Monday, April 24, 2017

Daily Dance: Ballet Men


Dancers Adam Bull, Christopher Rodgers-Wilson, Cameron Hunter and Cristiano Martino of the Australian Ballet talk about the highs and lows of a dance career, the athleticism and the work that goes into developing their beautiful technique.

NY Times Op-Ed: "Time Is Not On The Side Of Gay People" Living In Chechnya

Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov
In an op-ed this morning, the New York Times challenges the Trump administration to provide stronger international leadership regarding the rounding up, torturing and killing of gays in Chechnya.
The crimes in Chechnya have presented the Trump administration with its first major test on this issue on the international stage. Last Monday, Nikki Haley, the American ambassador to the United Nations, issued a strong statement calling for a prompt investigation and accountability for the culprits.

“We are against all forms of discrimination, including against people based on sexual orientation,” Ms. Haley said. “When left unchecked, discrimination and human rights abuses can lead to destabilization and conflict.”

It would be encouraging to see Ms. Haley take on this cause with as much passion and perseverance as her predecessor, Samantha Power. Without American leadership, forging a global consensus that gay rights are human rights will take longer. Time is not on the side of gay people living in terror in places like Chechnya.

Even as reporting shows the situation growing more dire by the day, Chechen and Russian officials continue to deny the horrific events.

Over the weekend it was reported that Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov has hopes to eradicate all gays in his country before Ramadan on May 26.

Web Series: "Daddyhunt The Serial" Season 2


As announced last week, dating app Daddyhunt has released a second season of it's adorable web series - "Daddyhunt the Serial."

The series gives a light-hearted, flirty view into intergenerational dating. Which is a fancy way to frame older and younger guys exploring their attraction to each other.

Cute banter, lots of smiles, and a pre-coital conversation about "old school/new school" dating practices along the way.

Starring Jim Newman, BJ Gruber, David M. Farrington, Michael Snipe Jr & Alan Kelly and Soundtrack by Shirley House.

Watch the four new episodes below. Check out the first season here.

Google Home Commercial Features Two Dads & The Morning Family Routine


Google Home features two dads and their kids getting ready for the day.

The ad announces a new feature - multiple users. So now, Google Home recognizes each member of the family and can keep track of each person's schedule and more, providing a more personal experience.

The spot also shows how practically every family is the same when it comes to the morning routine.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Naked John Cena & Nikki Bella Celebrate 500K YouTube Subscribers


Engaged couple John Cena and Nikki Bella promised to get naked for YouTube if they hit the 500,000 subscriber mark.

And guess what?

Even though John thinks it's "not a good idea" they do fulfill the promise.

However, when John drops his half of the 500,000 sign, things take a turn.

Click to watch below.

Round 1 Of French Presidential Election: Macron 23.7%, Le Pen 21.7%


Via The BBC:

The centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen have won the first round of voting in French presidential elections, projected results say.

Mr Macron won 23.7%, while Ms Le Pen won 21.7%, French TV says.

The two saw off a strong challenge from centre-right François Fillon and the hard-left Jean-Luc Mélenchon, according to the projections.

The pair now face a run-off vote on 7 May.

Most polls show Macron defeating Le Pen in the second round.

Food for thought: if we elected our president by popular vote, as in France, we would have President Hillary Clinton.

Las Vegas: AIDSWalk 2017 For AFAN

Time to walk!

I got a late start blogging today as I joined thousands of folks including Las Vegas headliners Tyson Beckford, the Chippendales, Human Nature, Melody Sweet (Absinthe), Carrot Top plus Congressman Ruben Kihuen and Coco Montrese (RuPaul's Drag Race) for the 2017 AIDSWalk which benefits AFAN (Aid for AIDS Nevada).

Penn & Teller again served as Grand Marshals for the annual event.

Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) was founded in 1984 and is the oldest and largest AIDS service organization in the state of Nevada.

Gorgeous day, gorgeous people, and a gorgeous goal - to help those affected by HIV/AIDS.

The Chippendales with current Celebrity Host Tyson Beckford

Human Nature revved everyone up with some tunes

The Chippendales, Penn & Teller, Carrot Top and Tyson Beckford

Broadway in the Hood sang from Dear Evan Hansen and RENT

In case you ever wondered how short I really am.
From L-R: James Davis, Tyson Beckford, me, RK Kelsey, Okewa Garrett

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Trump Wall 2.0 - Mexico Will "Eventually" Pay For Wall "In Some Form"


Donald Trump repeated over and over and over during the campaign that he would build a "big, beautiful wall" on the US/Mexico border, and Mexico would pay for it.

Welcome now to Trump Wall 2.0 where, according to a presidential tweet this morning, Mexico will "eventually" pay for the wall "in some form."

Got it?

#liar

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Erin Moran of HAPPY DAYS Fame Dead At 56


TMZ is reporting that Erin Moran, of "Happy Days" and "Joanie Loves Chachi" fame, has died.

She was 56.

Authorities in Indiana received a call just after 4 PM today from someone reporting an "unresponsive female." When emergency crews arrived, Moran was apparently already dead.

Moran shot to spotlight in the early 70s when she was cast on "Happy Days" as Joanie, the younger sister of Ron Howard's character. She continued the role in 1982 alongside Scott Baio in "Joanie Loves Chachi" but the show only lasted one season.

Erin had a tough time after her "Happy Days" stardom ... a combination of drinking and bizarre behavior that eventually landed her in a trailer park in Indiana. She had run out of money and was reportedly kicked out of the mobile home she shared with husband Steve Fleischmann.

Podcast: Tony & Grammy Award Winner Billy Porter Talks "The Soul Of Richard Rodgers"


On the latest The Randy Report podcast, Tony and Grammy Award winner Billy Porter talks about his new album - Billy Porter presents The Soul of Richard Rodgers.

The collection features new, soulful takes on classic Richard Rodgers songs from Broadway musicals including Oklahoma!, The Sound of Music, Babes in Arms, South Pacific, and The King and I, with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and Lorenz Hart.

Billy is the very picture of a passionate Renaissance man - actor, recording artist, director, playwright and activist.

Broadway credits include Miss Saigon, Five Guys Named Moe, Grease, and Smokey Joe’s Cafe. He won the Tony Award, as well as the Grammy, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for his groundbreaking performance of “Lola” in Kinky Boots. That was followed by joining the all-star line up for Shuffle Along.

Film and television credits include Barry Levinson’s "The Humbling" opposite Al Pacino, Sundance Film Festival features "The Broken Hearts Club" and "Intern," "Noel" (with Susan Sarandon and Robin Williams), "Shake Rattle & Roll" as Little Richard, "Another World," "Twisted," "Law & Order," "Law & Order: SVU," "The Tonight Show" and more.

In 2014, Primary Stages presented the highly successful World Premiere of While I Yet Live, Porter’s autobiographical play at off Broadway’s Duke Theater.

Hit play below to listen as Billy explains the inspiration for the new album and much, much more :)

Billy Porter presents The Soul of Richard Rodgers is available now at all digital download outlets.

Opening Night: Magic Mike Live In Las Vegas

Cast of MAGIC MIKE LIVE LAS VEGAS Performs at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
All photos: Erik Kabik (ErikKabik.com)

Had some feisty fun at the official opening night of Channing Tatum's Magic Mike Live last night at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino here in Las Vegas.

Channing Tatum and wife, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, were in attendance having a great time. After the show, Tatum shared a few words with the packed venue, thanking the crowd and friends and family in attendance for joining the cast and creative team for their highly-anticipated opening night performance.

Lots of quick, slick and athletic moves from the good looking MML men. Very much in the same vein as the numbers in the two Magic Mike movies.

From the press release:

Conceived by Channing Tatum and co-directed by Tatum and film franchise choreographer Alison Faulk, the show features sexy and daring themed dance and strip routines punctuated by one of a kind acts from a wildly diverse cast of performers.

There's been some talk of Magic Mike Live "reinventing" the male revue, which I'm not so sure is completely accurate.

For the folks who've taken to comparing the new show with long running Chippendales or Thunder from Down Under, I would say this just a different "flavor" of male revue.

Comparing this new show to the other long-running strip shows is kind of like comparing Broadway's Hamilton, Spring Awakening and Chicago the Musical. All have their own "edge," and all won a lot of awards.

Having seen all three of the shows, I can tell you this - no one leaves any of them not having had a great time :)

Magic Mike Live is definitely fun, high energy. Less skin than you see in other shows; lots of shirtless guys dancing in jeans. If you're looking for a bit more "exposure" than that, you might want to check out the other shows.

The only misstep for me is the hostess for the evening. She's lovely and fun, and acts as a narrative device. But it seems like we see a lot of her. And her talking to the audience goes on a bit long. I'd just edit a bit.

