April is busting out not only with furious pollen, but a host of items that have sparked my interest and should you as well. As I have stated before, the mission of The Body Politic is to enlighten, entertain and enpower our readers with stories from every faction of our global village. It's those "six degrees" of seperation that I can't ignore when deciding what's pertinent to this forum or the fact that the GLBTQ community, by it's very nature, crosses many bounderies and platforms within the information horn of plenty. With this in mind, we continue with "waiting to exhale..part 2"
Oh Terrence!: Academy Award nominee, Terrence Howard, "keeps it real" in the March issue of Essence magazine. The Hustle and Flow,star and recent focal point of the movie Pride, states that he's frankly about saying what's on his mind, no matter how personal or self depricating. Howard speaks candidly about his estranged wife, Lori with their on again, off again relationship and their children. He concludes that much of the destruction of their marriage was due to his falandering and boozing, which caused a marital meltdown. Despite his high flying career, including such movies as Crash, Four Brothers and Idlewidle, he addresses his tough guy and hard to work with M.O, as seen by producers and directors with the attitude that it's all about "what's right or necessary..." As a Jehovah's Witness, T.H. isn't shy about sharing his views about gays and religion in an online(3/07) Post Chronicle quote. “Do I agree with homosexuality? No, I’m a Bible-based young man. But I know the Bible also speaks about homosexuality with liars, adulterers, thieves. I’ve lied, I’ve cheated on my wife, I’ve stolen. So how can I judge somebody for something that’s mentioned in the same exact scripture?” Howard will be co-starring with Jodie Foster in the much anticipated , The Brave Ones, later this year and will continue to pursue his passions where ever they may lead him. Kay-sara, sara!
They've Got the Power. OUT Magazine has announced it's list of the 50 most powerful Gay and Lesbians in America. Unfortunatley, no one locally made the cut, not even moi, but there's always next year. The list although touting many heavy weights could only find two African Americans that have lavendar clout. Vouge Style Diva Emeritus, Leon Talley is number 45 and "A-list" Talent Agent, Benny Medina take the 48 spot. Coming in at #2 is Ubber CNN Anchor, Anderson "360" Cooper who reportedly commands a 4 Million dollar pay day for his globe trotting services. Massachusett's Politico, Barney Frank and now Chairman of the House Committee on Financial Services is #5. Movie powerhouse, Jodie Foster bows in at #43 and Million Dollar Money guru, Suze Orman is at lucky #13. To see the entire list go to www.out.com !
IMUS is not for us. Don Imus has fallen victim to that dredded disease that's been infecting the celebrity set called the "open mouth and insert foot,"syndrome. Imus referred to a select few of the Rutgers Women's basketball team in racially tinted terms such as "Man they got some tattoos..., that's some nappy headed hos". The outarage has spread from statements from the institution to the National Association of Black Journalist. Fellow talk show host, Rev. Al Sharpton has called for picketing his studios and others have demanded that Imus be fired from his synidicated show also featured on MSNNBC. They have no further comments according to spokespersons.
Sidetracks 2: 415 Main was a buzz with party goers for the 2nd Anniversary of Sidetracks, held April 6, 2007. The venue was nicely decorated with tablecloth tables, champagne fountain and to everyone's delight, a sumptuous buffet prepared in a team effort led by JD. The crowning moment was the beautiful tier cake prepared by Beau which featured a lighted fountain underneath. The CorneliusOnpoint crew and TCJ productions were in the house shooting video and making merry with owners Jim and Phil. As we were doing impromtu interviews, each participant states that Sidetracks was not just a club, but was considered "their home away from home." After post production the videos will be posted on our new beta site. Watch for announcements.
Stonewall in Action: Arkansas's Stonewall Democrats has come alive with a host of both April and May activites. If you want to get first hand info, click to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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