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Oprah Will Speak w/ Jason Collins & His Family Together On 'Next Chapter' This Sunday

by Tambay A. Obenson
May 1, 2013 1:38 PM
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Jason Collins

In what really shouldn't be a surprise, Oprah Winfrey will speak with NBA player Jason Collins, his twin brother Jarron, his parents Portia and Paul Collins, his sister-in-law Elsa Collins and aunt Teri Jackson, a San Francisco Superior Court judge and the first family member he came out to, in their first interview together, on the heels of Collins' recent public *coming out*.

The special episode of Oprah's Next Chapter will air this Sunday, May 5 from 8-9 pm ET/PT on OWN the Oprah Winfrey Network.

The press release states that Collins will reflect on the worldwide reaction following his decision to reveal that he is a gay man, and how he hopes his story will further the conversation around equality. 

Watch a teaser of the episode below:

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  • Author G D Grace | May 2, 2013 9:26 PMReply

    For his courage, I am inspired. I'll keep this short and sweet; the harder this fight for equality for all people intensifies, the more walls I see crumbling. Eventually, one day, perhaps not in my lifetime, there will be an existence void of judgement of another...

    Yes, one day. ~GD

  • ScriptTease | May 2, 2013 6:52 PMReply

    If you want to be treated equal, than stop making a big deal out of it. If you want to be gay, be gay... no need for a big announcement.

  • BLACKMAN | May 2, 2013 2:20 PMReply

    DISTRACTION 101. WHO CARES. All this Gay Marriage, celebrity worship = mental removal from the STRUCTURES, INSTITUTIONS AND DECEITFUL PEOPLE that are polluting the planet, raping the Developing World and sinking the Middle Class into poverty status.

    Ignore BULLCRAP.

  • Orville | May 2, 2013 12:42 AMReply

    I do not see Jason Collins as a hero he is an opportunist he waited until the end of his career to come out he is no hero. Robbie Rogers a young American soccer player came out in his prime at the age of 25. Rogers does not get the same press as Collins just because soccer is not as popular as the NBA in the USA.

    I think a lot of the media coverage has to do with the fact Jason Collins is a black man. In this sense it is positive that Collins came out showing the world not all gay people are white.

    However, I do not think Collins coming out is going to make a big impact in men sports. The reason is Collins is NOT ACTIVE. The man is a free agent and the liberal media saying this guy is active is a lie. The guy is at the end of his NBA career and he is a free agent suddenly the liberal media are calling him a hero to the gays. Orlando Cruz should be on Sports Illustrated cover the Puerto Rican boxer came out last year he is ACTIVE in boxing. Cruz also won two fights after coming out. Jason Collins has very good PR people but a 34 year old journeyman who waited until the end to come out is no hero.

  • Akimbo | May 2, 2013 5:02 AM

    I'm not familiar with his record/history, but part of me thought that, on some level, it was a last grasp to hold onto his career. Either way, I do think it's a big step and think the coverage is primarily because he's in one of our most popular leagues. The press would just die, falling all over themselves if he was white. You think he's everywhere, but let an attractive white NFL or NBA player come out: hell be on SI, GQ, Details, Cosmo, every morning show, and get all the endorsements ever. See how much attention mediocre Tebow got for being a devout Christian even though plenty of black players are the same?

  • CareyCarey | May 1, 2013 8:30 PMReply

    ET Tu, Oprah? I mean, although I've said Ms. Winfrey is arguably one of the greatest black woman to walk this earth, pimping ain't easy but it sure pays well.

    Let me count the ways Oprah has explioted the misery of black folks. Tragedy, confusion, usurpers and painful tears have graced her couch in the form of Mike Tyson & Robin Givens, Whitney Houston's family and Michael Jackson's family, just to name a few.

    Now we have an over-the-hill NBA player confessing his sins to the public - on Oprah's couch. But wait, an ESPN sports analyst has recieved global support - and some criticism - for calling out Mr. Collins. In Collins' essay in Sports Illustrated, the basketball player wrote, "I take the teachings of Jesus seriously"...

