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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.

Apr 22 2016
6-PACK — Zac's Sorry For His Dress + Patton Oswalt Comes For #NeverHillary Crowd + Musto Remembers BOTH Princes + Prince OD? + Julius' Is A Historic Place! + Target POs Bathroom Nazis Comments (0)

#sorrymom #CallYouAfterWork2Explain #neighbors2

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*widget boy cultureVideo above: Zac Efron, posing in a minidress, apologizes to Mom for being in drag.

*widget boy cultureYou are “a f*cking child” if you are a liberal who refuses to vote if Hillary Clinton gets the nomination, says Patton Oswalt.

*widget boy cultureMichael Musto remembers both Prince's liberating gender fluidity and sexual exploration, as well as his utterly poisonous religious transformation.

*widget boy culturePrince was treated for a drug overdose when his plane made that emergency landing. Aretha suspects Zika. Sheila E. will play Nancy Drew.

Prince(Image via the New Yorker)

*widget boy cultureJulius', the oldest gay bar in Manhattan, has officially been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

*widget boy cultureTarget is perfectly fine with whichever of its bathrooms you wanna use. via Target)

Apr 07 2016
Wanna Get High? Comments (0)

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Perhaps unsurprisingly, the police in Madrid thought something smelled when they cruised the picnic basket on this dude. Sure enough, turns out he was smuggling drugs from Costa Rica—dude had more than a pound of coke in a container between his legs.

Via the San Francisco Gate:

Spanish police, tongues firmly implanted in cheeks, tweeted a picture of the trafficker alongside the message: “A suspicious package between his legs.”

A smuggling conviction could earn the man, who was detained, up to three years in prison. Authorities did not release his name.

Three years is a long time, but at least he wasn't hung.


Mar 31 2016
Recovery: There's Hope After Overcoming A Drug Addiction Comments (0)

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Addiction, it’s one of those diseases that is easy to develop but ever so difficult to overcome. Even after kicking the habit, sober living becomes a daily lifestyle choice that requires effort, motivation, and drive. This, however, should not discourage you if you’re currently in the process of beating your addiction. In fact, the rewards of kicking the bad habits for good are so overwhelming that it should push you to stay on the straight and narrow. Below are a few beacons of hope you have to look forward to as you take each new step towards addiction recovery:

Improved Physical Health

It goes without saying that addiction can wreak havoc on your physical well-being. Prolonged use of illicit substances like crack or heroine or legal substances such as painkillers and alcohol can greatly affect the body. Physical effects can include anything from body aches and pains to an increased risk for heart attack as well as liver and kidney failure.

Your body has an amazing way of healing itself. However, when it is continually fueled with harmful substances, the healing process takes much longer and in some instances may stop altogether. Every second that your body is not exposed to the substances described above is another second that the body has to heal itself. Those who were avid smokers, for instance, will find that once they quit, their lung capacity begins to improve.

Improved Mental Health

Hallucinations, depression, anxiety, lack of concentration, mood swings, dependency, and addiction are all psychological effects of consuming drugs and/or alcohol on a continued basis. The chemicals found in the substances you’re using have a way of altering the brain, which can lead to adverse psychological consequences such as those described above.

Once you’ve begun the recovery process, your brain begins to readjust. You’ll slowly begin to lose the urge to abuse drugs or alcohol and will ultimately be able to think clearly. Through recovery options like therapy, you can essentially learn how to deal with life’s happenstances in a more positive manner, which helps to minimize feelings of depression, stress, and anxiety.

Improved Finances

Whether you drink or smoke, the cost of addiction can go through the roof. Depending on how frequently you use and the cost of the drugs or alcohol you consume, you could be spending hundreds or even thousands of dollar each month on your bad habit. This can lead to unpaid bills, the need to borrow money, and in some cases, even stealing just to get a fix.

Recovering from addiction, however, means more money in your pocket. You no longer need to purchase the substances and therefore will find that you have more money to take care of the bills that matter most. Over time, you can dig yourself out of debt and minimize the stress that addiction brought to your life.

Improved Relationships

You probably don’t have to be told that addiction can ruin your personal relationships. Your urge to use in most cases takes over the importance of other things in life – including those people you value most. Your loved ones begin to back away either out of fear or because they simply don’t know how to help you.

Recovery brings about hope for renewed relationships. Now with a clear mind and understanding on addiction and how to steer clear of that lifestyle, you’re able to mend the fences of your relationships and avoid going down that path again.

Recovering from addiction equals success in all areas of life. Not only will you feel better, look better, and act better, but those around you will see the change in you, thus encouraging the cultivation of renewed relationships. No matter where you are on your road to recovery, don’t give up. At the end of the road, there is a rainbow of success waiting to shine brightly on you for eternity. 2016. OxyContin. April 10, 2014. Not so Average Joe: Out Author Joe
Putignano on Conquering Addiction. Melinda Smith, M.A., and Jeanne Segal, Ph.D. February 2016. Overcoming
Drug Addiction.

Mar 28 2016
6-PACK — Miss World's Brother Hates Gay People + Mexicans Hate Donald Trump + Gay Nerd Embarrasses Anti-Gay Rep + Studly Huw Collins Shirtless + LEGENDS OF THE FALL Scribe Dies + Iggy Azalea Swept For Drugs! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureReigning Miss World's brother a “sociopathic homophobe?” Crazy FB message.

*widget boy cultureDonald Trump burned in effigy by Mexicans.

*widget boy cultureGAY NERD COUP: Right-wing, anti-gay Idaho rep's site lapses, goes Dem!


In case you're wondering, the ladder and I lived happily ever after... 😐 📸: @georgegarnier

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*widget boy culturePretty Little Liars stud works out in public, shirtless.

*widget boy cultureLegends of the Fall author dies @ 78.

*widget boy cultureIggy Azalea says Britney's team swept her for drugs.

Mar 15 2016
Madonna Crosses $1B Mark In Touring Comments (0)

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Though serious and are-you-serious? journalists are reporting that Madonna is routinely drunk and/or on pills during her Rebel Heart Tour, fans who've seen the show would have to agree that its intricacy is not something someone under the influence could navigate as fluidly as Madonna has been doing.

Sad about Rocco? Yes. Acting out because of it? Yes. Wasted? They wish. And don't kid yourselves—they sincerely wish that. The senior editor of Entertainment Weekly, in reporting that there is “concern” for Madonna's behavior went on to characterize her as “crazy.”

Thanks for your thoughtfulness.

Hot on the heels of the raft of bad publicity comes word that though Rebel Heart has grossed less than MDNA ($305.2M, 11th highest-grossing tour ever) or Sticky & Sweet ($408M, 2nd highest-grossing tour of all time, highest-grossing solo tour of all time) before it (and more than all her other tours), the tour has raked in over $100 million and has helped Madonna across the career $1 billion mark.

Only six artists have done this, and here is how they rank:

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Mar 09 2016
6-PACK — Bernie Sanders Declares A PEOPLE'S REVOLUTION + You Liked Nancy Reagan? What Are You Smoking? + Wachowski Comes Out + BAD GIRL Digs + Missouri Dems Talk The Talk + Kim K's Butt ... Because Feminism! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureSanders holds very impromptu presser just before big MI win.

*widget boy cultureLosing patience with liberals waxing nostalgic over Nancy Reagan: She sucked.

*widget boy cultureBoth of the Wachowski Brothers are sisters—welcome out, Lilly!

Giphy(“Bad Girl” GIF via Warner Bros.)

*widget boy cultureMadonna's “Bad Girl” music video apartment location re-discovered in NYC!

*widget boy cultureMissouri Dems filibuster anti-gay bill for 24+hours. (Southern Dems count, y'all.)

*widget boy cultureThe state of feminism in 2016: Stars brawl over Kim Kardashian's T&A

Mar 06 2016
Former First Lady Nancy Reagan Is Dead At 94 Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2016-03-06 at 12.08.40 PMNancy Reagan: July 6, 1921—March 6, 2016 (Vintage Hollywood image via fair use; other image via official handout)

Nancy Reagan, who went from B-movie actress to first lady, has died at 94.

Reagan championed the losing “Just Say No” anti-drugs campaign in the '80s (including an appearance on the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes, seen—in edit—here), was criticized for her expensive taste in redecorating the White House and was, ultimately, seen as her husband, Ronald Reagan's, right-hand woman.

She died at home in Bel Air.

I'll always remember her contentious interview with Mike Wallace for 60 Minutes. Below is a softball interview, but click here for the notorious, “You really didn't need that question” interview:

Here she is braving the shouting goons of TMZ, admitting that President Obama was doing well in office:


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