Popular Songs from my Youth that I Hated but others Loved
Even though the catch all over used phrase of “hater” hadn’t been invented yet, many would’ve absolutely considered me a hater for the disgust I had for certain songs or artists while growing up. This hate was exasperated due to their heavy rotation on radio…
Reaction Commentary: Roland Martin Interviews Umar Johnson
Following his interview on the Breakfast Club, Dr. Umar Johnson appears on TVOne’s Roland Martin show to clarify his position on interracial dating, his education achievements, the monies raised for his school for Black boys and his lineage to Frederick Douglass. Things kinda take a…
Ocky Williams – Stand Up Comedian?
I’ve gotten tens, no…millions of letters and emails requesting that I release the lost tapes that were made of my rumored stand-up routines from when I toured back in 2008. I’m not saying they do exist but if they did, there is a very very…
The Oscar Award Winning Cast of “Moonlight” Strips Down for Calvin Klein
Fresh off of Moonlight’s Best Picture/Supporting Actor/Adapted Screenplay award winning night at the Oscars, Calvin Klein releases new underwear campaign featuring actors Mahershala Ali, Alex Hibbert, Trevante Rhodes, and Ashton Sanders. The collaboration was foreshadowed at last night’s Academy Awards. Calvin Klein dressed Hibbert, Sanders…
Dopeness #2: “Get Out” and Other “Scary White People” in Race Based Films
In this episode, Cypher Avenue Co-Creator Octavius Williams joins Nick to discuss the origins of his Social Justice focus on the site, then they dive into a SPOILER FREE review of “Get Out
In the Moonlight, Ocky Williams is still Light Skin
After a brief drought, I’m back with some follow up reflections on the film Moonlight. In the podcast I touch on: My connection with the film as it relates to my coming of age as a non-heterosexual Black kid. How self-identified Black Queer men label…
I’m Actually Ashamed That I Bought Lord Jamar’s First Solo Album The Day It Came Out
Yes. I actually bought Lord Jamar’s first solo album when it was released on June 27th, 2006. And now, over ten years later, I deeply regret it. I was (and still am) a child of the 90s. But not the “Whitney Houston, Monica, Brandy, Aaliyah,…
WATCH: “Broad Shoulders” Short Film Starring Taylor Bennett
Just over a week after publicly coming Out as bisexual, Chance The Rapper’s brother, Taylor Bennett, can now add “actor” to his growing of adjectives. The rapper just released a short film companion piece to his debut album “Broad Shoulders.”
Nick’s Tape Deck: Kevin Abstract Is The Frank Ocean We Needed To Hear
“Can’t tell my family I’m bi/Can’t tell my mother I’m gay/The hardest part of my day/Is wishing I was fucking straight.” You would think those lyrics would be from one of Frank Ocean’s two new albums. As transparent and revealing as FO is on Tumblr,…
WATCH: Closeted Gay British Athletes in “The Pass” Film Trailer
With the success of Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight,” we should expect to see more feature films about gay men cropping up by the dozens in 2017 and beyond, British filmmaker Ben A. Williams has already stepped up to the plate with “The Pass.”
Taylor Bennett, Chance The Rapper’s Brother, Comes Out As Bisexual
In yet another sign of the changing times of LGBT openness and acceptance for Millennials, rapper Taylor Bennett (younger brother to Chance the Rapper) came out as Bisexual via Twitter on his 21st birthday.
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