Week in Review (July 14 – July 20)
Rapper 50 Cent sounded supportive of same-sex marriage and of out singer Frank Ocean in an interview with MTV UK, warning the market that Ocean’s success or failure could be a turning point for hip-hop.
“Obama is for same-sex marriage,” he said. “If the president is saying that, then who am I to go the other way?” 50 Cent followed Jay-Z, Will Smith, and T.I. in saying they support the president’s stance.
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A Timeline of Hip Hop Homophobia
So, Frank Ocean came out this month and said that the first person he fell in love with was a man. And the Internet had some thoughts about it. Most centered around the persistent theme of homophobia in hip-hop — and that got the Advocate thinking that they should take a look back at the history of the genre and examine its track record.
Check out a timeline on Advocate.com.
Words Matter, Jennifer Carroll, Words Matter
In an attempt to seek public sympathy for her personal and professional matter, Carroll decided to insult every black woman who is a lesbian, bisexual and/or single. She decided that her personal status as a wife and mother with a long-lasting marriage to her husband was somehow superior and above reproach for inappropriate, extramarital relations. She further decided to insult my beautiful black sisters by comparing her life situation to those of longtime single women, and imply that women who engage in sexual relations with other women could not possibly look like her.
Continue reading on Huffington Post.
Disrespected by Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll
The folly of her remarks is certainly obvious. As a married black lesbian couple that defies this misguided characterization that black lesbians are not feminine or attractive, and with one of us having been raised by a single black mother, we take personal offense to them.
Read more on Essence.com.
Ford Foundation Awards NBJC $300,000 to Expand Efforts
The National Black Justice Coalition, the nation’s leading Black LGBT civil rights organization, receives a $300,000 grant from the Ford Foundation. The funding for general support will be used to focus on the organization’s cornerstone issues: anti-discrimination, safe schools, marriage and family recognition, anti-violence, and economic security and justice. It will also serve to strengthen key partnerships and programs such as the NBJC Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) LGBT Equality Initiative, which promotes the development and delivery of culturally competent services for LGBT students as well as the OUT on the Hill (OOTH) Black LGBT Leadership Summit, where hundreds of thought leaders, activists, elected officials, faith leaders and youth convene in the nation’s capital to educate members of Congress, the White House and federal agencies about Black LGBT public policy concerns.
Check out NBJC’s most recent E-Digest edition for more Black LGBT news here.
FDA Approves Truvada to Prevent HIV Infection
In a move hailed by advocates as pivotal in the 30-year battle against AIDS, the Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved for the first time a drug for preventing infection by the virus that causes the disease. The FDA greenlit the drug, Truvada, for people at high risk for HIV — namely, men who have sex with men and partners of people who carry the virus.
Continue reading at the Washington Post.