Friday, August 29, 2008

Friday's News Bits

ATL HERE WE COME!
We will have wall-to-wall coverage of the 12th Annual Atlanta Black Gay Pride Weekend so the site will be down til tuesday. Happy Labor Day Weekend to all and be safe.


Obama Accepts Nomination


Christian Keyes LIVE N DC 2nite


T.I. Rules Billboard
Platinum selling rapper T.I. has made Billboard history, with his latest single “Whatever You Want,” by jumping 70 spots to reach the No. 1 chart in just three weeks.

According to Billboard, the hit song off T.I.'s upcoming album Paper Trail has jumped from its debut at No. 71 on the Hot 100 chart to the top position in record time. Tip’s accomplishment surpasses rock band Maroon 5’s song “Makes Me Wonder,” which went from No. 64 to No. 1 in May 2007.


The achievement also marks the Grand Hustle artist’s first ever No. 1 single and his opening-week digital total (205,000 downloads) is reportedly the best from a hip-hop song since Nielsen SoundScan began gathering download data in ’03.

Jennifer Hudson sings National Anthem at DNC last night

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Pres. Bill Clinton Address at Democratic National Convention

History in the making…our FIRST BLACK PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE….

From the Desk of King D in Miami

Tears were flowing in Denver and across the nation, especially from those who remember segregation, Jim Crow Laws, the Civil Rights Movements, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Senator Hillary Clinton by acclaimation suspends the roll call and names Barack Obama, the first black presidential nominee of a major political party.

Michelle Obama Speaks to DNCC LGBT Caucus

Michelle Williams & Solange on Noah's Arc Movie Soundtrack





The soundtrack will hit stores on Oct 2 and will include 15 tracks 2 of the confirmed artists are Solange and Michelle Williams also Michelle song entitled "The Greatest" will be playing in the movie. The Film will be playing in selected theaters on Oct 24 2008. If you are heading down to the "A" this weekend check out the Noah's Arc Reunion this weekend for full details log on to www.thelionsdenatlanta.com

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Day 2 of the DNC: Renewing America’s Promise, Hillary Clinton Knocks It Out of the Park


From the Desk of King D in Miami


Many are dubbing Day 2 of the Democratic National Convention the most important day of the week long convention because of one women, Hillary Rodham Clinton. As many of you know, Hillary came in second place in the Spring Democratic primary race, but was not chosen by Barack Obama as the VP. With 18 million people casting their vote for Hillary instead of Obama, the Democratic party is at a divisive crossroads. Many of Clinton’s supporters are still bitter about the lose and Hillary not being chosen at the VP which has caused a rift in the party. A divided Democratic party will not help Obama get into the Oval office. So as Tuesday’s keynote speaker, Hillary Clinton’s job was to help the Obama campaign smooth out this rift and urge her supporters to vote for Barack Obama in the November. Bill Clinton is also scheduled to speak on Wednesday to help bring home the message of party unity and to help rally the masses around Presidential nominee Barack Obama and VP-nominee Joe Biden. For more info on DNC in Denver, check out (http://www.cnn.com/POLITICS/)



Update: Entire Hillary Clinton Speech

Keri Hilson Headlines Lions Den Sun Night Event


The oh so sexy Keri Hilson will be the headliner this sunday at Club Europe which is their signature event. Where a who's who of celebs are expect to show their face. Last year Ms. Jennifer Hudson brought the house down last year. Also in attendance this year will be Tonex, Female singer Cole, American Idol Contestant Anwar Robinson who will also be in Maurice Jamal's new tv show Ski Trip 2:Friends & Lovers, & Truth Hurts. Special apperances by Jensen "wade" Atwood" , Demarco Majors of the hit LOGO Series "Shirts & Skins coming out Sept 15 @ 10pm on LOGO, Bre from America's Next Top Model and its all hosted by Naima of American Next Top Model Cycle 4 winner.For more info log on to http://www.msplinks.com/MDFodHRwOi8vd3d3LnRoZWxpb25zZGVuYXRsYW50YS5jb20=

New Flava Music

Kanye West i must have to admit his doin his thing in the latest video off of his "Graduation" Album here is below "Good Morning" which takes a futuristic look at him trying to make it to his graduation on time and gets caught up along the way.




