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Colman Domingo IS Bayard Rustin

[quote] On August 28, 1963—almost exactly 60 years ago—Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered what might be the most impactful speech of the modern era at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Over 250,000 people gathered in Washington, DC, and heard Dr. King declare his dream for the nation from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial—a moment that would forever immortalize Dr. King as a civil rights icon in the annals of American history. And none of it would have happened if not for the effort of one man who has been largely sidelined by those history books. That man was Bayard Rustin.

[quote] In the biopic Rustin, which premieres in select theaters on November 3 and globally on Netflix November 17, Emmy winner Colman Domingo stars as the titular organizer, activist, and oft unsung hero who co-organized the March on Washington. Produced by Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground and written by Julian Breece and Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black, Rustin follows the civil rights activist as he takes on the mammoth task of turning the 1963 March on Washington from dream into reality, all while contending with racism and homophobia as an out gay Black man in the 1960s.

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by Anonymousreply 54November 29, 2023 12:11 AM

Ugh. No thanks.

by Anonymousreply 1August 27, 2023 1:08 PM

The FBI Tried to crush him, and they insisted that Martin Luther King, Jr. break off his ties to Rustin. Anyone who has ever read anything about the Civil Rights Movement knows about Bayard Rustin. He was a very important figure.

by Anonymousreply 2August 27, 2023 1:17 PM

Love Domingo, but this sounds like homework. Then again, I did not know Rustin was homo, so that intrigues me and I might check it out.

by Anonymousreply 3August 27, 2023 1:17 PM

I was just listening to an episode of The Rest is History podcast about MLK's Dream speech, and Rustin figures heavily in the lead-up. What R2 says is right, and they tried not to give permits for the march on Washington if he was involved, but he was such a logistical genius that King still made him his deputy for the project. They said he not only worked out how to do the march and what they would need for it in what quantities, but he even got into detail like telling participants not to put mayo on their sandwiches because it goes off too easily outside the refrigerator and might give them the runs, when they had to stand all day in the sun. He was a big picture guy who was also great on detail, so he freed King up to focus on the visionary stuff.

by Anonymousreply 4August 27, 2023 1:33 PM

Love Colman, so hope this turns out to be good.

by Anonymousreply 5August 27, 2023 1:45 PM

Wasn’t he a fag?

by Anonymousreply 6August 27, 2023 2:06 PM

It's a great story so I hope it's a good movie.

by Anonymousreply 7August 27, 2023 2:19 PM

He was a cast member on "The Big Gay Sketch Show." His 'Maya Angelou' readings were very funny.

by Anonymousreply 8August 27, 2023 2:22 PM

R1. Why? A film about an unsung gay hero of the Civil Rights Movement. What’s “ugh” about that?

by Anonymousreply 9August 27, 2023 2:25 PM

I didn't know much about Rustin until I read about him recently in James Kirchik's "Secret City." He was gay and out in the '60s, and part of King's inner circle. It's actually a story that deserves to be told.

by Anonymousreply 10August 27, 2023 2:27 PM

Hopefully they don't end on his death, a ruptured appendix is not the most cinematic/climactic thing in the world.

by Anonymousreply 11August 27, 2023 2:30 PM

President Ronald Reagan issued a statement on Rustin's death, praising his work for civil rights and "for human rights throughout the world". He added that Rustin "was denounced by former friends, because he never gave up his conviction that minorities in America could and would succeed based on their individual merit".[6]

by Anonymousreply 12August 27, 2023 4:40 PM

R9, all I know is that I have R1 blocked. The movie looks terrific.

by Anonymousreply 13August 27, 2023 4:48 PM

I’m sorry, I don’t know what Bayard was like in real life, but the actor is playing him with Billy Porter-levels of camp

Was he really like this?

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by Anonymousreply 14August 28, 2023 5:14 PM

I don’t see that, r14.

by Anonymousreply 15August 28, 2023 6:18 PM

Some video in the linked story, but he’s giving speeches so it’s hard to tell.

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by Anonymousreply 16August 28, 2023 6:23 PM

Less formal speaking

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by Anonymousreply 17August 28, 2023 6:25 PM

Must watch this.

by Anonymousreply 18August 28, 2023 7:24 PM

Remember David Ehrenstein? That’s how I picture him at r17

by Anonymousreply 19August 28, 2023 7:28 PM

Looks interesting. A real gay hero.

by Anonymousreply 20August 28, 2023 7:30 PM

Coleman Domingo is an out Gay actor and married his husband 9 years ago. So, IMO this was an excellent choice. The next Black historical figure/literary figure should be Langston Hughes. A tormented soul and a brilliant funny creative man.

by Anonymousreply 21August 28, 2023 10:01 PM

Colman Domingo is 10x the actor Billy Porter. He was superb on Broadway in Passing Strange and The Scottsboro Boys.

by Anonymousreply 22August 28, 2023 11:47 PM

Great on the first season of Euphoria as Rue’s sponsor. Can’t wait to check this out.

by Anonymousreply 23August 29, 2023 12:01 AM

R14 There was nothing camp about the trailer. You just wanna talk shit. He was a fkin out gay black man in the 60s. Of course he is going to be somewhat queer non traditionally masculine.

by Anonymousreply 24August 29, 2023 12:04 AM

R21 They did a Langston Hughes biopic with an A LIST STAR. You probably don’t remember because that shit flopped because Chadwick Boseman doesn’t look shit like Langston Hughes. It was absurd. Not even remotely close. I guess after Jackie Robinson and James Brown the filmmakers just had to HAVE Boseman star.

