That is to say, Family Guy creator Seth Macfarlane joins the panel with Bill Maher and discussing gay rights & religion. On a weekend where I just watched Religulous on NetFlix, this is the perfect icing on the cake of my Bill Maher worship. [Pun intended]
Conservative Christians have been up in arms over a certain PC game "pushing the homosexual agenda". The game in question? Classic board game The Game of Life.
Hasbro's PC version of the popular Milton Bradley board game - where the objective is to drive your little car around a track that represents your path through life, moving from "leaving school" to "marriage" and "buying a house" until "retirement," collecting pegs to represent your spouse and children, while trying to build up enough money to retire rich - was first brought to the attention of the Conservative Christian site World Net Daily by a concerned mother.
After her six year old asked how come she could marry a woman, concerned mom shrieked to WND, "I had no idea how insidious they were being with pushing the homosexual agenda."
WND's position is this is "too mature" a theme for kids. But, getting married and having kids the traditional (good ol' hetero way) isn't. Once again, knowledge is being attacked by the narrow-minded cretins on the right who flock to sites like Town Hall, WND etc for their daily dose of intolerant stupidity, and the mantra: Yes, by all means, let your kiddies grow up to be big ol' homophobes like their parents. It's the American way. ~~
There is no limit to the number of ways in which you can create real value. Breathe deeply, smile lovingly, and just do it.
The moment you're in is plenty. The place where you are is an ideal place from which to move forward. Instead of punishing yourself with regret, delight yourself with the possibilities. Get busy creating and living a beautiful now.
Yes, you are ready to be your best. Let go of the doubts and let it happen.You can create your very own future, and you are doing so even now. Take this opportunity to fill it with what you know to be good and valuable and meaningful.
There is immense beauty in you that you have not yet seen. Share it with the world and live the joy of discovery as that beauty continues to unfold.
As I watched him prepare to shoot up on the bathroom floor, I felt a mix of fear, horror, fascination and arousal.
He didn’t tie that rubber thingy around his arm like I’d seen Diana Ross do in Lady Sings the Blues. Then again, this was no movie.
“You’re beautiful,” I said. “So fuckin’ beautiful. Anyone ever tell you that?”
His eyes cut up to me and sparkled; his thuggish craftiness faded. He could have been a wholesome, doe-eyed Norman Rockwell painting.
“Yeah," he smiled, displaying teeth surprisingly white. “Sometimes.”
He wasn’t a junkie anymore, just a beautiful young man sitting on the floor next to my toilet. Or maybe a handsome leading man, playing the hell out of his junkie role: Wardrobe had done a great job of making him disheveled, and make-up was on point too, giving him that hollow, hungry look.
But as our eyes locked, I saw the real José. I wanted to bend down and kiss those lips, stroke that angular cheekbone. I wanted to peel that dirty oversized shirt from his lanky frame, massage him with lavender oil; wanted to loosen that ponytail, so I could brush his black mane until it gleamed like it was meant to. And then his hair could hang wild, savage, and tickle my flesh as I held him close, kissed him, made love to him, again and again.
“Why you wanna watch this shit, pa?”
“I don’t know,” I responded. He was so young, so classically handsome. I heard myself saying, “With your looks, you could be . . . do anything you want. Why this?”
His innocence faded, the cameras stopped and the leading man stormed off the set. He slapped his arm like a baby’s butt and said, “Same reason you wanna watch.” ~~
I am so excited to share that CHUMA SPIRIT eBooks is about to release Taylor Siluwé's short story collection entitled Dancing With The Devil on February 26th. Taylor is an exceptional writer, who deflty uses erotica to craft a meaningful message around homophobia, religion, loneliness, and love. This is certainly a book to be lauded. Let's all support Taylor . . . especially after he stayed up all night into this morning creating his YouTube promotional video for his book.
Below is the synopsis:
The phrase ‘Dancing with the Devil’ evokes images of fiery rituals where witches and demons cavort under the cold moonlight. But that’s science fiction. That’s the sort of craziness that led to innocent people being burned at the stake. In real life however, the expression does mean cavorting with dark forces -- just ones inside our own heads.
Centered around a single protagonist, from Breeding Season where we spy a high school crush gone wild, through Beneath Paradise where sex and salvation’s all-out war leaves a young friendship on the battlefield, to the cautionary tales Pretty Young Gangsters, Dancing With The Devil and When Romeo Wakes, each of which peep into the darkest part of obsession’s needy heart.
This collection of stories deals with those sometimes sexy, sometimes darkly disturbing moments when our inner Devils come out and dance.
Still, years went by -- four now -- and despite being featured on America's Most Wanted several times, the monster who dismembered 19-year-old Rashawn Brazell on or around Valentine's Day is still free.
This man is still celebrating his birthday, Christmas, sitting down to dinner with his family on Thanksgiving, and possibly even bouncing babies on his knee. Desire Brazell used to bounce baby Rashawn too, but now she just needs to know who murdered her son.
As Valentine's Day approaches, again, with still no justice, its up to us to light a fire under this case. Lots of things have happened this year we never thought we'd see -- like the election of Obama. Let's focus on re-igniting this cold case now with the knowledge we can accomplish the seemingly impossible -- for Rashawn, to give his mother, Desire Brazell some peace and closure, and for all those who need to know that Black Gay Lives do matter.
