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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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Check out INSIDE THE Qtv promo of Drama Queenz premiering at QBC 4/23

April 22, 2009

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Check out the new hit series, Drama Queenz produced by Novo Novus Productions Thursday, April 23, 2009. Queer Black Cinema once again have found a gem.  Queer Black Cinema will premiere episodes of the series along with exclusive footage. QBC ReelTALK discussion will follow the screening moderated by Aaron Ingram, Executive Director of ActNOW Foundation/ANF Film Series.  Tickets are available online for purchase at http://www.queerblackcinema.org/TICKETS.htm for only $8. Online orders also have an opportunity to win a FREE copy of DIRTY LAUNDRY directed by Maurice Jamal. Lastly, all audience members will receive coupons to the newly release feature film, FINDING ME directed by Roger Omeus, Jr. Read more about Drama Series !

NHOJJ at the FINDING ME PREMIERE IN New York

April 22, 2009

Finally, the long awaited FINDING ME feature premiered at the Quad Cinema in New York for one night only on April 15th. The first works feature was written and director by Roger S. Omeus Jr featuring RayMartell Moore, Derrick L. Briggs, Eugene Turner, J’Nara Corbin, Ron De Suze. INSIDE THE Q tv was at the sold out premiere and after party. Eric J. Parker (Host of Inside the Q) got a chance to speak with Nhojj, who music is featured throughout the film including the creative love scene. The film also feature music by Baron.

Baron just recently release his new album Celebrity.  The song in the INSIDE THE Q video clip is “Birds” by Baron featuring Nhojj. You can purchase music by Nhojj at www.Nhojj.com and Baron at www.artistbaron.com. Music is also in rotation on DA DO DIRTY Show.Both artist will be releasing music video later next month. Check out our new MUSIQ section for updates.

FINDING ME available on DVD

FINDING ME available on DVD

Independent African-American gay cinema is given a refreshing, realistic twist in this seductive drama. Faybien Allan has it all going on; he’s young, stylish, and knows the importance of being seen with hip friends at NYC’s trendiest spots. But beneath the sparkle of his nightlife and his stunning good-looks, is a man buckling under his father’s homophobia. Filled with self-loathing and desperate for direction, he meanders through life until meeting Lonnie, a confident activist with a flirtatious smile. However, despite their obvious chemistry and fireworks in bed, Faybien’s insecurities have him looking for the door. Can a budding romance and a few good friends keep him from making the biggest mistake of his life?

A true labor of love shot over the course of a dozen weekends, FINDING ME marks the discovery of a promising and humanistic new talent, first-time Haitian-American filmmaker Roger Omeus, Jr.

FINDING ME is available online for purchase starting April 21, 2009 at TLA Releasing, Wolf video.com and all throughout the internet. You also can rent the film at Blockbuster.

RAY CUNNINGHAM PUT HERE TV ON Blast!

April 7, 2009

Hey INSIDE THE Q readers,

One of our goals for Inside the Q is to keep you posted on what’s happenng with filmmakers, artist who came through Queer Black Cinema.   This is the first of many posting to come.  If you are a writer  and have some news or updates on QBC artist, please reach out to us via e-mail at info[AT]queerblackcinema.org

I believe in 2007, Queer Black Cinema screened The DL Chronicles, created by Deondray Gosset and Quincy Lenear.   When they got picked up we encourage QBC audience to go out and support the series by signing up to Here tv.  When their DVD got release, we actually created QBC DVD Series where we would screen a new Black gay theme films out on DVD.  Audience members had an opportunity to win a free copy of the  DVD.  It saddens me to hear HERE TV is going back on their word to support this series.  A few weeks ago, I was in LA at Out Fusion. I reached out to Deondray and Quincy but did not want to ask what happen with the series.  They seem to have this look on their face as if they were too through with HERE TV so decline to ask for an update.  Last night, I came across a post on Ray Cunningham (From BET College Hill) Bleu Juice blog. Below is his take on the situation and how you may want to proceed in getting your voice out there.

