Category Archives: Gay Culture

TV. Logo Gets Hot This Summer With ‘Fire Island’.

By brandin lakee tolliver

This is the true story of seven, hmm, six strangers picked to live in a house, blah blah blah, we know the format by now. Yet, occasionally, I’m susceptible to trashy reality TV. But after Logo’s ‘The A-List’, and the Lance Bass hosted Gay Bachelor series ‘Finding Prince Charming’, we’ve kinda been there and done it, literally, and with more swag in our own lives. But, I’ll bite. As soon as I saw the promo art, with the six guys looking like a gay Danity Kane, I said CUTE! A multicultural cast. And with show titled ‘Fire Island’, the trailer didn’t disappoint either. Hot guys, beaches, and the house is dope. I’m not even made at actor Patrick MacDonald (DTLA) for doing a reality show stint. The trailer seems to be trying to deliver the Fire Island experience, as it follows Khasan Brailsford, Cheyenne Parker, Justin Russo, Jorge Bustillos, Brandon Osorio, and Patrick MacDonald for the summer in gay Disneyland.

But with the release of the Fire Island trailer, came critics angry over the stereotypical depictions of guy men. I can’t judge, and even if I’m judging, I can’t hate. When I was a kid, I looked to TV for anything and everything gay to get a glimpse of how gay men lived. But the straight world rarely showed gay characters. If show had a gay character, they were celibate singles. If he does have a boyfriend, the most affection you saw was a hug. So for that 14 year old kid in Ohio, this show is for you! Honestly, after the bullshit that was 2016, everyone needs to relax and have some fun, so I’ll be watching. Fire Island airs April 27 on Logo TV. See the trailer below, as well as what the guys have to say to their haters. Will you be watching?

FILM. ‘Kiki N’ Brunch’ About PrEP.

By brandin lakee tolliver

AskMeAboutPrEP.org has released the fun short film ‘Kiki N’ Brunch,’ where viewers eavesdrop on a group of friends as they discuss life, love, and PrEP at brunch on a Sunday Funday.

The short, produced by AltaMed, aims to start, if not, keep the conversation going on the growing number of men of color being infected by the HIV virus, and how the use of PrEP is over 90% effective in preventing HIV when taken as prescribed. Having spent time working with the Stop AIDS Project in San Francisco, educating gay  men on gay men’s’ health, and encouraging the practice of safe sex, I was extremely excited for the arrival of the HIV preventing drug Truvada.  In all honesty, I could get into this as a regular series. Check out Kiki N Brunch below. Enjoy!

TV. Naomi Campbell Lands Role On Lee Daniels New Fox Series ‘Star’.

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Variety reports, “Supermodel Naomi Campbell has been cast in Lee Daniels’ newest Fox’s musical series, ‘Star.’ Campbell will play Rose Spencer, a beautiful and wealthy Londoner. Campbell has appeared in several other television series, her most recent being Lee Daniels’ other Fox drama, “Empire.”

‘Star,’ which debuts midseason, centers around three young women who form a girl group with hopes of making it big in the music industry. The project has been described in the vein of ‘Dreamgirls,’ while incorporating the manufacturing of modern-day girl groups, showcasing the allure and heartache of the cut-throat music scene, and exploring cultural themes from a new perspective.

Other cast members include Queen LatifahBenjamin Bratt, and newcomers Jude DemorestRyan DestinyBrittany O’Grady, and Amiyah ScottLenny Kravitz will also make a guest appearance on the show.”

TV. Laverne Cox And Wanda Sykes To Appear In ‘Lip Sync Battle’ Season 3.

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” ‘Lip Sync Battle’ is back with brand new talent and tunes.The reality competition show released a promo for the upcoming third season, paying homage to Michael Jackson and his song ‘Beat It.’ The clip features host LL Cool J and series commentator Chrissy Teigen reenacting Jackson’s iconic music video, while facing off with the “Lip Sync Battle” dancers.

The promo also features a sneak peek of the Season 3 competitors, including Lupita Nyong’o, Laverne Coxand Sir Ben Kingsley. This season looks to also include appearances from Wanda Sykes.”