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Homo Hop is dead, Queer hip hop is the real deal.
Homo Hop began in the mid to late 90s as a necessary mobilizing tool that allowed openly queer hip hop artists to come together. A major movement then, Homo Hop had its coming out party with festivals like the PeaceOut World Homo Hop Festival, founded in 2001 in Oakland, before making its way to the birthplace of hip hop and the modern LGBT rights movement, New York.
Another major event was the 2006 documentary film Pick Up the Mic, which covered the underground LGBT hip hop scene. Today, Homo Hop is no longer recognized by the LGBT community. Instead, those who were part of the movement are known in the game simply for their skill rather than their orientation. It has become a melding of talented artists, rather than a subcategory of gay rappers and MCs.
Coined by educator, writer, MC, and cofounder of Deep Dickollective, Tim’m T. West, Homo Hop is a term that he doesn’t even like.READ MORE HERE
K.O.N.A is the backbone and voice for our LGBTQ youth. We are currently in the process to provide a HangOUT center for our youth ages 13-17. A safe haven shelter would be provided for our homeless young adults ages 18-23 that may or may not be LGBTQ. The percentage rate is tremendously high for our LGBTQ youth with not enough outlets and resources for them to turn to. K.O.N.A is in the process to provide both so that it will provide the necessities for our youth and our young adults to help them in today’s society.READ MORE HERE
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To call Kortney Ryan Ziegler a Renaissance man would almost be an understatement. He’s an artist, filmmaker, writer, entrepreneur and human rights advocate, not to mention a prominent voice within the black transgender and academic community. With a doctorate in African-American studies, he often writes and speaks about queer people of color, media visibility, black sexuality, transgender activism, black male feminism and more.
In 2008, he released his noted film, “Still Black: A Portrait of Black Transmen.” Last year, he was nominated for a Transguys Community Award, and this year he’s been nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for outstanding blog. Ziegler is also the founder of Who We Know, a paid fellowship focused on creating products and developing initiatives that economically empower the transgender community of color, and co-owner of Halmoni Vintage, a boutique in the Lake Merritt neighborhood of Oakland, Calif. He took some time out to chat with HuffPost Gay Voices about filmmaking, transgender advocacy and more. READ MORE HERE
By Khalil Amani
Confession! I bought a black Scottish kilt in 2004. That shit was baaaad! It was pleated all the way around with a over-sized silver bobbie-pin and a leather belt attached to it. I never wore it though. Ended up giving it to this white dude who was into that Gothic shit. My fashion sensibilities were like that–at 44 years of age! LOL!
As gay hip-hop’s self-professed “straight advocate/ally” I would be remiss in my duties if I didn’t take Lord Jamar to task for his angst over kilt-wearing. Since we are both part of the Hoodgrown familia (not to mention that he’s an old guy like me, so I wouldn’t wanna give him a heart attack!), I’m gonna walk on semi-cracked egg shells with tha god, but I’m still gonna get it in! To put it bluntly, Lord Jamar’s critique of the kilt in hip-hop is a patriarchal-centric, homophobic, infantile bromide (hackneyed statements or notions), which is devoid of any substantive historical rigor. (i.e. It’s some bullshit!) Now leggo! CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
I would like to send a shout out to Khalil Amani For letting us know about His article, it was a very strong article and a must read.
As we sat in my apartment on a Sunday evening, at the end of the weekend that was Long Beach Pride2012, talk eventually turned to politics. Since I’ve spent the last year or so following every twist and turn of this upcoming election, so happy was I to quickly realize that I was sitting amongst other like-minded and just as well informed young black gays. Rappers, artists, photogs, video bloggers. I was in good company. Somewhere between my 2rd and 3rd vodka-with-peach-slices concoction, Politi-Q was born.
Politi-Q: (n.) Regular folks hanging out, bar-b-q’ing, drinking dranks and chopping up the current political season…all caught on video to share with our communities and to inspire action/change.
