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2010 was set to be a year I would never forget and I wasn’t even aware of it. I was in Fort Bliss, Texas when I first found out that my aunt who I considered my sister was missing.

Sony Millbrook had dropped her 4 children off to daycare and didn’t pick them up that evening which was unusual for her. I never will forget when my mother called me and told me that. Considering that I am sometimes the protector in my family  I told my mother maybe she was going through some things and needed a break. She was doing her best raising 5 children on her on.

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My mother is a worrying warrior. She worries about things she has no control over and doesn’t directly affect her, but this time it was different. Deep down inside my mother knew something wasn’t right.

Linda & Kermit James my parents decided after a couple of no word from Sony to take in the children. There were times where I would call them while I was overseas and wouldn’t hear anything but children crying in the background. The youngest child at the time was just a couple of months young not even aware of the situation.

On March 15 her body was found under the hotel bed after several guests had complained of an odor. The room was rented out 5 times before someone decided to find out where the smell was coming from. My father was waiting on me to return from a mission and when I called my parents to just check up on them they then informed me.

It didn’t register to me until the next day that my last time seeing her would be in December before I left for my deployment.

My family lives had been changed forever. Holiday’s & relationships with family members would never be the same. It has been a little over 5 years. This was before I started my YouTube channel.

My father & mother are still to this day raising my Aunt’s 4 kids instead of 5, the oldest one is now raising her on family. My mother tried to return to work, but it was impossible giving her new schedule.

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With just one primary source of income, my parents are the strongest people I know. I’m not sure if I could do something like that. To put your life on hold for the betterment of someone else. My family hasn’t asked for anything but prayer and support.

This is one of the many reasons why I moved to Atlanta to make this work, so I can be a blessing in their life like they have to these kids.

Kleopatra, Kristian, LaKeith & Kolbi are doing well and being loved by Kermit & Linda James.

 


 

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In 2014 a jury convicted LaKeith Moody the father of 4 of Sony’s children guilty of First Degree Murder.

 

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  1. Medeshia Miller

    November 28, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    Wow. This is extremely sad situation but your parents are angels.

  2. Atllyric

    November 28, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    I’m so sorry about your aunt. Yes your mother and father are godsends. Bless you and your whole family yes y’all beautiful!!!!

  3. Shani695

    November 28, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    What a story! Your parents are truly amazing people!

  4. Yaya

    November 28, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    Thank you for sharing. Very touching story and my prayers go out to your family. Your parents are very strong for stepping up for those children. God bless you all.

  5. Candice Quiller

    November 28, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    Oh, wow. I remember you talking about your parents raising your aunt’s kids in a video from awhile back. I thought they were incredibly kind and generous to do so. But I had no idea how your aunt’s body was found. How sad. I’m glad your family found the strength to get through such a terrible time.

  6. Resipoo

    November 29, 2015 at 12:06 am

    Such a touching and well written post. I’m so proud of you and your family.

  7. Lauren

    November 29, 2015 at 2:04 am

    Thanks for sharing that with the world and just know your family with be blessed for what they are doing. You may just be their blessing. Loving and Supporting you all the way from Arkansas.

  8. Regina

    November 29, 2015 at 2:17 am

    I’m very sorry about what happened to your aunt But so happy that you have 2 wonderful parents taking care of your aunt children. I. Know as you continue to grow big you will continue to be a blessing to your family. I know your aunt is smiling down on you all.

  9. BinkiBianca

    November 29, 2015 at 2:27 am

    This is a beautifully written and dad post. I admire your parents for stepping up and sacrificing. I appreciate when you share your true life experiences with us. Even the really painful ones. It puts things into perspective.

  10. TaKeisha

    November 29, 2015 at 3:44 am

    This story was very touching. Thank you for sharing. Your parents are amazing!

  11. Symph

    November 29, 2015 at 10:01 am

    I’m sorry to hear about your aunt. Your parents are amazing people.

  12. Carabbian harper

    November 29, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    God bless you and your family

  13. Vera

    November 29, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    I do remember that case. And I can’t imagine the pain your family was in losing a loved one while having to also bear the disrespectful media exploiting the salacious details. Justin, my heart goes out to you and your family. Your family is doing an amazing job with those kids and it takes an enormous amount of strength most of us probably don’t have to take on all that responsibility.

  14. Melanie

    November 29, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Oh my goodness. Such a lovely lady and beautiful children. Your parents will receive many blessings for being so selfless. My heart is touched by this. Love you even more now Justin. Yes help your family.

