From The Shrug Files: Queen Latifah Comes Out?

When Queen Latifah signed on to perform at Long Beach, California’s gay pride parade, many raised their eyebrows and wondered if she would finally seize the opportunity to come out.

Although speculations about the Queen’s sexuality have circulated for years, she has never explicitly come out as a lesbian. Well, during her pride performance, those who had been waiting for an Ellen-like, “Yep, I’m gay” statement didn’t exactly get their needs met.

But they did get something to chew on.

REPORT: 43 Percent of Black Gay Youth Have Contemplated or Attempted Suicide

Preliminary results from a blockbuster survey of black gay youth, conducted by the National Strategy for Black Gay Youth in America, reveals that 43 percent of black gay youth have thought about or attempted suicide as a result of issues related to their sexual orientation.

Released by Youth Pride Services, the report is the first of three to be released this year.

According to the results, over half of those surveyed fear or have experienced family disownment as a result of coming out of the closet.

NAACP President Ben Jealous Talks Same-Sex Marriage Support: ‘I Hope This Will Be A Game-Changer’

NAACP President Benjamin Jealous says he hopes the organization’s announcement of support for same-sex marriage will inspire resistant African Americans to rethink their opinions on the issue.

During an interview with the Associated Press, Jealous drew comparisons with the struggle of his parents to find acceptance for their interracial marriage in the 1960’s. He also made it very clear that the NAACP’s position focuses on marriage equality “in the eyes of government, not religion.”

FAMU’s Marching Band Suspended for Another Year

In wake of the latest hazing incident that resulted in the November 2011 death of drum major, Robert Champion, Florida A&M University’s famed Marching 100 band has been suspended for another year.

Last week, the former director of the band, Dr. Julian Wright, resigned.

From the Huffington Post:

“At a school where people attend football games just for the Marching 100 halftime show, where students enroll just for a shot at playing on the field, such a move is like saying the Alabama Crimson Tide won’t play football for a year. The full impact on enrollment and the school community can’t immediately be measured, but students and alumni said it’s a move they support to make sure hazing is rooted out.

Jay-Z Comes Out In Support of Gay Marriage

Hip Hop mogul Jay-Z has come out in support of President Obama’s stance on same-sex marriage.

Speaking with CNN, Jay-Z called supporting gay marriage “the right thing to do.

Jay joins prominent African Americans like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and Will Smith in voicing their support for marriage equality in the wake of President Obama’s historic announcement last week.

Thirteen Charged in FAMU Drum Major’s Death; Were The Charges Too Lax?

Yesterday, thirteen people were criminally charged in the homicide of former Florida A&M University (FAMU) drum major, Robert Champion.

In November 2011, the 26-year-old Champion died after enduring a severe beating during a hazing ritual while aboard a FAMU charter bus. Many believe that Champion was beaten so severely because he was anti-hazing and gay.

Brandon White, ATL Gay-Bashing Victim, Speaks Out!

20 year-old gay man Brandon White has finally spoken out after a viral video of him being brutally gay-bashed by three men spread like wildfire across the internet this week.

As we told you yesterday, an FBI investigation is underway to find the perpetrators and bring them to justice.

But that won’t do anything to erase the physical and emotional scars from enduring such a vile beating. commends Brandon for his courage and resilience in speaking out about this terrible ordeal.

“I was going to be silent about it…but by them going ahead and wanting to release it and put it on the internet, i feel that they wanted the attention themselves. They wanted to make themselves look like they were brave and strong. But in my opinion, I’m the brave one.”

Check out his press conference below.

VIDEO: Brutal Gay-Bashing in Atlanta Sparks Outrage, FBI Investigation

A harrowing viral video  depicting a young Gay man being viciously gay-bashed in Atlanta has sparked a firestorm of controversy and an investigation by the FBI.

The video shows the attackers waiting for someone to exit a convenience store, with one of them stating “Jack City, no faggots.” A young man then exits the store and is immediately sucker punched from the side, and then brutally beaten by three men. Throughout the video, a fourth man can be heard yelling “no faggots in Jack City” as they mercilessly punch and kick the victim.

According to reports, the police were never called, and the attackers are still at large.

VIDEO: Fat Joe Says "Gay Mafia" Runs Hip Hop

In a recent interview with Vlad TV, Fat Joe asserted that Hip Hop is run by some kind of “gay mafia” that decides who gets records deals, awards, etc.


“‘The hip-hop community is most likely owned by gay, to be honest with you. I happen to think there is a gay mafia in hip-hop. Not rappers, the editorial presidents of magazines, the PDs at radio stations, the people who give you awards at award shows. This is the f**king gay mafia. They are in power. So why wouldn’t a guy come out and say, ‘yo, I’m gay’ and get that type of love. I mean, Lady Gaga, I don’t know if she’s gay but she’s running with that gay sh*t for real, and she is winning.'”

Joe also says that he’s probably already worked with a Gay rapper, and thinks that, in this day and age, if you’re a Gay rapper, “rep your set.”

It’s great that he’s so open-minded, but isn’t there something problematic about Joey (and many other people) thinking Gay people are a part of some kind of gang or club?

Check out the video below: