IMO...he has developed into a handsome attractive (still youthful in appearance) man.
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- Thread: The Vet Life
More of this "type" of Black reality television please!
TUSKEGEE, AL (WSFA) -
Three Tuskegee University grads are going to be living life on TV this Summer.
The three grads will be part of the new Animal Planet TV series “The Vet Life”, which will premiere on June 4 at 8 p.m.
The show follows veterinarians Dr. Diarra Blue, Dr. Aubrey Ross and Dr. Michael Lavigne, balancing their newly-opened animal hospital with family life.
According to an Animal Planet press release, the doctors have been friends since attending Tuskegee University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. They began their careers in Las Vegas, before they decided to open their Texas-based practice Cy-Fair Animal Hospital in 2015.
The series captures the doctor's lives as they juggle running a new business while managing their family life filled with spouses, parents, in-laws, children, pets and friends, as well as their intense moments saving the lives of animals at their clinic, the Animal Planet website states.
A campus viewing of the new series is scheduled for June 2 at Tuskegee University.
- Thread: Black Folk Don't
I think a lot of things "black folks don't" do is they are worried about what other black folks think.
We don't want to be embarrassed. For example, back in 2001, I was all about Dance Dance Revolution. I played the sh!t out of that game. Even know if I stumble across a machine, I have to stick in some quarters.
Well back when it was "sweeping the nation" I remember several black people saying they were too embarrassed to play it or it was for "them Chinese" and "geeks". TF? I was a fully grown man who couldn't care less.
Life is about experienceing different things and sometimes we have to get out of our boxes and comfort zones to grow and learn. There's several things that if I had available to me when younger, I'd be interested in. Gymnastics, ice hockey, rugby, for examples. But it doesn't snow in the south and there's only ice rinks in the larger southern cities, gymnastics is basically the same. Too old for that now but I wouldn't be scared of an adult rugby league. And I at least known how to ice skate... Which is something else "black folks don't".
Usually I don't post things from Shea Butter related websites but I thought this was cool.
Between Moonlight’s win and Tracee Ellis Ross going Peak Tracee Ellis Ross with her win and her speech and her joy and her dress (and her dress and her dress and her dress) and Issa Rae not winning (yet) but reminding us that we probably should get used to seeing her at these types of events and nominated for those types of awards and Viola Davis teaching America that we’ve been doing collard greens wrong this entire time and us (Black people) turning the repeated Hidden Fences gaffes into a thing, last night’s Golden Globes had quite a few candidates for the Blackest Thing that ever happened this week. Including, of course, Meryl Streep using her privilege and her position to make a room full of White people quite uncomfortable, which might have been the Blackest thing a White person has done in public since Mike Dean produced The Diary.
But while Streep’s speech was an example of what we need White people to do to prevent Trumpian politics to be some sort of normalized status quo, the embrace between Brian Tyree Henry and Keith Stanfield — ecstatic and vulnerable and visibly verklempt while watching Donald Glover accept his award for Best Actor (Television Series Musical or Comedy) — is an example of what we need to do to survive and thrive over these next four years.
It’s apropos that the image of these two men hugging each other would come a week after two of the biggest stories in pop culture were the levels to the fallout from Kim Burrell’s homophobic comments and the analog, Taco-Bell-beef beef between Soulja Boy and Chris Brown. Because you couldn’t find two better stories to articulate the type of toxic, regressive, and just plain fucking dangerous mores and beliefs about sexuality and masculinity that need to be taken out to a barn and shot in the fucking face, and you can’t find a better image to exemplify the type of love and embrace that needs to be loved and embraced than what Henry and Stanfield did last night. When I saw those two men — those friends and colleagues celebrating their friend and colleague — I saw two men who were free. Free to enjoy, embrace, and encourage each other without any care of how it might be interpreted. Free to just be, and willing to fight for that freedom. Free to be in love with your friend, a person who happens to be a man, with a love that reflects the ideal of genuine platonic love, which is to “inspire the mind and the soul and direct one’s attention to spiritual things.” Ultimately, this was the progressive evolution and distillation of “fuck them other niggas cause I’m down with my niggas.”