Ker Hilson is back with another leaked track off of her album "In a Perfect World" which comes out on Oct 7th. The track is produced by Polow Da Don. Take a listen below at the track. www.zshare.net/audio/1767023031ca67f4

Another leaked T.I. track from "Paper Trail' out Sept 30 and this song entitled "Live Your Life" feat Rihanna. T.I. is pissed about all of his tracks being leaked he just released this statement
“Don’t ruin the event. Wait till the cake comes out the kitchen before you eat it. That’s like a kid who sees his toys before Christmas; it takes away from me and from the fans as well.
“When it’s time, I’mma (sic) give it to you. Leakage is never a problem I have had. I’m not used to it.” Below is the track: www.zshare.net/audio/176734244cab490c

Monday, August 25, 2008

The DNC: John Legend, Senator Edward Kennedy, and Michelle Obama Steal the Show


From the desk of King D in Miami

Wow, is all I can say! If you have never been a political person or interested in politics, the first day of the Democratic National Convention and the coming days of convention coverage, should have you glued to your television set. With John Legend’s and his back-up choir stellar performance and Senator Edward Kennedy emotionally speech and Michelle Obama‘s eloquent speech about her husband; you can’t be nothing but excited, about Barack Obama and what is to come. Ladies and gentleman, if you have never been involved in politics or are interested in politics, there is no better time to get involved. As I tell my younger nieces and nephews, make a choice or someone will make the choice for you. Check (http://www.barackobama.com/) for info or to make a donation to his campaign or the Democratic National Convention site (http://www.demconvention.com/).

Update: Full Michelle Obama Speech

Jamaica doing BIG things in Track @ Olympics

Jamaican Usain Bolt wins 200meters in 19.30 a new record




Jamaican Veronica Brown-Campbell wins 200meters in 21.74



USA doesnt qualify for 4x100 relay they drop the baton

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Black Men Revealed:Dow Low Episode















Jada Pinkett-Smith as a lesbian in "The Women"




A wealthy New Yorker leaves her cheating husband and bonds with other society women at a resort. A remake of George Cukor's 1939 film "The Women."

Release Date: September 12 2008

A film by Diane English

starring: Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Candice Bergen, Kathy Griffin, India Ennenga, Bette Midler, Cloris Leachman, Carrie Fisher, Lynn Whitfield, Joanna Gleason, Ana Gasteyer, Debi Mazar

Maxwell is back!


October 8, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. - Boston Opera House (Boston, MA)
October 9, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. - Radio City Music Hall (New York, NY) Ticket sales begin 8/22/08 at 12:00 p.m.
October 12, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. - Massey Hall (Toronto, ON)
October 21, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. - Orpheum Theater (Minneapolis, MN) Ticket sales begin 8/22/08 at 6:00 p.m.
October 22, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. - Omaha Music Hall (Omaha, NE) Ticket sales begin 8/23/08 at 12:00 p.m.
November 7, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. - Verizon Wireless Theater (Houston, TX) Ticket sales begin 8/23/08 at 10:00 a.m.


Check www.ticketmaster.com and www.livenation.com for more added concert dates.

Below is a performance of Maxwell singing woman's worth at a benefit 3 weeks ago honoring cedric the entertainer.

Gang Memeber killed for being "Gay"

Teenage gang members in Baltimore, are thought to have killed one of their own after finding 'gay' text messages on their victim's phone -- "he had to go" say the two teenage gang members now charged with murder.

Autopsy reports indicate that Steven Parrish, a former member of Bloods gang in Randallstown, Baltimore, died with over 50 superficial knife wounds on his body, and one stab wound to the chest that ended his life. Before leaving the scene, fellow gang members stomped on Parrish's neck, and left a red bandana covering his face.


Here is the news clip on the story.

Hump Day Flava News Bits

Boris Kodjoe on Wendy Williams Show



The "B" is Back

Beyonce's third album Virtuoso Intellect is coming November 18th! The first single will be available on iTunes September 12th. Producers for the album include Rodney Jerksins, The Dream, Kanye West and Neptunes! Beautiful Liar will be included on the album as a bonus track.

Check out Boris Kudjoe Clothing Line and its Affordable and custom-made
www.ziami.com

Media Blogger and Friend Darian Aaron introduces us to Xem Van Adams who did a 2 part series entitled " Young, Black & GAY in America"

Part 1


Part 2

Monday, August 18, 2008

U.S. Olympic Track Team Sweep 400M Hurdles





















Angelo Johnson & Bershawn Jackson


















Kerron Clement,Angelo Johnson, Bershawn Jackson



Angelo Taylor ran a personal-best time of 47.25 seconds, ahead of teammates Kerron Clement and Bershawn Jackson, who took the silver and bronze respectively in 47.98 and 48.06. This is first sweep of the event since the United States did it in 1960. Angelo Taylor,lead a medals sweep in the 400-meter hurdles.

Black Men Revealed: Is the Down low Real?




Here is a clip of the much talked about episode of Black Men Revealed the TVone Show that comes on weekly on sundays at 9pm. This particular episode came on sunday August 10, 2008.

