Van Lathan on Why Billy Porter Disassociated Himself from Rap Music as a Gay Black Man (Part 16)

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In this clip, Van Lathan and DJ Vlad have a discussion centered around the Tony Award winning actor/singer Billy Porter and the decision that he made early in his life to distance himself from hip-hop because of the anti-gay rhetoric that has become so prevalent. Van Lathan says that having Billy Porter as guest on his podcast, Higher Learning, opened his eyes to a different aspect of the Black experience in America; one that exist without hip hop. This prompts a discussion about the anti-LGBTQ undertone that has existed in the rap game for decades. Lastly, the two men talk about the early days of hip-hop which leads DJ Vlad to reveal that he used to break dance during his youth.

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