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You Can Attend The Culture & Sexuality Conference In Toronto Today & Tomorrow Just Show Up & Register!

Hello everyone, last night, I attended the gay black men’s summit it is located at 300 Jarvis Street in Toronto at the Ramada Hotel.  You just have to walk south of the  intersection of Carlton and Jarvis Street and you will see the Ramada Inn.

I suggest anyone that wants to attend the conference should just  show up and register. You don’t have to register online just show up! Yes, many people just “showed up” at the summit last night!

Last night, the summit started and it was wonderful!

There were African dancers performaning a dance a the conference but I thought this was odd, and not appropriate for the conference.  The African dancers were wearing grass skirts and I thought it did not connect with the audience. I thought the African dancing was tacky and noticed there was a paucity of the African voices at the conference.

However, I thought the “voguing” performance by a group called the “House Of Monroe” was excellent.  Does anyone here remember Madonna’s “Vogue” dance from the 1990s?

If you remember “voguing”, also remember that Madonna “copied”  this dance from the black gay & Latino scene in New York City to make money!

Madonna did not give credit to the black gay and Latino men for “creating”  the “voguing” dance but she sure didn’t mind making money off of it!

The House of Monroe, these wonderful young black gay men dancers they brought “voguing” back to the black gay community because our commuunity was the one that “started” the dance!

I have never been in a room with so many amazing  black gay men in all my life! I just felt so positive, so inspired, so proud to be a black gay man!

Rinaldo Walcott he is a professor at OISE he opened the conference and then Courtney MacFarlane a Toronto black gay activist he talked about “why” the summit is so important! Gay black men from across Canada are attending the summit.

I just want to say anyone that wants to  attend the summit today it continues today March 27th 2010 and it ends on Sunday March 28th 2010. All you have to do is show up and listen!

There was a lot of discuss about the intersection of “racism”, “sexism”, and “homophobia” and how this affects our lives as black gay men.

For instance, I really enjoyed the question and answer session. The public just talked! Black gay men talked about the frustration, anger, dealing with the racism in the mainstream LGBT community in Toronto and the homophobia in the black community.

One black gay student he talked about the “racism” he experienced at a sociology lecture at the University of Toronto. Another black gay man from Ottawa he wanted to start  start an HIV & AIDS group specifically for black gay men in Ottawa. However, “the system” told him no!  One black gay man from Vancouver, he said he wished Vancouver’s black gay community was more “organized” like Toronto’s black gay community.

Meanwhile, there was discussion   about the  generational problem in the black gay men’s community between the  “older” black gay men and the younger black gay men generation.

I felt that the panel last night was too Caribbean dominated. My question is, where were the African activists? I also felt that the panel did not like the criticism of the panel about the generational problem.

I also want to point out, there were other races present in the audience of the summit. I saw South Asian men, I saw East Asian men, I even say some white people, and black women at the summit.  “Everyone” is welcome, but of course, the summit is discussing black gay men’s issues. I do feel thes summit is a form of progress though, it is a step in the right direction.

Schedule For Today and Sunday For The Black Gay Culture Of Sexuality Conference At 300 Jarvis Street Ramada Hotel In Toronto.

DAY TWO – March 27th
Time SESSION TYPE SESSION TYPE Room

9:00–10:00AM

BREAKFAST

9:30 –10:00AM

REGISTRATION
10:00 – 10:15AM
WELCOME
Ballroom ABC
10:15–11:15AM PLENARY Presentation
Challenges and Success – Mobilizing Black GBTQ people in Quebec.
Ballroom ABC
11:15 – 11:45AM
NETWORK BREAK
11:45AM – 12:45PM BREAKOUT Workshop
Loving me, Loving you: Self-esteem and GBTQ men
Ballroom A
Facilitated Discussion
Understanding and Resisting Oppression, Marginalization and Alienation
Essex Lounge
Facilitated Discussion
Transmen in Black Communities
Metro
12:45-1:45PM
LUNCH and the second ACCHO HUMANITARIAN AWARD CEREMONY
1:45-2:45PM BREAKOUT Facilitated Discussion
Black GBTQ people and Popular Culture
Ballroom A
Facilitated Discussion
Homosexuality, Spirituality and Religion
Essex Lounge
Panel Discussion
Crossing Borders: Immigration and Settlement Issues for Black GBTQ people
Metro
2:45 – 3:15PM
NETWORK BREAK
3:15 – 4:15PM PLENARY Panel Discussion
Young, Black and Queer: Raising our Voice and Claiming our Space
Ballroom ABC
END OF DAY TWO
DAY THREE – March 28th
Time SESSION TYPE SESSION TYPE Room

10:00–11:00AM

BREAKFAST

10:30 –11:00AM

REGISTRATION
11:00 – 11:15AM
WELCOME
Ballroom ABC
11:15–12:15PM BREAKOUT Workshop
Enhancing the Sexual and Emotional Wellbeing of Black GBTQ youth
Metro
Facilitated Discussion
Black and Gay in the Workplace
Essex Lounge
Facilitated Discussion
Hot, hot, hot! Black GBTQ men and safer sex
Metro
12:15 – 1:15PM
LUNCH
1:15PM – 2:15PM PLENARY Panel Discussion
Our Global Challenge: Black GBTQ people and Human Rights
Ballroom ABC
2:15 – 2:30PM PLENARY Closing Remarks & Thank You Ballroom ABC

Are Will Smith & Denzel Washington To Blame For The Paucity Of Black Heterosexual Romantic Comedies Released In Hollywood?

