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Andra Fuller Speaks On Playing Gay Black Man On ‘The L.A. Complex’

*When we talk about gay characters on television, we usually think about white characters; but black ones? Barely ever.

When we talk about gay characters on television, we usually think about white characters; but black ones? Barely ever.

There has been a lot of ink spilled about the under representation of black gay characters in film and television. The National Black Justice Coalition — a civil rights organization dedicated to empowering Black LGBT people — has even teamed with GLADD to help improve the visibility of gay characters of color in the media. The CW also attempts to fill the void with its criminally under-watched showbiz dramedy, The L.A. Complex.

The Toronto-lensed series chronicles the lives of pretty young things living in Hollywood, and their never-ending quest for fame. Newcomer Andra Fuller finds himself at the epicenter of the show’s most talked about storyline. The Houston native plays Kaldrick King, a menacing, volatile gangsta rapper from Oakland who also happens to be gay, closeted and involved in a hush-hush relationship with Tariq, an eager music producer plucked to work on Kaldrick’s new album. Fuller had no trepidations about taking the part, but those around him were leery about his decision.

[via Black Enterprise]

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