Sunday, November 30, 2008
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Thursday, November 20, 2008
Here are twelve films that I feel like you ALL must see. They all deal with GLBT issues ranging from HIV/AIDs awareness to transgender issues and gay iconic figures to gay culture. I feel like having a mini film festival and showing them all. Watch party anyone??? Anyway, check them out. You need them in your collection.
Transamerica garnered Desperate Housewives' Felicity Huffman an Academy Award nomination in the film that chronicles the journey of a man becoming a woman and his reunion with his son.
A Girl Like Me is the Lifetime Movie about Gwen Araujo, a transgendered girl who was brutally murdered after a former lover discovered her true identity.
Angels in America boasts and all star cast that includes Meryl Streep, Jeffrey Wright, and Al Pacino. It is the HBO film based on the prize winning play that shows the battle with HIV through the eyes of various people. IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE!
Philadelphia won Tom Hanks an Academy Award for Best Actor and also stars Denzel Washington. It tells the story of an HIV positive man who sues his former company for discrimination after being wrongfully terminated.
Paris is Burning is the colorful story of the underground culture of balls and Vogueing in the 80s. It familiarizes the viewer with the concepts of "reading" and "shade", and shows that men of color indulged in the delight of Vogue long before Madonna.
Too Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything put three of film's most desired leading men in roles that required quite a stretch. John Leguizamo, Patrick Swayze, and Wesley Snipes all worked it in heels and dresses for this entertaining tale of the unlikely friendship of three crossdressers.
The Color Purple may seem like an unlikely choice. However, this film based of Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize winning novel is a story of love between women. Though downplayed in the film and musical version, the book is very candid about Celie's very intimate relationship with Shug Avery and her ways of finding love with the help of female characters. Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey's Academy Award nominated performances are stunning.
Brokeback Mountain created a flurry of controversy as well as praise upon it's release. By casting two heart throbs in the leading gay roles, Ang Lee took some of the stigma out of being gay. Awkward and non vulgar sex scenes allowed for the story to take place mostly in the men's hearts rather than their beds. This tragic Romeo & Juliet (or should I say Julio) story cemented Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal's status as Hollywood leading men.
Brother to Brother is the story of a young man's friendship with an aging poet. The story tackles interracial romantic situations and features potrayals of Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston. Though it never focuses on the sexuality of those two- both were rumored to be homosexual- the critically accalimed film is quite a watch.
The Laramie Project is a shortened version of the play of the same name. Project shows the small Wyoming town's reaction to the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard, who later became an iconic figure in the push for more legislation for hate crimes against gays. A pending hate crime bill is named for Shepard. The film features and all-star cast including Laura Linney and Christina Ricci.
The Times of Harvey Milk is a splendid documentary showcasing the rise and fall of the slain political figure who became the first openly gay man elected to a major office. Milk, like Shepard became a gay icon and Sean Penn will portray him in an upcoming biopic. This film is a must see!!
All of these films are fantastic. Gay or straight, I think everyone should see them. Go now...what are you waiting for? Netflix...Blockbuster...Amazon...Go!
“The key test for military service should be patriotism, a sense of duty, and a willingness to serve. Discrimination should be prohibited,” the Obama transition site says referring to the current policy preventing openly gay individuals from serving in the military.
Repealing the Don't Ask Don't Tell military policy is one of 8 points on the transition website that involves GLBT rights.
The Web site also touts Obama’s commitment to same-sex families, but he remains reluctant to support gay marriage.
“Barack Obama supports full civil unions that give same-sex couples legal rights and privileges equal to those of married couples.” the transition site says.
“Obama also believes we need to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and enact legislation that would ensure that the 1,100+ federal legal rights and benefits currently provided on the basis of marital status are extended to same-sex couples in civil unions and other legally-recognized unions. These rights and benefits include the right to assist a loved one in times of emergency, the right to equal health insurance and other employment benefits, and property rights,” the Web site says.
