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May 22 2016
6-PACK — ATTITUDE's Trans Knockout! + Spacey As Clinton Lays Into Trump + Trump's Supremely Unqualified SCOTUS Pick + Cher's 70th + Still More Prince-Tribute Drama + Help Fund This Gay Movie! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureKNOCKOUT! Trans model Laith Ashley covers Attitude with a Speedo and a thrown punch.

*widget boy cultureKevin Spacey impersonates Bill Clinton, roasts Trump at amfAR Cannes event: “Foreign films contain 2 things Donald Trump hates the most: foreigners & reading.”

*widget boy cultureOne of Trump's Supreme Court hopefuls (Work Unfriendly) has a nudie past, thinks people have no right to sex outside wedlock, is rumored to be a Karl Rove plant.

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*widget boy cultureCher turned 70 this weekend. She was touched by all her fans' messages of love and support.

*widget boy cultureLinda Perry inadvertently shaded various Paisley Park artists, especially Sheila E., while explaining Billboard's bottom line in asking Madonna to salute Prince. 

*widget boy cultureYour chance to help a film about an AIDS activist falling in love (starring Alan Cumming, Wilson Cruz, Zachary Booth) is waiting here!

 
May 14 2016
6-PACK — Nico Tortorella Smorgasbord + Inside Jellybean's Fun House + Madonna Not Good Enough For Prince? + Nyle DiMarco Good Enough For Anybody + Anti-Gay Priest Seeks D + Coming Out As Brand-Disloyal! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureBecause there's no better use of your time than ogling a fat Nico Tortorella gallery.

*widget boy cultureFUN HOUSE MEMORIES: A wildly entertaining look back at the NYC club scene, courtesy of Jellybean Benitez.

*widget boy cultureSome are angry that Madonna will be allowed to perform a tribute to Prince at the Billboard Music Awards, like it's the Kennedy Center Honors and will define his legacy.

*widget boy cultureNyle DiMarco is proud of his post-Dancing with the Stars workout physique: 

*widget boy cultureWell-known homophobic Irish priest Rory Coyle caught sexting on Grindr. He “kept wanting to come to my mum’s house for sex with me while she was at work.”

*widget boy cultureA new car ad plays on the familiar dynamics of a coming-out speech: Progress, or trivialization? Decide after the jump ...

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May 13 2016
Madonna's Music's Comin' Down Like ... Comments (0)

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Thanks to a 99-cent promo, Madonna's Like a Virgin has returned to the Billboard 200 albums chart 28 years after its last appearance.

In other Madonna-music news, her old backup singers—Niki Haris and Donna De Lory—have released their version of Madonna's hit single “Rain.” It's gorgeous, especially a cappella.

 
May 11 2016
Madonna Will Honor Prince At The BILLBOARD Awards Comments (0)

4b75df77dd5ce0a6eb4d34e10ce1c96cTwo pop-cultural forces of the '80s (Magazine cover via Madonna Scrapbook)

Madonna just can not stay away from the annual Billboard Awards—this year, she has been announced to appear in a musical tribute to Prince.

The match of dead performer to live performer is pretty close, considering their shared penchant (at least before he went religious) for shockingly sexual stage stunts:

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Madonna was also briefly romantically involved with the late pop genie in the '80s, and was hugely influenced by his style, particularly in 1985, when she worked with Marlene Stewart to make her Virgin Tour costumes a salute to Prince's Purple Rain look. 

Via Billboard:

Organizers today announced Madonna's participation in what promises to be one of the highlights of this year’s BBMAs. The legendary pop singer will pay tribute to her good friend and fellow artist, who unexpectedly passed away April 21 at the age of 57. Details on her tribute to the late music great remain a closely-guarded secret.

Guesses?

I'm wondering if we will hear a bit of “Love Song”—her non-single duet with Prince from 1989—live for the first time ever. 

 
May 07 2016
Made It Happen: Gloria & Emilio Estefan's Life Story, ON YOUR FEET!—A Review Comments (0)

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I had a blast at On Your Feet!, exactly the kind of Broadway musical/revue I would normally find tedious.

Based on the life stories of Emilio and Gloria (in that order, it seemed at times) Estefan, the show is driven ably by Jerry Mitchell and features crowd-pleasing fancy footwork courtesy of choreographer Sergio Trujillo (nominated for a Tony for his work), but the main course is a litany of most of Gloria's hits with and without Miami Sound Machine.

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The book, by Oscar-winning Birdman writer Alexander Dinelaris, is straightforward, following young Gloria (effervescent 15-year-old Alexandria Suarez—give this girl her own Nickelodeon or Disney Channel series!) as she matures into a sassy dynamo. Given life by a radiant, confident Ana Villafañe, pre-fame Gloria is musically fixed up with ambitious charmer Emilio (Josh Segarra). The two quickly make beautiful music together in both senses of the phrase, leading to a first act heavy on the excitement of watching a pair of young dreamers as they successfully figure out how to persuade U.S. radio that their fusion of Latin beats and American pop can't miss.

I never expected “Doctor Beat” to be so emotionally resonant.

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May 05 2016
6-PACK — Archie Bunker Really Missed His Chance With Donald Trump + Kenya Anti-Gay Inspections Challenged In Court + Millions Of Chinese Women Married To Gay Men? + TROOP BEVERLY HILLS Yearbook + Gay Rugby + Singing In The Shower! Comments (0)

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiNOT SUCH A MEATHEAD: Above, Rob Reiner articulates why Donald Trump is (1) not a Republican, (2) not to be taken lightly, (3) crazy, (4) a racist.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiIn Kenya, men accused of being gay are subjected to forced anal probes to prove intercourse. New court case challenges the barbaric practice.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiA reported 14 million women are trapped in marriages to gay men in China: “A lack of sex education in Chinese schools has contributed to the tragedy.”

