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, July 24, 2009

    Not much else to say, very sad... Invisible Life made a huge impression on me. Condolences to his family and friends.

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    Thursday, July 23, 2009

    I’ve been getting emails about my post back in March covering Kathy Griffin at the Apollo. This past week, the episode aired on Griffin’s Bravo hit show, My Life on the D-List, and for someone who was there – I am a lil’ confused. The power of editing!

    First, the audience was 70% white and the show made it look like the audience was predominately black. It was actually the whitest audience I have ever seen at the Apollo and I have been there countless times over the years.

    Also, it wasn’t “family night” (I’m not even sure that exists) at the Apollo. It was Amateur Night – one for the kids and one for the adults. I’ve been to the Apollo Theatre several times and I have never been there for a night when I didn’t hear a curse word. You only saw him for a second on the show, but the MC for Amateur Night (I forgot his name) was cussing up a storm -- like most comedians at the Apollo, he was edgy, raunchy and the crowd loved every minute of it.

    The rep from the Apollo seemed extremely sincere at his disgust for Kathy so I can’t imagine it was staged -- but it didn’t seem logical. The rep said she insulted the theater and she is no longer welcomed now or in the future. But, if I remember correctly, Kathy’s “pussy joke,” which is what allegedly set the rep off, about the Octomom was at the beginning of her set – the joke seemed to be a hit and got some good laughs. Maybe I was in the trashy section! I clearly remember Griffin began to lose the crowd when she rambled about Palin. Actually, I felt like she was holding back and not edgy enough.

    Editing is an amazing thing. The Apollo is not a conservative crowd -- Katt Williams even said it in the episode that aired. Paul Mooney, Richard Pryor and many others performed at the Apollo at their raunchiest.

    Was Kathy really banned for the “pussy” joke or was it something else?

    Was it a set-up for television?

    Maybe me and my two other friends were just in the hood section where nothing offends us.

    Whatever the case -- I still love Kathy!

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    Friday, July 10, 2009

    Chico's Tacos is about to feel the gay wrath -- a gay wrath that demolished the careers of Carrie Prejean, Tim Hardaway and Isaiah Washington. Chico's Tacos kicked out two gay men for a simple peck on the lips, spat homophobic slurs and the cops okayed it. Read the story.

    In all, five men were ordered to leave the restaurant. They say they were forced out by homophobic guards.

    "It was a simple kiss on the lips," said Carlos Diaz de Leon, a gay man who was part of the group.

    He called police at 12:30 a.m. June 29 because he said the guards and restaurant had discriminated against the group after two of his friends kissed in public.

    The five men, all gay, were placing their order at the Chico's Tacos restaurant on Montwood when the men kissed. All five sat down, but the two guards at the restaurant told them to leave.

    De Leon quoted one of the guards as saying he didn't allow "that faggot stuff" in the restaurant.

    De Leon said they refused to leave and called police for help. He said an officer arrived about an hour later in response to calls from his group and the guards.

    As they waited for police, the guards directed other anti-gay slurs at them, he said.


    Continues:

    De Leon said the officer told the group it was illegal for two men or two women to kiss in public. The five men, he said, were told they could be cited for homosexual conduct -- a law the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional in 2003 in Lawrence v. Texas.

    That same year, the El Paso City Council approved an ordinance banning discrimination based on sexual orientation by businesses open to the public.

    The police claimed the restraint can refuse service to anyone they want... I think that was the same argument for sit-ins at Woolworth's. However, the policed also claimed the officers were "inexperienced." The ACLU and Paso del Norte Civil Rights Project are on the case especially after the office threatened to issue a citation for "homosexual conduct."


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    Wednesday, July 08, 2009

    This may not be a movie for everyone and I know that gay and black people are offended by it -- but Bruno is one of the funniest movies I have seen this year. It's in theatres Friday.

    Click here for the review!

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