Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
President Barak Obama proclaimed June both Black Music and Gay Pride Month and this past weekend was filled with a lot of GLOtastic events that celebrated the month of June. First, GLO TV Network started off the weekend with the kick off to the 1st Harlem Black Gay Pride in history. The intimate evening took place at Billie Black’s, located in the heart of Harlem. The night was hosted by none other than the Soulful Entertainer himself, Butterfly Soul and the house was packed. There were heartfelt speeches, spoken words, good food and great drinks, but nothing felt better than to see all the GLO on everyone’s faces and the love that we all embraced. A Special thanks to Bacardi and all the sponsors that participated for making the evening an unforgettable one. The night ended as we continued to GLO in Brooklyn as we headed over to the New York Mega Pride Party hosted by three of the most promising promoters, Ricky Day, KK, and James Saunders held at the Brooklyn Loft. We GLOed right into the wee hours of the night with all the love and support from a few of our GLO friends.
Next up was an event that is sure to go down in history, The 1st Harlem Pride Street Fair. The Street was packed as faces of all beautiful races, genders, ages, and companies dawned along 119th Street. The Saturday afternoon was filled with Pride and Joy as everyone came together in perfect harmony. The Harlem Pride Street Fair was topped off by great food, good music, gay-lebrity entertainers, Art, Health Education/prevention and tons of networking. This was one you should have not missed because it was GLOvah!! After that we were off to Manhattan to spend an evening at the New World Stages for the Out of the Box 2010 event. The room was wall to wall packed with GLOful faces as we watched creativity on film with the LGBTQ Web Series Festival. The evening was hosted by the moguls of The Future Forward, Nathan Seven Scott, Dwight O’Neal, and Cornelius Jones Jr members of the GLO TV family. The festival featured popular web series shows that are sure to have us all learning to leave the TV turned off. The event ended with a Q&A with all the talented creators and a few of the characters of the shows. We also had a guest appearance by none other than the frame extraordinaire himself, Stevie Boi.
Finally, the event of all events, the Main Event, The 40th annual Gay Pride Parade. Over 850,000 homo-friendly spectators watched as we showed are true colors through the streets of Midtown and the village. Not only were we at one of the biggest events of the weekend but GLO TV had our very 1st GLO float. Our GLObile was full of gorgeous faces and races. Our float featured performances by Hip Hop artist Bry’nt, (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZI9bMTWaf2s) the wonderful Foxx Jazzell, Last Offense, and R&B artist Joya Bravo. We also had special appearances by Def Poetry Jam’s Emmanuel Xavier, R&B artist Nhojj, Marck Angel, King Jabbar and our sexy Solid GLO Dancers. We really let our light shine and now I know that everyone will begin to feel the power of the GLO.
We send our GLO love and Special thanks to FACES NY, Blur Advertising, Harlem Pride, Temped to Touch, The Hot Boyz, Sonu Water and all of our partners and GLO friends for making this weekend a GLOtastic one. All Photos by Davide Laffe
LOS ANGELES - 4th of JULY!
Starting this Friday, GLO TV is proud to be a sponsor of At The Beach/Los Angeles Black Pride. Join us at the GLO TV Film Festival and the "Flipping The Script" Panel. On Saturday it’s the world famous Malibu Beach Party. Check out ATBLA.com for all the details. Will you GLO with US?
Monday, June 28, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
I am 18 years old, but work like a 25 year old. Most people are shocked at how my work ethic is. Not only that, but I am comfortable with who I am. If anyone asks me if I'm gay, I'm fine with that. I've got nothing to hide. You don't have to assume. Just ask me nicely.
Because of the fact that I am so young and becoming successful very swiftly, I feel like I have a responsibility for the younger audience in the LGBT community. Many people around my age are dealing with nonacceptance from family and friends. All this homophobia and criticism around them are starting to crush them like poison that can spread across the body in the blink of an eye.
For all the young ones out there, be comfortable with who you are. Only one person controls you're life and that's you. Take control and write your own story. Now that you're reaching adulthood, you are becoming 100% independent. At this time, focus on your life.
I love and accept who I am. No one forced me to be this. I have had feelings for guys since I was 2 years old. At times, I denied it. But as the years gone by, I realize this is who I am. When people see me doing what I've always wanted to do at 18 years of age, they imagine what I'll be like when I'm 25. Life is something. All we can do is accept it for what it is. A balance between positive and negative.
Surround yourself with people that are going to influence you to a better future. For me, it's great feeling to talk to people who i know is going to inspire me everyday. My friends Nathan "Seven" Scott and Dwight Allen O'Neal are one of the bests. I can speak and chat with them, knowing that I am not alone. I am not the only homosexual being on the planet. This is something that has been going on for years.
