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Sgl Contents Features 12 Talk Show Diva Maurice Runea 6

Gina Prince-Bythewood Addresses Her Critics

17 Tyra Banks, Phil Donahue Among GLAAD Media Award Winners In Every Issue 4

Editor’s Letter

16 What the T? Gossip column on everything in the entertainment industry

11 Ask Nathan 7 Scott 8

DVD Movies





This Week’s Happy Birthday ‘s April 1- Rodney Johnson

Editor’s Letter I am so excited to still be here for the third issue. I told you that we would get better and better with each and every issue. I have been looking at the numbers for each and every issue and they continue to blow me away we have readers in Mexico, South America, Italy, Africa, Asia, and so many other countries I can’t make out on the map. Praise the lord is all I got to say is Praise the lord. Please subscribe to the magazine it is free and it only takes two minutes to sign up. Please tell a friend to subscribe also. In this issue we have our cover model M aurice Runea looking fabulous, we get very personal in this interview. We have our weekly columnist Nathan 7 Scott talking about how to get rid of toxic people out of your life wether it is your family, friends, boyfriend, girlfriend, boss, etc. We have a overview of the New York Glaad Awards and so much more. So take a look at the issue and please respond at

Cordially, Cleavester Brooks

Books From LuAnn de Lesseps — The Countess is widely recognized as today’s manners & etiquette expert and the star of Housewives of New York on Bravo. This spring, she will introduce her first book, Class with the Countess: How to Live with Elegance and Flair (Gotham) which releases on April 16th, 2009. This book empowers women who never thought they had the confidence or the elegance to navigate many social situations. The Countess shares her own experiences socializing with everyone from Kings and Queens to various aristocrats. Through her inspirational message and high-profile life as a Countess, she takes you through setting the perfect table, to gracefully entering a room - and never once makes these look daunting!

Gina Prince-Bythewood Addresses Her Critics by Gina Prince- Bythewood “Over the years, we've all seen too many anachronistic 'magic Negroes' in movies like “Forrest Gump” and “The Green Mile.” The saintly African-American matriarchy of “The Secret Life of Bees” may appear benign by comparison. Yet the film, set in the civil rights era, has a dated, musty piety that too often evokes the liberal message mongering of that time. “The Secret Life of Bees” is a lesson - or, rather, a whole series of them - we no longer need to learn.” Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly. It is a long-standing, industry norm that filmmakers do not respond to critics. But when I read this “review” of my film, I was determined to blow up this dude's spot. Not only was I personally offended, but his ignorance spoke to my greater anger -- the industry's imposed limitations on our diversity. My desire as a filmmaker is to make universal stories with Black characters. Just as I can watch “Knocked Up,” or “Terms of Endearment” and be moved, I hope that all audiences can watch “Love and Basketball” and “The Secret Life of Bees” and be similarly moved. But the reality is, there are those who view films through their own limited scope of experience and prejudices. Owen Glieberman, “a top critic,” labeled the Boatwright sisters “magical negroes,” arguing they were too good to be true. Whose ruler is measuring the length, width and depth of who we are, were and will be as a people? The Boatwright sisters are strong, educated, cultured, entrepreneurial and complex. And they were based on women I know: women in my husband's family who grew up in South Carolina in the 60s. I was determined to give them the spotlight for once, given the oft-seen images of sisters in the 60s as beaten, uneducated, and begging for dignity. What is “magical” to Owen, is real to us. Our Black experience is as multi-faceted and complex as any other race but when people are confronted with something out of their familiarity, rejection or criticism often follows. Think about the uproar over “The Cosby Show,” labeled a “fantasy” by white critics. Or Obama's early presidential campaign, labeled a “fantasy” by our first "Black president" Bill Clinton. Because Owen Gleiberman did not recognize the women he saw on screen he too, dismissed them as a “fantasy.” This is not the first time, nor will it be the last. My hope is that the more diverse images of us appear on screen, the more the world will be unable to find comfort in old stereotypes. As for “blowing up his spot,” I was talked out of it by the studio and producers. But I can promise you, that will never happen again. We have a duty to respond. Because change will not come without a dialogue, and a dialogue is not one person spewing his ignorance, but rather an exchange of perspectives.

Gina Prince-Bythewood wrote and directed "Love and Basketball," "Disappearing Acts," and the screen adaptation of "The Secret Life of Bees."

