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Look. I’m all for people being open and honest and comfortable about their sexuality. Lord knows I’m not a fan of folks thinking it’s acceptable to knowingly parade the streets on the “down low,” endangering themselves and others. But I would be lying if I pretended like some of the men in Hollywood who’ve come out as gay or bisexual over the years didn’t have me shedding a single tear and doing the Florida Evans out here (“Damn, damn, DAMN!”). Of course, the chances of me getting with any of these men before I knew of their actual sexual orientation was slim, but I always had a crush or fascination with them to the point that I felt a little sad. But I am happy for them! For the sake of an interesting slideshow though, here are nine fellas I used to crush on that broke my little heart when I found out they were gay or bisexual.
It’s no secret that Frank Ocean and Chris Brown don’t like each other. There was the parking space incident, the Chris Brown’s crew jumped Frank Ocean’s on the street melee and then, the fact that Chris didn’t stand after Ocean’s Grammy performance. For the past couple of months things seemed to have quieted down between the two; but if this picture of Frank Ocean wearing a Chris Brown domestic violence t-shirt is any indication, their beef is far from over.
Over the weekend, the image starting circulating online, including on several social media sites. The shirt reads: ““Wanted! Stop Domestic Violence” with an image of Brown’s smiling face, obviously referencing the infamous 2009 domestic violence incident between Brown and Rihanna. As of now, there’s no word where the image originally came from but can we all agree that this is just too much?
Back in February, after both the singers’ crews were fighting in the street, Frank issued this statement on his Tumblr, explaining why he wasn’t going to press charges.
“AS A CHILD I THOUGHT IF SOMEONE JUMPED ME IT WOULD RESULT IN ME MURDERING OR MUTILATING A MAN. BUT AS A MAN I AM NOT A KILLER. I’M AN ARTIST AND A MODERN PERSON. I’LL CHOOSE SANITY. NO CRIMINAL CHARGES. NO CIVIL LAWSUIT. FORGIVENESS, ALBEIT DIFFICULT, IS WISDOM. PEACE, ALBEIT TRITE, IS WHAT I WANT IN MY SHORT LIFE. PEACE.”
But baby, this here t-shirt doesn’t look anything like forgiveness to me.
Frank, I’m not a Chris Brown fan but using his domestic violence incident as a part of your entirely separate divo duel is low down and actually quite pathetic.
To Chris Brown’s credit, he has yet to respond to the images of the Ocean in this t-shirt. Kudos.
The art of the celebrity side hustle. When notorious gig-juggler Nicki Minaj said, “It’s Mac, OPI and a fragrance too/Apparel, I’m dominating every avenue,” she had the right idea. Mixing the hustler mentality with a personal passion is more often than not a win-win situation for celebrities. In addition to typical spin-off clothing lines, one-hit-wonder singles and product endorsements, some celebs make time to do (and make a little pocket change from) the hobbies they love, in addition to their main job. These stars make both their Plan A and Plan B work for them.
Day job: Rapper
Hobby-turned-hustle: All-Around Businessman
C’mon, there’s really nothing that Jigga Man can’t do. After his faux retirement in 2003, he only got deeper into the game. Besides still pushing chart topping music (Magna Carta Holy Grail went platinum by default after a lucrative partnership with Samsung), he’s adding indelible feats to his already flourishing resume. He scored the music for The Great Gatsby, curated the Made in America Festival, was part owner (and visionary) of Brooklyn’s new Barclay’s Center and their home team the Brooklyn Nets, still owns the 40/40 club, jump started his Roc Nation Sports Agency, and teamed up with Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment for the remake of Annie. He’s a business, man.
These two are one of the cutest couples in the game. They’ve been together for over a decade, you never hear any mess about them in the streets and they just seem like sweet people. We don’t know them but that’s the general impression they give off. So we were excited to see Tamia and Grant Hill cover Frank Ocean’s song “Thinkin’ Bout You.” As expected, Tamia’s vocals are flawless and Grant is not too bad on that piano either. I remember him playing around on the keys in an episode of “Living Single” but I thought that was some slick editing. Turns out, the former NBA baller taught himself how to play. Not too shabby.
