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06 July 2006

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macfac2006

i am sooooo happy that danyel is coming to vibe...i'm not familiar with her work in 97-99 (i started buying when emil was in charge), but anything is better than mimi valdes right now...she's the reason i stopped buying vibe...and trust i was a loyal subscriber...there is a GOD! lol....can't wait to see who she has on the cover for her first issue!

Trent

I am confused about E. Lynn Harris and the "no whites" thing he refers to in some personal ads by black gay men. I understand the nastiness of the "no femmes, no fats, etc," but I don't get his reference to the "no whites" thing as being equal to low self-esteem in black gay men or a measurement of self-hate.

Considering the fetishtic treatment of black gay men within many circles of the larger white gay community, the lust for black and brown bodies of African descent, the "no whites" thing seems like a matter of self-preservation, not the return of prejudice--in the majority of cases.

Moreover, I don't understand how showing little interest in white men is a sign of low self-esteem and how it is considered mean spirited. Contrary to the images in gay media, not all black gay men desire white men.

There are attractive white men out there, but I am a black man who prefers the diversity of men of African descent. My self-worth, self-esteem, the validation of myself does not depend on whether a white man desires me or whether I am attracted to a white man. I just have little sexual interest in white men.

Those black men attracted to white men--all the power to them and much happiness! Those white men who become romantically involved with black men from a mutually shared point of respect and friendship, fantastic!

I am really bothered my E. Lynn Harris' comment. He should have elucidated.

Please, I am not writing this for attention. What the comment implied just bothered me.

Brokeassnigga

I have not given a shit about Vibe mag since 1996. So why should I care now? Their journalistic skills suck. We all know they got rid of Emil because there were upset with seeing more non-black artists featured. My only question is have they gotten rid of Wyatt Mitchell as Art Director? Why does their Art Director encourage the illustrators to bite off Fine Artists work? It so sub-par! Get some illustrators with originality. That settled, If I see another Lichtenstein, Hirschfield or Basquiat rip-off within their pages I'm going to blow-up their offices.

dna

"Considering the fetishtic treatment of black gay men within many circles of the larger white gay community, the lust for black and brown bodies of African descent, the "no whites" thing seems like a matter of self-preservation, not the return of prejudice--in the majority of cases"

So if a white person advertises an ad that says "no blacks" then he is prejudice instead of just a preference?

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