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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mark Linton wrote: A real man is the kind of man that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says Oh Crap, he's up! Brother, life is too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat u right. Forgive the ones who don't just because you can. Believe everything happens for a reason. If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands. If it changes your life, let it. Take a few minutes to think before u act when you're mad . Forgive quickly. God never said life would be easy . He just promised it would be worth it. Today is Brother's day, send this to all your brothers, fathers, sons. If you get back 7, you are loved.  Happy brothers Day! I LOVE YA BROTHER!!! To the cool men that have touched my life. Here's to you!! A real Brother walks with u when the rest of the world walks  on you. Send to all ur Brothers ����  Love U?
 Bro!!! ( powerful)
Make it a great day!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

POPE FRANCIS MAKES BOLDEST COMMENTS YET ON SEX ABUSE CRISIS


BY JASON BERRY / GlobalPost
"You don't play with children's lives!" Francis told the French advocacy group International Catholic Child Bureau.
FrancisPope Francis has taken another bold step in his rhetoric of reform, this time remarking on the clergy abuse crisis, raising the bar of expectations on just how he plans to confront a deeply systemic crisis.

According to the Vatican press office, the pope in meeting with a French advocacy group International Catholic Child Bureau made his most forceful statement yet on the scandals that have jolted the church since the 1980s: “I feel called to take responsibility for all the evil some priests — large in number, but not in proportion to the total — have committed and to ask forgiveness for the damage they've done with the sexual abuse of children."

Benedict and John Paul II made apologetic statements, though neither alluded to a structural response, as Francis did today:

“We don’t want to take a step backward with this problem and with the sanctions that must be imposed,” he said.

He continued: "On the contrary, I believe we must be very strong. You don't play with children's lives!"
The precise nature of those sanctions has yet to be revealed, but the overriding problem for years has been the de facto immunity for cardinals and bishops. Under the canon law system, Vatican tribunals, many of them run by cardinals and bishops, deal with internal church affairs.

Pope Francis has sent contradictory signals about his resolve on the abuse crisis. Earlier this year, he celebrated Mass at the Vatican with Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles, whose lawyers spent years resisting subpoena attempts by the county district attorney for clergy personnel records, and to compel the cardinal to testify before a grand jury. He never did. A key concession in the archdiocese’s four-year litigation with abuse victims, which resulted in a $660 million settlement in 2007, was the release of records on the clergy sex offenders.

Although the cardinal met with many victims personally to apologize, his legal team managed to delay releasing the documents for another six years, by which time the statute of limitations had lapsed on a potential prosecution of Mahony. He allegedly used psychiatric treatment facilities as safe houses for clergy predators, many of whom were subsequently returned to pastoral work and fresh victims.

BenedictCompared with the other two major issues that Pope Francis inherited — a runway Vatican Bank stained by money laundering and a Roman Curia so balkanized that Benedict’s personal valet leaked documents to the media — the abuse crisis is a geographically sprawling challenge with different legal systems in various countries the Holy See has asked bishops to cooperate with, a reform under Benedict.

But the fraternal culture of bishops, who consider themselves a line of spiritual descendants from Jesus, has no inherent checks and balances, a factor that works against church directives for bishops to report clergy accused of sexual crimes to legal authorities.
In 2002, the American bishops met a firestorm of negative publicity ignited by the Boston Globe investigation of Cardinal Bernard Law’s recycling of sex offenders. At their summer conference that year in Dallas, the bishops adopted a youth protection charter with a “zero-tolerance” policy. They also commissioned a 12-member National Review Board of prominent lay Catholics to research the causes of the crisis and make recommendations.

When the board members met in 2003 with Cardinal Mahony in Los Angeles, he was surrounded by lawyers. “I wondered what planet he lived on,” New York attorney Pamela Hayes, a member of the NRB, told me at the time.

Other bishops resisted the board’s questions, and the reform recommendations. Nevertheless, the charter has seen many dioceses adapt “safe touch” education programs for children, and screen more carefully for teachers, lay employees and clergy involved with children.

But bishops who ignore the charter suffer no consequences.

“The church has let bishops act as if their own charter, their own baseline, if you will, has no teeth,” Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke, another NRB member, told GlobalPost.

