Wednesday, June 30, 2010






"The Boondocks" Bash Tyler Perry

The creator of "The Boondocks" was criticized for being homophobic as a result of a spoof on Tyler Perry. I saw the episode, and I can't say I would classify it as homophobic.  Here's what one source says...

For a while now The Boondocks' recent swipe at Tyler Perry was funny at times, but homophobic and hard to defend. I've had a love-hate relationship with Aaron McGruder's The Boondocks. I loved The Boondocks as a newspaper comic strip and raised hell trying to get my local "fish wrap" to carry it. I've found The Boondocks cartoon on the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim lineup to be occasionally funny and other times totally laugh-free. One recent episode, during which thug wannabee Riley goes on a vandalism rampage with a psychotic classmate who arms himself with a gun, was more depressing than amusing. In its third (and last) season, The Boondocks has been divided between the misses and the hits.

But when it does hit, The Boondocks draws blood. Last week's episode, where McGruder ripped into Tyler Perry for his crappy plays and movies, was one such example. It had me laughing -- but for all the wrong reasons. It was a crude and obvious shot at Perry, characterizing him as a down-low, predatory homosexual and Jesus-peddling hack. For now you can still catch all 22 minutes of the frivolity online, but the link might go dead at any moment.

More details from the L.A. Times:

In "Pause," an episode written by McGruder and executive producer Rodney Barnes that aired Sunday, a thinly disguised version of Perry named Winston Jerome is positioned as a closeted, cross-dressing cult leader whose love of the Christian faith is a mask for his true sexuality. Though the character bears little physical or vocal resemblance to Perry, the reference is obvious to those familiar with Perry's work. The dancing Ma Duke is a clear parody of Madea.

The Jerome character wears a pink sweater, is surrounded by bare-chested muscular men and constantly proclaims his love for Jesus even as he attempts to seduce Granddad (John Witherspoon), the guardian of the two boys, Huey and Riley Freeman, at the center of the series. The fame-hungry Granddad is trying out for a part in Jerome's new play, Ma Duke Finds Herself a Man.

Near the end of the episode, Jerome bluntly asks Granddad for sex; the old man responds, "Do you mean to tell me that this whole cross-dressing Christian cult crap is just so you can sleep with men?" "Uh, pretty much, yeah," says Jerome. The episode marks one of the sharpest public criticisms of Perry. Huey Freeman calls the script for Ma Duke "terrible." The Perry brand has also been blasted by some critics and entertainers, such as Spike Lee, who say Perry's projects perpetuate negative stereotypes and present a narrow view of African American life. McGruder and executives for Turner and Adult Swim declined to comment on the episode. Representatives for Perry did not return phone calls.

There are news reports that Perry was so incensed by the episode, he fired his entire writing staff. Did McGruder have some inside information about how things work on Team Perry? Then again, considering how lousy Perry's TBS comedy House of Payne and his movies are, maybe he should have fired his writers a long time ago.

Source: The & L.A. Times

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Ellen DeGeneres Bounced Back...

Ellen may have taken a lashing when she first "came out", but she's more influential, and richer than before.  More importantly, I bet she has peace of mind too....

Talk show host, American Idol judge and all-around celebrity personality, Ellen DeGeneres lands between Steven Spielberg and David Letterman at number 23 on Forbes’ Celebrity 100 list.  “The Celebrity 100 is a measure of power based on money and fame,” Forbes explains on its website.

Forbes uses entertainment-related earnings and media visibility as measures of fame for its Celebrity 100 list. Media visibility includes exposure in print, television, radio, the Internet, specifically Facebook and Twitter.  DeGeneres, who is the third most followed user on Twitter with a total of 4,794,873 followers (behind Britney Spears and Ashton Kutcher), just launched her own record label eleveneleven, became a judge on American Idol and continues to host the Ellen Degeneres Show.


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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Angelina Jolie Admits...

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Angelina Jolie said her four-year-old daughter dresses “like a little dude."  Shiloh, we feel, has Montenegro style. It’s how people dress there. She likes tracksuits, she likes (regular) suits. She likes to dress like a boy. She wants to be a boy. So we had to cut her hair. She likes to wear boys’ everything. She thinks she’s one of the brothers,” said Jolie.

Jolie, and partner Brad Pitt have previously showed their support of the LGBT community when in a 2006 interview with Esquire magazine, Pitt said, “Angie and I will consider tying the knot when everyone else in the country who wants to be married is legally able.”


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Joan Rivers is a Piece of Work...

