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4 comments | Thursday, January 18, 2007



The year was 1996, I had just read Keith Boykin's One More River To Cross and in May of this year I would come out to my family. I was longing to surround myself with people who shared similar life experiences and I was searching tirelessly for television content that represented who I was and the man I was becoming. Noah's Arc, DL Chronicles, Brother to Brother, or the LOGO Network were not even a figment of their creators imagination at the time.

But there was talk of a video by Meshell Ndegeocello that was so controversial that it was banned from MTV and BET. The music networks refused to play the video for the single "Leviticus Faggot" because of the gay relationship between two black men depicted in the video. Until today I still had never seen this video. I'm convinced that you can find anything ever recorded on youtube. Almost 11 years later the video is just as relevant as I'm sure it was in 1996.

It's a video that I think every parent of a gay child should see and every person who believes that homosexuality is a chosen lifestyle should be forced to watch over and over. The final scene of the video proves otherwise. I wonder if any artist today would have the balls to do what Meshell did in 96 when the tolerance for SGL people was far less accepting than it is today?

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<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

I had never seen this video either although I recall the controversy over its airing. Thanks for finding it and posting it here.

On a related topic, I would like to see our community get behind a movement to pass laws making it illegal for parents to abandon their underage children, forcing them out into the street, simply because they don't like their sexual orientation. If social services can step in when kids are physically abused, this form of parental neglect must also cause authorities to intervene.

January 19, 2007 10:10 AM

 
<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Bernie:

I don't think any parent wants to force any of there children out in the street. However, no parent is obligated to tolerate something that is abnormal and sexual behaviors that is defiled and destroy the faith and beliefs of the home.

Some call it "tough love" but it is more than that. It is a matter of principle and a matter of parents sticking by their beliefs regardless of what their child think otherwise. In the bible, Joshua said, "As far as for me AND my house, we will serve the Lord". That implies, anything that is in my house that is not approved or blessed by God cannot stay here and abide. So, with this in mind, parents have the right AND obligation to keep their faith pure and to purge their house if necessary.

January 20, 2007 12:38 PM

 
<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

It's hard to believe it's been over 10 years since that video came out. Her new album is due in the spring sometime.

January 22, 2007 2:37 AM

 
<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Actually, only BET banned it. MTV is the only network I EVER saw it on.

January 14, 2015 10:37 PM

 

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