And this is our path. Of course, we’ll continue to protest and disrupt and defend and protect and battle and bleed. But this is it. This is the type of love that’s worth fighting for to cultivate, shield, and maintain. This is who we need to be with each other. With a love that’s not unconditional — you need to earn this shit to receive it — but is unencumbered and unconcerned when it’s earned, given, and received.
This Embrace Between Brian Tyree Henry and Keith Stanfield Is The Blackest Thing That Ever Happened This Week | VSB
- Thread: You very own Team
2. @hannibal (for obvs reasons)
3. @omarihardwick (n 2 ppl i wont name in here)
4. @ControlledXaos (he will nurture us w laughter)
5. @DreG (he n @ControlledXaos are interchangeable, but must both be there)
6. @Ockydub (who will eventually sacrifice all of us except @ControlledXaos n @Cyrus-Brooks, who he will fly in, just for the sake of saving, as I get dragged by the zombie peoples)
- Aug 28, 2015
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- Thread: You very own Team
Out of the all of the Cypher Avenue brethren, who would you choose to join your team in a Zombie Apocalypse? Choose one for each category
3. Romance/ Smash Partner
5. Right hand man
6. Inevitable friend that turns foe.
- Thread: You very own Team
1. Brains @African King - we need a medic. And his knowledge is fresh so he'll recall a lot of information.
2. Brawn - @SB3 - he got some muscle so between him and me, we good for building a fort or barricades.
3. Romance/ Smash Partner - undisclosed. I'm not falling for that.
4. Nurturer @KritiKal Analysis because we be in tune and I need someone with sense so that we don't die because of reasons listed in number 5
5. Right hand man @DreG - somewhere between him, me and @SB3 hilarity and shenanigans will ensue.
6. Inevitable friend that turns foe. @Ockydub because we will probably argue over something petty and then there will be a Twitter like #zolastory about it when the planet recovers from the zombies that starts out like "Did I ever tell yall about how me and this mofo here fell out?"
- Thread: You very own Team
2. Brawn = Was gonna say @sekou because he been posting shirtless muscle thirst traps from day one but he already said he's actually weak. So imma go with @Ockydub so he can just mindlessly Hulk Smash zombies.
3. Romance/ Smash Partner = I have my picks but well, y'know...can't be unprofessional. Instead I'll go with this pick:@Nick Delmacy's right hand, that counts as a squad member
4. Nurturer = Either @ControlledXaos (because he clearly can cook, I likes to eat during Zombie Apocalypses) or @African King (because he's proven that he will hold his folks down unconditionally)
5. Right hand man = Either @DreG (because it wouldn't take him five fuckin' episodes to finally figure out the Zombie situation like on The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead. He would get it instantly and know the rules have changed) or @hannibal (because, well, of course...the constant jokes)
6. Inevitable friend that turns foe. = Either @SB3 (because he would eventually turn cannibal and want to make bacon out of our human meat) or @Cyrus-Brooks (because he would of course eventually try to split opinions on what to do and try to take over the group)
- Aug 28, 2015
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- Thread: Getting Inked and Coming Out
The idea of what it means to a black man has come into question in recent years. For instance, Jaden Smith, the son of megastar Will Smith, has challenged gender norms in high-profile fashion campaigns. Now the VH1 reality series Black Ink Crew: New York will broaden the conversation in tonight’s episode. The show follows the lives of tattoo artists at a shop in New York City's Harlem neighborhood. This season a new member, Kevin Laroy (known from Ink Master on Spike TV), was introduced to the crew. Here’s where you should likely stop reading if you haven’t watched the episode, because spoilers are forthcoming.
Kevin has caught the eye of a female tattoo artist, Young Bae. In the episode, the two of them go out on what Bae considers to be a date. Before the night is over, their date is interrupted and Kevin leaves with another person — a man. The situation catches many of the other cast members by surprise, and Kevin later ends up explaining that he is attracted to both women and men. But he has a hard time identifying as bisexual or gay.
Kevin was born and raised in Dallas, a progressive city but still part of the Deep South, where there is stigmas associated with being LGBT. Before the episode aired, he spoke with The Advocate about about his decision to come out on television.
Read the rest here: Getting Inked and Coming Out
- Thread: The New Edition Story (Biopic)
A 3 night miniseries chronicling the ups and downs of legendary music group New Edition from their humble beginnings in Boston to individual solo success and everything in between.
Child and adult actors were cast in the leading roles in the three-part miniseries, which goes back to the boys’ childhoods and follows the group’s rise from Roxbury’s Orchard Park housing projects to music superstardom.
Bryshere Y. Gray --- Michael Bivins
Elijah Kelley --- Ricky Bell
Keith Powers --- Ronnie DeVoe
Algee Smith --- Ralph Tresvant
Woody McClain --- Bobby Brown
Luke James --- Johnny Gill
I think it's premiering in 2017, but I'm excited.
Instead of continuing to complain about what we don’t have in the media (something we do quite a lot here on Cypher Avenue), we decided to appreciate the positives and celebrate the best black gay characters we’ve seen in film and television.
All of the characters were chosen based on their complexity, realism, creative characterization and the overall performance rendered by the talented actors who filled their shoes. We left web series characters out of contention because, quite frankly, all of them have sucked so far.
Lastly, ambiguously gay characters have been left off of this list. The characters chosen were only those who either clearly stated that they were gay on-screen or were seen engaging and enjoying same-sex intimacy.
13. “Wade Robinson” [Jensen Atwood] – Noah’s Arc (TV Series & Film)
Admittedly, Wade Robinson of Noah’s Arc wasn’t the most complex character on the show. And his instant transition from being a masculine heterosexual black man exclusively dating women to being in a full-fledged, head-over-heels-in-love gay relationship with a flamboyant fem was totally unbelievable.
However we did appreciate the consistent eye candy that was Jensen Atwood. Also, it was nice to see Wade be a regular guy, unlike his fem counterparts on the show. He struggled as a failed actor and is later seen working in the warehouse of a furniture store. You can’t get more everyday than that.
Beyond that, unfortunately, his masculine character only served as a fantasy and an object of desire for fems. Although every other character in Noah’s little “arc” of friends got their own character building storylines and obstacles, it was extremely rare to ever see Wade have any screen time that wasn’t related to his relationship with Noah.
12. “Officer Julien Lowe” [Michael Jace] – The Shield (TV Series)
We originally left this character off of the list, not just because we forgot all about him, but for the fact that (now convicted murderer) Michael Jace as Julien Lowe was extremely frustrating to watch on screen. True, he defied stereotypes by being a tough cop, not a fashion stylist. However, the character paralyzingly struggled with his sexuality for years on-screen to the point that he almost became boring to watch.
On reflective thought, what made his character so great was the complexity that came with that struggle. This was a rare character who denied his homosexuality, not for status or concern for how his friends and family would view him. His struggle evolved from his deep religious beliefs that told him being gay was a sin, not unlike what many men are still going through to this day.
His rise from a beat cop officer to a detective was overshadowed with his inner conflict and repression, leading him to live a down low lifestyle. The horrible decisions he makes all stem from him being extremely closeted and paranoid.
11. “Boo” [Oneil Cespedes] – The D.L. Chronicles (TV Series)
The D.L. Chronicles‘s most popular character has to be the down low thug, Boo. He’s by far the most fascinating and complex character in the history of the series. In 20 short minutes we see Boo struggle with his sexuality, his relationships with his girlfriend (and side-piece boyfriend) and his identity as a bisexual black man in general.
Whether we like to admit it or not, men like Boo do exist in the world. It’s a shame that actor Oneil Cespedes hasn’t done much else in film or television since this amazing performance back in 2007.
10. “Calvin Owens” [Paul James] – Greek (TV Series)
The ABC Family dramedy, “Greek” was surprising in that it featured multiple gay characters, none of which fit the usual stereotypes. On top of that, the creators of the show made a point to add a masculine black gay character named Calvin Owens who was an all-state hockey and football player. Keep in mind this was back in 2007, long before examples like Jason Collins and Michael Sam jumped into the public eye.
You have to give credit to ABC Family for showing multiple gay relationships in this series on a network that has “Family” in its name. The people that actually saw “Greek” during its six season run got to see Calvin Owens as a normal, relatable, everyday black gay man…not a flamboyant reality show stereotype.
9. “Thomas Gavin” [Gabriel Corbin] – The D.L. Chronicles (TV Series)
Gabriel’s Corbin’s powerful performance as paralyzed firefighter Thomas Gavin is still engraved into our brains ever since we saw it last year in the first new episode of The D.L. Chronicles in seven years.
