On Friday, Anthony and I closed our night at NO PARKING (No Parking
), my friend Brian's nightclub. Brian also owns Native Restaurant in Harlem.
It has re-opened after being closed for a minute. He's renovated a little and updated the menu. (I'll be chatting about that a bit in weeks to come). But our evening started at Club Secret (www.myspace.com/afterdarknyc
), my Morehouse brother Chad puts this wonderful Friday party "AFTER DARK" on for the many gays of color who are looking for something to do on the weekend.
This, amidst a busy schedule of writing, styling, and being fabulous. Chad and I graduated Morehouse in 1992 and both sang in the Morehouse College Glee Club, so it pleases me to let you know the other things he's doing (in the wake of last year's reunion, which he did not attend). But we are representing all over. Chad serves as the Features Editor of PULSE Magazine (www.gmad.org/PulseLaunch/MediaKit.PDF
In this Spring 2007 issue, he has THREE articles, including an interview with retired NBA player John Amaechi (first in the association to come out of the closet as gay) and an essay on "The Dark Complex". And his styling influence can be seen on many of the editorial pages. For more information, click on www.gmad.org
* BY THE WAY, check out this link to NPR News & Notes.
Their ongoing "Sex and Sexuality" series looks at what life is like for black gays and lesbians at historically black colleges and universities. This roundtable features senior JaNiece Ford, a founding member of Florida A&M's gay and lesbian group Operating in Unity and Truth; Ronnell Perry, a senior at Dillard University in New Orleans; and Tim Daniels, a former HBCU student and head of the gay and lesbian advocacy group Standing In Truth. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=10354842
* Meanwhile, you recall - as I spoke about my 15-year reunion from Morehouse - how I quoted a song lyric "... some are dead, but they all were so beautiful..." from the "Martin" musical we used to put on in the '80s and the '90s. Just after the writing, I got the news that one of Morehouse's staples during that day - Mr. Benjamin P. McLaurin has passed away.
And he was such a part of my college years through that play. He (a Morehouse Man, who graduated in 1969) - in fact - portrayed the white bus driver on the ride where Rosa Parks refused to get up. Mr. McLaurin played the bigot with such hate and venom (which made him a good actor), but this man was nothing but LOVE and I'll hold a fond memory for the times we've shared over the years. Though I wasn't a Business Major, Mr. McLaurin paid close attention to my career steps in TV/Broadcasting and weighed in with advisement when applicable. But mostly, there was lots of laughter... and fun.
The Morehouse College Alumni release reads as follows:
It is with deep sadness and regret that we announce the passing of Mr. Benjamin P. McLaurin ’69, Director of Career Counseling and Placement for Business Majors in the Division of Business Administration and Economics. Ben has been a pillar of strength to the Morehouse Community and a tremendous support of both academic and extra-curricular programs for the past 38 years.For many years, Ben had been catalyst for progress within the Division of Business and Economics. In the 80's, he pioneered and co-founded the National and International Spring Tour for Business and Economics majors with Dr. James Hefner and Dr. John Williams, respectively. He expanded the horizons of our students to travel to lands from China to South Africa, from Italy to Japan, from Brazil to France and many of the business centers throughout America.
This year, his efforts placed at least 50 Morehouse interns on Wall Street for the summer of 2007. According to Dean John Williams' 69, division dean of Business and Economics, this is an impressive record by any standard and sets the bar for others American Colleges and Universities.
Funeral arrangements are in the planning stages and will be disseminated when received.
The Office of Career Planning and Placement has developed a email address for alumni of the Division to express their condolences to his sister, Dana and the rest of the Morehouse Business and Economics Division family.
The email address is: email@example.com.
The Office of Alumni Relations as set up a Blog (Discussion Board) to share your thoughts and condolences as well. Click on the link below.