Monday, October 13, 2014

The 3rd Annual Gentlemen's Ball Returns To ATL 12/7 @GentsFoundation

The Third Annual Gentlemen's Ball returns to Atlanta on December 7, 2014.  For details and info visit:  Coalition.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

#BBoyBlues in ATL @3LWTV - Pics!

As promised here are more images from B Boy Blues The Play in Atlanta.  If you like, please share the video on your social media platforms!

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Thank You Atlanta For Making #BBoyBlues The Play A Huge Success! @JamesEarlHardy

On behalf of the illustrious cast, talented crew, dynamic director Stanley Bennett Clay and prolific director, James Earl Hardy I must extend a heartfelt thanks to Atlanta for your support of B-Boy Blues The Play!

Two sold out performances of enthusiastic, cross generational audiences really shows just how connected, engaged, powerful and beautiful our community truly are.  Thank you Atlanta!

Here are a few images from the evening, including the after party.  More pics to follow soon.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

#BBoyBlues The Play Comes To ATL 8/2 @3LWTV Hosts! Get Your Tickets Today! @JamesEarlHardy

I'm so excited about this production!  For those of you unfamiliar, B-Boy Blues The Play is based on the B-Boy Blues novel by James Earl Hardy.  This book changed my life!  It was the very first time I'd seen anything in print which truly reflected MY world.  Everything I'd seen up to that point told me that who I was was wrong, an abomination and other 'fuckery.'  As an African-American, same gender loving male, B-Boy Blues taught me not only was I not alone, but that despite what ignorance prevailed amongst the masses,  my love was deep, emotional, passionate and beautiful! There was and IS nothing wrong or different about it.  LOVE IS LOVE.

On August 2, 2014 the stage play adaptation of B-Boy hits the stage at Atlanta's Balzer Theater @ Herren's.  I can't wait!  There will be a Q&A session with the cast immediately following the show, hosted by yours truly! The buzz surrounding the show continues to heighten and I'm excited to for you to experience it.  There are several ways you can support the production.  Every dollar counts.  Our stories only gain momentum when we SUPPORT them.  All forms of encouragement are appreciated, but a dollar goes further than a like on Facebook....IJS. 

Author James Earl Hardy and I have been "jood" (read the book for that definition) friends for decades.  I remain proud of his groundbreaking accomplishments.  His wisdom, laughter and joy continue to enrich my journey.  B-Boy Blues the Play has something for everyone...FOR REAL. 

Thank you all for your continued love and support.  I can't wait to see you in August in ATL!!


Trans Violinist @Tonacity To Make History Live At Carnige Hall...Get Your Tickets Today!


NEW YORK CITY, NY--History is about to be made at New York City's world-famous Carnegie Hall, as an accomplished violinist and vocalist, Tona Brown, becomes the first African-American transgender woman to perform at the storied Weill Recital Hall at 7:30 PM, on Wednesday, June 25, during LGBT Pride Week.  Ms. Brown, whose notable achievements include singing the National Anthem for President Barack Obama, as La Principessa in the opera Suor Angelica, and her upcoming role as Delia in the new Netflix series City Lightz, will headline a truly unforgettable evening as part of the many celebrations of LGBT Pride in New York City.  "I'm privileged and thrilled to have the opportunity to make history on the Carnegie Hall stage," says Ms. Brown, "This is the high point of my career." 

Ms. Brown studied under such greats as Isaac Stern (for whom Carnegie Hall's main auditorium is named), played with the Shenandoah Conservatory, and recorded This Is Who I Am, a compendium of selections by African-American composers. She can be heard accompanying chart-topping, out R&B vocalist Nhojj, on his new album, Made To Love Him,and recently appeared as La Principessa in the opera Suor Angelica. Ms. Brown's stellar performances have also enthralled audiences the world over, with her matchless delivery of song and music, and at Carnegie Hall, Tona will perform classical and contemporary selections, including works by African-American composers, including Deep Riverand Dream Variations.

Tickets are $35, $55, and $70, available May 22 at

Thursday, January 30, 2014

.@theInsider features @OWNAmbassadors , @3LWTV in their @Oprah Birthday Shout Outs! Watch video!

