My latest article for butlerway.com, 'George H.W. Bush Official Witness To Lesbian Wedding," talks about Dubya's daddy attending the wedding of a lesbian couple, and how this comes at a time when the GOP's stance on LGBT issues is at a transitional point. Check it out HERE.
This could be good. Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer have signed on to star in Get On Up, a forthcoming biopic of the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. Of course, both ladies have acted alongside each other once before in The Help, and Get On Up is being directed by 'Help'director Tate Taylor.
Get On Up, which will also feature '42' star Chadwick Boseman, will depict Brown's rise from relative unknown to R&B superstar. Davis is set to play Brown's mother Susie Brown, who sent the singer to live with relatives after giving birth to him at 16, while Spencer will play Brown's Aunt Honey, who had a big influence on the icon's early life. The film was written by Jez and John-Henry Butterworth ("Fair Game," "The Last Legion") and is being produced by Imagine's Brian Grazer and Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger. Production on the project is scheduled to begin in Mississippi in November.
I know some folks had issues with The Help (the struggles of black folks, black women in particularly, filtered through the perspective of an upper middle class white girl, her personal experience/success being the focal point at the expense of the women whose lives she was profiting from, etc.) but Get On Up is obviously going to be a totally different movie (although both films do take place around the same era).
It can't always be about the prison muscles, as photographer Tarrice Love's pictures of model Aaron Spady make so abundantly clear. Sometimes you want, to paraphrase Wade from Noah's Arc, a dude with a nice booty and long hair...ya' know, something you can hold on to.
Talk about ironic. Gambia's president denounced gays and lesbians at the U.N. General Assembly today. During his address, he referred to same-sex attraction as one of the three "biggest threats to human existence." Yahya Jammeh ranked homosexuality alongside obsession with power and greed as deadlier than "all natural disasters put together." Who knew we had so much power?
Jammeh is notoriously anti-gay. In 2008 he gave gays and lesbians an ultimatum: leave Gambia or face execution by beheading. He also instituted a controversial HIV treatment program in 2007, encouraging Gambians to not take antiretroviral medication in favor of herbal remedies, and telling his critics to "go to hell," in 2011.
Charming isn't he? Amazing that this butthole can get a platform to speak at an assembly designed to engender peace while calling for the execution of his own citizens. But that's cognitive dissonance (aided by bigotry and superstitious beliefs) for you.
Marriage equality is coming to New Jersey, after a judge has ruled the state must recognize marriages between gay couples.
Judge Mary Jacobson ruled that starting October 21, gay couples can marry in New Jersey, citing the June 26 ruling in United States vs. Windsor for her decision.
"This unequal treatment requires that New Jersey extend civil marriage to same-sex couples to satisfy equal protection guarantees of the New Jersey Constitution as interpreted by the New Jersey Supreme Court in Lewis," Jacobson wrote. "Same-sex couples must be allowed to marry in order to obtain equal protection of the law under the New Jersey Constitution."
The ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed by six gay couples, who argued the state should recognize civil unions as marriage.
Daniel Radcliffe might be hitting the big screen as the iconic Freddie Mercury in a biopic. The news comes after Sacha Baron Cohen, a.k.a Borat/Bruno, pulled out of the project. Joe.My.God. says other actors in the running for the role include Hugh Jackman, Adam Lambert, Russell Brand, Ewan McGregor, James Franco and Johnny Depp.
My thoughts? I like Daniel Radcliffe, but I just don't see him as Freddie...of course I could be wrong. The sight of Hugh Jackman in tight, white leather would be a wet dream come true, but I'm not sure he's right for this role. Les Miserables is one thing, "We Are The Champions" and "Bohemian Rhapsody" is quite another.
Adam Lambert is obviously inspired by Freddie and has the vocal chops and the theater background, but I don't know if he resembles him strongly enough. Russell Brand...chile no (then again no one probably thought Jamie Foxx had Ray in him). Ewan McGregor might work. But James Franco or Johnny Depp could turn it out for the kids.
The Advocate's Michelle Garcia penned a great op-ed piece on biphobia, testy relations between lesbians and bisexual women (of course things aren't peachy keen between bi guys and gay men either; and transgender acceptance could be a whole other post), and the need for bi pride. Check it out HERE.
Unbelievable. Apparently, gays in Russia rape children, fabricate hate crimes committed against them (I guess all those pictures and YouTube videos are figments of our imagination crafted by the wicked Gay Mafia) and victimize straight folks. At least according to Parliament member Vitaly Milonov.
“European country officials support those who rape kids,” he told French journalist Julien Pain. “Those support sodomies. I think it would be nice for Dutch people to know that the representative of the Dutch government is supporting those who are against Christians. He fights Christian church.”
And what about all those anti-gay attacks? Milonov, who by the way is the author of St. Petersburg's "gay propaganda" law, says “It’s a fake information. … It’s not true. I think that much violence goes from gay people to straight people. Much more violence.” He also claimed opponents of marriage equality in France were attacked with chemical weapons similar to those used in Syria.