Outside of the character displaying complex raw emotions, Thomas Gavin stood out from many of the other black gay characters in film and television in that he was totally believable as a flesh and blood person.
By the end of the short film, you personally feel his pain and triumph as he comes to term with both his disability and his sexuality.
8. “Sean ‘Kaldrick King’ Dugan” [Andra Fuller] – The L.A. Complex (TV)
The character may not have been perfect…he may not have been the best role model for young black gay men…But its hard to deny that The L.A. Complex’s Sean Dugan (aka Kaldrick King) was a breath of fresh air in the world of prime time network television.
Also, actor Andra Fuller playing the troubled, complicated character was irresistible to watch. Watching Kaldrick’s transition from angry down-low black man to a person coming to terms with his sexuality and relationship with his abusive father was addictive.
7. “Carter Heywood” [Michael Boatman] – Spin City (TV Series)
From 1996 to 2002, Michael Boatman convincingly played black gay character Carter Heywood, Head of Minority Affairs at City Hall in New York City.
Way back then we had an Out and Open professional black gay character that wasn’t a hair stylist or an In Living Color snap queen. By the end of the series, Carter Heywood even becomes a father, adopting a baby boy named Sam.
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6. “Kyle” [Isaiah Washington] – Get On The Bus (Film)
Are we supposed to still be upset with Isaiah Washington? I’m not sure. He used the gay slur, “Faggot” in outbursts on the set of his former show, Grey’s Anatomy, as well as backstage of the Golden Globes. Many people gave him a pass but I was one who felt that he was very much in the wrong. Either way, he definitely “served his time” for the crime given that his career took a major nosedive afterward.
Regardless, we did enjoy his performance as Kyle, one half of the black gay relationship in the Spike Lee film, Get on the Bus. What made the character so captivating was that he was comfortable to be Out about his sexuality, yet he was still reluctant to be open about his relationship as his lover Randall.
5. “William Boyals” [Kent Faulcon] – Strange Fruit (Film)
The 2004 independent film Strange Fruit won’t be winning any film festival awards any time soon for quality or execution, however Kent Faulcon’s character William Boyals definitely was a stand out in this otherwise forgettable film.
In William Boyals we saw a professional, cocky, arrogant, attractive, self-made black gay man embroiled into an old fashioned southern murder mystery.
Let me repeat that: This film featured a black gay lead character not “looking for love” or in the middle of a “down low love triangle with unknowing black woman.” Instead he was detective solving a crime. How rare is that?
4. “Captain Ray Holt” [Andre Braugher] – Brooklyn Nine-Nine (TV Series)
Talk about being the 180° opposite of the flamboyant caricatures of black gay men we have to see on reality shows and comedies like Key & Peele. Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s black gay character Captain Ray Holt is awesome in that he walks the fine line of being both extremely reserved/serious and also extremely funny, in a witty subtle way.
Who would have thought that masculine openly gay black film/TV characters could be believable and hilarious without loudly emulating women or acting like 15 year old ratchet Black/Latino girls?
3. “Paul Poitier” [Will Smith] – Six Degrees of Separation (Film)
Will Smith as the fake son of Sydney Poitier in Six Degrees of Separation remains one of the most complex black gay characters to be captured on film. Many people are unaware that this character is based on a real life black gay con artist named David Hampton who conned celebrities like Melanie Griffith, Gary Sinise and Calvin Klein out of thousands of dollars back in the 1980’s.
Here’s a black man who’s not defined by his sexuality, instead defines himself with the countless lies he tells others. Another thing that makes the character so fascinating is how charming he is, a common trait of gay sociopaths. They make you gravitate towards them like moths to a flame and they will burn you just the same.
2. Omar Little [Michael K. Williams] – The Wire (TV Series)
Say what you will about The Wire’s tough black gay character Omar Little being a negative stereotype of black gay men, he was far from a one-note caricature. Michael K. William’s portrayal of the feared outlaw that robbed drug dealers for a living became an iconic character known around the world
The most riveting thing about his Omar Little was that his sexuality was engraved into his character yet that never defined who he was or how he was portrayed. As a matter of fact, we never had a single scene where the character is conflicted about his sexuality or shows any indifference whatsoever. He’s refreshingly depicted as a man that loves his boyfriends and loves his job, as illegal and violent as it may be.
