Film Explores Term 'Gay For Stay' & Risky Behavior of Black Men Post-Prison
by Drew-Shane Daniels for musedmagonline.com
There’s a video that has been circulating on the web discussing black men and their behavior post-prison. Throughout the short film called Earl’s Post-Prison Playdate, the director exploits the downlow lifestyle, breaks down the unstable black family dynamics and educates viewers on the risky behaviors men learn from being in jail.
Earl’s Post-Prison Playdate was written, directed, and produced by award-winning NYC filmmaker, Rod Gailes OBC. Richard S. Carroll Jr., Pernell Walker from the Sundance-Hit, Pariah, and Iris Wilson of Broadway’s FELA star in the short.
Most of the controversy from blogs and critics overshadow the real meaning of the film. The film was created as part of an HIV/AIDS awareness campaign addressing lifestyle issues affecting our community. HIV/AIDS is a huge epidemic in our community- no matter the sexuality. Even though I felt I was watching a script full of stereotypes, I know this is real life for many people in our community (or at least some variation). The message still remains the same: go get tested!
Please check out the video below and share with your friends:
Episode 14 of In The Moment - Light and Dark
IN THE MOMENT
is an online web series that follows the lives of a group of gay guys living in the same apartment complex in West Hollywood, California. Like most of us, they're faced with a huge range of decisions about sex, and the decisions they make impact their lives and the lives of people around them. IN THE MOMENT
is also about starting an open, honest conversation among gay guys in the Los Angeles area about these types of decisions. IN THE MOMENT
starts with an authentic, sexy and sometimes humorous web soap opera that explores the full range of factors that come into play in sexual decision making among young gay men. Issues like self-esteem, dating, relationships, age, body image, addiction and others are addressed as key factors in the lives of the characters. The episodes are broken into 3-5 minute “webisodes”, which are a starting-place for discussion.
Check out the 14th webisode below!
In the 14th episode, Ricky and Carlos become big buddies to a young high school student that has just come out and is struggling with his sexuality. They are afraid to disclose their HIV status to the high school basketball star. Shawn and Brandon still are trying to decide if they should stop using condoms even though they both tested negative for HIV. Stephen hits the club and has a possible new date after Mike is a no show at their therapy session. Edgar decides to continue his party and play experiences after finding out he is HIV positive.
Party & Play
Have you even "Partied & Played?" Hear some honest talk about what the guys of ADTV have to say on the topic of SEX & DRUGS..."I think it starts out with fun and games...it becomes an issue and a way to cope with other things. Respect yourself and be around people that you know and trust."