Hip-Hop’s 20 Biggest Earners For 2008

1. Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson: $150 million
2. Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter: $82 million
3. Sean “Diddy” Combs: $35 million
4. Kanye West: $30 million
5. Timothy “Timbaland” Mosley: $22 million
6. Pharrell Williams: $20 million
7. Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean: $17 million
8. Calvin “Snoop Dogg” Broadus: $16 million
9. André “Dr. Dre” Young: $15 million
10. Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges: $14 million
11. Clifford “T.I.” Harris: $13 million (tie)
11. Dwayne “Lil Wayne” Carter: $13 million (tie)
12. Marshall “Eminem” Mathers: $12 million (tie)
12. Lonnie “Common” Lynn Jr.: $12 million (tie)
12. Aliaune “Akon” Thiam: $12 million (tie)
13. Jermaine Dupri: $11 million (tie)
13. Jonathan “Lil Jon” Smith: $11 million (tie)
14. OutKast: $10 million (tie)
14. Hakeem “Chamillionaire” Seriki: $10 million (tie)
14. Jayceon “The Game” Taylor: $10 million (tie)

The List was complied by Forbes Magazine and highlights Hip Hop top 20 money makers of 2008.

Women's 100m-Jamaican sweeps!




Wow is all i can Jamaican Sweeps to capture the Gold,Silver and Bronze in the women's 100 metter in the Olympics. Shelly-Ann Fraser, Sherone Simpson and Kerron Stewart swept the 100M Finals for the first time in Jamaican history. Fraser took the gold in a blazing 10.78 seconds.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Video Coverage of Official Summer Takeover



Here is video coverage of the Official Summer Takeover Event that took place here in DC the weekend of July 25-27 2008 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Arlington,Va. Video is courtesy of Bleu Magazine which is now branchin into Bleu TV. Have you had your Bleu today? To subscribe to the magazine log on to www.thebluemag.com

Usain Bolt Sets New World Record!



Big Ups to my fellow country man Usain Bolt of Jamaica shatters his own record of 9.72 and wins the 100 meters in the Olympics wit a new world record of 9.69.It sucks that Tyson Gay did not qualify, and i was rooting for him to win. But Waltershout out to Walter Dix from Florida State University in Tallahassee,FL who took the bronze.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Monica feat Ludacris: Still Standing





Monica 1st single off of her upcoming album which is the same as her first single called "Still Standing" and she has her cousin Ludacris on the debut single. I am personally loving this song and can definately relate to it. The album should be out by December of this year. This will be monica's 6th album when she first hit the scene in 1995 with Miss Thang.

Brandy talks about upcoming "Human" Album




Here is the link for the new song "Right Here"(Departed)
http://www.zshare.net/audio/170313122b028947/

Below is the press release talking about Brandy's new album "Human" which will come out on Tuesday November 11, 2008.

NEW YORK, Aug 15, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Epic Records proudly announces the release of "Human," the new full-length studio album from the multi-platinum-selling Grammy-winning R&B/pop music superstar Brandy, available online and in stores on Tuesday, November 11.

Brandy's Epic Records debut and first new album since 2004's Grammy-nominated RIAA gold-certified "Afrodisiac," "Human" is a bold new collection of songs reflecting the artist's evolution as a musician and an individual.

"'Human' is my most personal album to date," said Brandy. I have grown so much since my last album. Being able to express myself and my journey through my music is a feeling I can't describe. With this new chapter of my life it feels good to have Rodney, a familiar face, by my side again. He brings out emotions in me like nobody else."

Reunited with executive producer Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, who first collaborated with Brandy on her 1998 multi-platinum-selling collection "Never Say Never," Brandy has created the most emotionally resonant album of her career with songs and performances reflecting the truth and complexity of her experiences.

"It feels good to be back in the lab with Brandy again," said Rodney Jerkins. "We've always made great records and I'm humbled and honored to be continuing our legacy. The sound might be new, bigger, and more uplifting but we've kept our musical promise by making great songs and great music once again. There is no musical combination like ours!!!"

The album's title is a real life mirror of Brandy as a woman, an artist, a musician and a performer, communicating what it means to be fully "Human": strong yet vulnerable, candid and triumphant, in love with life and in touch with the things of the spirit.

"Right Here (Departed)," the first single from "Human," will impact Pop radio on September 16. The single and ringtone are scheduled to be released on August 26, with a digital pre-order for the album slated the same day.

Other key tracks on "Human" include "Fall," which Brandy co-wrote with the chart-topping British dance/pop singer/songwriter Natasha Bedingfield, as well as the new songs "Long Distance," "Piano Man," and "Torn Down." Brandy's other musical collaborators on Human include Brian Kennedy (Rihanna/"Disturbia"), emerging production whiz RedOne (Kat DeLuna, 2006 World Cup Official Single "Hips Don't Lie" with Shakira & Wyclef Jean), and James Fauntleroy (Jordin Sparks/"No Air").

Short Black LGBT Films

The Young & Evil
Plot:
See his unforgettable performance as a young man on a mission to become infected with HIV in the short.