Re posted from Ray’s Bleu Juice Blog

http://raysbleujuice.blogspot.com/

Put On Blast: HERE TV!


Don’t act like you haven’t heard of HERE TV! They’re another LOGO but it was home to DL Chronicles, created by Deondray Gosset and Quincy Lenear.

I have my dvd of the first season and for the longest time, been waiting for season 2. Well here it is two years later, I’m still waiting on season 2. The only response I could get is that the show producers are still under contract the show has been postponed! In Hollywood terms, that means CANCELED!
What I find funny is that the DL Chronicles is HERE!’s first and only award-winning series and was promoted last year as returning in the fall of 2008 (which means the episodes were all ready written out). There other ‘non black’ shows like Donte’s Cove is currently in its third season.
My thought is, HERE! would rather continue to support their white shows with no respect for the audience of color that came to the channel in support of the DL Chronicles, no shade – I only ordered that channel because of that show. So the creative minds they are, they figure let’s thrown Jensen Atwood on a show for a consolation prize – sorry that doesn’t make it better!
Sounds like a old text book case of use the black folks for ratings then disregard them! Case in point, I knew it was some shade when Deondray and Quincy were nominated for a GLAAD Award, then won but guess who HERE! bought a full page ad for in the Advocate the following month, Dante’s Cove!
Here’s a GREAT quote …

“We are not only honored to have received recognition for this groundbreaking series from GLAAD, but also proud to have this exquisite show on our network. Our renewal of this series for a second season shows just how committed we are to providing the highest quality gay and lesbian television to our viewers,” said Paul Colichman, CEO and Co-Founder of here! Networks.


I say folks, CANCEL your subscriptions to the network, boycot and then let Josh Rosenzweig who is the VP of Corporate Communications/Marketing at HERE! know exactly how disgusted you are at the handling of the DL Chronicles show! His email is Joshr@heretv.com or call him at (212) 920-2857.

QUEER BLACK CINEMA PREMIERE DRAMA QUEENZ, A NEW BLACK GAY COMEDY WEB SERIES

April 7, 2009

Contact:

Queer Black Cinema®

c/o Our Stories Productions, LLC

PO Box 975

New York, NY 10113

info@queerblackcinema.org

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APRIL 2009

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The cast of Drama Queenz

The cast of Drama Queenz

New York, New York (www.queerblackcinema.org) – Queer Black Cinema will premiere Drama Queenz, a new Black Gay comedy web-series about three friends and roommates dealing with life, love, and auditioning in New York City. The series stars Dane Joseph (national tour of Aida), Kristen-Alexzander Griffith (national tours of Rent), and Troy Valjean Rucker (national tour of Jesus Christ Superstar). The premiere will take place Thursday, April 23 from 7 PM – 9 PM at 208 West 13th Street New York, NY 10011 (between 7th & 8th Ave). The cast and crew will be in attendance and will participate in a live exclusive taping of QBC ReelTALK, an open discussion and Q&A session after the screening of the series. Tickets are available online for $8 and $10 at the door (http://www.queerblackcinema.org/tickets.htm). Doors open 7:15 PM sharp including photo opt, reception with cash bar followed by the screening at 8 PM. For more information and to view the trailers of this event go to www.queerblackcinema.org.

The Drama Queenz is a ten-minute web-series that focuses on gay actors living in Queen, NY looking to make it big on Broadway. The series follows Jeremiah (Joseph), a dreamer with ridiculously poor audition luck, Davis (Griffith), a perfectionist whose hard work produces uneven results, and Preston (Rucker), a realist whose inhibitions stir-up delightful “drama” for all to enjoy.

“I am very excited to support Drama Queenz. The show brings me back to my college years. I remember going out for parts in plays and dealing with the drama around it [laughter]. It is refreshing to finally see a well-produced web-series about a particular aspect of Black folks. Dane and his production company should be applauded for their great efforts in producing a high quality professional show for all to love, laugh, relate and enjoy” states Angel L. Brown, founder and curator of Queer Black Cinema.