In Los Angeles, Politi-Q took place on Saturday, August 18th in my happy little apartment and was a welcome blend of gay, straight, colored men and women. We were able to chat with IQ of Kin 4 Life via Skype and even had a self-declared Black Republican in attendance that made the discussion spicy to say the least
Thanks be to the creative team over at Yo! LGBT RAPS @YOLGBTRAPS who were co-creators of the concept and content, did all the videography, art direction and bar-b-q’ed some of the best damn chicken!
While in Atlanta for pride in September, Yo! LGBT RAPS also got viewpoints of Atlanta-based rappers @KHAOSDARAPPER and @BuddyPiedmont and many others.
Here’s, the second installment entitled “Politi-Q 2012: The Issues”!
Take a look, keep your eyes peeled for the last segment AND get out and vote today!!!
xoTashi, LGBTUDRGRD west coast supporter
Great New Article Over On “I Am Out Hip-Hop” Be Sure to Read in full Here
Dizzie Mackintosh at his “Welcome 2 Galaxtron” Photo shoot, Le1f on the set of his video “Wut”,Sissy Rich looking very hip on the set of shoot, Branden the sporting his smile and style.
The sudden outpouring of support for gay rights from the hip-hop world continues this week with comments from 50 Cent and a new video from Murs that started making the rounds just before the weekend.
Sometimes as bloggers it’s tempting to draw hard connections where maybe only the shadow or suggestion of connections actually exists. Murs’ new video, for instance, was in the works before Frank Ocean created a major stir in the hip-hop world by coming out as bisexual. And Ocean’s album “Channel Orange,” which invited questions about his sexuality with several love songs using the pronoun “him,” was clearly written before President Obama surprised us all by endorsing marriage equality in May.
Still, it’s pretty incredible to watch a coincidental confluence of events line up to generate momentum in a cultural shift. 50 Cent recently became the latest member of the hip-hop community to support Frank Ocean in coming out. He cited Obama’s marriage equality endorsement, telling MTV: “Obama is for same-sex marriage. If the president is saying that, then who am I to go the other way?” He added “Anyone that has an issue with Frank Ocean is an idiot. Talent in the LGBT community is rising up everyday. Many may say that it’s not but it is. From fashion to music even in some area’s of the business world.
-By Alex Moore
AMARILLO, Texas — It’s well after midnight in a parched corner of Texas known as the buckle of the Bible Belt, down the road from the Jesus Christ is Lord Travel Center, which is just what it sounds like: an evangelical truck stop.
In the back of an empty strip mall, an up-and-coming hip-hop artist with the self-assurance and billowing locks of Samson is shooting a video. His hair is up in a tidy bun and he’s enduring a second hour of makeup transforming him into the likeness of a gender-bending woman, all of which makes more sense once you know that Adair Lion began his career by destroying it.
Hip-hop has been described as the heartbeat of urban America, but for years, it had an open secret — that heart was brimming with hate. Rap was one of the most reliably homophobic arenas in American pop culture. Its stars casually tossed off references to stabbing gays in the head or shooting them in the crotch. Rappers felt compelled to devise a catchphrase to give themselves cover while saying something nice about another man — “no homo,” as in: “That’s a cool shirt. No homo.” READ ON HERE
Frank Ocean ,The Brave and The Timid
By: Glennisha Morgan
It has been exactly one month since the release of Frank Ocean’s groundbreaking and tumultuous album, Channel Orange. It has been a little over a month since Ocean’s candid, brave, popular and unprecedented letter that revealed his love for another man. Ocean has sold out many shows, sold 238,000 records (as of Aug. 5), according to Nielsen Soundscan and has landed on Billboard’s 200 chart as number two. He deserves every bit of the applause that he has received.
But what about the openly-queer artists who have been “out” since day one? There are countless gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender artists who will most likely never have the privilege or opportunity to sell 238,000 records, be signed to a major record label and sell out international shows because they chose to be liberated and honest in their artistry from jump street. Or will they? There are a handful of queer artists who have had potential record deals contingent upon the change of their image and the masking of their sexuality. There are also a myriad of queer artists who have had their own amount of success, but their careers are somewhat stagnant because potential listeners can’t get past their sexuality and image. What is the difference between them and Frank Ocean? Is Ocean so talented that people just don’t care and others need to step their game up? Or is it that Ocean played it safe in the beginning and had a well planned and calculated “coming out” affair?
Back in May, President Barack Obama announced his support of gay marriage. Mogul, emcee, and highly raved about celebrity, Jay-Z later backed the president’s stance. Hip Hop pioneer Chuck D also followed suit. So it wasn’t surprising when Ocean penned his revealing letter, two months afterward. It was only inevitable that an artist or some artists would “come out of the closet”. It was just uncertain who exactly would come out. But why does it take the president and a few emcees’ support of the LGBT community in order for people to become more receptive of other human beings, who just happen to be attracted to the same sex? Does this support mean that the music industry and hip hop community has changed? Maybe so. Maybe not.
Even in the mist of and on the heels of Ocean’s current success, there are some artists who are still afraid to be open about their sexuality because they feel it is a gigantic risk to their careers. And can you blame them?
What are your view’s on The Whole of the Dancehall Culture that incites negaitivty towards the LGBT Community?
I Read This Articale in queerty and found it to be very interesting..Read on..
Today, The Advocate posted an exclusive interview with notorious dancehall singer Beenie Man, in which he allegedly “apologizes” for song after song calling for the death of gay people. Oh, and promotes his new album.
In the intro, writer Akim Bryant discusses how Beenie (born Anthony Moses Davis) went on YouTube earlier this year to issue a mea culpa for his past bigotry:
“However, back in May 2012, Beenie Man took to YouTube posting the first-ever apology video by any dancehall artist to date, in which he said, “Let me make this clear…I have nothing against no one. I respect each and every human being regardless of which race or creed, regardless of which religious belief…regardless of which sexual preference you have including gay and lesbian people.”
Actually, that’s not an apology. It might be a change of opinion, or a clarification, but we don’t see anything about Beenie, 38, being sorry for contributing to violence perpetrated against the LGBT community.
In fact, Beenie didn’t think it was either: In follow-up interviews he said “I never apologized,” and “I told them to leave us alone, to try to understand where we are coming from.”
If you want to understand where Beenie’s coming from, take a look at some of his lyrics: In “Mi Nah Wallah”, he chants about about cutting the throats of all gay men. In another song he sings “I’m dreaming of a new Jamaica, come to execute all the gays.”
And we can’t stop singing “Take a bazooka and kill batty-fucker,” when we’re in the shower.
The New York Times’ Kelefa Sanneh found some real zingers:
In “That’s Right,” the infectious chorus begins, “We burn chi-chi man and then we burn sodomite and everybody bawl out, say, ‘Dat right!’”
And in “Han Up Deh,” Beenie Man cracks some jokes (“Man a save yuh from drowning is a lifeguard/ Man a watch a man batty, him a batty-guard”), then delivers an anti-gay party chant, asking listeners to raise their hands if they agree: “Hang chi-chi gal wid a long piece a rope/ Mek me see di han’ a go up, mek me see di han’ a go up.”
Beenie likes to say he’s being persecuted for songs he wrote as a wayward youth: “Do not fight against me for some song that I sing 20 years ago.” But these murderous lyrics come from tracks that were all released after 2000. (“Batty Man Fi Dead,” or “Faggots Must be Killed,” was released in 2004.)
And he’s performed many of them well into the new millennium.
Beenie’s apology :
Many people are so shocked about Frank Ocean coming out the closet but what many don’t know is that gay in the music industry has been their for many years. Back in 2001 Caushun, a 23-year old former celebrity hairstylist from Brooklyn, N.Y. stepped to the plate.
Caushun may be the first openly gay rapper to make a major media splash-he’s already been on MTV and in Vibe magazine-he’s far from the first gay rapper. Gay acts such as Rainbow Flava’ and Morplay have existed on the fringe of hip-hop for years, and rumors frequently circulate in hip-hop circles about the “secret” sexual orientation of some of the industry’s most visible stars. In addition, the lack of gay representation among big name hip-hop performers says nothing about rap fans: In major cities, gay hip-hop clubs thrive, attracting men who describe themselves as “homo thugs.” Such audiences could potentially form a pre-established fan base for Caushun. After a few months Caushun slowly faded away.
