National: Arts & Culture

The big dreams of 3Minds

imageAlix B. Golden started her life as a Carolina Girl, but matured into a Georgia Peach. This freelancer dishes on sex, relationships and dating often revealing more than she should about her own life. Read more from her at A Brown Girl.

My first encounter with 3Minds was on Twitter. There were inquiries made about my style of writing, she mentioned hosting a poetry slam. Someone else chimed in that a 3Minds event was truly something to be witnessed.

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Remembering author E. Lynn Harris

imageContributing blogger Darian Aaron is an Alabama native who now calls Atlanta home. He’s the creator of Living Out Loud with Darian, a blog that offers his take on social, political and religious issues that impact the LGBT community.

The news of celebrated black gay author E. Lynn Harris' sudden passing last week from an apparent heart attack while on a west coast book tour has shocked many who were fortunate to know him personally and thousands more who fell in love with him through his work.

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Where’d my orgasm go?

imageContributing blogger Mike Alvear is an Atlanta-based columnist, author and TV personality who rants on sex, dating and pop culture while living at the corner of urge and merge. Find more from him at his blog.

From a reader: Why is it that I can finish myself off when I’m alone but not when I’m with my partner? I get rock hard but I just can’t seem to orgasm when I’m making love. Help!

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Marriage, homophobia and people of color

imageContributing blogger Darian Aaron is an Alabama native who now calls Atlanta home. He’s the creator of Living Out Loud with Darian, a blog that offers his take on social, political and religious issues that impact the LGBT community.

Last month, I had the pleasure of being a guest on Atlanta's "Pride & Politics" to discuss marriage equality and homophobia in the black community. "Pride & Politics" is hosted by Atlanta based journalist Anare' Holmes and is produced by People TV.

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Why gay men relate to Mark Sanford

imageContributing blogger Mike Alvear is an Atlanta-based columnist, author and TV personality who rants on sex, dating and pop culture while living at the corner of urge and merge. Find more from him at his blog.

Why men relate to Mark Sanford. And Elliot Spitzer, John Edwards and Bill Clinton.

We can’t understand why these guys handled the aftermath of their affairs with such monumental stupidity, but inject us with truth serum, banish the women and you’ll get a rather inconvenient truth: We understand why they did it.

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Dancing with ‘fat men with skid marks’

There's nothing quite like dancing with fat men, skid marks and zomby-looking gay dudes.

That's the impression of the Eagle's dance floor by at least one Atlantan, who provided quite the visual when he answered this question for Creative Loafing's Streetalk: What's the best place to dance for people who can't?

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Stud Disbelief: Rejecting signs of femininity

imageAlix B. Golden started her life as a Carolina Girl, but matured into a Georgia Peach. This freelancer dishes on sex, relationships and dating often revealing more than she should about her own life. Read more from her at A Brown Girl.

Let me set the scene. Imagine you are a femme. You are sitting woman approaching you. She’s wearing a ball cap, loose men’s jeans, sneakers and a polo. Your eyes have classified her as a stud. You make small talk and exchange numbers. You spend hours and hours talking. You find out that she:

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Learn how to overcome ‘Hot Guy Phobia’

imageContributing blogger Mike Alvear is an Atlanta-based columnist, author and TV personality who rants on sex, dating and pop culture while living at the corner of urge and merge. Find more from him at his blog.

Gay men have a reputation for having a three-word philosophy: Anything That Moves.

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Seek and Find: Snooping in relationships

imageAlix B. Golden started her life as a Carolina Girl, but matured into a Georgia Peach. This freelancer dishes on sex, relationships and dating often revealing more than she should about her own life. Read more from her at A Brown Girl.

When you’re in a relationship, there is some kind of implied trust that entitles you to a certain amount of privacy. That means your mate doesn’t expect to have her pockets picked through, or her text messages checked. She doesn’t expect you to go through her friend’s list and ask who such and such is. She expects to be able to leave the house without you calling 15 times an hour asking what time she’ll be home.

