldn't deflect. But alternative facts? That's some next level, bizarro Rose Nylund-meets-Annalee-from-the-X-Men type of doublethink. On the upside (if there is one), I guess we have the first next term of 2017: alternative facts. Watch this mess.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Kim Burrell and the Sin Olympics

Four days into 2017 and we've already seen the downfall of two vocal divas. But while Mariah Carey's epic New Year's Eve snafu may--and if I'm saying may, you know that performance was flaming hot piece of trash--end up as a stumbling block on the road to another Emancipation of Mimi-style comeback, Kim Burrell is on some whole other bullshit.

For those not in the know, video of the gospel singer (and, knowing self-aggrandizing church folks, likely self-proclaimed prophetess) referring to gays and lesbians as perverted during a sermon at a Houston church has gone viral.

That perverted homosexual spirit, and the spirit of delusion and confusion, it has deceived many men and women,” said Burrell. “You as a man, you open your mouth and take a man’s penis in your face — you are perverted. You are a woman and will shake your face in another woman’s breast, you are perverted."

If you're more of audio learner than a visual one, I'll let this fool tell you...

Of course once the dragging commenced, Burrell tried to clean up her mess with a non-apology apology full of classic Christian double-speak. She wasn't speaking on the LGBT community, just know 'cause you gotta love the sinner but hate the sin and video editing is an attack of the enemy and ***grabs barf bag*** oh I'll let her tell it again.

First off, let me say I'm happy Ellen decided to say "fuck that" and revoked Kim's guest spot on her show. And I happy to see black celebrities like Janelle Monae, Yolanda Adams, and Pharrell as well as activists like Deray McKesson condemning her remarks, as it strikes a blow to those who still think black equals being homophobic.

That said--and step back, 'cause mama's hoppin' on her soapbox--it both saddens and pisses me off that black LGBT folks and many of our allies are still doing the same goddamn two step when it comes to addressing religious-based homophobia. By two step, I mean the one where we slide to the left and say "______________ is a bigot, and his/her words don't describe my God," then slide to the right and say "My sin is no greater than your sin."

*Lets out exasperated sigh, then sips tea* I get it. I spent all of my childhood, adolescence and half of my twenties sitting in church pews. behind keyboards and in choir stands, and heard and chorded (that's church musician speak for when you accompany the pastor's emo breakdown at the end of a sermon) to all manner of Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve-style lunacy. I truly believed my sexuality was a sin, a thorn in my side, and was hell-bent on getting "delivered." Believe me, I get it.

I eventually chose common sense over delusion and came out, but like other LGBT people I know, I would either say or nod my head in agreement as another well-intentioned person said homosexuality was "no greater" than any other sin, that it was "no worse" than lying or adultery.

Of course I've since become an atheist and could give less than a fuck about what the Bible, Quran or Dianetics has to say about my black gay ass, and one lovely result (of many) of becoming an infidel is that I no longer feel compelled to do cognitive backflips to reconcile my sexuality and any sort of faith belief. But religious or not, ya'll we've got to stop this mealy-mouth shit. Being gay, bi or trans is not the same as being an alcoholic or a liar. Our sexuality and gender identities--our very being--and our relationships should not be viewed as slightly less heinous than being a murderer. Straight folks would never describe their orientation or relationships as wrong or sinful. So why are we continuing to sell ourselves short?

I can't think of any black person living in the 21st century who would ever, eva, eva, EVA, sit in anyone's pew and be told their skin color is inherently evil (though quiet as it's kept that gospel "truth" was preached at one time). For us, melanin trumps religion. Those of us who are black and LGBT, as well as our allies, need to take the same position regarding our sexuality and gender identity. Any belief system that says who you are is inherently flawed does not deserve your time, talents or coins. Period.

To end this screed on a shady note, I hope Kim's been brushing up on her hair and makeup skills. 'Cause without a rainbow squad to have your back, you can end up in these streets looking like:

Or like

Watch out for those edges girl!

Monday, December 26, 2016

George Michael Dead at 53

Sigh...2016 just had to take one more from us. While I didn't experience George's 80's/early 90's heyday firsthand, from Wham!'s "Careless Whisper," and "Wake Me Up (Before You Go Go)" to the solo classics like "Faith,"and "Freedom! '90,(and yes, the video was and still is everything)", you can't deny he was great singer, producer and songwriter. Get into a few songs below.

