Ab-tatted R&B poptart Jason Derulo is named one of People's "Sexiest Man Alive."
Need a refresher course on JW? Two more images of Derulo shirtless from a BBC1 concert in September—plus video of his Lady Gaga-inspired performance two weeks at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Belfast—WHEN YOU JUMP ...
Nicki Minaj and Ricky Martin are the hot pink and motorcycle chic dynamic duo repping MAC Viva Glam 2012. The pop art advert was lensed by David LaChapelle
The $14 lipsticks branded Viva Glam Ricky and Viva Glam Nicki will go on sale in February. As usual, 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit the MAC AIDS Fund. The charity has raised $224 million for HIV/AIDS-related causes since 1994, reports the Daily Mail.
"Barbz, check out my #MACVivaGlam photo w/@ricky_martin on Facebook! Lipstick’s out in Feb–buy 1 save a life!" tweeted Minaj.
The superstars replace Lady Gaga as brand ambassadors. Previous spokespersons have included Fergie, Naomi Campbell, Cyndi Lauper, Mary J Blige and Lil Kim.
Young Norwegians are mourning the death of Ismail Haji Ahmed, a 19-year-old Somali native who was one of 69 young people killed at the July 22nd lakeside massacre at Utoya. Two brothers survived the attack but Ismail did not.
The talented dancer with intense blue eyes was better known as Isma Brown. The "flamboyant" teen appeared on "Norway's Got Talent" and "wore Lady Gaga-inspired outfits", writes the New York Times in a moving obituary.
A tall, spidery 19-year-old, with almond-brown skin and an ever-changing hairdo, Mr. Ahmed injected a flamboyance into this staid Nordic city that was clearly missing on a recent visit.
In a city where ethnic Norwegians and immigrants have only started to become cohesive, Mr. Ahmed, a native of Somalia, would stroll down the streets in Lady Gaga-inspired outfits of his own making, holding impromptu public dance parties with his friends from Norway, Somalia, Bosnia and elsewhere.
“He never touched alcohol, never girls — he just danced,” said Woria Ali Ahmad, another friend. “There is no way to start to describe him. He is too special.”
Mr. Ahmad, 21, was with his friend to the last, he said. Both ran to the water when the shooting started, but the gunman, identified by the police as Anders Behring Breivik, tracked them down. Standing on the bank above them, he sprayed bullets in their direction, killing several girls trying to hide nearby. Both men played dead on the rocky shore, but in Mr. Ahmed’s case the killer did not believe the ruse.
“He aimed and shot him in the head,” said Mr. Ahmad, who went unnoticed behind some rocks. “He died, and I didn’t do anything. I feel guilty.”
Ahmed came to Norway with his family in 2002 at age 10. Ismail eased the racial tensions he encountered through dancing. After his appearances on television, the slain teen was described as a "local celebrity" in his hometown of Hamar, about 80 miles north of Oslo.
A Facebook memorial is HERE. If you have a few minutes, read the full story at NYT. It's very moving.
Earlier this week, former Minnesota Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty expressed his admiration for Lady Gaga "even though she’s a little unusual." The anti-gay Republican presidential candidate admitted that he enjoys her LGBT anthem "Born This Way" but claims that scientists are "in dispute" over a genetic cause of homosexuality.
PAWLENTY: The science in that regard is in dispute. I mean, the scientists work on that and try to figure out if it's behavioral...
GREGORY: What do you think?
PAWLENTY: Well, I defer to the scientists in that regard.
GREGORY: So you, you think it's not a choice. That you are, as Lady Gaga says, you're born that way.
PAWLENTY: There's no scientific conclusion that it's genetic. We don't know that.
There is actually very little "dispute" among health and medical professionals. "All major medical professional organizations agree that sexual orientation is not a choice and cannot be changed, from gay to straight or otherwise," reports Think Progress.
Pawlenty has promised to reinstate 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' if elected president. Pawlenty also vetoed a bill that would have allowed same sex partners the right to make burial decisions
Perhaps Pawlenty believes that promoting his anti-gay credentials will help him in the socially conservative Iowa Republican Straw Poll. Pawlenty has been polling poorly in Iowa and experts believe a poor showing on August 13 could "doom" his presidential campaign.
NBA All Star Weekend begins and Blake Griffin loses a friend to cancer. "When reporters entered the locker room after the [Timberwolves] game, Griffin's [head] was in his hands after receiving a phone call and he was sobbing. Griffin, who is scheduled to compete in the dunk contest on Saturday, did not speak to reporters."
Edmonton: Soldier sentenced to 12 months for punching gay man and bragging about it on Facebook.
Marsha Ambrosius discusses her new album and the fantastic new video for "Far Away". "For two openly gay males—black males at that—to be shown in [that] light was a very surreal moment for many. A point in making the video was to [show] they were happy and in love and open to loving one another in front of whomever, and to establish their relationship outside of what the world thought; they thought the world of each other."
Trial dates for the two Zimbabwe gay activists arrested
and tortured in May: "The dates are 30 June and 1
July. The state appears to have
separated the two based on the premise that Ignatius
be charged for possession of a pornographic DVD and Ellen [Chademana]
Dallas Area Rapid Transit enrages LGBT community by mistakenly stripping away LGBT employment protections. "DART board members [attempted] to give final approval to a policy that purports to
prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of gender identity. But with a
one-word switch in the new language, approved 11-2 in a committee
of the whole meeting Tuesday night, the new policy would in fact
extend no new protections to transgendered employees, gay rights
activists say. What's more, they say it would strip away protections
for gay and lesbian employees found in the existing board policy." Much more at the Dallas Voice.
Washington D.C.-born rapper Wale has reneged on an agreement
to perform at D.C. Black Pride after allegedly
feeling uncomfortable with the gay event, reports Washington Blade and MetroWeekly. Wale was scheduled to headline the May 30 event at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
"Earl Fowlkes, a board member and spokesperson for Black Pride, said organizers were startled this week when they
received two e-mails from Wale’s agent, one saying the rapper had to
cancel due to 'family obligations,' and the second saying he didn’t know
Black Pride was a gay-related event when he agreed to appear. 'We
were clear about what kind of event this is,' Fowlkes told the Blade. 'After doing this for 20 years, we certainly don’t want to put ourselves
and the artist in an uncomfortable situation by not telling them what
we are. We’re Black Gay Pride... We made that very clear.' Fowlkes
said Black Pride officials believe homophobia was the underlying reason
that Wale canceled his appearance. He said Wale’s agent has refunded
an advance fee that Black Pride made to book the rapper, but noted the
group is considering taking legal action for what Fowlkes described as a
breach of contract."
Didn't know "Black Gay Pride" was a gay event? That's original for someone
who grew up in D.C. ...
Born Olubowale Victor Akintimehin in the District to parents who emigrated from Nigeria, Wale rose to fame in 2006 with his track "Dig Dug (Shake It)." The singer is best known for his song ''Chillin''' featuring Lady
Gaga from 2009's Attention Deficit.
Organizers were able to book
D.C.-born singer J. Holiday as a
replacement for Wale. Holiday is one of the relatively few black male R&B singers that are willing to performed at gay events.
The first emails promoting Wale's appearance were sent to Rod 2.0 on Wednesday evening. News of the cancellation came later that day. Sources tell Rod 2.0 that Wale "got cold feet" after the email blast. But the rapper's camp tells MetroWeekly that he was "mislead."
"According to an e-mail from Jesse Kirshbaum, a talent agent representing
Wale, the rapper has canceled 'shows in various markets in May alone
due to his extensive spring touring of over 50 shows in March and
April,' in an effort to record new music and spend time with his
family. Kirshbaum goes on to say Wale...took the date because it was a local Washington
event, but that he was ''mislead.' 'All of the facts of the event were not disclosed with the offer and
therefore, he feels mislead and regretfully declines.'"
Singer and actress Mya—who is very popular in the black gay community—was scheduled to perform June 13 at
Capital Pride festival. She has also canceled due to complications following foot surgery.
While the Wale cancellation is the first in recent memory associated with an official Black Pride event, several club promoters associated with the weekend have a history of promoting talent that was not booked. Several years ago a D.C. club promoted a Patti Labelle appearance that was never booked. And in 2008, Darryl Stephens and Jensen Atwood were the much-hyped headliners at an event that never contacted them.
The London Evening Standard publishes a brilliant fashion editorial and behind-the-scenes interview with Grace Jones. The interview and photo shoot happened after Jones performed her new track "Love You to Life" two weeks ago at Albert Hall.
"Her catering requirements are straight from Central Diva Casting, too: fresh sashimi, Château Laroque St Emilion Grand Cru claret and Fine de Claire oysters from Bibendum. There's a momentary worry among her team (PR, dresser and management adviser) that the oysters come from Wright Brothers, the Borough Market fishmonger that supplies Bibendum restaurant, not from Bibendum itself, as specified. Still, I leave the interview at 2.55am, shattered but charmed. Having arranged these night-owl interview conditions, she then sympathises with me, conspiratorially, as if someone else is responsible for the whole farrago. 'Oh, lucky you, you got some sleep earlier, did you, early bird?' she booms, basso profundo, laying flirtatious, camp emphasis on the last two words, like an Amazonian Kenneth Williams. 'I'm so exhausted.'"
Just don't bring up Lady Gaga.
"The only time she gets irritated by these personal questions is when we get on to Lady Gaga, who wants to perform with Jones. 'It keeps coming. I don't collaborate. You're born alone, you die alone, you get on stage alone. I'm better as a loner. You can collaborate in a film but to collaborate musically is something I don't do very often. I collaborated with Pavarotti because I love him and I could stretch myself and do opera. It's going to add another thing to me. Lady Gaga isn't going to do anything for me; it'll do everything for her. I'm not there to validate anyone; validate yourself.' She is getting worked up now. Am I entering Russell Harty territory? No – she drops into her booming laugh again, puncturing her irritation with self-mockery."
Grace's last words: "It ain't my first time at the rodeo, as Joan Crawford would say."
Tim Bret-Day's fashion editorial is 1980s redux. The iconic singer wears vintage and couture Issey Miyake. And as you probably know, not everyone can pull off Miyake.