    Chris Broussard replied "If you're openly living that type of lifestyle, then the Bible says "you know them by their fruits,' it says that that's a sin," said Broussard. "And if you're openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be, not just homosexuality — adultery, fornication, whatever it may be, I believe that's walking in open rebellion to God and Jesus Christ, so I would not characterize that person as a Christian."

    And from my personal understanding of the word, Leviticus 18:22 says "thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind; it is abomination"

    I know, maybe to has nothing to do with theology. Maybe Jason came out to protect his CIVIL RIGHT? Nah, although the gay community has tried to tie civil right to their agenda, (pandering for black sympathizers) a sex act does not fall under the guidelines of civil rights. So what does Oprah and Jason's family hope to accomplish by spreading all their business in the street? Well, I know Oprah is clocking dollars. I mean, although she is not putting the gay fellow Jason Collins, out on the Ho-Stroll wearing fish-net pantie hose, ruby red lipstick and six inch stilettos, she is nevertheless parading him out to make money.

    Lastly, I wish there was a universal definition for the words "hater" and "HOMOPHOBIC!". Surely we all can agree, when someone does not agree with another's lifestyle, habits, or political position, and thus speaks speaks on it, they are not necessarily a haters nor homo-phobics. But me oh my, I wonder whats on Jason Collin's mind?

  • urbanauteur | May 2, 2013 12:55 PM

    A-kimbo-slice is subbing for Jason ..balls too..

  • CareyCarey | May 2, 2013 9:00 AM

    " Though you disobey the Bible on a regular basis, the Bible says men shouldn't lay with men, so gay people should be shunned and denied legal rights?"

    Akimbo-Akimbo-Akimbo, first, this is not about me and you don't want to debate the Bible with me, but who is denying them their legal rights? See, that's the problem. As humans, we all are under the same laws. Who doesn't want to be treated with respect? Who doesn't want to live their lives without hassle? But when someone insists they have special rights because they have decided to sleep with someone of the same sex, they are moving an agenda outside the lines. Besides, what I don't understand is this insistence by gay folks to tell the world they're gay. WTH is up with that? Few knew Jason was gay, so obviously he wasn't being denied his human rights and he sure wasn't being hassled. So why did his dumb ass come out and tell the world he's a punk? I'll tell you why, he is lost. And now he's tangling in the wind, at the end of a string, being manipulated as one would a puppet. Damn, I understand why some black folks try their best to emulate the white man, but this takes the cake. Damn Damn DAMN, brainwash and propaganda still works on some black folks... and they love it.

    And please, negros trip me out when they pickup the white man's bamboozle stick. Whose rights have the majority of them fought for? Yeah, ONE HALF MILLION DIED so we could walk down the damn street without being treated as a dog. Those that did fight, where not fighting for the black man. They died fighting for a position of power. Yet, after 400 yrs of bondage, there finally came a civil rights act. But where were your white friends during those early years of oppression? Most of them were not headlining news conferences demanding your right to live without hassle. But now they need you to further their dogish lifestyle and you're more than willing to sing along. That's right, white people started that filthy act of men fking men. That did not come from Africa. And white folks have continued to use black folks to get their rewards, just as they're doing Jason Collins and you.

  • Akimbo | May 2, 2013 4:53 AM

    What's with the insistence on boiling homosexuals down to a single sex act? They're not fighting for the right to fuck each other, they want the right to claim their loved ones legally, be treated like everyone else, and to live without fear of being murdered or assaulted simply for being who they are.

    You ask what is right about graphic aspects of homosexuality, but what, exactly is wrong with them? It grosses you out so it must be wrong? Though you disobey the Bible on a regular basis, the Bible says men shouldn't lay with men, so gay people should be shunned and denied legal rights? Nobody wants your approval, they just want to be treated with respect and to be able to live their lives without hassle.

  • CareyCarey | May 1, 2013 10:11 PM

    "especially when such habits have absolutely no impact on said person's life"

    That statement is so ambiguous and so vague, that it means absolutely nothing. But Mawon, again we find ourselves on different sides of the fence.