  15. Virginia Alexander

    November 30, 2015 at 6:13 am

    You are a BLESSING to the James family ! THANK YOU for sharing your love and pain . Sony Millbrook will immortalized by your COURAGE and HONOR ! Smile and Love HARD ALWAYS !

  16. Risa

    December 1, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    Wow Justin this story really touched my soul and the way you have handled it and just moved forward with your journey is beyond amazing. As a proud J I wish you all the success and happiness that life is offering you at this time in your life

  17. Ashley

    December 2, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Wow.. This story is sad, but inspiring because of how strong your parents are. We often complain about things that are occurring in our lives, but we fail to realize what other people are dealing with. We ALL have our struggles, but you have to keep the faith and remain humble. Very proud of you and your family Justin. Thank you for sharing. ❤️

  18. Nikki Handy

    December 7, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Justin you and your parents are truly a blessing! Domestic violence is truly a horrible thing to deal with for the whole family. May your Auntie continue to rest in peace.

  19. Erin

    December 10, 2015 at 12:39 am

    I know you’ve mentioned this tragedy on your channel many times but to actually see the children in the picture with your mom brings me such joy. They are smiling and look soooo happy. Bless your mother and father; they are amazing people 🙂 Thank you for sharing.

  20. DeshaMc

    December 3, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Wow, when I say we NEVER know what people are going through…

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The opinions expressed in this publication are those of Rafael Roden.

 

For far too long we’ve been giving her passes and today I say enough is enough. People are literally afraid to write about this shit because of the inevitable blowback from people who worship Beyoncé like white Brits worship their actual Queen monarch. So here goes…

Beyoncé is not above criticism. That’s the first thing. I understand the stance many Black people take when another Black person casts an unflattering light on your favorite Artist or celebrity, but not all of it is hating. A lot of it is warranted. And every charge I make in this article is coming from a major fan and someone who used to wanna collaborate with the woman. Understand that I have bias, but that’s not making me not wanna hold Beyoncé accountable for her trash ass actions as of late and the precedent it sets for aspiring “bosses”. And just know she ain’t the only member of the upper echelon guilty of this shit. I’mma take shots at a few other entertainment giants, just you wait.

What set this think piece I didn’t wanna find myself writing into motion was the information stirring around that Mrs. “of course sometimes shit go down when it’s a billion dollars on an elevator” is only paying her dancers and other various performance staff $250 a day without benefits when they are performing at the highest level in the world. I’m even flattering her in my critique so please uncock your pistols. I have caught up on all the tea and these claims are supported by many of the lead performers and solidarity exists within that community. It’s hard to substantiate every last bit of wrong in this whole ordeal, but that’s the crux of the situation. Take me at my word cause there are receipts for days.

Added this because apparently I can’t be trusted with my word.


Moving back retroactively to the Shawn Carter Foundation Gala (which is where that tacky ass clutch in the picture is from) we find our favorite vocal angel arm & arm with her sell out husband Jay Z (NFL partnership, nuff said) who gave out Rolex and bottles of champagne as invitations to a room full of people worth billions of dollars who only raised $6 million. That’s just stingy. But that’s been written about enough. I just think it’s crazy who get’s in these rooms in the name of seeming to authenticly coming from nothing. Like Fabolous. You know the dude that head butt his then girlfriend and knocked her teeth out? Not Beyoncé’s fault, hell no, but why are abusers around a self proclaimed Feminist? Why are you letting your man invite him? Why did Rihanna try and normalize him at her last few events (which I find quite disgusting considering her history)? The answer is money and optics. The message comes off as “rich black men who are seen as legendary can make the mistake of domestic violence and still deserve A Seat At The Table” (see also Nas who beat Kelis). I just can’t square these conflicts of interest. I need somebody to make it make sense. Because remember, birds of a feather flock together. Beyonce blink twice if you need help. I’m fucking serious. He cheated, who knows if there’s a domestic violence story in there. I don’t put shit past no man at this point. It’s also part of the reason why I stopped identifying as such.

