If you've been watching MTV's new "Fame" style reality series Taking The Stage which follows the lives of a group of talented high school students at Cincinnati's School for the Creative and Performing Arts then you're already aware of the romance between black gay couple Malik and Matthew.
I wrongly assumed after watching the first couple of episodes that MTV would never develop the story line between two black gay teenagers and quickly dismissed the show until Noah's Arc creator Patrik Ian Polk reeled me back in via Twitter over the weekend. On this particular episode Malik and Matthew decide to take a break from their relationship, but it's the unconditional love and support from Malik's mother Rhonda that provides the standout moment of the episode.
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Rhonda:Where's Matthew I haven't seen him for a while? What's going on with him, he's ok? Come on now, he's normally over here...this is his second home. Where's he been?
Malik: We're not talking.
Rhonda:You're not talking? Uh oh. Wait a minute...what happened?
Malik: Me and Matthew broke up today.
Rhonda: What? Aww man Malik I'm sorry.
Malik: I don't really know what to do cause I've constantly tried to fix it but it's bigger than me. The situation is bigger than me. I don't have a problem. I don't know what problem he has with me.
Rhonda: Are you okay? I'm sorry that happened.
Malik: It's really hard because I keep trying to deny that I miss him but I do.
Rhonda: What doesn't kill you will make you stronger, and I believe that to be true. I really do.
Now if that doesn't warm your heart then I don't know what will. At almost thirty years old and two years into a committed relationship I could never imagine my mother having this conversation with me. Malik is truly blessed to have such a compassionate and accepting mother.
Get into the full episode here.
I've been told Malik is a fan of this blog so hopefully we'll get a chance to sit down with this talented and courageous brother in the near future.