This past Friday, June 24, same-sex marriages were made legal in New York, continuing conversations in the media and within many homes about the subject. While some are celebrating and making wedding plans others are protesting, as the hot political debate continues. The notion of being Black and openly gayâ€”especially in the entertainment industryâ€”remain controversial and traditionally hush-hush, with many artists choosing to remain in the closet. In light of Black Enterpriseâ€™s upcoming Black & Gay in Corporate America cover story [on stands July 19] and BlackEnterprise.comâ€™s continued Black Music Month coverage, weâ€™ve highlighted a few celebrity entertainers who are out and proud. â€”Janell Hazelwood
Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.