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TheGrio Interviews Clay Cane About New LGBT Radio Show
TheGrio, a news site geared toward African Americans, recently featured Clay Cane, openly gay BET.com entertainment editor and new host of New York radio's WWRL 1600AM show, Clay Cane Live. Last month WWRL, a progressive talk radio station which has traditionally appealed to an African American audience, announced a new line-up of hosts for their Equality Pride Radio.
Equality Pride Radio aims to provide programming for the greater LGBT community in New York City. Cane, the only African American host, “has chosen to represent his inherent dualities with indiscriminate pride.”
“When I quote Zora Neale Hurston's ‘I am not tragically colored’ it reflects how I feel about being both black and gay. I love being all of who I am. I see it all as a blessing,” he tells theGrio.
The 34-year-old is also a regular contributor to TV One, theGrio and the Washington Post online magazine, theRoot. He has interviewed numerous icons, from Beyoncé Knowles and Janet Jackson to Denzel Washington, Nicki Minaj and 50 Cent.
Clay Cane Live, debuting tonight, will air every Thursday at 11 p.m. EST on WWRL 1600AM and stream worldwide on wwrl1600.com. Topics will range from music to pop culture and social issues in African American life.
“Hopefully, I can convey a sentiment of non-judgment while transcending all labels,” Cane explains. “My plan to do that? Being prepared, consistent and, quite simply, just being my authentic self. If I were trying to be anything or anyone else, my career would've stalled years ago.”
Read the full interview here.
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