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.
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On Monday, legendary R&B singer Miki Howard appeared on BET's The Monique Show. Howard sang (she still has that voice!) and discussed her autobiography, Always Had Shoes. During the interview Howard chatted about coming up in the gospel church.
Then, the "Love Under New Managment" hit maker brought up the gay community as it relates to the church -- and bringing up the late Rev. James Cleveland who was closeted but known to be gay, which is the story for many in the black church. Howard said, "One good thing that I really wanted to talk about in the book is the gay aspect of church that we don't talk about in our community. I grew up in the James Cleveland church and it was really gay." Howard continued, "We didn’t know that people thought that was bad. We didn’t know that outsiders thought that was bad."
Mo'Nique, who has been consistently supportive of the gay community added, "I applaud you for addressing because most times we run from it because, like you said, 'For all our gay brothers and sisters watching please know that you are always welcomed baby. We love you -- the no judgment zone!'"
Big kudos to Miki Howard for bringing up the other side of the black church. These insecure power bottoms who laughingly fail at being hetero are extremely self-destructive to the black community, especially when they are getting their colon reconstructed at gospel conventions but have magic potions for "conversion." These "preachers" are claiming to be historians and psychotherapists on sexuality and gender when they have no training or education (some haven't even graduated from high school!). It's refreshing to see someone like Miki Howard, born and raised in the church, explain a different side. I will have to purchase her autobiography!
In case you don't remember Miki Howard check out the video below of her biggest hit "Ain't Nobody Like You."
Has anyone else given the side-eye to these new Lifetime commercials promoting the latest season of Project Runway? The only person who talks more than once is the black gay guy, Anthony Williams. His line, "It is hell being black, gay in the ghetto!" has gotten some cackles across the web... lil' do they know how truthful he is! Also, the squealing and "I'm stacked, packed and ready to attack!"
I am sure Williams is just being himself, and he clearly has a great personality for television, but it's laughable to see the reality show pimp one of their token black folks so aggressively -- especially when they have never had a black or Latin winner in the history of Project Runway and the designers of color sometimes get bizarre comments like, "That is hoochie." Umm, okay. Let's just hope Anthony Williams isn't kicked off by the third episode.
Project Runway airs Thursday at 10pm on Lifetime. Check out the preview.
Next to a monsoon one day after a Dark & Lovely perm, white woman are the biggest threat to black women finding a good man (yeah right!). However, I am just a lil' shocked, call me naive, that in 2010 some black women are enraged that Reggie Bush is on the cover of Essence. One person commented, "Why is there a white supremacist on the cover of Essence magazine?" Really? White supremacist...
I know not all black women feel this way but being that there is a "controversy" about Reggie Bush, who is dating a woman that is half Middle Eastern, is really disturbing. Halle Berry, Chaka Khan, and Alfre Woodard all covered Essence when they were married or partnered with white men -- and there were no rants on them. I won't even get into the black men who have covered Essence and have tons of criminal allegations.
Furthermore, no one has read the interview yet. How do folks not known if Essence didn't ask Reggie about dating black women? Why Kim Kardashian? Give the cover a chance! Now, I have heard this image of Reggie is a pic that has already been used...
After this backlash, I know we can never expect a gay (openly) man or woman on the cover of Essence! I can see the comments now, "Why is the devil's spawn on the cover of Essence?!"