    You may believe I am homophobic (whatever in the hell that means) but let me tell you a little story. About a year ago I was the master of ceremony at a gay wedding. That's right, I had the mic in MY hand, celebrating the union of two people in love. The audience was a mix of heterosexuals and gays. The mother of the "groom" is a "Christian" who shed tears upon discovering her child's change. However, that didn't stop her from wrapping her arms around her first born child. She still does not condone homosexuality, but that in no way defines her as HOMO-PHOBIC. So get it right, Mawon.

    That reminds me, what's right about two dudes digging off in each others ass? What's right about... or lovely about, using the waste channel as a love zone? What's right about a man standing in the showers with other men with his johnson on full salute? Yeah, get it right Mawon. If I point out those brutally honest facts, that makes me a homophobic - huh? No, I just find that behavior - unnatural. So miss me with all those tears of desperation. I've grown tired of those who desperately beg for approval. It might be tolerable if they didn't paint those who wasn't falling for the okie-doke, as the vicious villain.

  • mawon | May 1, 2013 8:51 PM

    I'm sorry to break it to you, but "when someone does not agree with another's lifestyle, habits... and thus speaks speaks on it," especially when such habits have absolutely no impact on said person's life, that person is most definitely a hater. And by that comment, if you ain't homophobic then I don't know who is. I wish for once homophobes, racists and sexists would actually own up to what they are.

  • Elliot | May 1, 2013 4:38 PMReply

    I am offended by the previous comment. Sadly, it is just something that breaks the heart and must be dealt with every so often. The good, NOT EVERY BLACK PERSON IS HOMOPHOBIC!!

    I am a black gay man. I am a fan of this site. And, I think it is great how this site covers gay cinema that involves black gay subject matter to whatever degree within our diaspora.

    That said, I must admit that I am restrained in my enthusiam toward Jason Collins. Honestly, I am probably one of the few black gay men right now who is so restrained because of a belief there is more to his story. Understand, it was brave for him to come out in so public a manner. It had to be a difficult decision on his part.

    But, I don't understand how he can come out and give as an explanation how the tragic death of Mathew Shepard, a young white man who was murdered because of homophobia, yet ignore those countless numbers of black men and boys who even now are being bruitalize and killed for being gay; their deaths count just as much as Shepard's. Collins doesn't even acknowledge those within his own community who have faced the tragic consequences of homophobia. He doesn't. I don't understand it. Will Oprah ask him this question? No!!!

    Collins personal life is his own to nevigate. It is no other person's business. This said, it does hurt when black gay men in the public eye come out and choose embrace white culture and all that comes with it----like a white male partner. Collins will not be any different. White gay culture will celebrate him like they are now. To many black gay men--black gay men are always being told how INVIBLE their relationships are between one another by black homophobes and gay white supremacy.

  • Orville | May 2, 2013 12:56 AM

    You make a good point, I also was surprised about Jason Collins going on and on about Matthew Shephard. There are young black gays getting bashed, beaten, and murdered, yet their deaths and lives are ignored because they are black.

    In the year 2006 I remember a story about a black American gay man Michael Sandy he was beaten up by a bunch of white guys he ran for his life and got run over by a car and died in hospital. Michael Sandy death did get press in the NY Times, NPR, ect. but his death never received the same kind of attention from the LGBT media. Since Sandy was African American the white gay community treated his death as inferior not as important. The men who attacked Sandy were convicted and sent to jail but his death showed how GLAAD and those white gay groups were silent to the death of a black gay man.

  • urbanauteur | May 1, 2013 3:39 PMReply

    Yeah celebrate sunny spring 2013 with Jackie Robinson and the Powder Puff Revue... another systematic emasculation of the Black Man, its even gone viral.

    Dinosaurs are us..!.

  • urbanauteur | May 2, 2013 9:28 PM

    @AKIMBO... just like your Eggs Benedick and Wild rice;-)

  • Akimbo | May 2, 2013 8:24 PM

    I'm just glad you have each other.

  • CareyCarey | May 2, 2013 1:50 PM

    URBANAUTEUR, if you keep going over their heads, hell hath no fury like a woman scorned... including Carl.

    But that A-Kimbo-Slice line is arguably the most clever comment of the week.

  • urbanauteur | May 2, 2013 1:14 PM

    @CARL are you a FLY Jock..?

  • Carl | May 2, 2013 12:56 PM


    Naw...I agree. You never type anything worth a damn. You type babble and bullshit. Crack kills, stop smoking it and then sitting at the keyboard.

    You make CareyCarey sound like Shakespeare.

  • urbanauteur | May 2, 2013 12:48 PM

    @AKIMBO, you espouse nothing but HAIKU bullshit? sometimes simplicity don't cut it, you're a ignoramus holding hot metal, go stand under a gazelle and blow your kazoo. This is not Walt Whitman, This is not Walt Disney but some "straight-up" Walt Frazier.
    ...nil by mouth

  • Akimbo | May 2, 2013 4:41 AM

    Honestly, you sound crazy on a kind of hilarious level. Nothing you said makes sense or relates to anything...not even to itself. Bourgeois society, penis envy, and right wing gay media? Please look of the definitions of the following: symbiosis, impale, discombobulating, and canonize. Recognize when it's appropriate to use different tenses for words in sentences. And stop trying to hide your issues behind a massive wall of unintelligible text.

  • urbanauteur | May 1, 2013 8:52 PM


  • mawon | May 1, 2013 8:44 PM

    Lord Jesus, never seen so many words strung together to say nothing.

  • urbanauteur | May 1, 2013 8:22 PM

    And yeah their are TRENDS..but consistency wins all the time. or just

  • urbanauteur | May 1, 2013 8:10 PM

    @AKIMBO,next time you pull out your turkey baster and attempt to stab my rugged individualism, understand the different tears of how black masculinity/sexuality is READ in that SAME media forum, you sound like a lawn jockey with identity issues , check your symbiosis! because its comes off like Essence Magazine Feminism masquerading as pop psychology 101 .. ask yourself[sense you feel so impale to critique and demonize me) is your position steep in deductive reason/logic/thought/facts!? and not some kind of penis envy opportunism[ radical feminists(if your READ em) of the likes of Audre Lorde,Patricia Williams,Barbara Ehrenreich, Shulamith Firestone, Toni Cade Bambara spoke LOUDLY about Black Men/Black woman suffrage COMBINE! not separate! nor has these sister outsiders tried to besmirch their flawed characters with alot of disembodied hubris like your uninformed tract i want spend to much time discombobulating your reactionary tome, because i can see it'll be a exercise in futility, just re-reading that trite hyperbole, gives me less hope, its obvious you don't understand how bourgeois society works, I'm not mad at you, but your attempt at trying to OUT me for the benefit of your invisible sponsors is NON GERMAINE. i refuse to take a back seat to their(right wing gay media-Barry Diller-Karl Rove-Rupert Murduch etc..) overzealous bravado, whom dispense in the viral world preconceive notions of how masculinity functions in society-bourgeoisie society; so next time you try to dismantle me with your insular ,myopic point of view, study the above-mention, and try to rethink those mainstream tropes you so elegantly canonize on me, are you serious?, i mean really? do your homework, because CLARITY is tantamount, its just like the beat of an African drum, it has to be THOROUGH and succinct with a concrete analysis, FACTS my dear, not petty-bourgeoisie perspectives that float like pastel colored balloons.

  • Akimbo | May 1, 2013 5:39 PM

    Being homosexual does not intrinsically make a man less than masculine. Maybe you're just a homophobe or blinded by the media's stereotypical portrayal of gay men, but you need to open your eyes: homosexuals come in all forms just as black, white, wealthy, poor, educated, and illiterate men do. Guess you never cared or stopped to think that this guy might represent a different "type" of gay man.

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