The star of Prison Break, Soul Food and the upcoming Dirty Laundry will make a guest appearance on the Logo series. So far, no elaboration on the character or storyline, but, we're sure it will be interesting
as long as he stays away from our man Trey!
Playing gay is not new for the actor. Rockmond's character in Dirty Laundry is one of the kids, and, who can forget his role as Darby in PUNKS—the celebrated indie film that was also helmed by Noah EP Patrik-Ian Polk? The casting additions are inspired and generating buzz but there is something more important here: You have to credit Rockmond, Keith, and young Raz B for taking on the roles—especially the latter because so many critics said the young heart throb was trying to exploit the gays for a buck.
Sure, it's quite common, and sometimes pedestrian, for Hollywood's leading mainstream and indie actors to take on gay roles. As we saw just months ago, queer themes swept the Oscars. Just last week, Jared Leto kinda-sorta-but not really came out. However, it's rare for black actors to take on similar projects. And, in most cases when they do accept gay roles, the actors are cast in interracial situations and the film or television projects—Taye in Will & Grace, Brian White in The Family Stone, etc.—are not specifically programmed toward black audiences. So when straight, black actors take on gay characters—especially a strong, romantic role opposite another black male—it's another small step on the journey toward inclusion and acceptance. Rock on Rockmond.
Previously:Keith Hamilton Cobb Joins "Noah" (Rod 2.0) Rockmond + Pause Button (Rod 2.0) Complex Rockmond (Rod 2.0) Jared Leto: 'Just Kidding' (Queerty) You Don't See That on TV (KeithBoykin.com) I'm Ready for My Close-up (KeithBoykin.com) Brian White in OUT (Rod 2.0) Raz B Will Play Gay (Rod 2.0) Raz B Has Pride (Rod 2.0) Raz B Interview (Rod 2.0) Ray J's One Wish (Rod 2.0) Gay Taye (Rod 2.0) Taye Would Play Gay (Rod 2.0)