The Most Pivotal Movie in Black Gay Cinema is Coming to iElevate+

In 2006, movie nights were a thing. (Read: DVD box sets of Noah’s Arc for all your friends who couldn’t get Logo from their cable provider).

With virtually no depictions of us aside from the flat, random character in a one of walk on to QAF, or some gay-but-not-really gay friend to the show, Black gay men didn’t really have the cinematic mirror to our culture.

Then came, arguably, the ground breaking, life changing moment that said, “This is my son…and he is one of the gays. And he like to be called Patrick.”

Dirty Laundry, film by Maurice Jamal (2006)

Dirty Laundry was the start of something magical in movies. It showed us our experience in a comedic way that honored our storied relationships with family, parenting, and love.

It helped solidify the Auntie status of theatrical heavy hitters like Loretta Devine and Jenifer Lewis. The film also gave us firm Zaddy vibes from the movie’s lead, Rockmond Dunbar and scored Maurice Jamal 10s across the board. Category is groundbreaking cinema realness.

Dirty Laundry, Jenifer Lewis, and iElevate+ TV

The film has been hard to watch for years but is coming home to iElevate+ TV streaming service this fall. For more information on the steaming service, visit

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