SAY MY NAME! began life in 2006 as a 5 minute play at the Royal Court Theatre where it was a winner of the “Angry Now” competition, a joint initiative between the Royal Court and the BBC. As a short film it has been screened at many film festivals around the world, notably the acclaimed “Outfest” film festival in Los Angeles.
However, it wasn’t until 2008 when renowned and leading club promoter and gay activist Thomas Muket screened it at ‘Bootylicious’; the UK’s internationally famed premier urban gay club that its true resonance and impact came into being. It had in a sense come home.
Such was the overwhelming response and hunger from the crowds pouring out of the make shift cinema that it became apparent that SAY MY NAME! was a story whose time had arrived. SAY MY NAME! was then put online and for over a year developed a loyal and supportive fan base from all over the world. We have also taken into account the thoughts and wishes of the many who wrote in asking for more.
SAY MY NAME! has since developed and expanded into more just a short film and we are delighted to have returned with a new and completely revamped user friendly website. Please avail yourselves of all we have on offer and say YOUR name on our “SAY YOUR NAME!” link. We sincerely wish you enjoy all we have to offer and look forward to receiving your comments and feedback.
Homophobia is undeniably an extremely blatant and prevalent force within the Black community. Many are still in total denial about the validity and naturalness of its existence and blame what are seen as external negative influences such as Euro- centricity, mental illness and satanic possession as its cause.
A direct result of such open hostility and degradation for Black gay men is often an overwhelming entrenched feeling of insecurity, self loathing and alienation. These negative internalized emotions can and do in many instances cause Black gay men to suffer feelings of self hatred, depression and even suicide. Another serious consequence of being Black and ‘out’ can be the ever pervading threat of violence and even murder from other Black people who feel threatened, ashamed and degraded that such practices exist within their own community.
Culturally this abhorrence of Black gayness is openly manifested in most black art forms such as music, comedy, film and theatre where gay people are attacked and ridiculed. A recent award-winning Channel 4 documentary directed by Paul Blake and presented by Stephen K. Amos called ‘Battyman’ painfully depicted these attitudes and beliefs. ‘Battyman’ highlighted the ignorance and myths held by the black community and the desperate need for positive genuine black gay perspectives to be presented. In so doing positive representation will assist the process of education and tolerance by promoting the humanity of individuals black gays as well as the collective Black gay community.
Recognizing the complexities and challenges that can and do face many Black Gays “SAY MY NAME!” is dedicated to flying the flag of tolerance and promoting seeds of understanding in the hope that it furthers a conversation that we in the Black community need to keep constant. Not until each and every one of us is free to walk, bop or sashay down any of our streets, in the fullness of all our glory, without fear, ridicule or ostracization that we can lay claim to being a truly embracing and cohesive force. We sincerely hope that you enjoy our offerings and make the site one where all peoples of whatever origin or sexuality can engage and pursue a dialogue forwarding the well being and happiness of our planet.
We achieve ‘real’ and effective results, facilitating change to ‘our’ lives and community using the mediums of film, theatre, photography, poetry, dance, exhibitions, workshops, social events, outreach teams of volunteers, forums and meetings. We take our message right to the heart of the matter and onto the ‘streets’ advocating and generating awareness through healthy, constructive non aggressive though meaningful conversations amongst our own black gay community and our wider non gay community leaders and members alike with special focus upon vulnerable and also young gay people.
Special thanks to the following for their unwavering support and belief in SMN ideals & mission
A tree is only as strong as its roots! Proudly introducing the driving force and foundations behind SMN:
2. WHEN IS SERIES COMING OUT?
3. WHY THE DELAY?
4. HOW CAN I BE IN SMN AS AN ACTOR.
5. HOW CAN I GET MY MUSIC IN THE SERIES.
6. HOW CAN I MODEL FOR SMN
7. IS SMN JUST FOR BLACK PEOPLE
8. IS SMN JUST FOR GAY PEOPLE
It’s about living my truth. If anyone asks… The answer’s yes… Yes I am! Yes I am a lesbian!
“SAY MY NAME!” is a contemporary Black British Gay Love Story set amidst a gritty grimy urban backdrop of ‘street’ reality.
Come with us as Chris and Ricky battle to stay afloat of the ever changing tides of this emotional rollercoaster. Meet the parents! Family! Friends! The community! Experience them coming out! Living on the Down-Low! And just getting through their day to day! Weddings! Funerals! Tears! Laughter! Joy! & Pain! Come face to face with ex-girlfriends. Make–ups and break-ups! And falling in love!
Our goal is to raise as much money as we can to film the entire series of 12 episodes and get it out there for the fans and the rest of the world to enjoy. Our initial target is to raise £5,000 ($8,000) to film the STORMY WEATHER and to keep building brick by brick, episode by episode from there. You can support the series with cash donations and by letting people know about it. Please share our link with your networks and all your social media.
Benefits you can look forward to as an investor include:
SUPPORT SAY MY NAME AND HELPS US BRING MORE STORIES TO LIFE!
Massive Thanks To All Celebrities ‘SAYING THEIR NAMES’ ON FILM!!!
SAY MY NAME has a clear objective that welcomes anyone who wants to help make the world a more open and inclusive place to live
Inspired by internationally acclaimed actress Joanna Lumley’s proactive stance and resounding triumph on behalf of the neglected Gurkhas; “SAY MY NAME!” initiated its own celebrity driven campaign to raise awareness and promote tolerance of Black gays within the Black community.
The idea, simply to bring focus to all the positive, affirming and well intentioned peoples who love and support us rather than give audience to hatred and bigotry.
The simple objective of the campaign is to generate awareness and to create a worldwide petition affirming our human commitment to freedom and love in our world.
“SAY MY NAME!” is overjoyed to say that most celebrities who were asked said yes without hesitation or question. Indeed given the nature of celebrity and their hectic and demanding schedules, they opened their diaries and gave of themselves unreservedly because they believe in “SAY MY NAME!” and what we are about.
More and more…Over the next coming weeks and months we’ll be touching base with more and more celebrities as they join “SAY MY NAME!” to SAY THEIR NAMES! in support of not just black or gay rights but to freedom for all!
I agree with my boyfriend, I think I’m gay! lol!
We believe that everyone has a natural and automatic right to freedom, respect and safety.
Since no one can predict or determine a person’s true sexuality gay people are not going to just suddenly disappear.
Whether gays are out or not they exist in every neighbourhood and community and in turn are somebody’s son, daughter, brother, sister, cousin, uncle, aunt, mother, father or friend.
We believe that more people in the world are naturally inclined to well being, peace and harmony.
We believe that given the opportunity more people will come out on the side of freedom and equality than against.
This petition is just a way for these people, the us to step up and put our names to this belief.
A way to be counted.
A way to bring positive change.
I don’t question it.. I just know.. it’s just how I feel. Being a lesbian is natural to me.
SMN is an organisation with its roots originating from voices within our global community and with your support our unified voice will be heard.
FREE… means embracing all of me… the BLACK and the GAY!
I’m a woman that loves women. I love men too… Just not in the bedroom!!!
It’s important that proud black gays who are secure and happy be seen and heard. It’s important that people see we exist.
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