The fun, the pageantry, the excitement. Yes, summer is here and that marks the beginning of the LGBTQ Pride Parades and Festivals all across the country, but for those who are looking for an alternative to this year’s fanfare, why not turn inward, and celebrate in a spiritual way?
In this NoMoreDownLow.TV, Newsbreak, Lawrencia Dandridge previews the activities at The 2014 Fellowship of Affirming Ministries Conference, June 25-28th, during Pride Weekend in New York City.
NoMoreDownLow.TV, is proud to be a media partner for this year’s conference. For a complete rundown of the events and activities, cut and paste the link below:
Outfest, the nations largest LGBT film festival presents Fusion, People of Color Film Festival on March 14-16, at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. Once again, NoMoreDownLow.TV, was a proud media partner. In this Newsbreak, we highlight all of the fun and excitement from the red carpet to th after parties. We have team coverage from Janora McDuffie & Mark Noble.
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Still to come…The unedited clips of Alec Mapa’s speech after receiving this year Fusion Achievement Award. Stay tuned!]]>
Outfest, the nations largest LGBT film festival presents Fusion, the people of color film festival from March 14-16, at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. Once again, NoMoreDownLow.TV, is an official media partner.
Kicking off this year’s festival is Patrik-Ian Polks’ critically acclaimed film “Blackbird.” The coming of age story about a gay teen discovering his sexual identity in a small town in Mississippi. Academy Award Winner Mo’Nique stars as his religious mother, and Isaiah Washington as his compassionate father. The film Features openly gay newcomer Julian Walker. Also screening, the short film “Secrets And Toys,” “What It Was,” “Gay Latino LA: Coming of Age,” “Tribute To Bobbie Jean Baker Featuring the Believers,” Alec Mapa’s “Baby Daddy,” and a stand up comedy routine by Raneir Pollard. Watch Now, our preview of Fusion 2014!
For a complete list of the films screening at Outfest 2014 Fusion LGBT People Film Festival, click on the Outfest link below:
Based on the novel by Larry Duplechan, “Blackbird” is a powerful coming-of-age story about 17-year-old Randy Rousseau. A devout high school choir boy, Randy is struggling to come to terms with his sexuality in a small, religiously-conservative Mississippi town he calls home. Randy juggles his role as star of the church choir while facing the everyday trials of life as a high school misfit. Complicating matters, his little sister has gone missing and his parents have subsequently split up, leaving him to care for his heartbroken mother, Claire. When Claire discovers the shocking secret her son has been hiding, she blames him for the disappearance of his sister. Randy’s father, Lance, who has been keeping a watchful eye on his broken family, steps in to give his son a hand as he struggles to make the difficult transition into manhood. The cast includes Oscar-winner Mo’Nique (“Precious”) and veteran actor Isaiah Washington, fresh off his critically-acclaimed and Gotham Award-nominated performance in “Blue Caprice.” “Blackbird” is Mo’Nique’s return to the screen since grabbing the Oscar for her supporting role for Precious in 2009. NoMoreDownLow.TV captures all the excitement of the World Premiere of “Blackbird,” at the Pan African Film Festival.
WATCH NOW: NoMoreDownLow.TV’s Lawrencia Dandridge exclusive interview with “Blackbird” Executive Producers Mo’Nique & Sidney Hicks
WATCH NOW: “BLACKBIRD” Trailer]]>
After 18-years of domestic partnership, the “DL Chronicles,” producers/directors Quincy LeNear & Deondray Gossett were offered an opportunity of a lifetime. They were selected as one of 33-couples to get married in a one-of-a-kind wedding ceremony on this year’s Grammy Awards. After some hesitation, the couple decided to take the plunge but they had to keep it a secret, not even disclosing their nuptials to their family and friends. In this NoMoreDownLow Newsbreak exclusive, we catch up with the newlyweds at their wedding reception as they reveal how they pulled off one of televisions priceless moments.
WATCH NOW: Members of Quincy & Deondray’s wedding reception toast the newlyweds.]]>
From the Supreme Court ruling setting the precedent for same sex marriages in New Mexico and Utah, to Good Morning American’s co-anchor Robin Roberts revealing that she is in a same sex relationship, 2013, has proven to be a banner year for the African American same gender loving community. In this NoMoreDownLow.TV, Newsbreak, we look back a some of the highlights of our coverage and the people who helped make this year memorable.
From the staff of NoMoreDownLow.TV: Janora, Kendell, Mark, Lawrencia, Calvin, Wyllisa and Earnest, we thank you for your continued support and stay tuned for exciting new shows and specials coming up in 2014! HaPpy New Year!!]]>
World AIDS Day, 2013, is an annual global opportunity for people to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS. This year’s theme is “Getting to Zero.” In this NoMoreDownLow.TV, Newsbreak, we take a look at the largest memorial that honors those who have fallen to this disease and discover why one Hollywood celebrity, Sheryl Lee Ralph, has made it her life’s mission to never forget their names through her annual musical HIV/AIDS fundraiser, “Divas Simply Singing.” This year’s line-up includes: Glee’s Amber Riley, Jennifer Lewis, Kelly Price, Faith Evans, Kenny Lattimore, B. Slade, Martha Wash, and many more.
