Friday, December 28, 2007
The San Francisco The Bay Area Reporter reports that San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris appointed veteran deputy district attorney Paul Henderson as head of administration at the beginning of December. His appointment to the new position creates a power team of openly queer managers running the district attorney's office: Martha Knutzen, a lesbian, is manager of legal operations; and Tim Silard, an openly gay man, is chief of policy.
"It was really a natural progression for my career," said Henderson, who worked under two other district attorneys: Arlo Smith and Terence Hallinan, "and dovetailed with some of my own personal interests."
Henderson, 40, who is openly gay, told the Bay Area Reporter that he is excited about his new job, in particular managing the Community Justice Center. This past spring, the district attorney's office partnered with Mayor Gavin Newsom to create " a collaborative, problem-solving service center with a court on site," according to a May news release announcing the program. The program was developed to help communities build safer neighborhoods through prevention and accountability of low-level crimes in a local setting, according to the release. more>>>
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
You can also listen to audio coverage by clicking here.
Well, I guess that after a weaker than expected turn out during the limited release of my friend Maurice Jamal's film Dirty Laundry, it has now gone straight to DVD and will be released in February 2008.
You can now also purchase all episodes of the now cancelled Noah's Arc, and in 2008 purchase the soon to be released first season of the DL Chronicles, and the release of the cult classic from Patrick Ian Polk "PUNKS."
Click on any of the links above to purchase or pre-order your copies of some Black gay cinematic history today!
Monday, December 24, 2007
Grow up Ray J.
I first met Raz B in 2005 after booking him for a peformance at Oakland's Black LGBT Film Festival. His peformance at a gay event fueled rumors that he too was gay. Now "Raz B." and his brother "Ricky Romance" come out about sexual molestation by cousin and Film Director Chris Stokes ....DEEP! Also click here to see video from his Oakland peformance.
And judging from the confessions and the lyrics of the rap song, it seems as if the bitterness and guilt resulting from their molestation may be causing them to project their internalized homophobia as well.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Our parties at Club Anton in Oakland have been less like Uptown and more like Club Rumor use to be with strippers and porn stars. This was our last party for 2007 & Dj Rapture was excellent and the people were out in full force and ready to party.
Thanks guys for coming out and I look forward to working with you in the future.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
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That's right everyone, my boys Quincy & Deondre now have one complete season under their belts of the DL Chronicles on HERE TV and you can now own it as a sexy stocking stuffer.
Purchase your DVD now at AMAZON.com
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
I just received an anonymous email including the first single "Feedback" from Janet Jackson's new CD "Discipline," that will be released in February 2008. The new single is HOT, HOT, HOT! for the clubs and the youth and Janet fans will definitely know what I mean.
Here it is so enjoy and spread the word....JANET IS BACK!
Click here to hear the club hit "FEEDBACK!"
Sunday, December 9, 2007
My ultra sexy friend and former American Basketball Association player, 2006 Gay Olympic Gold Medalist, Model, and Out 100 Awardee Demarco Majors will host the 2008 Blatino Erotica Awards in Palm Springs, California, May 9-12.
Demarco will also be starring in the new MTV Logo reality series "RockDogs," which will document the challenges and triumphs of the players with the San Francisco RockDogs who won the gold medal during the 2006 Gay Games in Chicago.
The show is scheduled to premiere in the Summer of 2008.
That's my boy!
Friday, December 7, 2007
Mark Cloutier, 45, is a white gay city Councilman who was running neck and neck with African American real estate attorney and former Solano County Supervisor, Osby Davis, 62.
The drama first began with premature reports that the Vallejo city councilman had won and had become the city's first openly gay mayor by four votes on Tuesday, just hours after apologizing for his weekend arrest for public intoxication after drinking too much at a bar in Palm Springs, California.
Cloutier's African American opponent, Osby Davis, used $10,000 dollars of his own money (raised with community support) to pay for a re-count which ended with him winning the election by 3 votes, making him the city's first Black Mayor.