Yesterday, my Twitter bud Oprah Winfrey celebrated her 60th birthday!  I lost count long ago of the requests I received to be my "plus 1" to her highly anticipated birthday blowout.   I'm not sure where folk got this erroneous information, but it was flattering to say the least.  I'm thrilled that Ms. Winfrey spent her birthday, HER WAY!  She wanted a quaint day of quiet reflection at home and that's exactly what she got.

It's an honor to watch people share accolades from near and far.  The global scope of her integrity, inspiration and passion never cease to amaze!  It comes as no surprise that she is on the world's radar.  It is an honor for me to be on hers.

Take a look at the Oprah birthday shout outs featured on yesterday's The Insider HERE.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Happy Holidays! Enjoy The Christmas Song by @CurtisAI12

May the joy of the holiday season be a reflection of the love and peace you exude daily.  I am so grateful for all this year has brought; stronger relationships, a-ha moments, life lessons, love, clarity and more. I'm also excited for the blessings the new season promises to bestow.  Merry Christmas fam! I love and appreciate you so much!

 Please enjoy this beautiful rendition of "The Christmas Song" by my friend Curtis Finch. Many of you know Curtis as a top 10 finalist on Season 12 of "American Idol."

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Singer @MarckAngel Is Back W/ A Hot New Video - "Positions" feat. @Kaoz61

Here's the provocative new video "Positions"  from singer Marck Angel.  It features rapper Kaoz.  It is important we support our independent music artists.  Please purchase your copy from iTunes!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

When Is The Next #GentlemensBall ? The Fact Of The Matter… @geesmalls @juansession

“When's the next Gentlemen's Ball?” - An open letter to YOU. Everyone keeps asking us, "What's the date of the next Gentlemen's Ball?" and in the interest of being totally transparent with you, the honest answer is simple: We don’t know. We are elated to hear that so many of you are looking forward to the 2014 festivities, but harbor an equal amount of anxiety about it as well. As you may or may not know, The Gentlemen's Ball is an extremely expensive event to produce and ticket sales only cover about half of the total cost so what it really boils down to is the need for increased monetary support.
Let’s play the numbers game. The first year it cost us about $50k to produce the ball. We received about $25k in ticket sales and sponsorships and $25k was our own investment (which we expected). The second year we upped the ante; it cost us approximately $65k. We received about $50k in ticket sales and sponsorships and $15k was our personal investment (although our goal was to just break even). Based on the numbers, we experienced tremendous growth over the course of the year but ultimately ended up in the RED. Unfortunately, that can’t happen again.
The Gentlemen’s Ball’s mission is to raise awareness and most importantly, MONEY, for various non-profit organizations that support the LGBT Youth who continue to endure the physical violence, mental anguish and gut wrenching shame that the overwhelming majority of us experienced while growing up and continue to battle. We also aim to celebrate the outstanding men in the black LGBT community who have overcome those adverse odds and can now stand tall in their truth. This event is one that is very near and dear to our hearts. In fact, it is more than an event, it is a MOVEMENT! We are very proud of the work that we have done over the course of the last two years and endeavor to continue that work with more dynamic initiatives in the future.
This movement is bigger than any one person or any one company. It’s about community. We know that many of you share the same passion for equality and unity that we do so we ask that you stand in this fight with us - together. For far too long, black gay men have been marginalized; bullied into a corner of shame and self-hate. The Gentlemen's Ball is a vessel that is here to proclaim “NO MORE”! NO MORE will be humiliated, brow beaten, and physically attacked because of who we are. NO MORE will we be shackled by the debasing labels of queen or DL or faggot or sissy. NO MORE will we allow the belief that we are impulsive, sexual, disease-spreading creatures to plague the minds of the masses. We have a message for society; one that is rooted in truth. There is more to us than what is currently portrayed in the media. We are proud, productive, dynamic, educated, giving men in this society. We teach your kids, prescribe your medicine, fight for you in court, sell your houses, diagnose your sicknesses, and even lobby for your rights in the political arena. We support you in too many ways to name and it’s time we get that support in return.
In order to consistently produce the caliber event that you have come to expect from us, we need more sponsorship dollars! PERIOD. Millions and millions of dollars are given away each year by large corporations in the form of grants. Each year we apply and are either denied or outright ignored. The time has come for more corporations and businesses and PEOPLE to take stock in the black gay community; to invest in us as much as we invest in them. We spend money just like everyone else and we deserve the reciprocal support.
We can’t end this letter without addressing the lack of support in our very own community. Atlanta is BLACK AND GAY AS HELL! We SHOULD NOT face these types of challenges with such a strong presence. Why don’t we support each other? Don Lemon, Mayor Kasim Reed, Senator John Lewis, to name a few, have all been asked to support The Gentlemen’s Ball by JUST SHOWING UP, but they have all declined. We even tried to PAY Don Lemon to host one year but our request fell on deaf ears. What are they all afraid of? Why won’t they support US but will run to similar events held in the White gay community? Are we not good enough for them? We are perplexed.
This is where we need your help. Many have suggested we setup a GoFundMe account or something of the like, but we say no. We believe our tickets are priced appropriately and that payment constitutes your monetary contribution as an attendee. It’s time for the businesses and corporations in our own backyard like Coca-Cola, Home Depot, Delta, and Suntrust Bank to support the black LGBT community on a larger scale just as they support our white counterparts. It’s also time that our community leaders stand up and recognize us! If you share our passion, believe in our movement and demand the respect and support from mainstream society, share this post, forward it to potential sponsors, tweet about it, talk about it, send it to a friend that could help. All that we ask is for you to simply do anything you can to get the word out.
We are determined to bring you The Gentlemen's Ball in 2014 and beyond, but we NEED your help to do so. Are you with us? Sincerely,
Juan & Gee