So for all the young ones that are still going through this, just know that we've been there. We've experienced it. We know what it feels like. Don't even think of yourself as an outside. Think of yourself as a human being just like everybody else.
It's time to celebrate people. Just like one of my favorite songs ever, it's time to celebrate yourself.
Friday, June 25, 2010
By Waddie Grant
With the one-year anniversary of the death of Michael Jackson, a.k.a. The King Of Pop, looming tomorrow, I wanted to share with you all my ten personal favorite songs of Mr. Jackson.
Above all artists, his musical has been one of the most influential as far as how I want to express my own creativity. His trend-setting, thinking outside-the-box and social awareness significantly affected the music industry positively, and my creativity has been affected as well. I admired his perfection. I feel the emotions he spews in my favorite tunes of his. The upbeat tempos bring up my spirits where I want to dance whenever I hear them. Ultimately, Jackson’s music takes me onto an imaginary journey where I visualized my own visual soundtrack to his music.
Thus, these ten songs below are the Michael Jackson tunes I will never grow out of loving.
10. “In The Closet” (Dangerous album, 1992)
I love the New Jack Swing era of Michael Jackson. That kind of rhythm with one of Jackson’s sexiest lyrics and music videos kept me jammin’ for a long time. Also, this song has that extended instrumentation that was popular in the 80′s and 90′s that keep us party people dancing.
9.”Heal The World” (Dangerous album, 1992)
8.”Break Of Dawn” (Invincible album, 2002)
When I first listened to Invincible album, I remember loving every second of the album because I was glad that Michael finally released new music since his 1995 HIStory album. Immediately after, I realized how dated the album sounded, but this song stood out to me. I remember creating this beautiful imagery in my head of a beautiful, sunny morning atmosphere with the one I would love.
7.”They Don’t Care About Us” (HIStory album, 1996)
There are many sides of Michael that I love, and his militant side is what I appreciate the most. His pro-Black and caring for the world approach in his music about social injustice makes his catalog of music stand out above all other artists. I love singing the lyrics of this tune when I feel militant-minded. I even love the music video with Jackson protesting with the poor residents of Brazil.
6.”Ain’t No Sunshine” (Got To Be There album, 1972)
Who knew that a 14 year old male pop singer could sing a song with so much soul as Michael did with this remake of this Bill Withers classic? His vocal dynamics of this heart-wrenching soulful ballad made me feel the melancholy anguish of the lyrics. His rendition outperforms the vocal talents of his contemporaries twice his age.
5.”Got To Be There” (Got To Be There album, 1971)
I first fell in love with Chaka Khan’s remake of this tune before I even knew that Michael was the original singer from a decade prior. When I learned that revelation, I’m thinking Chaka’s version had to make Michael’s forgettable. Fortunately, I was wrong. Like “Ain’t No Sunshine,” I could not picture a young male teen singing his soul out like a seasoned adult performer about such experience a teen may be too young to endure. At that point, I realized Michael was able to sing anything at any age.
4.”Scream” (Naughty Pretty Pella remix) featuring Janet Jackson & Treach (HIStory album, 1995)
The pairing of Michael and his equally popular sister Janet made me go bananas on this tune. I admit that I was enamored with the high-tech music video more than the song’s album version until I heard the official remix with Treach of Naughty By Nature. The rock and neo-soul groove of the remix is one of my favorite instrumentations I have ever listened.
3.”Billie Jean” (Thriller album, 1993)
What is not to love about this tune? The bassline beat is the hottest. Jackson’s moonwalk changed the game of stage performance and became a legend instantly. The subject matter was ahead of its time, especially for a R&B/pop singer. I didn’t even understand what the lyrics were about. I was seven years old at that time. Regardless, I enjoy the song now as much as I did then.
2.”Man In The Mirror” (Bad album, 1988)
The humanitarian in Michael Jackson is what I will always admire most about his legacy. I remember being in middle singing this song all the time and realizing for the first time how I could be more socially aware especially about communities and countries who really need the help and love that I have been blessed to have.
1.”Remember The Time” (Dangerous album, 1992)
Hands down, this is my favorite song to perform at karaoke. I remember at first listen when I was 15 years how this song made me want to dance. The song could never get out of my head either…and that was before the video came out with all that Black star power and the hottest choreography of that era. When I got the Teddy Riley extended remix of this song, I fell in love with this song much more. I wish I had the talent of dancing because I would create the hottest choreography for this.
From this list you would think that Dangerous is my favorite Jackson album, but Thriller is really my favorite. What are your favorite Michael Jackson songs and albums?
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Jamaican born and raised, I never contemplated a career in the arts.
I remember wanting to be a pilot. (I know right). Went to high school,
graduated at 15 and realized that I didn’t want to go on to College.