Homo Rap” has been looked down by many rappers in the industry. Its just not normal many would say. In 2011 another rapper by the name of Sissy Rich hit “world star hip hop” with his freestyle “Right There” Sampled by Chingy. He had his ten minutes of fame but he also slowly faded into the dust after dropping a few mixtapes.
read more here I Am Out Hip-Hop
How far can a joke on Hip-Hop go? According to Ivan Matias, far enough.Matias is the wizard behind the invention and rhymes of Jason Caushun Herndon, Hip-Hops first openly gay rapper. Garnering media attention for an openly gay MC proved to be no small feat. After calling into Hot 97s Funk Master Flexs show and receiving no love, Caushuns exposure to the world was taken to another level after morning show hosts Star & Bucwild decided to play voicemails of Matias rhyming as Caushun.
A move proved to be the catalyst for a full-on media frenzy promoting Caushun as the missing MC in an industry that has often been perceived as homophobic.
For Ivan Matias, creating a rapper that the world would be talking about wasnt difficult at all. Already a successful artist in Europe, he knew what it took to generate buzz for an artist. In this tale, the only thing missing was the right persona to take that buzz all the way to the bank and make history. Although, he hasnt worked on the Caushun
project since 2003, he still gets many requests. This busy songwriter and ghostwriter chopped it up with AllHipHop.com on the creation, rise and fall of the MC that never was, ghostwriting and the business of music.
AllHipHop.com: How did the whole Caushun thing come about?
Ivan Matias: It started out as a prank that we pulled on Funkmaster Flex. A couple of us were hanging out at my crib. The Bash Brothers were there, a Black magazine editor, a major record company publicist and a music publicist. We were all sitting around listening to the radio and decided we wanted to prank Flex while he was on the air. We said lets call up in a flamboyant way and get on his records he was putting out at the time. [The Funkmaster Flex 60 Minutes of Funk
series] Lets make up this character and call him up. It was a funny thing. He wasnt really trying to hear it. Even though he didnt let me spit the rhyme, the next day and night they were all talking about it on the radio. The next day, we decided to call Angie [Martinez] and try it again. She let us spit. She thought it was hot. That became an internal joke. For two weeks we would take songs that were classic Hip-Hop joints and act as if the artist really existed. People were really buzzing about it. One of the people suggested that we get someone to pretend to be the face of Caushun and send them to the station. So, I called Jason.
AllHipHop.com: So Jason Herndon became known as the face behind the voice of Caushun?
Ivan Matias: Exactly. I grew up with him. His voice was like the voice I was putting on the radio and he was out there. I reached out to him. He was an assistant hair stylist at Oscar Blondie. He wanted to get up in the mix. He wanted to do it so he could get his name out there for hair and use it for his career. I recorded a joint and gave it to him. He went to the station and delivered it and they were feeling it.
AllHipHop.com: So he had to learn the rhymes?
Ivan Matias: No. I did it in the voice and all he had to do was show up with the demo. He never learned the rhymes. The tape he gave them was what I did. He never spit for them. When he went to the station, he said he was Caushun, showed them the CD, and that was that. He gave them my
number so if they had to talk to him, they would talk to me. I was thinking I could put out a novelty record on him, sell 500,000 records to females, another 500,000 to the gay community and have a platinum record without selling to anyone else. When Vibe called and asked if we had a record coming out, I was like, Hey, why not?
AllHipHop.com: It doesnt seem like you were prepared for how big this was getting.
Ivan Matias: I wasnt. In the mean time, Im trying to buy time. I was battling people on the morning show as Caushun while Jason was learning the raps. I was trying to create a media train. MTV called. Star & Bucwild wanted him to do a show. In a six-month span, he learned two
verses. That was all he could learn. So we had to find a way to make a show around two verses. We got some dancers and did it.
AllHipHop.com: Why do you think it caught so quickly? What do you think was Caushuns appeal?
