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MO’NIQUE CALLS ON MOTHERS TO LOVE AND ACCEPT THEIR GAY CHILDREN [EXCLUSIVE]

Though Mo’Nique hasn’t been on the big screen since her Oscar-winning performance in Lee Daniels’ Precious, the actress is back with a new project and message for mothers everywhere. In Blackbird–which she also executive produces–Mo’Nique plays a mother in the deep South who struggles with her son’s homosexuality, among other family dynamics. But the theme of homophobia in the church and parents failing to accept their children simply because of their sexuality is one that pervades the film. Not only does it serve as the major thread in the film, but it’s something families are dealing with across the globe…. Continue Reading

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Monifah Talks Being A Newlywed, Same-Sex Marriage Movement [Exclusive]

Check out my CentricTV.com interview with singer and “R&B Divas” star Monifah Carter… Without question, when it comes to Black representations of LGBT people in Hollywood, singer Monifah stands at the frontline. Stepping back into the spotlight since her glory days in the ‘90s, the R&B diva has become a vocal activist for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights, even recently marrying the love of her life, Terez. As a spokesperson for Out Loud Secret – a non-profit that provides services for the children of LGBTQ families – Monifah is utilizing her celebrity to encourage love and equality. In September, the organization will attempt to… Continue Reading

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Where R. Kelly Went Wrong In Response To Transgender Teen

My commentary via CentricTV.com… Is R. Kelly ashamed of his transgender teen? That’s what inquiring minds wanted to know when the megastar singer remained radio silent after news broke that his child, Jay Kelly, 13, had publicly identified as transgender. “R. Kelly’s Daughter Turns Male” read one of the many eye-catching headlines that dominated the news cycle for weeks. So when word got out that R. Kelly had publicly commented on his personal family matter, many were eager to learn the singer’s thoughts. But rather than using his public, wide-reaching platform to unequivocably declare his support of his child’s decision to stand in… Continue Reading

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Brandy To Honor Gay Fans With ‘The Boys Are Mine’, Receive Humanitarian Award

Brandy will be honoring her gay fans in Atlanta as she hosts “The Boys Are Mine” during Atlanta’s Black Gay Pride, which takes place Labor Day weekend. The party, which will be held at Freight Depot will add to Brandy’s long list of Gay Pride appearances, in which she lends her voice and celebrity to show love to a community that is most definitely her core fan base and has unconditionally supported her throughout the years. Also taking place on Sept. 1, Brandy will be honored with a Humanitarian Award by The Pure Heat Community in Piedmont Park. The award… Continue Reading

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B. Scott Talks BET Lawsuit and Transgender Identity on MSNBC

B. Scott appeared on MSNBC live to discuss his discrimination lawsuit against BET Networks and his recent announcement that he is transgender. With his lawyer by his side, a very emotional Scott opened up about his lawsuit, in which he’s claiming up to $2.5 million in damages, and recounted the incident that led up to it in which he claims a BET producer “literally yanked” him off the BET Awards red carpet and told him that his outfit, which he says was pre-approved by producers, was “unacceptable from head to toe.” “I have been on television almost 30 times at… Continue Reading

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B. Scott Sues BET For Forcing Him to Change Attire at Awards Show

Media personality B. Scott has filed a lawsuit against BET Networks for forcing him to change his attire in the middle of a live broadcasting of the network’s BET Awards pre-show. Scott, who’s become a leading face for the LGBT community since gaining notoriety from YouTube videos, is suing for a minimum of $2.5 million. The androgynous celebrity and blogger claims, according to documents, that BET humiliated him and damaged his reputation. Additionally, the lawsuit accuses the network of discrimination against gender identity and sexual orientation. Scott and BET’s bad blood came to light when he took to Twitter to… Continue Reading

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Raven-Symone Comes Out of the Closet on Twitter

It looks like the rumors are true. After years of speculation surrounding Raven-Symone’s sexuality, the child actress decided to finally set the record straight (no pun intended). Taking to social media, Symone tweeted, “I can finally get married! Yay government! So proud of you.” After a fan tweeted her saying, “You better come out sis,” Symone retweeted a reply from another follower that read, “She been out, momma just didn’t have time for bullshit. and I LIVVVEEE.”   And now the rumors have been confirmed… Thanks LoveBScott.com for the scoop! —@MrGerrenalist

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EBONY: TOO BLACK FOR TV? Gay Media Game Changers Find a Home on the Internet

I recently published a story on EBONY.com called “TOO BLACK FOR TV? Gay Media Game Changers Find a Home on the Internet.” In the article I speak with some gay black visionaries who are creating a space for their work online, as well as Patrik-Ian Polk, the creator of TV’s first gay black television show, Noah’s Arc:  Tha Life Atlanta, a docu-series that follows a social circle of openly gay Black men, is generating quite the buzz. Exploring topics from open relationships to bisexuality, it displays varied facets of same-gender loving men of color in the city often characterized as “the… Continue Reading

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Online Series ‘Finding Me’ Breaking Ground in Black LGBT Culture

An independent dramedy called “Finding Me: The Series” is making ground on the Internet these days. The series, which follows a circle of friends who struggle with issues in dating and sexuality, is one of only a few mediums to show a glimpse into gay black culture, and its social nuances. The online series includes scandalous story lines, emotional revelations and other humanistic occurrences many black LGBT Americans (and beyond) experience in their everyday lives. Created and directed by Roger Omeus, Jr., the “Finding Me” franchise includes the movie “Finding Me: Truth,” which was distributed on DVD, and the online… Continue Reading

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BET Forces B. Scott to Change Outfit, Take Off Heels for Awards Show

Media personality B. Scott revealed on Twitter that while he was hired to host the BET Awards‘ pre-show red carpet, he was asked to change his outfit – including his heels. The androgynous media maven and blogger, who’s a prominent face for the LGBTQ community, was visibly less animated than his typical self while interviewing celebrities on the red carpet during the 106 and Park pre-show. What many fans and onlookers didn’t know was that Scott was asked to do a complete outfit change including the removal of his heels, which is a staple piece in his fashion, before the show. B…. Continue Reading