1. Keith Charles [Mathew St. Patrick] – Six Feet Under (TV Series)
Hands down, openly gay Los Angeles Police Officer and Bodyguard Keith Charles on Six Feet Under is the best black gay character ever depicted on film or television. The genuine charm, love and devotion portrayed by Mathew St. Patrick made all of us wish that we had an equally strong and confident “Keith” in our lives.
Keith and his partner David Fisher may not have been married, but they were probably the first realistic domestic couple many of us ever ever saw. They even were proud parents, adopting two boys from foster care.
It was refreshing to see glimpses inside of Keith’s complicated life as he dealt with anger issues and multiple changes of employment. Many of these revelations were seen not through the prism of his relationship with his lover, but in his own scenes depicting his own struggles.
Do yourself a favor and catch up on all 5 seasons of this amazing show, if you haven’t already.
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I'm just catching up on the last season of Key and Peele. This sketch had me dying, especially the end.
I can def relate, lol (I'm strong but weak, fellas...).
[Please ignore this thread @Cyrus-Brooks, I know how you feel about men in drag and comedy in general, lol]
And The John Laroquette show. When it first aired it was so dark and funny and he and Darryl "Chill" Mitchell had some funny and illuminating conversations about race. Became a more traditional sitcom after the first season. Ugh.
- Thread: You very own Team
1. Brains @Discordant
2. Brawn @ControlledXaos
3. Romance/ Smash Partner @bpaisle
4. Nurturer @African King
5. Right hand man @Dr. Strange
6. Inevitable friend that turns foe. @Ockydub
^^^^For purposes of full-disclosure I don't normally use the Nword in any capacity. This is a joke!!
And its all subjective, there's no RIGHT path to making in the entertainment industry. Tyler Perry famously slept in his car while making his plays back in the day, now he owns an island. Kanye West became famous by boasting he was a College Dropout. Yeah, they also happened to be extremely talented and intelligent in other ways, but the point is that piece of paper and a new leased car isn't the end all be all.
And I'm sure your employee J sometimes looks at V's minuscule success in his desired field and gets a bit envious, despite having his own home and car. I mean, yeah I have a full head of hair, over 6 feet tall, my own car/crib, etc...but I still look at some ppl with none of those attributes and get envious because they have something that I don't have but desire to have.
I think we get each other's points.
Isn't this pretty much the synopsis for all Black American movie content, Gay and Straight (as has been mentioned on here before)? Sports, Dance/ Step, Church/Religion, and "(most times abusive/dysfunctional) relationships. SOMEbody SOMEwhere has gotta step out of the box, dude. I personally would love to see a black director do an awesome ass Sci-Fi or Horror flick. No, NOT with a all black cast. A ethnically well rounded cast where the main protagonist is black or "other" and not stereotypically "hood" like so many black characters are written to be. Hell, even a "Period Piece". Let a black director re-make "Shaka Zulu" into an actual movie. That story is f@#kin amazing. For the "militant" black directors, make a movie talking about the rise of the Benin Empire in West Africa and how the British came in a f#$ked the dog sh!t outta them and stole damn near ALL their art/ sculptures/ etc and stuck it in a museum, then continued f@#kin' them and brainwashin' them into Christianity. Anything but what we've been doing for YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEARRRRS. IJS
- Thread: You very own Team
1. @questforknowledge (I need a DOCTA!!!)
2. @ControlledXaos (I know he hoarding a bunch of cans of ass whippin in the cellar like the brotha in the original Night of the Living Dead)
3. Keem (What's understood don't need to be explained)
4. @DreG (He know how to get through to the boy, he be knowing and caring)
5. @DreG (Again... trust this dude with my life in any sticky situation)
6. @Nick Delmacy (Everybody needs a good smart adversary)
It actually kind of broke my gay filmmaking heart to see this. I'll say the first half of About Him actually showed a lot of legitimate filmmaking and story telling promise and then the dicks came out behind a dumpster and it just kind of stayed there. Unfortunately the message to the filmmakers was more dicks=more viewers and it lost me.
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