He also supports adoption rights for all couples “regardless of their sexual orientation.”
This is huge. I'msure he will be met with some opposition but this is progress. After reading about Obama's close relationships with gay friends in Chicago in the Advocate, I figured he would work to keep his promises to the gay community. With all of the marriage battles going on, this should become more interesting very soon.
Today, November 20, is also Transgender Day of Remembrance which was set aside to remember transgendered individuals who have been victim of hate crimes and discrimination. This comes at a time when Memphis is dealing with this very issue. Recently a transgendered woman, Duanna Johnson, was found shot to death. She had been the victim of police brutality and had a pending lawsuit against the Memphis Police Department. One of the officers involved in her beating has since been indicted for violating Johnson's civil rights. Her murder has drawn conspiracy theories which point to everything from police corruption to a former lover that found out that she wasn't born a she. The killer is still on the loose and her attorney says that the family still intends to sue the City of Memphis.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
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Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I hear it in your voice, we're miles away.
You're not afraid to tell me, miles away.
I guess we're at our best when we're miles away."
-Madonna "Miles Away", from Hard Candy
I like silence and it takes a certain type of person to be able to truly get close to me.
Here lately I have been quite vulnerable emotionally, for obvious reasons.
I haven't been that sad, because it has all been bittersweet.
It has been more about feeling lost.
But during storms, have you ever had that one person that just makes you feel sane?
Even if they are not quite right themselves, they are right for you when you need them?
G, you probably won't read this, but thank you so much for being you.
I love you.
I love you.
I f---kin love you.
I always will.
Words can't express the love which makes my heart overflow and my smile widen when I hear from you.
I guess my flight would need a flight attendant.
Thanks for working overtime for me lately.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Here's Kanye West's performance of Love Lockdown, also at the MTV EMAs.
This man is the TRUTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-)
Three big states- Arizona, Florida, and California- struck down the rights of GLBT people by upholding a ban on same sex marriage and benefits.
Analysts have already tried to figure out why. How can a nation be so progressive in one way and be so backward in another way? I don't get it. There is a separation of church and state. Christian beliefs should not take precedent over human rights in an election. The divorce rate is staggering, celebrity marriages are a joke, infidelity is commonplace and still it seems a priority to keep same gender loving people from obtaining the rights we should have. If America wants to protect the institution of marriage, it should be moreso about making divorces harder to get or requiring a waiting period after the filing of a license to promote couple spending more time getting to know each other. I also believe that extensive couple counseling as well as financial counseling should be required and be covered for those who can't afford it. If we can fund a war, we can heal our marriages. Reforming marriage should not fall along the lines of exclusion.
I'm not even sure that I intend to walk down the aisle with anyone. Not a man or a woman. Marriage really isn't for me at this point. I do, however, have friends that I know would love to make it official. It's not even about the marriage issue. It's about medical rights and other legal issues.
One analyst pointed out the increase of the African-American turnout that Obama sparked. They concluded that the black turnout could have contributed to the ban. I hadn't thought of that, but it seems logical. Homophobia is so potent in our community. I can remember when the ammendment came on the ballot in TN and my mom asked how I was voting, as if it wouldn't be obvious. I told her I was voting for the gays and she began a lecture about how that was not the right thing. I wondered to myself, "have you forgotten that I am quite gay myself?" The blame doesn't sit with black people alone. The nation as a whole needs to wake up and realize it's 2008.
As the saying goes, if you don't agree with gay marriage, don't get one! :-)
I don't know where gay activists will go from here after this crushing blow, but the fight isn't over. Equality will prevail. I love how Obama always includes the gays in his speeches when naming people he wishes to include. In reference to huge strides in civil rights, Obama added "Our struggles for equality for another minority, gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered, will be no different."
Maybe America will follow suit in our lifetime....
Read the YahooNews article HERE
I feel you, Sherri. For once. I almost forgive you for thinking the world is flat.
CHANGE HAS COME!!!
