Junot Diaz, Schriftsteller Junot Diaz, Schriftsteller
Getty Images

President Obama Commends Junot Díaz For Helping Him Understand The Immigration Experience

"… the role of stories to unify — as opposed to divide, to engage rather than to marginalize — is more important than ever."

President Barack Obama's secret to surviving eight years in the White House goes no further than his bookshelf. In an interview with the New York Times, POTUS shared that reading allowed him to “slow down and get perspective” and “the ability to get in somebody else’s shoes" throughout his time in office.

It's the very reason why the work of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz, which he believes breaks down the "contemporary immigration experience" and captures the "longing for this better place but also feeling displaced," sits among his list of favorites.

Díaz, who has expressed his disappointment with the Obama administration's immigration policies in the past, joined the president for lunch last week to discuss where books stand in the political and media landscape of today in the effort to expand public conversation on literature.

“At a time when so much of our politics is trying to manage this clash of cultures brought about by globalization and technology and migration, the role of stories to unify — as opposed to divide, to engage rather than to marginalize — is more important than ever," President Obama said.

Inspired by his sit-down with the president and fellow authors Dave Eggers, Colson Whitehead, Zadie Smith and Barbara Kingsolver, the Dominican scribe took to Facebook to recount his experience.

"I had lunch with President Obama on Friday, which was surreal and extraordinary to say the least," he wrote. "I figured after all my criticism of his policies I wouldn't be high on his list for anything but clearly there's room at his lunch table for dissent, something we won't be seeing a lot of with the next president. What surprised me was how completely unbowed President Obama was, how certain he was that the country would find its way. He burned with optimism and faith invincible. If President Obama could still be positive after all the Republican bullsh*t he'd been through--that gave me hope. He was certainly one of the most complete man I'd ever met."

From the Web

More on Vibe

Premiere: Guaynaa Uses His Handyman Skills To Impress The Ladies In "Buyaka" Video

After releasing his hit single “ReBoTa,” Guaynaa is back with the cheeky visuals for “Buyaka.” With a crew of handymen in blue overalls, the 26-year-old is seemingly trying to seduce and impress a beautiful blonde haired young lady. As they perform for her and attempt at fixing the bad plumbing in her kitchen, Guaynaa (né Jean Carlos Santiago) charmingly performs the track laced with suggestive lyrics.

Santiago’s out of the box style seems like an anomaly among his peers which is refreshing. The artist told Billboard earlier this year that his stage name, Guaynaa, is a term used to describe a wealthy/high-class person in his native country of Puerto Rico. He also expressed how his parents are his main inspiration for his musical aspirations.

“There are many factors that inspire me as an artist. But, my family is my inspiration. My mom and dad are trovadores,” he said. “But, I really felt the inspiration after listened to other singers, like Residente. Growing up, I tried to imitate them and I realized that I have a true passion for music.”

Guaynaa's musical inspirations also come from some of reggaeton's other classic acts like Zion y Lennox and Julio Voltio.

Watch the video for "Buyaka" above.

Continue Reading
Getty Images

Rico Nasty And Kali Uchis Join Bad Bunny As Performers For 2nd Annual Pornhub Awards

Pornhub has turned things up a notch for their second annual awards show with performances from Bad Bunny, Kali Uchis, Rico Nasty and Tommy Genesis.

The celebration of the adult film industry will also welcome Benny Blanco as Musical Director and British Art Director and graphic designer Peter Savill for the redesign of the show's statue. Last year's inaugural show proved to be a learning lesson for the company. Kanye West's presence attracted most the attention, with everything else including the show's presentation falling to the wayside. The rapper/producer performed last year with Teyana Taylor and also performed his single "I Like It" without Lil Pump (he was arrested at the time for violating his probation).

But with creative daring acts like Rico, Bad Bunny and Kali, the show might be visually stimulating for fans–musically speaking. Benito was previously announced as a performer last month. “Last year, we made history and we’re building on that momentum,” Pornhub's vice president Corey Price told Forbes. “No other awards show has ever even attempted to do what we do.”

