Jan 28, 2015

REALITY CHECK: Men are Victims of Sexual Violence Too.

REALITY CHECK: Men are victims of sexual violence too. 

That is a hard pill to swallow for many people, and even laughable for some. But sexual crimes against men happen every single day. All types of men are affected, and cases occur in just about every place imaginable. 

Most statistics say about 10-20 percent of males in this country experience some form of sexual assault in their lifetime. However, numbers are probably much higher in reality. Men who experience sexual violence typically choose to never disclose their encounter, not even to close family members and friends. They often find themselves battling repercussions alone buried in secrecy and shame. 

"Males have the added burden of facing a society that doesn't believe [sexual assault] can happen to them," says psychotherapist Elizabeth Donovan in a recent interview for CNN. "Men are viewed as those who seek sexual conquests instead of those who fend them off."

For years the national conversation surrounding sexual violence has seldom included male victims. Even rarer has been the number of support services geared toward helping them recover. 

Jan 23, 2015

Youtube Personality GloZell asks President Obama about Gay Marriage

Streamed live on Jan 22, 2015, YouTube creators Bethany Mota, GloZell Green and Hank Green interviewed President Obama about the top issues facing them and their audiences. Along with other important issues such as the Affordable Care Act, race relations in the United States, and US relations with Cuba, President Obama was asked, by GloZell Green, about whether he thinks that the Supreme court will make gay marriage the law of the land or not:

GloZell: This is dependent on the supreme court ruling, but do you think same sex marriage will be legalized in all of the United States during the time that you're in Office and what can you do to push that along? 

President Obama: Obama: Well, we've done a lot, obviously, to push it along, I announced my beliefs that same sex marriage should be legal that people should be treated the same... as an administration before the supreme court, we argued against the Defense of Marriage Act that was treating married couples and same sex couples differently in terms of federal benefits. The supreme court is now going to be taking on a case... My hope is that they go ahead and recognize what I think the majority of people in America now recognize which is two people who love each other, and are treating each other with respect, and aren't bothering anybody else... why would the law treat them differently? Why? There's no good reason for it, and so as a consequence... I'm hopeful that the supreme court will come to the right decision, but I will tell you, peoples' hearts have opened up on this issue. People know that treating folks unfairly, even if you disagree with their lifestyle choice, the fact of the matter is they're not bothering you. Let them live their lives, and under the law, they should be treated equally. And as far as me, personally, just to see all the loving gay and lesbian couples that I know who are great parents, great partners, the idea that we would not treat them like the brothers and sisters that they are, that doesn't make any sense to me.

And while I'm not too thrilled about the idea that the president referred to the life that LGBTQ+ people living as a "lifestyle choice", I do appreciate his stance on the issue. See the video below for the full interview. 

Jan 21, 2015

YBN Entertainment Releases Trailer for "The Circle NYC"

It has been a long time coming, but finally YBN Entertainment (formerly YoBoiNewnue on Youtube) has released the super trailer for its LGBT people of color reality web series "The Circle NYC." If the name sounds familiar, it's because "The Circle" is in its second season, the first one being in the state of Texas. Now that producer and director Lester Matthews has moved to New York City, the characters have been upgraded and the drama has intensified. Check out the trailer below. What are you looking forward to this season? 

Jan 9, 2015

Bry'Nt: On Being Out in Hip Hop, Acting, and His Album Release

Out hip-hop artist Bry’Nt may not have a definite release date for his debut album, “Bry’Nt Park”, but the skilled MC is still reigning supreme per usual.

His latest offering, Everyday, from the upcoming EP, “B.E.”, found its way into the headphones of fans shortly before the new year. Like most of his work the track has been well-received. He credits much of that to his versatile producer Esquire. “He’s basically produced about eighty percent of my album,” says Bry’Nt.

The pair met in 2011 after Esquire reached out wanting to join forces with the Connecticut-bred rapper. “He was really adamant about working with me,” he says. “I was skeptical at first, but after I listened to some of his stuff I was really impressed.”

“B.E.” features both of