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OCT/NOV 2014 DBQ Magazine V4I5

Welcome OCT/NOV 2014

Fall is my favorite season not only because October is my birthday month, but because of the fashion. The majority of our community loves labels and fashion trends, as well as enjoys seeing our favorite pop culture celebrities transform themselves in photographs for the love of fashion.

In this issue it was important to me to salute the creative forces in fashion, many who are a part of our community. They are the men and women who bring fashion and style alive for us. Fashion Gods, Pg 11.

On page 8 contributing writer Langston John Blaze shares "Confessions of a Humble Label Whore," a must read that will give a different look into our obsession with labels.

Check out our front row piece with Rihanna's fashion hairstylist, Yusef Williams, as he shares what he loves most about his style.

Also, Hollywood producer Deondray Grossest shares 11 books that changed his life. Interestingly enough many of his selections are both classics and influenced my life as well. Pg 7.

Let us not only evolve our minds and style this fall, let's cozy up and keep warm.

What I've Come To Know OCT/NOV 2014

The feeling was orgasmic. I felt godly as I walked down the street. My private love affair with fashion started the moment I threw some labels, textures and trends together to create my own style. I thought to myself, "I really can wear what ever I want." There was no fear or hesitation. I could see with such clarity and I knew that this body was a canvas —I was a mannequin and I had the majestic sovereignty showcase my creative genus for the world to see.

Fashion, like many other subjects, at its highest and greatest is intended to affirm our creative divinity. Through it many connect to the confidence to showcase without competition, permission, approval or apology. In so many words, fashion is fabulous and so are designer labels, but they don't make us fabulous.

Truth be told, for the most part the only people who know this are those names that appear on the labels many of us purchase and hide behind. In our community, fashion, amongst others things, has been our kingdom come —our salvation. We've used it as a bandage in an attempt to cover our flaws of emptiness and missing sense of security. Many of us have attached our personal value to Channel and Givenchy. The moment we have or in most cases have saved several thousand dollars to spend on a Céline bag; we somehow have told ourselves we now mean something because of it.

The tragedy is that we never knew who we were to begin with. We didn't know our own value before our love affairs with fashion began. So instead of knowing the meaning of our own names, many of us took our emptiness and insecurity and in our fear and desperation wrapped ourselves in Saint Laurent and Dior, bootlegging the allusion of substance. And for millions of us we spend our last and our lives collecting names to replace the absence of our own.

"The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars But in ourselves, that we are underlings." —Shakespeare

We are so hungry for meaning, value and status in the world that we think wearing McQueen will give us a throne to be queens, but Alexander McQueen gained his throne from his love affair with the infinite source of creative power within himself. And every label, brand and legendary designer on earth was created from a similar love affair.

What I've come to know is that within ever single life on this planet exist a flame of value—it is our responsibility in this life to not only advance the power of the flame but to define its wealth of warmth and light on this earth. Who we chose to be is the label and brand we wear and in that we are the true wonders of this world.

It is only when we have had a love affair with our own pomp and grandeur that we are able to walk into any room with such wholeness, wearing Prada or Payless; because every moment of this life we are our own label.

