Despite three sold out weekend performances and a considerable $12,000 weekend gross, the management at Manhattan's Clearview Chelsea Theater made the highly unusual decision to pull the plug on Maurice Jamal's Dirty Laundry, which stars Rockmond Dunbar and Loretta Devine. Theater Management "expressed concern that 'the producers may have bought the gross' ", reports Keith Boykin, who is the associate producer of the film and his partner Nathan H. Williams is the executive producer. Our review of the film and interview with director Maurice Jamal is in the current issue of The Advocate.
"They expressed suspicion because there were $1,500 in advance ticket sales for Sunday before the theater opened," Keith adds. "I hate to say it, but this smacks of racism, plain and simple. Black LGBT people have to fight every step of the way just to get a movie into the theaters, and even then, the theater owners would rather lose money than continue running a successful black LGBT movie. That makes no sense."
· The Dow Jones industrial average slides 294.26 points, or 2.14 percent, "after the Federal Reserve trimmed interest rates rather than slashing them, letting down investors who fear the economy might slip into recession."
· Will Smith previously expressed interest in starring in a Barack Obama biopic and now says he will hit the campaign trail for the presidential candidate. "I think he's what the future of America is going to be. Barack represents what I feel is the future of the optimum survival of America."
· Central Intelligence Agency Director Michael Hayden fails to answer key questions at a closed door session before the Senate Intelligence Committee about the agency’s "destruction of secret videotapes showing harsh interrogation of terror suspects." Hayden testifies tomorrow to its House counterpart.
· Hayden claims "videotaping stopped in 2002" but a report in today's New York Times suggests it may have continued longer. A former terrorism detainee held in 2003 describes "cameras both in his cells and in interrogation rooms, some on tripods and some on the wall."
· Former CIA interrogator: We waterboarded prisoners because the White House told us to.
· Log Cabin Republicans denounce Mike Huckabee's previous positions on HIV/AIDS funding and a proposed quarantine. "Governor Huckabee shouldn’t try to revise history to explain away his comments from 1992," says president Patrick Sammon. "He ought to do the right thing and admit he was wrong."