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In 1994, James Earl Hardy, an American playwright, released his novel, B-Boy Blues. B-Boy Blues follows the tumultuous relationship between Mitchell Crawford, a 27 year old journalist, and Raheim Rivers, a 21-year-old bicycle messenger and B-Boy (banjee boy). They meet in a gay bar in Greenwich Village in the summer of 1993. The B-boy hangs out on street corners, cool and menacing. In 1995, the novel was a Lambda Literary Award finalist for Best LGBT – Small Press Title, and it has been described as a title that “continues to be a staple within the Black LGBTQ Same Gender Loving community, spawning a series that has now sold millions worldwide.


The good news is that B-Boy Blues has now come to our screens. The movie is directed, as his debut directing project, by former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett’s directing debut has finally found a home: BET+ has picked up “B-Boy Blues,” which will debut on the streamer on June 9 in time for Pride Month. As part of the pickup, Mona Scott-Young and her Monami Entertainment has joined the film as a producer and was instrumental in getting the deal done with BET+. “B-Boy Blues” reps the first project for Smollett since being found guilty of making false reports about what he alleged to be a hate crime.

B-Boy Blues — The Movie follows, like the novel, the journey of two Black men, one who makes a career as a journalist (similar to Hardy’s career as a music journalist) and the other who works as a bike messenger, Shadow and Act reports. The cast for the movie includes Timothy Richardson, Thomas Mackie, Brandee Evans, Ledisi, Broderick Hunter, Landon G. Woodson, Michael Jackson, Jr., Marquise Vilson, Jabari Redd, Brian Lucas, Heather B., Eric R. Williams, Otis Winston, Tiesha Thomas, Jahleel Kamara, Andre Virgo, Bry’Nt, Ilara Phoenix Williams, and Sampson McCormick. “Like so many same-gender-loving, black men . . . B-Boy Blues was and continues to be a story that hits home for me in ways that not many people truly understand. It’s truly a universal story about Black on black love.







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Photos of actor Jesse Williams doing a nude scene in Broadway’s “Take Me Out” went viral. Jesse portrays a star MLB player, Darren Lemming, who comes out as gay — and how he navigates this as a queer person of color, as well as how his team reacts. One of the first tweet link account has since been deleted, but it did not stop the photos and video from going viral. Well, Jesse opened up about the nudity leak in an interview with the Associated Press on last Thursday. “I’m not down about it,” he said. Jesse farther says, “I’m not really worrying about it. I can’t sweat that. We do need to keep advocating for ourselves,” Jesse said, referring to the support he’s received from the production company and other performers. “Consent is important, I thought,” he concluded. “So, let’s keep that in mind universally.” It is said that personal camera’s and cell phone use at Broadway shows and rehearsal are not permitted. (this content was retrieved from The Sword, Buzzfeed and others unknown.)


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Democrats Ritchie Torres and Mondaire Jones earned themselves a place in the history books as the first openly gay Black men elected to Congress on Tuesday night. Torres, 32, will represent New York’s 15th District, while Jones, 33, will be a representative for New York’s 17th District when they enter the House in January.

“It is the honor of a lifetime to represent a borough filled with essential workers who risked their lives to that New York City could live. My pledge to the district is simple: I will fight for you,” Torres said in a statement. “The Bronx is my home, it is what made me who I am, and it is what I will fight for in Congress.” A City Councilman since 2013, Torres defeated Republican Patrick Delices on Tuesday after winning the primary in June following Rep. Jose Serrano’s retirement announcement. In that primary, he bested fellow City Councilmember Ruben Diaz Sr., who has a history of homophobic comments, according to the New York Daily News. As a councilmember, Torres has worked to improve mental health resources for the LGBTQ community, helped pass legislation that protects the city’s affordable housing stock, worked toward fixing New York’s opioid epidemic and has reformed the NYPD’s daily interactions with its community, according to his website.

Jones, meanwhile, is a Harvard-educated attorney and activist who previously served in the Obama administration in the Office of Legal Policy at the Department of Justice. He is also the founder of the nonprofit Rising Leaders Inc., which teaches leadership skills to underserved middle-school students in three cities. Jones won the primary in June to replace Rep. Nita Lowey, who is retiring, and was expected to come out on top against Republican Maureen McArdle Schulman. Of possibly being among the first gay Black men to join Congress, Jones told CBS News in June that it was “a lot of responsibility.” “I’m happy to be providing that kind of representation for so many young people and older people all throughout my district and all throughout this country who have reached out to me and said, ‘I’m so inspired by what you’re doing,’” he told the outlet. “’You give me hope and I can be my authentic self in a world filled with so much injustice,’ and it’s really an honor to be able to do that.”

There are currently nine openly LGBTQ members of Congress, including seven representatives in the House and two senators, according to NBC News. The first gay person of color, Rep. Mark Takano, was elected in 2012.

 

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