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BREAKING NEWS: Black Gay Artist debuts #1 on MTV!

March 10, 2010

CLICK ON PICTURE FOR THE "LOVE" VIDEO!

Less than a week, Nhojj’s song “LOVE” went from # 7 to #1 on the www.MTVmusic.com music chart. The song is also featured in the award winning film,” Blue Print” directed by Kirk Shannon-Butts. Kirk directed the music video and featured clips from his movie,” Blue Print.”  QBC’s  “QBC Musiq with a Q” Web/TV series has been following Nhojj for quit a few years. This year is proven to be a great success for Nhojj time and time again. Nhojj made history three times over; he became the first Black gay male artist to win at Out Music Awards.  To heighten the momentum, Billboard.com and BET’s Centric TV wrote about the historical moment on their websites. All of Nhojj’s hard work is finally paying off at least in the eyes of the mainstream media. The LGBT community as a whole has always supported Nhojj. For more information about Nhojj, go to http://www.Nhojj.com.

Below is a QBC vintage clip of Nhojj performing at QBC VISIONS 2008 recorded by Steph via mobile phone.

Also, check out “FINDING ME” directed by Roger S. Omeus Jr . Nhojj music is not only featured in the film but he is in the film playing himself. INSIDE THE Q TV (a part of QBC TV Network) got a chance to catch up with Nhojj at the New York premiere of “Finding Me.”  Check out the video below.“Finding Me” is available on www.TLAvideo.com. Be sure to mention QBC code: : FINDING” for a discount (if still available)! Look out for the sequel,“Finding Me TRUTH”  featuring comer R&B sensation, Eric Joppy. Be sure to look out for Eric (QBC Musiq with a Q will!) He recently performed at QBC Party with a Cause Fundraiser.

SAVE THE DATE: Friday, March 19, 2010 QBC Film Series presents: Butch Mystique directed by Debra A. Wilson details at www.QBCNYC.org

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About Queer Black Cinema®

Queer Black Cinema® (QBC) is New York’s first and Only Black LGBTQ monthly micro-cinema series and annual international film festival mission is dedicated to showcasing independent narrative and documentary works by and about U.S. and international progressive Black LGBTQ filmmakers. We are a socially conscious organization that uses films to create dialogue to address homophobia, alarming health issues and many others “taboo” issues relating to the Black LGBTQ experiences. We provide an online resource to Black LGBTQ theme films and their makers as well as support LGBTQ youth of color emerging producers. In-addition, we screen and promote all people of color artist trailers and original music.  QBC film series takes place once a month at the LGBT Community Center and other locations throughout the New York Metropolitan area. All are welcome to attend regardless of their sexual orientation, race or gender. We aim to entertain, enlighten and educate through our niche programming.  Queer Black Cinema uses MIX NYC Experimental Queer Film Festival, a 501 C3 Not-For-Profit Organization as their fiscal sponsor.

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Missed the QBC Party with a cause Fundraiser? Check out the photo’s!

March 10, 2010

QBC PARTY WITH A CAUSE FUNDRAISER!

CLICK HERE TO VIEW OVER 200 plus pictures….

Thank you to all who supported QBC. Special thanks to Blondell and her assistant. CLICK HERE if you would like to donate to the 3rd Annual Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival 2010.

PARTY WITH A CAUSE! Support QBC Film Fest 2010!

February 8, 2010

The BIGGEST PARTY WITH A CAUSE IN NYC FEB 19, 2010

New York, NY (www.QBCNYC.org) Angel L. Brown, founder/Producer of Queer Black Cinema teamed of with promoter Ron to throw one of the biggest party of the year at Secret Lounge Friday, February 19. Doors open at 9:30 PM Showtime at 10:15 PM $5 before 12 AM but you must be on the QBC guest list. The musical acts is hosted by DJ Baker from Da Do Dirty Show (on Qnation.FM Monday – Friday 5 PM.)

Angel decided to turn her birthday celebration into a hug fundraiser for the 3rd Annual Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival 2010. “I wanted to start early with raising funds for the festival. This year, I would like to help filmmakers who are exhibiting their work to be in attending which can be very difficult if they live out of state or out of the country. We are the only Black LGBT Film Festival in New York City. If everyone support, there shouldn’t be any reason why this festival can be one of the most successful well attended festivals out there.  If we don’t support our own images, you really can’t expect anyone else to” states, Angel L. Brown.

Back in December Angel attended a birthday party at Secret Lounge and had a blast! She enjoyed the music, the atmosphere and the excellent hospitality the promoter and his crew shown. Although Secret Lounge had prominently males in attendance, there was a nice group of ladies there as well. “Everyone was dancing to the music and having a wonderful time. The club is open to all LGBT and LGBT friendly people and had a great time and would attend any of Ron’s parties” states Angel L. Brown. Angel was introduced to Promoter Ron by Recording Artist, Jesse O. Jesse O will be in attending singing his version of “Happy B-day” to Angel.

