Imagine a time and place where being a member of LGBT meant that you are part of the DOMINANT Culture and set societal rules for ‘normalcy,’ in a town cvallede: Nacirema (American spelled backwards.)
Well that is the premise of Todrick Hall’s musical opus: Forbidden and and in the fulllvideo we are treated to an inclusive celebrity filled journey into a land where heterosexual relationships are criminal, where being white makes one a second class citizen and themes of race, structural violence (A young white man is shot and killed on Novyart St) Trayvon spelled backwards. Where sexual orientation, discrimination, crime and murder are examined and salvation is acheived.
But for now I just want you to enjoy this video.
I love this mini love story but as a woman who’s attracted to women I love it even more for the representation. Especially seeing women of color. Women who didn’t go with the “masculine” “feminine” lesbian theme as usual because a lot of people actually think that only studs go for femmes and that there has to be a sort of man in the relationship which is so BORING.
To see two women in love, and who are African american, is amazing and to see the diversity. Rarely do we see women of color in a gay relationship, and the song is so lovely!
Is it just me or does Jade Novah resemble actor Kerry Washington? Hmm I may text her a heads up.
Leave a comment and tell me what you think of this video or (If you’ve seen the full video) what you think of Forbidden.
Now to address the elephant in the room. Why am I so eagerly promoting the work of a gay man? I just heard of this talented artist, who was a semi-finalist(?) on American Idol, but was vioted off. Todrick Hall is the ONLY black gay man that I have seen to create magnificent art through writing all of the songs, doing the choreography performing in and directing the videos. His cast members reflect the realities of color, size, and ethnicity in the 21st century.