Joan Rivers told The Advocate that gay male celebrities shouldn’t come out, for fear of breaking 16-year-old girls’ hearts.  “If you’re going to be a romantic idol and try to get every teenage girl to love you, then you’d be an ass to come out and say you’re gay. That’s why Ricky Martin was so smart — he did what he did, he made his millions, and then he said, ‘Guess what, everybody? I’m gay, I’m having this life, and here are my children.’ It didn’t matter anymore because he didn’t have to bring in 16-year-old girls,” she said.

“If you’re looking at someone who’s your idol, thinking that maybe one day they’ll come ring your doorbell, you don’t want to hear, ‘There’s no chance in hell, honey, but still buy a ticket to the movie.’”


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Monday, June 28, 2010

Behind the Smile...

A friend of mine is a writer.  A great writer.  Before we became friends I read a story he wrote called "The Giggles" that left an indelible mark in my memory of my early years in Atlanta.  I remember where I was exactly when I read it.  I was home with a few friends.  I was lying on my couch.  They were watching television.  I picked up a magazine and flipped to Scott's story.  After reading it I shared it with my friends.  Several years later Scott and I became friends and that was one of the first things I told him; how "The Giggles" changed my life.  Before I share "The Giggles" I'd like to share a story he wrote....

Behind the Smile…

I am Black

I am a man

I am Gay

I am HIV positive

I love sports

I love fashion

I love music

I love traveling

I love movies

I have been all over the world

I practice yoga regularly. It calms me, strengthens me, heals my mind, body and soul.

In the fall of 2007, I attempted suicide

Behind the smile is someone who is lost and this blog is dedicated to the journey back to myself. It’s a commentary on my life, politics, fashion, music, movies & culture.

Read more from Scott here:

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Difficult Conversations...

It's the ones we have with those we love; those who matter most in our lives. It's the conversations that will either strengthen, damage or break bonds; but they are necessary.  Our pride can convince us at times we don't "need" to have a difficult conversation with someone we love because we feel "they should already know" or "I shouldn't have to say x,y,z".

Fear often instigates the problem too.  Making it hard for some to broach certain subjects while others simply cringe at the thought of tough conversations because it requires confrontation, and on some levels it requires vulnerability.

Relationships (friendships included) are never easy because you're consistently tested in areas the relationship is weakest: communication, honesty, loyalty, even consideration for one another.  Consideration is probably the second most difficulty in relationships behind communication because it employs some level of sacrifice on our part for the one we're involved with. To consider someone is to think of them or do for them without them asking.  It calls for us to be proactive for those we love.  Our actions are for their benefit.

With respect to romantic relationships the tests, generally, surface during the dating or courting phase which many of us skip because we have a tendency to bypass that stage and go straight to the relationship in haste.  The relationship "glitches" that we experience dwell in the "getting to know you" phase; there's no way to avoid them.  That's when the "snags" reveal themselves.  If we pass by that stage, we miss those learning scenarios and opportunities.  They are the sneak preview of what we'll need to work on (with that person) if/when things graduate to a relationship.  There's no point in moving forward to a relationship if you can't resolve things while dating.  When we afford ourselves the opportunity to court we get the privilege of a practice test (so to speak) with that person.

Don't get distracted by the kinks.  Work through them when it's worth it....

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My Blog Talk Radio Interview...

I wanted to share this radio (phone) interview that I was featured on.  There were a few technical problems in the beginning, but hold out because it gets interesting.  My interview begins at 21:05...

Listen to internet radio with ZeeCee on Blog Talk Radio

Two Dynamic Personalities Speaking With ZeeCee
Air Date June 27, 2010

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Sunday, June 27, 2010


I was excited to learn a ribbon had been created for those of us who are HIV negative. I think it's time to celebrate it, and bring attention because more often than not conversations around HIV rarely lend themselves to that side of the story.  It's time we encourage and remind each other to be proactive in remaining HIV negative.  Friends to the blog, Urban Socialites magazine sent this information along with the "Promise" ribbon....

UrbanSocialites would like to introduce the Virtual Promise Ribbon. The "promise" positions the responsibilities on you and us in remaining STD free.

Neither HIV nor any other STDs will take precedence over practicing safe sex. While thinking “Positively NEGATIVE Positively POSITIVE” we will adhere to our promise pledge by obtaining a relationship with our health provider as well as a commitment to a new STD testing when we fail our pledge. As the term virus is defined, an infectious agent that replicates and is transmitted from one source to another.

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4th of July Weekend Events...

Friend to the blog, columnist David Augusta is assisting with July 4th weekend events listed on the flyer.  Be sure to take a look at his weekly column,
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