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5 comments | Thursday, November 30, 2006

Last Saturday's Clik Awards in Atlanta was an event that I don't think I will ever forget. There were hundreds of Black gay and lesbian people in one room who gathered to honor their own, it was truly a monumental event to say the least. There was no drama, no shade, and no ulterior motives other than to celebrate the achievements of 25 SGL pioneers.

However the drama has started online with many angry lesbian bloggers who feel that the lack of female presence(Jasmyne Cannick and Lisa C. Moore being the exception) at the event was done intentionally.

How I wish that everyone in our community could be on the same page for once. I think we're all aware that there's hundreds of hardworking gay and lesbian people who are active in the community who did not receive an award last weekend. There were over 150 people nominated and only 25 people received awards, it would have been impossible to recognize all of these individuals in one night.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion and I'm in no way suggesting that their feelings aren't valid, however I believe that the show was a wonderful example of unity and the slander that has occured following the event against the Clik publication from people within our own community is a shame.

Dwight Powell, Editor of Clik Magazine has released the following statement addressing the concerned bloggers:

Hello Angela and gays and lesbians everywhere. I thank you for your post and am in agreement with almost all that was written. I truly understand how you feel.

You might know that Clik Magazine is a predominantly male publication. It has been for some time now. Our audience is 95% male, and our content is almost 100% male oriented and focused. It's a market that I know and have been working with since 1998.

Initially when I started work on the Clik Honors, it was to be a reflection of the entire SGL community. I reached out to almost every lesbian opinion leaders in our community. You noted that you were one that I contacted. The only person that responded was Jasmyne Cannick. I do understand the hesitation, since our magazine is male focused, but the invitation was extended. Since then, our focus became more male oriented due to the fact that that's where the interest was coming from. As the event got closer... say late September, early October, ladies started calling the magazine to get involved. For the most part the nomination process was almost over, but we made it known that nominations for all sexes can be made on line.

It’s is a bit unfortunate however, that I and my magazine are being mishandled by some in the media because of the lack of support from the lesbian community. Our intent was to make this an event that all could be a part of and enjoy…. But we did not get your support in time. We are extremely excited and 2007 and the possibilities it holds for this and future events. We will make another, but even stronger attempt to create a much more balanced show. There are many, many women as you’ve noted that are deserving of recognition.

I do look forward to working with you in 2007 should you be able to find the time.

Dwight Powell


<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

this reminds me of the time a certain president was elected and the nation was up and arms...what funny to me was that most of the people bitching didn't vote...

i think you know where this is going...so, i digress.

November 30, 2006 2:55 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

I still cannot see what is honorable.

November 30, 2006 8:22 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

I don't think The Captain likes gay people.....or himself.

November 30, 2006 8:51 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

The concept of the awards is a great thing because as black gay men we are often overlooked and tend not to recognize each other. But the nominations, awards and ceremony were VERY SHADY because that's Dwight's history. Very clikish, going back MANY years. Everyone knows it.

There may have been "NO SHADE" at the awards but PLENTY leading up to it, starting with nominees whose names were MISSPELLED; other nominees given GLORIOUS titles; many "winners" being given TICKETS or hotels in Atlanta (like KEVIN AVIANCE would ever leave Manhattan ON HIS OWN to hang out in ATLANTA); self-hating DL hustler JL KING being allowed to PRESENT; Dwight awarding/nominating HIMSELF and his "staff"; and coincidentally, ALL OF THE WINNERS were on hand. Not even the Oscars can accomplish that feat. Meaning ... it seems like certain people were told in advance that they would "WIN."

Also, not sure how Rodney Chester was recognized over Doug Spearman and for that matter Darryl Stephens. Is Rodney GAY? Is he OUT? I thought only Wilson Cruz and Doug Spearman were the only 'OUT' actors on 'Noah'. Why give someone an award if they are not OUT or GAY. Why was JL KING allowed to present or even be there? He ruined our cause on Oprah. Rashid Darden? Is his book even in the stores? James Earl Hardy, Lee Hayes and Clarence Nero were not available? What about CLEO MANAGO? He was MAN OF THE YEAR ... unless that was just a stunt to piss-off SOMEONE ELSE.

And let's not even talk about what Dwight hoped would be his shadiest move at the awards but it backfired. It was very obvious who was missing from that picture and many people saw it.

Darian, you just STARTED your association with Clik. Some of us have known him for years. Dwight always tries to get young, inxperienced people who will be thankful he gave them an opportunity and in return they carry his water ... send his email blasts, defend him, and all that. You don't see any drama around "Out" or the "Out 100". Why is there always drama with Clik? Could EVERYONE ELSE be wrong? If one of your frying pans keeps smoking ... the heat must be on.

November 30, 2006 10:43 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Hey Darien boo!!!

A while back, there was an event where Bill Clinton had a luncheon/pow-wow with some bloggers and many black blogger screamed to HIGH HEAVEN about "exclusion". Many of those people were nominated for Clik awards.

What goes around comes around. *snap*

December 07, 2006 6:10 PM


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