Clay Cane is a New York City-based writer who is recognized for his contributions in journalism. Clay is a regular contributor for various print and online publications such as The Advocate and BET.com. He is the author of the highly anticipated novel Ball-Shaped World, which is a fictionalized account of the black and Latino ballroom scene. Also, he is the Entertainment Editor at BET.com and a member of New York Film Critics Online. He can be reached at claycane@gmail.com.


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    Tuesday, October 30, 2007

    I know many people whine that the world is too politically correct. It's a bit of a bland argument that basically says, "Damn it, I want to be racist, sexist and homophobic with nobody questioning my ignorant ass!"

    Nowadays there are just certain things you can't get away with like calling people faggots, hoes and nigger -- it's no longer a cackle for the uncreative comedian or the trite shock jock. This has nothing to do with the hypersensitivity of gays and people of color, but more to due with the hateful people who have spewed their toxic energy so intensely that now it has backfired.

    Check out the clip below from Eddie Murphy's Delirious where rants on "faggots" in his tight, red leather outfit -- looking like an '80's queen that would get serviced at a Port Authority restroom. Funny thing is a few years later Eddie would be caught giving a tranny a "ride home", definitely a homo moment for the 2007 Oscar loser. Eddie is lucky there were no blogs back then...




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    Monday, October 29, 2007

    Halloween is the time for goblins, witches and demons, but it is also the time for racism! When are people going to realize ethnicity or race is not a costume?

    As I road the train this weekend in New York City I saw people dressed as Mexicans, Asians and sporting the ever popular Afro wig. Putting on an Afro wig or a sombrero is not a costume. Batman or Superman is a costume, being ethnic for a night isn’t—it’s offensive.

    Check out the pic below, which is labeled on http://www.costumeshopper.com/ as "Funny Mexican Costume". Funny Mexican? Is there a "dippy white girl" costume? What's even worse is seeing white folks prance around in an Afro wig, patting their fro and talking “jive”.

    The New York Times recently reported on this racism phenomenon during Halloween in their story “This Halloween, Man in Noose Wins a Reprieve”. A woman from Connecticut had a black man hanging from a tree and she thought it was a savvy Halloween prop.

    Professor Richard Lachman at the State University of New York at Albany stated to the New York Times, “'Halloween has become less of a kids’ holiday and more of an adult holiday, and one of the reasons for that, I think, is that it offers an opportunity to do things behind a disguise…Expressions of racism are unacceptable at any time, but on Halloween some people might feel there is some room for giving vent.'” Professor Lachman put it perfectly. Doesn’t it seem like people let their racism fly freely during Halloween? It’s as if the racists come out at night!

    On the subway I saw a diaphanous white woman in a Cleopatra outfit with dark make-up and bronze stockings. As if she knew Cleo was a darkie and she would only look “real” if she was in a bit of blackface. Also, men dressed as those crazy Arabs from the Middle East, hopping around in a strange accents that made them sound more like hillbilly extras from Deliverance.

    What I also noticed is that I saw NO black people dressed in costumes. Do black folks just not do Halloween? Lawd knows I wasn't in a costume and almost didn't go to a Halloween party because at first they required a costume. As a matter a fact, most of the black folks seemed to be mortified at some of the costumes and even they were having racist moments. One black guy saw a Filipino man dressed as Batman and he shouted right on the subway, “Chinese Batman—wow!”

    I did see a few Latinos in costumes, but most of them were vampires. Note: If you're brown skin and wear white face paint make-up, it does not look appropriate. Rather than looking like a vampire, you look like some reverse minstrelsy.

    The complete low of the Halloween weekend was a drunken white woman on the train who was setting her friends up for a picture. She cried with a deep slur, “Okay, you guys like imagine you’re at a hospital, you’re nine months pregnant, you give birth and the baby’s NOT WHITE! AHHHHHHH!” Everyone laughed and beamed for the picture.

    Let people know this year that this pagan’s holiday is not your day to act as if Jim Crow laws are back in effect. Rasta wigs, Afros, sombreros and any other ethnic props are not appropriate! Dress like a whore like everyone else!

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    Tuesday, October 23, 2007

    Pick up the latest issue of HX for my interviews with Chaka Khan and a new interview with Angie Stone. Check out the Angie Stone interview below! Angie's album The Art of Love and War is in stores now.

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    Friday, October 19, 2007

    Last night Bobby Blake was at the LGBT Center in Manhattan for a discussion on race and porn. I strolled through to do a short interview with the most famous black man in the gay porn industry, who is now retired.

    In an interesting chat, Blake explains why he is not for gay marriage, how he is not gay, celebrities he sexed, being "strictly top", his upcoming book and much more. It truly was an interesting interview experience.

    There is some explicit language -- yes, this interview is already different than my chats with Beyonce, Babyface and Hilary Swank!



    To learn more out Bobby Blake and his book due out in May 2008 check out http://bobbyblake.net.

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    Thursday, October 18, 2007


    Angie Stone's new album The Art of Love & War is in stores now. Check out my one on one with Angie for Vibe.com. She opens up about her appearance on Celebrity Fit Club, D'Angelo and more.

