Monday, May 30, 2016

M3 Bear Essentials: HIV Risks and Denial



Why do some people deny the CDC’s findings on lifetime risk of HIV contraction within the gay black community? Why doesn't widespread knowledge of condoms as an effective HIV prevention method translate into lower transmission rates? In the latest episode of The M3 Bear Essentials, Male Media Mind contributors Xavier Spann, Derrick Jones, Mark O Estes and Gerald Hogan join host Malcolm Travers in a discussion about the ways some of us deny the reality and risks of HIV.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

M3 Bear Essentials: Differences and Discrimination

 
Do differences inevitably lead to discrimination? Do you feel a need to do something about private groups that discriminate? In the latest episode of The M3 Bear Essentials, Male Media Mind contributors Derrick Jones, Xavier Spann, Lonnie Richardson and Gerald Hogan join host Malcolm Travers in a discussion about entrenched racism and the rise of anti-trans bathroom laws.

Watch M3 Bear Essentials: In Your Face Racism

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

M3 Bear Essentials: The Prince Tribute


What was your opinion of Madonna’s Prince tribute during the Billboard Music Awards? Will BET regret throwing shade in their promo? What would a proper Prince tribute look like? In the Latest episode of the M3 Bear Essentials Derrick Jones, Chris Inpaq Sutton and Mark O Estes discuss the Prince tribute and the state of music in the mainstream media.

Monday, May 23, 2016

M3 Bear Essentials: Child ABuse


Would you intervene in a situation where you feel a child is being abused? How can you tell the difference between punishment and abuse? In the latest episode of The M3 Bear Essentials, Male Media Mind contributors Lonnie Richardson Mark O Estes Derrick Jones, Devon Branch and Gerald Hogan join host Malcolm Travers in a discussion about Lonnie’s video series on child abuse

Watch Lonnie’s video series on Child Abuse here: http://bit.ly/1YMs8mW 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

M3 Bear Essentials: In Your Face Racism



Would you prefer someone be explicit in their racism rather than have it implied by their actions? What are some strategies you have used to combat discrimination in your circle of influence? In the latest episode of The M3 Bear Essentials, Male Media Mind contributors Xavier Spann, Lonnie Richardson, Mark O Estes and Breeze Vincinz join host Malcolm Travers in a discussion about the different ways racism appears within the gay community.  
 

Monday, May 16, 2016

M3 Bear Essentials: 2016 Election Breakdown


How good are you at expressing your opinions about the candidates in the 2016 election without offending some of supporters of other candidates? How well do you understand those who are choosing not to vote in this year's contest for the presidency? In the latest episode of the M3 Bear Essentials, Male Media Mind contributors Derrick Jones, Lonnie Richardson, Mark O Estes and Gerald Hogan join host Malcolm Travers for a sobering discussion about the possibility of Donald Trump being our next president.  

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

M3 Bear Essentials: Anti-Discrimination Laws



What effect do you feel recent religious freedom bills could have on the LGBT community? Have you ever had to provide services for someone over your personal moral objections for the sake of your job? In the latest episode of The M3 Bear Essentials, Male Media Mind contributors Derrick Jones, Gerald Hogan and Malcolm Travers join host Breeze Vincinz in a discussion about how anti-discrimination laws can affect individuals and the community.
 

Friday, April 22, 2016

Prince! Live!


Originally published in the Mellifluous Breeze

Years ago I had the distinct pleasure of seeing the little man who sits alone in a paisley park, under the cherry moon while it rains purple… it’s the sign o’ times, it’s the sign o’ the times, it’s the sign o’ the times. It was during a queer little period of his career when he decided to hold camp at the Forum in Los Angeles for 21 days.

One day after I settled down into my chair at my local coffee shop and checked my email, I got a message from the Amel Larriuex fan club saying that she would be opening up for Prince that evening. At this point, just about everybody in the city had seen him, especially with tickets going for as low as $25. Now every time I tried to get those tickets they usually ran between $75 and $150. And with the mountain of expenses I procured at the time, I had conceded to the fact that $25 Prince tickets were just an “Urban Legend” and that I would just have to skip a possibly monumental, once in a lifetime opportunity; but for shits and giggles, I clicked on the link in her email to see… and there they were $25… total. No convenience fee, no handling fee… $25. That’s it. Holy. Shit.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Musings of a Philosophical Bear: It's All a Game

by Malcolm Travers


When I was a believer and went to church regularly, there was this married couple I used to eavesdrop on the regular. The husband often bragged to his friends about his golf game, but his wife would tell another story. When he came home from golf, she knew not to ask how the game went. As much as he put on a front with his friends about how good he was, she knew it went one of two ways. He would talk about it for hours, about each great shot he took which bored the hell out of her, or he'd be upset for days ranting over how this or that is unfair or what was wrong with the country club. One day the husband came home clearly upset about the game, but he wasn't talking to her. He wasn't being rude, just passive aggressive. Normally she would have put up with it, but for some reason she had enough, and she told him "honey it's just a game." And he said "it's more than a game, it's a way of life, golf is life" She wanted to roll her eyes, but she stopped herself and said, "well then if golf is life then that means life is just a game." 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

M3 Bear Essentials: Rewriting History


Are we quick to forget the good actions of a bad person because they conflict with our view of who they are? Have you had someone rewire the events of your life to better conform to their concept of who you are? In the latest episode of The M3 Bear Essentials, Male Media Mind contributors Breeze Vincinz, Lonnie Richardson and Mark O Estes join host Malcolm Travers in a discussion about how cognitive dissonance can sometimes influence our view of past events.
 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

M3 Bear Essentials: Decline of the Gayberhood


Do you the think the decision of more gay men and women to stay in more conservative areas weakens our collective social and political power? What advice would you give to someone who is considering a move from a more rural area to a more traditional gay mecca? In the latest episode of The M3 Bear Essentials, Male Media Mind contributors Breeze Vincinz, Lonnie Richardson and Mark O Estes join host Malcolm Travers in a discussion about the pros and cons of relocating for social acceptance and opportunities.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

M3 Bear Essentials: Nostalgia and Hurt Feelings


How would you react to a partner who asks you to remove evidence of past relationships from your home? Has a friend ever insulted you so bad with a tasteless joke your relationship with him changed? The the latest episode of the M3 Bear Essentials, Male Media Mind contributors Xavier Spann and Gerald Hogan join host Breeze Vincinz in a discussion about ways we can unintentionally hurt the ones we love the most. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

M3 Bear Essentials: Issues of Race in Relationships


How easy is it to avoid having a difficult conversation about race while in an interracial relationship? Do you think having a preference for another race says anything about your attitude toward your own race? The the latest episode of the M3 Bear Essentials, Male Media Mind contributors Malcolm Travers, Xavier Spann and Gerald Hogan join host Breeze Vincinz in a discussion about an article posted in the M3 Undercover group about black men who only date white men.
 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

M3 Bear Essentials: The Truth About Condoms


Do people lie about their condom usage to avoid criticism from their peers? Are people avoiding condoms because they don’t know how to use them properly? In the latest episode of the M3 Bear Essentials, Male Media Mind contributors Breeze Vincinz, Mark O Estes, Lonnie Richardson and Xavier Spann join host Malcolm Travers in a discussion of proper condom usage and the reason why some of us choose not to use them.