The QBC Fundraiser is happening Friday, February 19 at Secret Lounge 525 West 29th Street (Btwn 10th & 11th Ave.) Doors open at 9:30 PM the exclusives festivities including musical performances starts at 10:15 PM. $5 before 12 AM but you must be on QBC guest list. RSVP via facebook or e-mail name at queerblackcinema@yahoo.com Subject: Party with a Cause!

ABOUT QUEER BLACK CINEMA
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Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival is a progressive socially conscious film festival that will bring you the best Black LGBTQ theme films from around the world. The four-day festival consists of not only groundbreaking films but also panel discussions with industry professionals and community leaders followed including a Black LGBTQ Film & Book Market.

QBC Int’l Film Festival is an entity of Queer Black Cinema, New York’s first and only Black LGBTQ monthly micro-cinema. Since the 2006 launch of the film series, the organization has expanded into several projects: QBC College Film Tour, Just|BE Black Gay Erotica 72 hour Poetry & Film Competition on HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness and Fades Of Black Women Film Showcase, honoring Black Lesbians Women. For more info on the project including volunteering, log on to: qbcfilmseries@yahoogroups.com | http://www.queerblackcinema.org

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QBC BREAKING NEWS: NAACP Nominate Michael Jackson Funeral for Outstanding Variety Show

January 7, 2010

QBC BREAKING NEWS:

Michael Jackson Funeral get nominated for a NAACP 2010 Outstanding Variety Show.  I kid you not! I only have one comment, JAMES BROWN GOT CHEATED!

What are your thoughts?


Other nominees include:

Outstanding Variety – (Series or Special)

  • “BET Awards 2009” (BET)
  • “Bill Cosby: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor” (PBS)
  • “Michael Jackson Memorial Service” (ABC, BET, CNN, MTV, NBC)
  • “Wanda Sykes: I’ma Be Me” (HBO)
  • “We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial” (HBO)


Source: NAACP website

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About Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival
ABOUT
Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival is a progressive socially conscious film festival that will bring you the best Black LGBTQ theme films from around the world. The now three-day festival consists of not only groundbreaking films but also panel discussions with industry professionals and community leaders including a Annual Tribute to LGBT youth of color rally in remembrance to Fallen Angels who died due to a homophobic hate crime followed by a Black LGBTQ Film & Book Market.
HISTORY
Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival was created by Angel L. Brown in 2007 and launched in 2008 at the Brecht Forum in New York. Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival is an entity of Queer Black Cinema(QBC). QBC started out as a film series and quickly became a non-profit fiscally sponsored project of MIX Queer Experimental Film Festival. QBC is now a hub for various projects since 2006: QBC College Film Tour, Just|BE Black Gay Erotica 72 hour Poetry & Film Competition on HIV/AIDS prevention & awareness and Fades Of Black Womyn Film Showcase, honoring Black Lesbians Womyn.

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Nhojj- First Black Male to win an OutMusic Award

January 3, 2010

(Interview with Nhojj at the Finding Me premiere 2009)

January 3, 2010 (New York, NY) The new year ends and begins right for Nhojj, a Soul/Jazz/R&B/Gospel/Activist  singer first Black male to win an OutMusic Award from the Alliance of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Recording Artists and Performers. His song “Love” was named OUTstanding R&B/Soul Song of the Year.  Nhojj is one of the few artist (gay or straight) that is keeping “real music” alive with a socially conscious message behind it – “Peace & Love.”

Nhojj has performed at past QBC events since the launch in 2006.  We are proud to know and support his work. We wish him continued success in 2010 and years to come. You can see view video of Nhojj at Musiq with A Q! a new show a part of QBC TV Network. You can also purchase Nhojj’s music at www.Nhojj.com.

Originally posted on Billboard.com:

Nhojj Wins R&B/Soul Song of the Year and Makes OUTMusic Award history

(Billboard Publicity Wire) December 23, 2009 — Indie recording artist Nhojj made OUTMusic Awards history when his ballad “Love” was voted 2009 Outstanding R&B/Soul Song of the Year by The Alliance of LGBT Recording Artists & Performers. This marks the first time an African American male has won an OMA. The Logo sponsored event was held December 8, 2009, at the legendary Webster Hall in New York City. It is the biggest night in LGBT entertainment, and the only gala ceremony of its kind in the world.

Nhojj at the OUTMusic Awards 2009
Nhojj at the OUTMusic Awards 2009

Nhojj is also the first artist to win the OUTStanding R&B/Soul song of the year. OUTMusic added this and other categories to the ceremony this year to more fully reflect the music of the LGBT community. After his win, the singer/songwriter took the stage performing “Love” before an audience including OMA Lifetime Achievement recipient Kevin Aviance, Village Voice columnist Michael Musto, LOGO personalities DeMarco Majors and Julie Goldman among many other notables in the LGBT community. The ceremony was hosted by Noah’s Arc star Rodney Chester and GLAAD Media Award winner Kate Clinton.

