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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    Friday, October 24, 2008

    Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom hits theaters today in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, D.C., and Atlanta. Shows are already sold-out in Atlanta, New York, and Los Angeles. Click here for theatre info.

    The always candid Patrik-Ian Polk talked with me about racism in the gay community, the black gay community, and more. For anyone who rants, "Why didn't you ask more about the film!" Calm yourself and check out the feature I wrote in HX last week.

    A big question a lot of the fans have is—why exactly was Noah’s Arc canceled?
    I’ve been given some explanations, but I don’t really know. The best I could gather is that Logo is still a fairly new network, smaller network within that Viacom MTV landscape. The budget just isn’t big even though the network is growing; it's available in some 40 million homes now. I guess they are trying to spread it around as much as they can and hit different parts of the LGBT audience. It's my understanding that a couple seasons is kind of their limit as far as an original series goes. Time will tell if that is really true. [Laughs] I don’t know, if I suddenly start seeing some of these other shows get third seasons then I suppose that will beg another question. What was it really about? But, I’m not going to go there!

    You once said the television series didn’t get enough support from white gay press. Do feel like this time around that white gay press is supporting you?
    Questions like that are tricky because part of me just wants to be like gangster Spike Lee and call the shit out. Part of me says, I don’t know if it's necessarily going to help the problem by calling the shit out. But, you know... I don’t think white press ever gives us the attention that they should. I’ve always said and will continue to say, if this were a white movie we'd be getting so much more press than we get. We still have to fight for magazine covers. Darryl Stephens is on the cover of Instinct, but if I hadn’t called them out and said, "Why haven’t we been on the cover of your magazine? What do we have to do—what has to happen here?” Thank God it happened. I don’t know if you're going to see us on any of the other national covers. I don’t think you're going to see us on The Advocate, I don’t think you're going to us on GenreI think it's shameful. We had one Advocate cover, Doug Spearman, and that was drama to get that. If this were a white movie I guarantee you'd see these guys on all of those covers. They always say "Oh, black covers don't sell as much." It's the same argument that the fashion magazines think. I don’t know what has to happen there. For me, I just try to keep pushing, do what I do and realize it doesn't start and stop with those magazines fortunately. But, they could do better.

    Is Punks ever coming to DVD?
    [Sighs] We've been working on it, especially now with Noah's Arc coming out. We’re really trying to get it all ironed out. Yes, it will come to DVD, I don't have a date but I'm hoping it will be soon. It’s really an unfortunate situation where the company who released the film, Urban World, they just really botched it from A to Z. Then, they kind of went under as far as being a distributor and left a lot of legal loose ends with music -- certain things that were not tied up and made the film unreleasable. We're just sorting through all of that muck to get everything ironed out, but there is a plan in place.

    What is your favorite scene in the movie?
    I love the interplay between Noah and Wade; they feel like a real couple. It’s the romance that we want to see—we don’t get to see that very often. Black gay men need to see that kind of stuff because we are a hot mess! We are a hot shitty mess, as I like to say. Everyone’s wearing these costumes whether it’s your drag or your Timberlands—what we’re valuing as a culture right now is shit. We just want to go to Hotlanta Pride and fuck as many guys as we can, but we’re not trying to find something a little bit more meaningful. There is nothing wrong with the fucking, but we got to start laying some foundations and writing some blueprints so these younger gay men who come up have a sense of what they’re supposed to do.

    Has your goal with Noah’s Arc been achieved?
    In a perfect world, especially as the show was heavily inspired by Sex and the City, Golden Girls, and those kinds of shows—I would’ve liked to have done more. I’m proud of what we've been able to accomplish, two seasons of a gay TV show and a feature film is a lot. Is it enough? No. But, I’m proud of it and I'll continue to try and do more and other projects. If this movie comes out and it's a hit maybe they'll want to have us back and we can do a little bit more.

    What’s next for you?
    My next project, I start shooting that in the middle of November. It’s an adaptation of the book Blackbird by Larry Duplechan. I’m shooting in my hometown in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. It’s about a gay boy in high school coming of age—it’s going to be raw, raunchy, and great.

    Make sure you support! Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom is in theaters today - go to http://www.noahsarcmovie.com/ to purchase tickets.

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