I know this is a little late, but am I the only one who is slightly, shall I say, put off by McDonald's "Mango Pineapple" commercial targeted towards black customers? If you haven't seen the clip by now, here's a quick synopsis: a "rapper" ( in the broadest since of the word) is pumping the crowd up with a chant of "When I say mango, you say pineapple." The crowd responds, and everyone happily sips on smoothies. But, for whatever reason, everytime I watch it I feel uncomfortable.
First off, since when do people need a hype man in order to go out and buy a drink? I don't know about you, but when my throat is parched, I don't need someone chanting "Go Kevin, go Kevin, GO! Po' it up, lil' daddy, po' it up!" in order to quench my thirst (unless the liquid in question is shots. But that's another topic). Secondly, do we as black people need to always be seen dancing/rapping/singing in commercials geared towards our community? I mean the company already went to the R&B/hip hop well for that cring-inducing McNuggets commerical. So why do it a second time? Is this what the CEO's automatically think of when they conceive of ways of how to market to black folks?
There are other, sublter ways the company could feature/market to black people. Why not have an ad with a bunch of black kids sipping smoothies on a hot summer day, or an older black couple walking home from a night out, stopping at McDonalds and sharing a smoothie in a romantic scene?
I mean what's next? Hispanics salsa dancing about spicy chicken sandwiches? Geisha warriors fighting over Big Macs? Granted, the ad is not blatantly stereotypical, boycott-worthy material, but it does give me pause. So what do you think? Watch the video and discuss.
I saw this over at Toddy English's blog and had to blog about it. It seems like Ms. Eddie Long has laid his pimp hand down on another young man. Fox News in Atlanta has discovered that The New Birth pastor was accused by a fifth man of sexual misconduct. I guess a good church gal had to get her groove back somehow, and getting with the first lady (a woman? Ew!) wasn't gonna do it.
Senior I-Team reporter Dale Russell has crisscrossed the city of Atlanta searching for the mysterious fifth young man. Centino Kemp, sometimes called Centinio, is young-- barely 22. We're told he met Bishop Long years ago. He has Long's name tattooed on his wrist, and he is currently recording songs written from the perspective of an angry lover.
For nearly two months, Russell searched all over Atlanta for Centino Kemp, and finally caught up with him leaving this small recording studio. He was happy to talk about his music. But he didn't want to talk about anything else.
The well-known sex scandal involving Bishop Eddie Long, began when four young men, all former members of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, filed suit accusing the bishop of lavishing money, trips and gifts on the young adult s, while having sexual contact with them.
The case was finally settled in secret back in May. Sources tell us an undisclosed amount of money was paid to the young men. Bishop Long, in court papers, denied the allegations and later issued a statement saying it was time to move forward.
Now, the I-Team has learned that after the initial lawsuits were filed , Centino Kemp came forward with similar allegations of sexual misconduct against Bishop Long. Our sources say he became involved in the settlement talks. He was the mystery man. Though his name was never made public, the I-Team has learned he may have played a significant role in the mediation.
According to various social media posts, Centino Kemp is 22 years old, single, tattooed, and always sporting different looks. He tweets openly of gay rights, and dreams of taking the recording world by storm.
One source says Centino Kemp, who was raised in the Bahamas, met Bishop Eddie Long years ago during a visit to New Birth while he was a teenage student in a Florida college. The relationship meant enough for him to tattoo Eddie Long's name on his wrist, followed by the words, “Never a Mistake, Always a Lesson.”
I stumbled across a NeuroTribes article written by Steve Siberman and thought I'd post it here. As anyone who's been following my blog for the last few months or so knows I'm in the process of writing two novels/novellas/short stories/whatevers, one of which is a fantasy-based story and the a story about three college friends and their romantic, religious and familial dramas.
Anywho, in this article 23 different authors offer practical tips for aspiring writers. Some of the tips only apply for those writing research-driven non-fiction books, but most of them can be applied no matter what type of book you're writing. The five pointers given by Cory Doctorow, author of With a Little Help, For the Win, Makers, and Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, was particularly helpful to me.
Write every day. Anything you do every day gets easier. If you’re insanely busy, make the amount that you write every day small (100 words? 250 words?) but do it every day.
Write even when the mood isn’t right. You can’t tell if what you’re writing is good or bad while you’re writing it.
Write when the book sucks and it isn’t going anywhere. Just keep writing. It doesn’t suck. Your conscious is having a panic attack because it doesn’t believe your subconscious knows what it’s doing.
