London 2012 Olympics torch will come to Peterborough—the hometown of bronze medalist and pommel horse hotness Louis Smith. An 80-year-old resident who "carried the torch [in] the 1948 London Olympics" may pass it on to the gymnast.
Software manufacturer to remove filters that block LGBT content "in thousands of public schools."
Connecticut House approves transgender anti-discrimination bill 77-62.
Transgender basketball player Kye Allums will no longer play for the George Washington women's basketball team. "'I alone came to this conclusion,' Allums said in a statement released by the university, 'and I thank the athletic department for respecting my wishes.' ... He told the AP in March that he suffered a total of eight concussions, was having memory problems and was unsure whether he would be cleared medically to play his senior season."
Beyoncé's highly-anticipated music video for "Run the World (Girls)" debuted last night during American Idol. The Francis Lawrence-directed feature presents an über-stylish Beyonce leading a post-apocalyptic army of fashionistas.
Meh on the track. Perfect tens for the high-fashion looks from Givenchy, Pucci, Gaultier and especially the 1960s-inspired Gareth Pugh metallic number and beehive. Watch it WHEN YOU JUMP ...
Usher said Friday he's "sincerely troubled" to learn he appeared at a concert in St. Bart's linked to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's family and plans donate his concert fee to human rights organizations. Usher did not perform but was paid to appear at the private concert featuring Beyonce in 2009.
"I am sincerely troubled to learn about the circumstances surrounding the Nikki Beach St. Bart's event that took place on New Year's Eve 2009, " he said in a statement released to The Associated Press. "I will be donating all of my personal proceeds from that event to various human rights organizations."
The statement said Usher made a contribution Friday to Amnesty International, which the organization confirmed. The group said Usher requested the donation amount be private.
Earlier this week, Beyonce and Nelly Furtado renounced their performances at private concerts for the Gadhafi family. The Libyan leaders are responsible for the deaths of thousands of civilians in Libya, where entire cities and provinces are revolting against the dictatorship. The entertainers have promised to give their fees to charity or said they have already done so.
Carey said she was unaware of whom she was performing for and "embarrassed." She announced she will donate royalties for the song "Save the Day," which she has written for her upcoming album, to charities that create awareness for human-rights issues.
Beyonce gave the money away as soon as she learned of Mr Gaddafi's connection to the concert at a private party on the Caribbean island of St Barts on December 31, 2009, spokeswoman Yvette Noel-Schure said.
"All monies paid to Beyonce for her performance at a private party at Nikki Beach St Barts on New Year's Eve 2009... were donated to the earthquake relief efforts in Haiti over a year ago," she said. "Once it became known the third party promoter was linked to the (Gaddafi) family, the decision was made to put that payment to a good cause."
Excellent decisions by Furtado and Beyoncé, who obviously do not want their brands associated with the carnage in Libya. And continued silence from Usher, Mariah Carey, 50 Cent and others who were also paid millions to entertain the blood-thirsty Libyan leader ... responsible for ordering soldiers to spray unarmed civilian crowds with machine guns and helicopter and bomber strikes against civilian targets, among other atrocities.
Speak now or possibly be forced to testify in a war crimes trial. The International Criminal Court in The Hague announced today that it will investigate Gadhafi, his sons, key aides for crimes against humanity.
Those celebrities' position has become even more tenuous: The United Nations has referred Mutassim Gadhafi, his brothers and Col. Muammar Gadhafi to the International Criminal Court in The Hague for war crimes.
Music industry sources acknowledge most artists are "probably not" told exactly who pays for many of these extravagant private parties ... but most do not care. Metallica agent Dennis Arfa tells Rolling Stone, "Not every artist is a humanitarian. In more cases than not, for people, greed rules."
Beyoncé, Usher and Mariah Carey were paid millions to perform for Mutassim Gadhafi. The son of Col. Muammar Gadhafi and the Libyan national security adviser believed to be coordinating the bloody crackdown that has killed hundreds this week.
That according to confidential State Dept cables leaked by WikiLeaks and published by the New York Times. The intelligence describes the Gadhafi sons as ruthless, "hard-partying, womanizing" and obscenely extravagant, spending millions in petrodollars as the country starves and heads into a bloody civil war.
After New Year’s Day 2009, Western media reported that Seif al-Islam el-Qaddafi, a son of the Libyan leader Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, had paid Mariah Carey $1 million to sing just four songs at a bash on the Caribbean island of St. Barts.
Seif indignantly denied the report — the big spender, he said, was his brother, Muatassim, Libya’s national security adviser, according to an American diplomatic cable from the capital, Tripoli. It was Muatassim, too, the cable said, who had demanded $1.2 billion in 2008 from the chairman of Libya’s national oil corporation, reportedly to establish his own militia. That would let him keep up with yet another brother, Khamis, commander of a special-forces group that "effectively serves as a regime protection unit." [...]
A year ago, a cable reported that proliferating scandals had sent the clan into a "tailspin" and “provided local observers with enough dirt for a Libyan soap opera." Muatassim had repeated his St. Barts New Year’s fest, this time hiring the pop singers Beyoncé and Usher. An unnamed "local political observer" in Tripoli told American diplomats that Muatassim’s "carousing and extravagance angered some locals, who viewed his activities as impious and embarrassing to the nation."
Days before the 2010 concert, another brother, Hannibal, fled London after being accused of brutally abusing his wife. Libyan diplomat advised the wife to tell "police that she had been hurt in an 'accident'," cables show.
Only two years before in 2008, Hannibal and his wife were arrested in Geneva for allegedly beating several servants at a luxury hotel. The Gadhafi were released two days later but the Libyan leader was "so enraged by his son's two-day detention" that he "had two Swiss businessmen arrested, cancelled most flights between the two states and withdrew about $5bn from his Swiss bank accounts," reports The Guardian.
Why should pop stars care if they're partying with dictators who order soldiers to spray crowds of unarmed people with machine guns? "They're getting paid," right?
Janet Jackson and reputed billionaire BF Wissam Al Mana spotted in New York City.
Miami appeals court rules 3-0 that Florida's ban on gay adoptions was unconstitutional. "The ruling challenged the state's 33-year-old law banning adoption for
gay men and lesbians and will allow Frank Martin Gill
to remain the parent of his two foster sons, whom he and his longtime
partner adopted in 2009," FOX Orlando reports. Florida Gov. Charlie Crist will immediately stop enforcing the state's ban on gay adoption.
New Beyoncé track to be released in 3 weeks? ""F*cking insane!" tweeted producer Los Da Mystro, who developed B's hit "Single Ladies" with his production partner Tricky Stewart. "All i can say i Ladies yall got another Anthem!"
Towleroad posts a first-hand account of the former RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman's New York City fundraiser for the legal team challenging Prop 8. "The crowd was a diverse mix of Wall Street titans, Republican
establishment figures, LGBT community advocates and politicos (partial
list below after the jump). Barbara Bush, President George W. Bush's
daughter attended the event—which was a surprise to people in the
room." The event raised $1.2 million.