Earl's Post Prison Playdate
Plot:
Fresh from the hoosegow, a virile young ex-con returns home with newfound sexual habits that threaten his relationships and the health of the women he loves.



AKIRA'S HIP HOP SHOP
plot:
Love set to a new beat. A short film starring James Kyson Lee ("Heroes") and Emayatzy Corinealdi ("The Young & The Restless").


Dreams Deferred: The Sakia Gunn Film Project

Thursday, August 14, 2008

(CocoDorm At It Again!) vs City of Miami


From the Desk of King D in Miami.

-Article courtesy of Miami Herald.


A stroll down Northeast 27th Street doesn't feel X-rated, but it's here -- along a quiet, bayfront residential street -- that Miami has declared war against Internet porn.

For about a year, Miami city leaders have tried to evict ''Khali Kreme,'' ''Sincere Luv'' and the other ''dorm dudes'' of Cocodorm.com, a gay porn site that films out of a red-brick colonial-style house. From the outside, nothing about the home's appearance suggests it's different from its neighbors.
But inside, multiple webcams capture occupants' almost every move -- from household chores to regularly scheduled sexual encounters. Miami's Code Enforcement Board last year declared the home an adult business, one operating illegally in a residential area. The city ordered it shut down. Cocodorm responded by suing in federal court, alleging Miami violated the website's First Amendment rights. One expert says it's a lawsuit Cocodorm has a shot at winning, as case law is on the website's side.


Cocodorm argues its Edgewater home can't be called an adult business because, unlike a run-of-the-mill strip club, the public is not invited in. Those who want to see Cocodorm's ''hottest and horniest'' do so via the Internet, with a credit card.
Avoiding the adult-business label is key, because Miami's zoning code limits such establishments to industrial areas and requires they obtain city approval. Should the courts agree with Miami, the operation would likely be closed.


`NOT GOOD'
''What they are doing is not good for the neighborhood,'' laments Miami Code Enforcement Director Mariano Loret de Mola.
That conclusion is far from certain, and U.S. District Court Judge Marcia Cooke recently rejected a city effort to dismiss Cocodorm's suit.
Cocodorm's legal position rests on a 2001 federal appeals-court case involving Voyeurdorm.com, a similar website operating in Tampa.
Like Miami, Tampa tried to use its adult-business zoning laws to shut down a webcam-filled house, in this case occupied by women.
But the appeals court, ruling in the website's favor, found that Voyeurdorm's customers weren't gathering at the Tampa home -- or anywhere else in Tampa.
''As a practical matter, zoning restrictions are indelibly anchored in particular geographic locations,'' the court wrote. With Voyeurdorm, the court added, 'the public offering occurs over the Internet in `virtual space.' ''

Last year, Miami's legal staff persuaded the city's Code Enforcement Board to classify Cocodorm as an adult business -- despite the Tampa decision. Assistant City Attorney Victoria Méndez told the board that wording differences between the Miami and Tampa laws meant the situations weren't identical, and Miami's law was stronger.

Evans Anyanwu, a New Jersey Internet attorney who followed the Voyeurdorm case, isn't convinced. Anyanwu reviewed both Miami and Tampa's laws after speaking with a reporter.
''To me, it's the same exact case,'' he said. ``The city of Miami has an uphill fight.''
Miami's legal team declined to comment, but in court filings the city argues it has a right to determine appropriate locations for an enterprise it describes as ``sex-for-money open to the world.'' A jury trial is set for December, but Cocodorm's attorneys are hoping to settle matters sooner. The website plans to file legal arguments Thursday asking the judge to grant summary judgment in its favor.
Cocodorm offers its young, muscular males $1,200 a month -- along with free room and board -- while requiring they masturbate and have group sex in front of the cameras. Models enjoy complimentary groceries, cable TV and use of an X-Box 360, the website promises. Those over 25 aren't welcome, but education is. ''Models should have some smarts,'' the website says. ``You should AT LEAST have a high school diploma or GED.''

Mail-order DVD sales are handled not from the home, but at a warehouse space on North Miami Avenue -- further proof, Cocodorm said, that there's no ''business'' being run at the house.
Phillip Bleicher -- director of Flava Works, the company behind Cocodorm -- came to the door at that warehouse location but declined to speak with a reporter, referring questions to his attorneys. The models at Cocodorm were also mum. ''I don't do interviews. Sorry, babe,'' said one.
Attorney Jamie Benjamin, who represents Cocodorm, is confident Miami will have trouble proving webcams constitute a business.''There is no adult entertainment there,'' he said. ``Nobody goes to a brick-and-mortar place and buys something. There's no customers there.''
Bleicher has had legal tangles in the past.
In 2006, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan got a judge to freeze the assets of a Bleicher-affiliated Chicago charity, Student Leadership Network. The attorney general accused the charity of scamming more than $3 million from schools across the nation.Instead of financing youth-leadership efforts, the charity allegedly spent its money at a liposuction clinic and a custom wig store and to pay for a trip to Rio de Janeiro. A criminal investigation is ongoing. Benjamin said Bleicher was one of many members on the board, and that the allegations are just that. No charges have been filed, he said, ``because there's nothing that was done that was improper, whatsoever.''


