I was waiting for this show to happen after viewing an episode about the decline in black heterosexual couples who are going to the altar in recent years. Meet the Faith is a half hour show hosted by Ian Smith on BET and engages a panel of three guests and the viewing audience in a discussion about some of the most controversial topics affecting the black communtiy. This Sunday June 24th at 10 AM Central(11 ET/PT) and again at 9 PM Central(10 ET/PT) black homophobia will be discussed. The panel wil consist of Bishop E. Bernard Jordan founder of Zoe Ministries, actress Sheryl Lee Ralph, and activist Keith Boykin .
I caught the show for the first time a couple of weeks ago and I was impressed by the honest discussion that took place. I knew it wouldn't be long before black gays and lesbians and the rampant homophobia that exists in the black community became a topic of discussion. I cringed everytime the idea was implied that black women were still single because black men were either broke in jail or GAY. That's a myth many black women believe to be true that's not based in any facts, but I digress.
This weekend's show I'm sure will not lack any drama. You've got a bible carrying minister, an actress, and an activist. I have high hopes for this show and I'm expecting Keith and Sheryl to represent us well. They have an opportunity to paint a real picture of what life is like as a black gay person in America and the affects of homophobia on our lives. I'm sure the DL will enter the conversation at some point, it seems you can't talk about anything black and gay without the DL rearing it's ugly head. I guess I'll just have to sit through the bs once again.
This is a show that you don't want to miss, so go ahead and make yourself a reminder and set your Tivo, that's exactly what I'm going to do.