DVD Movies Holding Trevor A moving and funny drama about growing up and breaking free, ‘Holding Trevor’ is the story of a beautiful and intelligent gay twenty-something (screenwriter Brent Gorski) who vows to take his life in a brand new direction. After breaking up with an oldboyfriend with bad habits (Shortbus’ Jay Brannan), Trevor faces the challenge of a mature relationship with Ephram, an ambitious medical intern. Rich in emotion and detail, ‘Holding Trevor’ is an unforgettable portrait of figuring where we fit in. Verdict: Buy it is a great romantic movie

M arley & M e Based on Philadelphia Inquirer columnist John Grogan's memoir, this is the portrait of a relationship throughout the life of an irascible dog. Starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson, it's funny, it's romantic, and you'll cry like crazy. Verdict: Great film buy it.

Slumdog M illionaire A poor boy finds himself climbing the ladder of India's "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire." But when the taping of the show ends, he's accused of cheating, because he couldn't possibly be that smart... could he? He's not there for the money anyway; he's there to prove himself in the eyes of a friend who watches the show religiously. Verdict: The one of the worst movies I have ever seen.

Music Rupaul- Champion You Better Work! is the phrase RuPaul coined and ultimately turned into a battle cry for the dance floor with the #1 dance classic SUPERM ODEL (You Better Work). Now Miss Thing is back to work with the release of CHAM PION, a brand new album inspired by LOGO's new reality TV series RUPAUL's DRAG RACE. The album is a sassy bouquet of rump shakers written and produced by RuPaul and Lucian Piane, the mastermind behind the viral smash BALE OUT RevoLucian's Christian Bale Remix. The first single COVER GIRL serves as the runway music on each episode of the television show. I feel ecstatically proud of this collection of songs that echoes a new spirit of hope and optimism that has swept our country. From the undeniably infectious JEALOUS OF M Y BOOGIE, DEVIL M ADE M E DO IT and DESTINY IS M INE to the retro-disco inspired M AIN EVENT to the drag queen anthems TRANNY CHASER and LADYBOY, this album is designed to get the party started. The entire album is upbeat, even the more heartfelt songs like LET S TURN THE NIGHT and NEVER GO HOM E AGAIN aren't shy when it comes to the beats per minute. The album also features THROW YA HANDS UP a bonus duet with legendary drag queen Lady Bunny. I wanted to top this album off with something really special, as a keepsake for all the up and coming fabulous children, says RuPaul. LaBelle- Back to Now Labelle is back with one of the most anticipated recordings of 2008! Sounding every bit as sassy, fresh and edgy as in their heyday, Patti, Nona and Sarah have brought together some of the powerhouse talents of today & yesterday to create a true event. The first single 'Rollout' prominently features Wyclef Jean on an upbeat contemporary anthem that will expose Labelle to a whole new audience. Lenny Kravitz plays all over the three tracks he produced combining unique R&B retro sounds with his natural rock edge. The Masters of Philly Soul Kenneth Gamble & Leon A. Huff bring their magic to four of the album's ten tracks. The album closes with a recording of 'M iss Otis Regrets' from 1969. Produced by Kit Lambert.

Jennifer Hudson- Jennifer Hudson The 2008 self-titled debut album of Jennifer Kate Hudson reflects her high-powered soulful style voice which is transcendent and timeless. Guests features on the album include Fantasia on "I'm His Only Woman", Ludacris on "Pocketbook", plus the highlights version of "And I am Telling You I'm Not Going" from Dreamgirls. Jennifer first gained notice as one of the finalists on the third season of the FOX television series American Idol. She went on to star as Effie White in the 2006 motion picture adaptation of the musical Dreamgirls for which she won numerous awards including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA and a SAG Award. 13 tracks.

Ask Nathan Hey Nathan, How do I get rid of toxic people out of my life(family, friends, associates, etc). Thanks Kyle. Dear Kyle: I would assert that you are looking to have a shift in relationships. You should first decide what your "conditions of satisfaction" are for the relationships that you wish to acquire. Create a list of the people in your life and check to see which ones meet your conditions. As you revisit your list begin to cross out the names that don't belong and then remove them from your phone. Initially, this may be challenging, however, consider filling those vacant spots with new people. Start networking and being around people who share your values. One area that I work with my clients on is how to build positive and healthy relationships. Feel free to contact me for coaching! Say No to Toxic Relationships! Nathan "Seven" Scott * Your Personal Life Coach *Experience Power, Passion & Fulfillment *Send your Questions to