    My Album's Out: Angie Stone

    Also, I have another interview coming out with Angie for gay press where she addresses those legendary rumors that she made a homophobic concert in Newark, NJ back in 2002. She goes into detail about homophobia in R&B and her loyalty to her gay fans.

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    Wednesday, October 17, 2007

    What an appropriate title—Lawd knows we almost lost Halle Berry in the box office flames of Catwoman, Gothika and Perfect Stranger! I had just about given up on Berry’s choices of movies, but she is finally back as if she knows this is her last chance to prove that her dramatic skills weren’t just a one-hit wonder in Monster’s Ball.

    Halle Berry and Oscar winner Benicio Del Toro star in Things We Lost in the Fire, a story of two destroyed souls brought together by unlikely circumstances. Berry is Audrey Burke, a privileged, suburban mother of two whose husband is killed by a random act of violence. Del Toro is Jerry, a downtrodden drug addict who was childhood friends with Berry’s deceased husband.

    The human spirit is stretched beyond the limit as Audrey and Jerry are brought together in an emotional tug of war. Things We Lost in the Fire is a complex story of extreme loss, emotional addiction and what we never can reclaim, but only remember, after the fire.

    At first glance I thought, “Here we go, an overly emotional Halle Berry whining about someone dying again!” However, by the first millisecond of this film you notice Audrey Burk is a different character for Berry. Berry encompasses every molecule of Audrey with a controlled energy down to the blink of her eyes to the deadpan daze to even the tone in her voice while exploding at her children.

    Berry sizzles with no remains of Monster’s Ball or Losing Isaiah. While this is undoubtedly her best performance, I doubt she will win another Oscar and I’m even unsure of a Golden Globe. Monster’s Ball was a particular time in Halle’s career, Denzel Washington was also nominated and Sidney Poitier was honored. It was Negro night at the Oscars!


    Whatever the case, no one should ever utter the words that Halle Berry cannot act; she is one of the greatest actors of our time.

    Benicio Del Toro is the true standout. Del Toro’s role as a relapsing drug addict was gut-wrenching and so believable that at times I felt like I was sitting in the room with him rather than in a theatre. Without a doubt Del Toro will receive an Oscar nomination and if he doesn’t it would just be a new low in the Academy Awards ignoring Latin actors. Someone of Latin descent has not won a best actor or best actress Oscar since the legendary Jose Ferrer in 1950.

    Things We Lost in the Fire tells its story with amazing cinematic and directorial choices. There are a sequence of flashbacks, shots of a dilated eye, or quick cuts that punch right in the gutter of the characters’ emotions. Many films can easily get murky in this risky type of storytelling, but not once does the movie become lost in lofty artistic endeavors (Beloved). The movie takes its time to deliver—the woman next to me was gripping the armrests and her entire body was reverberating with racking sobs!

    I'm sure there will be a few rants about race, but I think it's pointless. The movie was originally written for a white character, Berry begged for the role and luckily she got it. Actually, outside of her husband and her husband's family, the only other white people in the movie are drug addicts. I never once felt race needed to be addressed, it would've felt pushed, unrealistic and, most importantly, unnecessary. Any complaints that Halle plays too many roles with interracial couples doesn't know her career and is just reaching...there are more racial and stereotype issues with Tyler Perry's films than anything in Things We Lost in the Fire.

    Many black folks yell to support black films and trekked out to see Tyler Perry last weekend—I truly hope they can do the same for Things We Lost in the Fire. It is rare to have a black woman and a Puerto Rican man star in the same film. Also, we have stunning performances from the youngest of the cast, Alexis Llewellyn and Micah Berry, who reminded me of the children from Eve’s Bayou. There are several other performances from unknowns like Paula Newsome and Omar Benson Miller, names we should all remember if we truly believe in “support”.

    Why Did I Get Married? was an enjoyable film that supposedly represents “positive” black people. On the other hand, Things We Lost in the Fire is an exquisite piece of humanity that offers intelligent, well-done and thoughtful performances from people of color. Let’s hope those who holler “support” will support…remember, in 1997 Booty Call grossed over 20 million nationwide while Eve’s Bayou only brought in 14 million.

    Normally, I do movie reviews on Friday, but I decided to do this one a few days early so you can buy your tickets in advance! Put your money, or your date’s money, where your mouth is!

    Things We Lost in the Fire opens nationwide this Friday.

    4.5/5 stars

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    Tuesday, October 16, 2007

    On Sunday I had the pleasure of attending a Chaka Khan concert and meeting the soul icon backstage, which was incredible considering I just interviewed her a few weeks ago.

    Hearing Chaka live was amazing, her powerful voice soared throughout the entire theatre. It was refreshing to hear such a great voice considering so many artists of today can't sing live, just lip synch, wail wildly off key, or whisper in tune. Plus, Chaka has perfected that legendary high note she hits! Every time she went for it, I felt it right in my soul!

    All of these artists of today like Alicia Keys (who I like), Beyonce, or Christina Aguelira who are considered "great vocalists" for this generation are nothing compared to Chaka who is in her fifties and has a better voice then all of them put together. The only that comes close is Fantasia. While there is room for everyone, I wish there was more of a balance in R&B.

    Click on the link below to hear Chaka's classic "Through the Fire", which ends with a gospel breakdown (starting at 5:00). Also, "Angel" from her new album, Funk This, which is in stores now.

    Be sure to check out the end where she throws a lil' shade at Rufus...


    CLICK HERE to buy Chaka's new album Funk This

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    Monday, October 15, 2007

    I have an interview coming up with the legendary icon Patti LaBelle. I am extremely excited about this interview because I rarely get to chat with an artist who has work they I truly know and admire. So, let me know what questions you would like me to ask Patti!

    You have till the end of this week to submit your questions. Be creative and fun!

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    Thursday, October 11, 2007

    Tasha Smith snatches the cornbread in Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?, which is in theatres tomorrow. Check out my one on one interview with Tasha for Vibe.com.

    Here is an excerpt:

    I don't know that I'd be butt naked in a movie because I speak to a lot of kids. I do a lot of youth-oriented events, motivational speaking and my teaching is a strong passion. I just don't know if I'm at an event with a bunch of young people that I want to know they have my titties on pause at home on the TIVO!


    [Laughs] See, you know what -


    I don't want them to be like, yeah, let me show you what the crack of her butt look like! You know? I mean, come on, because you know how the pause on the TIVO is!


    Yes, I do know! [Laughs]


    On some televisions they can blow up the screen, zoom in on the nipple - I don't want that! [Laughs]


    Click here for full story


    Come back tomorrow for a review of
    Why Did I Get Married?.

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    Wednesday, October 10, 2007

    Diva Kanye is feeling insecure again. The 2007 VMA loser told GQ Magazine,”I've always had an issue with masculinity. I'm like, 'I hope this person isn't looking at me like I'm a fag.'" He adds, “I do have feminine ways. Now, I'm 30, I've accepted that."

    Kanye also opens up about a Senator Larry Craig moment he had in a public restroom:

    "I was in a club taking a piss and this guy was making comments like, 'Mr East!' just drunk and acting stupid, and he slaps me on the back to get my attention. And I told him, 'Look, I don't feel comfortable holding my dick with another man's hand on me. Unless you want me to turn around in the middle of this." Damn, Diva Kanye...water sports?

    Some jokes aside, I'm glad that Diva Kanye continues to talk about his issues with masculinity, which many people think are reserved for white men. Hyper-masculinity is an epidemic in the black community that affects gay and straight communities. It is honorable that Kanye is secure enough with himself about issues such as gender and sexuality in a sector of black culture such as hip-hop, where no one even attempts to discuss these topics.

    I've said this before...I do not think Kanye West is a closeted gay man. If he was he would not be so open with his masculinity issues. If Kanye were gay he would keep these comments to himself, deal with everything internally and do his best to not draw attention to his sexuality. I commend Kanye West because I am sure there are countless young men who will read this interview and say, "Wow, I've had the same issues."

    In a fairly ignorant moment, UK's Now Magazine posted an excerpt from the interview. At the end of the interview their writer Alison Adey stated, "Well, we think you're all man, Kanye." "All man" comments are exactly why so many black gay and straight men have these sexuality issues; as if, if you are gay you're not all man.

    So let me correct Alison...Kanye is all man because he is successful, independent, speaks truth and reveals himself even when it is challenging. "All man" does not equate mannerisms or who you are having sex with.

    I always thought the Brits were more progressive!

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    Tuesday, October 09, 2007


    Thank you to everyone who emailed their submissions -- I definitely had so much cackcles! I wasn't the only person to pick a winner -- I just couldn't decide on my own.

    So, congrats to Seahawk of Oakland, CA for winning the Girlfriends Season Two DVD giveaway. To get your copy pick-up the DVD, which is in stores today. Expect tons of special features and even a guest appearance by Donnie McClurkin....no, he's not playing on of the girlfriends! But, I'm sure he has his own group of "gurlz" he hangs with.

    Check out four-girl ensemble below. I think this would be a hit series!


    MARRIED WITH BEARDS


    Starring: Angela Bassett, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Tisha Campbell and Tameka Foster.

    Co-starring Oprah Winfrey as the boss, who lives with Gayle King, her "very best friend, that's all." And, Hill Harper as William, the hot single office mate who seems gay as hell, but for some reason we bend reality and mate him with females.

    Each week they have a visit from a list of revolving sit-com coaches: Bea Arthur, Sarah Jessica Parker, Tracee Ellis Ross and Darryl Stephens.

    Premiering Sunday at 9 on Showtime!

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    Monday, October 08, 2007

    Check out my latest interview with Mya on Men's Fitness! Mya's new album is in stores October 23rd.

    The Liberation of Mya

    By the way - some people thought in my first interview with Mya that her singing a cappella was planned in advance. Mya's singing was completely on the spot -- I saved it for the very last question. Without hesitation she sang and got wows from me and and everyone else in the room. Let's give the girl some credit! Cuz Lawd knows I was expecting some Ciara-ish vocals.

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