Foolishness alert! Senator Marco Rubio has withdrawn his support for William Thomas, a Miami black gay judge nominated for a federal judiciary position, in effect keeping him from receiving a confirmation vote.
On Monday Rubio announced he'd be pulling his support for Thomas, a Miami-Dade circuit judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, citing concerns about his rulings in two criminal cases. In order to be confirmed, a nominee must have the endorsement of both senators from their home state.
So what about the rulings in question? The Advocate reports:
"Rubio said he was concerned that Thomas gave too light a sentence to a motorist who killed a bicyclist in a hit-and-run accident, but the lead prosecutor in that case said Thomas acted fairly and within the law. The driver was suspected of being intoxicated at the time, but since he did not turn himself in until the next day, his blood-alcohol level could not be measured, so there were limits on the charges that could be brought against him. The senator also took issue with Thomas’s actions in a rape-murder case. Thomas ruled against admitting a confession as evidence in the case, saying two of the five defendants had not been read their rights properly or had not understood the information, and an appellate court agreed with part of his ruling. All five eventually either entered guilty pleas or were convicted."
Yolanda Strader, president of a Miami association for black lawyers, has accused Rubio of playing politics, and is initiating a social media campaign in support of Thomas. Her group may also start an online petition to help move his nomination forward.
The trailer for VH-1's TLC biopic Crazysexycool: The TLC Story is out. The movie is set to air next month. I'll admit I threw a bit of side eye at Lil' Mama playing Left Eye, but judging from the clip she seems to have done the work. She, along with Drew Sidora as T-Boz and Keke Palmer as Chili, really look like the ladies of TLC.
Though I still think the film could have gotten the big screen treatment. Honestly, there are enough Gen Xers, 80's and 90's babies who know and love these girls' music and are here for this bio that theaters would have been packed, had it gotten the big media machine push.
Anyway, watch the trailer below and tell me what you think.
And the gay geeks and ballroom kids utter a collective "Yaas!" Wonder Woman (Lasseindra) squared off against Sailor Moon (Inxi) in a superheroine vogue battle royal at the Streetstar Festival in Stockholm. Though I have to admit Wonder Woman overall performance wasn't as clean as her rival's, her dips were on point. Watch the battle above, and get into some epic solo vogueing from Leomyi below.
Head over to buterlway.com and read my two latest posts. One is about the new black gay web series KEN, which depicts the struggles of a Brooklyn gay man to reconcile his faith with his sexuality. The other article deals with legendary DJ Mister Cee's recent prostitution allegations and his confessional Hot 97 interview.
Check them both out HERE and HERE, and watch Mister Cee talk about coming out and sexual health in a PSA below.
Looks we'll all be getting some Grace in our face soon enough. Legendary singer/model/actress Grace Jones has announced plans to write her memoirs, signing a agreement with Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster. The book, which is currently untitled, is slated to come out next fall.
Some of the tales Jones plans to tell include rooming with Jerry Hall, hanging out with Jessica Lange, collaborating with Andy Warhol and acting alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger. Being the fanatic I am, I know she and Madonna had a few run-ins back in the day, so hopefully we'll get some vintage Madge memories, as well as a some Strange/Eartha Kitt/Eddie Murphy tea.
Also, I wonder if she'll give her thoughts on the younger generation of divas (Gaga, Rihanna, Nicki and the like) who've co-opted her androgynous, avant garde style. Shady minds want to know.
Frank Ocean bears a little flesh in a photo shoot for Oyster magazine, on which the critically acclaimed singer-songwriter graces the cover. The shoot was overseen by Nabil, the man responsible for Ocean's music videos. The interview has some revealing bits as well, like the singer admitting he sold crack and cocaine in high school.
Read an excerpt from the interview here, and view a few more pics after the jump.
Pennsylvania representatives Brian Sims and Gerald Millery are planning to introduce a bill banning the use of "ex-gay" therapy on minors in the state. Sims, the state's first elected openly gay candidate, cited California and New Jersey's recent bans as models for the bill.
"Just last month, New Jersey's Republican governor and Democratic legislature worked together to ban this practice,” Sims said in a statement. “The governor there cited 'a litany of potential ill effects of trying to change sexual orientation, including depression and suicide.' California has also passed a similar law. Pennsylvania children deserve the same protection.”
Sim also said the bill would provide legal protection for minors against the psychological harm cause by conversion therapy. “It's time to protect Pennsylvania children from this quackery that can inflict years of harm for those who manage to survive it,” Sims said.
Good for them. If adults want to try their luck and "pray away the gay," then that's their right. But kids and teens don't need to be subjected to this foolishness.
A 22-year-old New York man has been charged with killing an older man, with officials calling the murder a hate crime.