Stop in the middle of a sentence, leaving a rough edge for you to start from the next day — that way, you can write three or five words without being “creative” and before you know it, you’re writing.
Write even when the world is chaotic. You don’t need a cigarette, silence, music, a comfortable chair, or inner peace to write. You just need ten minutes and a writing implement.
A very, very sad day for music fans. Amy Winehouse, a singer who was as tortured as she was talented, was found dead by London police in her home Saturday. She was 27 years old.
"Everyone who was involved with Amy is shocked and devastated. Our thoughts are with her family and friends," said Chris Goodman, a spokesman for her publicity representatives. He said her family will issue a statement when they are ready.
Singer and actress Kelly Osbourne, who helped Winehouse check into a drug addiction treatment facility in 2008, was one of many who grieved for the singer on Twitter.
"I cant even breath right now im crying so hard i just lost 1 of my best friends. i love you forever Amy and will never forget the real you!" she tweeted.
Personally, I loved Winehouse's music, from the light jazz of Frank to the 50's/60's soul revival that was Back To Black. Besides her obvious vocal talents, her lyrics managed to gut-wrenching, witty, sarcastic and vulnerable all at once. But honestly I am also not surprised at this news, as Winehouse seemed to struggle with severe drug addiction from the moment she became famous. It's so sad that we won't be able to get anymore amazing music from her, because I believe she had at least a few more great albums in her if she could've conquered her demons. I guess we'll never know. Rest in peace Amy. Watch and/or listen to a few of my favorite Amy Winehouse songs/live performances below.
Apparently this club has zero tolerance for queens incapable of lipsynching for their life. Look at the hilarity (both ironic and otherwise) posted on the sign above. All I can say is two snaps, a twist and a kiss!
DC Comics has decided to add a little rainbow to it's cast of superheroes after announcing a complete overhaul of its line last June. Along with the 52 new issues set to drop in September, the comic book giant will be introducing several LGBT characters.
"Apollo and Midnighter, a gay superhero couple who previously existed in DC’s alternate Wildstorm line of comics, have been incorporated into the company’s main cast of characters. They will join lesbians Batwoman, The Question, and the bisexual African-American superhero Voodoo in DC’s new universe."
DC Comics Co-publisher Dan Didio told The Advocate that he and others pushed hard for Batwoman.
"We introduced her quite a while ago and we really wanted to push her as one of the mainstay characters in Batman’s world. It was important for us to introduce a gay character in that series. It was important for us to have [that character] featured with a bat symbol on its chest because we knew that would draw the attention and show how much we were behind setting a standard of diversity in the line [and] also making her a strong character in her own right ...establishing [Batwoman] as a lesbian early on it givers her a different sensibility, a different point of view, and it also allows us to tell stories from a different angle that sets her apart from the other characters in Batman’s world."
An Indiana man says he was turned away from giving blood because he looks too gay. Twenty-two year old Aaron Pace says he went Bio Blood Components, and was rejected during the screening process because he"appears to be a homosexual."
“I was humiliated and embarrassed,” he said. “It’s not right that homeless people can give blood but homosexuals can’t. And I’m not even a homosexual.”
Men who have had sex with men since 1977 have been barred from giving blood because the supposed risk of spreading HIV, even though all blood donated is tested for not only the HIV virus, but syphilis, forms of hepatitis, and other diseases.
Yay! I can't for the second season of The Walking Dead (a.k.a my fall True Blood)to start in October. What I love about the show, besides the frightening realistic makeup job done on the zombies, is that it's not just people running for their lives from braindead creepy crawlers (although that can be fun too:). I like the way the horrific situation is used as a backdrop to explore the complex emotions, secrets and relationships among the characters.
Take a look at this hilarious skit lampooning the whole "Madonna vs. Gaga" feud (which if we're honest is really a battle amongst the queens), complete with a Whatever Happened To Baby Jane/All About Eve-esque subtext. Cher, Barbara, Liza, Diana and Sue Sylvester make cameos as well. Get into it below.
Dwyane, Dwayne, Dwayne. Yes, before his movie career and before John Cena entered the picture, all of my early teenage wrestling fantasies consisted of The Rock. I know I don't to have to break down to ya'll gals what makes him sexy, but I will anyway lol: Those broad, boulder-like shoulders, biceps that burst could through a steel shirt, choke-a-bear thighs and a chest you could take a 12 hour nap in! Besides all that, Mr. Johnson has an easygoing personality and is comfortable in his own skin to tease the boys with an occasional gay joke about himself. But enough talk. Get into the pics below.
