Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Best selling author E. Lynn Harris returns with his eleventh novel, "Basketball Jones". Centered around a closeted professional basketball player(Dray), his secret male lover(AJ) of seven years and an inconvenient case of blackmail, this novel promises to be as juicy as ever!
E. Lynn took some time out of the beginning of what is sure to be a busy promotional blitz for his new book to give his first online interview for Basketball Jones exclusively to 3LWTV affiliate loldarian.com.
Darian and E. Lynn chat about the creative process, the real life events that inspired Basketball Jones, sports and of course the beautiful men who occupy the uniforms.
Be sure to check out this exclusive here!
Sunday, January 25, 2009
I had an incredible time during President Obama's inauguration. Parties, friends, and the ceremony itself. If I had to do it all over again, I certainly would! In this video though, you will see that everything was not totally smooth. We still have room for much improvement in the way we organize things in this country! Take a look. Comment. Subscribe to my youtube channel!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Beautifully breathtaking, the sea of diverse faces converged upon the National Mall for Barack Obama's Inauguration ceremony. I arrived to the Capitol building area around 6am...and the lines were wrapped around blocks away. The police didn't appear to be organized in the least. Disseminating conflicting information, misdirecting ticket holders, abandoning crowd control...shit right out of the George Bush playbook. Overwhelmed, unprepared, time wasted...you get the point. At one point the street was full of people, packed like sardines when the police decide they need to move four vehicles through the street. "We have to get to our post" one stated. The crowd was like "m-fer puh-leeze. Ya'll should have been at your post hours ago."
As we finally made our way to the actual street where the line to the Purple Gate began, the chaos only thickened as police did not attend to the growing, anxious crowd. As I neared the gate I saw Mariah Carey (dressed tastefully, and not overly made up) along with her ultra corny cool husband, the cute Nick Cannon. Yes, they were also in the Purple section. I also saw Rev. Jesse Jackson who passed through the street mob scene.
Once inside the pearly gates, I finally made my way down front. I was amazed by the sheer number of people. When I attended the Million Man March in 1995 I was overwhelmed by the number of men on hand. This Inauguration trumped that many times over!
Like many, I thoroughly enjoyed the ceremony. I was thrilled that Aretha was covered and clothed, though that Aunt Jemima (pre-makeover) Court Jester monstrosity atop her scalp screamed HOT MESS! I couldn't help but laugh when a young man standing behind me stated, "Dude, she's way past her time." This as her vibrato rattled somewhere between sore throat and pure cacophony.
Diane Feinstein was elegant, poised as always. Rick Warren received a lukewarm response from my vantage point. The moment was all about Obama of course. It was amazing watching the hope of a nation reflected from this man through a bullet proof shield to more a million plus supporters standing in awe.
I have to admit, my favorite part of the entire event, was the Departure Ceremony in which they put George and Laura Bush's asses in a helicopter and sent them back to to the plane that would take them back to Texas. Pennsylvania Avenue rid itself of the trailer trash mentality and returned to its previous glory!!!
Here are a few images from my visit to the nation's capital.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Chicago Mayor Richard Daley hosted a Inaugural party which truly reflected the rich diversity of his city! Daley, a gracious host, post for photgraphs with EVERY attendee inside the main Ballroom of D.C.'s Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Dressed in business attire, the gracious crowd of Chicago's elite mingled, sipped, and flaunted their magnificence. I had a chance to meet a few notables including Mayor Daley, promoter Don King, Senator Roland Burris and basketball star/actor Rick Fox.
The celebratory spirit here is indescribable. Here are a few images from the evening. Enjoy!
In this national day of service, I'm taking off to assist in President-Elect Obama's day of calling. I am still in DC having an incredible time enjoying this experience. I will post pics and other info as soon as I can.
I hope you are enjoying this day, and really taking to heart its meaning. America's renewed spirit is an amazing thing to witness! Make sure we each do our part!
I will see you shortly! Always stand in your light!
Sunday, January 18, 2009
The Inaugural Donor Reception for the White Attire Affair was held Sunday, kicking off the fund raising efforts for the July extravaganza. Held in the upscale Onyx building in D.C.'s gentrified South Capitol Corridor, the sponsors, Al-Sura, did not disappoint. The intimate affair brought together volunteers and donors with Al-Sura Founder Rahim Briggs who revealed some of the very exciting plans for this year's event!
The Donor Reception was sponsored by SWERV Magazine, the nation's new Black, gay, lesbian, bisexual & Transgender magazine.
Mark your calendars! July 18, 2009. Sign up for updates at the Al-Sura website, MySpace
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Here are some photos from the Donor Reception.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Upon arriving in D.C. my good friends Kevin and Derrick co-hosted a cocktail reception to kick off the weekend festivities. Held in the beautiful Maryland home of Roland Edwards, the evening was a smooth celebratory beginning to an outstanding weekend .Since there were many ATL-iens in town they were among the invited who stopped by. Enjoy these images.
Roland, Kevin and Derrick thank you for this wonderful event!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Be sure to check out Maurice Runea's new show where he hangs backstage with the legendary Harmonica Sunbeam in NYC! The show is featured on The Rainbow Collective as well as his YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/chocolatemrh. So stop by and give his show sum luv!
Thursday, January 1, 2009
I hope you had a festive New Year's celebrating in a manner that made you happy! I attended church and I stopped at private party before heading home to bed.
Let's take this opportunity for a new start focusing on how we truly 'see' our lives. We spend far too much time focusing on the appearance of things not realizing the power we give to fear, lack and pain. Pursue you personal purpose regardless of what others may think. The only thing stopping you from maximizing your potential is YOU.
Stop measuring yourself through external factors. Don't get caught up in the madness of resolutions. If you want to lose weight, have more money, conquer a health challenge, no matter what....you have to see ONLY the answer. Envision yourself being successful and see ONLY that outcome. Live and move forward towards your goal without judgement. Be still, turn off the tv, computer, music and spend time with yourself.
As your thinking changes, so does your experience. I know this may sound a little out there, but take a look at your life now. Think about the things you focus on mentally. I guarantee there is a direct correlation. If you harbor feelings of anger, hate or fear, I certain your life reflects this. If you focus on your faith (not your religion) you will find the answers you seek. So if you are tired of things the way they are, then change them....start within!
Now is the time...in '09...to change your mind! Thank you so much for letting me be a part of your lives! I have much to conquer in this moment.
Always stand in your light!
"I Renew My Mind in 2009"-- yearly theme for Hillside Chapel and Truth Center, Atlanta.