“Love” features keyboardist Carl Evans (Stevie Wonder, Barry White); David Stark on Guitar (Rick James & Teena Marie); Tommy Aros on percussion (Luis Miguel); and is mastered by by Robert Honablue, whose Gold and Platinum credits include Santana, Roberta Flack, Aretha Franklin, Bob Marley, and Miles Davis.

Director Kirk Shannon-Butts featured “Love” in his highly acclaimed Indie film “Blueprint,” which screened at 2008 Cannes International Film Festival, and also directed the music video “Love.” Unlike many current R&B music videos, it is the sensitive reflection of two male college students who feel a mutual attraction toward each other. “I believe love is for everyone… homosexual and heterosexual” Nhojj says, “One day soon our world will acknowledge this simple truth.”

In 2004, Nhojj’s sophomore CD “Someday Peace Love & Freedom” was nominated for OUTStanding New Male Recording. Songs on that album covered issues ranging from homelessness to homophobia. Nhojj chose “Fighting for Love,” an original composition about a warrior fighting against ignorance and hatred, to perform at a special OMA Nominee showcase held at Fez in NYC that year.

Nhojj grew up in Guyana and Trinidad, where he performed for the Presidents of both countries. He began singing in church at the age of 5, but didn’t embark on a career in music until after graduating from NYU with a BA in Economics. Earlier this year he returned to his Caribbean roots and performed “Love” at the 2009 Barbados Music Awards.

To date Nhojj has released six CDs and an unplugged live DVD by Emmy nominated director Bill Cote. He has performed at Lincoln Center, and toured the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and the United Kingdom.

In addition to his recording and performance schedule, Nhojj regularly donates his gift of music to people living with HIV/AIDS. He performs in hospitals, hospices, residential facilities and treatment centers throughout New York City , as part of the Lifebeat “Hearts and Voices” program.

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QBC Film Fest. pays tribute to LGBT youth of color hate crimes victims w/ performances by the Lavender Light Gospel Choir 10/17/09

October 11, 2009

As a space that is intended to give voice to the queer black community, this year the Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival will also being shedding light on issues directly effecting the Queer communities of color. On Saturday, October 17th 3:005:00pm film festival will be having a tribute rally to remember queer youth of color who have been killed as a result of hate crimes throughout the country, as well as to shed light on the impact of hate-based violence in our community. The rally will take place in the center of Harlem at Maysles Cinema (Malcolm X Blvd/ Lenox Ave. between 127th & 128th Street – Harlem, NY) and will include queer youth of color organizations in the New York area, tribute performances, speakers, multimedia presentation and a march around the Block in remembrance of the Fallen Angels. Following the Tribute is a Queer Youth of Color Screening of Christopher Street by Dwight O’Neal & Steven Emmanuel.

Directions: Take the 2 or 3 to 125th street. Walk two short blocks on Malcolm X to 127th street (across from Syliva’s Restaurant)

OUT ON DVD – 2008 TRUTH HALL by Jade Jenise Dixon, Best Narrative Winner at Queer Black Cinema Film & Music Festival 2008!

September 15, 2009

Truth Hall New DVD Front Cover

Truth Hall New DVD Front Cover

Jade Jenise Dixon was the big winner at Queer Black Cinema Film & Music Festival 2008.  Jade won for Best Narrative Film and Best Sound Track. TRUTH HALL -Some dirty little secrets are about to come out! Riskier and more provocative than Waiting to Exhale, Truth Hall examines the bonds of friendship linking a group of African-American women who were inseparable in college. But now, years after graduation, they reunite for a wedding and find that they have drifted apart. Lingering grudges and long-buried passions from their college days ignite…setting off a firestorm that could stop the wedding and destroy their cherished friendships.  Theaward-winning film stars Karimah Westbrook, Tamara ‘Gingir’ Curry,Celeste A. Sullivan,Nicole Prescott and writer, director, producer Jade Dixon.  Bet calls her, “THE NEXT TYLER PERRY.” The award-winning soundtrack includes music by Lina and America Idol Trenyce. Don’t sleep on the sound track; trust me, it is as good as the film if not better. You can truly play the soundtrack from the beginning to the end without any interruptions.  Check out samples of each song at www.truthhallthemovie.com.

Truth Hall DVD and soundtrack  is now available on DVD and digital download.  Be sure to check out The Black LGBT Film & Music Market: NYC and enter a chance to win a free copy of TRUTH HALL  courtesy of Image Entertainment and HBO Home Video October 17th.

