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5 comments | Tuesday, May 01, 2007



Just when it seemed the whole down low phenomenon was yesterday's news, a new film by actor-director Bill Duke entitled Cover is set to be released in the fall, and will no doubt spark a huge debate around this controversial topic.

I first learned of this project on keithboykin.com when it was called Invisible. Keith along with many in the Black LGBT community feared that this film would further demonize Black gay men as irresponsible predators who are purposefully infecting Black women with HIV. I've written about my disgust for the media hype around the down low and the men who are leading these double lives, so I won't go off on a tangent again.

I will say that I hope major corrections have been made to the script and the false statistics the director provided as fact in the original trailer have been removed. The original trailer is two minutes and fifty seconds of pure adrenaline. If the objective was to get people interested in buying a ticket to see the film, even in my disdain for the topic and the way it's being presented I would have to say mission accomplished.

According to a recent interview with Philadelphia Gay News Bill Duke had this to say,

“With black people and the growing numbers of AIDS in our community, [we have] to take responsibility for our behavior,” he said. “[We have to] become aware of the fact that no one is going to come and save us. You look at the numbers of AIDS cases these days and the federal government is not doing that much, unfortunately. We have to take responsibility for our own community. I don’t know any other culture of men, other than black men, that if you say to them a disease is wiping out 70 percent of their women in terms of new cases, would stand by and watch that. We’re talking about our sisters. We’re talking about our daughters, our nieces and our young men. When you go to the black community, it’s amazing. People still think it’s still a white homosexual disease. It’s insane. It’s killing us. I don’t get it. Something has to be done and that’s what we’re attempting to do.”

That statement is a huge departure from the accusatory tone of Duke's early statements and the artisitic direction of the film. Let's hope that his intentions are good and he's not another J.L. King using a hot button issue to fill his wallet. I guess we'll have to wait and see. I've uploaded the original trailer for you to watch, check it out up above.

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5 Comments:

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Here we go with another DL for only blk people. This has existed for many years and in all the races I wish people would stop making this a blk issue and call it what it is.. the denial of homosexuality with in ones self!
Meaning: 4 a person to give one impression about their lives and have another side no one in that life is aware of is not just a blk issue,its a Im a lyer and will marry a women to prove something. This issue crosses all the races I cant say this enough!

May 31, 2007 7:44 PM

 
<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

I saw this movie yesterday at the Pan African Film & Arts Festival on Friday, Feb 15, 2008 in Los Angeles. I was invited by a friend and had no clue what "Cover" was. MAN!!!! This movie was awesome. The clip you see on here are not the same actors.

It's a murder/mystery Yes, it does talk about brothas on the DL but it's not a gay movie. It also comes from a Christian perspective and how the "black churches" perceive homosexuality, especially if you are black and profess the love of God which hit home for me.

The acting is superb. These actors/actresses bring you into their lives. They KNOW their craft and use it well. Feb 18 is the last day and YES, I am going to see it again.

The bottom line, this movie deals with: murder, HIV/AIDS Awareness, being true to oneself, love, and forgiveness.

So when you see that this a movie dealing with the DL, don't get caught up in the same-o-stuff.

THUMBS UP!!!!

February 16, 2008 6:13 PM

 
<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Anonymous-

Thanks so much for the quick review. I'm so happy to know that Bill Duke has changed the story since the original trailer was released. I really wanted to be in L.A. this weekend to see it but I was hosting my own event in Atlanta.

I'm definitely looking forward to seeing Cover in the near future. Thanks for commenting.

-Darian

February 16, 2008 11:51 PM

 
<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

The movie was very good except for the part where the gay guy Greg joins the women's church group. The church should embrace the sinner but not the sin. Homosexual's shouldn't go to church to find acceptance but repentance and deliverance. We are living in the last days for sure. I can't help but cry out to God. What are we as black woman going to do when our black men are bringing disease upon us and our children are left fatherless.

May 15, 2008 12:20 PM

 
<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

I LOVED THE PREVIEW OF THIS MOVIE , SO MANY OF MY CO-WORKERS AND I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THE MOVIE BUT JUST CANT FIND WHERE TO OBTAIN A COPY FROM , SOMEONE PLEASE HELP BECAUSE I BEEN ONLIE ALL DAY LOOKING FOR IT . THANKS A BUNCH

June 04, 2008 2:10 PM

 

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