Tag Archives: LBGT Culture

MUSIC. Queen Of Bounce Big Freedia Releases Video For ‘Drop’.

image.jpegWith the season five finale of Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce, airing last month, Big Freedia has released a new video for the single ‘Drop’ for fans to tide themselves over with for now. The track, which features Diplo and DJ Snake, was released a year ago on the Entourage Soundtrack, but just recently received the video treatment. Watch below. Enjoy!

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TV. Tyson Anthony Novel ‘About Him’ Now A Henderson Maddox Series.

Tyson Anthony‘s novel ‘About Him’ received the series treatment thanks to Atlanta filmmaker Henderson Maddox.

About him2“The hardest transition a man can make is telling himself the truth about his sexuality. There is a period when you find yourself “jumping the fence” figuring out what exactly pleases you. This period of your life when you are searching for yourself you usually end up finding love first. A love that results in the creation of who you are. Signal 23 Television, Director Henderson Maddox, and Author Tyson Anthony have worked hard to capture this moment on film.

The project tells the story of Damien. A young man that finds himself discombobulated and alone. Damien’s focus is all on him. Every thought. Every action. Its all about him. The role of Damien introduces Brandon Karson, a spectacular new talent that the world has been waiting for. The series also features budding young actors Darone Okolie and Gary Lavard. Okolie plays Marion the older brother with a fiery presence while Lavard has a breakout performance as Marion’s best friend Vincent.

The new scripted series About Him is a “seriously sexy drama”. “ We all know that as young men no matter what your sexual orientation is, everything is usually about sex. The series made sure that it stayed true to the intense passion that is infamous with a Tyson Anthony novel.”

Watch the first episode below. Enjoy!

MUSIC. Rapper Kaoz Drops Music Video For The Hustlers Anthem ‘Overtime’.

KaozRapper Kaoz unveiled a surprise release of a video to accompany his track ‘Overtime.’ Surprising because the album the track is pulled from ‘The End Is Beginning,’ was released in June of 2015. Still, as for ‘Overtime,’ it’s a cool song and video, once both the song and video get going. Enjoy!

More about the artist…

“Kaoz has shared stages with major record label acts such as hip hop duo Dead Prez, MIMS, Syleena Johnson (TVOne’s R&B Divas) and Brandy and has ripped mics throughout the U.S. and Canada. The Tyler Durden EP (Experience) & The Tyler Durden Mixtape (2010) marked his return to Hip hop music. Kaoz also executive produced and co-wrote a full length compilation entitled Kaoz Presents: Real Talk MPLS

Kaoz has also been recognized for his activism and work in GLBT communities of color. He received the Harold PhilPot Youth Leadership Award from National AIDS Education & Services for Minorities for his groundbreaking work with Young Men who have sex with men of color in both Cleveland and Twin Cities metropolitan areas. Recently, Kaoz was profiled  in the Lavender Magazine’s “Lavender 100″ list of key people to know, and as runner up to Prince as Best Artist of the Twin Cities.”

The End Is Beginning’ by Kaoz is available on iTunes.

FILM. Romantic Comedy ‘Front Cover’ Screening In SF.

Front CoverRyan is a handsome fashion stylist living in New York City who rejects his traditional Asian upbringing in favor of enjoying his life as openly gay. However that all changes when Ryan is assigned to style Ning, a famous Chinese actor, for an important photo shoot for his firm.

Despite a rocky start, an unlikely friendship develops between the two, leading Ryan to re-examine his roots and consider an enticing new path for his career. ‘Front Cover’ is a tender, entertaining look at clashing cultures and love.

In our very Black & White obsessed America, we tend to ignore that there are so many more cultures inhabiting and contributing to American culture. Also a large portion of Asian gay themed films tend focus on interracial white/Asian pairings, how Asian-Americans fit into the western world, or the struggle to find acceptance from conservative parents. The romantic comedy ‘Front Cover’ takes a refreshing and funny departure from these themes. From Strand Releasing, ‘Front Cover’ makes its San Francisco debut August 19-25. Watch the trailer below. Enjoy!