A town clerk in rural New York has quit her post rather than grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples, explaining that doing so would go against her beliefs.
“I would be compromising my moral conscience by participating in licensing same-sex couples,” Laura Fotusky, the clerk of the Town of Barker, told Politico. “I had to choose between my job and my god.”
The 56-year-old posted her resignation letter on Monday evening to the website of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, a self-declared Christian ministry that “exists to influence legislation and legislators for the Lord Jesus Christ.”
A current poll on the group’s website asks: “Who bears the most blame for allowing gay ‘marriage’ to become law in New York?”
Fotusky’s resignation letter reads, in part: “The Bible clearly teaches that God created marriage between male and female as a divine gift that preserves families and cultures. Since I love and follow Him, I cannot put my signature on something that is against God."
Fotusky's resignation becomes effective July 21, three days before the state will begin handing out marriage licenses to gay couples. I say let her walk: if she can't separate her personal beliefs from doing her job(while supporting an organization that seeks to police everyone else's morality), then let someone who truly understands what separation of church and state means take her place.
This video is so cute, I had to post it. A little boy figures out that two guys are together, married and not only accepts it (and expressing surprise the way only a little kid can), but invites the two men to play ping pong. Watch and try not to say "Awww" below
Note: this pic is not intended to throw tea or shade about MJ's orientation. Just an example of the level of success I'm talking about! Plus it's a cool pic lol!
This question came to me after reading Rolling Stone's top 10 Queen of Pop list (a list where Madonna sat at number one, where she rightly belongs. But I digress). One of the 'queens' on the list was none other than Ms. Elton John herself. Now while we can debate whether or not Sir Elton belongs on this list (after I think the editors meant queen as in woman, but, hey the fans voted!), it got me to thinking: Will there ever be a time when an openly gay, black male artist will infiltrate the mainstream to the point where he could be considered a contender for such a list? Do you feel that American pop culture is ready for a black gay male superstar in the vein of Elton, George Michael or Adam Lambert? Do you think the mainstream pop audience, the larger black community, and we as a black LGBT community are at the point where we would embrace such an artist? Yes I know we have the legendary and fabulous Sylvester, but I'm talking Prince/Michael Jackson-level, pop culture icon status.
After all, it's easy to pop and snap along with Beyonce, Ri Ri, Janet and the rest of the diva brigade: they're glamorous, flamboyant and larger-than-life, and they fit into preconceived notions of what a female artist should be. But would we be as quick to support a male artist singing songs about loving and sexing another man? Showing affection in videos and bumping and grinding with other guys onstage? Walking the red carpet with their lover and talking about their relationships in interviews? Or would that be "too gay" for some of us? Lastly, out of all the LGBT artists bubbling underground at the moment (B. Slade, Kaoz, etc.) which do you believe have a realistic chance of blowing up?
For those who love Glee but think the show could use a little bit more color (Mercedes has been holding it down as much she can), you may soon be in luck. Eighteen-year-old Boston native Alex Newell has competing on the popular Oxygen show TheGlee Project, in which contestants compete for a chance to join the cast of Glee for seven episodes. In an interview with The Advocate, Newell, who is openly gay, talks about publicly revealing his sexuality during a recent episode, when he wore a sign with the word 'gay' in the middle of Los Angeles.
"The situation definitely made me vulnerable and uncomfortable," he said. "We all put ourselves out there on that day. It represented who I was and to some extent, what I am uncomfortable talking about. It was a bit tiresome, but at the same time, it was very good. It is said that things done in the dark always come to light, so it is better to embrace who you are and accept yourself."
Newell, who came out last December, says he hasn't experienced any his church or family since the show began airing.
"No, there has not been. But, then again, I have not been back to my church since the show has aired. I grew up in the church and the members are very accepting, so I am guessing there will be no problems once I return."
In a bold move, Black Enterprise is taking a look at what it means to be black and gay in the corporate world. Writer Sonia Alleyne says finding black LGBT professionals that were willing to talk was not an easy task.
"Editor-at-Large Carolyn M. Brown and I spent months producing this feature," Alleyne writes. "Due to the topic’s controversial nature, we had some difficulty finding subjects. Even some of those who agreed to participate in our cover story, "Black and Gay in Corporate America," felt some trepidation about how revealing their sexual orientation would affect relationships with family, friends, and associates outside the workplace."
