I began blogging here at BamaBoiBlues back in mid 2010 as a means of therapy, oblivious to any impact it would have on readers. Fortunately, I received much love and support from you all, so I felt like I was heading in the right direction. As the first year past, I began to see other online presences discussing the Gay African American Male experience, and I was here for it. Seeing more voices explain the complexities of our lives made for a greater outreach. And the outreach came in various media forms, like YouTube channels.
One of my favorite YouTube channels at the time was BrotherHoodTV, which was established back in June of 2011. BrotherHoodTV was the answer to those who sought gay outreach on a more visual level. You actually saw gay young black males having panel discussions about various topics, such as domestic violence in the gay community, which sadly, was their last video posted 2 years ago. Since then, there online presence has dissipated with no new video updates and no tweets from their Twitter page .
What I enjoyed most about BrotherHoodTV was that everyone on the panel was involved in the discussion providing contrasting opinions. It was healthy conversations and debates, as they read and discussed letters fans of the show sent them. Were the discussions always perfect? No, but it was real enough to spark dialogue among viewers. For dudes like me, I appreciated the visual forum, the discussions, the topics, the camaraderie, and the respectful ways which they handled disagreements. It was true gay Brotherhood.
Sadly, I don’t know what happened and why the videos stopped. I would’ve liked to work with them in some form. I saw potential with BrotherHoodTV doing great things for the gay black community in getting our black voices heard. They were heading in the right direction, I felt. We still need that kind of presence on YouTube, and hopefully we can get it back. Regardless, BrotherHoodTV’s channel is still available on YouTube. Check out BrotherHoodTV’s first episode after the jump (may have to adjust audio).