About this project
Modern Day Black Gay is an introspective web-series that explores what it means to be Black and Gay in modern society. The series focuses on issues that Black, Gay men face as told through the eyes of its cynical protagonist Malcolm Hughes, a writer in his late twenties, who lives in Brooklyn, NY.
I created #MDBG because I got tired of seeing stereotypes of men who were supposed to represent me: Black and Queer. I wanted to explore what it means to be a modern day black gay man. I wanted to explore what he goes through.
While creating this web-series, I sent each episode off to fellow Black and Queer friends. They all saw something in it. They saw themselves. That let me know that this show is needed, because other people need to see themselves too.
THE CAST AND CREW:
Christopher Livingston (Malcolm) theatre credits include, Off-Broadway: The Urban Retreat (The Public [Studio]), The Architecture Of Becoming (Women’s Project). Regional: The Whipping Man (Portland Center Stage), The White Snake (Berkeley Repertory), Party People, The Imaginary Invalid, Hamlet, Henry the IV Pt. 1, The Pirates of Penzance, and The White Snake (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Romeo & Juliet (Virginia Stage Company), The YouthInk Theater Festival (McCarter), Black Nativity (Intiman). Education: B.F.A. in Acting from Rutgers University.
Eric R. Williams (Trevor) is a proud native of Atlanta, Georgia, born and raised. Theatre credits include, Off-Broadway: Into The Woods (The Public), with Amy Adams. Regional: HAIR. International Tour: Dreamgirls (with Robert Longbottom), among others. Education: Arts Magnet Program at Tri-Cities High School, studying Drama & Musical Theatre; and Howard University.
Kalon Hayward (Manny) is an educator, performance artist, and active liberator. He’s originally from Maryland. His New York theatre credits include: Henry V and A Midsummer Nights Dream (The Classical Theatre of Harlem). Education: Duke Ellington School of the Arts (Washington, DC), Fordham University, and the British American Dramatic Academy at Oxford University.
Drew Shade (Tony) was born and raised in Indiana. Previous works include, Theatre: The Invisible Man (a reading with Andre De Shields), Beauty & The Beast (Beast), Ragtime (Coalhouse Walker Jr.), Dreamgirls (C.C. White), We Hold On To The Dream (Cab Calloway). Film: "Surfboard" - short film (Troy), "Missing" (Officer Files).
Edward Mawere (Chris) is a Brooklyn, NY native. Theatre credits include: Philadelphia Premiere of Tarell Alvin McCraney's, The Brother Sister Plays (Ogun Size), among others. Education: BA in Theatre from Temple University, where he studied with Forrest McClendon, Amina Robinson, and Lee Kenneth Richardson to name a few.
Aundra Goodrum II (Derek) came to New York seven years ago because of his love for the arts. Theatre credits include: Cake (American Theater for Actors), B-Boy Blues. Film credit includes: Focus, and many others. He recently completed four seasons with STAR Theatre.
Keith Calloway (Josh) has studied Vocal Music, Musical Theater, and Dance for over 15 years. Theatre credits include: Anything Goes (Lead Sailor), Cabaret (Bobby), and The Wiz (The Wiz). He recently finished up a Tri-State tour of No Greater Love (Judas/John) and is currently working on his Upcoming Debut EP. Education: Duke Ellington School of the Arts (Washington D.C), and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (New York City).
Augustus Wilson (Aaron) theatre credits include: IYOM (Workshop Theater Company), Flambéaux (Theater for the New City), A Soldier’s Play (South Oxford Theater). Film/TV credits include: No Shade (web-series) and IF (short film).
Donja R. Love (Series Creator/Director) is a Philadelphia born and raised playwright, screenwriter, and director. His stageplays include: The Dead Nigga Poem, After The Dead Die, and How To Kill A Child and A Demon. His screenplays included: System/Report (web-series), Houseflower (short film), and Modern Day Black Gay (web-series). He’s the co-founder and creator of Ademide Theatre Ensemble and The Each-Other Project. Currently, he resides in Brooklyn, NY and teaches playwriting to middle and high school students.
Brandon Nick (Assistant Director/Executive Producer) is a photographer, teacher, and video-journalist. He worked as an Asst. Assignment Editor at WBAL-11 in Baltimore, while working on an independent TV series in Washington, D.C. His photography has been featured in newspapers, and both print and online magazines. Education: Bachelor's for Broadcast Journalism from Morgan State University. Currently, he lives in Brooklyn, NY freelancing in film and television.
Malika Oyetimein (Assistant Director/Boss) is the Artistic Director of Philadelphia based: Ademide Theatre Ensemble. Select directing credits include: Hoodoo Love (Yancy Girl Productions & Ademide Theatre Ensemble), Other American Cousins (Plays & Players), Footloose (The College of New Jersey), Young Voices (InterAct Theatre Co. & Philadelphia Young Playwrights), Topdog/Underdog (GoKash Productions). AD credits: Pinocchio, Three Penny Opera, Blue Door (Arden Theatre Co.), A View from the Bridge (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). She is a Teaching Artist and Director with Philadelphia Young Playwrights. She’s a member of the Directors Lab at Lincoln Center Theater and MFA candidate at the University of Washington.
Every single penny you donate will go straight into #MDBG and pay for the following:
- Equipment: cameras, audio, lights, etc.
- Locations: this series has multiple sets to shoot in.
- Pre & Post-Production work: we need space to rehearse before we shoot; and we need to edit and master each episode after it's shot.
- Cast and Crew: everyone involved on this project is putting in extreme work. People need to get paid for their time and talent.
WE DON'T WANT TO DO #MDBG WITHOUT YOU!
Risks and challenges
Aside from possible production delays and/or collaborator mishaps, it's sad to say, but the two biggest challenges that we face with creating this series, even in 2014, is being Black and being Queer. They can be labeled controversial. Many people believe that both groups are second-class citizens and treat anyone who fit one or both as such.
With creating this series I've already faced opposition that's linked directly to that. To combat that, my team and I will throw all the negativity we face into the work we're creating. We'll continue to work diligently to overcome adversity that may come our way.
It is my hope that we receive Backers who'll also help us overcome adversity by believing in this project - who want to see a difference being made in the way the people depicted in #MDBG are viewed. Above all, it is my hope that each Backer are people who believe in equality and love for all.
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