Troop-beverly-hills-3I guess since all the cast members of Citizen Kane are dead ... (GIF via Columbia)

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiAre we really in a place and time where we need to know “where are they now?” about the cast of Troop Beverly Hills? Yes.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiThe South African rugby club the Jozi Cats is gay and inclusive. Check out their sexy, funny & edgy effort to recruit new members:

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiListen to Grease actress Ava Gold sing ... or just watch this hot guy take a shower.

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Apr 28 2016
6-PACK — Go, Caitlyn, Go! (Literally) + Boehner Body-Slams Cruz + Hastert To The Pokey + Dance Like Madonna + Whitney Doc On The Way + Rock Banned! Comments (0)

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiAbove: Former Ted Cruz fan Caitlyn Cruz trolls the prez contender by taking a leak in the ladies' room at a Trump property. (This is like Koch praising Hillary!)

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiFormer Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner, “texting buddies” with Donald Trump, calls Ted Cruz “Lucifer in the flesh” and a mean “son of a bitch.”

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiFormer Republican Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert admits to being a serial child molester, gets 15 months in prison for cash scheme related to it.

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6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiCome dance your ass off Wednesday, May 4, if you're in NYC. If you're not, think about a trip.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiApproved Whitney Houston documentary coming from Oscar-winning director.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiJordan bans Lebanese rockers, known for progressive lyrics, over gay singer. Mashrou’ Leila have been called “the soundtrack to the Arab Spring.”

 
Apr 21 2016
Music Legend Prince Dies @ 57 Comments (0)

GiphyPrince Rogers Nelson: June 7, 1958—April 21, 2016 (GIF via here)

TMZ, after first reporting on a mysterious death at Prince's compound, has confirmed the worst: The rock legend has died at 57.

Just days ago, Prince—reportedly suffering from “the flu” for weeks—was cared for after his plane made an emergency landing. He had been resting at home ever since, until his body was apparently discovered early today.

Rumors are rampant across the Internet regarding the notoriously secretive icon's health status leading up to his shocking death, with some claiming it was an open secretly he was battling full-blown AIDS via the power of prayer, having gone off his medications. One thing that is for certain, Prince had become an avid Jehovah's Witness in recent years.

Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 1.38.59 PMPrince's first five albums (Images via fair use)

One of the premier pop, rock and R&B artists of the '80s, Prince released two albums in the late '70s before exploding onto the scene with his album Dirty Mind (1980), now considered a classic. His work quickly became characterized by his virtuoso guitar skills (Jimi Hendrix was an obvious inspiration), his funky delivery and his frankly sexual lyrics, the latter of which became a problem for him with censors early on, and with Prince himself later, when he became sternly religious.

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Over the years, he released some of the most successful and best-remembered albums in pop, including his masterpiece Purple Rain (1984), the soundtrack to his highly successful film of the same title. He won the Oscar for Best Original Song Score for the piece, beating out the Muppets and Christopher Cross. It was the '80s.

His other smash-hit albums included Controversy (1981), 1999 (1982), Around the World in a Day (1985), Parade (1986), Sign o' the Times (1987), Lovesexy (1988) and Graffiti Bridge (1990). An unreleased version of his The Black Album, meant as a follow-up to Sign o' the Times, was a collector's Holy Grail until it was commercially released in 1994.

Prince live onstage on April 16, 2016:

 

P SHOWS HIS NEW GUITAR #paisleypark

A photo posted by PRINCE LIVE THE BEST (@princelivethebest) on

Prince was famously at odds with his record label, Warner Bros., for years, fighting for his right to control his own catalogue. To combat what he viewed as artistic slavery, he released albums very quickly in the '90s, changed his name from Prince to  170px-Prince_logo.svg, controversially sued his own fans for illegally downloading his work, signed with Arista and would eventually release his own work on his own terms, though never with as much success or fanfare as he'd experienced in the '80s and early '90s.

12985377_10205851675803234_8951877178176347443_nThe stage from his Atlanta show, just a week ago (Image by CeeLoGreen courtesy of mega-fan Michelle Havlichek Gerry—so glad she got to see his last show)

Like many other '80s acts, Prince's chart supremacy stalled prematurely, with the last Top 40 hit in his lifetime being a re-release of “1999” in 1998, and his last original release to go Top 40 being “The Holy River” in 1997. He was, however, able to make a dent with studio albums, releasing two in 2014 (both of which went Top 10) and another two in 2015.

Over the years, Prince has played the Super Bowl, won seven Grammys (and had two albums awarded the Grammy Hall of Fame Award), received many lifetime achievement acknowledgments and continued to play live shows until just before he died. Late last year, he gave a performance so intimate and so late hardly anyone was there to see it—though old flame Madonna, who was unabashedly influenced by and in awe of his talent, made the cut.

In February, Prince's protégée Vanity, aka Denise Matthews, also died at 57

Prince's death, coming just three months after the sudden death of David Bowie—one of the other very few musicians often credibly referred to as being a genius—will hit music fans hard. It's also worth noting that while many huge stars of the '60s (Diana Ross, Paul McCartney) are still with us, how curious and unfortunate it is that most of the biggest music stars of the '80s have passed away (Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Prince); I would venture to say that the only other pop stars (and Prince was of course categorizable in many other ways) of the '80s left standing are Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Phil Collins and perhaps George Michael. Note: I'm not trying to start a hierarchy war. I know Janet Jackson, Hall & Oates, Bon Jovi and Lionel Richie were indelible parts of the '80s.

Contemporaries react: 

 

He Changed The World!! A True Visionary. What a loss. I'm Devastated.🦄

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