UNDER SCRUTINY
A dorm-style porn website Bleicher ran in Chicago also came under scrutiny. The all-male, black and Latino site -- essentially the same business model as Cocodorm -- was shut down by the Chicago Department of Public Health after the agency uncovered high rates of sexually transmitted diseases among the ``models.'' Benjamin said the health issues have been mischaracterized. 'Everybody that was a prospective employee was tested,'' Benjamin said.
``And yes, some came back positive, but the people who came back positive never worked there.'' Christopher Brown, assistant commissioner at the Chicago health department, tells a different story. ''They were active patients being seen for HIV, and then they could be seen on this website,'' he said. ``So the doctors, I think, were concerned.''

In Miami, the Cocodorm website tells those wishing to live at the house that they must bring health test results with them and that safe sex must be practiced at all times.
Cocodorm's neighbors along Northeast 27th Street voiced mixed opinions about whether the city should shut the house down. Several said as long as Cocodorm's activities stay behind closed doors, it's not a problem, but one complained of dorm residents partying outside the house.

Meanwhile, only steps away from Cocodorm, where the street meets the bay, another dorm -- of a different kind -- is poised to open. It's the Residencia Jesús Maestro, a male Catholic dorm. Acting Director Efrain Zabala said the dorm will house those pursuing the priesthood, but also local college students who have other careers in mind but want to live in a dorm that nurtures faith. Daily personal prayer and annual spiritual exercises are a requirement, and ''female companions'' are off-limits in some parts of the building. ''It offers a more wholesome environment,'' Zabala said. What does Zabala think of his soon-to-be neighbor? ''I'm not at liberty to speak about it,'' the church official said.


Blake defeats Federer 4 1st time Ever!




James Blake from the US celebrates after beating top seed Roger Federer of Switzerland in the men's singles quarterfinals at the Beijing Olympic Games. Blake produced a huge upset to win 6-4, 7-6.This is the first time Blake has beaten Federer. Congrats to Blake on his quest for GOLD!

Noah's Arc the movie: Jumping The Broom Update


Here is an update on Noah's Arc: Jumping The Broom (the movie!)it was annouced today via www.afterelton.com today that the movie has a release date of Oct 24, 2008.

Below is the plot of the movie:
Noah, Alex, Ricky, Chance and their significant others travel to Martha's Vineyard for a weekend wedding getaway. Drama ensues as one-by-one their relationships start to crack under the pressure of closer examination. Newly successful screenwriter Noah looks to his friends for advice as he prepares to move his relationship to a more serious level while struggling to keep his first studio movie alive. But the friends are of little help as they juggle their own issues. Elder statesmen Chance and Eddie attempt to scratch their seven-year itch but worry their marriage has permanently lost its spark. And playboy Ricky flaunts his barely legal college student fling in the face of his monogamous friends but hides a surprising secret that threatens to rock the house. Add to the mix Alex's crazy-making wedding prep, a closeted superstar rapper, a high-maintenance studio exec, and a surprise visitor and you've got the makings of a hilarious and poignant romantic comedy.

Edited: 8:18pm Below is a Clip of the Movie

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Christian Keyes in Bad Medicine Trailer

Michelle Williams on Wendy Williams Show

Michelle Williams interviewed by Wendy Williams


Performance of "We Break the Dawn"

Top 30 Movies that Made u Cry?

1. Steel Magnolias
2. Passion of Christ
3. Boyz N Da Hood
4. Pursuit of Happiness
5. Party Monster
6. Soul Food
7. Why Did I Get Married
8. Crash
9. Love & Basketball
10. Rent
11. Dreamgirls
12. Prison Song
13. Color Purpule
14. The Notebook
15. The Women of Brewester's Place
16. Losing Isiah
17. Holiday Heart
18. Selena
19. Apollo 13
20. Roots
21. Their Eyes were watching GOD
22. Imitation of Life
23. A Time to Kill
24. John Q
25. The Green Mile
26. Rosewood
27. Jason's Lyric
28. Poetic Justice
29. Philadelphia
30. Set It Off

These movies are in no particular order but let me know if you agree? and leave a comment if you think of any others.

