Eddie Long, the Lithonia, Georgia, anti-LGBT pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church who made headlines in 2010 after sexual contact allegations, died yesterday. The church released a statement Sunday ...
Kevin Clash, the man behind Sesame Street's Elmo, has resigned his position with the children's show today after a second round of allegations surfaced that Clash had a sexual relationship with a then-teenage male.
Today, a second accuser has come forward with a similar story of an underage fling with the then-thirty something year old Clash.
The allegations are enough to force Clash, who is gay, out of his position at Sesame Workshop today.
Now that the dust has settled on the 2012 general election, stories of improper sexual conduct have begin to dominate the national media landscape. I wish I could recap the story swirling around resigning CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus, but the twists and turns are honestly quite difficult to follow. Secret CIA prisons, affairs, FBI investigations... It's all a bit much. Plus, there's not really a gay angle to the story.
But over the weekend, a second story broke with a decidedly gay subplot.
The puppeteer and voice behind “Sesames Street” character Elmo was forced to take a leave of absence from the show following an accusation he had an improper sexual relationship with a then-16-year old male.
Centino Kemp, who was identified as the fifth accuser in the Eddie Long sex scandal that involved four young men suing the world-known preacher and founder of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church for sexual coercion, has written a book about his experience being "seduced by a powerful religious figure who becomes not only the father figure he never had, but also his lover."
The synopsis reads:
"The First Lady" is the story of Centino Kemp. A talented young man born in the Bahamas, it explores Kemp's upbringing in a highly Christian family. As a youth, he longs to find the closeness with his family that is sorely missing all while coping with the absence of his father. Centino's adverse relationships with the male figures in his life or lack of, combined with the in and out role of his mother as she chased after men during his adolescence, led to his struggles with his own sexuality.
If there was any doubt that the alleged fifth accuser in the Eddie Long gay sex scandal is gay, there is no doubt now.
Centino Kemp, who is believed to be the fifth young man to accuse Long of using his position as head of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church to sexually coerce them in exchange for lavish gifts and exotic trips, appeared on Kandi Koated Nights on Wednesday.
The show, hosted by Kandi Burruss, the Grammy-award winner and star of "Real Housewives of Atlanta," brought Kemp onto the show to discuss what she always talks about on her show — sex.
Before yesterday, not many people knew the name Centino Kemp. But after Fox 5 Atlanta reporter Dale Russell broke the story that Kemp, an aspiring musician, was the unknown fifth accuser in the Bishop Eddie Long sex scandal, his name is rapidly becoming well-known.
An unedited MySpace profile of Kemp written a few years ago has this bio of him, including how he found his love for music while singing in his church choir:
"He is best known for being Promiscuous in his appearance in several minor film roles and lead roles in drama plays in the Bahamas he is one of the most determined, original, genuine and talented male teenager in the Bahamas. he has that pop sound, with soulful and related, down to earth lyrics. he has the love for R&B/pop and hip-hop and soca music.
Civil rights leader Julian Bond said today that if the sexual coercion allegations made by four young men against Bishop Eddie Long are true, it will be a "sad victory for gay rights."