Club Turk Baths, "one of San Francisco’s first gay bathhouses as well as
one of its last", soon to become a doggy day-care hotel.
Wanted: Ebonics translators. The Drug Enforcement Agency is looking to "hire 9 translators fluent in 'ebonics' to help monitor, transcribe and translate conversations recorded in drug investigations." No shitznit?
Towleroad posts a thoughtful interview with John Amaechi, who reflects on coming out after leaving the NBA. "I keep in touch with some [players], most don’t keep in touch and made it clear that they didn’t want people to think they were gay, some are gay and think I am too under [much] scrutiny to be associated with without the risk that they are outed." Amaechi was also asked if he ever had any kind of relationship with a NBA player. Amaechi responded: "Not romantic."
British actor Idris Elba covers the current Uptown. Haitian photographer Marc Baptiste lenses a luxe but predictable music video style editorial. BTW, Baptiste is the photographer at the center of the nude picture scandal surrounding Wyclef Jean's former manager.
Elba was most recently seen opposite Beyonce in "Obsessed" and is now executive producing a new legal drama for NBC. He's also DJing and his CD "High Class Problems Vol I" just dropped in the UK. In the editorial, the actor continues the recent editorial trend of Lanvin, Gucci and D&G. The cover and another image WHEN YOU JUMP ...
During last night's opening ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, "We Are the World: 25 For Haiti" made its premiere to millions around the globe. It's the updated version of the 1985 charity single that will benefit relief efforts in earthquake-stricken Haiti. More info here.
The new version of "We Are the World" has a completely different cast than its predecessor. Only a digitized version of the late Michael Jackson remains, with his sister Janet singing along to his vocal tracks from the original. The sound is ... current and unfortunately most of the singers voices are Auto-Tuned. One of the highlights: Nicole Scherzinger and Jennifer Hudson harmonize and then J-Hud delivers a powerhouse performance on the verses originally performed by Stevie Wonder.
More than 80 artists participated. Jamie Foxx continues to channel the late Ray Charles, who was at the session 25 years ago. LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, Kanye West and Mary J. Blige have solos. Lil Wayne and Vince Vaughn (srsly) make appearances, too.
The track was never one of my favorite songs in the 80s and this version still doesn't terribly impress me. But anything to help raise money or awareness for Haiti is a good thing. Love to hear your thoughts. Watch the version that debuted last night WHEN YOU JUMP ...
Haiti already has very high rates of tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, viral and respiratory disease. Many thousands will have no access to life-saving medications.
The U.S. State Department Operations Center has set up the following number for Americans seeking information about family members in Haiti: 1.888.407.4747.
Wyclef Jean has issued an urgent pleas to help his struggling homeland. Writing at his website, the popular singer and producer said: "Haiti today faced a natural disaster of unprecedented proportion, an earthquake unlike anything the country has ever experienced. I cannot stress enough what a human disaster this is, and idle hands will only make this tragedy worse. The over 2 million people in Port-au-Prince tonight face catastrophe alone. We must act now."
How you can help: Use your cell phone right now to help via texting:
Text "HAITI" to 90999 to donate $10 (American Red Cross).
• Donate via the American Red Cross new LGBT donation site HERE. The program was created by the gay-owned Olivia, Atlantis and RSVP cruise lines to track LGBT donations.
• Or go to Redcross.org and click Donate or call (800) REDCROSS.