Atlanta Black Gay Pride: Women Parties




For more info log on to www.atlantaprideweekend.com

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Kanye West-'Champion' Video



Love him or Hate him the man is a genius. Kanye's latest video is a tribute to the Olympics so get into the above video.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Spotlight remix feat Rick Ross



Jennifer debut album comes out Sept 30, 2008

Cullen Jones:2nd Black Swimmer to win Gold


Cullen Jones the 24 year old out of the brox,new york is the 2nd black to win a gold medal for swimming and he did just that this past weekend. Below is video of Cullen talking about winning the medal. Congrats to Cullen Jones now lets get ready for Track & Field competition. The sport i only watch the olympics for.


Jensen Atwood Birthday Party - Atlanta


Jensen Atwood Birthday Party - Atlanta

Date: Saturday, August 30, 2008

Tim Barrett Studio
10 Krog Street, NE - Unit F, Atlanta, GA 30307-2480 (map)

Time: 7PM - 12AM (Maybe Longer)
General Admission: $25 before 9pm. $35 after 9pm.

For details & tickets: click here!!!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Will Atlanta Save Us from a Summer of Disastrous Prides?


From the Desk of Miami Correspondent-King D

Greetings from Miami! I must apologize for my hiatus from the blog. I have been traveling all over the place- Cozumel, Mexico; my 10 year class reunion in the Midwest, and I also covered Miami Beach Bruthaz Weekend in Miami Beach. And finally I am happy to be back home in Downtown Miami and looking forward to my annual trip to Atlanta for Labor Day??? Or am I and “a whole lotta other folks” setting ourselves up to be disappointed by another 2008 Black Gay Pride Gone Wrong.

I guess the verdict is in…in 2008, it seems we took a step back in Prides and the reason we have Black Pride celebrations, due to promoters and organizers losing sight of what Black Pride is all about. It seems we have individuals who are more into furthering their own cause than that of the Black gay community. Or maybe it’s due to global warming, we blame everything on that these days. From the cancellation of Los Angeles Pride, overpriced venues and events for Sizzle Miami, no-show celebrities in D.C, to the recent and embarrassing cancellation of Pride in the City in Brooklyn; where did we go wrong. Sure a lot of the blame falls on particular individuals who feel they can treat the Black gay community any kind of way to make a buck. Some of the blame falls on organizers who have no idea on what Black Pride is really about. But some of this blame falls on US. We continuously support these individuals and their events, a lot of time against our better judgement. After this summer, I am sure this attitude will change. Either we will make conscience effort not to support greedy promoters AND voice our concern either by phone, letter, fax, or email as to why you are not attending their event. Or the recession will. To make travel arrangements and travel half way across the country, to attend a planned Black Pride for it to be Cancelled. I would be pissed to say the least.

So I am hoping that Atlanta Black Pride will not disappoint. It is always very organized at most events, and it seems the promoters have a pretty good handle on things. With so much competition with parties, clubs, and events, they wouldn’t dare charge some outrageous cover. I have attended every Pride in Atlanta for the past 10 years and I have never had a bad time. But 2008 has been full of disappointments. I am a little leery already due to the fact there are still rooms available at the host hotel for the In the Life organization and we are two and half weeks away from Labor Day. It could be the ridiculous high rates due to the name change to the “W”. I don’t know. This hotel usually sells out a couple of months prior to Labor Day. So, we will see. If you do plan to be in Atlanta, definitely check out the opening ceremonies at the host hotel (www.inthelifeatl.com), a must attend event. I will see you guys there, but I will be up the street at the Westin.

Well ladies and gents, this is your friendly Miami correspondent signing off. More Blogs to come.

King D

Love for Sale Trailer




Love for Sale is a romantic comedy about Trey (Jackie Long), a twenty-something delivery guy that can't seem to catch a break. Trey's whole life is in shambles- no money for college, girls don't know he exists and his uncle's recording studio is about to be foreclosed.

After a failed attempt to talk to the girl of his dreams, Kiely (Mya), Trey encounters the incredibly, beautiful Katherine (Melyssa Ford) while on delivery. The older woman falls for him despite their age difference. This seemingly perfect development soon proves to just complicate Trey's life even further.

Bernie Mac DEAD @ 50

"Actor/comedian Bernie Mac passed away this morning from complications due to pneumonia in a Chicago area hospital," his publicist, Danica Smith, said in a statement from Los Angeles.

She said no other details were available and asked that his family's privacy be respected.

The comedian suffered from sarcoidosis, an inflammatory lung disease that produces tiny lumps of cells in the body's organs, but had said the condition went into remission in 2005. He recently was hospitalized and treated for pneumonia, which his publicist said was not related to the disease.

Mac was born Bernard Jeffrey McCullough on Oct. 5, 1957, in Chicago. He grew up on the city's South Side, living with his mother and grandparents. His grandfather was the deacon of a Baptist church.

Mac worked his way to Hollywood success from an impoverished upbringing on Chicago's South Side. He began doing standup as a child, and his film career started with a small role as a club doorman in the Damon Wayans comedy "Mo' Money" in 1992. In 1996, he appeared in the Spike Lee drama "Get on the Bus."