Check out Tamia and Grant cover the song below and then tell us what you think. If you ask me, it’s awesome. The only thing wrong with the video is that it’s too short. Check it out below and judge for yourself.
Remember that silly brawl that broke out between Chris Brown and Frank Ocean’s entourages in the parking lot of a Los Angeles recording studio back in January? Well, it appears that the guys are still having to face the consequences brought on by the showdown 8 months later. The Associated Press is reporting that a man by the name of Sha’keir Duarte filed a lawsuit against Chris Brown yesterday in relation to the brawl.
According to Duarte, who happens to be the cousin of Frank Ocean, a member from Brown’s entourage beat him so badly during the first that he is now permanently disabled. He fingers the culprit as one of Brown’s bodyguards, who goes by the name of “Hood.” To make matters worse, he’s claiming that Chris stood by watching from the sideline, cheering Hood on, saying things like, “Get that n****r!” He also claims that after the altercation, the 24-year-old “Fine China” singer told him, ”You just got your A$$ beat and it’s all on camera,” TMZ reports.
Brown’s attorney, Mark Gregaros, deems the suit as frivolous.
“This is what gives lawyers and lawsuits a bad name is garbage like this,” said Gregaros, who says that he will be pushing to have the case dismissed and plans to countersue Duarte.
In a statement released to TMZ, Chris Brown’s reps also slammed the suit, claiming that Chris doesn’t even have a bodyguard named “Hood.”
“Chris Brown does not employ anyone named Hood,” the rep said.
Duarte is suing for unspecified damages, but court papers reveal that he allegedly suffered a concussion, mental anguish and humiliation as a result of the altercation. And in case you were wondering how this silly fight started, it was supposedly over a parking space.
Think the rift in your family over hand-me-downs or that $20 dollars your cousin borrowed and never repaid is serious? Try feuding over millions in the public eye. From Beyonce to Frank Ocean, here are a few celebrity families who famously feuded over finances, management, memorabilia and fortune.
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If you hadn’t been keeping up, Chris Brown has had a tough few months when it comes to his legal troubles. His neighbors have been complaining about the artwork/graffiti on his home and he’s facing huge fines from the city because of it; his brawl with Frank Ocean from January could somehow land him battery charges months later (we’ll see after his hearing on July 15), and claims have been made that Brown misreported his community service hours for his probation, and could get in trouble for that if it’s found to be true. And if all of that isn’t enough, people tend to throw shade at his name on a daily basis. While most of us would crumple under such constant scrutiny (and Chris himself has been known to throw a chair or cuss folks out in frustration from it all), he now seems to be okay with those who seem to loathe him. In fact, he took a page out of Kanye West’s book and let the world know that at this point, it doesn’t bother him anymore. Posting a picture of similar graffiti monsters that have garnered complaints in the front of his home and through Twitter, Brown let his feelings be known:
“Be yourself! Acceptance is trivial. When we die, we die alone! Artist worry about their brand. I worry about supporting my fam”
“When people walk with their noses in the air they usually run into s**t!
“I like being the person everyone hates. It makes life more interesting.”
Interesting or irksome? Only he knows. What do you think of his statements?
Have you noticed that black folk are quick to tell you who can and cannot sing? Many of us, who’ve never taken a vocal lesson, will swiftly let you know when someone can’t blow. We are an unauthorized authority on the subject. And any vocal connoisseur will tell you that there are people who are completely tone deaf, people who can hold a note, people who can sing and then there are people who can sang. For those who don’t know the word “sang” used in this context is not poor grammar; instead it’s a word used to emphasize the width and breadth of a person’s vocal ability. We all know who the sangers are, they’re the people with soul. The people who can take you from the Slore house to the church house and back again. You know them: Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle & Luther Vandross of the old school and Jennifer Hudson and Fantasia of the new. (That’s just to name a few.) But just because a person can’t sang like some of the greats, doesn’t mean they don’t have talent and can’t make good music. Don’t believe me? Find out who I’m talking about.
