If you are a gay or lesbian of color and are proud to be in your skin, please take the time to read this article below. Otherwise, we understand that you may not even care enough about yourself to make a difference in your life and the lives of your friends of LGBT people of color like you.
We ran into this article from Discreet City and appreciated its message so much that we had to share on our website. Discreet City’s Nick Delmacy wrote a detailed essay recently identifying the reasons and solutions of the lack of financial support within the Black and Latino LGBT communities.
With the growing representation in media and entertainment created by everyday individuals among LGBT people of color including The G-List Society, Discreet City, 3LWTV, Rod 2,0, ADTV, No Shade, Drama Queenz among many others, how supportive financially, and even in viewership, are you and your peers when it comes to media and entertainment highlighting LGBT people of color
in comparison to mainstream LGBT and mainstream entertainment and media at-large? Be honest. Your truth is neither good or bad, but it an opportunity for solutions.
Provided below are the quotes that intrigued us to keep reading, and we hope you do the same.
Money. It’s the driving force to everything. Having money can give individuals and organizations a great deal of power and freedom. When you consider the idea of pooling of money from multiple people in a community, this power and freedom is doubled tenfold. What if the black gay community employed this tactic?
JL King (right) & ex-wife
(via Park Hill Entertainment)
Bitter exes can become good friends and work together harmoniously for the sake of profit and good will.
If you must be taught the lessons of forgiveness and moving forward, look no further than celebrated author JL King and his ex-wife Brenda Stone Browder. These names should become familiar to you once you hear the book title On the Down Low: A Journey Into the Lives of ‘Straight’ Black Men Who Sleep With Men. It was the very book that made King a household name among women of color, especially media queen Oprah Winfrey, and the most hated among LGBT people of color. Though the book was intended to talk about the strife that King’s wife once endured after learning about his same-sex infidelities, it incidentally turned into a tell-all about Black men who keep their same-sex affairs away from their female lovers.
Since the release of On the Down Low, Browder has forgiven King and the two have become friends, as Browder married again, and shared co-parenting responsibilities.
Despite the book’s controversy of almost a decade ago, the Black gay male population should follow suit to Browder’s forgiveness.
Throughout their friendship and co-parenting, King and Browder found inspiration to inspire estranged couples with the new self-help book The Ex-Factor: Finding Freedom to Heal, Forgive & Love Again. In this book, the two share how they have evolved their tragic relationship into one of friendship and healing and offer estranged couples and families advice on how to do the same. Read more
Lonnell Williams, Reco Chapple & Patrik-Ian Polk
Celebrated filmmaker Patrik-Ian Polk touched down in Atlanta over the weekend to cast for his upcoming film “Blackbird.” Following his box-office hit “The Skinny,” the silver screen scribe looks to cast budding stars who may end up becoming household names as he gave his Midas Touch to the stars of the “Noah’s Arc” franchise.
After a grueling viewing of hopefuls, he dined with 3LWTV’s Lonnell Williams and celebrity fashion designer Reco Chapple Sunday night, of which Williams’ captioned it as “dining with friends.”
There’s so much power in that one photo. We wonder what they were discussing.
The G-List Society had the greatest time reveling among friends, notables and beautiful people in our community at the 2nd Annual Gentlemen’s Ball over the weekend in Atlanta. Gee Smalls and Juan Session at G.SPOT Productions, along with their very attentive staff, executed a remarkable black-tie event where hundreds of men and women in Atlanta (in addition to those who traveled from NYC, DC, Philly, Chicago, etc.) dined over a three-course meal and enjoyed live music and fun times all in the spirit of charity. AID Atlanta was the organizational recipient of this charitable gala.
TV personality Eva Marcille served as the celebrity hostess of the event where she read a beautiful ode to gentlemen. Event hosts Gee Smalls and Juan Session closed the award ceremony portion of the Ball with an endearing dedication to each that touched hundreds of onlookers in the audience. Powerhouse vocalist Frenchie Davis rendered a show-stopping rendition of “I Am Changing” to end the festivities which was met with a thunderous applause.
