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Attitudes about Lesbian & Gay Hollywood

A trio of teen journalists wrote a piece for Y-Press about their thoughts on Hollywood’s current images of gays and lesbians. Here’s the article on teen attitudes.

They asked me about the history of gays and lesbians in movies. The piece they wrote is here.

Sports, Politics and DC History

I talked at the Washington, DC Historical Society last Saturday about DC sports history and stadium plans.

Brett at Historical Society

Brett at Historical Society

The crowd had some serious sports junkies, asking questions about baseball in the 19th century and the way the old Senators compare to the current Nationals.

Also had a cadre of people into DC local politics and the way the opinions of the citizens are often ignored.

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DC Tennis Summer 09

First Venus Williams came. Now it’s sister Serena’s turn.

The World Team Tennis Washington Kastles reconstructed their temporary stadium on the old Convention Center parking lot three weeks ago. Serena plays with her team tonight in her only DC appearance.

The sport is odd. The season lasts one month. Somesports have a playoff seasdon that lasts two months. With WTT you get to see the matches then before you kow it, your team’s in the playoffs and then the playoffs are over.

Hip Hop Theater

Madonna Concert - Dancing to Vogue
Image by Anirudh Koul via Flickr

Another successful week of Hip Hop in DC. The Festival drew people to movies about Ghana; Youth panels,  and stage production.

The Festival gets Washingtonians away from the monied Northwest section and spreads them out across the other parts of the city. They drive past things they don’t see and get to hang with people they would not know.

The Dance Place extravaganza Saturday night was excellent. Don’t Hit Mama: Nita Liem – Artistic Director, Bart Deuss Co-Artistic Director/Dramaturg, with Clearence Koorndijk and Honey Eavis, Holly Bass, Brandon Barnette, Meghan Bowden, Olivia Crosby (Culture Shock),
Simone Jacobson, Shae Lim
and many more!
Curated by Holly Bass. Music by DJ RBI.
Support for Nita Liem was made possible by
Consulate General of The Netherlands in New York & The Royal Netherlands Embassy

The audience performed and watched. No one sat. Everybody danced. Four guys moved synchronized across a platform in the back.  Scenes flashed along the white wall in the front of the room.

The fifteen performers danced with anybody who wanted to move. They formed dance circles featuring star turns. They formed lines and invited anybody to get their grove on down the line. Michael Jackson got his due with spins of his top songs as the closing numbers.

We were the only gay couple. Wish there had been at least one other one there. We could only guess that there was one gay or lesbian performer and really only one guy did a great dance to Madonna‘s Vogue.

I wish I’d had someone with insider knowledge with us to provide me with some of the knowledge about actions that I do not have. That would have made the evening even better.

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What Did McNair Know

I am sad about McNair’s murder. How can one feel otherwise. I appreciate the sentiments of fans who worshipped his performance on the football field and what Titans fans felt he meant to their team.

The quarterback’s friends can be expected to say supportive things. Friends, teammates and opponents had great feelings toward McNair as a person.

McNair’s charity work was fantastic. Some people do donate a percentage fo their earnings. Fewer give their personal time to charity.

One of the most perceptive articles addressed these issues. However, the piece took issue with McNair’s personal behavior because of his not being home for his children. I agree wholeheartedly.

Now as we find out that the McNair’s girlfriend, Sahel Kazemi, faced financial troubles and had doubts about her being his only outside interest, one has to wonder about what type of information she provided to McNair. Did Sahel let him know about her financial concerns. I would imagine that she did and I wonder whether he offered her help? Did she confide her concerns over another woman? This I doubt because it would presumably endanger their continuing relationship ( ie she wouldn’t be fun, she’d be carping at him). Still, I wonder how she would have hid her concerns from him when they saw each other, particularly someone so close to the edge that they would tell their friend that their life was shit!

Dealers and Baseball

The Trinidad neighborhood in Washington DC has hosted unique historic events. The neighborhood has also displayed many of the issues plaguing urban areas in the United States.

This article offers a unique look.