Wednesday, June 24, 2009
On the gray rainy Monday evening of June 22, 2009, The Future’s Greet the Press event was held in Greenwich Village at the Brecht Forum. Moderated by both Nathan Seven Scott and Cornelius Jones, Jr. and produced by Richard E. Pelzer II and Dwight Allen O’Neal, the turnout was a MEGA success! The purpose of this event was to generate a dialogue about the media and to discuss the lack of Black Gay Media outlets and its impact on the community. The theme of the evening was communication while forging a network to stay connected. The quote of the night… “Freedom of the press belongs to those who own it” by A.J. Liebling of the New Yorker expressed by print media panelist Marcia Cole of Ambermag.com.
With the boom in social networking, Greet the Press aimed to celebrate the modern media personalities in the New York community and the room full of talented and creative trendsetters taking advantage of the new medium.
The Print, Online & Multi-Media panelists included: Ra-Fael Blanco, Publicist of 2R's Entertainment & BLEU Magazine; Kirk Shannon-Butts, Fashion Editor of HX and Glamour Magazine; Teneille Craig, Editor-in-Chief of BoysandClothes.com; Antoine B. Craigwell, Editor of GBMNews.com; Marcia Cole, Founder & Editorial Director of Ambermag.com; George Kevin Jordan, Author, Journalist & Editorial Director of EssentiallyMajor.com; Toyce Francis, CEO of ClubVIPlister.com; Karanja Gacuca, Political & Cultural Affairs Editor of GBMNews.com; Rod Patrick Risbrook (aka BIG ROD); DJ Baker, Host of The Doo Dirty Show; Derrick L. Briggs & Ryan Drake, Hosts of OnlyADTV.com; Laurence E. Pinckney, Co-Producer of NubianDreams.com; DexStar G, | The Peoples Photographer and Comedienne, Tammy Peay kicked off the evening. The Future was proud to have exclusive media partners on hand to document the night: Maurice Runea & Sekiya Dorsett of The Rainbow Collective; Eric J. Parker & Giovanni Centurione of NYC Socialites; Dane Joseph of Drama Queenz TV; Derron Cook of Motionphics.com and The Future's Social Media Director, Nando of Nandoism.com.The communication and connection continues on Saturday, June 27th at 3:00pm when Dwight Allen O’Neal will host Dishin’ It with Dwight at a trendy downtown locale -- 310 Lounge, 310 Bowery Street, New York, NY 10012. Dwight’s Social Media Networking party in association with The Future and its exclusive media partners will be attended by bloggers, podcasters, Youtube VJ’s and online journalists from across the country who will be in The Big Apple for the New York City Pride celebration of the 40th year of Stonewall Riots. Come meet and greet, drink and communicate with your favorite modern media personalities. Special invited celebrity guests will be in attendance. Tickets are only $10.00 at the door. All are welcome!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
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Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Both black and gay: Internal rights fight
One man’s battle to break taboos that exist within his community
A black lesbian reverend recounts her journey from married with children to coming out and finding love — and the effect it had on her sense of belonging to the African-American community.
It was already challenging enough for Cornelius Jones Jr. to grow up being black in the racially-tense South.
But facing the prejudices of the people outside the African American community wouldn’t be the hardest struggle of his life. Even from the young age of 5, Jones had a sense of the obstacles he would face on the inside.
“I didn’t want to be associated with the weakness and nastiness that gay people were defined by in my neighborhood,” Jones remembers of his time growing up on a predominantly black street in Richmond, Va. “In my neighborhood, church and school, gays were constantly shunned, ridiculed and picked on.”
When he was 15, Jones moved to Washington, D.C. to stay with family friends and attend a performing arts high school — “and also to get away from the constant bullying I received,” he said. But they soon learned that he was gay and he was kicked out of the house. It was then that he had to confront his parents with his real identity.
His mother gave him one piece of advice: “Do what you do behind closed doors.”
It would be a lifetime of pain and struggle that would teach him that his mother’s advice was no way to awaken a black community deeply rooted in religion to the rights of gays. And it would be events like the passage of Proposition 8 — the anti-gay marriage measure in California that 70 percent of blacks voted for — that would be a platform for him to open the doors.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
“I think a lot of people just think about Stonewall, and they don’t think about what happened before or what happened after,” explains Jason Baumann, show curator and coordinator of the library’s extensive LGBT Collections, from which nearly 80 photos, letters, flyers and various colorful ephemera were culled for the exhibit. “It’s not like there weren’t activists before Stonewall, it’s just that they couldn’t get critical mass.” That major event, he added, set off the spark that was needed for a fast and furious sea change.
“Before Stonewall, the ‘gay movement’ as such was a very secret affair. Its ranks, small but courageous demonstrations, and workings were hardly known to the world,” recalls New York City author and early gay activist Perry Brass. A member of the Gay Liberation Front, which formed in 1969, Brass will take part in that group’s reunion panel as one of several exhibit-linked events (including a lecture by Stonewall author David Carter and a workshop on how to use the LGBT Collections) scheduled for later this month. “Afterward, the Gay Liberation Front and other groups like Gay Activists Alliance propelled this movement fully into the public conscio usness. We had nothing to lose except our own shame, fear and self-loathing. And it’s amazing how quickly we shed these.”
Creating the library’s exhibit—which traces the roots of early activist groups and of the first Pride march, called Christopher Street Liberation Day and which drew 2,000 people on June 28, 1970—was an idea that occurred to Baumann in the fall. That’s when he realized that this summer would be the 40th anniversary of Stonewall, and that the library’s last LGBT-oriented show was in 1994, in honor of Stonewall’s 25th anniversary.
“Nobody knows these collections are here,” says Baumann. But they are impressively vast, and include items like vice-commission records, archives of the Cockettes and of the late Barbara Gittings, and the papers of William Burroughs. “It would be almost two miles if you laid it out end to end,” he adds. Don’t miss this chance for a mini walk-through.
“1969: The Year of Gay Liberation” is at the New York Public Library through June 30. See It’s Here, It’s Queer.
1969: The Year of Gay Liberation
Sneak peek items from the NYPL's monthlong exhibit.
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Friday, June 5, 2009
What is BUFCA? Well if I told you then it wouldn't be worth the anticipation. If you are an entrepreneur or a professional who is looking to have a unique networking experience, join me with special guests Nando Rodriguez & Krista Blair for BUFCA!
Who: BNI Lucky Chapter 62
When: Wednesday, June 17th
Time: 7am - 8:30am
Where: Craft Bar - 900 Broadway (b/19th & 20th Sts)
Cost: $20 - Breakfast
Bring at least 40 business cards, this is a networking event.
You must email me at NathanSevenScott@gmail.com if you plan to attend.
Nathan Seven Scott
Professional & Personal Life Coach
Committed to Women's Empowerment