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AUG/SEP 2014 DBQ Magazine V4I4
Welcome AUG/SEP 2014
Welcome to our first official Black LGBT Pride Issue.
To us Pride is of course all the parties, park events, and beach bum days in all the sexiest cities in these, as James Baldwin would say, "yet to be United States." But also we do understand that we as a community represent more than that. We understand what Pride is really about; it is a celebration of all our colors. And in the same moment it is a memorial of those who came before, those waywardless backs we stand on.
It is because of this belief here at DBQ Magazine, that I wanted to celebrate a unique selection of people that I've been keeping my eye on. This summer this glorious group not only has been making headlines for what they do, but have injected a sense of pride in our community by who they have chosen to be. What is even more interesting than who they are and what they do, is their response when we asked them the nouns in this world that have given them the Pride to be who they are. Pg 12
My favorite thing to do is to read a great book on my stomach on a hot sunny beach in the heart of Summer. So it was important to me that this Pride Issue have something for us to read that would help us to better enjoy this summer. I introduce to you the essential novels for gay men of color. Pg 8
Also, on page 2, you will find a complete official schedule for NYC Black Pride Aug 13-17th, so that you can be in the know about all the amazing events that have been planned. Included is a list of this years Heritage Award winners, one being yours truly.
Last but not least as always we end with What I've Come To Know, which is always the intention behind every issue of DBQ. Have a safe, enlightening and happy Pride. Enjoy!
What I've Come To Know AUG/SEP 2014 
'I come as one, but I stand as ten thousand' and as I write these words I feel Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston in my finger tips. I hear James Baldwin in my head as I form sentences in my mind and when I get up each day to go out into the world and am able so boldly and gratefully to be my fabulous self. I am urged to remember that the paved path I so easily walk on is because of a Bayard Rustin. I stand on the shoulders of Storme DeLarverie and Audre Lorde and I hum Sylvester James in the shower. 
I come and I write to you as one black gay man, but I stand as ten thousand. I stand on the backs of Icons and Legends and dare to be called a star. And I bow in the sorrow of those whose names I do not know and never will. Those who were beat, and raped, and infected with that disease that calls itself our own or infected with shame and hate for being in love with our colors.
What we need more of is inspiration. We should be partied out by now. How many VIP sections and bottles does one need before one sees how inane it is for that to be all Pride is about. Our community isn't proud because our community isn't aspiring to greatness as we should. We aren’t aspiring because we aren't inspired. And we aren't inspired because we don't know who we are and we will never know who we are until we know from where we came.
The error isn't in the celebration, it is in forgetting who brought us over. The essence of Pride is celebrating the guest of honor, those who've paid for us to party a free people. Pride is a celebration of our strengths, of our bravery to navigate with our lives on the line, the margins of society. We pop bottles in roped off sections because of those ten thousand who cleared a trail for us out of the creases of American history to the front pages of popular culuture.
What I've Come To Know more than ever is that which made Maya Angelou, Dr. King and James Baldwin so great, was they moved throughout this world doing their meaningful work and they mastered taking the ten thousand with them every step of the way. That is how one life can have so much power and make you so proud.
Welcome AUG/SEP 2014
Welcome to our first official Black LGBT Pride Issue.
To us Pride is of course all the parties, park events, and beach bum days in all the sexiest cities in these, as James Baldwin would say, "yet to be United States." But also we do understand that we as a community represent more than that. We understand what Pride is really about; it is a celebration of all our colors. And in the same moment it is a memorial of those who came before, those waywardless backs we stand on.
It is because of this belief here at DBQ Magazine, that I wanted to celebrate a unique selection of people that I've been keeping my eye on. This summer this glorious group not only has been making headlines for what they do, but have injected a sense of pride in our community by who they have chosen to be. What is even more interesting than who they are and what they do, is their response when we asked them the nouns in this world that have given them the Pride to be who they are. Pg 12
My favorite thing to do is to read a great book on my stomach on a hot sunny beach in the heart of Summer. So it was important to me that this Pride Issue have something for us to read that would help us to better enjoy this summer. I introduce to you the essential novels for gay men of color. Pg 8
Also, on page 2, you will find a complete official schedule for NYC Black Pride Aug 13-17th, so that you can be in the know about all the amazing events that have been planned. Included is a list of this years Heritage Award winners, one being yours truly.
Last but not least as always we end with What I've Come To Know, which is always the intention behind every issue of DBQ. Have a safe, enlightening and happy Pride. Enjoy!
What I've Come To Know AUG/SEP 2014 
'I come as one, but I stand as ten thousand' and as I write these words I feel Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston in my finger tips. I hear James Baldwin in my head as I form sentences in my mind and when I get up each day to go out into the world and am able so boldly and gratefully to be my fabulous self. I am urged to remember that the paved path I so easily walk on is because of a Bayard Rustin. I stand on the shoulders of Storme DeLarverie and Audre Lorde and I hum Sylvester James in the shower. 
I come and I write to you as one black gay man, but I stand as ten thousand. I stand on the backs of Icons and Legends and dare to be called a star. And I bow in the sorrow of those whose names I do not know and never will. Those who were beat, and raped, and infected with that disease that calls itself our own or infected with shame and hate for being in love with our colors.
What we need more of is inspiration. We should be partied out by now. How many VIP sections and bottles does one need before one sees how inane it is for that to be all Pride is about. Our community isn't proud because our community isn't aspiring to greatness as we should. We aren’t aspiring because we aren't inspired. And we aren't inspired because we don't know who we are and we will never know who we are until we know from where we came.
The error isn't in the celebration, it is in forgetting who brought us over. The essence of Pride is celebrating the guest of honor, those who've paid for us to party a free people. Pride is a celebration of our strengths, of our bravery to navigate with our lives on the line, the margins of society. We pop bottles in roped off sections because of those ten thousand who cleared a trail for us out of the creases of American history to the front pages of popular culuture.
What I've Come To Know more than ever is that which made Maya Angelou, Dr. King and James Baldwin so great, was they moved throughout this world doing their meaningful work and they mastered taking the ten thousand with them every step of the way. That is how one life can have so much power and make you so proud.
Welcome AUG/SEP 2014
Welcome to our first official Black LGBT Pride Issue.
To us Pride is of course all the parties, park events, and beach bum days in all the sexiest cities in these, as James Baldwin would say, "yet to be United States." But also we do understand that we as a community represent more than that. We understand what Pride is really about; it is a celebration of all our colors. And in the same moment it is a memorial of those who came before, those waywardless backs we stand on.
It is because of this belief here at DBQ Magazine, that I wanted to celebrate a unique selection of people that I've been keeping my eye on. This summer this glorious group not only has been making headlines for what they do, but have injected a sense of pride in our community by who they have chosen to be. What is even more interesting than who they are and what they do, is their response when we asked them the nouns in this world that have given them the Pride to be who they are. Pg 12
My favorite thing to do is to read a great book on my stomach on a hot sunny beach in the heart of Summer. So it was important to me that this Pride Issue have something for us to read that would help us to better enjoy this summer. I introduce to you the essential novels for gay men of color. Pg 8
Also, on page 2, you will find a complete official schedule for NYC Black Pride Aug 13-17th, so that you can be in the know about all the amazing events that have been planned. Included is a list of this years Heritage Award winners, one being yours truly.
Last but not least as always we end with What I've Come To Know, which is always the intention behind every issue of DBQ. Have a safe, enlightening and happy Pride. Enjoy!
What I've Come To Know AUG/SEP 2014 
'I come as one, but I stand as ten thousand' and as I write these words I feel Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston in my finger tips. I hear James Baldwin in my head as I form sentences in my mind and when I get up each day to go out into the world and am able so boldly and gratefully to be my fabulous self. I am urged to remember that the paved path I so easily walk on is because of a Bayard Rustin. I stand on the shoulders of Storme DeLarverie and Audre Lorde and I hum Sylvester James in the shower. 
I come and I write to you as one black gay man, but I stand as ten thousand. I stand on the backs of Icons and Legends and dare to be called a star. And I bow in the sorrow of those whose names I do not know and never will. Those who were beat, and raped, and infected with that disease that calls itself our own or infected with shame and hate for being in love with our colors.
What we need more of is inspiration. We should be partied out by now. How many VIP sections and bottles does one need before one sees how inane it is for that to be all Pride is about. Our community isn't proud because our community isn't aspiring to greatness as we should. We aren’t aspiring because we aren't inspired. And we aren't inspired because we don't know who we are and we will never know who we are until we know from where we came.
The error isn't in the celebration, it is in forgetting who brought us over. The essence of Pride is celebrating the guest of honor, those who've paid for us to party a free people. Pride is a celebration of our strengths, of our bravery to navigate with our lives on the line, the margins of society. We pop bottles in roped off sections because of those ten thousand who cleared a trail for us out of the creases of American history to the front pages of popular culuture.
What I've Come To Know more than ever is that which made Maya Angelou, Dr. King and James Baldwin so great, was they moved throughout this world doing their meaningful work and they mastered taking the ten thousand with them every step of the way. That is how one life can have so much power and make you so proud.

