While containing the basic elements of its genre — interviews with subjects telling their stories and mental health professionals placing these experiences and anecdotes in perspective, and at the same time presenting relevant statistics to support their respective positions; it nudges the envelope of understanding and acceptance a little further along. Using his creativity, skill and expertise, Stanley Bennett Clay listened to the interviews, wrote a script and directed re-enactments of the stories he heard. While the film maintains the hard hitting edge of a documentary, it gently blurs the line between what is and what could be, moving into the realm of a docu-drama, and illuminating through examples, many of the underlying issues Black gay men are dealing with, but never talked about. This film breaks a taboo in the Black community; it exposes the raw truths behind the silent pain many Black gay men experience and live with. Interviews for this documentary emerged as the visual component of a book examining depression in Black gay men. In research for the book and from the interviews of more than 40 Black gay men from the United States, the Caribbean and Africa, specific themes appeared as common threads separated only by geography.
Coming out as a gay black man was the hardest thing I've done – Moonlight's victory was essential
Don't Stop At "Moonlight"—There Are Other Black Queer Movies To See | NewNowNext
The Internet is a place where LGBT individuals find a community; as such, streaming platforms like Netflix offer titles that depict the queer experience in a variety of ways. This is a collection of movies that, at the very least, express to its viewers that—no matter what end of sexual or gender spectrum in which they feel most comfortable—they are not alone. Two teenage girls fall in and out of love in this sexy and intense coming-of-age drama that picked up the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival—and will put you through the emotional ringer. The two set out on a road trip on which they consummate an unspoken passion for each other. Director Miguel Arteta co-wrote the screenplay for this comedy with Alia Shawkat, who stars as one half of a couple alongside Laia Costa that meets at a club and discovers intimacy through frequent sex.
Barry Jenkins' magical, majestic 'Moonlight' is a stunning portrait of young, black gay life
So intimate you feel like you're trespassing on its characters' souls, so transcendent it's made visual and emotional poetry out of intensely painful experience, it's a film that manages to be both achingly familiar and unlike anything we've seen before. Written and directed by Barry Jenkins and based on an unproduced play by Tarell Alvin McCraney, "Moonlight" creates such an exceptional level of emotional honesty it universalizes a very specific coming of age experience, that of a gay black man growing from child to adult starting in the s crack cocaine epidemic years in the tough Liberty City area of Miami. Though they did not know each other as children, both men grew up a block from each other in the same Liberty City neighborhood and went to the same elementary and middle schools. More than that, as Jenkins said in an interview in Film Comment magazine, "both his mom and my mom lived through that horrible crack cocaine addiction. And there isn't a scene with her that didn't happen to either myself or Tarell.
LGBT black celebrities occupy every career in entertainment. Several actors, comedians, journalists, and athletes are both black and gay - or lesbian, bisexual, queer, or questioning. This list of gay black celebrities is loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Many famous African Americans have stated that they had a hard time coming out as gay in their community. Who is the most famous person who is a gay black celebrity?