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Patrik-Ian Polk

Posted on October 14, 2014 by in Cover Story, Movies & TV, The Arts

Knockout Trailblazing Filmmaker Patrik-Ian Polk Takes Jabs at the Barriers to Sexual Health by Sean Black Photos by Duane Cramer Patrik-Ian Polk can take a great deal of the credit for fast-forwarding queer black cinema into present-day; in fact, some even tout him as the “Father of Black Gay Cinema.” After bursting onto the scene [...]

AIDS: Living in the Shadows

Posted on October 3, 2014 by in Movies & TV, The Arts

[FILM] AIDS: Living in the Shadows Senior Executive Producer: Beth Mendelson; Host: Musician Elton John Voice of America (VOA) Reviewed by Sally Hessney It is hard to avoid hyperbole when talking about the tremendous strides made in the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS. It is equally difficult to tamp down the upsurge of hope one [...]

The Normal Heart

Posted on August 23, 2014 by in Movies & TV, The Arts

[DVD] The Normal Heart Directed by Ryan Murphy HBO Home Entertainment Reviewed by Robert Kingett Sometimes it takes a raindrop to ignite a tidal wave when fighting for equality. It all starts on the beach one day in 1981. The sun is shining, ships are docking, and people are laughing and having a grand old [...]

Calling My Children

Posted on June 16, 2014 by in Features, Movies & TV, The Arts

Calling My Children An Interview with David Binder Gail Farrow passed away from AIDS-related causes in 1989, leaving behind a husband, Ronald Watson, and four sons, Ronald, Jr., Frank, Kenny, and Benny. Award-winning photojournalist and filmmaker David Binder was with her and her family for a year and a half, every day, documenting the last [...]

1Voice/1Play/1Day

Posted on June 9, 2014 by in Music, Dance & Theater, Positively Literary, The Arts

1Voice/1Play/1Day Project1Voice Honors Women with a Staged Reading of For Colored Girls… by Chael Needle Project1VOICE, a national organization that seeks to strengthen and promote African-American theater arts, is returning once again with its fourth-annual 1VOICE/1PLAY/1DAY, an event when, as its title implies, a diverse array of theaters and institutions will be projecting in one [...]

Front Seat Chronicles

Posted on May 22, 2014 by in Features, Movies & TV, The Arts

Getting Real Behind the Wheel Allen Sowelle & Josh Feinman Take Front Seat Roles in Discussing HIV Seroconversion Along with Other Social Woes by Sean Black Front Seat Chronicles is a Web-based programming series that skillfully navigates a myriad of tough conversations ranging in topic from death and incarceration to marriage equality and HIV infection. [...]

Test: The Film

Posted on May 19, 2014 by in Features, Movies & TV, The Arts

Tests of Courage A New Film by Chris Mason Johnson Doesn’t Dance Around the Issue of HIV by V. Anderson With his first feature film since The New Twenty, writer/director Chris Mason Johnson has created a powerful story grounded in his own experiences in ballet and modern dance. Set in 1985, Test follows Frankie, a [...]

Mothers and Sons

Posted on May 5, 2014 by in Music, Dance & Theater, Positively Literary, The Arts

[DRAMA] Mothers and Sons by Terrence McNally Golden Theatre Reviewed by Alina Oswald You read the title. Skim over the brief summary. Think you know what Mothers and Sons, a recent play by four-time Tonywinner Terrence McNally, is all about. And yet, nothing prepares you for what unfolds in front of your eyes, when sitting [...]

God Loves Uganda

Posted on April 21, 2014 by in Movies & TV, The Arts

God Loves Uganda Directed by Roger Ross Williams Full Credit Productions/Motto Pictures Reviewed by Larry Buhl It’s been a rough couple of years for anti-gay forces in the U.S. and the western world. But anti-gay western Christian evangelicals have found fertile ground—they admit it freely—to spread their “Jesus hates homosexuality” message in Uganda, the buckle [...]

Walk On

Posted on February 17, 2014 by in Features, Movies & TV, The Arts

A Walk to Remember A new documentary by Joseph Kibler & Mark Bashian takes a fresh, candid look at living with HIV/AIDS and disabilities by Alina Oswald Walk on,/With hope in your heart/And you’ll never walk alone,” the song says. Walk on with Joseph Kibler and you’ll never think of walking in the same way, [...]