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Elton John not playing at Trump’s inauguration

I mean, really? Who thought this was gonna happen?!

From The Hill:

“Elton will not be performing at Trump’s inauguration,” the rep told the New York Post. Anthony Scaramucci, a vice chair of the presidential inaugural committee, claimed Tuesday that John would play on the National Mall for the inauguration in January.

John endorsed Hillary Clinton over Trump during the 2016 race, however, and headlined fundraisers for the Democratic presidential nominee as recently as last month.

Source: Elton John not playing at Trump’s inauguration: rep | TheHill


theGrio: Ex-gospel singer drags black Christians in song who shame him for being gay

I remember #BSlade (fka #Tonex) from growing up in church. Glad to know that he’s still just as innovative as he is owning of his sexuality.

B. Slade, formerly known as gospel singer Tonéx, caused a firestorm on the internet after releasing a song slamming members of the black church who shame him because he’s gay.

The song, titled “Conversation,” is recorded to the instrumental of Beyoncé‘s popular record “Formation,” in which the singer addresses those who criticized his sexuality, more specifically his attire, during a recent performance at the Love Center — a church in Oakland, California.

“Y’all haters corny with that ‘He needs deliverance’/check out your choir stand/They all need deliverance,” Slade raps. “Attack my character/But Half of y’all Closeted.”

Listen to the track here:

Source: Ex-gospel singer drags black Christians in song who shame him for being gay | theGrio

On #Lemonade

Just finished watching #‎Lemonade‬ on Facebook.

I wonder if Lemonade is Beyonce’s magnum opus album, or her magnum opus video anthology.

But, going off of the film, this is NOT a pop album. None of this is pop. This is higher concept than her self-titled album. This is her most thematically-compact album to date.

Sasha Fierce, 4 and Self-Titled fit within a thematic trilogy of exploring feminism, beauty, power, love and self-expression in the world. Lemonade is new territory, in which she explores Black womanhood, infidelity, inheritance, pain, anger and appreciation in history.

The pacing is incredibly taut, like a one-hour religious ritual. Everyone, every dancer and guest, is posed exactly as they should be posed, to be canvasses for the story, like they’re dreamy expressions emanating from Beyonce’s mind.

But it’s all a process. It goes from reacting to betrayal to reconciling and rebuilding with one’s love. It goes beyond some mere “Becky with the good hair” to a wider theme of being true to those who you will meet when you wake up: oneself and each other.

GLAAD Announces Nominees for 2016 Media Awards

nominees_gma_featuredGLAAD announced today their full list of nominees for their 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, which will be televised on Logo TV in April 2016. Ethnic and gender diversity in the wake of the fallout from #OscarsSoWhite has played a large role in the nominating process for GLAAD. Here’s the full list:

English-language categories:

Outstanding Film – Wide Release

Outstanding Film – Limited Release

  • Tangerine
  • 52 Tuesdays
  • Appropriate Behavior
  • Boy Meets Girl
  • Drunktown’s Finest

Outstanding Drama Series

  • Empire
  • Sense8
  • How to Get Away With Murder
  • The Fosters
  • Grey’s Anatomy
  • Arrow
  • Black Sails
  • Nashville
  • Orphan Black
  • Shameless

Outstanding Comedy Series

  • Master of None (stars out actress and producer Lena Waithe who plays a lesbian)
  • Orange Is the New Black
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Faking It
  • Grace and Frankie
  • Looking
  • Modern Family
  • Please Like Me
  • Transparent
  • Vicious

Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a regular LGBT character)

  • blackish – “Please Don’t Ask, Please Don’t Tell” (epi features Raven-Symoné)
  • The Carmichael Show – “Gender”
  • Royal Pains – “The Prince of Nucleotides” 
  • NCIS New Orleans – “Rock-a-Bye-Baby” 
  • NCIS – “We Build, We Fight” 