by Anonymousreply 25August 29, 2023 12:06 AM

Oooos my bad. Boseman played Thurgood Marshall not Langston Hughes. Still didn’t look shit like him and it flopped.

by Anonymousreply 26August 29, 2023 12:07 AM

A guy went to college with played Langston Hughes in the Queen Latifah Bessie biopic.

by Anonymousreply 27August 29, 2023 12:09 AM

Boseman with all due respect was all wrong for the role of Thurgood Marshall.

by Anonymousreply 28August 29, 2023 12:40 AM

Colman is a good friend of my husband’s and a great guy. Looking forward to this.

by Anonymousreply 29August 29, 2023 12:44 AM

R8 Those sketches were always highlights.

“No fatsssss! No femmesss!”

by Anonymousreply 30August 29, 2023 12:58 AM

Love Colman Domingo, this should be good

by Anonymousreply 31August 29, 2023 1:05 AM

Produced by the Obamas

by Anonymousreply 32August 29, 2023 1:22 AM

John D’Emilio’s bio of him, Lost Prohet, is excellent.

by Anonymousreply 33August 29, 2023 1:45 AM


by Anonymousreply 34August 29, 2023 1:45 AM

He could play Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson too. They Look similar.

by Anonymousreply 35August 29, 2023 1:48 AM

The Obamas produced this? And right around the time they discovered that letter from Barack waxing poetic about his same sex attractions…

by Anonymousreply 36August 29, 2023 5:34 PM

Domingo is probably good in this, but George C. Wolfe is a terrible film director (Ma Rainey is an abomination), and Dustin Lance Black's one great talent is bagging twinks who are out of his league. It certainly isn't screenwriting, unless there's a great Bayard Rustin documentary he can essentially plagiarize.

by Anonymousreply 37August 29, 2023 5:45 PM


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by Anonymousreply 38September 1, 2023 11:03 AM

Wake me when they make the Rustin Charles (a.k.a. Levi Michaels) biopic.

His monologues opposite Colby Keller will surely be Oscar-worthy.

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by Anonymousreply 39September 1, 2023 11:11 AM

Another review

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by Anonymousreply 40November 3, 2023 11:49 PM

Oh this is cowritten by the guy who married the Olympic diver and punched that lesbian in the head?

by Anonymousreply 41November 4, 2023 12:10 AM

I’m halfway in. So far it’s a lot better than the usual Netflix trash.

by Anonymousreply 42November 18, 2023 1:47 AM

R42, I haven’t watched it yet but I heard good things from two straight guys who are history/political types so I’m definitely going to check it out this weekend.

by Anonymousreply 43November 18, 2023 1:59 AM


by Anonymousreply 44November 18, 2023 2:17 AM

I don't think most Dee Plorables use Yiddish like thar?

by Anonymousreply 45November 18, 2023 2:28 AM

I went to a screening of The Color Purple last night and there was a panel discussion after with the cast and director and producers. I had no idea Colman is gay. He’s fantastic in the movie and spoke intelligently about the character and how he approached his portrayal. There was much discussion across the panel about bringing people together and he did specifically mention gay/straight which makes more sense now. I’m interested to check Rustin out now

by Anonymousreply 46November 18, 2023 3:23 AM

Rustin is told against the backdrop of the Civil Rights movement, and the often fractious infighting among the leaders, and how the 1963 March on Washington evolved. His homosexuality was central to the narrative. It was very well done. He even got a couple of love scenes. Jeffrey Wright was in it as Adam Clayton Powell. The way he was portrayed is going to invite controversy. But it seems accurate to me. I've read a lot of history about the movement and the leading personalities over the years.

by Anonymousreply 47November 18, 2023 2:25 PM

Jeffrey Wright is wonderful in everything he does.

by Anonymousreply 48November 18, 2023 2:29 PM

I saw Jeffrey Wright in an off Broadway play about 20 years ago and he was exceptional. I follow him on Twitter.

by Anonymousreply 49November 18, 2023 2:50 PM

So Bayard was a top?

by Anonymousreply 50November 19, 2023 2:35 AM

Saw it just now, can't recall the last time I enjoyed a biopic so much. I heard some critics saying the comedic tone detracts from the serious subject matter, but I couldn't disagree more; it's so refreshing to see the civil rights struggle not being presented as (only) misery porn like it usually is, it paradoxically helps the serious moments hit harder and the movie doesn't feel like homework either. Great stuff.

Domingo is on another level. I didn't feel for a second that I was watching an actor acting, it just felt like I was watching a historical personality the whole time. Such a shame he won't get nominated for this, it really is outstanding work.

by Anonymousreply 51November 26, 2023 4:54 PM

I think Domingo is superb (I have been a fan since Passing Strange) and the other actors are consistently strong. The directing and writing I found uninteresting and formulaic. Wolfe managed to make August Wilson seem trite and boring, so no surprise--and I think he has done excellent stage work, so he may just not be a director for film. The writing felt very by the numbers--much more so, even, than "Milk."

by Anonymousreply 52November 28, 2023 2:15 PM

[quote]Such a shame he won't get nominated for this

WHy not?

by Anonymousreply 53November 28, 2023 2:25 PM

Yeah, why wouldn’t he get any nominations? Cause it wasn’t released in theaters?

by Anonymousreply 54November 29, 2023 12:11 AM
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