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Jemar Michael Talks with Queer Black Millennial

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If you’ve ever seen the show Dear White People, the obvious names come to mind. There is Sam, the vocal student activist of Winchester who struggles with her light-skinned privilege. There’s Reggie, Sam’s comrade, who just can’t seem to figure out why Sam would choose the white guy over him. Then there is, of course, the white boy, Gabe, whose relationship with Sam offers the discussion of interracial relationships while fighting oppression.

 

But what arguably makes Dear White People the satirical mastermind it is isn’t Sam’s “Dear White People” rants on Winchester’s student-run radio station. Nor is it Lionel, the student journalist who is torturing himself to find his “label.” The reason why Dear White People has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomato would be the supporting characters. Characters like Kelsey, whose naivety accents a much deeper issue of when class privilege intersects with the Black Lives Matter movement. And comedic relief characters like Al, the President of Black AF.

 

Al is played by Jemar Michael, who talked to Queer Black Millennial (QBM) about his character’s role in the Netflix Original Series and what it is like to be a Black and openly gay public figure.

 

Michael found his passion for acting in his hometown, Saint Paul, MN, at the Saint Paul Conservatory for the Performing arts. After he graduated in 2009, his career at the California Institute for Performing arts commenced, but came to an abrupt halt two years later. “It just got expensive, and I am not about that debt life,” he laughed. “So I moved back home and got in touch with my agent I had throughout High School and she told me I would be filming (Dear White People, the movie) here.”

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Floyd Mayweather Talk Top fights, Kobe & More on Drink Champs on TIDAL

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Today, the undefeated boxing champ, Floyd Mayweather, joins N.O.R.E and DJ EFN’s “The Most Professional Unprofessional, Podcast” Drink Champs on TIDAL. In this episode, Mayweather, dubbed one of the best “pound-for-pound” fighters in the world, discusses feeling lost to the untimely passing of Kobe Bryant, coining himself as “Cinco De Mayweather” when fighting Oscar De La Hoya, mastering the Mayweather Defense, beef with 50 Cent, chopping trees as preparation for his fight with Manny Pacquiao and a potential Mayweather vs McGregor round 2.

Members can watch the episode on TIDAL.com/DrinkChamps

The podcast adds to the growing list of content that TIDAL offers – from albums and singles to original video content, concert giveaways, unique events, and artist meet & greets – TIDAL provides members with culture-shifting content.

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Dwyane Wade Reveals 12-Year-Old Child Now Goes By Zaya

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With all of the obstacles that exist within our society, it’s incredible to see 13-time NBA All-Star and former player, Dwyane Wade and his wife Gabrielle Union empowering their pre-teen, Zaya, to live her truth.

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Wade recently appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to promote the upcoming ESPN documentary D Wade: Life Unexpected. Following a clip from the documentary, he shared that his middle child, formerly known as Zion, now identifies as “her” and goes by the name Zaya. 

As DeGeneres praised him for his support of Zaya, Wade replied, “Me and my wife Gabrielle Union are proud parents of a child in the LGBTQ+ community. And we are proud allies as well. We take our roles and our responsibility as parents very seriously.”

He went on to share that Zaya expressed her desire to live her truth at 9-years-old. “I don’t know if everyone knows, originally named Zion, born as a boy — came home and said, ‘Hey, I want to talk to you guys. I think going forward I’m ready to live my truth. I want to be referenced as she and her, I would love for you guys to call me Zaya,” he explained.

Immediately the parents began to educate themselves and seek advice from members of the LGBTQ+ community, Union reaching out to the cast of the popular FX series, Pose. For Wade, it’s all about giving her “the best opportunity to be her best self” while preparing her to live life openly.

According to Wade, “Once Zaya came home and said, ‘I want you to call me Zaya and I’m ready to take on this,’ I looked at her and said, ‘You are a leader. And this is our opportunity to allow you to be a voice.’ Right now it’s through us, because she’s 12 years old, but eventually, it will be through her.”

For more on his journey post-career and as the father of an openly gay pre-teen, tune in to D Wade: Life Unexpected. The ESPN documentary airs Sunday, February 23rd. 

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Watch Omarion & Bow Wow Talk Millennium Tour, Fatherhood, JAY-Z & More on TIDAL’s Rap Radar

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Bow Wow and Omarion are hip-hop’s millennium men. Celebrating their 20th year in the game, the duo are set to embark on their nostalgic studded Millennium Tour. With the possibility of Face Off 2 looming, Bow and O reflect on their legacies, influences, fatherhood, JAY-Z and more!  

Fans can watch the interview here: TIDAL.com/RapRadar

The “Rap Radar” podcast adds to TIDAL’s growing podcast network, which includes a variety of series hosted by some of the most trusted and influential names in music. 

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