Let’s All Stand Under The “Moonlight”

vTkBclMpmGswe might have another “kaldrick king” on our hands…
everyone meet trevante rhodes.
you know what’s crazy?
one of the f-bi asked me to write about him a while ago.
at the time,
trevante was starring in “if loving you is wrong” by tyler perry.
i never watched an episode so i couldn’t really speak on it.
i just knew he was really fine and i’d get back to him shortly.
well i was looking at some trailers and came across one for “moonlight”.
it stars trevante rhodes.
it couldn’t have come right on time.
check it out…

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largei’ll be watching!
i love how it’s shot as well!
i don’t know what you call that,
but it makes black skin look so beautiful.
trevante had an interview with “out” magazine about the film:

Trevante Rhodes doesn’t have much time to make an impression in the new film Moonlight. Along with child actors Alex Hibbert and Ashton Sanders, he’s one of three players embodying lead character Chiron at different stages of his life, and he doesn’t even appear until the final act. By then, Rhodes’s peers have done most of the legwork in giving shape to Chiron, a lonely Miami boy who’s quietly — and very slowly — coming to grips with being gay. But Rhodes doesn’t need a whole lot of time to tear your heart in half, and Moonlight’s finest scene rests on his sculpted shoulders. As a grown Chiron who’s adopted hypermasculinity for survival, the jacked Rhodes makes an achingly vulnerable confession to his childhood crush, Kevin (André Holland), who looks on in the same way the audience does — as if he just watched a brick house implode.  

“One way I connected with Chiron is that, like him, I didn’t grow up with a father,” says Rhodes. “I think his lack of a male influence increased his need for love. But I’m also a hopeless romantic. I believe you find that one person who you’re supposed to be with, and I felt Chiron found that person early on.”

Rhodes is straight, but his close relationships with gay men and adjacencies to queer environments helped him sympathize with Chiron and connect with Moonlight’s emotional texture. One of Rhodes’s first friends in Dallas came out two years ago, and the pair remain best friends. “I knew what he went through, and I knew how hard it was for him to find himself,” Rhodes says. “We all have our insecurities.” A frequenter of clubs of all sorts, Rhodes says he was at West Hollywood’s gay hot spot the Abbey on the night before Orlando’s Pulse nightclub shooting. (Some believe the Abbey was a target of James Howell, the armed man who was nabbed by police while allegedly en route to Los Angeles Pride.)

“Our country is shit right now,” Rhodes says, pointedly. “Being a black person in America right now is shit, being a homosexual in America right now is shit, and being a black homosexual is the bottom for certain people. That’s why I’m so excited for people to see Moonlight. I don’t feel like there’s a solution for our problems, but this movie might change people. That’s why you do it — because you feel like you’re doing something that matters. This is someone’s story.”

foxhole…
let’s head out in droves to support!
i’m definitely going to check this out!
be sure to check out trevante rhodes:

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(see what i did there?)
and his new film,
“moonlight”,
in new york and la on october 21st.

lowkey: not trevante being discovered running with his shirt off.
his voice tho:

*thud*

read more from trevante rhodes “out” interview: out

*pictures credited: trevante rhodes ig | out

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12 thoughts on “Let’s All Stand Under The “Moonlight”

  1. Well shot, well written, and well acted. Ive been waiting a long time for a movie like this. This is what being black and gay looks like for so many black men. Im tired of the the black queen caricature (no shade). The are other stories that need to be told and I will def be watching this one

  2. Eh, I only find myself showing up to theaters for Marvel movies honestly and maybe some DC movies so not for me, but I wonder if its going to released everywhere or just select cities. I’m thinking the latter.

  3. this movie will push many barriers and I’m curious of the Black African American reaction to this movie. I’d bet many will up in arm when this debut and I wonder if my straight counter partners will watch. I’ll definitely will save my dollars to watch on the big screen and happy to see Miami’s pork and beans in the spotlight.

    1. I saw the trailer on FB and looked at the comments below. They were terrible. Mostly Black women and men talking about the feminization of Black men and how this type of film is not good for the Black community. The same ole’, same ole’ unfortunately 🙄

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