Inside Maurice Runea A Cleavester Brooks Interview

Cleavester: Who is Maurice Runea? M.R: Maurice Runea is very good friend and an even better lover. He is loyal, goal oriented, driven, confident and smart. I use to be shy and doubted myself and my talents alot growing up because of obstacles life threw at me, but as I grew as a person I busted out that "closet". It came to a point that I had to live free. It was then that I became who I always wanted to be and what you see now is the result and Im happy. I do have to give props to the Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC), it was through my work with them that I grew to became comfortable to just be who I am and be proud of it. C: Tell us about The Maurice Runea Show? M.R: The Maurice Runea Show is about uplifting people and showcasing their talents, my show is very diverse so you may see gays, lesbians, heterosexuals and a variety of races... Who knows aliens may even drop in, I don't

C: What is your dream for the show? M.R: I would love to see my show on television, I enjoy what I do and hopefully the viewers love what they see. C: What is The Rainbow Collective? How do we watch? M.R: The Rainbow Collective is a website that was created by my fabolous producer Sekiya Dorsett as a platform to showcase the many beautiful talents and skills our community has to offer. The Rainbow Collective has original series, blogs and information geared towards, but not only for the LGBT community. The hard work, dedication and love Ms. Dorsett pours into the site shows through the finished product... Dont take my word for it, Check it out at Leave comments, join the mailing list and just support. C: What Happen to Vantage Point? M.R: Nothing happened, we all are still very cool and involved in our own projects & although we're not currently filming any new episodes Vantage Point is still airing on Black Gay Chat... Who knows what the future may hold, we may return. C: What are you looking for in a man? M.R: Honesty, Respect, Passion, Independance, Intelligents, Love and Companionship... The man I'm looking for has to know how to be my friend as well as my lover and Lord knows it'll

help a whole lot if he's employed. I hope to get married one day, I think I'll make a beautiful bride, Don't you agree? LOL C: When did you know you were gay? M.R: I knew I was gay at a very young age... I realized when I would have crushes on the boys and I related to the girls... I was never the ooh! lets play football type, never enjoyed watching sports and just never did what society would deem straight male behavior... I was more into styling Barbies' hair and making her clothes, cooking and fashion became my outlet. C:What is your take on Barack Obama? M.R: I think President Obama is going to make us proud because he's the right man for the job. I'm more concerned about how he runs the country, than what color he is and I think thats the problem many of us have. We just wanted to see a black man in office but ask them what's his political stance and they don't know. C: Do you see your self having kids in the future? M.R: I do, I do... In the far off future, Maybe when Im about 50, lol... C: If you can sleep with any Celebrity which Celebrity would it be and Why? M.R: Oh My! I have a few but If I had to pick just one It would be Blair Underwood, He looks to be a passionate man, he's sexy and has a distinguoshed aura about him... Im getting goose bumps right now, lol C: What can we expect out of season 2? M.R: Season 2 is going to be off the hook, look forward to seeing me in some weird and different situations, like when I take a strip tease class. This season is all about having fun and giving my viewers something they enjoy watching. Season 1 did extreamly well and season 2 is only going to get better. C: Who will be on the show next season? M.R: We have too many guests to mention right now but just know that next season will be an incredibly unique experience because I am going to be getting out there. I will be on the street and maybe even in your house if you let me. We are going to make this season a dynamic one where we not only interview people but I will be learning a thing or two. You have to watch because the first episode will not disappoint. C: Why such a short season? We want more go until May like on TV? M.R: Well actually we made the season 12 weeks, we based the length of the season to reality show seasons... But don't worry there will be special additions in between seasons so you won't miss me to long and the second season starts May 6th and boy are we going to bring it, so be prepared. The Rainbow Collective is not playing C: Are you going to put the first season on DVD for the people to buy? M.R: All the shows are shot in HD, so it would be wonderful for people to really see the quality that we produce. We wanted to ensure everyone no matter the platform was able to watch it without too many issues and video freezing, so we tried not to go with the HD this season online

but eventually, we will place the entire season on DVD because there are so many questions and interactions that gets left on the cutting room floor. Look out for the entire season on DVD just in time for Pride. I will be at pride too so keep a look out. C: What did you want to be when you grow up? M.R: Funny, I wanted to work with computers, data entry type stuff... I took computer operations from the 7th grade thru my 12th and got accepted into the Computer Operations Program at LaGuardia Community College where I did two semesters before I realized I didn't want to do this anymore. My heart was fashion/styling & entertainment... I learned to love what I do and do what I love. C: How is life in New York? M.R: I love life in New York. It truly is the city that never sleeps, There's always something to do... I really can't imagine ever relocating anywhere else. I just want to say to family, friends and fans... Thank You for all the love & support, I really appreciate your kind words of inspiration and the fanmail... Luv You All, Muah!

