Your first look at Idris Elba as Detective Chief Investigator John Luther in Season Three of the BBC series Luther. BBC has confirmed the series will return on BBC One this summer. The Beeb released the first official images for the upcoming four episode third season on Friday ...
And the actor released a behind-the-scenes image from the editorial on his Facebook fan page. One more image and watch the Season Three announcement AFTER THE JUMP ...
[I] watch[ed] Fame on television as a high school student in the Bronx and [became] fascinated by this character. The cornrows, the way his body moved, the way he dressed, the way that he dealt with the black world, the way he dealt with the white world - particularly in the arts school that he went to, and I was just fascinated by this character.
But as of 15 and 16 year old, I also thought this was a character that was gay, and we hadn't seen an out gay character on television in the early 1980s, and nothing about the show even suggested that he was an out gay character, but there was just some way that I read the character that struck me as interesting.
The passage on "basketballs vs violins" and hip-hop is particularly insightful.
The example I always use is if we see a black man with a basketball, we don't even have to process that. We've seen it so many times in our lives, we know exactly what that means. If we were to see a black man with a violin, that gives us reason to pause, right? We have all of these questions that are now attached, you know, how did he get the violin? Does he know how to play the violin? How can he afford the violin? I mean we can go on and on.
Hip-hop becomes a very interesting space in this conversation because it [has] monetized the image of black masculinity, and made several of these figures incredibly wealthy - the Jay-Zs and the Snoop Doggs and the Will Smiths But it's also a space that limits our understanding of the range of possibilities of what black masculinity can look like.
It's a terrific interview and definitely worth the time to listen.
Among other credits, Ray also danced in The Weather Girls' music video for "It's Raining Men". The song and video have became in gay and Black gay pop culture. Ray later struggled with addictions and homelessness and died from HIV/AIDS-related complications in 2003. He was only 41-years-old.
On a personal note: Professor Neal is spot-on with his take of Leroy. I was a pre-teen and teenager during the television run of Fame in the 1980s. Leroy was fearless, fascinating and all kinds of sexy. It was one of the very few television shows that I watched during those years.
Liberté, égalité, fraternité! French President François Hollande has fulfilled his campaign promise and signed a bill today that made France the 14th nation to legalize equal marriage, reports France 24.
Hollande acted a day after the Constitutional Council threw out a legal challenge by the right-wing opposition, which had been the last obstacle to passing the bill into law. The legislation also legalises gay adoption. French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira, who steered the legislation through parliament, has said the first gay marriages could be celebrated as early as June.
The ruling comes after months of controversy and protests both for and against the bill that saw thousands taking to the streets and sporadic outbreaks of violence.
The protests have continued into the weekend, reports AFP.
Late on Friday, between 200 and 300 protesters gathered in central Paris to denounce the ruling backing the bill and calling on Hollande to resign. One police officer was injured after a flammable liquid was thrown in his face. Earlier, a group of bare-chested men wearing white masks staged their own protest against gay marriage on one of the bridges over the Seine. They call themselves the "Hommen"—a riposte to the bare-breasted feminist protesters known as the "Femmen".
Opponents have vowed to continue their campaign and have called for a massive anti-gay demonstration in Paris on May 26. A racist poster for the demonstration has gone viral across French social media networks. The poster depicts the French Minister of Justice Christiane Taubira as King Kong. Taubira is the highest ranking Black cabinet official ever in French government. She emerged as President François Hollande’s point person on the marriage debate.
France became the 14th nation to legalize equal marriage nationwide on April 23. It
joins Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Portugal,
the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and Uruguay. Brazil, Mexico and the United States allow equal marriage in certain states. A legal ruling earlier this week could mandate marriage equality across Brazil.
Via the BBC, check out a fresh new map of marriage equality across the globe AFTER THE JUMP ...
Ambassador Susan E. Rice, the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations, released this video message today. Watch AFTER THE JUMP ...
Ambassador Rice paid particular notice to the plight of LGBT youth:
Today, as we commemorate International Day Against Homophobia, we rededicate ourselves to a basic but essential truth – that human rights are universal and must be protected for all. Homophobia, sadly, is present in every corner of our world. And, it is a problem we continue to face here in the United States.
At the United Nations, the United States is standing up for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and fighting to ensure that their voices are heard and protected. The United States was proud to co-sponsor and adopt an historic resolution at the UN Human Rights Council condemning human rights abuses and violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
We will continue to work in every possible arena to protect communities and promote societies in which everyone – especially LGBT youth – can live safely and without fear regardless of who they are or whom they love. We call on all nations and all peoples to join us in ensuring that human rights are universally protected everywhere every day.
The "historic resolution" referenced by the ambassador is the March 2011 United Nations Human Rights Council declaration to urge the international community to combat anti-LGBT discrimination and violence. The declaration adopted by some 85 countries
in a Joint Statement entitled "Ending Acts of Violence and Related
Human Rights Violations Based On Sexual Orientation and Gender
Athlete, reality show star and model hotness DeMarco Majors is the "Most Beautifullest Man Alive" in the May/June 2013 issue of DBQ. The New York City-based magazine is published and edited by David Bridgeforth, the 24-year-old entrepreneur serving flawless face and holding onto DeMarco.
