Our latest at EBONY: "Game Changer: Why Frank Ocean's Coming Out is More Significant than Anderson Cooper's":
Cooper’s announcement on Monday came after years of living in the proverbial “glass closet.” But the low-key post and tweet from Ocean—part of the alternative hip hop collective Odd Future and featured on Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Watch the Throne" album—was unexpected.
Ocean is a rising star in hip-hop— where perceptions of Black masculinity are dominated by hyper-sexuality, thug swagger and a deep homophobia. Neither hip-hop nor R&B has ever boasted an openly gay or bisexual mainstream male star.
“Black audiences have been conditioned to understand Black gay men in only two ways: either on the “down low” or as the flamboyant queens on so-called 'reality’ television,” cultural critic and hip-hop scholar Seth E. Davis told EBONY. Davis is a doctoral student and instructor at Syracuse University, and has researched Black identity and sexuality in popular culture. “Ocean tells the story of his first ‘love.’ Black people tend to focus on the sexual part of same-sex relationships. Now we’re talking about a relationship.”
“Ocean’s announcement is a game-changer ,” DJ Baker, the host of the popular gay-themed, hip-hop internet radio show The Da-Doo Dirty Show told EBONY. “He’s Black and a successful young man on the rise in hip-hop. He’s written for Beyoncé and is working with Brandy on her new album.”
Thanks so much Darryl Stephens, L. Michael Gipson, DJ Baker and Seth E. Davis. Read the full article HERE.