Sunday, November 6, 2011

Black And Gay: Tune Into NY Radio Station Hosted By Clay Cane

I am not tragically colored. And I am not tragically gay." So says Clay Cane, channeling the words of legendary author Zora Neale Hurston. "When you are black and gay there is a particular duality that you live in. In my case, that double consciousness has allowed me to be as open and cosmopolitan as possible." Wise words from a relatively young man, and someone you are certain to be hearing a great deal more from. Cane is the new host of New York radio's WWRL 1600AM show, Clay Cane Live. WWRL, a progressive talk radio station with well-renowned hosts like MSNBC's Ed Shultz and Rev. Al Sharpton, has traditionally appealed to an African-American audience.
Last month they announced a new line-up of hosts to comprise their Equality Pride Radio which aims to provide programming for the greater LGBT community in New York City.
Surprisingly, this is the first of its kind in what is arguably the world's most famous and progressive metropolitan. In spite of the fact that gays and lesbians were afforded the right to marry in New York state earlier this year, and television programs nationally often reflect gay life of all colors and hues in NYC, their presence on the airwaves has been lacking at best, and nonexistent at worse.
Cane is the sole African-American host of the new Equality Pride line-up, and he has chosen to represent his inherent dualities with indiscriminate pride.
Clay, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Rutgers University, has spent the past decade honing his skills as a journalist, writer and speaker. The 34-year old is currently Entertainment Editor for and is a regular contributor to BET, TV One, theGrio and the Washington Post online magazine, theRoot.

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