The Noah's Arc alum is one of my favorite OUT & PROUD actors -- His latest screen turn is in He's Just Not That Into You.
Well... Dixon Gaines over at Queerty writes a hilariously scathing review of the flick and its portrayal and perpetuation of gay stereotypes.
I haven't seen the flick, and after this review I'll wait to catch in on Netflix, but it seems that the Sex & The City spawned flick isn't showing a true appreciation for our big ol' gay dollars.
Love you, Wilson. And all my embattled OUT performers of color more than I can say.
Although its not your fault Boo, I'll have to catch this one later. We have to draw the line somewhere. How long can we be snippy sex-crazed caricatures with one hand, while asking for normalcy and respect with the other? ~~
This year could be yet another historic flashpoint for gay, black and black-gay entertainment should Noah’s Arc: Jumping The Broom manage to grab either Best Independent Motion Picture and Outstanding Writing for a Motion Picture that it is nominated for during the live telecast on the FOX Network Thursday, February 12, 2009.
instead of promises. You are not known by the promises
you make, but rather by the value you create.
Actions do indeed speak louder than words. Every positive, productive
action builds your credibility and polishes your reputation.
The way to be impressive is to do impressive and valuable things.
Instead of wasting your time posing as a successful person, get busy
with the real and persistent efforts that will truly make you
True accomplishment is infinitely better than the mere appearance of
accomplishment. The way to gain the sincere respect and admiration of
others is to make positive and valuable things happen.
Those who shout loudly and yet do nothing will eventually be ignored
or laughed at. Those who work quietly and consistently end up gaining
the greatest influence.
Instead of just talking about it, step forward and do it. Without
saying a word, you can make yourself heard with the quality of your
Sometimes its too much. Convincing people you are worthy of the same rights and respect as they are should be a no-brainer. It's not. Obama's historic inaugural preparations are underway; in less than a month an alleged man of god will give the invocation, despite taking numerous repugnant positions in the past - not the least of which equating gay sex to pedophilia. Some say he didn't really mean it that way. It doesnt' really matter. It was a ham-fisted analogy which exposed his ugly heterosexist heart -- in his eyes, we (gays) will never be as good as them (straights).
Watching Taylor Swift sing this song (yes, I love country music) and visually capture the magic that LOVE can be and wrap it in a fairy tale, all I could think was they wanna keep it all to themselves. That bastard Warren, the ex-Hitler-Youth turned Pope, and countless other wannabe men (and women) of God want to keep all this magic and fantasy and fairy dust to themselves. They want to rob us of our fairy tale love stories; force them back into the shadows and alleys and dark corners of our past.
I've made my position on Warren very clear. Now is not the time to burn effigies. As a black man I wanna celebrate this event in just 21 days. I wanna cry hot tears because its been a long time coming.
Then, President Obama, after all the confetti is swept away we're coming to take our love stories back -- because everyone deserves a fairy tale. And like my grandma used to say (and its oh so fitting here!) - "You can believe that like you read it in the Bible." ~~
And yet, they decapitate homos. This just makes me shake my head. And of course, 'The Kingdom' is our friend.
Cuba is still isolated and we can 't legally get a good Cuban cigar because ... what, I can't even remember. Human rights abuses? No, can't be that, there's nothing more abusive than marrying off 8 year old girls like the country America's been pal'in around with. *sigh*
So. Crazy. Makes me wanna run away to a deserted island and live out my days sipping rum from a coconut. ~~
"People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, they make them." -- George Bernard Shaw
Dancing With The Devil
by Taylor Siluwé
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More Than Mortar and Stone: The Meandering Mental Path of a Brokenhearted Woman
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My Ancestors Traveled Them Home
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A SOCIO-ANTHROPOLOGICAL CROSS GENRE THESIS DEALING WITH RACE, CLASS, AND GENDER
COREY delivers a defly written post entitled Audacity of Change regarding his feelings about Obama becoming our president. Check it out at his blog, I'll Keep You Posted.
December 17, 2008
QIANA MARTIN, DREAM FULFILLER
One of the most thoughtful and spiritually grounded people I know, Qiana Martin took a risk and jumped on an opportunity to go to Brazil to fulfill a dream many would be fearful to try. In these profoundly dreary economic times, quitting a job at a prestigious law firm to pursue a passion is rare and courageous. Read her story here.
December 16, 2008
MARCOS LUIS, THE ART OF GIVING
My buddy, Marcos Luis, runs an Open Mic Showcase in Alphabet City, and he's being featured in an online blog called NewYorkNightsOnline.com. He's a really special person who wants nothing but to give back to the artistic community. Check out the article here.
December 8, 2008
CLEO MANAGO, LEADING MAN
Acitivist, Cleo Manago is honored as a 2008 Leading Man in Instinct Magazine.
Odetta, the singer whose deep voice wove together the strongest songs of American folk music and became an accompaniment to the black-and-white images of the freedom marchers who walked the roads of Alabama and Mississippi and the boulevards of Washington in quest of an end to racial discrimination, died on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008 at the age of 77. Read more.