Off the success of her run as one of the leads in the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit musical, “Rent.” Sunny Hawkins has taken her career to the next level with the release of her debut CD “More of You,” on Stillwaters, the contemporary inspirational imprint of Hidden Beach Recordings.
I recently interviewed Sunny during the World AIDS Week event in Oakland and shared with her that I love so many of the songs on this gospel/inspirational CD that I can't stop playing it. I really love "Like Air," "Love Me Too," & "More of You."
The daughter-in-law of the legendary Tramaine and Walter Hawkins, the project boasts 14 songs and is co-written and produced by Sunny Hawkins and her husband Jamie Hawkins. Jaime built a reputation for himself as musical director for several multi-platinum acts, Boyz II Men, Lauryn Hill and Mary J. Blige, while Sunny Hawkins is no stranger to the music business as she along with hit producer, Troy Taylor penned “The Only Thing Missin,” which became the lead single on an Aretha Franklin hit.
Clearly fluent in a wide range of genres, Sunny Hawkins delivers a rivetingly original amalgam of jazzy R&B and pop, with flashes of everything from edgy to power-chording rock guitars finding a perfect place in the final mix. Delightfully defying easy categorization, she paints a canvas that can be truly be called her own.
Sunny Hawkins calls her sound urban inspirational and that comes as close as any label would, if you need a label. Better still to just call it Sunny Hawkins, and “More of You,” then pop in her CD, and listen as her voice begin to soar above the stars.
Thanks Sunny for making the Oakland AIDS Benefit Concert even more special by adding your beautiful voice.
Keep the inspiration coming because I want to hear MORE OF YOU!
See one of her videos below.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Below see our Real Talk interview with the veteran Congressman and now Oakland's Mayor, Ron Dellums and interviews at the AIDS Benefit Concert held at Sweet's Ballroom featuring performances by Hip Hop intellectual Talib Kweli R&B crooner Martin Luther, Gospel Singer Sunny Hawkins, Spoken Word Artist Ise Lyfe, and veteran Bay Area Hip Hop and R&B Songstress Silk-E.
Sad to say that the organizations that receive the lyon's share of money in
Alameda County to reach out to black men who have sex with men (the group most seriously impacted by the disease) were nowhere in sight (as per usual). The same organizations that rarely, if ever bring condoms to my clubrimshot.com parties (the Bay Area's largest black gay/bi men's parties), but we will discuss more about that later.Kudos to the Mayor and Marsha Martin and her staff who coordinated the week of events. It was also good to see Cal Pep out there, as usual, testing people and other organization representatives from the Pacific Center, La Clinica De La Raza, The Alameda County Office Of AIDS, and others, making people aware of their services.
Enjoy the interviews.
Monday, December 3, 2007
I must also note with pride that three of the actors, Rockmund Dunbar (Oakland), Terri J. Vaughn (San Francisco) and actor/director Maurice Jamal (Oakland) are all from the Bay Area!
As some of you may already know, Rockmund Dunbar plays a "gay" character in this film and we were fortunate to have screened Dirty Laundry during the 2006 Oakland International Black LGBT Film Festival thanks to our hometown celebrity actor and director Maurice Jamal (see interview below).
If you want to see a good, funny, family film this holiday season, definitely go to see Dirty Laundry when it opens nationwide on Friday, December 28.
Visit this link for the Dirty Laundry website and for details about the film. Also, see trailer and Real Talk interview with Maurice Jamal below.
Congratulations Maurice and here you go....again!
"DIRTY LAUNDRY" TRAILER
Keeping It Real Interview with Maurice Jamal during 2006
Oakland International Black LGBT Film Festival
Raised in New York by a Cuban father and a Puerto Rican mother, Angela Bofill was a student of many styles of music, from the latin sounds played regularly by her family to the soul and jazz sounds of her neighborhood in the Bronx.
ANGELA BOFILL - "I TRY"