Word on the street is that Ne-Yo will be coming out in the October issue of Essence according to radio reports and a post on
Ne-Yo's first single "So Sick" shot to the top of the Billboard charts and he has shown promise not only as a performer but a writer as well, penning Rihanna's hit single "Unfaithful" .
No one knows for sure if the alleged coming out is true or if it's just another internet rumor. Regardless, reading this story raised a very important question that I think needs to be addressed.
Why are gay black entertainers afraid to come out? We know they exist and some of us even run in the same circles with these people and witness their same-sex relationships first hand.
They present a false image to the public and they live authentically when the cameras are turned off.
I challenge you to name at least 5 black gay entertainers who are out? Excluding RuPaul, I'm unable to do so.
I personally have a problem with this. Visibility is so important in our community becuase visibility provides an opportunity to educate and to foster tolerance and acceptance.
I've had personal discussions with highly educated black people who believe homosexuality is not apart of the black community, they view it as a "white thing" imposed on weak black men who have no sense of their manhood or their blackness.
There are countless of white entertainers who are out and are playing a major role in shaping how Americans view GLBT people and their families.
I have my own theory on why black entertainers remain closeted, but I would love to know what you guys think.
Personally,I'm not holding my breath waiting for Ne-Yo to come out. I can't imagine that he would play russian roulette with his career this early in the game. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
Below are some pics of some of my favorite black performers, they happend to enter my mind right now for some "strange reason".