In a short excerpt, the common stereotypes and "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" environment many LGBT employees work in are discussed.
Who is the gay Black professional? If you were to rely on media images, they are overtly flamboyant and dramatic male hairstylists and fashion designers. Depictions are often skewed comedic renderings of members of a community who in real life too often lead separate lives to buffer themselves—and their families—from ridicule. “Many professionals are out in their community but private in the world,” says Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks, executive director and CEO of the National Black Justice Coalition, a civil rights organization that seeks to empower the African American LGBT population. “There’s a healthy Black, educated professional class of the gay, lesbian, and transgender community in this country. But there’s no recognition of their existence. There’s no protection for their rights—for silent or overt discrimination. Black people in general treat the existence of gays and lesbians and transgender people in the African American community like ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’” the former U.S. policy governing homosexuality in the military.
It looks like this could be a very interesting conversation piece. Read the rest of the excerpt HERE.
One of my favorite tracks from Dangerously In Love, I was so surprised this never became a single, because it's way better than "Me, Myself and I." But I guess with sure fire bangers like "Crazy In Love," "Baby Boy," and "Naughty Girl," some gems had to be sacrificed. Watch Bey's performance of the song from her Live At Wembley DVD below.
Just when I think I've heard every single nasty slur or insult a conservative blowhard can come up with, tada! Here's another one! In a short clip, Michele Bachmann's husband Marcus came up out of her face and compared gays to savage barbarians that need to be taught to be civilized little people, lest they run amok and corrupt the children. Well I guess it's a step up from being possessed by/called a demon. Listen to this crap below.
If there's one thing that disgusts me more than an ignorant straight homophobe, it' a self-hating queen, and trust and believe this gal falls into the latter category. Most of us know firsthand how hard it can be to embrace your sexuality as something normal when everyone and everything around you is sending a message that is the exact opposite. But what I cannot tolerate is someone actively encouraging anti-gay sentiment and spouting vicious lies about LGBT people when they are clearly gay themselves. If you're not at the place where you're ready to wave your rainbow flag high, then so be it. But don't project your internalized homophobia onto the entire community and make life harder for the rest of us.
Because when you do get caught smoking crystal meth with that male prostitute, tapping your foot in an airport bathroom or tricking on young boys with church funds, you'll have no one to blame but your gay ole' self. Unless you have a legion of pathologically delusional followers that give you bundles of their personal income without a second thought (I see you Ms. Eddie girl!) and a fellow pimp to put your hoes in their place for having the audacity to think for themselves (sup Creflo!). In that case, let the fleecing continue! Somebody needs to out this girl. Stat!
Most kids have to be told to clean their plate, but a 9 year old that ate too much bacon for breakfast found himself at the mercy of his pissed off Grandma! According to The Smoking Gun, 63-year-old Marilee Ann Kolynych chased her grandson out of the house, pinned him down on the front lawn and sprayed his face with a garden hose.
A witness told Press that Kolynych chased her grandson around the yard before throwing him to the ground and “sitting on top of him beating him on his legs and spraying water at very close range into [the boy’s] face.” The child told cops that “the nozzle setting was on full blast.”
The child eventually broke free and “ran across the street, using a neighbor’s phone to call his mother, who was in the basement while the incident was taking place out front.” Even after the boy’s mother arrived outside, a witness reported, Kolynych continued to chase after the child.
Sounds like the stuff Mommie Dearest (or in this case Grandma Dearest)memoirs are made of. Kolynych was charged with endangering the welfare of children, simple assault, harassment, and disorderly conduct charges. She's currently out on bail, and will have a preliminary hearing on July 7. Fortunately, the boy was not injured.
As part of the full-on Beyonce 4 media assault, her Creole Majesty has filmed a short documentary with VH-1 about the creative process behind her new album, from working in the studio, to rehearsing dance routines to photoshoots. First off I'll watch a making of on almost anything music/movie related, even if I'm not a diehard fan of the artist/actor in question. But I will say that I came away impressed (and exhausted) by Bey's unstoppable work ethic, and feeling like I learned a little bit more about her as an arist/businesswoman/person. Madge better finish up with W.E. and come back with a ferosh album. I can feel my allegiance slipping:). Watch below (and check for someone's Lady Gaga's "Judas" ringtone playing at 10:51 lol) .