DeMarco modeled swimwear during New York Fashion Week and your first look at one of the gorgeous new covers featuring David Bridgeforth AFTER THE JUMP ...
Democratic North Carolina State Rep. Marcus Brandon has made history and formed the "committee for a congressional bid to seek Congressman Mel Watt's 12th District seat," reports the Charlotte News Observer.
Brandon would become the nation's first Black openly LGBT member of Congress if he were elected.
Watt is President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the Federal Housing Finance Administration. If confirmed, a Democratic frenzy is expected in the race to replace him. A campaign treasurer for Brandon, a High Point political consultant, filed papers May 1, the day the president announced Watt's appointment, to create the Marcus Brandon for Congress political committee, the first step needed to raise money for a potential bid.
Brandon also makes history as the "first openly gay or lesbian North Carolinian in a major political party to announce his candidacy for the U.S. House," reports Matt Coner at QNotes.
Brandon, the state’s only openly gay or lesbian legislator, joins what may be a crowded Democratic primary. ... Brandon was first elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives in 2010. He’s been an advocate for charter schools and education reform. In 2011, Brandon came to the center of debate when state lawmakers considered and later approved an anti-LGBT state constitutional amendment. The measure won approval from voters 61-39 percent on May 8, 2012.
Brandon has represented Charlotte, Greensboro and Winston-Salem in the state legislature since 2011. He is the only openly LGBT member of the North Carolina General Assembly.
Twenty-three-year-old Niki Mahona and his 19-year-old boyfriend Luis Donegan-Brown are the gay couple featured in the popular UK television spot for Barclays' personalized debit cards. The thirty second advert has been described as one of that nation's "few mainstream TV commercials with an openly same-sex couple."
Gay Star News reports the couple were "street cast" outside Selfridges department store in London.
They picked Niki Mahon outside his job at London’s famous Selfridges department store. And they gave him and his 19-year-old real-life boyfriend, Luis Donegan-Brown—who also works at Selfridges—a taste of fame.
The couple have only been together for just over a year but now they have the claim to fame of being one of the very few same-sex partnerships ever depicted in a British mainstream TV commercial. And it’s been a success—so far an incredible 300,000 Barclays customers have personalized their debit cards.
"I am proud that I can be open about my sexuality and not shy away from comments," adds Niki Mahona. "For many people who aren’t able to come out, I would hope that this might help plant the seed in their mind that they too can be open."
The Barclays television spot is also one of the rare examples of a same-sex POC couple in mainstream advertising. Wells Fargo—another multinational financial services corporation—used several Black gay couples in advertising campaigns. Lufthansa Airlines also used a multiracial male couple in an ad campaign several years ago on Rod 2.0.
Kelly Rowland debuted a new track this morning that is creating a buzz . "Dirty Laundry" was written by The Dream and third single from her upcoming fourth studio album Talk a Good Game.
The track is catchy but it is the lyrics that standout: Rowland sings about being in an abusive relationship, experiencing physical and emotional violence at the hands of her boyfriend and her initial feelings on Beyoncé's success. Listen AFTER THE JUMP ...
The article focused on the case of CeCe McDonald, the Black transgender woman who was targeted in a racist and transphobic attack in June 2011. McDonald fatally stabbed the man that attacked her and her friends. She plead guilty to second degree manslaughter in June 2012. McDonald was sentenced to 41 months in prison.
"No issue has been more important to me, none has been more special to me than writing about CeCe McDonald," said Hill. "This speaks to the many, many battles we have in front of us as an LGBT community, as an ally community, as a community of people who are struggling to create a world that is more fair, more just, more democratic and ultimately just more free. We have so much work to do."
Hillary Oleshawa was arrested by detectives on Monday night in a bar in down-town Nairobi after area police tracked him down for six hours following a tip off from the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. According to NGLHRC, Oleshawa has a history of luring unsuspecting gay men from online sites, abducting them and extorting money and property from their family and friends using threats and violence....
Oleshawa is reported to have been using Facebook and other gay dating sites such as Gay Romeo, Manjam, Gaydar and Gay Kenya to target his victims. His latest victim [alegedly] was a high school student aged 18 was lured into Oleshawa's house in last month, illegally detained , threatened with violence to give access codes to his mobile money account and later threatened to be exposed to his school.
Blackmail and extortion of gay men has become a "lucrative business"
for criminals in Kenya, according to
several reports. Many gay men are closeted—or married—and are afraid to come forward
due to pervasive stigma and security concerns.
Previous reports indicated the extortion gang includes police officers. Nairobi police "have denied reports that one of the blackmailers is a fellow police officer." But after the first arrest was made in February, that suspect reportedly "bribed [police] and was released in unclear circumstances," adds Identity Kenya.
Kenya's government is considered progressive
on gay rights. Same-sex relations are illegal—penalties are between
five and 14 years’ imprisonment—but arrests and prosecutions are rare.
Same-sex acts are currently illegal in at least 38 of 54 African countries. Four nations—Mauritania, Nigeria, Somalia and Sudan—boast the death penalty for gays or same-sex activity. South Africa and Seychelles are the only African nations that protect LGBT rights.