The & Show: HIV
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I had been following the life of Nathan Scott ever since he had the now defunct Gotnathan.com. I’m a fag hag at best so there is no shame in my game. But I’ve always thought Nathan to be a very interesting character. I remember the first time I met Nathan, it was at a charity event that he was hosting at the
Nathan is a man of many talents, he produced and co-wrote a one man show called Blacklight about 6 years ago, my how time flies. It was this show that put Nathan Scott on the Black Gay map in
Today Nathan Scott has become SEVEN, a man of many faces, talents and personalities. I recently begged Nathan for an interview after reading an article written about him in CLIK Magazine. I wondered why no one bothered to write or blog about him prior to now (check out his answer later in this interview).
We met in midtown. Nathan told me that he’s always wanted to be interviewed in a hotel lobby. Hey I’m easy so I went with it. Plus it’s different, and it’s Nathan Seven Scott! He arrived just shortly after 4pm wearing a pair of Gucci shades, a black shirt and a pair of jeans. Not too flashy just enough.
TW: Nathan, it’s great to finally get a chance to sit with you and talk shop.
NS: Tiffany, girl you know it’s long overdue.
TW: So where do we start?
NS: I don’t know this is your thing, for once I am the interviewee so ask away.
TW: Can I get personal?
NS: Sure, I would much rather focus on my professional life and not too much about my sexuality. People get enough of that, they know who I am, I don’t really hide anything about myself. I think. (He smiles with a slight roll of the eyes.)
TW: So, how’s Jared?
NS: Jared is fine. We aren’t going to talk about my relationship with Jared either Tiffany. I don’t think people really want to know more about that right now. If so they can pick up the last copy of CLIK, it’s all written in black and white.
TW: Are you being shady Nathan, or should I call you Seven?
NS: Nathan is fine. No it’s not shade, it’s the truth. I’m sure we will be asked about our relationship over and over again but I don’t want this interview to be about that.
TW: Okay. I got you. So let’s talk about your online magazine. It’s become very popular to what do you owe it’s success?
NS: Popular. I guess. You know, I can honestly say that I had no idea that I would reach over 5000 people every month but somehow the word has gotten out there about my magazine. People have told me that they enjoy it because of the graphics and my FLAWLESS boys.
TW: I love FLAWLESS, how did you come up with that concept?
NS: Hmm. I don’t remember. Actually, yes. I few years ago I wanted to do a calendar. I was working with my partner at the time Kevin Scott on HOMME 2004. I hired a photographer to shoot the models and I remember him not giving me exactly what I wanted with the output. He always wanted to inject his ideas and I felt since I was paying him, he should do what I asked. Not the case, so I remember purchasing my own camera the following year and asking a few friends to pose for me and FLAWLESS was born. I had been listening to the PATIENCE album by George Michael and song number 7 on the album is titled FLAWLESS so I went with that and it’s been a staple ever since.
TW: Wow, that’s impressive. All of your models have been very attractive. How do you find them?
NS: In the beginning, many of them were friends of mine and then people started coming to me to photograph them and since I do this because I enjoy it, I take on a new challenge with every month. I also enjoy doing the graphics to the photos, that’s the highlight for me. It makes me feel good knowing that I created that and people are enjoying the view.
TW: So, I know that you are a producer as well, what exactly do you produce?
NS: Well let’s see. I blame Nathan H. Williams for me becoming a producer. There I was minding my own business and he up and tells me about a script written by Maurice Jamal, called Dirty Laundry. I took some time and read over the script and told Nathan that I’d be willing to bet on him because I knew he would do his absolute best to make this movie a big success. So that’s when I became a producer. Since then I’ve taken that title and ran with it.
TW: You also produce parties in
NS: Yes, I currently produce the hottest Tuesday night party in the city, along with Nathan Williams and Yamil X. The party is called Got2b(2)@OCEAN. It’s an urban-latin hip-hop party. There is no other party quite like it. I also produce a monthly party with James Saunders, Fred Pierce, Lee Soulja, Ricky Day and Charles Jackson called MEN ARE FROM MARS. This party also has it’s own unique flavor. We have branded it to be the largest party for black gay men. Expect big things from this party.