If you are in the PA area, check out REEL BLACK presents a screening of Truth Hall September 18th…

WHAT: Soul Food Cinema Presents TRUTH HALL

Reel Black Presents...

Reel Black Presents...

WHERE: The Point of Destination Cafe, 6460 Greene Street (Above the Upsal R8 train station) Philadelphia, PA 19119  215-849-7771.
WHEN: Friday September 18, 2009 doors 6:30 / Show 7pm
COST: FREE w/ Purchase of a Soul Food Friday Meal ($11 and up.)
Reelblack’s Soul Food Cinema Series returns to The Point Of Destination Cafe on Friday September 18 at 7PM with the Philly Premiere and DVD release celebration for TRUTH HALL, written, Directed and Starring Jade Jenise Dixon. Feature will be preceded by the short film THE STORM by Larry Wright.

Featuring giveaways courtesy Image Entertainment and HBO Home Video.

Courtesy of INSIDE THE Q tv a QBC tv Network

MICHAEL JACKSON MEMORIAL

July 7, 2009
MICHAEL JACKSON

MICHAEL JACKSON

On behalf of Queer Black Cinema, INSIDE THE Q and Our Stories Productions we send final wishes and condolences to the family, friends and fans of MICHAEL JACKSON.  Your music will live on and your work of healing the world as well as giving to countless charities will be continued through all of us here on this earth. We Love You Michael and thank God for allowing us to have such a phenomenal person in our lives. Now it’s time to not only remember your legacy but continue your legacy of bringing people together through song but also giving to charities.  You are truely an icon and the best entertainer of all times and generation. You are now among two people that were able to bring people together like this and that is, Bob Marley and Princess Diana.  Rest in Peace Michael Jackson. WE LOVE YOU!

Sincerely,

Angel L. Brown

Executive Producer

Queer Black Cinema

We live you with this live from Harlem, NY….

RIP Michael Jackson

August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009

Queer Black Cinema remembers Michael Jackson…

June 26, 2009
Celebrating at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY the life of a World-Wide Music Icon, Pop Star- Michael Jackson

Celebrating at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY the life of a World-Wide Music Icon, Pop Star- Michael Jackson

The King of Pop, an American icon, a World Wide legend has passed away, Michael Jackson 1958 – 2009.  I knew this day would come but not for years to come. For some reason I always thought MJ would out live me even though I am much younger then him.  I am still in disbelief. I can only image what his family is going through. On behave of Queer Black Cinema and Our Stories Productions, our hearts are very heavy; we send condolence to Michael Jackson children, family and close friends.Your legacy will continue to live on forever, you were a genius of music. Rest in peace and sleep well.

Remincing…

I remember when he reunited with his brothers on an award show. I was on punishment and was band from watching television. However, I still turned the TV on low and was silently enjoying the performance of MJ and the Jackson Five.  I guess I got over excited because my mom heard the me and screamed,'” Turn that TV off.”  Of course I just turned the sound off. the images was enough for me to see and enjoy.  Share your memories…

Below is an article, I wish to share from Pride TV. It explains how I felt growing up to the music of Michael Jackson.

In Peace,

Angel L. Brown

Queer Black Cinema founder/Producer

Michael Jackson:
An American Treasure
1958-2009

By Anare V. Holmes
(June 26, 2009) Critically acclaimed author Alice Walker once wrote, “models in art, in behavior, in growth of spirit and intellect–even if rejected–enrich and enlarge one’s view of existence.”
Michael Jackson was such a model for me.
His music gave me permission to escape my immediate cirmcustances of dealing with the loneliness and isolation I felt as a young child adjusting to new family digs in the summer and fall of 1983.
At the time, Jackson’s album Thriller southed my soul with its classic hits “Billy Jean,” “Beat It,” and, of course, the title cut.
Whenever I was feeling low, I’d go up to my room, turn on my boombox, close my eyes and enter into an imaginary world where I was stage performer.
I carefully watched the choreography of Michael Peters, who orchestrated the fancy footwork captured in Jackson’s video Beat It. I had all the steps down as I sang along with Jackson.

Everything had to be perfect because I was performing right in front of Jackson. For it was this poster of him in the brown leather jacket that hung above my bed.
With Jackson watching, I had to be on point.
After the performance I felt better.
I imagined that I, too, would one day have my time to shine in the warm spotlight. The stage Michael Jackson performed on always appeared to be the place where people focused their attention solely on him.
It was the place where people screamed, cheered and shouted his praises.
I wanted that because it seemed like love.
I knew it was possible for a little Black boy to command that level of attention and respect because of Jackson.
And so, I dared to dream.
I began to visualize what was possible for my life.
Jackson may have made his physical transition from Earth yesterday, but the treasure he leaves behind is eternal.
His talent, artistry and the barriers he overcame are a testament to what we all can do when we choose to follow the passion and purpose that live within us.
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