Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Jamal Parris Speaks On Eddie Long Accusations

Jamal Parris, one of the four young men who filed suit against Bishop Eddie Long alleging that he coerced them into sexual relationships, talked to Fox 5 Atlanta about his relationship with the pastor. As I watched the video, all I could think is shit just got real. Watch the clip below:

H/t Son of Baldwin

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Bill Maher's New Rule For The Rich

As usual, Bill is both on point and hilarious. Golden quotes:

"Americans think rich people must be brilliant; no -- just ruthless. Meg Whitman is running for Governor out here, and her claim to fame is, she started e-Bay. Yes, Meg tapped into the Zeitgeist, the zeitgeist being the desperate need of millions of Americans to scrape a few dollars together by selling the useless crap in their garage. What is e-Bay but a big cyber lawn sale that you can visit without putting your clothes on?"

"When you raise taxes slightly on the wealthy, it obviously doesn't destroy the economy -- we know this, because we just did it -- remember the '90's? It wasn't that long ago. You were probably listening to grunge music, or dabbling in witchcraft. Clinton moved the top marginal rate from 36 to 39% -- and far from tanking, the economy did so well he had time to get his dick washed."

 Read the rest here.

Eddie Long Speaks On Accusations

Five days, four lawsuits and two i-Phone pics later, Bishop Eddie Long finally addressed accusations that he coerced four young men to have sexual relationships with him while lavishing them with cars, clothes and cash. Of course his speech (or sermon if you like) had all the necessary ingredients for a classic non-denial denial.

Neither confirming or outright denying the charges levied against you? Check. Trotting out the supportive wife and kids? Check. Twisting the case into a biblical battle, in which you simultaneously compare yourself to one of the holy book's heroes and label your accusers villians out to destroy the ministry? Check.  All the while accepting thunderous applause, according to The New York Times:

Addressing a New Birth Missionary Baptist Church sanctuary packed with thousands, Bishop Eddie Long neither discussed specifics of the lawsuits filed against him nor flatly denied the accusations. But he drew thunderous applause when he addressed his flock publicly for the first time since the first lawsuits were filed several days ago.

"There have been allegations and attacks made on me. I have never in my life portrayed myself as a perfect man. But I am not the man that's being portrayed on the television. That's not me. That is not me," he said as applause interrupted him during the first of two services Sunday morning.

Long's final remarks during the service invoked the biblical story of the small David doing battle with the gargantuan Goliath.

"I've been accused; I'm under attack. I want you to know, as I said earlier, I am not a perfect man," he said, briefly pausing for effect. "But this thing I'm going to fight. I want you to know one other thing, I feel like David against Goliath. But I got five rocks, and I haven't thrown one yet."

And church folks ate it all up like the Sunday afternoon all-you-can eat buffet at Ryan's. Rod 2.0 pretty much sums up my thoughts about the whole spectacle.
"On a personal note, it was totally expected and sadly disappointing to watch thousands of churchgoers applaud a man accused of using their church tithes to buy cars and give cash to teenage boys. Apparently, there is no rush to seek the truth, only a rush to convince themselves that they haven't been lead by a hypocrite. Good luck with that."
Good luck indeed!

Watch the whole thing below:

And in case this predictable response has got you feeling down, here's little snippet from the good bishop speaking on preacher's and "God's sperm," courtesy of Son Of Baldwin. Watch below:

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Eddie Long Saga Continues...

Tidbits from the Eddie Long case keep dropping from the sky like manna from the heavens. ABC News obtained photos from attorney BJ Bernstein, both of which show the pastor posing in Lyrca muscle shirts in two separate bathrooms. These photos, allegedly sent to young men in his congregation, were sent via e-mail in November 2008 and signed ""Eddie L Long, Amazed by His Grace."

In a statement released today and read on The Tom Joyner Morning Show, Long denied the charges and said he was hurt by the allegations, according to CNN.com.

"Let me be clear: The charges against me and New Birth are false," the statement said. "I have devoted my life to helping others and these false allegations hurt me deeply, but my faith is strong and the truth will emerge."
Long asked for patience "as we continue to categorically deny each and every one of these ugly charges" and requested prayers for himself, his family and the church. He said he will respond to his congregation from the pulpit on Sunday."

Yes, stay in the ivory church tower, safely surrounded by sycophants and all your adoring sheep (but to be fair I guess he does owe them some sort of an explanation. After all, they are indirectly paying for the cars, the house, the jewelry...). I don't even think Aaron McGruder could dream up some of this stuff. Watch the ABC news segment below:

At The Count Of Three.....WERK!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Third Lawsuit Against Bishop Eddie Long Filed

A third lawsuit has been filed against Eddie Long by 23 year-old Jamal Parris, accusing the pastor of acts of sexual coercion similar to the two lawsuits filed Tuesday, according to CNN.com. Long will hold a press conference tomorrow morning, according to his spokesman Art Franklin.