Check out some video below I took along with pics by Erik Kabik (ErikKabik.com).

Welcome to Las Vegas, Magic Mike Live! Lots of room for everyone!


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Cast of MAGIC MIKE LIVE LAS VEGAS Performs at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino



Jackson Williams Performs 'air seduction' in MAGIC MIKE LIVE LAS VEGAS

Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum Attend Opening Night of MAGIC MIKE LIVE LAS VEGAS

Requisite poorly lit selfie with hubby Michael and Channing Tatum

Trump Announces Pennsylvania Rally To Compete With White House Correspondents Dinner


Donald Trump shared via Twitter (where else?) that he will hold a rally in Pennsylvania next Saturday, April 29.

That just happens to be the same night as the White House Correspondents Dinner that Trump has previously announced he will not be attending.


From The Hollywood Reporter:

"I am not a hypocrite. And I haven't been treated properly, and that's OK, that's fine," Trump previously said of his historic decision. White House staff announced last month they will also be skipping the dinner "out of solidarity."

But the president isn't the only one who will be offering counter programming on April 29. TBS' Samantha Bee, whose Full Frontal has been skewering Trump since the 2016 election, will also be holding her own event, "Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner," at the Willard Hotel in the Washington. The event will raise funds to support the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Trump will be the first president to miss the annual dinner, which raises money for journalism scholarships, since President Ronald Reagan.

Of course, Reagan had an excellent reason for skipping the event in that he was recuperating from having been shot by a mad man.

Stephen Colbert Nails Parody Of Alex Jones As "Tuck Buckford"


Who says Alex Jones of Info Wars is unstable? Other than his ex-wife who's suing him in court?

He's just like you and me.

Well, maybe he's just like Stephen Colbert's character "Tuck Buckford."

I've never really gotten the appeal of Mr. Jones - he just rants and rants and rants, and somehow that's how folks want to get their news?

"Tuck's" explanation for the Tooth Fairy is so spot-on Jones, I literally laughed out loud.

Watch below.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Newsweek: Aaron Hernandez Committed Suicide Over Secret Bisexual Life


I'd seen reports earlier today about this theory, but ignored them thinking they were just salacious, tabloid tales.

But when Newsweek is reporting, you sit up and take notice.

He [Hernandez] was convicted in April 2015 for shooting and killing his friend, Odin Lloyd, seemingly without motive. But interviews with multiple law enforcement officials directly involved in the case say Lloyd—a semipro football player who was dating Hernandez’s fiance’s sister at the time—had information the football star did not want out: that he was bisexual.

One of the notes left by Hernandez was to his prison boyfriend, who is now on 24/7 suicide watch, multiple law enforcement sources confirm. Hernandez’s sexuality would, of course, not be relevant save for the fact that an intimate relationship he allegedly had with a male former high school classmate was at the center of the investigation into Lloyd’s murder.

Ernest Wallace, a co-defendant in the Lloyd murder case, told detectives the victim had called Hernandez a “schmoocher,” which was taken by Hernandez and his companions as a gay slur.

Wallace was also recorded saying during a jailhouse visit with Tanya Singleton, Hernandez’s cousin, that he would not have helped Hernandez get rid of the murder weapon—a crime for which he is now serving a 4½-to-7 year sentence on accessory to murder charges—if he had known Hernandez was a “limp wrist,” multiple sources say.

News Round-Up: April 21, 2017


Some news items you may have missed:

• Fitness model Nick Sandell (above) is giving you serious "seriousness."

•Xavier Jugelé, the French police officer murdered last night in an apparent terrorist attack on Paris's Champs-Élysées was a member of Flag, an organization for LGBT police officers in France, and a local hero to his community.

• Intelligence gathered by the FBI last summer suggests that Russian operatives attempted to use Trump advisers, like Carter Page, to infiltrate the Trump campaign.

• After meeting with President Ramzan Kadyrov of Chechnya, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that reports of gay men being rounded up, tortured and killed in the Chechen nation are unfounded.

• With little to show for his first 100 days as prez, Donald Trump is pushing for another run at health care reform. A new amendment to proposed legislation would undermine Obamacare's existing conditions mandate.

• Caitlyn Jenner, who voted for President Trump, now says she's breaking with the Trumpster in a new 20/20 interview airing on ABC tonight. She's so over Trump she won't even play golf with the prez. Watch below.

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