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Honoring Harvey :: Dustin Lance Black remembers ’Milk’

by BeBe Sweetbriar
Sunday May 20, 2012

As we approach Harvey Milk Day in California on May 22, I can't help but think about the wonderful film "Milk" which won Dustin Lance Black a most-deserved Oscar. And to take it a step further, I can't help but think about Black himself, and the significance that his film and his subsequent activism has had on the gay rights movement across this country.

With a special screening of the film at the Castro Theatre on Tuesday with Black making an appearance (along with activist Cleve Jones), it gave me the privilege of visiting (Dustin) Lance for an extended conversation about his hope and promise for equality for gays in the future, his dedication to put his words into action through his activism and film projects, and to discuss where an Oscar winner on his first-time out as a screenwriter goes from here.

One place is the back to the movies - this time in a different capacity: as writer/director. Black recently finished "Virginia," and the film is set for a nationwide release shortly.

Below is an excerpt from a longer interview that will appear in our digital magazine in June.

Based out of San Francisco, BEBE SWEETBRIAR is the Omni Present Drag Chanteuse. As an entertainer and hostess, BeBe can be scene every week hosting and performing at countless events and parties in the San Francisco. One of the few drag personalities to sing live while performing, BeBe has literally graced every notable stage in San Francisco, bridging many gay sub-community gaps. She has also been the opening act for Destiny’s Child Kelly Rowland, "Ugly Betty’s" Alec Mapa and Dance Diva Kristine W. Adding recording artist to her list of performance accomplishments in 2008 with the release of her first single "Save Me", Ms. Sweetbriar will soon release her fifth dance single in 2012 called "Show It Off"..
As an actress, BeBe was introduced to film with a lead role in the independent film "Under One Sun" with her character dealing with religious, racial and gender issues. Additionally, she appeared in the campy musical "Devious, Inc" (Australian Film Festival, San Francisco Short Film Fest) also adding additional vocals to the musical soundtrack. Both of these performances led to her selection for a lead role in Aisha Media’s next short film series, "" to be released in 2012.


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