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What’s The T? By Deena Jones Who in the Hell left the gate open Bob Johnson Vs Cathy Hughes about Bob starting a new TV network which Johnson would own 51 percent and Ion would own 49 perfect like Cathy Hughes deal with Comcast for TV One ,these tired old negros need to stop really stop... Fine ass Brian White joins the cast of Tyler Perry’s ‘I Can Do Bad All by M yself as Randy, a cocky potential romantic interest of Taraji P Henson’s character.. Britney Spears turns down $3 million dollar book deal. Cause it wasn’t in the $8 million range that Hillary Clinton got. News flash to Britney you are no Hillary. You aren’t in your 60's and you haven’t really lived through to much. No one wants to her about your boring childhood and your drama filled twenties. We have already read it in the tabloids and internet. We even saw your swagging monkey(pussy), which should be abomination... Eddie M urphy is going to star as the late great Richard Pryor, the title of the film is Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said? Dreamsgirls director Bill Condon will direct it and it is set for a 2010 release and it will star all four of his real life wives... M artha Stewart has expanded her empire yet again. This time it is in the field of stationary with Crane & Co.... Political Activist M ichael Eric Dyson gets his on Syndicated Radio Show starting next Monday April 6 th to air weekdays in 18 markets....Queen Latifah has been cast in the upcoming film "Just Wright," a romantic comedy that had been set up six years ago at Disney, but was put into turnaround and picked up by Fox Searchlight, reports Variety. The actress will play a physical therapist who falls in love with a basketball player while helping him recover from a career-threatening injury. We have just learned that actor/rapper/director Ice Cube has another new comedy film on tap besides the long awaited film Janky Promoters. We hear that his new film, titled Ride Along, is slated to begin filming this summer by New Line Cinemas. We hear that Cube will play a rogue cop with a soft spot for his sister. When she reveals she's engaged to an uppercrust white psychiatrist, the cop sets out to destroy the relationship by inviting his future brother-in-law on a ride-along. Word is that Cube is eyeing either Tracy Morgan or Mike Epps to star along with him. We also heard that there has been some strong interest from Cube to select a new comedian to star. In other Cube news, we just discovered that Cube’s other film Janky Promoters, which was scheduled to drop last week, has lost its distributer. Is that signs of the Weinstein Co. being in deep financial trouble because of the economy? We are not sure, but all signs sure do point in that direction. As of this writing, Janky, which also stars Mike Epps, is set to be released in July 2009.

Tyra Banks, Phil Donahue Among GLAAD Media Award Winners By Sergio Ibarra The 20th annual GLAAD Media Awards distributed its first batch of prizes Saturday night in New York. Among the honorees were talk show hosts Tyra Banks, Suze Orman and Phil Donahue.

Ms. Banks received the previously announced Excellence in Media Award for her work in educating the public on the lives of gay and transgender people through her shows “The Tyra Banks Show” and “America’s Next Top Model.” Ms. Orman accepted the Vito Russo Award, given to an openly gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender person who has made strides in the fight for equality for LGBT people.

Mr. Donahue received a special recognition award 20 years after he received a media award at the very first ceremony. Other winners in the TV categories included CBS’ “As the World Turns” for outstanding daily drama and MSNBC’s “Countdown With Keith Olbermann” for Mr. Olbermann’s "Special Comment: Gay Marriage Is a Question of Love." Winners in the Spanish-language categories included novela “Alma de Hierro” on Telefutura; drama series “Capadocia” on HBO Latino; Univision's "Mujer, Casos de la Vida Real" for outstanding individual episode of a series without a regular LGBT character; Telemundo's "Caso Cerrado" for daytime talk show episode (“Juntos hasta el final”); Univision's "Don Francisco Presenta" for talk show interview (“La primera boda de pareja de transexuales”); Mega TV's "Paparazzi TV" for celebrity news segment for “La Proposición 8”; and Telemundo's "Noticiero Telemundo" for TV journalism segment, “Drama de jóvenes hispanos gay: Rechazados por ser gay.” For a full list of winners announced, including film, media and journalist categories, click here. (Link to More winners will be announced at ceremonies in Los Angeles (April 18) and San Francisco (May 9). Kathy Griffin will be awarded the Vanguard Award and Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson will be recognized with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award at the Los Angeles ceremony. Chad Allen will receive the Davidson/Valenti Award at the San Francisco ceremony, hosted by Chelsea Handler. The GLAAD Media Awards are distributed by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, which works toward promoting a fair and accurate representation of LGBT people in the media.

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