Drama Queenz is produced by NovoNovus Productions. The company is committed to defying the traditional hindrances, which restrain creativity; thinking outside the box in order to fully realizes quality.

By creating dynamic works through various mediums and re-envisioning classic ones, Novo Novus hopes to inflict a positive change in society, becoming a catalyst for new thought in a world ripe with endless possibilities.

The Queer Black Cinema premiere of Drama Queenz will take place Thursday, April 23, 2009

(7 – 10 PM) at 208 West 13th Street between 7th & 8th Avenue. Ticket are available online for $8 (www.queerblackcinema.org/tickets.htm) and $10 at the door. RSVP on Queer Black Cinema Facebook group.

About Queer Black Cinema®

Queer Black Cinema® (QBC) is New York’s first and Only Black LGBTQ monthly micro-cinema series and annual international music and 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 other “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 is fiscally sponsored by MIX NYC Experimental Queer Film Festival, a 501 C3 Not-For-Profit Organization.

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Shorty Roc Speaks to INSIDE THE Q about his latest projects.

March 31, 2009
LtoR: Shorty Roc (Out Rapper)  & Eric J Parker(Host of INSIDE THE Q! TV) @ Fades of Black Womyn Film Showcase 2009

LtoR: Shorty Roc (Out Rapper) & Eric J Parker(Host of INSIDE THE Q! TV) in the Green Room@ Fades of Black Womyn Film Showcase 2009

Check out more clips of Fades of Black Womyn Film Showcase 2009 .  Eric J Parker, host of INSIDE THE Q!  manages to get an exclusive interview with Shorty Roc. Shorty Roc talks about his upcoming projects and more. Check it out…

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Check out clips of the Fades of Black Womyn Film Showcase ’09

March 28, 2009
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4th Annual Fades of Black Womyn Film Showcase 2009

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Check out INSIDE THE Q TV host Eric J. Parker bringing you inside the Q at the 4th Annual  Fades of Black Womyn Film Showcase March 26, 2009.

Standby for more clips and complete review of the 4th Annual  Fades of Black Womyn Film Showcase 2009 honoring Campbell x hosted by DJ Debbie.

Queer Black Cinema is bringin’ it in the ’09!

January 3, 2009

SAVE THE DATE: January 18th 7 PM

This just in- Angel L. Brown, Executive Producer & Curator of Queer Black Cinema just told me so awesome news! Unfortunately, I wish I could tell you the 411 but  she wants me to wait until Monday.  Why Monday, because I guess that’s when all of the promotional materials will be done.  Anyway, who cares, we fam right? Can you keep a secret? OK, you really suppose to join QBC Film Series yahoogroup for top secret info but…..Anyway, just join as soon as possible so you will know a head of time what I’m taking about.  Also, don’t forget to confirm your subscription. Be sure to add qcfilmseries@yahoogroups.com to your mailing list so it will not go to your junk mail.  I know, I know- I gave Angel my word that I would wait until Monday. The only thing I can say is SAVE THE DATE: January 18th  7 PM QBC will be in Harlem.   If you want more exclusives, you have to join the group!

QBC Film Series yahoogroup

Peace all,

The QBC Team

PS: Don’t forget to submit your film to the YES WE DID! or did we?? CALL FOR FILMS/ART/PHOTO Exhibition

http://www.queerblackcinema.org/submissions.htm

It’s a wrap! – Queer Black Cinema Last Screening of the Year Follow-up

December 23, 2008
Angel L.Brown, DJ Baker(Da Doo Dirty Radio Show), Alston(Chillfest.org)

LtoR: Angel L.Brown, DJ Baker(Da Doo Dirty Radio Show), Alston(Chillfest.org)

OK, So I didn’t finish the QBC December Newsletter. It’s coming! Please be patient. I promise you, it will be worth the wait. Why? Cause I said so…lol. Just kidding (inside joke) Anyways, I’m working hard to make this final newsletter of the year hot! OK, so you ask why hot, it’s just a newsletter. You are right, however, I have a secret. I can’t tell you right now. Be easy, in time you will know why it took so long to put out the final issue.  In the meantime, here are a few pictures from the last screening of the year. Enjoy reading the blog and be merry by making a donation to the

Donate To QBC Now!

Donate To QBC Now!

I WANT MY QBC! Campaign. You can also write a check for $100 or more  to our fiscal sponsor, MIX NYC Queer Experimental Film Festival memo: Queer Black Cinema donation.  Be sure to mail the donation to :

Queer Black Cinema

P.O Box 975

New York, NY 10113

We also take matching funds. So if you work for a company that wishes to support Queer Black Cinema, reach out to us. The way matching funds works is you make a donation and your job will match it was the same number.  Special shout out to Raphael, QBC newest member. Raphael actually gave a donation and his job matched it.  Because of Raphael’s generous donation, we were able to pay for administrative expensive (ie.   the center’s room rental, phone and Internet bill for one more month). Thanks Raphael! We look forward to working with you in the new year!

Volunteer

Volunteer w/ the Q!

If you are in college and want to become an intern, please reach out to us.  Learn the behinds operations of a not- for-profit film festival organization.  In the meantime, check out the volunteer/intern and QBC TV page.

On Thursday, October 18th Queer Black Cinema had their last screening of the month.  The film was Jumpin’ The Broom: A New Covenant directed by award winning filmmaker, Debra Wilson.  The screening was followed by QBC Reel TALK Q&A discussion with special invited guest, Kenyon Farrow and DJ Baker .Although QBC did not take place at their regular time or room at the LGBT Center, the outcome was  pleasing and well attended.  Organizations who were in attendance were Donna Redd, founder of Sistahs in Search of Truth, Alliance &

QBC Last Screening of the Year!

QBC Last Screening of the Year!

Harmony (SiSTAH); Naomi Brussel from the Out FM Collective (WBAI-NY 99.5 FM); Jim Hubbard, founder of Mix Queer Experimental Film Festival and ACT UP Oral History Project; Antwan from Gay Black Men News, Alston Ho from Chillfest.org and many QBC new and returning audience members.

Congratulations to Debra Storm for winning the signed DVD raffle of Jumpin’ The Broom: A New Covenant. Click here to purchase your copy of the film! QBC aim to support  filmmaker by purchasing and raffling off a DVD of their film or CD  at every screening. We will implement this new goal in the new year. We can’t however bring great opportunities like this to our events without your continued support so again, support the I WANT MY QBC! Campaign. Donate so we can continue QBC programming.

Happy Holidays!

From the QBC Team!

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Queer Black Cinema Last Screening of the Year! 12/18/08

December 15, 2008

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Hey Everyone!

As you can see we have been on hiatus for about a month but we are BACK! We have lot’s of news and great opportunities for you to win a few items for the holiday season. No need to look elsewhere do your shopping here! Standby for news and updates tonight and for the QBC newsletter tomorrow. In the meantime, join Queer Black Cinema for the last screening of the year this Thursday, December 18 from 6 PM – 8 PM as we screen Jumpin’ The Broom: A New Covenant directed by Debra Wilson and co-produced by Jasmyne Cannick. Check out the video and flyer below. Purchase your tickets online and you will automatically enter a raffle to win a signed copy of Jumpin’ The Broom by director Debra Wilson. Wouldn’t that be a great gift?  You can also purchase the film directly from the filmmaker, stand by for the newsletter with details. After the screening we are going to have QBC ReelTALK Q&A with special invited guest, Kenyon Farrow and DJ Baker from Da Do Dirty Show. Special thanks to Debra Wilson, Kenyon Farrow, Dj Baker, Girlzparty.com and Out FM.org for your wonderful support! Be sure to click on their links and show them some love!