I’ve now counted over 136 places where the Los Angeles Times story on the cancelled Buju Banton concert has appeared, including Yahoo!, the Washington Post, and the BBC News and nowhere does it include the fact that Blacks led this battle.
The report reads as follows:
A Hollywood club has canceled a performance by Buju Banton, a reggae star whose violent lyrics about gays and lesbians have made him a flashpoint figure.
Adam Manacker, general manager of the Highland nightclub and restaurant, said Thursday that e-mail complaints and concerned callers in recent days had prompted him to research Banton’s past and call off the Oct. 2 show. Refunds are available through the vendor where the tickets were purchased.
"We felt it was the right thing to do after doing some research on the matter," Manacker said.
The husky-voiced Banton has been a major star in his native Jamaica since the early 1990s with brash dancehall music and, in the last decade, a more traditional reggae sound. His career aspirations in the United States, though, have been stunted and largely defined by the frequent protests against his attitude toward gays.
Banton was tried and acquitted on charges that he participated in the beating of six gay men by a Kingston, Jamaica, gang in the summer of 2004.
First of all, the concert was scheduled for October 3rd, not the 2nd.
Second, I think it’s shabby reporting to not mention who conducted the campaign. The Highlands Nightclub didn’t just decide to cancel Buju Banton. No, it was a coordinated campaign led by Blacks, Black same-gender loving people to be exact.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I am happy the concert is cancelled and I am happy the news is spreading far and wide. However, a crucial part of this campaign involved a community that is constantly overlooked and this is yet another example.
I spoke with this particular reporter, in fact, I am the one who called him and tipped him off. We had two conversations. I deliberately explained how this was a campaign led by Black gays, many of whom were from Jamaica. I offered him numbers of West Indian lesbians and gays that would be willing to speak on the record. But no. Instead, the reporter choose to copy and paste from the email that Adam Manacker sent to me announcing the cancellation.
Part of the reason why this campaign is so important is because it’s the Black LGBT community coming together to deal with its own, a hard pill to swallow by some.
This wasn’t a white gay thing this was a Black gay thing. This was us handling us. Unfortunately, now the Black mostly heterosexual reggae loving community here in Los Angeles and abroad, now feels that the white gays are again protesting Black artists, when that’s not the case. While I am sure that there were white gays that joined in our campaign, this was definitely led by the Black SGL community and any accurate reporting in what happened should have reflected that.