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November 13, 2009



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I can only snap with one hand... will that hurt my chances at being a snap diva?

(I am also not male, homosexual, African-American, nor fabulous, so I'm thinking the answer is a snaptastic YES.)


you continue to enrich my life.


haha love it


As amusing as these clips are, the entire production of Tongues Untied was, as you wrote, a much more expansive – and groundbreaking – first-hand statement on the black, gay, male American experience in the late ‘80s (when it was made). The filmmaker, Marlon Riggs, was a professor at UC Berkeley and was black, male, gay, and HIV positive at the time he created Tongues Untied. He lived to see his film aired on PBS stations around the country in 1991, which was a remarkable feat during that era of “culture wars.”

I'm shocked this wasn't on youtube! Thanks for posting it there and elaborating here.


This MAKES my day!


Grand Diva snap, FTW!
I'm going to start using that as part of regular conversation.

Miss Lisa

Thanks for uploading these Rich! Yes, Marlon Riggs was a Bay Area fixture while I was growing up and he's one of my heroes. I miss him and his unique documentaries. I remember this snapology lesson very well--it enriched my life greatly. I also notice his Wikipedia page is woefully slender. I'm going to work on that.


Who knew that Don't Get It Twisted had such an impressive pedigree? (Sorry TyTy!)


Fab. U. Lous.



I watched this in my African Americans in Film and Video class last year. The professor chose this as the last movie in a course that showed Pinky, A Raisin in the Sun, Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, and She's Gotta Have It, if that explains anything as to the importance the professor placed on Tongues Untied.


And as a BlackGayBayAreaBoy, i need to enroll in a class to learn how to snap with my right hand. STAT!

David R.

As a 22 year old black gay man who enjoys taking it up the rectum...and has had too many closeted "top" boys try to play me as a b***h...I'm sooo stealing the second quote (snap obviously included).

ed hardy

As a 22 year old black gay man who enjoys taking it up the rectum..


I watched Tongues Untied in my Queer Theory class last year. So, by the transitive property of S.N.A.P.S., WE STUDIED FOURFOUR IN QUEER THEORY.


Whaaaaat?! Who taught these gay black brothers to snap? Was it Mom and Sis?


ed hardy

I really like this article and have enjoyed reading. Nice article, love the post.


i watched this in a performance art class my freshman year of college. brings back good memories and also makes me feel old!


"It's definitely something" is a great descriptor.

I don't know why that made me laugh so hard.

I also have no idea how much you read the comments but you ALWAYS CHEER ME UP.


tongues untied used to play on repeat at the berekeley free clinic when i was an undergraduate at cal. i basically have this thing memorized because i was pretty trampy in college and went to get tested ever y 6 - 8 weeks.

dirty blonde

The guy in the blazer the Grand Snap Diva acts just like every other black modeling agent in NYC. Spot on!


that you for posting this.. i have been schooled. luckily, i already am an ambidextrous snapper.


Rich, so here's a stupid question (and from the way back machine) but do you think the Men on Film, Men on (whatever) guys from In Living Color with their snaps ("...yet unheard of Zorro snap in Z formation!" and "fab. u. lous.") were inspired by Tongues Untied?

Joe Buck

Thanks Rich for this post. I so miss Marlon Riggs and these groups of guys that gave me voice when I was coming out in the 80's

Fit Gizmos

I really enjoyed this article.These clips are really amusing.

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