"H20 Part II" Self-Portrait of myself in the water concept taken by me Marcus McCormick. Picture 3 Note: I would so kiss me right now lol!!!
Eric Anderson | ph. Marcus McCormick “Da Collection”
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Rapper Rugged Man (yeah, we’ve never heard of him either) recently gave an interview to VladTV in which he takes on the more recent gay-friendliness in hip hop, from openly bisexual Frank Ocean to straight ally Macklemore. With the “blaccent” on full blast, the struggle rapper raises a number of…”interesting” points while dripping in casual homophobia with a side of sour grapes. Check out these gems:
On the music industry and gays: “A big percentage of media and the entertainment industry is run by the homosexual community.”
On the recent successes of Frank Ocean and Macklemore: “They’re smart, saying ‘I’m gonna campaign for homosexuality.’”
On the support of gay rights in hip hop: “Right now, it’s the popular, move your career forward thing to do.”
There’s also some real gems about the industry’s push to “feminize” black men by pushing gay rights forward and a whole bunch of other stuff that is good for a few laughs. No word on the other side of the coin, which is the rampant homophobia still being exhibited to this day in hip hop.
Rumors that former NFL quarterback Kordell Stewart is gay have been swirling for years. On last night’s season six premiere of the Real Housewives of Atlanta, Stewart’s ex-wife, Porsha, confirmed those rumors are true. Or at least she very strongly suggested so.
At the time of the taping, the two were in the process of getting divorced.
“There were definitely times in the marriage that Kordell didn’t necessarily want me, physically, and that made me wonder, what does he want?” a teary-eyed Porsha confessed during one of her taped interviews. “When we first got together, I asked him about rumors of him being gay, because family members were bringing it up to me and friends were asking me about it, and he explained it away.”
“I didn’t question whether he was gay or not because someone else said it,” she continued. “Any reasons that I questioned it were things I had experienced or seen.”
That was about all the detail she went into, probably because she’s under an iron-clad confidentiality agreement.
Kordell filed for divorce from Porsha in March of this year, shortly after season five of RHOA wrapped, though he didn’t give her any warning ahead of time. She learned about the break-up on Twitter.
We’re not sure is tackier: Dumping your trophy wife online or outing your ex-husband on a reality TV show. It’s too bad things didn’t work out between this couple because they seem perfect for each other.
Photo credit: US Weekly.
Rolling Stone has excerpted an upcoming cover story on Eminem, a portion of the interview in which they ask the rapper why he still uses the word "faggot" in his lyrics and uses "gay-looking" as an insult.r
"I don't know how to say this without saying it how I've said it a million times. But that word, those kind of words, when I came up battle-rappin' or whatever, I never really equated those words?[to actually mean 'homosexual']...It was more like calling someone a bitch or a punk or a--hole. So that word was just thrown around so freely back then. It goes back to that battle, back and forth in my head, of wanting to feel free to say what I want to say, and then [worrying about] what may or may not affect people. And, not saying it's wrong or it's right, but at this point in my career – man, I say so much s--t that's tongue-in-cheek. I poke fun at other people, myself."r
He adds that he personally has no issues with LGBT people:r
"...the real me sitting here right now talking to you has no issues with gay, straight, transgender, at all. I'm glad we live in a time where it's really starting to feel like people can live their lives and express themselves. And I don't know how else to say this, I still look at myself the same way that I did when I was battling and broke.r
He adds that if people don't understand his music by now "I don't think there's anything I can do to change their mind about it."
Since the SCOTUS DOMA ruling you may have noticed the explosion of marriage lawsuits around the country. In today's Marriage News Watch, Matt Baume from the American Foundation for Equality Rights offers a nice summary of what's happening in Hawaii, plus the lates from Illinois, Texas, Virginia, Ohio, and Colorado. Also, news on related legal cases in Pennsylvania and Missouri. Whew.r
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...rr