More Gay Black Characters On TV Series These Days: 'Empire,' 'Being Mary Jane,' 'The Haves & The Have Nots'

FOX's mega-successful 'Empire' isn't the only prime-time series featuring a major story arc involving a gay black male character; BET's 'Being Mary Jane' and Tyler Perry's 'The Haves And The Have Nots' are also taking the bold leap in representing this untapped demographic in non-stereotypical ways.

Veteran entertainment journalist Karu F. Daniels shines light on the influx of such characters -- portrayed by Jussie Smollett, Aaron D. Spears and Gavin Houston, respectively. Filmmaker Patrik Ian Polk ('Noah's Arc'), media activist Matt Kane and television programming exec Charlie Jordan Brookins also weigh in on what could be considered a new cause for celebration in the gay community.

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