TW: Okay. So, now let’s talk about The & Show. How did that come about?
NS: It’s so funny answering these questions because you know the answers to them. Anyway, (as he rares back in his chair laughing out loud, neighboring patrons glance over), so what did you ask me. Just kidding. The & Show, well it’s the online once a week show that I produce with my partner Jared Shuler. It came about because I was bored with what’s on TV and what’s available to black gay men. We don’t have an outlet where our voice is heard. We are forced to listen to everybody else talk about the problems they have in relationships or the problems they have finding dates or their fashion tips and the list goes on but where is OUR platform? We didn’t have one so I created one and it’s been working.
TW: I love the show. I watch it every Monday. So do you have plans on creating another show?
NS: I don’t have time to think about another show right now. I’m trying to get The & Show noticed by somebody, anybody!
TW: Do you think people are ready for you guys?
NS: I know people aren’t ready for us. You should see some of the emails we get. I swear people who tune in to our show take some of the things we say personally as if we are speaking directly to them. I wish people would watch the show for what it’s worth. We are just having a conversation between the two of us and in some cases talking to a special guest. But are people ready for anything?
TW: Can we talk about your love life for a minute?
NS: You are skating on thin ice. What do you want to know?
TW: Are you in love?
TW: Is that it?
NS: Yes. I told you I didn’t want to talk about it. I’m in love with what I do. I spend more time with my computer and my thoughts than I do with any man honestly. I don’t expect a man to bring me happiness. I have to find happiness on my own. I find happiness in my work. I don’t mind because at the end of the day that’s really all I’m going to end up with anyway. MY WORK. A man can leave at any time, we have no control over that. At least I have comfort in knowing that my work and my creative mind won’t desert me.
TW: Wow! Those are some really powerful statements. Do you think other men feel that way?
NS: It’s not just men. I think people in general are self-absorbed. It’s pretty unfair to expect someone else to enter your life. Learn you. Love you for all of your flaws and then try to figure out what makes you tick. That’s a lot of work and most people in this day and age don’t have that type of time to invest, that’s why so many relationships fail. People want instant happiness and that doesn’t exist.
TW: What would you do if you had a million dollars?
NS: Spend it.
TW: On what?
NS: Girl, I don’t know give me a million dollars and I will let you know. I hate when people ask that question and they aren’t sitting in front of me with a check book. I’ve been asked that question at least 10 times in my lifetime and all I can say is that I would spend it. I’m surely not going to just look at it. (Nathan gives me an evil smirk).
TW: Your big day is fastly approaching, Saturday, July 7th, 2007. Are you excited?
NS: You know, I have obsessed about something magical happening on 07.07.07 and I had absolutely no idea it would be an engagement party. About a year ago I was having a conversation with my friend and Editor in Chief of UNeQ Magazine Raymonde Green and we were saying something big had to happen on that day. It’s amazing how the universe works, I don’t know what to expect but I’m sure the event will be FLAWLESS!
TW: Are you expecting a lot of people?
NS: Yes and No. The event will be semi-exclusive because the space is meant to be intimate, but I feel like once people find out about it, they will want to be there just to see what we have planned. The event is being hosted by someone who has fastly become one of my favorite people, Mr. R. Isaac. He’s an incredible man who believes in my vision and so I’m really blessed to know him.
TW: One last question for you Mr. Scott. Do you think that you are misunderstood?
NS: Oh gosh what prompted that question? I think most people feel that they are misunderstood. I mean just look at us all going through life wanting people to get who we are. I will admit to being a complex individual. I’m an only child. I tend to enjoy playing solo rather than socializing, contrary to popular belief. I am more reserved that most people think. My persona on the show is not who I am all the time in person. Sometimes I have to turn it off. I am a home body. I’m married to my computer I keep trying to tell you.
TW: I have so many more things to ask you but I’ll save them for the next interview.
NS: Thanks. There will always be something for me to talk about. Trust me!