Check out our fun-filled video below where hundreds and hundreds of women and men dined, danced and enjoyed the company of one another in ambiance of celebrating our community. You may notice a handful of familiar faces including Lonnell Williams (3LWTV), Damien Crawford, Maurice Jamal (“Friends & Lovers”), Rafer Singleton Johnson, Miss Lawrence “Real Housewives of Atlanta”, Anthony Antoine, Kevin Simmons (“The Skorpion Show”), Laurence Pickeney, Neko Bunch, Kidd Dupree, Paisley Jackson, Rod Watkins, Tommy Bennett, Rameses Frederick (Urban Socialites) and others.
Over the weekend, The G-List Society traveled to Atlanta, GA to celebrate the second anniversary of the illustrious gala The Gentlemen’s Ball. Hosted by Gee Smalls and Juan Session of G.SPOT Productions, the affair drew hundreds of men and women donning their finest after-five attire which was a sight to behold.
A who’s who of Black LGBT notables and personalities attended this glorious event. ”Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Miss Lawrence was a delight to briefly chat. Movie producer Maurice Jamal beamed about his new role as a producer of an upcoming LGBT music festival in Atlanta. Lonnell Williams expressed his appreciation of such an event that was well-attended by LGBT people of color. Damien Crawford gushed about finishing his upcoming studio…which will be previewed here first with an exclusive interview. Radio personalities Kidd Dupree and Paisley Jackson were hard at work interviewing the LGBT notables including yours truly. Neko Bunch talked about upcoming events he will be hosting throughout 2013. Kevin Simmons talked about his action-packed weekend agenda and having fun staying at reality-TV star Towanda Braxton’s house. Kid Cort talked about helping Simmons getting dressed up for the affair. Travel host Laurence Pickeney was the first pleasant face we were able to catch up with.
If you thought that men and women in the LGBT community could not gather in a celebratory event without division, you are gainfully mistaken. If you presumed that this was just a Black LGBT event, you would be bountifully misguided. If you could not imagine our people gathering together by the hundreds for a beautiful sit-down dinner and gala, today is your lucky day to become open-minded.
Get into these photos of our beautiful men and women below.
In the spirit of honoring one another in the Black LGBT community, Chicago rapper Scandocious JR has created the Black Gay Music Awards. This new celebration highlights the achievements among LGBT people in music and personalities who support their musical movements.
Interestingly, JR is nominated in many of the categories listed below as well as a slew of his well-known enemies past and present including LastO and Bry’Nt. The G-List Society’s own Waddie G. is nominated in the Best LGBT Personality category, so we hope that he takes home the win.
There is also a fan’s choice category where you can support your favorite Black LGBT music artist. We are submit our own vote. We hope you do so too.
Check out all the nominations below.
I joined the Instagram craze in May 2012 trying to figure out how I will stay on top of all these social media outlets at once to keep in touch with friends, family and The G-List Society supporters. In no time, I became hooked to showing off the vacations, delectable dishes, celebrity run-ins, local excursions and good times with friends to the few hundred people that follow me on Instagram. I also enjoyed perusing through my friend’s and Instagram followers’ galleries too.
Here are some of my favorite captured moments, in chronological order, via Instagram throughout 2012. Some of these moments were shared with friends including Lonnell Williams, Laban King and Devin Norwood. I was also glad to receive well-wishes from notable LGBT personalities including Anthony Antoine, D.J. Baker, Eric E. Jones, Gyant, Marck Angel, Rita Lee and Q. Hudson. Read the captions on the side of each photos to understand the experience I embraced during those moments.
2012 was a WONDERFUL year. It was such a good year to me that I am “smiling from ear to ear” as I am typing this post. Thanks to social media outlets like Facebook, I can track my memories and share with my friends, my family and The G-List Society supporters and later look back to these “online albums” and bask in the glorious memories that shaped my life.
Though I boast hundreds of photos of myself, celebrities, WTF candid shots and sayings I value on my Facebook page, only a select handful make the coveted profile file that even people beyond my network can see. These photos capture the proudest, happiest and most emotional moments of 2012, and I would like to share these following photos with you as I stroll down memory lane describing the best and most memorable moments of 2012.
When noticing that more than 37,000 people read BLACK GAYS ROCK!!! 50 Most Impressionable, Influential & Inspirational Black LGBT Personalities Of 2012 (Pt. 1) that debuted on Friday, The G-List Society could not be any happier than to unveil the top 20 people of 2012. Again, there will be a couple of surprises that are on this list as well as not making the entire top 50. The top two slots would not have been your guess on this list or picks until you read and understand why. With that aside, let’s set egos aside and celebrate the people who really made huge impressions in 2012.
Drum roll please…
20. Wassup N ATL and founder/CEO Mario Harris (party promoter)
For the past decade, the Black gay/lesbian party scenes have seen so many great promoting groups’ come and go over disbanding associates, greed, retirement or lack of community interest to the point that people cannot keep up with what or who is new and current in the scene. Since 2002, Wassup N ATL has become a fixture in Atlanta’s social scene with weekly parties and pride events that revelers gather until capacity. Harris now travels the Wassup N ATL brand with “Invasion” events that extend to additional major cities including Washington DC, New York and Charlotte.
19. De’Borah (singer/TV star)
This beautifully gifted singer from Chicago stole the hearts of America this fall as the somewhat shy yet very personable talent who graced the hit TV singing competition “The Voice.” De’Borah instantly inspired many viewers on the first episode of the season as she revealed her lesbian identity. Her fans were also enamored with her religious family’s support. The media could not get enough of De’Borah, her talent, her fashion and her charisma up until the very episode where coach Christina Aguilera [wrongfully] eliminated her [in favor one of least impressionable contestants]. The future seems bright for this Chicago songbird who avows her love of karaoke and cites Ellen DeGeneres as her fashion inspiration.
Two years ago, Antoine Dodson instantly leaped into national stardom from a regular resident in Alabama into an internet sensation whose family tragedy of a home-breaking intrude became a viral laughing stock for all the right and wrong reasons. Regardless of his family’s horrific tragedy and public ridicule of his mannerisms, Dodson turned lemons into lemonade as he became a big star in Hollywood that only budding YouTube personalities can only dream about.
Throughout his fame, the world had the opportunity to only understand his flamboyant mannerisms, his long flowing hair, and, of course, his catchphrases. Lonnell Williams of 3LWTV traveled to Huntsville, Alabama, the very city that put Antoine on the map of fame and interviewed Dodson asking the internet star about who he is beyond the “hide your kids, hide your wife” catchphrases.
Who was Dodson before the fame? How has that family tragedy changed his family? What is Antoine doing to extend his fame? That, along his love for a certain pop music diva, gets address in the video below.
In the LGBT community, same-gender relationships and households have constantly become the topic du jour for good debates and conversations. Currently, as a community, we are in the fight for equal marital rights as heterosexual couples in America and many parts of the world. Internally, the community celebrates the unions of couples who vow to spend the rest of their lives together while many of our friends and acquaintances find love as a nearly impossible feat with hopes of excelling past the dating stages.
One couple that I – as many others have – celebrated on their journey of long-lasting love of are media and event producers Gee Smalls and Juan Session. The couple, living in the Atlanta area, commenced their third anniversary of marriage today, and their supporters in social media crowded to their pages in congratulatory support.
Smalls shared his love story on social media reminding people that he and Session chose to live their love as a paradigm to the community showing that same-gender-loving relationships are attainable.
I must admit how I have secretly been a fan of their relationship as I got to meet Session and Smalls this summer over Sunday brunch after sending my congratulatory love when I saw the couple purchase their first home together on a popular reality-TV show on the HGTV channel. Listening to them sharing a bit of their history and their current endeavors reminded that continuing The G-List Society media meets my passion to highlight the activities that make the LGBT community special.
Check out Smalls’ moving message and pictorial mementos below.
Unless you have been hiding under a rock over the summer, friends and followers of 3LWTV and its creator Lonnell Williams have been engaged in the biggest buzz of summer 2012. Legendary media personality Oprah Winfrey follows Lonnell Williams on Twitter and frequently chats with him online. Is this news to you? Check some of the tweets from yesterday when the media queen, who has invited Williams (and yours truly) to attend her Life Class seminar in Chicago (and Houston for Williams), where Williams regularly chats with Winfrey about the lessons he has learned from her Life Class series every Sunday.
I’m gagging over how Winfrey is sharing with Williams what she accomplished during the day. Yes, “Lady O” cooks for Stedman, Gayle and the rest of her close friends. She also provided a photo directly to Lonnell about the place she meditates.
It must be nice to have such a highly (and globally) regarded person as an online friend to chat with regularly.