Emanuel Xavier Granja (born May 3, 1971), known as Emanuel Xavier, is an openly gay American poet, spoken word artist, author, editor, events producer and actor born and raised in the Bushwick area of Brooklyn. He is noted for his transition from a street hustler and drug dealer to become one of the most significant voices to emerge from the neo-Nuyorican spoken word movement using political, sexual and religious themes throughout his work. His background heritage is Puerto Rican and Ecuadorian. He has conducted spoken word poetry workshops and produced benefits and events for queer youth organizations throughout the country and is considered a role model for queer youth, particularly queer youth of color.
His Puerto Rican father abandoned his Ecuadorian mother when he found out she was pregnant and was never heard from again. At the age of 3, he was sexually abused by an older cousin. At 16, he came out to his mother and was thrown out of his house. This is when he became a...
The Ski Trip is a 2004 movie written and directed by Maurice Jamal. It stars Maurice Jamal, Daren Fleming, Cassandra Cruz, Haaz, Emanuel Xavier and Nathan Hale.
The movie follows the exploits of a group of African-American and Latino gay and lesbian friends. Maurice Jamal's character, Corey Brown, is about to turn 30 and he’s just lost his job. And to top all the madness, he’s been dumped by the man of his dreams. Content to wallow, Corey is pulled screaming from his sorry state by his best friends, queen diva Terry and lesbian gal pal Nikki, who arrange for a weekend trip away from New York. Joining this trio are handsome Omar, who clearly has a thing for Corey; Byron, young and full of attitude; his trick, muscle stud Tyson; and slutty friend Carlos. But when unexpected guests arrive and secrets are exposed, this raucous trip becomes anything but relaxing.