The show will compete with the Adult Video News Awards — or AVNs — which honor stars in the adult film industry. Price is hoping to reach its very diverse audience with their selection of performers.

“We’re very excited to announce the additions of several creatives to the 2nd Annual Pornhub Awards Show. Peter Saville is absolutely legendary, having had some prolific output that has gone on to inspire entire generations of creatives,” Price tells VIBE. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Ian Isiah, Kali Uchis, Rico Nasty and Tommy Genesis take the stage with Bad Bunny on October 11th. We are so lucky to have such complementary talents entertaining for us on our big night. ”

The show will take place at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. Categories include: Most Popular Female Performer, Most Popular Male Performer, Most Popular Verified Amateur, Top Channel, Top BBW Performer (c' mon diversity), Top Fetish Performer, Most Popular Gay Performer, Most Popular Network and Top Celebrity, among others.

Fans are encouraged to vote for their faves here.

Continue Reading
Actor Hosea Chanchez attends the Inaugural Ball hosted by BET Networks at Smithsonian American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery on January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC.
Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for BET

Former 'The Game' Actor Hosea Chanchez Reveals He Was Molested As A Teen

Actor and director Hosea Chanchez opened up about a traumatizing incident in his youth. Best known for his role on The Game, the 37-year-old revealed he was molested at the age of 14.

In an Instagram post Tuesday (Sept. 3) the actor explained how fear kept him from sharing how a friend's father molested him and threatened him if he told anyone. Chanchez, the child of a single mother, said he viewed the older man as a father figure. "He would always tell me I was like his other son, so I can trust he's always looking for me," he said. "Further building my trust and commitment to his predatory agenda."

But when the actor turned 14, their conversations turned sexual.

"A week before this day, my friend's dad was asking me what type of girls I liked and if I had sex with a girl yet," he said. "I didn't know at the time but he was trying to see where my boundaries were. He was using false hyper-masculinity as a way to sniff out my comfort level with sex and privacy."

Chanchez said as he was given a ride home, his father's friend (who he later revealed to be a man named Issac Sanders) took a detour route and molested him.

"I hope this truth helps to stop child molesting predators from sexually assaulting more children," he said. "Pedophiles have no place in our society they hide in the open and rape children who are afraid to speak up because of shame, guilt, fear, denial and the thought that no one will believe them. I'm doing this to help parents and young children become aware of some of the signs and better protect themselves from sexual predators."

Chanchez was met with support from his peers like Naturi Naughton, Jill Marie Jones, Megan Good, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Pose star Indya Moore. Despite not being in the public eye, Sanchez has returned to the small screen. The actor is currently starring in CW's Black Lightning and is leading a one-man show, Good Mourning.

Produced by Naughton, Chanchez wrote and directed the play about a father who loses his child to leukemia. His grievance lasts 36 days as he finds solace in his daughter's toys. The play carries messages about the importance of mental health in the African-American community.

“Mental health is the backdrop for what’s happening here,” he told the LA Sentinel. “Specifically, in the African American community, and with people of color, and even more specifically, with men, not only is it not acceptable in society to grieve and heal and mourn in the traditional standard as it is for women, but it’s also not as many resources for certain people.”

Chanchez starred in Mara Brock Akil-directed series The Game as Malik Wright, from 2006 to 2015.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Im Hosea chanchez and when I was 14 years old I was molested BY my friends father. This man is a predator, preying on children who’s trust he’s falsely built through lies, manipulation, threats and secrets. I hope this truth helps to stop child molesting predators from sexually assaulting more children. Pedophiles have no place in our society they hide in the open and rape children who are afraid to speak up because of shame, guilt, fear, denial and the thought that no one will believe them. Im doing this to help parents and young children become aware of some of the signs and better protect themselves from sexual predators. (Swipe to read my TRUTH)

A post shared by Hosea Chanchez (@hoseachanchez) on Sep 3, 2019 at 1:36pm PDT

Continue Reading

Top Stories