Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Keith's Topics: Pride, DC Mayoral Race, Obama at Morehouse


Hey folks, it's time for another blog entry where I cover a few topics in one. First, happy pride season to all! This weekend in DC from my experience and from what I have heard had massive turnouts at all of the events planned by the different promotions. I was at Love Saturday night to see Brandy. She performed two songs acapella and stayed around for a little while. While I have had the pleasure to meet her on a few occasions and see her perform, I'm sure many were disappointed that she did not do more. Across the way at Fur Lil' Kim did her thing . Miami Sizzle seems to have had a decent turnout, although many believe the tide is shifting back to DC. I see the two going back and forth over the years to come since to quote someone, "DC is coming back." One must understand why DC "left" in the first place. The wonderful Nationals baseball stadium is pretty much built where all the gay black clubs were in the city. Since those venues were shut down, DC lost pretty much all of its club presence on the black gay scene. Honestly to this day, there is a struggle, as promotions are renting out venues such as Aqua, Love, Fur and Muse amongst others to host their events. I wish that the promoters would get together with the boat loads of money they made this past weekend and invest into more permanent venues in the DC area. Speaking of pride in general, I'm looking forward to Capital Pride next weekend and NYC black pride at the end of June. I'll be sure to report the happenings of those events (as I remember them) Lol.

Well we are over a year away until DC residents go to the polls to elect a mayor and a few names have been thrown into the ring officially and unofficially. Tommy Wells, Ward 6 councilmember, Muriel Bowser, Ward 4 councilmember, and Jack Evans, At-Large have or will announce their candidacy. Mayor Gray has not announced plans yet. Assuming he does, I see vote splitting happening all over the 8 Wards, which could work in favor of the incumbent, Mayor Gray. As data shows, DC residents in certain Wards vote a certain type of way. The last special and general elections shows that. It is still too early to make a call on this one, overall, though let's get ready for the political machines to kick up their campaigns after the summer.

President Obama was the commencement speaker at my venerable institution, Morehouse a couple of weeks ago. For years the college has wanted him to come so it was only a matter of time before he did. Thanks to the help of Morehouse president Wilson, who was director of Obama's White House HBCU program's, I'm sure helped to expedite Obama's visit. President Obama gave an exhilarating speech, simply saying, there are no excuses to not achieve. Obama also acknowledged being good to your spouse, wife or partner. Being the former student Senator and member for the LGBT group SafeSpace at Morehouse from '04-'08, I couldn't have been prouder that he made that comment. Black men, gay and straight, struggle with homosexuality. It is no secret that black gay men attend and have attended Morehouse since maybe the founding of the college. As times change I am glad to see the work of my predecessors and those who have followed have kept the fight alive for dialogue and ideas to share on on not just tolerance but acceptance of the black gay man at Morehouse College and how that fits in with being a "Man or Morehouse" or a "Morehouse Man".

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2 comments:

Will said...

Closing those clubs was the cause of a huge decline to the black gay scene in DC. . . the gay scene in general actually. I was never a regular clubber but would go occasionally. It was nice having so many options right there in such a close proximity to each other. People would come to town not just during the pride season but all year long. Now, options are more limited. I wonder what it did to the economy since people didn’t visit the city as often? I guess the National’s bring in it’s own boost to the economy. But I still wish the city had done more to try and find a suitable alternative location rather than just allow the clubs to die out.

OMG, I agree with your comment about how all men struggle with homosexuality. Gay and straight men both. Gay men sometimes have trouble coming out and finding their identity, and some straight men have trouble trying to relate to gay men. It’s hard for everybody. But I can say that as far as we still have to go to reach full equality, we’ve definitely come a very long way. Just a few years ago, we never would have had such open and candid dialogue about homosexuality in a healthy way from our leaders. It was rare. Now, it’s becoming commonplace. I like the direction we’re headed in.

Will said...

Closing those clubs was the cause of a huge decline to the black gay scene in DC. . . the gay scene in general actually. I was never a regular clubber but would go occasionally. It was nice having so many options right there in such a close proximity to each other. People would come to town not just during the pride season but all year long. Now, options are more limited. I wonder what it did to the economy since people didn’t visit the city as often? I guess the National’s bring in it’s own boost to the economy. But I still wish the city had done more to try and find a suitable alternative location rather than just allow the clubs to die out.

OMG, I agree with your comment about how all men struggle with homosexuality. Gay and straight men both. Gay men sometimes have trouble coming out and finding their identity, and some straight men have trouble trying to relate to gay men. It’s hard for everybody. But I can say that as far as we still have to go to reach full equality, we’ve definitely come a very long way. Just a few years ago, we never would have had such open and candid dialogue about homosexuality in a healthy way from our leaders. It was rare. Now, it’s becoming commonplace. I like the direction we’re headed in.