Earlier this week, AOL Black Voices columnist Jawn Murray published an interview with Raz B who revealed more on his upcoming role on Noah's Arc, and, addressed the many rumors surrounding his sexuality. It's a good thing that we didn't post earlier because the story's dynamic has shifted.
But first the interview. Raz says that the character will appear in a special episode on HIV:
There wasn’t any kissing or anything of that nature. It was a very, very positive role. It was to raise the awareness for kids with HIV and the kids who have AIDS. That’s our demographic. Fifty percent of those people are our people. I felt like it was a mature decision for me to play a gay character.
We're already on record for applauding his willingness to take on a gay role and are even more impressed that the character will (hopefully) launch some much-needed discussion. HIV/AIDS is a deadly serious topic that many in our own community want to ignore. For example, Monday was the 25th anniversary of AIDS. Check the number of comments at KeithBoykin.com here and here. Note the number at this weblog in this post and especially here.
Now, point and click to Concrete Loop and check their comments board on the Raz B story. 464 messages and the vast majority are hateful and anti-gay—so many that Angel, the fierce sistah who runs the site, closed the board. The comments range from the typical "he seems kind of suspect" to #120 "I dont understand why any straight man would want to play as a homo."
There are some good people. A few brothas spoke up, such as #22 who echoes our feelings: "If the Raz-B is gay, and I don’t believe he is, any wonder why he would stay in the closet. That’s why those black celebrities that are indeed gay, stay in the closet. This boy played a gay role on a TV show and the way people are reacting is pitiful and sad."
BV Buzz with Jawn Murray (AOL/BV thanks WSM!)
Raz B Talks About Life After B2K (Concrete Loop)
Previously:Raz B Will Play Gay (Rod 2.0) Heart of Love (Rod 2.0) Ray J's One Wish (Rod 2.0) Ray J Says "No", Tyson Says "Yes" (Rod 2.0) John Legend and Cornel West (Rod 2.0) Trade Alert (Rod 2.0) Raz B Has Pride (Rod 2.0) Taye Would Play Gay (Rod 2.0) A Conversation with Darryl Stephens (Rod 2.0) A Conversation with Keith Boykin (Rod 2.0) A Conversation with Luther Mace (Rod 2.0) Patrik-Ian Polk in "Genre" (Rod 2.0) Rockmond Dunbar Joins "Noah" (Rod 2.0) Keith Hamilton Cobb Joins "Noah" (Rod 2.0) Complex Rockmond (Rod 2.0)