Houston! Prepare For Lift Off ~ Gawd knows y’all need it
Listen, there is no hiding my disdain for Houston Texas. Yes it is a progressive city for African Americans, the cost of living is cheap, and it is a major city. I’ll give it that, but the hairdo’s, fashions (or lack there of), and the personalities are not where its at. Here to highlight all the lateness that Houston has to offer is ‘Tha Life Houston.‘ From producer George Smith, Tha Life”Houston” is the latest installment from Tha Life Web Series Franchise. You guys may remember ‘The Life Atlanta’, series follows the lives of six African American Black Men who struggle with their careers, relationships, families all while navigating through the Atlanta jungle of Gay life.
January 6, 2015, GHS entertainment will introduce the newest installation within the franchise, “Tha Life: Houston”, featuring Aliyah Crawford, Deon Walker, Matthew Wharton, Kaivyn Valentyno, Justin White and Justin Roach. “Growing this franchise was very important to me but I knew that before we would venture to any other city, Houston would be first on the list. This is my hometown and I have a connection to this city unlike any other”, says Smith.
Unlike the Atlanta cast the Houston installation show gives a wrenching inside look of the peaks and valleys of not just gay men, but introduces it first transgender character, Aliyah Crawford. “It is extremely exciting to be a part of ‘Tha Life’”, says Aliyah Crawford. “For a very long time the transgender community of color has been hidden in the background even among gay men and women until now. Don’t be surprised if you start seeing more of us pop up everywhere and anywhere. We are a living breathing part of this society as well”. ~ Press Release
Football season is approaching and ESPN is full of preseason coverage. We all know that Michael Sam is the first openly gay player in the NFL, he was the 249th pick in this year Draft. While the story should be will Michaela Sam make the St. Louis Rams’ final roster, ESPN can’t really get over the fact that he’s a gay man working in the sport.
For some odd reason someone in the ESPN newsroom thought it would be a good idea to do a segment on Sam’s adjustment to St. Louis Rams. Josina Anderson reported from Earth City, Mo where the Rams are having training camp, before discussing Sam, she talked about various St. Louis Rams’ story and then went on to talk about how Sam is adjusting to the team. One of his teammates, Kendall Langford, said that Sam is “just one of the guys.”
For whatever reason after that Anderson decided to quote an “unnamed” Rams player discussing the same topic:
“Another Rams defensive player told me that ‘Sam is respecting our space’ and that, from his perspective, he seemed to think that Michael Sam is kind of waiting to take a shower, as not to make his teammates uncomfortable.”
Anderson shared other team memebers’ answer to her irrelevant question. Both Kendall Langford and Alec Ogletree informed the ESPN reporter they weren’t exactly tracking his shower habits.
AS. THEY. SHOULDN’T.
After backlash from sports fans and players alike (especially from Sam’s teammate Chris Long, he sent out a tweet saying Dear ESPN, Everyone but you is over it.) ESPN issued an apology for the segment in the following statement:
ESPN regrets the manner in which we presented our report…Clearly yesterday we collectively failed to meet the standards we have set in reporting on LGBT-related topics in sports.
You guys may have first heard of Ts Madison from her hilarious viral Vine video “New Weave 22 Inches.” You know the one I’m talking about? It’s where the woman is jumping up and down celebrating her new weave, and in the last few frames of the video, she’s dancing naked and swinging a big ole dick… Yeah that one. Well from there, Madison has gone on to become quite a sensation and an advocate for trans equality.
Now I’ve told y’all time and time again that the last person you want to engage in verbal combat is a sissy. Let me go on ahead and add a transgendered woman to the list as well. When some self righteous fight the power type black female took to the internet to write an article about the demise of African American femininity and natural beauty due to transgendered women and gay men, then used Madison’s picture as an illustration, things got a lil ugly. Maddison took to her platform and got the writer of the article all the way together. What I like most and would led me to share this video was the passion in the advocacy behind Madison’s read. Not only did she read this bitch down, she was able to defend her points with facts and truth.
Be warned, the writer and other black women who think like her are not the only ones who got read. No ma’am hunty. Madison ever so cleverly turned the lens on the the black gay community as a whole and pointed out that is reasons like this why we must all band together and cut out all the division within the black gay community. What sent me over the top is when Madison pointed out to the entire black gay community that the world as a whole sees us as 1 and lumps all of our asses in one basket. So why is it that we, and already undeserved population, further divide ourselves with titles and bootleg status?
Hats off to TS Madison. This bitch did her thing. Now go grab you a few paper towels because things are about to get a lil messy Continue reading →
In an era of all this tired ass reality tv, it is good to see that scripted tv is starting to make a small comeback, slowly but surely. Allow me to put on my accountant hat for just a moment. For those of you who would like to see the total eradication of reality tv, don’t hold your breath. Reality tv is dirt cheap to produce in relation to scripted television and the return on investment is HUGE. Let’s face it, scripted shows like Scandal are a gift from the TV Gods and not the norm. I said all that to say… I don’t know, I lost my train of thought.
BROS BEFORE HOS is a television pilot presentation about what it’s like to fall in love in this crazy world we live in now. The series is a semi-autobiographical comedy about three brothers, two straight, one gay, each dealing with modern-day issues in Los Angeles while trying to find love, but screwing shit up along the way.
WHY WAS THE TITLE “BROS BEFORE HOS” CHOSEN?
Because we liked it and thought it was funny. At its heart, this is a family show about three brothers who will never let anyone – guy or girl – come in between their bond. No, we’re not calling women “hos,” but we thought this would be a catchy title to grab people’s attention. Now, if a network wants to make our little show, and feels we should change the title, then we’d be down to having that conversation.
WHAT’S A PILOT PRESENTATION?
Well, a pilot presentation is a “sizzle reel” of sorts that’s intended to show the world and the powers that be what this show would look like if it were on an actual television network. It’s like a “mini TV episode.”
I woke up this afternoon and started calling friends that I don’t talk to during the week, as I do every Sunday afternoon. While talking to my friend Kia back home in Miami, she steered me towards a news report from a local Miami news station. The headline read ” Miami Man Accuses Pouncey Brothers of Assault.” Then she went on to tell me that the man who was attacked was Miami blogger/vlogger Ricky Vasquez. At that very moment I became highly intrigued by the story. I’m from Miami, I’m gay, and I’m also a blogger/vlogger, so you guys can clearly see why I would be interested in this sort of thing. Upon further investigation, I discovered that a female friend of Vasquez was also assaulted. What the hell is going on here?
Around 5 am this morning, Rickey Vasquez took to social media and had this to say about the incident:
“I didn’t know that stuff like this actually f*cking happens to people,” he says in one video. “All I can remember is standing in a crowded club and this big guy keeps hitting me in my back, I look at him and I’m like, OK, he’s obviously turned up. And he just keeps hitting me. I ignore it. I keep ignoring the guy — he’s calling me a faggot. I realize that there’s two of the guys. Now they’re both in my face. The next thing I know, Honey tries to break it up. One of them punches Honey in the face, the other one punches me or the same one, I don’t know. Security comes.
Y’all remember Harry Potter? Well he is all grownup now and doing big boy things. I remember when he could barely use a magic wand, now he’s… You already know where I am going with this. On a serious note, I think it is amazing that Daniel has chosen to take on such a riske’ role coming fresh out of his 10+ year stint ass Harry Potter.
In his latest movie ‘Kill Your Darlings’ Radcliffe plays poet Allen Ginsberg who gets caught up with the manipulative Lucien Carr. The two share a sex scene that had tongues wagging across Sundance, and with those intense expressions we can understand why. The film comes to UK cinemas at the end of the month.