National Black HIV Awareness Day
February 7, 2009 is Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Leaders in the fight to eradicate this disease are urging people of color across the country to get educated, get tested, get involved, and get treated. Of all racial and ethnic groups in the United States, HIV/AIDS has affected Black Americans the most. Even though blacks account for about 13% of the U.S. population, we account for about half (49%) of the people who get HIV and AIDS.
Find out where a testing center is in your area and what you can do to raise awareness about the devastating effects of HIV/AIDS in the black community along with a PSA featuring Patrik-Ian Polk, Hill Harper, Kimberly Elise, Tangi Miller and Master P. here.
Bias behind higher rates of HIV in black gay men?
Increase in New HIV Diagnoses among Young Black MSM in Jackson, MS
Tyra Banks to receive GLAAD Excellence In Media Award
Tyra loves the gays! And now they're showing their love for the queen of daytime talk by honoring her with the GLAAD Excellence in Media Award to presented on March 28, 2009 in New York City.
NBJC & GLAAD Team up to host "KNOCKING DOWN THE DOOR: BLACK LGBT IMAGES IN MEDIA"
On the eve of the 40th NAACP Image Awards, the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) will host a forum on the infrequent intersection of African American and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) images in media, and the importance of these stories being told, particularly in the wake of California's Proposition 8. The panel will explore the historical under-representation of these images, the ongoing advocacy efforts to promote the telling of these stories and the professional issues and challenges facing openly gay African American artists.
The panel will be moderated by Rashad Robinson (GLAAD) and confirmed to participate are Maurice Jamal(Dirty Laundry), Deondray Gossett(The DL Chronicles), Willis Edwards(Vice Chair of NAACP Image Awards), and Sonja Sohn(The Wire).
California court to hear Prop 8 challenge in March
California's Supreme Court early next month will hear arguments over whether to allow a ban on same-sex marriage that has become a national rallying point for gays and their supporters.
Black and Gay Like Me
After Wanda Sykes stood up in front of a crowd of thousands and declared that she’s a lesbian, she became a poster girl for black and gay America, whether she likes it or not.
When Wanda Sykes strolled onstage at the Trevor Project’s annual Cracked Xmas fund-raiser last December in Los Angeles, the crowd leapt to its feet in a standing ovation. After the applause and whoops subsided the comedian quipped, “Oh, come on, it ain’t like you never seen a black lesbian before.”
Santonio Holmes shows off his "assets"
I had no idea who this man was until a few days ago. I couldn't resist posting the link to these photos that I'm sure you've already seen at least a million times by now. They're definitely NOT SAFE FOR WORK! You've been warned.
The Big Idea: J-Setting Beyond Beyoncé
Hiding In Hip-Hop author Terrance Dean pens a great piece for the March issue of Vibe Magazine on the influence of black gay culture and the southern marching band dance style of J-Setting that has found it's way into the videos of Ms. Sasha Fierce.
Speaking Of Single Ladies...
This isn't news...just a damn shame! You might want to fast forward to the 2:30 mark.