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Partly Cloudy arrived on our radar like a summer sun shower - out of the clear blue sky, warm and delightfully refreshing ... but one wonders why there was no warning, no build-up, no clouds announcing its arrival. Still, its here, so lets discuss.
One reviewer, while excoriating the film's acting and production, pointed out the porn star in the cast, Mello. He goes on to say...
"Yes they cast a porn star in this flick and actually he provides some much needed entertainment in the movie with his slick delivery and quite comfortable presence on screen..."
An interesting point, though we can hardly excuse really horrible production if that is in fact the case. However, we ordered this film anyway, despite the scathing 3 reviews its garnered since it's March 2010 release, in part to support the effort, and in part because we do love Mello, and have wondered where he's been. Congrats to him and the whole team, and we wish them the best.
See the clips below to decide for yourself whether you want to support fledgling Queer Black Cinema, or just sit on the sidelines and bitch about it.
For some of us, its a no brainer.
The back and forth game has been going on for months, but Flavaworks has finally taken it to the hole, per se. And SGL Café is all over this story like an old perv on a drunken, passed-out ... uh, porn star. ~~
Breach of Contract, Unfair Competition, Tortious Interference with Contractual & Business Relations [see complaint here]
Also named in the suit is Pitbull Productions, Inc. of New York, NY. Flava Works alleges that Pitbull, by aiding and abetting Black Rayne’s breach of contract, tortiously interfered with Flava Works’ contractual rights and business relationship with Black Rayne. Pitbull is also alleged to have engaged in unfair competition....
Not to be outdone, two days later Pitbull filed a suit on June 16th for "trademark infringement" in a NY court. Hmmm, it's getting hot in the world of Thug Porn. Oops, not sure if I can use that term, Pitbull seems to think they own the Thug thing. Hmmm....
Stay tuned. It might get gangsta ....
Cocodorm Wins! (click screen capture for court's final paragraph -- full 11 page decision here)
It sucks to be right all the damn time. Actually, no it doesn't. But I said from the beginnning that Flavaworks (parent company of Cocodorm, Papicock, Thugboy and others) was in the right. Haters thought I was just being my nasty ol' self. Well, HA bitches!!! I can be nasty and right!
In an order signed ironically on my b'day, today, a judge threw out the case brought against my favorite voyeuristic delight-- where when they say boys will be boys, they mean it. Haters keep hating. But for those who don't know the 411 ... check out the story below.
Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom
In a minor flex of their journalistic muscle, Queerclick.com reported Hard Times for Flavaworks - the infamous purveyor of numerous Black and Latino porn sites and owner of that also infamous exhibitionist sexnest, Cocodorm. "Who can possibly keep up with everything sticky and sweet in QueerCandy Land" -- the porn portal announces on its site -- "all the hot men and hotter action released between the sheets of major studios, amateurporniums, and new sites? Well, QueerClick can, so you don't have to!"
Well, after sifting through moldy 2 year old errors long ago discredited I concluded that QC should stick to what they do best -- pointing out where the good porn at. Well, unless you sometimes want more color with your nutt.
There is QC Espanol and an Asian page etc etc ... but I did find it curious however after spending considerable time there, that the darkest berry on Queerclick's bush was this piece rehashing lies to slam Flavaworks. Hmmm. This slash and burn tactic is almost Rovian. We already know that self-loathing republicans are helming ManHunt ... are they lurking at QC too? Guys who hate themselves, usually hate a lot of other things, too.
But I digress ....
... I originally reported on Cocodorm in May '07, so I instantly knew this piece was just microwaved leftovers too dated to eat. I took time to contact the parties involved and checked my sources when I wrote about it, but according to Phil B., Flavaworks owner who I contacted about this latest write up, QC did no such thing before running their story. According to an editorial notation (since removed), the retelling was prompted by this story, which ironically enough, prompted me to see the David and Goliath angle and write Cocodorm one year later: Still going strong.
Perspective. But apparently QC saw what they wanted to see and glommed together old discredited news like a bad paper by a horny teenager too preoccupied to care. In their defense, with all that porn around, I can understand. But jeez guys, do a little homework, make a call or two -- it'll still leave time to masturbate to your favorite blond twink du jour.
Maybe I wouldn't be so annoyed if I'd seen Flavaworks or ANY other truly urban porn makers on their site. But QC clearly has porn tunnel vision, which link after link after link confirmed. Oh, I ran into the random beige boy. But that's cool. That's their right. To each his own, I say.
However, when they do this extensive piece slamming Cocodorm as this disease-riddled group chased out of Chicago, and then have the temerity to segue into the passing of Flavaworks Vice President Dekenric Wiley and allude that the reason given for his death is sometimes a euphemism for AIDS ... they crossed the line of decency.
Maybe they don't know many homos of color over at QC, but we actually do pass away from other things -- which was the case with Dekenric. It's extremely sad that fellow gay brothers, and porn lovers at that, would be so utterly, shamelessly, disrespectful. And futhermore, where does QC get the fuckin' balls to cast aspersions about anyone's death just to add depth to their copy and paste journalism?
I was going to delve, point by point, ONCE AGAIN, into the intricacies of the case: beginning in Chicago and the real reason Cocodorm moved to Miami; why the city even got involved in testing the models in the first place, why those test results indicated an odd 'cluster', what those results meant in light of a) the overall community and b) the CDC's recent admission of underreporting infections by 40%, and on and on and on ....
But I won't. QC obviously isn't that interested in getting the truth, or, uh, in any altruistic actions for Flavaworks plethora of beautiful brown models -- who've left all those unsafe film-making practices in the past years ago. As we speak, QC's post keeps changing as facts are challenged and updated. So I won't waste my time. I hope you won't either. And by the way, if you're looking for a real porn portal, stick with Fleshbot. At least when they claim to monitor everything sticky and sweet, they mean it! ~~