World AIDS Day
The Diva Foundation
The AIDS Quilt, The Names Project
“Being a filmmaker is very, very hard. Being a black filmmaker is very, very hard. Being a gay black filmmaker is close to impossible.” So says director/producer Lee Daniels, one of the most successful and sought-after movie director/producers in Hollywood. With movie credits that include “The Butler,” “Precious,” “The Paperboy,” and “Shadow Boxer,” Lee has the distinction of being the only black gay man to earn an Academy Award nomination for Best Director. He stands out as a fearless screen artist for his willingness to tackle subjects like race, gender and sexuality. He is also revered as the man who turns actresses into Oscar winners. From Halle Berry in “Monster’s Ball,” to Mo’Nique in “Precious,” to Gabourey Sidibe, Mariah Carey, Nicole Kidman and Oprah Winfrey, Lee Daniels has an eye for extraordinary talent.
In this NoMoreDownLow.TV, Newsbreak, we capture all of the excitement as Lee receives the Outfest/UCLA Legacy Project’s Visionary Award. It was a night that turned into a Lee love fest, as Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding, Raven-Symone, Guillermo Diaz and many other Hollywood players came out to salute Lee at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Los Angeles.
WATCH NOW: Unedited speeches from Cuba Gooding, Jr., Jane Fonda and Lee Daniels.]]>
On this special edition of the award winning webseries NoMoreDownLow.TV, we remember the victims of unsolved murders, attacks and hate crimes in the African American same gender loving community. Our goal is to bring public awareness and hopefully change the culture that leads to these horrific crimes against humanity. During our research, we realized that there are countless stories to be told and our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims that we did not mention in this show. Hopefully what we have done is raise awareness of this epidemic of violence that needs to be addressed by everyone.
Featured in this episode are Alvin Beathea and Judean Jones, the parents of JaParker “Deoni” Jones. We’ll hear how they are keeping the memory of their transgender daughter alive. Then we’ll recap the 2005 brutal murder of Rashawn Brazell, and meet the man who’s upcoming documentary promises to chronicle how and why one of New York’s most horrific homicides remains unsolved. And we’ll remember Mitrice Richardson, a former beauty queen from Los Angeles, and the mystery surrounding her disappearance and death. Next, we’ll take you to the candlelight vigils of the recent murders of Islan Nettles and Dominique Newburn, two African American trans women who were murdered the week in August, 2013, and hear actor/trans advocate Laverne Cox’s public appeal for justice for the trans community. From Atlanta, we’ll look back at the murder of gay club owner and promoter Durand Robinson, who was not gay, and how his death continues to reverberate throughout Atlanta’s black same gender loving community. And finally, we’ll hear from transgender advocates who participated in the National Black Justice Coalition’s “Out On The Hill” LGBT Leadership Conference during the Congressional Black Caucus Weekend in 2011, lobbying on Capitol Hill for justice for transgender people of color.
If you have any tips to help solve any of the crimes that you see in our stories, please contact the law enforcement agencies listed below. Also below is a list of organizations that you can reach out to that need your support and activism now to assist in ending the violence, make our community safe and welcoming for everyone.
CLOSING CREDITS TRIBUTE:
Marsha P. Johnson
Stephanie Thomas & Ukea Davis
James C. Anderson
Tiffany Donta Gooden
Stacey Blahnik Lee
Atlanta Police Department
New York City Homicide Division
Los Angeles Police Department Cold Case Homicide Section
National Black Justice Coalition
National Center For Transgender Equality
National Gay & Lesbian Task Force Transgender Issues
Amnesty International USA
Human Rights Campaign
The New Black is a documentary that tells the story of how the African- American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. The film documents activists, families and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize gay marriage and examines homophobia in the black community’s institutional pillar – the black church – and reveals the Christian right wing’s strategy of exploiting this phenomenon in order to pursue an anti-gay political agenda.
The New Black takes viewers into the pews and onto the streets and provides a seat at the kitchen table as it tells the story of the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland and charts the evolution of this divisive issue within the black community. In this NoMoreDownLow.TV Newsbreak, we talk with producer/director Yoruba Richen, and others featured in the film including gospel music star B. Slade and National Black Justice Coalition’s Executive Director, Sharon Lettman-Hicks, along with the Black Men’s Xchange’s CEO, Cleo Manago.
The New Black has teamed up with Tugg, a web-based platform that enables individuals and organizations to host movies in their local theaters. On National Coming Out Day, October 11, the campaign kicks off; the film’s screenings are part of an ongoing campaign to open the dialogue around marriage equality and civil rights in communities across the nation. In a social media fueled amplification effort, The New Black is using Thunderclap to rally the masses. By signing up, supporters pledge to post the brief pre-drafted link shown above to either their Twitter, Tumblr, or Facebook accounts on behalf of The New Black‘s silver screen domination plan. Want to bring this film to a theater near you? Click on the link below:
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