Even before her husband won the election or even clinched the nomination, all eyes have been on Michelle Robinson Obama's strong personality and equally strong fashion presence. Many have deemed her the black Jackie O due to the comparisons of her husband to Kennedy. Therefore, there has been some dismay with her not always glamming it up.
We must not forget that although Michelle is an attractive woman, she functions more like an Eleanor or Hillary than a Jacqueline.
She's driven and opinionated.
Michelle often opts for the Gap, J.Crew, and White House|Black Market as opposed to high end designers. Her understated style is always chic and elegant without being too flashy or overwhelming.
I chose a few looks she has worn or I think she would wear.
These are looks that she has actually worn.
The White House|Black Market Tank Leaf print dress on the left
with the Empire silhouette was worn on The View.
The lemon colored J.Crew Metallic cloqué pencil skirt
was worn on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
The American designer Narciso Rodriguez look on the right is the look from the election night that Michelle simply paired with a cardigan.
It didn't translate well on her in my opinion but the dress is quite edgy and fashion foward.
These are dresses from J. Crew and Banana Republic.
They speak to her style of often going for the sinched waist.
The Monogram silk square-print shirt dress on the left is from Banana Republic.
The Wool gabardine dress and Flannel Kate dress are both from J. Crew. Mrs. Obama would probably pair the Kate dress on the right with a wide belt to add some flair.
are her best friend. They make a sleeveless dress more conservative and are more young and hip that a jacket. The center cardigan is from J. Crew while the other two are from the Gap.
Mrs. Obama is one of the only relatively young women I've seen that can pull off a brooch and not look like she's playing dress up. The lear sun pin on the left is from J. Crew while the
Pavé star brooch on the right is from Banana Republic.
What First Lady is complete without her pearls? The Genuine freshwater pearl choker necklace is from Banana Republic.
The luxurious Crepe Mimi T-shirt gown on the left and the champagne colored Silk taffeta Kate gown are both from J. Crew. I'm sure Obama will go for more expensive looks when the big night comes.
However, looking at her track record who knows?...
I say Ralph, Tommy, Oscar, and Vera should be sending sketches right now.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
She's got serious acting chops and beauty.
She will reunite with her Titanic costar Leonardo DiCaprio for Revolutionary Road, based on a 1961 Richard Yates novel about a suburban couple struggling with pressure to conform.
Enjoy these titanic photos...pun intended. :-)
(The other one, John Legend, just dropped an album as well)
Here is an album sampler of Beyoncé's I Am...Sasha Fierce. It contains small clips of each song. I was wondering how her new sound was going to work but I love the folk/rock influences on I Am. I think I will like that disc better than the Sasha Fierce despite what most are saying. I guess I just like when artists switch it up such as Kanye's new work and Alicia Key's last rock fused album. I'm digging That's Why You're Beautiful. Nevertheless, I will probably be playing Diva nonstop as well. I'm happy that Beautiful Nightmare has been included, now renamed Sweet Dreams.
DOWNLOAD Beyoncé I Am...Sasha Fierce: Sampler
Here's a new song Anyway from Kanye's 808s & Heartbreak due out November 25th. He's keeping this singing thing going. I love love love the production on this. This man cannot be categorized.
DOWNLOAD Kanye West "Anyway"
With releases from everyone and their mom's this year I was wondering where Justin was. Well, he's back with a new single called Magic. No, it's nothing like Robin Thicke's. Stop the white boy comparisons. The track follows the same style as his last album. I love Timberlake. He is the true new King of Pop. His boy band years with mega successful and his only solo albums were both nominated for Album of the Year Grammys. Sit down Usher.... hahaha
DOWNLOAD Justin Timberlake "Magic"
I'm learning to trust in God more...
Just when we get a terrible prognosis for papa he seems to be making a bit of a turn around.
I guess God is just proving that it's up to Him when this is over.
No doctor can say when and where.
I'm not claiming this. Not until the Lord says so.