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 â€” a civil rights organization dedicated to empowering Black LGBT people â€” 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 showâ€™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 Kaldrickâ€™s new album. Fuller had no trepidations about taking the part, but those around him were leery about his decision.
[via Black Enterprise]