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Erin Davies on what drives ‘Fagbug’

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‘Fagbug’ drives into Atlanta for Out on Film

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05-28: Out on Film opens four-day fest

imageAttention gay film buffs: Starting Thursday, you've got plenty to do.

Out on Film opens Thursday and offers eight films (and several shorts) over four days that should whet your appetite for an even larger fest this fall. Two of the films -- "Fagbug" and "Stand-Up 360: Inside Out" -- make their LGBT film festival debit with the Atlanta screenings this weekend.

So go ahead and splurge for a weekend pass, which costs $30, and enjoy all that the event has to offer. All the screenings take place at Plaza Theatre on Ponce.

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Is Morehouse softening its homophobia?

imageContributing blogger Darian Aaron is an Alabama native who now calls Atlanta home. He’s the creator of Living Out Loud with Darian, a blog that offers his take on social, political and religious issues that impact the LGBT community.

Morehouse College hasn't exactly been a welcoming and affirming place for it's gay students.

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Is David Paterson the new Harvey Milk?

imageContributing blogger Mike Alvear is an Atlanta-based columnist, author and TV personality who rants on sex, dating and pop culture while living at the corner of urge and merge. Find more from him at his blog.

Harvey Milk could charm a banana out of a gorilla’s hands. God Himself cocked his ear whenever he made a speech. And clearly, few politicians sacrificed more for their cause.

A lot of gay folks have been waiting for Harvey to come back in another form. But really, who’d have thought that the next Harvey Milk would be straight? Or black? Or blind?

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Know these answers before shagging a guy

imageContributing blogger Mike Alvear is an Atlanta-based columnist, author and TV personality who rants on sex, dating and pop culture while living at the corner of urge and merge. Find more from him at his blog.

You see him in the corner. Pure Shagability. Before you bust a move, know that he’s going to ask himself two things when you get there.

1. Are you hitting on me? 2. How long are you going to be?

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At least have the decency to lie

imageContributing blogger Mike Alvear is an Atlanta-based columnist, author and TV personality who rants on sex, dating and pop culture while living at the corner of urge and merge. Find more from him at his blog.

I knew it was going to be a long flight when I asked the sweet grandmotherly woman sitting next to me why she was flying into town. “I’m the head of a non-profit Jewish organization,” she said. Cool, I thought, until she finished. “We’re here to work with the Christian Coalition.”

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Fighting words: Jack Mackenroth v. Tyra

imageContributing blogger Darian Aaron is an Alabama native who now calls Atlanta home. He’s the creator of Living Out Loud with Darian, a blog that offers his take on social, political and religious issues that impact the LGBT community.

Not everyone is excited about GLAAD's decision to honor talk show host and LGBT ally Tyra Banks with their Excellence In Media Award.

Former Project Runway contestant Jack Mackenroth has expressed his disapproval on his blog and his harsh criticisms of Banks is evenly dividing the gays.

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Women say gay black men a drag on dating

imageContributing blogger Darian Aaron is an Alabama native who now calls Atlanta home. He’s the creator of Living Out Loud with Darian, a blog that offers his take on social, political and religious issues that impact the LGBT community.

Are black gay men ruining the dating pool for black women?

Well urban blogger Necole Bitchie and a slew of angry single black women seem to think so.

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Coming out advice from (hot) hetero twins

imageContributing blogger Darian Aaron is an Alabama native who now calls Atlanta home. He’s the creator of Living Out Loud with Darian, a blog that offers his take on social, political and religious issues that impact the LGBT community.

Believe it or not I don't spend a lot of time surfing videos on YouTube, most of the videos I watch are either related to a specific post on this blog or sent to me by my own personal YouTube aficionado. So when I came across a video by two heterosexual identical twin brothers who were discussing reasons why one should come out I knew I had to post it.

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The duck and start of my going out anxiety

imageContributing blogger Mike Alvear is an Atlanta-based columnist, author and TV personality who rants on sex, dating and pop culture while living at the corner of urge and merge. Find more from him at his blog.

Here’s what happened the last time I got ready to go out...

Getting ready at home

I can’t wear this shirt– It’s so gay it practically lisps. Wardrobe change!

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