4 Star Theatre
2200 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121
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FILM. ‘LIfe Event’ Is Issa Rae Presents #ShortFilmSundays Pick.

Issa Rae and her production company Issa Rae Presents is paying it forward by showcasing a new short by a new creator, the last Sunday of every Month with #ShortFilmSundays. June saw the R. Michael Thomas written and directed short film ‘Life Event’ showcased.’

‘Life Event’ Murph (Patrick Cage II) is turning 30 and is realizing that being a real adult is harder than it looks. He decides to turn the day, and his life around, in one fell swoop. ‘Life Event’ analyzes growing older, relationships, maturity and no longer giving a fuck. Written and Directed by R. Michael Thomas.

You can submit your film to submit@issarae.com. Watch ‘Life Event’ below. Enjoy!

FILM. Executive Producer Brad Pitt + Janelle Monaé Stars In ‘Moonlight’.

Based on the play ‘In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue’ by Tarell Alvin McCraney, the film ‘Moonlight’ already had in impressive team behind it. The ensemble cast includes Naomie Harris (‘Spectre’), André Holland (‘The Knick’), Mahershala Ali (‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’), Edson Jean (‘War Dogs’), R&B singer Janelle Monaé in her film debut and Brad Pitt as Executive Producer.

‘Moonlight,’ set in the 1980’s Miami, follows Chiron (Trevante Rhodes) as he comes of age, falls in love and discovers his own sexuality, all while learning to embrace his own vision of masculinity as characters float in and out of his life via three defining chapters of his life. The film is set to debut at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival.

Enjoy the trailer below.

MUSIC. Music’s Biggest Out Artists + Allies Join Voices For A Song For Orlando, ‘Hands’.

The Justin Tranter pinned single ‘Hands,’ is a musical tribute to the 49 victims of the shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The track  features Mary J Blige, Jason Derulo, Britney Spears, Tyler Glenn, Selena Gomez, Halsey, Ty Herndon, Imagine Dragons, Juanes, Adam Lambert, Mary Lambert, Jennifer Lopez, the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, Kacey MuHandssgraves, MNEK, Alex Newell, P!nk, Prince Royce, Nate Ruess, RuPaul, Troye Sivan, Jussie Smollett, Gwen Stefani, and Meghan Trainor.

“Mary J. Blige recorded in New Orleans. Britney Spears in Thousand Oaks, I think Pink in Santa Barbara. MNEK recorded at home in London. Selena recorded in her studio bus. Dan Reynolds recorded in his home. Adam Lambert was in Luxembourg. Ty Herndon the country star was in Spain. Kacey Musgraves, Nashville. Everyone just got it done.”

Proceeds from the US sales of the single will benefit Equality Florida Pulse Victims Fund, the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida, and GLAAD. ‘Hands’ is available now exclusively on iTunes. To further support those affected by the tragedy in Orlando, visit http://www.gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund.

#ForThe49
Stanley Almodovar III, 23.   Amanda Alvear, 25.   Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26.   Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33.   Antonio Davon Brown, 29.   Darryl Roman Burt II, 29.   Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28.   Juan Chavez Martinez, 25.  Luis Daniel Conde, 39.   Cory James Connell, 21.   Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25.    Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32.   Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31.   Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25.   Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26.   Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22.   Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22.   Paul Terrell Henry, 41.   Frank Hernandez, 27.   Miguel Angel Honorato, 30.   Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40.   Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19.   Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30.   Anthony Luis Laureano Disla, 25.   Christopher “Drew” Andrew Leinonen, 32.   Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21.   Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49.   Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25.   KJ Morris, 37.   Akyra Monet Murray, 18.   Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20.   Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25.   Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36.   Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32.   Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35.   Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25.   Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27.   Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35.   Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24.   Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24.   Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34.   Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33.   Martin Benitez Torres, 33.    Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24.   Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37.   Luis S. Vielma, 22.   Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50.   Luis Daniel Lestat Wilson-Leon, 37.   Jerald “Jerry” Arthur Wright, 31.