Thursday, January 29, 2015

M3 Bear Essentials: Sleepless In Jamaica

In our continuing conversation on relationships within LGBT communities of color, a loyal viewer sent us a letter explaining his trials and tribulations of trying to make a meaningful love connection with someone outside the confines of his dangerously homophobic country. M3 Contributors Clinton Jolliffi, Ali Lopez, Malcolm Travers, Breeze Vincinz and newcomer Mark O. Estes give their take options available when looking for love when you reside in areas of the world where acts of homosexuality can result in violence, imprisonment and even death.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Hollywood's Race Problem

The topic of race within Hollywood has become an immensely charged topic not only in the entertainment trades, but on social media as well. Particularly with the release of the 2015 Oscar Award nominations where Ava DuVernay’s critically lauded Martin Luther King Jr. bio pic “Selma” garnered only two nominations (Best Picture and Best Original Song) despite earth-shattering buzz surrounding the mostly African American cast, notably Davis Oyelowo.   Social media platforms exploded with outrage and proclamations of Hollywood’s continued exclusion of people of color from playing in the “Oscar’s game” with Twitter hashtags like #OscarsSoWhite and #WhiteOscars popping up and ruling Twitter’s trending topics for days afterward.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Male Media Mind Bearcast PREMIERE EPISODE! (Bears and Obesity)

Episode 1: Bears and Obesity (w/Trebor Senoj and Gerald Hogan)
January 21, 2015

In our first episode of the Male Media Mind Bearcast, we talk about the issue of obesity. It started with a few hot topics that I posted over the Christmas break. I found that people were very passionate and emotional when it came to issues of weight gain and obesity, and I thought it would make a good starting point for the podcast. What I aim to do with the M3 Bearcast is to tell important and intimate stories that get to the heart of the black bear experience. Over the past two years, I've hosted many Google Hangouts with many of our regular contributors and guests. I've learned about which topics make for interesting conversations, but I've also run across a few topics that, while interesting and important, are too long for video. What I needed was an intimate one on one conversation in a format that allowed digressions and exploration. Thus was born the Male Media Mind Bearcast.

Monday, January 26, 2015

M3 Bear Essentials: Demystifying Bullies

Male Media Mind recently asked via our #M3HotTopic, "Have you ever been subject to bullying because of your sexuality? What advice would you give to a gay teen who is being bullied?" M3 Contributor Malcolm Travers with special guest Ali Lopez discuss the modern day war on bullying while Breeze Vincinz gives his unorthodox take on bullying within the LGBT community. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

M3 Bear Essentials: Thirsty an Investigation on Desperation

Where is the line between making yourself available for sex and relationships and being thirsty? Why do we feel so much contempt for gay men who are desperate to get laid? Is it a form of self-hatred turned outward? M3Contributors Ja'Won BlackmonMalcolm Travers and Breeze Vincinz talk about the sometimes annoying presence of pervasive sexual attraction that can occupy the minds of some gay men.

In Malcolm's previously published article, he explores the dark side of sexual attraction and why we have grown so hostile to it in social media.

Monday, January 19, 2015

M3 Bear Essentials: Love, Sex and Video Games

In this increasing tension filled world, video games can provide a safe and fun way to release some pressure. But when that allure coincides with time that could be used spent with loved ones the questions arises, how much time is "too much" time spent playing video games? M3 Contributors Malcolm Travers, Ja'Won Blackmon and Breeze Vincinz discuss how hardcore gamers can integrate more personal time into their endeavors and how non-gamers can better accept their partners' lifestyle. 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

M3 Bear Essentials: The Argument For Being Out

Male Media Mind Contributor Malcolm Travers discussed the importance of homosexual visibility in American culture in his article "The Argument For Being Out". In this episode of the Bear Essentials, he along with M3 Contributors, JaWon Blackmon, Gerald Hogan, Clinton Jolliffi and Breeze Vincinz discuss the importance of being gay versus the importance of being out.

Article: "The Argument For Being Out"

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Two Years Later: Goal-Setting That Works

M3 began as  a New Years resolution two years ago today. It was a promise I made to myself to never give up on my writing career again. For as long as I can remember, I've always wanted to tell stories. Somewhere in my mid-twenties I lost my way. My expectations got the best of me, thinking that I could get rich from writing, I lost hope. What I failed to realize is that I was going about reaching my goals in all the wrong ways. I was starting with the end in mind without a clear process of how to get there. Every attempt to reach an unattainable goal seemed feasible in the face of everyday obstacles. But now I see that I can do a lot better simply by taking it a day at a time and focusing on the small victories. M3 is proof that New Years resolutions can work if we start to rethink the way we set goals. 

Monday, January 12, 2015

M3 Bear Essentials: Jealousy and the Greener Grass

In his article "Jealousy And The Greener Grass", self diagnosed former Playa Hata Breeze Vincinz mused on how jealousy affected his life and how a romp on "Noah's Arc" helped him change his ways. In this episode of the M3 Bear Essentials, he along with M3 Contributors Ja'Won Blackmon, Malcolm Travers and Clinton Jolliffi talk about the surreptitious part envy plays in our lives.

Article: Jealousy and the Greener Grass

Thursday, January 8, 2015

M3 Bear Essentials: Assimilation And Understanding The Need To Belong

Male Media Mind Contributor Malcolm Travers investigated the practice of assimilation and how the dominate culture influence our decisions in his article "Assimilation: Understanding The Need To Belong." He along with M3 Contributors, JaWon Blackmon, Gerald Hogan, Clinton Jolliffi and Breeze Vincinz discuss why so many of us go to extremes to try fit in and how the people around them nudge their choices if at all?

Article: "Assimilation: Understanding The Need To Belong"