If you like independant films, this is a good one filled with drama.
Anger, desire and jealousy fuel a bitter family reunion in this independent drama. Martin (Wayne Lamont Sims) is an artist stuck deep in a creative rut who lives in a small but comfortable home in upstate New York with Jeannette (Pamela Holden Stewart), a French immigrant who has a sizable nest egg. Martin and Jeannette have an alternately warm and deeply dysfunctional relationship, and it might seem like a marriage to some if it were not for the fact Martin is gay. One day, Jeannette gets unexpected visit from her daughter Sierra (Margaret Burkwit), who has not been on friendly terms with her mother for some time. Sierra and her husband Andrew (Darien Sills-Evans) have come ostensively to mend fences with Jeannette, though it soon becomes clear that the matter of Jeannette's estate is also a concern.
I LOVE this movie and gave it top ratings for several reasons: the actors gave compelling performances, the characters were complex and outside the bounds of normal cliches (black gay men on the down low, can't love each other yada yada), and the story itself is unique. Basically its an indy, cinematic treat for those tired of the same ol' same ol' from gay film makers. It made me laugh, made me think, and made me cry; all I could ever want from a film.
Why a Campaign for Black Gay Men’s Lives?
To Value Black Gay Life in Black Communities
In 2005 Black Gay New York saw our lives devalued in our own communities. There were several reported shooting and stabbings of Black gay men in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. 24 year old Dwan Prince was severely beaten in front of his home in Brownsville. And there were at least four reported murders of Black gay men in NYC – Marvin Paige, Jamal James, Kenmoore Thomas, and most notably, 19 year old Rashawn Brazell.
The Campaign for Black Gay Men’s Lives seeks to mobilize Black gay men and our allies in the community to end homophobia and the violence it spreads.
It's time we all did our part to change that.
Along that line ... SGL Café is kicking off a series of children's book/styled slick publications geared toward urban youth with a focus on tolerance. These stories will pull no punches and certainly cause controversy, and will display some of the hottest young artists and writers on the rise. At this time, we are looking at artists to provide the visuals for the first story in this series:
Cheetah ~~ A parable of self-discovery and acceptance, written by Taylor Siluwé.Any one interested in assisting with this project, whether as an illustrator or in some other capacity, should drop a line here. Please include a sample of your work, bio, and contact numbers.
Intolerance is a disease; education is the cure.
*** A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Rashawn Brazell Memorial Fund. ***
See all the pictures here. Chanting "Justice for Rashawn!" from the train station where his first body parts were found, all the way to the 79th precinct, the marching and chanting crowd was there not only to honor Rashawn on what would have been his 21th birthday ... but also to keep the memory of the case alive.
It's been over a year. Still no answers. Reps from various groups spoke. A close friend of Rashawn vowed she would march every weekend if she had to. Another told a funny anecdote, and then burst into tears. Some were unable to speak at all. But we were all there ... committed to see this through. Because there is a killer on the loose.
Overall, it was a moving experience and I felt honored to be a part of it.
Sadly ... yes. Patti Labelle and Eddie Long have apparently joined forces. This Easter Sunday Morning 'Miss' Patti will perform three songs from her new CD, Classic Moments, at the Easter Services of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta Georgia.
Miss Pattie knows that her fan base are mostly gay men, and has embraced us in the past. So WTF??!! Are album sales so bad she would consort with this devil?