36 posts categorized "PRINCE"

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)

Modello_trans_Laith_Ashley_mostra_il_pacco_su_At-500x665(Image via Attitude)

*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!

 
Apr 27 2016
6-PACK — Felt The Bern + Could Indiana Deny Trump An Outright Win? + NC Guv Gets Pee-Shy + Prince Left No Will, Cue Crying Doves + Trudeau's A, Eh + Ginger Snap! Comments (0)

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiAfter crushing defeat last night, Bernie Sanders all but conceded in a press release; Kos urges agents of change to “do it from the inside.”

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiHOOSIER DADDY: It looks like Indiana is the one state that could help deny us a Republican Nominee Trump, so don't hold your breath.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiNC Gov. McCrory thinks liberals orchestrated his state's gross HB2 law in order to more easily take his job.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiPrince left no will, so—like my grandma—he was apparently eager for a postmortem slugfest.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiPrime Minister Trudeau's butt should be enough to encourage all gay male U.S. citizens to take off to the Great White North.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiHot ginger Peter Plaugborg strips down to nothing. (Work Unfriendly)

Tumblr_o15z0rzRf51tev19eo1_1280Plaugborg in the Danish flick Skammerens Datter aka The Shamer's Daughter (Film still via Nepenthe Film)

 
Apr 25 2016
6-PACK — Honestly, Hillary Isn't Dishonest + Prince Awake Almost A Week Prior To Death + Hunky & Hairy + Singing The Praises Of Truvada + ME & MRS. JONES Singer And Also Mrs. Oswalt Die Comments (0)

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiNicholas Kristof says Hillary Clinton isn't dishonest, she's “thin-skinned, private, controlling” and “utterly distrustful of the news media.”

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiPrince's brother-in-law asserts that the late singer was awake for six straight days before his death.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiDon't miss out on Hunk du Jour's Hunk of the Day from this weekend: 

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiWorld's first Truvada music video? Todrick Hall, Daniel Franzese and Kory DeSoto in a piece by Paul McGill, who notes they did it in a day ... Truvada takes longer to kick in.

Screen Shot 2016-04-25 at 9.18.08 AM(Video still via Todrick Hall)

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiPatton Oswalt's wife, writer Michelle McNamara, suddenly dies at 46. McNamara was the founder of True Crime Diary.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wi“Me and Mrs. Jones” singer Billy Paul dies @ 81. His follow-up single “Am I Black Enough?” stunted his career. My fave “Jones” cover: 

 
Apr 23 2016
Madonna & Prince 4 U Comments (0)
 
Apr 22 2016
6-PACK — Telenovela Man-Wrassle + PEOPLE: Prince Had Illness That Compromised His Immune System + HAMILTON Goes Crazy + Trump Admits He's A Fraud + The Woman Trump Should Tap As Veep + Dogs Gone! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureSortilegio telenovela struggle between William Levy and David Zepeda gets seriously bromosexual.

*widget boy culturePeople Magazine all but confirms rumors that Prince had HIV, which lends credence to the rumor that he had it and went off his meds.

*widget boy cultureHamilton cast devotes curtain call to “Let's Go Crazy” Prince tribute:

 

*widget boy cultureCAUGHT ON TAPE: Trump explains to GOP overlords that so far, he has been “projecting an image,” and will evolve.

*widget boy cultureThis makes perfect sense: Trump should choose Gov. Susan Martinez if he wants to win.

*widget boy cultureBitches be like, “Where were all the Corgis?” Dlisted reminds us what was missing from Queen Elizabeth's 90th.

 
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

A video posted by Zac Efron (@zacefron) on

*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.

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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

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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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Feb 15 2016
1980s Sex Bomb Vanity, Prince Protégée, Dies @ 57 Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2016-02-15 at 8.58.33 PMVanity as seen in a video still from the 1983 music video for “He's So Dull”

Vanity (Denise Matthews), the lead singer of the group Vanity 6 and a close protégée of Prince's in the '80s, has died at 57.

Vanity had battled kidney disease for 20 years, and retired from show biz to devote herself to Evangelical Christianity, in stark contrast with her once provocative persona.

Keep reading for a couple of her eyebrow-raising hits ...

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