Ivan Matias: I think the initial appeal came from the media. What the media gravitated towards was the fact that they have dealt with many people in Hip-Hop. They know there is an underlying issue of sexuality that is not dealt within Hip-Hop and urban culture in general. The fact that there was someone willing to challenge that, or at least bring
that conversation to the forefront, was the appeal.
AllHipHop.com: So are you saying had he not been Caushun The Gay Rapper then folks might have taken it the wrong way?
Ivan Matias: If Caushun would have come out gangsta or thugged out, people would have felt like he was challenging masculinitylike I know this cat isnt coming out saying he is as much of a man as me. In order to make sure I didnt put him in danger, if we kept it funny, people would laugh instead of feeling threatened.READ MORE HERE
Jason “Caushun” Herndon
Jamaican Reggae singer Diana King came out as a lesbian in a note posted to her official Facebook Page on Thursday.
King began her note:
My name is DIANA EUGENA KING, known to most as DIANA KING my fans call me KingSinga.
I AM … WOMAN … MOTHER … AUNT … JAMAICAN … AMERICAN … INTERNATIONAL ARTIST … SINGER … SONGWRITER … BAND LEADER … FRIEND … LOVER … ENTREPRENEUR … GODDESS! among other things AND YES!!!…
I AM A LESBIAN … the answer to my most asked INDIRECT question.
I welcome the “WHO CARES” right now LOL.
The note addressed reasons why she had not publicly addressed her sexual orientation previously, the importance of telling her fans, and that there are members of the LGBT community all over:
WE ARE everywhere and everyone whether U acknowledge US or not. WE R people U love and cannot live without. WE bring U joy and entertain U. Some of U have even gotten married and made love to our songs, repeated our quotes and have our Art hanging in your homes. WE save your lives in hospitals and in wars, WE defend U in the courts and stand up for your rights WE design the clothes and shoes U just have to have and cannot live without U hand us your money at the banks WE fly U to the beautiful and exciting places U love to travel to WE give U knowledge and inspiration everyday with our words, music and dance. U eat in our restaurants and U dance in our noughtclubs. WE hold your hands and pray for U on your deathbeds. WE deliver your babies and WE marry U.
WE R your NEIGHBORS your FRIENDS and your FAMILY.
This saddens me every time i read and hear about the madness going on out in Africa (thanks to my homegirl Chris who always knows about the real deep issues going on in our community), this is why if you are of any influence you should use it for the great of good and make a change!
A young woman from the Nyanga township near Cape Town has been gunned down in her home in front of her mother and niece – reportedly for being lesbian.
Phumeza Nkolonzi was shot three times by a gunman who kicked down the door to her Nyanga, home and, without saying a word, gunned her down on Saturday evening. She was 22 and out and proud. The gunman is not known to the family.
Lesbian and gang lobby group, Free Gender, believes Nkolonzi was shot because she was a lesbian.
Phumeza’s brother, Solly Nkolonzi said his family were trying to figure out why his sister was killed.
“We don’t know why Phumeza was killed. She was not a naughty child. She was a lesbian, but she never did any wrong things.”
Read more Over at Queer Life South Africa
PASSPORT: LONG BEACH PRIDE 2012
Getting to know/behind the scenes with some of (LGBT) Hip Hop’s up and coming and most talented artists…
So the time has come again, its Pride Season, and for many of us that means getting out our sun gear, heading to the park or into the streets and getting our boogie and booze on with our other LGBT fam. Well this year, for me, it meant four of my fave rappers/groups were all hitting my town, Long Beach, to perform and party by the sea. A happier chick I couldn’t have been as, Atlanta, Vegas, and San Diego all dropped by…at the same time. Khaos da Rapper, Buddy Piedmont, Lady L.U.S.T. and Espionage Crew…All. Here.
Other than Mookie Lockett, EvOn, Royce Hall or IKP for President, these artists get heavy rotation in my Jetta…and I mean heavy. From Khaos’ “Loddypop” to Espionage Crew’s “Flight Nineteen” then back to Lady L.U.S.T.’s “Gift Tense” meanwhile never passing Buddy Piedmont (KLS)’s “Shallow”, these women and men have become a part of the soundtrack to my life for over a year now. So again you can see how over the moon I was to learn that they were not only coming to town but were gonna give me the chance to boogie stageside to some of my fave and new jams off new projects. Right?! Anyway, needless to say, we got it in! We prided, we partied, and we interviewed…or I interviewed each of them.