Chicago Sun Times Article: Film Critic Richard Roeper Believes Gabourey Sidibe May Not Make It In Hollywood Due To Weight & Race.

Stern’s remarks on Sidibe crude, but accurate

Weight is an undeniable issue, for health as well as Hollywood

March 23, 2010

BY RICHARD ROEPER Sun-Times Columnist

Whoopi Goldberg was making a point about Howard Stern’s comments that Gabourey Sidibe is “enormous” and is “never going to be in another movie.”

Said “The View’s” Whoopi: “John Candy, John Belushi, John Goodman, Chris Farley . . . I don’t recall anyone saying they would not have careers. Gabby actually has a TV show and two movies that she’s doing, so — you’re entitled to your opinion. You think she’s big? OK, but at least get the facts right. She has a lot of work . . . know what you’re talking about . . .”

Gabourey Sidibe in a scene from “Precious.”

Richard Roeper


OK, let’s check the facts.

John Belushi: Died at age 33.

John Candy: Died at 43.

Chris Farley: Died at 33.

John Goodman: Was reportedly told by doctors in 2005 he needed to lose 100 pounds or risk serious health problems.

Yes, Farley and Belushi had serious addictions that might well have been fatal regardless of their weight. But there’s little doubt the extra poundage all those years put intense strains on their systems.

You want to make a point about sexism in Hollywood, fair enough — but you might want to come up with a list that doesn’t have a 75 percent premature fatality rate.

A plus-sized star?

Sidibe’s indelible performance in “Precious” was one of the most impressive lead debuts I’ve ever seen. And as we got to “know” Gabby through the blitz of appearances that followed, the work seemed even more amazing, because the witty, confident and charming woman we saw on TV was so far removed from Precious and her world of pain.

(I know: it’s called acting. But more than occasionally, a performer’s on- and off-screen persona can seem quite similar.)

Throughout the awards season, lots of showbiz folks talked about how beautiful Sidibe is. Often the people offering such opinions were actresses with hummingbird physiques. Am I the only one who thought some of the fawning over Sidibe’s appearance was just a tad condescending?

Certainly Stern isn’t the only one questioning whether Gabby will have the same kind of career, as, say Carey Mulligan, or Amanda Seyfried, or any of the other rising young actresses (all white and all quite thin) who appeared on Vanity Fair’s recent Young Hollywood issue.

Should the outrage be directed at Stern, or at the status quo?

Of course, few would be as crude as Howard was in assessing Sidibe.

“There’s the most enormous, fat black chick I’ve ever seen,” said Stern. “Everyone’s pretending she’s a part of show business [but] she’s never gonna be in another movie.”

Comments such as that led to headlines such as, “Howard Stern slams ‘Precious’ star Gabourey Sidibe for her weight” (New York Daily News), and, “Criticism of Gabourey Sidibe by Howard Stern is just wrong!” (MTV.com).

Stern also blasted Oprah Winfrey for saying Sidibe has a brilliant career ahead of her, saying, “Oprah’s [a] liar. … She’s telling an enormous woman the size of a planet that she’s going to have a career.”

As many of Stern’s critics have pointed out, Sidibe has already been cast in the new Showtime series “The C Word” and in a feature film titled, “Yelling to the Sky.” Gabourey might indeed have a long career, just like many other character actresses (and actors) who more closely resemble the average American than the George Clooneys and Angelina Jolies of the world.

But in his own crude fashion, Stern was speaking the truth — and it wasn’t a criticism of Sidibe, it was a very obvious truism about the movie business. The vast majority of leading roles — especially lead roles for females under 40 — go to the most beautiful people on the planet.

Is that really so shocking to people?

When Hollywood makes “He’s Just Not That Into You,” the cast includes Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Connelly and Scarlett Johansson. He’s just not that into you, my ass. In the mega-hit “Valentine’s Day,” the role of a lonely, desperate, date-free chocoholic was played by . . . Jessica Biel. Uh-huh.

To paraphrase Stern and Co., if there’s an overweight black female lead in a movie, the sad truth is the character is more likely to have been played (for laughs) by Martin Lawrence, Eddie Murphy or Tyler Perry than an actress.

In “Precious,” Sidibe’s character has fantasies about becoming a star. In real life, Sidibe’s an Oscar nominee with undeniable talent. Here’s hoping opportunity knocks again and again.

But not even Precious would indulge in the fantasy she’s going to be offered as many roles as the skinny white girl from “Twilight.”

You can tell me that’s not right and I’ll agree — but you can’t tell me it’s not true.

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