INTRODUCING THE HOTBOYZ, a new reality series following six New York City scene queens.

Hot boyz, apparently, is slang for scene "celebrities". The Hotboyz is said to deal with "masculinity, homophobia, and substance abuse".

Executive Producer Carlos King says: "I want young gay men to be able to look at the show and see a representation of themselves, a reflection of their world. I want the mainstream community to see a slight overview of how gay black men live their lives."

Style-wise it's typical American reality fare: loud, in-your-face characters, talking heads, all played out under an intrusive music track.

What's appealing is the central idea of a gay family unit - Rahlo is the "mother" figure to a household of gay youth: sons Shai, Walter, Ronnie, and the only girl in the house, daughter Jal.

Mildly diverting, and worth keeping an eye on. You can head over to HotBoyz TV to watch episode 1 and 2.


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Eduardo Guize said...

Not bad, but very soon it started giving me the same headache as the lesbians in Sugar Rush... They talk, and they talk, and they talk... But hey that's me, I don't like shows with too much blah blah...

Trojan Gayle said...

Looking forward to seeing this series to reach the UK as It would be a interesting insight to black gay men lives which often gets looked over in reality tv.

the pulpit said...

I have some huge challenges with this Mother role, bitchy, queeny, ATL housewives stuff, but I will review the episode and hopefully become enlightened. Honestly, the trailer has me doubting due to the profanity and stereotypical connotations. I REALLY hope the episode changes my view.

Garçon Stupide said...

STELLA - I knew you'd have your finger on the pulse already ;)

Eduardo - I know exactly what you mean. It's not necessarily the people themselves, just the way ALL American reality TV is edited.

Trojan - it's a web based series viewable on YouTube.

the pulpit - welcome, and an excellent blog you have there. Looking forward to hearing your views.

J. Clarence said...

I'm a bit put off by the assertion that this represents the lives of all Black gay men, but I get that's focused more so on urban Black gay men in an urban setting.

It looks like a really great premise and something I'm definitely going to keep my eye on. As it explores a realm of the gay community that does not get a lot of media attention otherwise, and something I'm interesting in learning more about too.

Thanks so much for bringing this up!

Taylor Siluwe said...

Though I haven't seen it yet (this is my first heads-up), I love this.

Stereotypical shit aside, also aside is the fact that NO show can encapsulate the lives of all black gay men (or gay men period - for we are the rainbow in every respect), still, this is yet another way to people to peek into lives different from their own.

I'm cool with it, and I wish it much success. And this is coming from someone who hates reality tv and hopes the Real Housewives of Everywhere train derails.

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