There was a performing arts ensemble that was gaining a lot of popularity
at the time and they were having auditions. You had to sing,
dance and recite a monologue. This was the first time I felt a rush in
termsof being artistic. The name of the group was The Little People and
When I was 12 years old, I went to visit my father at a bar he owned in Jamaica. My father was a police officer.
that were perceived to be gay…I’m assuming by their actions and overly colorful
mode of expression. He took his gun out of its holster, held it my head and said, “If I ever found out that you’re gay,
hatred still permeates the island and is even expressed in songs performed by popular Jamaican entertainers.
Anotherpopular artist, Elephant Man (O'Neil Bryant, 29) declares in one song, "When you hear a lesbian getting
anti-gay assaults have been acts of mob violence. In 2004, a teen was almost killed when his father learned his son
police egged on another mob that stabbed and stoned a gay man to death in Montego Bay. And in 2006, a Kingston
him off a pier. Times Magazine described Jamaica as “The Most Homophobic Place on Earth”. A lot of
are virtually all underground, disguised, surreptitious or hidden behind a post office. A visitor will find that
still saturates the island known for its sun and sand.
theatre department at New York University. Unfortunately, I came a day late and didn’t make the audition. My friend
mess in that audition. I looked crazy. The chair of the department called me into her office and expressed that they
afford it, but it was the fact that someone thought I had potential, that made me start to take dance classes.
rehearsals for the first time and seeing Elizabeth Parkinson and Leonora Stapleton and while I felt good to be
fish out of water but I approached the process with humility and eagerness. Because the production had already
process and later on, my role as director/ choreographer; found that the respect for my dancers and clarity creates
Lion King was the monotony of performing the same thing every night, 8 performances a week.
I’ll admit, every now and then I would embellish the given choreography just to bring a new, fresh energy.
artistic sensibility, would give new life to the otherwise, repetitive system. Little did I know…that Broadway,
clear of boredom and in so doing courageously brightened the stage…if you were!
eyes to fact that art is ever evolving. (I’ll leave it at that.)
to play. With Donald, I was completely fascinated with the way he manipulated movement. How he would
the social, political, religious and sexual references that made me
aware of the fact that choreography was more than steps. It is the physical embodiment of a
train of thought. The Lion King gave me access to some beautiful bodies to play with. I would ask dancers
use their bodies to bring to life my movement).
were sometimes performed as part of the Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights Aids fundraiser, which did reward
and I am so amazed in the fact, that you bypassed obtaining a BFA and went straight into and MFA program.
That's like Alec Baldwin recently receiving his honorary Doctoral degree from NYU (Well...sort of!). But
seriously, congratulations on that accomplishment. Can you share with us your experience at
SMU and if this honor has had an impact on your life now?
after the real world is no place for the faint of heart. (laugh). Although my Grad School experience was horrible,
three memories of my time at SMU that I would like to share:
me. Having my MFA allows me the opportunity to teach at a tertiary level. It also expands
my options when it come to careers in the arts and let’s face it…Gregory King MFA just sounds really cool!
you a feature in The Dallas Voice. I found SPIT to be unapologetic,
radical, and moving me in so many uncomfortable but good ways.
Please share with us why you chose to create this beautifully engaging piece
charged with such a strong and important message.
powerful and intimate insult. The appeal of spitting is the effortless momentary disrespect it conveys,
dribble and the ungainly wipe. As it relates to my choreographic idea, the ripping and robbing someone of the
Spit. His wall is an allegory for prejudice and how each of us deals with it on a personal level. The rotting
black is to be constantly climbing over walls. At least, this is what it seems like most of the time. The wall
climb over, which wall to break down, and from which wall to walk away.
reminds me of a police helicopter searching
for a criminal, was that intentional? and how so?
dancer downstage of the action. I wanted to play with the idea of the audience viewing the actions of the
feel and it was my intention to have it read that way, be it from a helicopter or a police officer shining a flashlight
However, you use black dancers with white dancers, yes? Is there some
sort of socio-political reference you are challenging or questioning?
University is highly conservative so just getting “Spit” on the stage was a huge feat. After I presented
writing the proposal, I wanted the three strongest dancers in the program, it just so happened that one was
geographically true to the work. Having the one Caucasian dancer did add another element. An element
stage, the other 2 pushing against the brick wall, and the return of
clear idea for how the music should sound. I wanted the music in the third section to be gripping and
close to the light where he will continue to be threatened by anything different or out of touch with his sense
be free results in one dancers succeeding. I went back to the heartbeats to reference the journey and
Gregory, share with us how you compose your
choreography. How do you create?
for SPIT? The future?
GK: I would like a wide cross section of the community to see “Spit.” It’s my intention to build “Spit” into
What inspires you on a daily basis? And what is your Vision,
for your life, in the next 5 years?
like to push the trajectory of dance by challenging existing ideology and generate new options. I would like to
to work with arts organizations to help create performance opportunities for the under represented while setting