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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.

PurpleRainPurple Rain has sold more than 20 million albums (Image via fair use)

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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Apr 19 2016
6-PACK — La'Porsha Renae Is Sorry, Gays + Decades Of Decadence + Joey Potter Directs + Bradley Cooper Subway Snap + Hillary's NY Sprint + Kasich Wants U.S. United, Gays To GET OVER Discrimination! Comments (0)

La-porsha-renae-diamonds-American-Idol-VideoLa'Porsha Renae (Image via FOX)

*widget boy cultureLa'Porsha Renae is sorry she used the word “lifestyle” in conjunction with the word “gay,” affirms she is against discriminatory laws.

*widget boy cultureOMG, the '80s just crashed into the '90s in a movie about the '00s being released in the '10s.

*widget boy cultureKatie Holmes directed and acted in a movie that someone said is not half bad ... and she's the best thing in it!

12987077_1321467294546711_850638828282902122_nBradley Cooper's rear car (Image by David Miller)

*widget boy cultureDavid Miller spotted Bradley Cooper on the subway and did what he should do—discreetly took a pic of his butt. (And the rest of him.)

*widget boy cultureWHAT CORONATION?: Hillary Clinton has campaigned her heart out to win New York, thus proving she does, in fact, have one.

*widget boy cultureJohn Kasich, who's apparently running for president, asks gay people to “just relax,” “just get over” discrimination. (At least he didn't confuse 9/11 with 7-Eleven!)

 
Mar 30 2016
A Cindy Rella Story: Those Madonna Polaroids Will Be Seen In An Upcoming Show Comments (0)

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Richard Corman sheds more light on those 66 new/old Madonna Polaroids of his that he recently unearthed. They were shot in 1983 as part of a movie in which his mom, Cis Corman, wanted Madonna to star.

Corman will be showing the Polaroids in a Chelsea NYC gallery at the end of the year, and plans to display them as giant prints made by the world's largest Polaroid camera.

He also mentions that the movie his mom wanted Madonna for—a hip-hop Cinderella story—had the working title of Cindy Rella.

Check out the video after the jump ...

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Mar 23 2016
6-PACK — Wardrobe Male-function + Lesbian Kiss Destroys Childhood + Cruz Patrols + Revisiting THE EIGHTIES + Sharron Angle Is Back + BATMAN v SUPERMAN: SPAWN OF JUSTICE! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureJock Iago Bouzon has full-frontal sports-wardrobe male-function. (Work Unfriendly)

*widget boy cultureLesbian kiss traumatizes 7-year-old('s uptight mom)!

*widget boy cultureTed Cruz's response to terrorism is—unsurprisingly—nuts.

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*widget boy cultureCNN's The Eighties is coming March 31, 9 p.m. ET/PT.

*widget boy cultureOMG: Insane Sharron Angle with two Rs is running for the Senate again!

*widget boy culturePorn parody of Batman v Superman. (Work Unfriendly)

CeAjzcUW4AAsvNoDamien Cross & Topher Dimaggio (Image via Men.com)

 
Mar 04 2016
Never-Before-Seen Madonna Polaroids Comments (0)

Richard Corman has unearthed 66 unseen Madonna Polaroids from 1983. These are the same shoot as the cover of my book, Encyclopedia Madonnica 20.

I was privileged to see all 66, and they're incredible.

 
Feb 25 2016
Madonna Performs CRAZY FOR YOU For Manila Comments (0)

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Madonna, bowing to online petitions, made “Crazy for You” her bonus oldie at her Rebel Heart Tour show in Manila. She mistakenly said she hadn't performed the song in 30 years, but hey, who's counting? Sounds great! 

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Feb 23 2016
He Are The World: Face Swapping WE ARE THE WORLD Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2016-02-23 at 10.45.53 AM(Video still via Rhett LeCompte)

Okay, this whole Face Swap thing has gotten out of hand—watch this guy recreate “We Are the World,” stealing the faces of every performer. This is nuts ...

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