Welcome AUG/SEP 2014


Welcome to our first official Black LGBT Pride Issue.


To us Pride is of course all the parties, park events, and beach bum days in all the sexiest cities in these, as James Baldwin would say, "yet to be United States." But also we do understand that we as a community represent more than that. We understand what Pride is really about; it is a celebration of all our colors. And in the same moment it is a memorial of those who came before, those waywardless backs we stand on.


It is because of this belief here at DBQ Magazine, that I wanted to celebrate a unique selection of people that I've been keeping my eye on. This summer this glorious group not only has been making headlines for what they do, but have injected a sense of pride in our community by who they have chosen to be. What is even more interesting than who they are and what they do, is their response when we asked them the nouns in this world that have given them the Pride to be who they are. Pg 12


My favorite thing to do is to read a great book on my stomach on a hot sunny beach in the heart of Summer. So it was important to me that this Pride Issue have something for us to read that would help us to better enjoy this summer. I introduce to you the essential novels for gay men of color. Pg 8


Also, on page 2, you will find a complete official schedule for NYC Black Pride Aug 13-17th, so that you can be in the know about all the amazing events that have been planned. Included is a list of this years Heritage Award winners, one being yours truly.


Last but not least as always we end with What I've Come To Know, which is always the intention behind every issue of DBQ. Have a safe, enlightening and happy Pride. Enjoy!




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Welcome JUN/JUL 2014

It is the heart of Summer and this is the time of year most of us in this community find ourselves single and ready to show off the amazing bodies we've been working on all winter. It is also the time where beauty is most visible and celebrated.

With the intention to challenge the common consciousness and to stir conversation on what is real beauty, we expanded our annual 'Most Beautifullest Man Alive' from one person to our list of an exceptional ten. With these '10 Most Beautifullest Men Alive' we allowed them the space to define what beauty is to them. Pg 10

Langston Blaze writes a very interesting piece titled 'The Ugly In Being Beautiful' which takes a look at the many times hypocritical and bias battle between the pretty and the plain in our community. Pg 8

In the recent passing of my dear friend, Dr. Maya Angelou, I felt it important for the first time to tell the story of how this phenomenal woman changed my life and helped jump start this publication into existence. Please visit page 4 for 'Letter To My Son – My Tribute To Maya Angelou.'

Lastly, remember that beauty might be skin deep, but it lives in the divinity within our blood. As we enjoy this summer season of freedom and 'cufflessness', please know that you define your own beauty


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