He was one of "The Original Kings of Comedy" in the 2000 documentary of that title that brought a new generation of black standup comedy stars to a wider audience.

Mac went on to star in the hugely popular "Ocean's Eleven" franchise with Brad Pitt and George Clooney.

His turn with Ashton Kutcher in 2005's "Guess Who" topped the box office. It was a comedy remake of the classic Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn drama "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" — with Mac as the black dad who's shocked that his daughter is marrying a white man.

Mac also had starring roles in "Bad Santa," "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" and "Transformers."

In the late 1990s, he had a recurring role in "Moesha," the UPN network comedy starring pop star Brandy.

The comedian drew critical and popular acclaim with his Fox television series "The Bernie Mac Show," which aired more than 100 episodes from 2001 to 2006.

Friday, August 8, 2008

What the Fuck Alaska We have a Problem??

I was just reading the newspaper here in DC called the Express in it citizens in Barrow,Alaska they are paying $ 9.89 for a gallon of milk. $4.65 for a gallon of unleaded gas, a loaf of bread is $6.00, A dozen eggs cost $4.60, A pound of strawberries cost $10.00 and finally a 1/2 pound of lunch meat is $7.00 wow and i was complaining about the cost of food here in the DC metro area i am glad i dont live their. However the governor of Alaska is feeling sorry for her resident so she has proposed checks of $1,200.00 for each resident to help relieve some of the burden,using a surplus from the oil-rich state treasury. Lawmakers are debating the proposal. I guess we have good here un-like the people their in Alaska, i dont think New York, Atlanta,Miami,DC and any other major city in the US would be able to handle these prices for the cost of food.

Eric Benet is back



Eric Benet is back with a video for his new single "You're the Only One." take a listen

Friday's Flava of the Week







Just a lil Eye Candy to get the weekend started right. so get into the above FLAVA!

Introducing Bry'Nt




I first heard of Bry'Nt when he performed here in DC at 2008 DC Black Pride and was very intrigued. This young man is very talented and he is among an emerging group of young LGBT rappers coming up in the game and trying to make a name for themselves. His 6 track mixtape can be heard on his Official Myspace page www.myspace.com/bryntmusic from start to finish each track is hott. So with out further ado i would like to introduce you to Bry'Nt the gay rapper out of New York



What made u start rapping?
The beginning of my interest in rapping comes from a life full of difficult and twisted situations in my teenage years and even in my adult life where I kept a lot to myself. For the majority of the time, my rhymes are a reflection of what's been going on in my head; thoughts, feelings, ideas, and perceptions.

What are some of your successes?
I released my first mixtape as a solo artist entitled "Porn Star" May 27th, 2008, which will have a FREE online release real soon. Since then I've been on a Pride tour performing at Pride events in cities like Washington D.C., Springfield, Detroit, New York City, and a few others and more to come. I also have a song on the soundtrack of the independent film "Finding Me" and a few songs some other mixtapes.

What does the future hold for Bry'Nt?
The future holds many more performances. A new mixtape in the winter and an album next summer. I will also be seen in celebrity photographer, Francois Rousseau's "Les Atelier Project" which is a photography exhibit that I posed artistically nude for (no, you can't see my dick! *LOL*). That will be coming out in February of 2009 at the European House Of Photograpy in Paris, France.

Who did you look up too growing up for inspiration?
The people that inspired me growing up were all of the artists from the late 90's East Coast movement (i.e. Mary J. Blige, Jay-Z, Junior M.A.F.I.A., Nas, The Notorious B.I.G., etc.).

Is there a rapper out now or the past that people compare you to?
Lil' Kim! *LOL* Kim was one of the people I thought was hot growing up so it's okay. But people love to compare me to her because of the hyper sexual lyrical content.

Who is Bry'Nt when your not rapping? What you like to do?
Bry'Nt is just a cool dude, very humorous! I like to go to the beach, exercise, go to amusement parks, go to concerts, eat sushi, and sleep! I love to sleep! That’s just a few things I like to do.

What is your goal in the hip-hop industry?
My ultimate goal in the hip-hop industry is to be one of the best that ever did it. Nothing more, nothing less.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
I see myself still working hard but with a greater following of fans.

Do you have any regrets working in this business?
One think I regret is working with certain individuals (who shall remain nameless) who worked with me in fear of having people know that they helped a "gay rap artist".

Is there anything else you want people to know about you?
I want people to know that my lyrics are all a reflection of a deviant lifestyle that I live but that my heart is still pure and I work hard everyday to be a better person.

