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Jiggy Mann: A Life After Porn

April 14th, 2021

What do you do when your friend turns to a life of porn? Do you sneak online and check him out, or do you clutch your Bible, stomp your feet and pray that God almighty will show him the errors of his way? Paul Boakye caught up with Conrad Mitchell, AKA "Jiggy Mann" in the gay adult entertainment industry. 

Addiction, Incarceration and a Black Gay Man’s Search for Identity

April 7th, 2021

The night my body gave up the ghost and left me covered in shit didn’t afford me pause to go and clean up, take a shower and prepare for the next caper. Jewel was closing soon, and I needed more crack. Now, more than ever as the shame of having defecated on myself began to emerge in my fragile conscious, I knew I had to pull this one off and quickly. The dinosaur's prayer came readily to mind: Lord a little more time. It was good an invocation as any. Could I do it? Would the smell give me away? 

Introducing Curtis Holder, Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2020

April 1st, 2021

Curtis Holder cannot recall a time when he did not sketch. His earliest memory is of drawing a house that looked nothing like the other houses drawn by his infant school classmates. 

“Why are their skies one shade of blue? That’s not how I see grass. I don’t care if they want to draw a house that way. I see it differently.”

Forty-seven years later, Curtis Holder is the 2020 Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year award-winner, while working part-time as a primary school teacher in London. He talks to a Paul Boakye at Black Gay Blog about the things that motivate him.

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