Monday, June 26, 2006

Toronto Pride 2006


The following posts are devoted to this years pride celebration in Toronto... The three day weekend was punctuated by perfect weather, great entertainment, a slammin parade and the awesome company of good friends!

Really X-tra Magazine tell us how you really feel!;-)
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Deep Dickollective Hits Block-o-rama at TDots Pride!

One of the hottest acts at this years Block o rama was a rap group out of Washington DC... They really amped up the crowd!
Deep Dickollective Founded in 2000, D/DC represents a "coming out" in hip-hop. Together Juba Kalamka (Pointfivefag), Tim'm T. West (25Percenter) and Jeree Brown (JB RapItUp) are the brave mavericks of a movement that some affectionately refer to as homo-hop. Their political lyricism does not take itself too seriously They are Oxymoronic "out" black queer Emcees the world says do not exist. They are the rumblings of a revolution that have for too long been silenced. Their album "The Famous Outlaw League of Proto-Negroes" (2004) was named to Out Magazine's Top Ten Gay Albums of The Year list. Their fifth album will be released in 2006.




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Parade Day 2006!

Ok here is just a bit of Toronto Pride parade flava for ya! Starting with the TD float! WOW! This bank really knows how to grab a guys attention!;-)





OK already my favorite brand of ......

Gotta fly the freak flag!


Gotta love Canada where gay parents and schools are so inclusive of their families... Heres a young fella who will grow up respecting the differences of others!

Drag Queens on the back of a convertable... There is nothing better!

Seems the Mounties allways get their man!

Gotta love the support of the police and firemen in this city...


The mayor of Toronto David Miller.... and City Counsel


Many groups were represented in the parade and I could have posted many shots but I like theses... People with a little pride moxey! Enjoy! Allright for Kosher!

Check out this Asian cutie!

ACT Toronto!

GO Brazil!

Caribbean representing!!!

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Saturday, June 24, 2006

Pride JR Style!

The New JR sans those signature dreds.... still showing his awesome style!



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HELLO MOTTO!

Not to be out done by the TD folks Motorola.... hmmm thats why they call it a razor!;-)





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TD Year two for the Hotties!

Its Pride in Tdaot and Church and Wellesley are full of Hot men!




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Thursday, June 22, 2006

More From Saturdays Shoot...





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Sunday, June 18, 2006

A Saturday Shoot





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Sunday, June 11, 2006

A Sunday Afternoon Play


Took some time on a perfectly lazy sunday afternoon to hit a short play with some friends at the local play house Buddies in bad times theater in the toronto gay village. The world premiere workshop play titled androgyne (Sexy Pride) (formerly titled organ-eye-zed crime) by d'bi young and directed by ahdri zhina mandiela. The two characters performed by uber-talent d'bi.young (Dora nominated star of Trey Anthony's da kink in my hair) and Ordena Stephens-Thompson

A dub poet, storyteller, playwright and actor, d'bi.young has earned her place as one of Toronto's fiercest, most commanding and versatile performers. Androgyne is a choreo-poetic love story that looks at patriarchy, as it manifests itself culturally. A tale of women who have spent more than 25 years as friends starting in their youth in Jamaica through their move to Toronto Canada. Each taking on a different path which culminates with one professing a love for the other which may or may not transcend their life long friendship. A short work of 45 minuets I found the play to be a very enlightening look into the Caribbean culture and its views on patriarchy and homophobia. Seamless transitions in this one act play between growing up as children and adulthood and moments of reflective poetry made for a very well paced and dynamic play. Moments of humor and sheer joy contrasted by moments melancholy and unrequited love. Well worth the time and a definite must see if it comes to your town!

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Mickey Roots

My friends Mike and Krista, what started out as just a fun shoot turned into a very kewl afternoon of walking through parks and taking some great portraits! I really like the mix of textures and contrast in these images!





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Thursday, June 01, 2006

Summer is Here!

last summer had provided several great opportunities to photograph some great guys! Hoping this summer is just as creative!!! Enjoy.........






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The Perfect Moment





While I marvel at the technical perfection in a Robert Mapplethorpe image, I have never liked to be compared to him.
The two biographies I have read have convinced me that his intentions did not exceed anything more than the creation of photography for shock value and shock value only. Leather, S&M and the psycho sexualization stereotyping of the black male. His images rarely conveyed any sense of human emotion or extract any sense of character from his subjects. After seeing the mapplethorpe show "The Perfect Moment" at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, I did understand how he felt when photographing that moment. I got a message today from one of best friends and models in Detroit... Mychal. My mind had been on him this week as I wanted to shoot some new images and his versatility and fearless nature made capturing perfect moments very easy. Each time we have collaborated I have felt a strong connection... Each time I knew I had captured more than just his image but a piece of who he is.

These were taken very spontaneously one afternoon...

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