Stormé DeLarverie, Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera: Stonewall

Stormé DeLarverie was a butch lesbian whose scuffle with police was one of the defining moments of the Stonewall uprising, spurring the crowd to action. She was born in New Orleans, to an African American mother and a white father.

Not surprising that she has been literally erased from the new Stonewall film and that the people who started the movement have become secondary characters in an important tale. Two transgender women of color; Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera are the two main heroins in the Stonewall riots, that have become secondary characters in their own film. On the positive side, the LGBT community has come out against the film strongly. If you don’t support us all, then you don’t support us at all.

Marsha P. Johnson was an African American drag queen and gay liberation activist. A veteran of the Stonewall riots, Johnson was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey and was a popular figure in New York City’s gay and art scene from the 1960s to the 1990s.

Sylvia Rae Rivera was an American drag queen, gay liberation and transgender activist. She was a founding member of both the Gay Liberation Front and the Gay Activists Alliance.

“So, what was Stonewall?”

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Directory on for more information on the history of cowboys in American culture.

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Black Cowboys Missing From The History Pages

Africans and The Making of the Americas: Part 3, Herding

The Talented Five

Keith Stanfield

From his powerful scenes in Selma, his breakout stardom in Short Term 12 and Keith’s amazing music. This man is multifaceted and has a bright future ahead of him in the music and film industry. Currently he is set to play Snoop Dogg in upcoming film Straight Out of Compton.

Chad Boseman

Before joining the Marvel universe, Boseman has proven that he has the skills and versatility to play any character. Boseman has played Jackie Robinson and James Brown; both showcasing his acting chops though Hollywood still dismissed him after he couldn’t find work after 42. Thankfully Hollywood has wised up, because Boseman acting skills far surpasses many of the current so called rising stars that seem to not have even an ounce of the talent Boseman possesses.  We will definitely be seeing more of Chad Bosman.

David Oyelowo 

David Oyelowo is an amazing actor who has starred in some great films; Middle of Nowhere and Selma, directed by the genius Ava DuVernay, in addition to A Most Violent Year.  David’s careers has been on a steady climb, but his recent film Selma has shattered that slow build and turned it into a fast train. It is something that I am happy about, because David really does deserve it. You will see more of David in Nina, Queen of Katwe and much more. One Oscar snub isn’t going to derail such a fine actor. 

Michael B. Jordan

Michael B. Jordan popped up on my radar when I saw the film Chronicle in 2012, from then on I knew this man was going to become a breakout star/talent in Hollywood. His heartbreaking portrayal as Oscar Grant in Fruitvale Station just cemented him as being an amazing actor to me and one that has made excellent choices in the films he goes after. I’m waiting in anticipation of his new venture in Fantastic Four and beyond.

John Boyega

John’s breakout hit came from Attack The Block and from then on he has been going full steam ahead. Another Brit like David and Idris Elba, John will soon be another well known name to the American public. His new role in Star Wars VII this year is going to make that a reality and with the promise this young actor holds, much more to come.

David Oyelowo on Being a Black Actor in Hollywood

2014 Forest Hills Drive: J.Cole

The Big Bang Theory Is Black-face for Nerds!

Ridiculous, right? Yet, some people continue to try and make this nonsensical connection. Do people even realize that Black-face helped in the lynching of Black Americans, Federal laws to limit their rights, and the movie that helped cause the re-birth of the Ku Klux Klan; “Birth of A Nation”?

I consider myself a nerd too, but get real. The whole notion is extremely off-base with zero correlation.

1. “Birth of a Nation” (1915)

Not only was the first-ever feature-length film a cinematic triumph, it was also astonishingly racist. Director D.W. Griffith’s saga, which ran over three hours and was shown in two parts, followed a South Carolina town during the Civil War and pitted white men in blackface against actors playing the Ku Klux Klan protecting the “Aryan” cause.” “According to this New Yorker article, the movie “proved horrifically effective at sparking violence against blacks in many cities.


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