Steven Torres allegedly stabbed 69-year-old Ever Orozco to death in broad daylight after Orozco "blew kisses at him." The older man had been dropping off a woman at a doctor's appointment prior to being attacked. Torres is being charged with a hate crime for perceiving Orozco as gay, along with possession of a criminal weapon.
According to The Advocate, "The stabbing occurred at a subway station on 90th Street in the Elmhurst section of Queens at 1:30 p.m. Monday. Witnesses chased Torres before police caught him six blocks from the station. Lobatan said Torres was laughing as authorities cuffed him. 'He was laughing, yes," the witness said. "He was laughing like nothing.'
Torres has also been accused of stabbing another man on Manhattan's Lower East side last Thursday, believing the man was coming on to him. The victim survived the attack.
Today kicks off new feature or riff if you like, on my older Eye Candy posts. As the title suggests, each Monday morning I'll have pics of men at the ready to get you, how shall I say, up and at 'em (wink wink) for the week. Since this the inaugural Monday Man Candy post, what better way to start it off than at the tippy top of Mount Phine. Salivate over these photos of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, taken from his Yaas-worthy Instagram page.
I came across this on Wonderman's blog and had to post it here. Created by Chase Simmons, the documentary Dear Dad: Letters From Same Gender Loving Sons follows 10 black gay men as they talk about their relationships with their fathers, and read a letter they wrote to them.
Very emotional, very candid, very powerful. Watch the whole thing below.
Well aloha! Hawaii's governor Neil Abercrombie announced Monday plans to call a special station legislature session beginning October 28 to consider marriage equality legislation. The governor said the move comes from his belief the time has come for the issue of same-sex marriage to be put to rest.
"This is now the 20th year of discussion that has taken place on the issue and associated issues with it," Abercrombie told reporters at a press conference. "I feel very, very strongly that the votes are there to pass this because it is time for marriage equity to take place...virtually every angle, virtually every view, every variation on a view with regard to the issue of marriage and equitable treatment for those engaged in marriage has been aired, has been analyzed, has been discussed."
The special session will last about five days. The bill proposed will include a religious exemption to calm any fears the gays will forced upon the church. If it is approved, same-sex marriages could begin as early as November 18.
Nothing like a little church queen theater to spice up your Friday. At a Sunday service, held as part of T.D. Jakes' annual Megafest conference (I bet more numbers, BGC/Grindr/Adam 4 Adam profile links, condoms and lube get exchanged there than at a Beyonce concert held in Atlanta on Pride weekend), Tyler Perry came onstage and announced he would donate $1 million dollars to the building of Jakes' youth center.
Pretty generous right? But the real tea was when Ms. Perry felt the need to sermonize. Next came the obligatory speaking in tongues and the laying of hands on T.D., who of course fell out on cue. Chile, you know Oprah was in attendance, so Tyler had to bring her A game--she even came out with her hands raised up, Winfrey-style. All that was missing was an "All my life I had to fight!" Watch the spectacle below, as well as an insightful panel discussion led by Marc Lamont Hill on the black church and its role in modern black pop culture.
A lesbian couple filing a lawsuit targeting South Carolina's ban on marriage equality appeared on Lawrence O' Donnell's The Last Word Thursday night. Katie Bradacs and Tracie Goodwin's suit, which builds on the June 26th Supreme Court decision that overturned DOMA, are arguing the state's ban reduces them to little more than "legal strangers."
"We obviously want the same thing as any other family," Goodwin told O'Donnell. "We have three children. We want to be able to put those children on our insurance. We want the peace o mind that if something happens to our children… something happens to me or Katie, that the other parent is going to be able to keep the children. And we don't want any jeopardy with that. Otherwise, we recognize our marriage. We're a family unit."
Head over to Butlerway.com to read my review of Orange Is The New Black's (fah reals, if you haven't check this show out, order up Netflix and binge watch immediately. Your spirit will be better for it:). first season. It really is one of the best new shows on TV--well, online. You know what mean. Anyway, check out my review HERE.
If case the queen in your life forgot to inform you, her Creole Madgesty, a.k,a. The Mocha Enchantress of Pop, a.k.a. Beyonce, turns 32 today.
Time really is moving on isn't it? Seems like it was just yesterday I was striking poses along with her, Kelly, Michelle and Farrah (remember her? She did like two DC videos and that ass was out!) when "Say My Name" came on, or getting my life to "Crazy In Love," "Baby Boy" (thought in retrospect Mama was little too greased up in those bed scenes) and watching her Live In Wimbley DVD ritualistically. Ah, the costumes, the choreography, the lace fronts--seriously if you haven't seen it, watch it. It still holds up.
Ten years deep into her solo career and Beyonce only seems to be warming up, if the wig-snatching Superbowl performance and the vocal, musical and artistic leap that was 4 was any indication. True, Bey isn't my Grand Diva--ya'll know that's Madge--but she's definitely in my top 5, or top 10 if I'm feeling shady. I kid, I kid! Now if we could just get a release date for her new album...
Get into a few of my favorite Bey cuts after the jump: