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Jun 23 2016
Scores Of Music-Industry A-Listers Sign Letter Demanding Gun Control Comments (0)

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Billboard has assembled an impressive list of music-industry names for a cover and open letter demanding that Congress act on gun control.

In the preamble, the publication links music, gay rights (the rainbow imagery) and the all-too-easy access to guns in the U.S. in making the point that change is necessary to protect the “life-affirming ritual” of dancing.

(Disappointed Madonna didn't sign on, and am hoping she isn't still of the mind that “guns don't kill people, people kill people.”)

 
Jun 22 2016
What Made Pulse Special Will Bring It Back: Owner Opens Up To BILLBOARD Comments (0)

Billboard talks to Pulse owner Barbara Poma about the Orlando mass shooting and what the bar meant to the community.

In the piece, Poma defiantly vows to reopen the devastated space, which she characterizes as being different from other LGBT spots because of its “warm, welcoming atmosphere that was family-like.”

She says the response to the tragedy has been uplifting:

I can't tell you how many stories I have read over this week that have told me that Pulse was the first gay bar they ever went to, how they were shaking in fear, how they weren't out to their families and how Pulse welcomed them. People who aren't out, people who are exploring, people who are transitioning need a place to do this without judgment, they need acceptance; this is what Pulse was always about.

 
Jun 13 2016
6-PACK — Is There An Oscar For Crisis Acting? + Gay Clubs As Safe Spaces + Adele Hearts LGBTQ People + Jimmy Somerville's Bittersweet Tribute + Bobby Brown Pulled Madonna & Janet + Farewell, JUDY JETSON & ALF! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureABOVE: People who immediately assume mass murders are concocted by The Powers That Be and survivors are all crisis actors are mentally ill. Avoid. Block. All of  'em.

*widget boy cultureBarry Walters on gay clubs as “cultural centers, safe spaces and targets.” The rise of social media hasn't changed that.

*widget boy cultureAdele dedicates her concert to the Orlando victims and all LGBTQ people: “They're like my soulmates since I was really young, so I was very moved by it.”

*widget boy cultureJimmy Somerville's mournful a cappella rendition of  Bronski Beat's “Why” goes out in memory of the Orlando massacre:

*widget boy cultureHER PREROGATIVE: Madonna had her way with Bobby Brown, who also nailed Janet Jackson ... before kicking her out! Her dad didn't like her dating black men.

*widget boy cultureJanet “Judy Jetson” Waldo has died @ 96. Last Jetson!  Met her in 2012 and she acted so young I had not a clue of her age. Actor in the ALF costume also passed away.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01774495cbcc970dWaldo was already 92 here, but was worried about Mary Carlisle's health—Carlisle's now 102! (Image by Chexy Decimal)

 
May 28 2016
Madonna Claims ALL Of Prince's Band Members Were Invited To Join Her At BILLBOARDS Comments (0)

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Not sure why entertainment sites haven't picked up on this more—maybe the holiday week, maybe the effort it takes to dig through Madonna's many Instagram comments—but Madonna has made the assertion that she asked all of Prince's band members recent and previous to participate in her tribute to the late Purple One. She also says the declined due to being in a state of mourning. (More likely, many felt she wasn't the right centerpiece.)

If true, she seems to have done her best to be inclusive.

 
May 23 2016
Renewed Push To Make FROZEN's Elsa A Lesbian Comments (0)

This whole #GiveElsaAGirlfriend movement is, well, moving!

At last night's Billboard Music Awards, presenter Idina Menzel was asked what she thought of the idea of her character getting a girlfriend—and she's down:

I think it's great. Disney’s just gotta contend with that. I’ll let them figure that out. No matter what, [Elsa] changed my life.

Though there is less than a 0% chance of Disney actually doing this, it's nice to have friends who simply won't let go on gay visibility in the arts.

 
Madonna & Stevie Wonder Pay Homage To Prince @ The Billboard Music Awards Comments (0)

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I didn't have high hopes for Madonna's tribute to Prince on Sunday's Billboard Music Awards, but I was pleasantly surprised—she took on the very big song “Nothing Compares 2 U,” sounded great, looked great (and appropriate, in her purple paisley suit by Gucci's Alessandro Michele, who said, “It's more than a performance, it's a real act of love.”), and overall seemed very much in awe of Prince rather than making the tribute an act of ego. Anyone who thought she didn't sound good, I guess she's never sounded good, then, and is not for them. Anyone objecting to her daring to pay tribute to her peer and ex needs to find a hobby.

The inclusion of Stevie Wonder was a surprise, but I'm glad he was with her on “Purple Rain”—their voices blended nicely and I don't think she'd have done as well solo on that one.

It seemed heartfelt and unpretentious, not at all like it was attempting to put itself forth as the be-all, end-all, definitive Prince tribute.

Grotesquely, BET immediately tweeted an ad for its own awards show, touting a Prince tribute with the phrase, “Yeah, we saw that. Don't worry. We Got You.”

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Nothing like a naked attempt to stir up racial resentment (like that puny Change.org petition had tried to do) and to commercialize Prince's death and legacy.

 
May 22 2016
Walking Billboard: Demi Lovato Wants To Get Her Pro-Trans Feelings Off Her Chest! Comments (0)

Calling her a music megastar, GLAAD trumpeted the fact that Demi Lovato wore a T-shirt with an inclusive bathroom symbol on it in protest of North Carolina's abhorrent HB2 law.

GLAAD's President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement: 

Demi Lovato continues to be a fearless ally for LGBT equality and acceptance. By wearing her support for the transgender community, Lovato is raising critical visibility for vulnerable LGBT North Carolinians and sending an invaluable message of support to transgender people everywhere.

Lovato will be selling the shirt on her upcoming Honda Civic: Future Now tour, with proceeds going to LGBT orbs in North Carolina.

In April, Lovato and tourmate Nick Jonas nixed a North Carolina appearance over HB2.

 
Apr 28 2016
BILLBOARD Honors Prince, Multiple Outlets Conjecture About Roles Of Drugs & AIDS In His Death Comments (0)

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When I was in magazine publishing, I had to write entire tribute issues to Princess Diana (sold over a million copies; I made $800 as a bonus only, because I was salaried) and JFK Jr. When Michael Jackson died, my boss decided not to do one because it would be distasteful, a decision he soon regretted when he realized every thrown-together tribute was making scads of cash.

Every time someone really, really famous dies, to this day I think, Man, we would've done a tribute to them.

Prince tributes are already clogging the newsstands, but Billboard, one of the most appropriate sources, is now out with theirs.

Inside, Tom Carson dubs Prince the greatest artist of his generation, Claire Hoffman chronicles his flip-flopping views on sex and homosexuality thanks to his devotion as a Jehovah's Witness,  Sheila E. opens up about her ex-lover and longtime friend and Prince's final concert's set list is devoured in detail.

Sadly, it's looking more and more likely that Prince had a long drug addiction. Media reports are also ramping up that he was struggling with AIDS—not just HIV—due to refusing medication in favor of seeking a cure from God. What a devastating black mark on his overall legacy if it turns out the man refused treatment for HIV, when he could have lived with it for decades more rather than dying at 57.

 


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