Documentary "Just Between Us" Takes The Pulse of the 21st Century Black LGBTQ Community


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JUST BETWEEN US is a documentary that was inspired by its creator and director Ken Jackson to educate the community about its own limitations of being a voice in American society. Jackson traveled the United States to meet the legends, the pioneers and the revolutionaries of the 21st Century in the African-American Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual and Transgender community to gauge its position as a whole since the start of the new century. 

For Jackson, the documentary is both a test and a discovery, not only for the community, but himself as well. As African-American Diasporas have all been too prevalent in American society, given that during the Clinton Administration it was colorfully titled as the Gay 90s, where Gays, Lesbians, Bi-sexual and Transgender individuals could enjoy some basic civil liberties, the African-American gay Community was somehow seemingly missed, avoided or passed over. And now with the popularity of the Down Low phenomenon, where the community as a whole has had to withstand the brunt of what most of the country considers a public threat, the African-American gay community needs to make strong and significant efforts to solidify its presence and rebound in the face of this disgrace and harsh scorn. 

Jackson traveled to the South, the Southwest, and the East Coast to explore the rich, diverse landscape of the African-American Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual and Transgender community, by interviewing people who are trying to redefine, reshape and rejuvenate the community as a whole in the work that they do. Influential and famous individuals like Bobby Blake, Faith Trimel, Maurice Jamal, Sharon Bridgforth and Christopher David and individuals like Rudolph Carn, Zandra Conway, Brandon Bragg and Layli Phillips, Ph.D, who are apart of grassroots organizations, all of which whose personal and organizational missions are to empower and enlighten the African-American Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual and Transgender community.


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