She referenced Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn, who was convicted of a criminal misdemeanor for shielding Father Shawn Ratigan after he was caught with hundreds of pornographic photographs of young girls. Ratigan later drew a 50-year conviction sentence. Finn drew a suspended sentence.
Father James Connell, a canon lawyer in Milwaukee, has filed an appeal with the Vatican to have Finn removed.

“The bishops didn’t take any action against Finn,” said Burke. “Who polices the bishops?”

Francis recently named eight people to a special group, the Pontificial Commission for the Protection of Minors, to advise him on a reform initiative.

Marie Collins of Ireland is the one abuse survivor in the group.

"There's no point in my mind of having gold-plated child-protection programs in place if there's no sanction for a bishop who decides to ignore them," Collins recently told the AP. "The reason everyone is so angry is not because they have abusers in their ranks. Abusers are in every rank of society. It's because of the systemic cover-up."


Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/#ixzz2ymRz18FK

GAY ICONOGRAPHY: HONORING DRAG ROOTS IN ‘PARIS IS BURNING’

GAY ICONOGRAPHY: HONORING DRAG ROOTS IN ‘PARIS IS BURNING’

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As we cross the halfway mark on this season of RuPaul's Drag Race, the popular reality competition (1 million Facebook Likes, and growing) continues to be one of the primary drivers of a reinvigorated interest in drag culture and slang. However, long before Mother Ru was tellings us to “sissy that walk,” Venus Xtravaganza was asking if we were “going through it” in the iconic 1990 documentary Paris Is Burning.
While the film introduced America to lots of drag vernacular -- launching “reading,” “realness” and “voguing” into the cultural consciousness -- it also perfectly encapsulated a specific moment in time. Filmed in mid-to-late ‘80s, director Jennie Livingston’s documentary sheds light on the faces of New York ball culture at its peak, including figures like Willi Ninja, Pepper LaBeija and Dorian Corey. It is a portrait of a segment of the LGBT community before the height of its struggle with AIDS. The film also tackles issues of race, class and gender.
Take a look back with some of our favorite clips celebrating Paris Is Burning,
AFTER THE JUMP ...
 
Reading, as they say, is fundamental, and the fundamentals of reading were put on display inParis Is Burning by Dorian Corey and Venus Xtravaganza. In a recent episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Ru and the queens opened up the library for their reading challenge. It’s the most overt homage the reality series makes to Paris, but it’s certainly not all the show owes that groundbreaking film.

 
Before Madonna had a hit song talking about Marlon Brando and Jimmy Dean on the cover of a magazine, Willi Ninja was establishing voguing in New York City. Known as the ‘godfather’ of voguing, Madonna said of him: “He was a great cultural influence to me and hundreds of thousands of other people.”

 
The film was critically lauded; it was recognized by the Sundance Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival, as well as by the New York, Los Angeles and National Film Critics’ Circles. As the documentary gained recognition, so did its subjects. Several of the film’s stars appeared on The Joan Rivers Show for a fascinating episode in 1991. You can see part one above (and then you can watch part twothreefourand five on YouTube).


Paris Is Burning is noteworthy for showcasing gay and trans voices from people of color -- members of the community that are still dramatically underrepresented today. In 2012, rapper Big Freedia told NPR: “When Paris is Burning came out I was just a kid in the local choir in my church in New Orleans. I remember how much I loved everything about it — the characters, the costumes, the music. I couldn't believe there were gay Black and Latino men being portrayed like that on screen. It meant a lot to me and in many ways inspired me to do something different and follow my dream, no matter what others said.”


The movie’s influence is still felt today. Rapper Azealia Banks sampled the film on the track “Fierce” off her 2012 mixtape Fantasea (above). Swedish pop duo Icona Pop also used ball culture as the theme for the video to their single “All Night.”
Have you queued up Paris Is Burning on your Netflix lately?