1. Tell me about yourself. where are you from? tell me about your family? I'm from "Upstate" New York, Liberty, New York to be exact; it's about about two hours Northwest from Manhattan. I was born in Yonkers, however I grew up in a small predominantly Jewish community. I feel the opportunities that I had growing up were available because of my community, however I know I could never live in a small town, with such a lack of diversity, like that ever again. I was the youngest of three children. I say was, because my sister passed away from cancer about ten years ago. We were a very tight knit family so I really miss her and my mother's company immensely. My mother passed away a year and a half after my sister. When adversity strikes it is imperative to push through the pain and come out on top. My sister was the first person that ever told me I could do modeling. If it wasn't for her, I probably wouldn't have been confident enough to do everything I've accomplished in life.
2. You have an amazing body. Were you born with it or did it take years of building it up? No, ninety-nine percent of the population with great bodies typically do "something" to maintain their physique. In my case I was always in sports growing up. When I graduated high school I excelled in track and football, and I was on the basketball team. I'll keep it real with you, I sat on the bench on our basketball team, but at least I made the team. I started running track in college, discovered weight lifting, and began taking dance very seriously. I'm still dancing and teaching class, and a few years ago I was internationally ranked on a trio team in Sports Aerobics. We were first in Nation and fourth in the World. It was an amazing time in my life.
3. If you had to choose (3) fast food places to dine where would you dine and why? Wow, aren't I supposed to lead people to believe I never eat fast food. Well, contrary to popular belief, that's an assumption, I do eat fast food, however I try not to eat it very often. I love Quiznos. I think they have the best hero sandwiches. Wendy's is good too! I don't go there that often, however, when their food is "fresh" and hot, I admit I really enjoy my dining experience there. For my third choice, which I rarely ever eat I guess I would say Kentucky Fried Chicken. I love chicken, call me stereotypical!!
4. What suggestions do you have for someone who wants to lose weight and start developing a better and healthier body? Set small incremental goals. Definitely have a long-term goal in mind, however if you set small goals and strive hard to accomplish those small goals then it makes the process of losing weight a lot more rewarding!!! Also, stay consistent and don't give up. It's very easy to loose sight of your goals when you don't accomplish them right away.
5. How do you deal with your frustrations and the craziness of this fast paced world? How do you handle depression? I don't know if I would use the adjective depressed. I do get down on myself and occasionally I feel stagnant. Everything around me seems to be progressing and I may be feeling steadfast and immobile. Fortunately, those moments don't happen very often, however, when I do find myself confronting those situations, I allow myself a moment to explore how I'm feeling. I don't like to run away from my emotions. I use my optimism and generally great attitude to persevere and break out of that slump!!
6. We all have had embarrassing moments. Tell me about one of your embarrassing moments. I was on the Cross Country Track team in high school. One of our activities was to do a ten mile run. Now if you remember I'm from the country so there are lots of trees, grass, and open space. I found myself, half way into the run having to pass gas, fart. Well, I was alone and there isn't anything around so who cares, well what I thought was a fart wasn't. I shit all over myself and still had about five miles to go to get back to the school. I got rid of the underwear, however, some of it had stained my shorts as well and I had to go back to the school, finish our workout, and get home. Running back to the school was absolutely an embarrassing and humiliating experience. Even though I don't think anyone realized what happened because I did a good job of keeping it a secret I felt like everyone knew what had happened. I can't believe I just told you that story.
7. Describe a romantic evening that you might plan for someone. I love to give surprises. So, when it comes to being romantic I love the element of surprise. I would purchase a trip to somewhere overseas, maybe Madrid and book a very expensive hotel, like The Sol, one of the leading Hotels of the World. One night order room service, have wine, fruit, cheese, etc. and hang out in the hotel all night and half of the morning making love and enjoying one another's company. I also like learning about other cultures so sight seeing, hitting the musuems, and the night life is a must. I love discovering a new place with someone I consider very special. Now, I know I gave more than just one night but I think creating memories that are long lasting is so important. Unfortunately, my idea may not be sordid but it's defintely romantic; it's also something I've done!!
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