Also, take the time read this great piece by The Guardian on Michael's status as a defiant gay icon.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

The Gayest Thing About Christmas....

Photo: NBC

I'll leave you gals to finish the sentence above. In the meantime, grab an eggnog and read Bryan Moylan's article about the subtle/not-so-subtle (or imagined, depending on if you buy his argument) gay subtext of the Christmas flick Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

An excerpt:

“For a year the Donner family did a good job hiding Rudolph’s — non-conformity,” the narrator tells us, pausing slightly before landing on the right euphemism. This is the closet of Rudolph’s parents devising, which he goes along with thanks to the internalized homophobia that he inherited from both his father and Santa, the superego of the North Pole, who is equally distressed by Rudolph’s difference. Santa even goes so far as to tell Donner that he should be ashamed of his son and try to change him. It’s almost as if Santa is a church elder trying to force Rudolph into conversion therapy."

Yea, Moylan's goin' in. Read the rest HERE.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Hitler's American Model

Photo: Jack Delano/FSA/Library of Congress
James Q. Whitman's upcoming book Hitler's American Model, details how the Nazis studied America's race law's in creating their own form of institutional racism, and includes verbatim transcripts as the regime met to craft the anti-Semitic Nuremberg Laws in 1934.

An excerpt states "That transcript reveals a startling fact: the meeting involved lengthy discussions of the law of the United States of America. At its very opening, the Minister of Justice presented a memorandum on US race law and, as the meeting progressed, the participants turned to the US example repeatedly. They debated whether they should bring Jim Crow segregation to the Third Reich."

"They engaged in detailed discussion of the statutes from the 30 US states that criminalised racially mixed marriages. They reviewed how the various US states determined who counted as a ‘Negro’ or a ‘Mongol’, and weighed whether they should adopt US techniques in their own approach to determining who counted as a Jew. Throughout the meeting the most ardent supporters of the US model were the most radical Nazis in the room."

Definitely on my must-read list for 2017. Find out more about it HERE.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Kanye West Meets With Donald Trump

Photo: AP/Seth Wenig

Ugh, what fresh fuckery is this? Kanye West has met with Donald Trump at his transition headquarters, a.k.a Trump Tower, in New York. As you'll see in the clip below, Yeezy is mum with the press on just why he's meeting with the President Elect, other than saying "I'm just wanna take a picture right now."

Maybe it's part of a plot to get the Donald in a buddy buddy pose he'll later use in some eviscerating, artsy interlude blending sociopolitical commentary and a tribute to Kwame for his next tour. But chile who honestly knows, because we are eons away from 2005 Kanye West at this point.

I'm....I'm just really trying bite my goddamn tongue and reserve judgement, because 'Ye has been going through some thangs lately. Even thought my inner GIF can't help but feel like this:

'Kanye what 'chu doin', what chu doin'.....

*Holds right hand to chest and breathes deeply*. Anyway, see for yourself below.

***UPDATE*** According to Kanye, he requested the meeting with Trump to have an opportunity to "to discuss multicultural issues. These issues included bullying, supporting teachers, modernizing curriculum, and violence in Chicago. I feel it is important to have a direct line of communication with our future President if we truly want change."

It's not completely unbelievable--this is after all, the same man who once said George Bush doesn't care about black people (ah, the good ol' days). So who's to say he didn't speak with Trump about those issues? But for now my eyes stay set in this position:

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Senate Approves $170 Million to Fix Flint Waste System

Some much needed good news out of Michigan. The Senate passed the Water Resources Development Act 95-3.

The measure, according International Business Times "provides $100 million to help fix Flint’s drinking water system, contaminated by lead leached from aging pipes when the water supply was switched from Lake Huron to the highly polluted Flint River. It also provides $50 million for healthcare for children who suffered lead poisoning and $20 million to forgive Flint’s old drinking water loans. The bill also provides $70 million to activate a $1 billion fund for low-interest loans to finance upgrades to water infrastructure."

The bill, which now heads to the House, also provides $40 million for programs to help communities reduce lead in water systems, along with another $100 million to be used for lead testing in schools and daycare facilities.

Read more HERE.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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