Friday, October 25, 2013

What Does This Black, Lesbian, Preacher's Kid, Want For Every Black Gay Man? #PillowTalk @tammypeay @3lwtv

In my first #PillowTalk with a woman, I welcome the hilarious Tammy Peay! She talks about growing up a preacher's kid, coming out to her family, what she wants for every black gay men and what life is like being a mother of three.  You do not want to miss this episode!  She drops knowledge while tickling your funny bone.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

All New "Pillow Talk" w/ @YouTube sensation @Africanoboi #3lwtv

With more than 80 million video views, the hilarious Africanoboi is one of the most watched personalities on YouTube!  Many know little about the man behind the mania.  He joins me for an episode of "Pillow Talk" where I attempt to delve into his personal life.  Its like pulling teeth. LOL
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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

New @3LWTV - Young, Gay, Wild in ATL - "Judys" @recreatldrama

All new episode of 3LWTV is now available!  Meet the cast of the web series "Judys," a a comedy about drama centered around the lives of four young gay men living in Atlanta.  I had a great time chatting with them about the show, growing up gay in a family of Jehovah Witnesses, coming out, dating in Atlanta and more.

Please like, comment and share the video!  I hope you enjoy and will support these talented young men!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Choir Boy | Alliance Theatre | September 30--October 13, 2013

Last night I had the pleasure of experiencing "Choir Boy," the provocatively poignant play by Tarell Alvin McCraney, a MacArthur Foundation "Genius"grant recipient.  A coming of age story about a different kind of boy, this play chronicles a powerful journey many of us know all too well;  yet one we rarely see brought to the stage with such grace and zeal.

The talented cast bring such vibrancy to each of the characters.  The vocal performances are ON POINT.  Its well worth the ticket price.  Follow Pharus' strength & struggles as he navigates living his truth amidst the often unwelcoming testosterone charged climate at Charles R Drew Prep School for Boys.

Set aside funds for "Choir Boy" this week.  If your budget is limited and you have to choose between tipping your favorite stripper or seeing this play...choose the play and tip Big Daddy next week!  You won't be sorry.  Oh, did I mention there is brief nudity? Thought that'd get your attention! You'll come away singing praises to the most

"Choir Boy" runs at Atlanta's Alliance Theater on the Hertz Stage through Oct 13.  Get your tickets RIGHT NOW! No, really.  For more info:

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Thank you for your birthday wishes! It couldn't have been more perfect!

Words cannot explain how touched I was to receive so many well wishes from every corner of the globe yesterday on my birthday!  I am STILL going through many of your messages!  I did my best to compose a short video.  My day began in Chicago and concluded in Miami.  It couldn't have been more perfect.  I am so blessed and grateful.  Thank you so much fam, especially Will Williams who made the entire evening possible.  Love ya'll!