Outstanding TV Movie or Limited Series

Outstanding Reality Program

  • I Am Cait
  • I Am Jazz
  • New Girls on the Block
  • The Prancing Elites Project
  • Transcendent

Outstanding Daily Drama

  • The Bold and The Beautiful

Outstanding Documentary

  • Kumu Hina
  • Limited Partnership
  • Mala Mala
  • Tab Hunter Confidential
  • Tig

Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine

  • “Bruce Jenner: The Interview” 20/20 (ABC)
  • “The Courage Game” SportsCenter (ESPN)
  • “Dividing The United Methodist Church” To The Contrary (PBS)
  • “Showdown in Indiana: The Battle Over Religious Rights” CNN Special Report (CNN)
  • True Life: I’m Genderqueer (MTV)

Outstanding Newspaper Article

  • “Cold Case: The Murders of Cosby and Jackson” by Dianna Wray (Houston Press)
  • “Gay and Transgender Catholics Urge Pope Francis to Take a Stand” by Laurie Goodstein (The New York Times) 
  • “Meet Dr. Levine, The State’s Top Doc” by Michael A. Fuoco (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
  • “Navy’s First Openly Gay SEAL Builds His Life Anew” by David Zucchino (Los Angeles Times) 
  • “Transgender Today” [series] (The New York Times)

Outstanding Magazine Article

  • Essence Magazine – “Pride & Prejudice” by Linda Villarosa
  • “Behind Brazil’s Gay Pride Parades, a Struggle with Homophobic Violence” by Oscar Lopez (Newsweek)
  • “The First Black Trans Model Had Her Face on a Box of Clairol” Jada Yuan and Aaron Wong (New York)
  • “Gus Kenworthy’s Next Bold Move” by Alyssa Roenigk (ESPN The Magazine)
  • “Just Your Average (Transgender) Teen” by Andrea Stanley


Outstanding Talk Show Episode

  • Super Soul Sunday (OWN) – “Janet Mock”
  • Late Night with Seth Myers (NBC) – “Alison Bechdel”
  • The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated) – “Aydian Dowling”
  • The Meredith Vieira (syndicated) – “Jazz Jennings”
  • Last Week with John Oliver (HBO) – “Transgender rights”

Outstanding Musical Artist

  • Brandi Carlile, The Firewatcher’s Daughter
  • Miley Cyrus, Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz
  • Adam Lambert, The Original High
  • Le1f, Riot Boi
  • Troye Sivan, Blue Neighbourhood

Outstanding Comic Book

  • Angela: Queen of Hel, by Marguerite Bennett, Kim Jacinto, Israel Silva, Stephanie Hans (Marvel Comics) 
  • Harley Quinn, by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chad Hardin, John Timms, Jed Dougherty (DC Comics)
  • Lumberjanes, by Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh, Carolyn Nowak, Brooke Allen (BOOM! Studios)
  • Midnighter, by Steve Orlando, Aco, Hugh Petrus, Alec Morgan, Stephen Mooney (DC Comics)
  • The Wicked + Divine, by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Kate Brown, Tula Lotay (Image Comics)

Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage

  • The Advocate
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Seventeen
  • Time
  • Variety

Outstanding Digital Journalism Article

  • “How the Killing of a Trans Filipina Woman Ignited an International Incident” by Meredith Talusan (Vice.com)
  • “The Faces of Transgender Teen America” by David Yi (Mashable.com)
  • “The Ky Peterson Saga” [series] by Mitch Kellaway and Sunnivie Brydum (Advocate.com)
  • “This Is What It’s Like To Be An LGBT Syrian Fleeing For Your Life” by J. Lester Feder (Buzzfeed.com)
  • “This Tiny Clinic is Fighting for Trans Patients Illegally Denied Medical Care” by Jennifer Swann (TakePart.com)

