WATCH: Jimmy Fallon, The Roots’ Tonight Show Parody of Fox’s Empire
The 10-minute sketch, that also features appearances by Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, shows us Jimmy Fallon struggling to choose who will take over his “Jimpire” once he retires.
EMPIRE’s Jussie Smollett: I’ve Never Been In The Closet
EMPIRE’S Jussie Smollett finally spoke about his sexuality with Ellen DeGeneres this morning since questions started buzzing once his character Jamal publicly came out as gay on the hit series.
REVIEW: Lee Daniels’ Light-Skinned Hip-Hop Series EMPIRE
I got to see an early screening of the first episode of Empire on a big screen here in Atlanta. The room was packed with well dressed black people of different ages, shades, genders and sexual orientations. Very nice crowd. Having said that, there are some gay scenes in the show and (you guessed it) the majority of the crowd didn’t like it.
Anytime the gay character did anything “gay” the uncomfortable groans sang out like a black church choir in the Bible belt south.
The Gay Eyes on the Prize (or ‘What A Difference 8 Years Makes’)
When we started this website 8 years ago (then under a different name), one of my main motivations was to highlight the Gay and Bisexual Black male creatives that didn’t seem to be getting any press coverage elsewhere. Especially those that leaned on the more…
FRESH FACES: How This Humble Hunk Went From Receptionist to Network TV Star
Actor J. Lee’s steez is more attractive than I had first realized. I had no idea that his “origin story” was pretty dope too.
Closeted Rapper Finds His Truth in Web Series ‘Single Record’
We’ve seen the story of the DL closeted rapper finding love, not know how to deal with it, subsequently being outed and then dealing with the consequences; similarly in The LA Complex and Empire. Filmmaker Nelson “Moses” Lassiter adds his creative perspective to rehash this…
Jussie Smollett Victim of Racist Anti-Gay Attack
TMZ is reporting that Empire actor Jussie Smollett was vicously attacked by 2 white men, who addition to beating him, put a noose around his neck. According to TMZ: …the actor arrived in Chicago from New York late Monday, and at around 2 AM he…
X-Men Film Franchise gets a D Grade
*Warning, Spoiled Comicbook Fan Rant* I along with many X-Men comic fans were disappointed when it’s was announced X-Men: The Last Stand co-writer Simon Kinberg would be directing X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Now some fans are pissed the Kinberg stated the upcoming film would be, “emotional,…
In Defense of Tariq
I’ve been a big fan of the hit show POWER since its first season. It has a good story with plenty of over the top twist and turns, chub inducing sex scenes, action, violence, in addition to eye candy. Like other fans of the show,…
WATCH: Trailer For New 80s Urban Crime Film From Director of “About Him”
Writer/Director of the hit soft-core porn web series “About Him,” Henderson Maddox, just debuted his new feature film “The Products of the American Ghetto” at the 2016 Bronzelens Film Festival in Atlanta.The LGBT director is slowly positioning himself to have a foothold in the low-budget…
Homosexuality in Sub-Saharan Africa
It’s a travesty how European colonialism in conjunction with Christian missionaries, have destroyed traditional beliefs and religions of indigenous native peoples around the world. One major blow pertains to gender and sexuality. Presenting written archeological and verbal (by way of spoken word or oral traditions…
That Time I Was “Reverse Slut Shamed” By A Black Gay Man
Yesterday I was speaking with a friend on the phone and I experienced something that has happened many times before. I was reverse slut shamed. Out of respect, I won’t say the friend’s real name but for now let’s just call him “Schmocky Schmilliams.” Just…
ATTENTION SINGLE GAY MEN: Cuffin’ Season 2015 is Upon Us!
Regular readers of Cypher Avenue know full well that when October rolls around, two important events happen: Our annual Halloween obsession will be coming soon and it’s also the official start of Cuffin’ Season!
REVIEW: Trans Men Pilot “Eden’s Garden” + How To Make Black Gay Film Better
I won’t say that my expectations were extremely high when I first discussed the trailers for the new web series “Eden’s Garden” starring Masculine Black Trans Men. However, I expected much more than what we got in the much anticipated first episode.
WATCH: Panel Discussion on “Love, Dating and Relationships Between Men”
Advice Columnist and Social Media personality Xem VanAdams joins five other black gay men in this (well produced) 30 minute panel discussion on “Love, Dating and Relationships Between Men.”