The original name for the mixtape was "Rap's Tiger Tyson" and Tiger wasn't having it! *LOL* So I opted to change it to "Porn Star" because I felt my position in music is similar to an adult actor's position in film. As a sexually liberal society, we consume billions of dollars worth of pornographic material every year. Nonetheless, there is a negative stigma attached to those who regularly view pornographic movies. Therefore we watch them in solitude (some of us in groups *LOL*) and with shame and fear of having others know that we do. And I've learned through many observations that there are many people that secretly are fans of mine, however, they only listen to my music in private and with shame and in fear of having others know they enjoy it. Especially members of the straight community. There's the answer for those who've been wondering, I know I've said a lot! I don't knock the hustle of actual porn stars but I've never been one myself nor will I ever be.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

T.I.-Whatever you like Video



The video stars Regan Gomez as the love interest. you may remeber Regan in the tv show "Parenthood" back in the day. T.I as always keeps banging out the best music as only the King of the South can. His album Paper Trail is schedule to come out 9.30.08 so be on the look out for that. Also T.I. shoot two more videos over the past weekend that should be out sometime next week.

Hump Day Music

Mariah Carey Feat LL Cool J- I'll Be Loving You Long Time



Mariah Carey Feat Busta Rhymes-Side Effects

Kanye's Rant: Is he really a Genius?? or Confused??




Kanye was on stage in NYC where he went on an apparently rant for no reason talking about Nas,Soulja Boy and everything else under the sun. Take a listen

Behind The Scenes - T.I and Swizzy - Swing Your Rag



This is probably one of the hottest songs out right now and here is your behind the scenes look at the making of the video.

The Strip-Off DC style

video



This is video from Daryl Wilson's Chocolate City Fest that took place back in May during the Memorial Day Weekend Festivities. On Saturday night at the 930 Nighclub the strippers went buck wild. Check out the video. Video ends at 12:28

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Blind Faith the Movie


This amazing film starring Charles Dutton, Courtney Vance, Kadeem Hardison, Lonette Mckee and directed by Ernest Dickerson. Below is part one. See the other parts here. Set in the late 50's, in a time when being gay was a sickness and being black almost a crime, it's one of the most powerful films I've have ever seen -- but with these stars, who would expect any less. Courtney Vance plays a lawyer defending his nephew wrongly accused of murdering a white boy. Charles Dutton plays the boys father who doesn't seem to want to unravel the growing mystery.


As a side note you can only view this movie youtube and the movie isnt for purchase due to Showtime Networks not releasing the movie.




Christian Keyes Upclose & Personal Labor Day Weekend

This is a Daryl Wilson Event if you are not headin down to Atl for Labor Day Weekend make sure you are in the building to check out Christian Keys upclose and personal. For more info on Christian log on too http://www.christiankeyes.com/ or www.myspace.com/christiankeyes1

Monday, August 4, 2008

New York goes to Hollywood Premieres 2nite




Make sure you watch each and every monday night at 10pm on VH1 i remeber meeting Tiffany "New York" Pollard back in Feb at Daryl Wilson's Red Party Weekend and i remeber her telling me this was coming and not to tell anyone well tonite we get to see how she does in Hollywood.

I want to work for diddy premieres Tonite

TRAILER FOR P DIDDY NEW SHOW - "I WANT TO WORK FOR DIDDY"


The show premieres tonite at 9pm on VH1 so make sure to watch it. The show will feature a transexual on the show.

Rockdogs the series coming to LOGO



"Shirts & Skins" follows the true-life story of the San Francisco Rockdogs, a young all-star basketball team who must reunite to uphold their city's three-generation legacy of international gay games gold medal, and national tournament wins. ÿAfter their last gold in 2006, the team fell apart, only to be rallied back together by their founders to defend their title at the upcoming National Gay Basketball Championship in Chicago. When the Rockdogs join together as family, they win. So will this new generation of talented players be able to put aside their interpersonal differences, love lives, and late night rumbles in time to get their game on and bring home the championship?

The Trailer of Shirt & Skins the story of the Rockdogs



The show premieres this Fall on Logo for other clips click on the link below
http://www.logoonline.com/?popThis=popVideo(261441)

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Rest In Peace Javon Marc Baptiste-Jean





You were my heart and you will truly be missed, you left me and others that cared for you are such a young age of 28 but i guess GOD had something better for you. This has been a long and painful week for me since i found out of your passing. Each day i am getting better last weekend i was a terrible mess but i am better. I will miss your smile, your warmth, and our conversations on life. I will always love you until we meet in heaven.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Brooklyn Black Pride Investigation & Scandal

I reported this 2 days ago well Rod Mcclloum of Rod 2.0 has the Full Details of what really went down. I found out that this was goin to happen two weeks ago and sat on it and i think so did Rod but the flood gates are open now and everything is out. Executive Director Michael A. Roberson has been FIRED and lawsuits are in placed for the 20 year old agency known as People of Color in Crisis. The parties will still go on but the education and prevention which is what PRIDE is all about will not. For the full report go to www.rodonline.typepad.com