Outstanding Digital Journalism – Multimedia

  • “Freed Trans Woman Ashley Diamond On Life Behind Bars In Men’s Prison” HuffPost Live (HuffingtonPost.com)
  • “Holler if You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church” by Clay Cane (BET.com)
  • “Queerness On The Front Lines Of #BlackLivesMatter” MSNBC Originals (MSNBC.com)
  • “Stopping HIV? The Truvada Revolution” Vice Reports (Vice.com)
  • “Transgender, at War and in Love” by Fiona Dawson (NewYorkTimes.com)

Special Recognition

  • Beautiful As I Want To Be (Logotv.com)
  • This is Me (Amazon Instant Video)

Spanish-language categories:

Outstanding Novela

  • Antes muerta que Lichita
  • Celia
  • Los miserables
  • Rastros de mentiras

Outstanding Daytime Program Episode (Spanish Language)

  • “La armonía de su casa se rompió”Casos de Familia
  • “¿El marido de mi padre o yo?”Caso Cerrado

Outstanding Television Interview (Spanish Language)

  • “La confesión de Bruce Jenner” Showbiz (CNN en Español)
  • “Entrevista con Claudia Valenzuela y Karolina López” Enfoque (Telemundo)
  • “Lucha por su identidad” Al Punto (Univision)
  • “Matrimonio igualitario” Cala (CNN en Español)
  • “Orientación sexual y acoso escolar” Realidades en Contexto (CNN en Español)

Outstanding Local Television Interview (Spanish Language)

  • “Entrevista con Kael Escobar” Vida Mujer (WGBO-Univision 66 [Chicago])
  • “Entrevista con Tony Lima, SAVE Dade” Ahora en Nuestra Comunidad (WLTV-Univision 23 [Miami])
  • “La nueva transgeneración” Enfoque Los Ángeles (KVEA-Telemundo 52 [Los Ángeles])
  • Reacciones al caso Jenner” A Primera Hora (KMEX-Univision 34 [Los Ángeles])

Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine (Spanish Language)

  • “Abre su corazón: entrevista con Patricia Velásquez” Al Rojo Vivo (Telemundo)
  • “Amor que rompe barreras” Un Nuevo Día (Telemundo)
  • “En cuerpo ajeno” Aquí y Ahora (Univision)
  • “Reveladora historia: entrevista con Patricia Velásquez” Un Nuevo Día (Telemundo)
  • “Viviendo con dos mamás” Primer Impacto (Univision)

Outstanding TV Journalism Segment (Spanish Language)

  • “Decisión histórica en Estados Unidos” Noticiero NTN 24 NTN
  • “Entrevista con Tamara Adrián” Encuentro CNN en Español
  • “Parejas del mismo sexo celebran la legalización del matrimonio entre personas del mismo sexo en todo el país”  CNN en Español
  • “Permiten matrimonios” Noticiero Telemundo Telemundo
  • “Víctimas de abusos” Noticiero Univision Univision

Outstanding Local TV Journalism (Spanish Language)

  • “Aprendió a vivir en plenitud con el virus del VIH” Noticias Arizona (KTVW-Univision 33 [Phoenix])
  • “Cada 29 horas” Noticias 19 (KUVS-Univision 19 [Sacramento])
  • “Decidí ser feliz” Noticias 34 (KMEX-Univision 34 [Los Ángeles])
  • “Descubriéndose” Noticiero Telemundo (KVEA-Telemundo 52 [Los Ángeles]
  • “Reporte especial” Noticias 14 (KDTV-Univision 14 [San Francisco]

Outstanding Newspaper Article (Spanish Language)

  • “La constitucionalidad del matrimonio gay en EE.UU. queda en suspenso” por Selene Rivera (Hoy Los Ángeles)
  • “Iguales bajo la lluvia” por Marcos B Guzmán Rivera (El Nuevo Día) (El Nuevo Día)
  • “Indocumentados y gays: Un romance con desafíos” por Laura Wides-Muñoz (Prensa Asociada)
  • “Mujeres transgénero piden respeto a sus derechos” por Jorge Morales Almada (La Opinión)
  • “Padres transgénero – El único requisito para ser papá es el amor por los hijos” por Virginia Gaglianone (La Opinión)

