Apparently, Raz B has created a trend and now another hip-hop heart-throb will be performing for the brothaz. Ray J—younger brother of Brandy and on-again, off-again boyfriend of Lil Kim—will make an appearance at a Washington DC gay club in about a month. Ray J will be in concert on Friday, February 17th at The Edge.
Normally, a simple club booking wouldn't be considered news. But given much of hip-hop's hostility toward gays and the rampant hyper-masculine posturing adopted by many male performers, the Ray J performance is breaking news. The new, gay-friendly marketing strategies adopted by Raz B and Ray J are impressive thresholds in the industry and in relations among black gays and straights. Hopefully, the lead provided by Raz B and Ray J will be a template that other performers will follow.
The good news about Ray J's performance: It's being marketed as oh-so-hot and oh-so-gay. The promo photos of the performer are sexy and the party promises to be much like The Edge or any other Friday night, including the fierce sounds of DJ Sederick and "Sexy Male Dancers." Kudos to event performer Daryl Wilson for presenting a yet another marquee name for the boys in DC and not toning it down or making it gay-light.
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