Updated: Jul 7, 2020
WAYMAN HARRINGTON as portrayed by Corwin Hawkins in A Low Down Dirty Shame (1994).
Wayman has always been top of mind for me when I think about Black gay men in film. Mainly because I learned the real impacts of, and differences between, a regular and super relaxer from him. I watched this movie whenever I could because I had a "crush" on Jada Pinkett. I figured I needed to like a girl to throw people off my fruity scent, and shes super beautiful and seemed like someone I would enjoy spending time with. So, I also got to hang out with Wayman. I didn't realize it at the time, but this is almost certainly the first time I'd seen a gay character on screen portrayed by a gay actor. I chose this scene because we see yet again folks can be gay, but can't do gay things. I mean who greets their boyfriend like that? Not a tender hug or kiss or something? Sadly, Corwin passed away from AIDS related complications soon after he worked on this project. He was just 29. I wonder where else he might have popped up had we had him longer...
Video from "A Low Down Dirty Shame" distributed by Buena Vista Pictures. Used under fair use.