So just who are these artists, you ask (if you not already knowing)? What are they about, what are they up too and more important what do they sound like? Well climb aboard, let’s go! and I’m gonna give you a little whirlwind tour through what they’re about, what they’re up to and a listen to what songs keep it rockin’!
***So here is your PASSPORT to a behind the scenes, a recap on some of what I learned about these artists during that time together: what motivates them, where they’re coming from and where they’re headed. ***
Departure: Atlanta (born and raised)
Artist: Buddy Piedmont (formerly known as KLS) / @BuddyPiedmont
Buddy hails from the south and has been rapping, repping for southern culture for several years now. So how fitting is it that his next mixtape, dropping any day now, is entitled “Southern Comfort.” It will be a mixed introduction of him and to his type of music which he describes as “having an intellectual southern approach”. He compares himself to/and says he was influenced by TI, Kanye West, and Tupac (the way Tupac was real-hood, gangsta-but ALWAYS spit knowledge). Inspired to make music by life and love…he says when he’s completely evolved musically, hhe aims to be an artist that makes music about love and relationships, inspired by R&B and emotions. “There’s stoner (party all the time) rap,” he says. “But I’m going to be about love…”
First Stop: Los Angeles (by way of San Diego by way of Belize and Panama by way of…ok I’ll stop)
Artist: Espionage Crew / @EspionageCrew
Espionage Crew is the rapping duo made up of solo artists, Jesta da Lyrist and Tango P. I. Hailing from San Diego, these friends of a decade have called Los Angeles their home for a couple of years now. With inspirations from Sister Nancy, Barrington Levy (Tango P.I.) to J. Dilla, Elvis Presley, Q-Tip, and Celia Cruz (Jesta da Lyricist), these two are a very diverse bunch to say the least. With Tango’s emphatic personality behind the mic and Jesta’s producing of their funky and purely unique beats this is definitely a show you want to catch.
Their enthusiasm for all things Russian parallels with what inspires them musically. Growing up as a gay minority led to a survivalist mentality, having to blend in, like a spy…undercover, underground activities being gay in the ‘hood. Like espionage. Hence Espionage Crew.
Coming up on the horizon for these two are solo projects that you will not want to miss. Jestadalyricist will be dropping a 5 song EP called “Taste, Touch, Love” on June 20th and Tango P.I. has a hot single coming out this month also called “Way Stoosh.” It’s a dirty-beat-ass-thumper, produced by Jesta da Lyricist. Wait! Also, check out his album released last December, “Black in the Rainbow” ~~>> http://tangopi1.bandcamp.com/album/black-in-the-rainbow
Next Stop: Las Vegas (by way of Oakland)
Artist: Lady L.U.S.T. / @AskAboutLust
L.U.S.T. stands for Last Undisputed Spit Truth. She is a “hip hop artist, activist, revolutionary, and comes from a long lineage of panthers, pimps, crusaders, prophets, d-girls, criminals, and truth Sayers.” And what can I say but that even before you meet her, you can feel this in her music. In its pure grit. Lust is raw, true. But even in all her unapologetic truth you sense that she is just a woman hoping for a better way…for all of us. This is the experience of “God, Fear and Money” where she takes you through pleading to get her questions to life’s greatest questions answered by God to mankind’s condition to the pangs of lost love.
She makes music as an observation of life, whatever she’s passionate about at the time whether love, politics or voicing her opinions on the world as she observes it. But all is a hope to provoke people to think outside of the box. She is inspired musically by Michelle N’Degocello as an all around artist, Stevie wonder as a writer throw into that mix Tupac, Jay-Z, and Kanye West.