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So in light of the great news of President Trump getting impeached. I was sent an article from a few twitter mutuals of an interview done by Mikelle Street interviewing everyone’s favorite problematic porn star Max Konner. I knew at that moment I would not receive any peace this week. The article at hand denoted that Konner was beginning his own talent agency for people of color. I did a double-take, but I been on this earth long enough to know a stunt when I see one. In the article, Konnor mentioned the need for porn actors of color needing proper tutelage and education before entering the pornography industry. Which I do agree with, but we also know that seeing the phrasing “people of color” does not mean black people and why would Konner exclusively help his own people? He wouldn’t, but that’s been made very clear that he has no intention of helping the Black LGBTQIA+ community after his behavior during the PR nightmare which and is still NoirMale.com

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I have to be honest that I found the interview to be amazing and at minimal a cross-examination of Konner’s work history, work ethics, and very sorted and messy racially insensitive history. Konner acknowledges that there will be criteria for all those that apply to join the slaveshi-, sorry the Haus of Konner. 

He says in the article:

“Right now we have three exclusives: Derek ClineJabari Clutch, and Asher Lee. I have a bunch of other submissions but I’m taking my time to go through everything because it is a boutique talent management company. I am not just accepting everybody that applies. I’m trying to pick models who I feel like have what it takes to make it.”

Now, what this statement could subversively say so many things. Firstly, Jabari is the only black presenting model. Derek is racially ambiguous and Asher is Asian. Even in the first stride of selection, there is only one Black person in the mix (pun intended). Secondly, “boutique talent management company” is reading as “no fats, no fem” because knowing the shortness of sight that Konner has he may only present body boys and cis actors that are racially palatable.

Mr. Street follows up with the question:

“The release says that you all are prioritizing “models of color.” Are you referencing all models of color, specifically Black models, or will it be all models with an emphasis on models of color?”

Konner responds with:

“As of right now we are looking at all models of color. I’m trying to decide if I want to have one or two models that don’t necessarily fit that because in doing this I don’t want to become the problem that I’m trying to fight. There are so many avenues and so many arenas where we as models of color are shut down or shut out because of the color of our skin, and I don’t want this to be a thing where we say: OK it’s all models of color and anyone who is not that, get out. So I’m still toying around that, but right now we are exclusively models of color.”

My thoughts are that this is basically saying that “I’m gonna have some good ole boys in the club because I don’t want massa upset with me none.” I’m just saying. Rather than doing the right and altruistic thing and doing an all-black agency. Konner is going to appease the comfort of his white fan base in spite of the fact his black fan base was there for him when he was the porn actor Isaiah Foxx. Which if anything he owes that little boy the world because Konner is fully aware and present on the issues that BLACK porn actors face and what Isaiah a black bottom porn actor felt.

The thing that is further disturbing in the article is when Konnor says this:

“I do plan to send models from Haus of Konnor over to Noir Male but one of my big things is: if I send a model to a studio there’s agreement between me and that studio that nothing that has to do with that model’s race or nothing pertaining to the “BBC experience” is what that model is participating in. I’ve been on jobs where I’ve had no clue what I’ve been working on and then the movies come out and it’s like ‘Oh god!’”

This sounds very historically familiar. So during the slave trade, the Caribbean Islands was used as a large space for sex farms for slaves and “buck breaking”. 

Noted on RacistReport.org:

“These male slaves were purchase based entirely on the prerequisite of them possessing a large penis. Black men were routinely raped by their gay slave owners. The process was known as “breaking the buck.”

It involves a strapping Negro slave, who was defiant, was beaten with a whip till bloody in front of his entire slave congregation. The slave owner would cut down a tree and, with the help of the overseer, would then pummel the deviant “buck” into submission. Once the slave was worn down, the master had the other Negro slaves force him over the tree stump where his britches would be removed and he laid fully exposed buttocks, he would remove his own clothing and proceeded to savagely sodomize the buck in front his wife, family, friends, and children.”

Konnor is basically handing these gentlemen over to a problematic porn company ran by the also very racially problematic DJ Chi Chi LaRue. After the debacle with PrEP/U=U advocate, #TakedownTina activist, and now amateur porn actor Jacen Zhu. He stepped away from the company for their purposeful mishandling of race in the studio. We can not trust that Konner will have good intentions.

So let’s be clear. Is there a race issue in gay porn? Absolutely.

Should there be a space cultivated for porn actors of color to get jobs and to be treated fairly? Yes ma’am.

Should there be a space cultivated for black porn actors of color to get jobs and to be treated fairly? Yes sir!

Should Konner be the one doing it? No, not at this juncture and especially around his limited education on race.

Konnor has clearly acknowledged that there is a problem, which is good for him I guess. I just understand that there needs to be more work done to supplant footing for black LGBTQIA+ porn actors of all genders and body types and this attempt is half-cocked, lazy, and wildly remedial. He participating in the same foolish stunting that Noir Male did as well at their inception.

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