The winners of the Webby Awards have been announced, and the Person of the Year is Frank Ocean. The musician was chosen, not for anything really to do with his hit album “Channel Orange,” but for his coming out letter posted to his Tumblr account, according to The Wrap.
“By challenging stereotypes historically engrained in the hip-hop and R&B music communities, Ocean brought a conversation about discrimination to the national dialogue. The launch of his debut album Channel Orange in parallel with the statement was a historic moment for both the music and social media industries, and for popular culture as a whole,” said the Webby’s press statement about the slate of winners for this year.
Another notable winner is the Obama for America 2012 presidential campaign for Webby Breakout of the Year. The campaign is being acknowledged for its digital efforts to re-elect President Obama.
The Webbys are called “the Internet’s highest honor,” handed out across online film, mobile apps, the Web, and social media. The award has been handed out for 17 years.
If you need proof of how much the business of coming out has changed, take a look at the career trajectory of Ellen DeGeneres. The TV star saw ratings on her self-titled sitcom tank when she wrote her gay lifestyle into the script. Fast-forward 16 years and the openly gay, married comic is the queen of daytime talk shows.
Now we have news that Washington Wizards center Jason Collins has come out — on the cover of Sports Illustrated, no less — and he’s greeted with support from across the NBA, from the public, and even past and current Presidents and politicians.
Prejudice against members of LGBTQ community still exists but being a bigot just isn’t acceptable anymore. For many in the LGBTQ community, we’re living at a time that was decades in the making. On the flip side, we’ve also reached the point where stars are accused of coming out for profit. Who saw that coming?
The media and fellow celebrities still question whether Frank Ocean’s admission that a man was the subject of love songs on his debut album “Channel Orange” was a ploy for publicity.
Ocean received a warmer welcome out of the closet than many expected. Especially considering he operates in the world of hip-hop where misogyny and homophobia are accepted as the norm. Collins is taking on a similarly biased industry, becoming the first openly gay actively playing professional athlete. He admitted to Sports Illustrated, “I’ve endured years of misery and gone to enormous lengths to live a lie.”
Collins’ announcement is no doubt the product of a difficult internal struggle and required great bravery. But some are already questioning his intentions. New York radio station Hot 97 asks if the move was “a tactic to gain sympathy and notoriety in hopes of getting signed because, let’s be honest, he’s not even close to being a decent player even for his position at center.”
It sounds cynical but let’s entertain the notion for a moment. Collins is at the end of his career and a free agent that, before his announcement, no team felt pressure to add to their roster. Now, if Collins isn’t picked up, it may look like the NBA blackballed him.
Acceptance Outweighs Backlash
Bigotry, even if it’s only perceived, is bad for business. Sure, Collins will have to endure a more sinister type of trash talk from less open-minded sports fans, but no one with real money to lose is to going to say anything to welcome the wrath of GLAAD and jeopardize their career.
With his announcement, Collins secures a loyal demographic that will keep money coming in long after he leaves sports. Advertisers have been reluctant to use gay spokespeople in the past but that’s changing (see Ellen DeGeneres’ deal with Cover Girl, and companies like Starbucks and Target’s support of gay marriage).
“The market is more receptive. He might be the right player at the right time to benefit from that,” said Paul Swangard, managing director of Warsaw Sports Marketing Center at the University of Oregon. In addition to potentially expanding his current deal with Nike, Collins could also benefit from speaking engagements and book deals if he chooses.
The day is coming when coming out just won’t be a big deal whether you’re rich and famous or not. For now, we’re at a crucial point of change where, for public figures, coming out is less career death sentence than saving grace. The experiences of DeGeneres, Ocean, and Collins show others that we live in a time where being authentic can expand your opportunities if you’re brave enough to be the first to speak up.
C. Cleveland covers professional development topics and entrepreneurial rebels who blaze their own career paths. She explores these stories and more on The Red Read, Twitter (@CleveInTheCity) and Facebook (/MyReadIsRed).