You can read Anthony Flagg's and Maurice Robinson's lawsuits here and here.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Two Men Accuse Eddie Long Of Sexual Coercion

Why am I not surprised. According to CNN.com, prominent Atlanta pastor Bishop Eddie Long has been accused of by two young men of coercing them into having sex.

The pastor took one plaintiff, Anthony Flagg, 21, on overnight trips to a half-dozen American cities in recent years, Flagg's suit alleges. "Long shared a bedroom and engaged in intimate sexual contact with plaintiff Flagg including kissing, massaging, masturbating of plaintiff Flagg by defendant Long and oral sexual contact," the suit says.

Long took the other plaintiff, Maurice Murray Robinson, 20, to Auckland, New Zealand, in October 2008 for his 18th birthday and engaged in oral sex with him, Robinson's suit alleges. "Following the New Zealand Trip, Defendant Long regularly engaged in sexual touching, and other sexual acts with Plaintiff Robinson," Robinson's suit alleges.

Long spokesman Art Franklin said Tuesday that "we categorically deny the allegations.""It is very unfortunate that someone has taken this course of action," he said. "Our law firm will be able to respond once attorneys have had an opportunity to review the lawsuit."

Unfortunate is definitely the right word, especially since Long has built a reputation for being virulently anti-gay. In December 2004 he led a 25,000-strong march against gay rights and gay marriage according to Rod 2.0, and in 2007 he was named "one of the most virulently homophobic black leaders in the religiously based anti-gay movement.," by the Southern Poverty Law Center's magazine. The suit also alleges that Bishop Long framed his sexual relationship with the two young men in a spiritual context.

The suits allege that Long chose the plaintiffs to be his "Spiritual Sons," a program that allegedly includes other young men from the church.

Flagg moved into a home owned by another New Birth pastor when he was a high school junior, according to the suit, where Long would sometimes share a bed with him. Flagg was eventually put on the church's payroll, his suit alleges, with Long personally delivering his checks.

Flagg's suit says that Long presided over a spiritual "covenant" ceremony between the two of them.

"It was essentially a marriage ceremony, with candles, exchange of jewelry, and biblical quotes," Bernstein said Tuesday. "The bishop [told] him I will always have your back and you will always have mine."

Touching souls in more ways than one. How many times do church folks (i.e straight black folks and delusional queens) have to see this mess play out again and again before it sinks in that you can't pray the gay away? That no matter how many times you run to the alter after hooking up with some church queen on BGC, no matter how many times you top but don't bottom, no matter how many women you managed to slide up inside while secretly thinking of the head deacon, you will STILL BE GAY.  Granted the case is in its early stages and the full story hasn't been revealed, but needless to say, shit is about to hit the fan.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Vid Pick: Rihanna "Who's That Chick"

BABAY, I am feelin the hell out of Ri-Ri's new musical direction. I mean this bitch did a complete 180--from the haunting, gothic darkness of "Hard" and "Russian Roulette" to colorful candyland madness--in less than a year. A total visual and musical shift. Seriously this is some Madonna-type shit (and you know I don't use Madge's name in vain). I'm honestly suprised at how much I love Rihanna nowadays, 'cause I definitely wasn't checking for her back in her Music of The Sun days. Anyways take look at her new video for "Who's That Chick," a ridiculously addictive dance track produced by David Guetta, below. If this any indication of what Loud will be like, I can't wait!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Hit Or Miss? Keri's New Look

Have you seen Keri Hilson's new look? I'm not sure how I feel about it, but mama looks like she's giving an Etta James/Yoko Ono/Amy Winehouse look. It's definitely a lot more dramatic than her previous image. Maybe it'll grow on me (with heavy emphasis on maybe). So what do you think about Ms. Keri's makeover? Look at the pics and listen to her new song "Breaking Point" below, and let me know your thoughts in the comments. 'Cause I know ya'll gurlz got more than two cents.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Darryl Stevens: "Envious Moon"

Darryl Stevens, a.k.a Noah from Noah's Arc (damn I miss that show), is now venturing into music with his first song "Envious Moon," which he wrote and composed the music for, according to Rod 2.0. The song has cool, laid back vibe to it, the kind of stuff tailor made for late night listening. Take a listen below:

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

New Music: Rihanna "Only Girl (In The World)"

The hottest bitch in heels has returned. Rihanna debuted her new track "Only Girl ( In The World)" this morning on On Air With Ryan Seacrest. Rihanna turns in a particularly stronger vocal than on her previous singles, and the music has an upbeat, European house feel, eschewing the dark aggressiveness of her previous Rated R era. Download it below:

Rihanna-OnlyGirl(InTheWorld).mp3 - 9.0 Mb

*This is crossposted from my music blog Indies and The Underground. Enjoy:)

Friday, September 3, 2010

The "G" Bomb Has Been Dropped! Coming Out, Conversations And The Aftermath

This happened several months ago, but I've been putting off blogging about it for some reason. I guess I needed time to process and really comprehend what happened and what was said. As far as my sexuality  and relationships go, my mother and brother have known for some time, but my father has not known the full story, so this post is mostly about he and I, although my mother was also present. For a long time we've been very distant, loving each other but not knowing how to deal with one another. I'm not sure where to start, so I guess I'll start at the beginning.

One of my fondest childhood memories is waking up when I was around five, and running into the kitchen where my parents were having breakfast. I would grab the paper, sit on my father's knee, and read it to him. My dad would smile with pride, and gently rub me on my head, his own special way of showing love and affection, as he was not the touchy or feely type. If ever there was a sure sign that I'd done good and earned his approval, whether it be getting good grades or winning an award, rubbing the top of my head was it.

But as the years went by the distance grew on both our parts. It could've been the stare of disapproval when I flailed my wrists while talking. Or it may have been the resentment I felt watching him and my older brother sitting together watching sports while giving only a passing observance to my interest in music, or talking about one of his girlfriends, or when he saw my long nails and combat boots and commented that people might think I was "one of them gay boys."

Dealing with my burgeoning sexuality and all the religious, personal and emotional conflicts it caused, crippled my ability to be myself around my dad, who I knew wouldn't have anything good to say about it.  I wasn't prepared in any way, shape or form for his reaction. So I simply distanced myself emotionally from him, keeping conversation superficial and brief.

Then came college, and thankfully an escape. I needed those four years to rebuild my identity, to question my beliefs and gain back some of the self-confidence and inner peace that had eluded me for most of adolescence. But with graduation, and subsequently moving back home, I knew I couldn't run from my demons, 'cause them bastards wear track shoes.

Actually, coming out to my father came courtesy of Facebook. He'd known about me and my current boyfriend's close relationship and suspected somthing was going on, but didn't know for sure until he joined and saw my relationship status (I assumed that since my mother knew I was in a relationship, he knew as well but hadn't confronted me about it.). I got a call from my mom saying he wanted to talk to me, but when I heard his voice he couldn't speak at all. He was crying, an act as unbelievable to me as Jonah living in the belly of a whale.

But sadness soon gave way to anger, and our conversation quickly grew heated. He explained in a steady voice that there had never been a homosexual in our family, and if that's what I wanted to "do," then I would have to find a lawyer, change my last name, give him back his house keys and leave. He asked how could I do this to him, to our family. There were also other things said, but I won't go into them. As angry as I was with my dad at the time, I know those remarks don't totally represent him as person.

I pulled my cell phone from my ear and looked at it in shock. This had to be a dream. I know this man did not just tell me in no uncertain terms, that I'm disowned! And that I doing this to him as some kind of fucking rebellion! I quickly got dressed and drove to my parents' house. I don't know how I didn't get into a wreck, because I so angry I barely paid attention to the road. As me and my father yelled back and forth-- him about how wrong I was and how I was going to hell, me about how I wasn't going to burn anywhere--my mother furiously trying to keep the peace. Even though I was burning with rage, I felt almost detached. I'd never talked back to my dad in my life, certainly not in this way. It was always "yes sir" and going about my way, even though I had so much else to say.

After we both calmed down a little I really began to open up. I explained the reason for my distance was because I felt I could never be my true self around him, so I'd spent most of my life putting a front for everyone else's happiness, and that I couldn't and wouldn't do it anymore. I was gay, in a relationship and was going to go live with my boyfriend, and that was the way it was going to be. He responded that he hated what I "did" he still loved me. I could've continued arguing that gay is what I am, not something I do, but that would've never resolved anything. I knew going in that I wouldn't come away with my dad wanting to march in a pride parade. But I simply wanted what my brother already had: to be treated and recognized as an adult living my own life and making my own decisions, even if they are ones that he and my mom might not always agree with.

That was a little two months ago. Since them, our relationship has improved for the better. I come home more often and call more frequently. Our face-to-face encounters are no longer a meeting of the ice kings but of a father and son, trying to understand each other and share their lives together. Things are not perfect, (but when are they ever?) but as I feel his embrace or his hands rubbing my head at the end of each visit, I feel five years old again for a split second. I go back to seeing his smiling face and eyes that shine with affection. I also see something else that I missed the first time around: unconditional love. Hopefully we can both do our parts to honor that memory and continue to create  new ones, just as honest, just as pure.
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