Outstanding Digital Journalism Article (Spanish Language)

  • “Bruce Jenner o el nuevo rostro de las personas transgénero en los medios” por José Ángel Gonzalo (Univision.com)
  • “Inquietud en la comunidad transgénero ante el incremento de asesinatos” por Juan Carlos Gomi (Efe.com)
  • “Mujeres transgénero latinas exigen fin de violencia física contra colectivo” por Aitana Vargas (Efe.com)
  • “Perú: violaciones correctivas: El terrible método para ‘curar’ a las lesbianas” por Leire Ventas (BBCMundo.com)
  • “Soy Jazz retrata la vida de una niña transgénero de 14 años” por Marinés Arroyo (HuffingtonPostVoces.com)

Outstanding Digital Journalism – Multimedia (Spanish Language)

  • “Así reciben la legalización del matrimonio gay en Florida” por Hirania Luzardo (HuffingtonPostVoces.com)
  • “Caitlyn Jenner quiere ser legalmente reconocida como mujer” por Isis Sauceda (peopleenespañol.com)
  • “Campeones de la igualdad” (Univision.com)
  • “Undocuqueer, dos palabras, un tema” por Joanna Rentería (HoyLosAngeles.com)
  • “Voy a ser mamá, mi novio está embarazado” por Andrés López (CNNespanol.CNN.com)

Outstanding Music Artist (Spanish Language)

  • Ricky Martin, A quien quiera escuchar (Sony Music Latin)

EVENT March 16: Elton John LIVE at Columbus Civic Center

Elton JohnElton John will be performing LIVE at the Columbus Civic Center on March 16 at 8:00pm.

From Ledger-Enquirer:

Elton John is coming to Columbus for the first time for a concert on March 16 at the Civic Center.

The concert, which is part of a nine-city tour, will feature his iconic hits and classic album tracks from his five-decade career.

It also will feature some tracks from his upcoming album Wonderful Crazy Night.

Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 20 at Ticketmaster.com, which is the only official online ticket source for the concert. There will be an eight-ticket purchase limit per person to keep scalping down.


“The simple truth is I want to spend more time with my family and less time touring,” said John, who has a home in Buckhead. “I am all too aware of how precious the time ahead is. My sons are growing up so quickly. Their early years are just flying by and I want to be there with them. This concert will give me a chance to say thank you to my fans here who have been so faithful over the decades. It’s always important for me to bring my music to everyone.”

From Richard Hyatt at Ledger-Enquirer:

Elvis left the building before he performed at the old Municipal Auditorium – a building Bob Hope compared to a parking garage.

Now comes Elton John, and we can only hope he survives long enough to play at the Columbus Civic Center in March.

Tickets went on sale Friday and online buyers were spending obscene amounts of money to see him perform just nine days before his 69th birthday. John will be the biggest name ever to grace a local stage, though we’ve also enjoyed Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Prince and other members of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.

Get your tickets now at Ticketmaster.com. Not many are left as of this writing.

Bobbi Kristina Brown, Only Child of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, Dies at 22

Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of late music legend Whitney Houston and R&B singer Bobby Brown, died on July 26, surrounded by her family, at Peachtree Christian Hospice in Duluth, Georgia. She was 22.

“She is finally at peace in the arms of God,” the Houston family said in statement to ET. “We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months.”

On Jan. 31, Bobbi Kristina was found unresponsive in her bathtub, and was then taken to North Fulton Hospital in Roswell, Georgia, where she was put on a ventilator to assist her breathing. She was later placed in a medically induced coma at Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital.

via EXCLUSIVE: Bobbi Kristina Brown Dies at 22.