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Terry McMillian's Ex Jonathan Plummer Talks New Web Show, Gay Outings and Terry

Terry McMillian’s ex husband Jonathan Plummer is no stranger to controversy, but these days he’s quietly reinvented himself post scandal of being the outed gay husband of the Waitng to Exhale scribe. Plummer is now the co-host of his own new entertainment show, No More Down Low TV and has already begun building the next chapter of his life.

VIBE caught up with the man forever immortalized in the novel and film How Stella Got Her Groove Back to get his take on the outed teens in the news, the recent rash of gay suicides plus Morehouse's Mean Girls.  Plummer also revisits his own outing process and after rounds of public fighting and mutual lawsuits between them describes what his relationship with Terry is really like today.—Ronke Idowu Reeves

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VIBE: Tell us about the new entertainment web series you are hosting, No More Down Low TV

It’s for people who are curious about their sexuality, sexual orientation, their sexual honesty and if you’re in deep denial you can click on and check things out and nobody has to know. And it will entail shedding some light on some positive, progressive things in the community. And which people are making a stand and who are willing to share their stories of their whole transition. With No More Down Low TV I want to do something good and change the whole negative connotation that the Down Low label has and help make a change.

 

Your episodes feature a lot of celebrities gay and straight talking about homosexuality. What has been the overall celeb reaction to the show?

They’re pretty much very supportive. It’s nice that they are willing to do interviews and share their ideas and concepts on how they view the gay  issue itself. I’ve been glad that they’ve been pretty much open to speaking openly about homosexuality, especially about people in their personal lives who’ve had to navigate through the process or who are struggling or coping with coming out.

 

What’s it been like hosting a show? Are you nervous or is it all coming easy for you?

It’s been nervewracking because I’ve never done this before. When I was dating and married to my ex-wife Terry I was always in the background. Now I’m in forefront and its been good in a sense. I’m trying to enjoy it and it’s just hard to be comfortable in front the camera when we’re filming. But the more I do it the more comfortable I’m getting. I’m enjoying it so far.

 

 

What’s your take on the homosexual teens and young adults catching hell for coming out and their varied degrees of self expression. Like the mean girls on the Morehouse campus.

I think it’s so sad in this day and age people are being passed out of society in that aspect of trying to find themselves, in whatever way they want to express themselves and the fact that Morehouse is against it, it saddens me.

 

And there have also been a rash of young adult suicides on college campuses from people being outed as gay before they were ready. As someone who had a very public outing what do you think about this current unfortunate trend in our society?

I wish that people felt more comfortable. In today’s society thank God we have shows like Glee, Modern Family and Brothers and Sisters where we see same sex relationships and they are being portrayed in a positive light—which is great. It’s sad that some of us are still thinking that being gay is wrong and others still have to struggle with their sexuality and identity. And the fact that homosexual are still cast out of society, scrutinized and ridiculed constantly, hence the suicides—it just saddens me. I didn’t have the best coming out process myself, but everyone has their own way of expressing themselves and their own journey to find their sexual odyessy and sexual identity. I just wish there could be more people supportive of that, who were not against it and who didn't make a mockery of it.

 

Being the husband and now ex husband of Terry McMillian instantly made you a public figure. So do you feel like one?

Now I do. After the Oprah interviews and having people recognize me I’m embracing it now. I used to deny I was myself when folks would recognize me on the street. I used to say, ‘Oh it’s not me I just look like him.’  But I’ve accepted myself and I’m more comfortable in my own skin. And my family has accepted me for me and even Terry has accepted me for me and my sex life and sexuality. I call it self-preservation— it’s all personal growth.

 

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Jennifer Lopez Was Pleasantly Surprised By Keke Palmer's Performance In 'Hustlers'

The all-star cast of the upcoming film Hustlers features plenty of heavy hitters, but it seems Keke Palmer shines the brightest.