Pope Francis on behalf of homeless LGBT youth

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Faith in America has taken out a full-page ad in today's New York Times to make an impassioned plea to Pope Francis on behalf of homeless LGBT youth. The letter to the Pope is written by Carl Siciliano, the executive director of the Ali Forney Center, NYC's largest shelter for homeless LGBT youth.
Read the ad HERE.
GoldWrites Faith in America founder Mitchell Gold in a press release:
"So much has been accomplished for LGBT legal equality….now we hope the next wave will be an all-out effort for LGBT spiritual equality…one that will especially protect vulnerable teens….and one that will enable all legislation to be passed. Just imagine for a moment if so many of the kids that have killed themselves did not grow up being taught that homosexuality was sinful….if when they came out to their parents they were totally embraced rather than being told they were “disappointed” and needed counseling….if they felt they had family and church to turn to?
"I’ve come to see that in the final analysis it is this “sin” hurdle that is the basis for too many to be against LGBT equality and it is clearly one of the most harmful parts of an LGBT teen’s life. Just a few months ago a precious 13 year old in my community told me how he agonizingly contemplated suicide for over a tortuous year. Why? Because he thought he was a sinner. On a very basic, simple level I believe we must dismantle this wall of outdated, misguided and ill-informed religious teachings. Not an easy task….but one that has to be done…..by all of us, with a concerted effort."


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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

DRAMA QUEENZ

DRAMA QUEENZ is a hit comedy web series, now in its third season, about three friends and roommates dealing with life, love, and auditioning in New York City.
Each ten-minute webisode focuses on Jeremiah, a dreamer with ridiculously poor audition luck, Davis, a perfectionist whose hard work produces uneven results, and Preston, a realist whose inhibitions stir-up delightful “drama” for all to enjoy. Through madcap auditions, burgeoning romances, and heartbreaking realizations, the trio from Queens takes viewers on the zany roller coaster ride that is the actor’s life.

Since premiering in 2008, DRAMA QUEENZ has accumulated a host of honors, including being named one of the top gay web series by Web Entertainment Guide; named an official selection at Reeling: the Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival, the Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival, and Great Lakes Film Festival; and featured showings at The Homo Harlem Film Series, New York’s Queer Black Cinema, In The Life Atlanta Pride, D.C. Black Pride, St. Louis Black Pride, Nashville Black Gay Pride and Detroit’s Hotter Than July Pride, among other festivals and events.
For a press kit, or more info email DramaQueenz[at]NovoNovus.com
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Monday, April 7, 2014

THIS COULD BE US BUT… YOU LIVE ACROSS THE DAMN COUNTRY


unnamedIf you don’t live in one of the black gay Mecca’s – DC, New York City, or Atlanta finding a man is probably a bit more complicated and much more of a rarity than most of the articles found on blogs will lead you to believe. In the great state of Ohio, the pool of at least semi attractive, moderately educated and somewhat fashionable black gay men is polluted. By polluted I mean, it’s low in population, we all know more than we need to about each other and we’ve all probably  dated or at least had a night we’d like to pretend didn’t happen with one another.
We small town folks from places like Cleveland, Charlotte and Denver live in a world where the gay population is small and dating is hard. I set the dating bar very low earlier but if you start throwing in preferences like height, masculinity levels and skin tone, things get really difficult.
Many pieces are written that give tips on dating and instruct you on how to meet a man at the known local gay brunch spot on Sunday or at the club on Saturday. The gay club is full of undesirables and every time I go I curse myself out and swear to all that is good and holy it’ll be the last time. They say the best way to get over a man is to get under a new one. But what if it’s not that easy? What if it’s inexplicably hard to find someone who measures up to your mildly set standards that hasn’t been a bust down for one of your friends?
One of your friends (because of course it’d never be you) told you about the guy they’ve met on Jack’d that was incredibly attractive and had great sex but they didn’t want to take in public because no matter how much they lowered their standards the guy from Jack’d refused to meet them. They knew it’d never be anything real but they wasted 7 months sleeping with someone only because they were in close proximity.
In 2014, the age of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, everyone I know has taking at least a serious liking to someone they knew only via the mediums of technology. Most people say that they’d never date someone they met online or have a long distance relationship then someone ‘slips and falls into their DM’s’ and now they’re in virtual love.
I think it’s time that it become more widely accepted that the relationships which develop from social media can happen. It starts with a random follow, then a comment or a response, which evolves into a conversation, then a DM and finally an exchange of phone numbers. All the stars align, the two of you have spent a few weekends together, you talk and text all day and seem to view the world the same way. There is only one problem: you live a plane ride away.
Long distance relationships can and do work. Every couple has to establish their visitation schedule, their own rules and their roadmap for success. We’re at the age where we are in graduate school or just solidifying our footprint within our careers, and it’s hard to imagine making the sacrifices necessary to fully incorporate someone else into our lives. Will we begin to take these long distance relationships seriously or will the great black gay migration to DC & Atlanta continue?