· Rock and roll bad boy Dave Navarro has admitted to sexual "experimentation over the years" but you'll never hear a similar remark from a hip-hop or R&B star. "In the African-American culture, that ain’t happening,” E. Lynn Harris says in a new interview at The Advocate. “There’ve always been rumors of people, but they would never come out. We just lost Luther [Vandross], and Luther could never, ever admit what his sexuality was. I felt sorry for him that he never had the chance to be happy." Also, there is new video of Julie Chen's recent interview with ELH at CBS News This Morning, kindly uploaded by Zaviaer Flowers at Approaching Myself.
· The critically-acclaimed anthology edited by Harris, Freedom in the Village: 25 Years of Black Gay Men's Writing, has been selected as best anthology by the Lambda Literary Awards. (Thanks Bernie and Keith!)
· The Washington Blade profiles D.C. Black Pride and interviews Clarence Fluker, the board president: “The event itself and the spirit in which it started is of utmost importance—to keep that fire burning." This year's event, "Fire 2006", boasts Vivian Green as the headliner.
· Valerie Mason-John—the iconic black lesbian novelist, performance artist and television personality in Britain—has won the Mind "Book of the Year" award for her first novel, Borrowed Body. The critically-acclaimed story is written in voice of a young black girl who grows up in white foster homes and orphanages—loosely based on the author's own childhood.