Speaking with Billboard last week, Jennifer Lopez dished about what fans can expect in her upcoming film. The all-female led feature was inspired in by "The Hustlers at Scores", a New York magazine article about a real-life group of former exotic dancers who teamed up to overthrow their Wall Street clientele.

While Lopez got tips from visits to the strip club and chats with Cardi B, she enjoyed Palmer's gift of improvisation. "She was great at improv, and not everybody has that knack, you know what I mean?," she said. "But they were all great. I expected Cardi to be good, I expected Lizzo to be good, but I didn't know enough about Keke. I had seen her audition tape. I did a little bit of research on her when they were thinking [about her role]. We went through so many people for that part, so many people."

Palmer kicked off her acting career at the tender age of 9, with leads in films like Akeela & The Bee, Jump In! and starred in her own series True Jackson, VP on Nickelodeon from 2008 to 2011. She's also stolen scenes in Ryan Murphy's Scream Queens and the live rendition of Grease. But it was her bubbly personality that caught Lopez's (who executively produced the film) eye.

"When I saw her -- I had watched a couple of interviews of her and stuff like that -- I was like, 'This girl has something. She has personality,'" she said. "And she was awesome. We had fun from the first scene. I was like, 'OK. We're gon' have fun!'"

Lopez recently shared with Entertainment Tonight some of her biggest challenges in the film like pole dancing.

"Learning pole dancing was probably one of the most challenging things I've ever done for a film," Lopez said. "But it was worth it. I love this character. I love this story. It's a really gritty New York story with women at the forefront -- the thing actresses dream of -- and to be able to produce it and star in it was very special."

Hustlers opens in theaters Sept. 13. Check out the trailer below.

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Marvel Announces Mahershala Ali Will Take The Screen As The Next 'Blade'

Over the weekend, as the East Coast was beating the heat, comic enthusiasts gathered in San Diego for Comic-Con 2019. On Saturday (July 20), Marvel Studios got movie-goers amped in standard form by announcing their slate of movie releases for the next few years, but threw an added surprise in the mix. Not only is the studio delivering a new version of Blade, but it will be fronted by none other than Mahershala Ali. The accomplished actor, who took home Oscars for both Moonlight and Greenbook, was on-hand to celebrate the moment.

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After the triumph of Black Panther and a host of other inclusive super hero movies in the last couple years, Ali carrying the torch after Wesley Snipes immortalized the role is a win.

The Comic Con celebrations didn't stop there. Other major Marvel titles announced starring some of our faves included Eternals in 2020 (Brian Tyree Henry), Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings in 2021 (Awkwafina), THOR: Love and Thunder in 2021 (Tessa Thompson), Black Widow in 2020, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in 2021 in theaters, and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier in 2020 (Anthony Mackie), WANDAVISION in 2021 (Teyonah Parris), WHAT IF...? in 2021 (Jeffrey Wright), Hawkeye in 2021, and LOKI in 2021 for their Disney+ streaming service.

No release date for Blade has been announced.

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Netflix Releases 'Dear White People' Season 3 Trailer

Loose ends are finally tied, while other storylines and character arcs are more defined in the third season of Netflix's Dear White People. The Justin Simien comedy released its trailer Friday (July 19).

Shadow And Act report a few scenes that season three will deliver includes Sam (Logan Browning) parting ways with her radio show, Troy (Brandon Bell) experiencing a parody or pastiche, and Lionel (DeRon Horton) continuing to live in his identity.

The campus' secret society, The Order of X, also reappears after being discovered in season 2 by Sam and Lionel. Depicting a lighter and easing going tone is a shift from the gloom and murk from previous seasons while still giving a satirical sense of style. As the series moves through its characters dealing with microaggressions and evident racism at Winchester University, the script addresses a range of controversial issues.

Yvette Nicole Brown (Avengers: Endgame), Blair Underwood (When They See Us), Laverne Cox (Orange Is the New Black), and the show's creator Simien are set to make guest appearances throughout the season, according to IndieWire. 

Season 3 will premiere on Aug. 2.

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