Be on the lookout for the 2nd part of “God, Fear and Money” that will be called “GFM2” due out in September or October this year. http://askaboutlust.bandcamp.com/album/god-fear-money
Arrival: Atlanta (by way of Newark)
Artist: Khaos da Rapper / @KHAOSDARAPPER
Khaos Da Rapper has been doing music since the age of 9. That’s when she started rapping. Khaos won her first talent show in middle school and from there she knew music was what she wanted to do. Khaos has transitioned tremendously since then, ultimately creating her own sound what she calls “Hiptonic Whatever Music”. It’s a mash-up of Hip-Hop, Techno, Electronic, and whatever type of music she feels like making. Since then, she has been able to put a number of great albums under her belt, Dipherent Strokes, Reality TV, The Apprentice, and the Beta Versions. You can access them here http://khaosdarapper.bandcamp.com/. Check it!
These days, when not brainstorming for her next mixtape, you can find Khaos as one member of a trio known as “YO! LGBT Raps”. YO! LGBT Raps is the six month old brain child of Khaos and friends Free and Lei who hail from Atlanta but now call Pasadena, California (a northern suburb of Los Angeles County) home. The trio saw a need for an outlet to showcase musicians and other artists in the LGBT community and thus YO! LGBT Raps was born. They get together to produce a monthly episode fusing their singular talents in graphics, media, and music all set in an MTV interview format. In the end, you get vignettes, videos, artist countdowns mixed with sketch humour and even a bit of animation. Now this just sounds like a good time! Be sure to check it all out at http://www.yolgbtraps.com/
So there you have it, your backstage pass into what’s happening with some of my favorite artists. Make sure you take a listen to the playlist that’s attached and get to know them for what they do best!
Natasha Dyer / @ilkwhtshesaid
Now this is the reason why it is important to be proud of who we are and if you are an artist with any influence you should be using it for the great of good instead hating to be labelled, at least you can walk the streets hand in hand with your same sex partner, at least you have clubs, films, books, etc, We, the western world have taken it for granted that its ok & “Normal” to be Out & Proud LGBT but what about the rest of our people who still can not be free to love who they truly LOVE.
read below to understand why im passionate about wanting the LGBT Underground Music Artists to make a difference
It’s already illegal to have sex with someone of the same gender in Uganda. For three years, religious activists have prodded the African nation to impose more severe punishments.
Ugandan lawmakers are again debating a bill that would impose lengthy sentences on people for homosexuality, less than a year after shelving a similar proposal that originally called for the death penalty. Gay activists say the country has grown increasingly hostile: Activist David Kato was slain last year after a Ugandan newspaper published his name and photo under the headline “Hang them!”
What is it like to be gay in a country where it’s essentially illegal? The Times talked to Jay Abang, 28, a program manager with Freedom and Roam Uganda, a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex human rights organization trying to combat the law. Abang is an openly lesbian activist in Kampala
OK SO I HAD TO BLOG THIS FROM OUR LGBT ACTIVIST, WRITER, LOVER OF HIPHOP, YOU SHOULD ALL KNOW ABOUT HER OVER ON THE FEMBASSY SITE, GLENNISHA MORGAN WRITES ABOUT ON SYLVIA ROBINSON WHO PASSED AWAY TODAY.
IF U DON’T KNOW WHO SYLIVA ROBINSON IS? WELL IF YOU A RAPPER YOU SHOULD GET TO KNOW. READ ON.
“Sylvia Robinson, singer, musician,music producer, and record label executive died at the age of 75, at Meadowlands hospital in Secaucus, New Jersey this morning. She suffered from congestive heart failure. The New York City native is best known for being the founder and CEO of Sugar Hill Records as well as for producing Sugar Hill Gang’s “Rappers Delight” and “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five.”READ MORE HERE
THANK YOU TO GLENNISHA FOR REPORTING SYLVIA ROBINSON WHO I CAN HONESTLY ADMIT I DID’NT KNOW TILL NOW, AND WOW SHE’S AN AMAZING WOMAN AND THE ULTIMATE OF ORIGINAL HIP-HOP AND A PERSON WHO I CAN MOST DIFFERENTLY RELATE TO.
WE CELEBRATE YOUR LIFE. R.I.P.