The Beauty of Nudity in Action!

Nudity is the most natural of human appearances. It is simply…beautiful.
There is no shame and there should never be any shame made or given in one being nude or in being seen nude. One also should never assume the sexual orientation of any single person or of any two or more nude men or women seen together at play, in exercise or in sports training form.

This video is a small example of the beauty of nudity in action. It is two men training for a fight. The video (which runs 9:44) is shot in slow motion and takes place on a deserted beach.
Enjoy!


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50 years ago, we lost Malcolm X!

Malcolm X (info)Today…February 21, 2015 marks 50 years since the assassination of Malcolm X, a man known and loved yet misunderstood by so many.

I won’t spend time in this article talking about Malcolm X except to say that I remember learning a great deal about the man while growing up in the 1960s and 1970s. I would learn much more about him many years later in my adult life.

Malcolm X is one of a number of Black men in American history whose life has always fascinated me. The book, The Autobiography of Malcolm X was required reading in my tenth grade class at West Philadelphia High School (Philadelphia). That was nearly forty years ago! My copy of the book – the very same used in high school – now with its fragile yellow pages and cover still intact, still sits proudly on my bookshelf.

America, no…the world today still needs a man with yourMLK & Malcolm X vision and wisdom, Malcolm…yours and of course, Brother Martin’s (Martin Luther King, Jr.).
Continue to rest in peace, good brother, Malcolm.

Malcolm X (1)                “… Malcolm was our manhood, our living, black manhood! …”
(Excerpt from the eulogy of Malcolm X, read by Ossie Davis at Malcolm’s funeral, February 27, 1965.)

Learn more about Malcolm X at these links:
http://www.biography.com/people/malcolm-x-9396195
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malcolm_X
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-31572255
http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/flashback/remembering-malcolm-x-50-years-later-n309796

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Are there ONLY 7 Ways to Have Safer Sex?

RE: This article: 7 Ways to Have Safer Sex | HIVPlusMag.com

My comment:
The article is informative. Sadly however, on the heels of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (which was Feb. 7th), every picture in it is that of a White man. There’s necessarily nothing wrong with that since the author and/or publisher of the article were free to choose whatever photos they wanted for the article. However, for any print or on-line magazine to feature an article discussing safe or “safer” sex to lack the inclusion of photos of men from other ethnicities does – in my opinion, National Black HIV-AIDS Awareness Day (Feb 7, 2015)further support why there must be a National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day each year. As noted in my previous article on NBHAAD, HIV/AIDS information and prevention knowledge is for everyone, regardless of ethnicity. That includes information/knowledge on how to have safe/safer sex.

Aside from the choices in photos, I can’t help but find it curious as to why the article’s author Tyler Curry, a gay man who is HIV-positive and a respected LGBT activist and columnist, failed to mention other forms of “safer sex” such as: masturbation/mutual condoms-1masturbation, frottage or “frot” (non-penetrative sex between sexual partners – male or female (aka “dry humping”) and of course, abstinence. Still, I’m posting the article link because Black men and other men of color can learn a thing or two from reading it. I – a HIV-negative person, certainly learned a few things – other than condom use, about which I already knew.

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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness DAY 2015

National Black HIV-AIDS Awareness Day (Feb 7, 2015)Today (February 7) is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
Read more about National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day at the links below.

PLEASE NOTE: While HIV/AIDS information and prevention knowledge is important for everyone, regardless of ethnicity, statistics have always shown that Black people – and other people of color, tend to rate among the highest in world society who are infected with HIV, who don’t normally get tested and who go untreated.

This annual campaign is designed and promoted to encourage sexually active men and women of color to learn more – as in the FACTS about the virus, to get tested for HIV regularly, to learn and to know one’s personal health status where HIV – or any STD/STI virus for that matter, is concerned, to practice safe sex and to insist that one’s sexual partner do the same.

Here are the links to check out:
http://nationalblackaidsday.org/
http://gettested.cdc.gov/
http://www.advocate.com/commentary/2015/02/07/op-ed-how-do-we-stop-hiv-crisis-among-gay-black-men

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The “Power” and “Empire” TV Series: Excellent Writing, feat. Serious, Realistic Drama!

Power (Starz series), Empire (Fox series) (re)In the summer of 2014 I watched, was impressed and very pleased with the Starz network TV series Power, which is executive produced by rapper and actor Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. The series follows character James St. Patrick, nicknamed “Ghost”, owner of a popular New York City nightclub. St. Patrick/Ghost is also a major player in one of the city’s biggest illegal drug networks. Last season unveiled his struggle to balance his two lives – perhaps three lives, since he is married but has a mistress. The balance begins to collapse when St. Patrick/Ghost realizes he wants to leave the drug ring in order to support his legitimate business and commit to his mistress, an Assistant District Attorney. Each episode of the new Power series was simply awesome. I wait anxiously for Season 2 to premiere this summer!
Here’s an intro-episode clip of Power:

Last Wednesday evening (January 7, 2015) the Fox TV network premiered the new series Empire, created, written and produced by actor/film director/producer, Lee Daniels and actor/screenwriter, Danny Strong. The show centers around a hip hop music and entertainment company called Empire Enterprises, and the drama between the members of the founder’s family as they fight for control of the company. Expect to hear some damn good music on Empire which can be downloaded on iTunes.
Here’s an intro-trailer clip of Empire:

Having watched the first episode of this show I must admit to being impressed and pleased with that show, too. Both Power and Empire feature Black actors in lead and major roles. Each series has a different plot and obviously different characters. I have yet to see more episodes of Empire to ascertain whether I will fully like the show. Considering that I’ve seen the collaborative work of Daniels and Strong before, it’s a safe bet that I’ll be giving high praises to this new series too!

Speaking of giving, I give extra points to Empire for immediately featuring in its first episode, one major character as a masculine Black gay man who is in an interracial homosexual relationship with another masculine man. Sweet! I make special mention of that point because on basic (not cable) television it is rare to see masculine Black gay male character roles, let alone on a show series where a male, same-gender-loving character of color is in an interracial relationship.

In both Power and Empire, I’m pleased to finally see realistic drama television programs featuring a predominately Black cast – with each role specifically written for and fitting the actor or actress portraying their assigned character of the story. It’s especially refreshing to see a cast of Black men and women featured in good quality and serious drama roles instead of always in a terribly written situation comedy or in one of those shitty “reality TV” series shows (click here to see a list of them) that I’ve always loathed. I think those particular television shows are ethnically embarrassing to me as a Black man and wish that every last one of them were yanked off television.

Simply put, I think Power and Empire are (so far) examples of exceptional television writing; something which – as far as television shows featuring people of color are concerned, has long been missing from television. As long as the writers and producers continue the excellent writing of these two television series and keep them realistically entertaining, I’ll keep watching. For another review on Empire, I invite you to click here to read my friend Kris Avalon’s excellent blog article!

Check local television and cable listings or the embedded links in this article to learn more about Power and Empire.

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