Directed By: Ernest R. Dickerson
Written By: Frank Military
Staring: Charles S. Dutton, Courtney B. Vance
First released on the cable channel Showtime in 1998, I had never heard of Blind Faith until I came across it in the Gay/Lesbian section on Netflix. From just looking at the movie poster, I would not have thought this movie would have gay undertones due to its predominately (some what mainstream) male African American cast.
Beneath the dynamics of the main male characters is a good court drama full of mystery set in racist 1957 Bronx New York.
You have the young 18 year old Charles Williams Jr. (played by Garland Whitt) charged with the murder of a white teen and is facing the electric chair. His strict burly police officer father Charles Williams (played by Charles S. Dutton). Charles Junior’s defense lawyer is his uncle and Charles Senior’s brother John Williams (played by Courtney B. Vance). Rounding out the William’s men is the youngest brother Eddie Williams (played by Kadeem Hardison).
As everyone spends quality time with their loved ones for the Holidays, we here in the Discreet City wanted to share this gift with you. In this video, openly gay High School student Tyreese Maye demonstrates a reason why this website exists (please do not take a big sip of egg-nog before hitting play because you will spit-take it out all over your computer screen soon after):
Is he making a legitimate stand to expose a double-standard? Or is he just making a damn fool of himself and other Gays?
What are your thoughts?
- Nick D
___The Black Woman's Acceptable Homosexual
_So I am looking at this article titled “The 8 Gay Men that Straight Women Love” from black women’s blog-site MadameNoire.com. In the opening paragraph the author states…“We mean love like enjoy. Like we enjoy chocolate-dipped strawberries. The following men are either delightful, entertaining, inspiring or downright hot messes that we just can’t get enough of.” Then the photo blog-post goes through the list of the 8 gay men the author has selected, which are... 1. Dwight Eubanks - “The Real Housewives of Atlanta (Flamboyant) 2. Miss J – America’s Next Top Model (Flamboyant) 3. E. Lynn Harris - Author 4. Don Lemons – CNN News Anchor / Author 5. Bill T. Jones – Choreographer / Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (Flamboyant) 6. Carson Kressley – “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” (Flamboyant) 7. Sean Cameron – Hair Dresser / Drama Queen (Flamboyant) 8. B Scott – Video Blog Drag Queen (Flamboyant) Do you see a pattern here? My mind was all over the place analyzing this list and the thoughts behind it. I must admit, I was slightly irritated. I was thinking..."I wonder if a masculine gay bisexual man of color who was a NFL, NBA, MLB player, or a black leading male actor, or a black R&B singer or Rapper was out and open, would they have made the list?"Like it or not (and I don't) these are some of the faces of Black Male Homosexuality. For me, most on this list did nothing but reinforce what I have felt for years…That a lot of women of color that are gay friendly may only be gay friendly towards out F.F.F. gay men of color. F.F.F. stands for Fabulous, Fierce and Flamboyant (an acronym I just made up but is very fitting).
Based on my numerous posts on the subject, I think its safe to say that I have love for Hip Hop culture and music. How could I not? I came up listening to the music in the 1990's when Nas, Biggie, Ice Cube, A Tribe Called Quest, Mobb Deep, Too Short, Wu Tang Clan
and others made music that became classic. Even with the blatantly homophobic
lyrics and imagery, as a masculine Gay black man I couldn't get enough.Looking at the leaders of the new Hip Hop school
, however, makes me wonder if the culture is abandoning its boisterous, masculine roots for a more sensitive, gender-bending future...
As a Gay man, I'm supposed to be okay with all this, right? I mean all Gay men are more in touch with their feminine side, right? We all just wanna talk about our feelings and fear of rejection, right? We all (deep down) desire to wear women's blouses, pink hoodies and leopard-print Jeggins in public....right?
See a recent VIDEO debate on the subject, In Just One Click.
Continuing my recent series of posts on Hip Hop music, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to speak about the new album "The Dreamer/The Believer"
from rapper Common
that dropped today. The 12-track album is a much needed shot of masculine rawness that has been missing from Hip Hop music for awhile now. Common himself is a welcome return to music as well. He's arguably one of the most talented (and
most attractive) 40-year-old Hip Hop lyricists out right now.
The album keeps you feeling like its the "rap golden age" of the late 1990's while still feeling contemporary 2011. A major reason for this retro feel is that Common re-teamed with his brilliant and underrated "I Used To Love H.E.R."
producer No I.D.
for the first time since 1997.
The album features cameos from Nas
, Makeba Riddick
, Maya Angelou
(yes, that Maya Angelou) and a RIDICULOUSLY SICK
track with John Legend
.Overall this joint is a must have for all "real" hip hop fans. If you still need convincing on Common's abilities (and his looks), here are a couple tracks and music videos that are standouts from the new project.Sample the album and see music videos, In Just One Click.
, the creators of "The D.L. Chronicles"
are gearing up for a return of the series with new episodes beginning in 2012. They've launched a fundraiser
with a goal of $125,000
and as of this posting they're $40,138
closer to reaching it with only 10 days left to go.
In conjunction with the fundraiser, they're releasing a four-part web series called "The Chadwick Journals"
which serves as a prequel to the first season of the show. The Webisodes follow the narrator of the TV series, Chadwick (once again played by Damian Toofek Raven
), as he begins his original interviews for the stories he's seen writing.
This forth and final episode that premiered this morning called "Mr. Turner"
is embedded for your viewing pleasure below.The quality of the web series produced with a low/no budget shows that even if the guys don't reach their fundraising goal, we may continue to see some small-screen incarnations of "The D.L. Chronicles" in the future.-Nick D
The Dick-Bag Award Winners….
The Dick-Bag Awards are awarded to those who openly and freely display ignorance, stupidity, foolishness or who are just straight up dumb asses when it comes to issues of homosexuality and bi-sexuality. The Dick-Bag Awards are just a few of the awards that nominees can win here at Discreet City. There are also the “Cunt Face Awards”, the “Stupid Bitch Awards” and the “Somebody Needs Their Ass Beat Awards”, just to name a few.
So sit back and enjoy our first ever Dick-Bag Awards!
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed are the sole opinions of blogger Octavius of DiscreetCity.com. If they offend anyone I really don’t care. Have a great day!
The "Smh @ This Bitch" Award of Day goes to Usher Raymond's 40-year-old ex-wife Tameka. Recently she tweeted that Gay men who look Straight should wear wristbands "because it isn't really fair" to women like her. Then she mentions the clothing these men wear to fool her: Timbs, caps and vests. This also implies that she doesn't want masculine gay/bisexual men to wear certain things that straight men wear. Should they all only wear pink blouses and sequin?
- Nick D
THE DISCREET CITY MUSIC SERIES
A series of posts showcasing music by masculine Gay/Bisexual artists that we dig for one reason or another. We may give reviews of their work and occasional interviews but this is mainly just for awareness since many of you don't even know these musicians exist.
Originally from Cleveland, OH, but currently repping Minneapolis, MN, openly Gay spoken word/hip hop artist Kaoz (aka Kevin Moore) definitely doesn't lack passion. In addition to being a forceful, masculine lyricist, he's a real-life HIV awareness activist. His efforts have made him an award winning educator for the cause which is admirable and inspirational, to say the least.
As an activist, that passion is commendable. As a rapper, its somewhat of a hindrance. Bookmark that statement, I'll explain it in a second.
If Kaoz is an example of the future of openly Gay MCs, the future looks bright. Contrary to what Wendy Williams or DJ VLAD understands, openly Gay rappers have already existed for decades. The problem with those rappers was that they had no real competitive flow and/or lyrics.
Kaoz, he "sounds" like a current rapper with his flow and delivery. He even looks like one. He's a very attractive masculine guy, which in all honesty, helps as an MC. An old adage comes to mind: "He has to make the men want to be him and the women want to be with him."
Let's be real: the Gay rap barrier breaker will NOT be a drag queen or a fem with nipple rings, tight jeans and blond hair. While I fux with the overall package that is Kaoz (and will continue to support/check his work), I have a couple (fixable) issues with him as an artist.
To continue reading and download his free mixtapes
, Click Here.
It’s a strange feeling to one day suddenly see a person all grown up and realize that they’re now attractive adults. For many people, its seems as if the very day they turn 21-years-old an “Open For Business” sign starts flashing and we notice them (in that way) for the very first time.
Here’s my list of the Top 15 Male Actors of Color who are now all grown up and very attractive dudes. This kind of list is by no means original, so to not rehash the same names from all the other websites (Malcolm Jamal Warner, Darius McCrary, Keisha Knight Pulliam, Raven Symone, etc), I limited this to only male actors that started no earlier than the 90’s.
This list is very subjective, so feel free to agree, disagree or add any names I missed in the comments section.
15. Bryton James
Then: Family Matters
Now: Young and the Restless, Vampire Diaries
If you watched television in the 90’s then it’s guaranteed that you saw at least a handful of episodes of "Family Matters." While everyone remembers Jaleel White as Steve Urkel and Darius McCrary as Eddie Winslow, actor Bryton James as Little Richie Chambers always slips through the cracks.
He’s now an attractive young man with recurring roles on “The Young and the Restless” and “The Vampire Diaries.”
14. Percy Daggs III
Then: Veronica Mars
Now: Southland, Robert Townsend’s In The Hive
Not too much younger than myself, I first noticed an 18-year-old Percy Daggs III back in 2001 in the Allen Payne indie urban crime film “Blue Hill Avenue." He held his own in the film and I thought that he might have a bright future. Turns out that I was right as he went on to put in 3 seasons on the successful CW show “Veronica Mars."
He’s currently back to being handsome in indie films like “In The Hive”, a new drama directed by Robert Townsend.