Author and retired activist Keith Boykin will be accepting submissions until July 20th for a forthcoming anthology: For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Still Not Enough. According to Boykin, the project was inspired by "young Black gay men literally committing suicide in the silence of their own communities."
Boykin told Rod 2.0 :
"The immediate inspiration for the book was your web site. As you know, I've retired from black gay activism, I'm not as involved as I used to be and your web site is the first place I go to find out news about our community. Then last fall I remember seeing all those sad articles on your site about young black gay men who were committing suicide, and I was concerned that those stories weren't getting as much attention as other stories in the mainstream media. That's when I sent off an email to Don Weise, the publisher at Magnus Books, suggesting that he should get somebody to do an inspirational book for black gay men in light of all the suicides going on.
Since we announced the book on Thursday, we've already been flooded with submissions. I can tell this is going to be a lot of hard work figuring out what to include, but I think it's going to be an amazing book, and probably the most important book I've ever done."
I am loving this idea. So often our experiences as black and latino gay/bisexual men are ignored or dismissed as irrelevant in the larger black and Hispanic communities. This book could inspire and save so many lives. To learn more about the project and the submission guidelines, click HERE.
It took two years, five advance tracks and an oh-no-she-didn’t Madonna-related backlash, but Lady Gaga’s Born This Way has finally(officially at least) been unleashed on the world. Whereas her debut smash The Fame and the follow up EP The Fame Monster dealt with the upside and dark underbelly of celebrity, Born This Way deals in identity, religious metaphors, individuality and letting your freak flag (or in this case little monster) fly.
Born This Way was recorded on the road, and it definitely shows in the album’s frantic pace. Opener “Marry The Night” starts both the four-on-floor party and the grandiose declarations, with Gaga singing “I won’t give up on my life/I’m a warrior queen/Live passionately tonight.” “Hair” manages to wring new life out of the age old follicles-as-freedom metaphor, while “Bad Kids” self-deprecating pronouncements of “I’m a brat/I’m a jerk” sound a like a brighter version of Marilyn Manson’s “Disposable Teens.”
Club-ready bangers “Born This Way” and “Judas” may not have been earth-shattering singles, but they sound a lot better when played in the context of the album. The latter takes a lyrical detour from self-empowerment to metaphors for bad love and betrayal. Religious figures and imagery pop up through much of the album. While The Material Girl may have once kissed a black Jesus (well a saint actually, but work with me people!) Gaga tells him to work the runway in the name of compassion on “Black Jesus/Amen Fashion” while in “Bloody Mary” she plays the martyr, ready to die for love just like JC.
Fashion, faith, love and sex all bleed together on tracks like dance-rocker “Electric Chapel” the aforementioned “Marry The Night” and the giddy, mechanical pop of “Fashion Of His Love.” Musically the album continually looks back to the 80′s. There’s the obvious “Express Yourself”-rip of the title track, while the bombastic drums on “Hair” recall Pat Benatar’s “We Belong.” Meanwhile E. Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons gives Gaga her Springsteen fix on closing track “Edge Of Glory.” "Scheibe” works itself into an early 90′s house frenzy, providing a burst of mindless fun.
The relentless, sledgehammer style can get excessive, to the point where mid-tempo cuts like “Bloody Mary,” with its Gregorian “Ga Ga” chants, feel like taking a gasp of air before plunging back into the abyss of pummeling drums, floor-rattling bass and razor sharp synths. The bigger-is-better approach doesn’t always work: “Americano” comes off as Latin music-by-numbers despite tackling the topic of immigration, and all the stuttering synths and raunchy come-ons in the world can’t help “Government Hooker” and “Heavy Metal Lover” (“Put your hands on me/John F. Kennedy” in the former, “I want your whiskey mouth/All over my blond south" in the latter) rise above catchy but average dance pop. “Highway Unicorn (Road To Love)” probably sounded good on paper, but gets crushed under the weight of its own ambition.
Ironically, Born This Way is at its most emotionally resonant when Gaga slows the tempo and tones down the zaniness, as she does (albeit slightly) on the last three tracks. “The Queen” starts off as a rock-tinged rafter raiser before switching to a 50′s style pop romp. Gaga gets full-on lovestruck on piano-power ballad “You And I,” leading to the pure pop adrenaline rush of “Edge of Glory,” an ode to the singer’s late grandfather.
Perhaps now that she’s conquered clubland, Gaga will strip things down and pull back the curtain to explore new territory.
Apparently this girl (yes an actual girl) was less than impressed with Beyonce's "Run The World (Girls)" and spends about 5 minutes laying out the reasons why. It's an entertaining video, regardless of whether you agree with her points (her one about how Bey, deals with the fact her husband has written songs like "Money, Cash, Hoes" was particularly provocative. Watch and discuss below.
Listen to this hilarious (but insanely catchy) electro track railing against the pressures of "playing house and making babies" (snaps for childless by choice:) from Miami-based dance duo Afrobeta. The video's pretty cool too.
This clip was particularly touching. ABC conducted their regular "What Would You Do?" segment by seeing how patrons would react when a waitress harassed a lesbian couple and their children (they're all actors by the way) at a Texas restaraunt. I'll admit that I was pleasantly surprised when many of the fellow diners stood up for the two women, especially one man named Donovan.
Unfortunately my suspicion that the situation would be different if it were two men with children was confirmed slightly, but people still came to their defense as well. The clip also challenges some common-held assumptions about tolerance for gay parents in liberal and conservative states.
Feeling let down that you weren't caught up in the Rapture last Saturday (or that the people on your "Rapture List" weren't)? Have no fear, because according the deluded infamous doomsday prophet Harold Camping, the new date at which we will all meeting our agonizing desctruction is October 21, 2011, less than five months from now. Whew, a month later and I would've had a very eventful birthday to say the least.
According Camp, the Rapture did take place Saturday, but only in the spiritual sense (hmmmm, like many religious scholars say such things (i.e most of Revelations) are intended to be interpreted? I'm just sayin!).
"The whole world is under Judgment Day and it will continue right up until Oct. 21, 2011 and by that time the whole world will be destroyed," said Camping. Not only did he delay the date of Doomsday, Camping did not admit to his mistake about the May 21 date. He claimed that Rapture did happen, but only in a spiritual sense.
"On May 21, this last weekend, this is where the spiritual aspect of it really comes through. God again brought judgment on the world. We didn’t see any difference but God brought Judgment Day to bear upon the whole world."
And what encouraging, empathetic words did Camping have to say to all the would be Raptured? You know, the ones who spent the life savings and quit their jobs and such, including a woman who is pregnant with their second child?
“They should have relied on God and not me,” Camping said. "Family Radio is not in the business of financial advice....They should turn to God and pray."
Damned if you do and damned (to hell) if you don't. Fools like Camping demand total blind obedience from their followers, and when they comply and things don't work out (as they always do with these charismatic types) blame is cast on them. Read the rest of the article here.
Doing a stylistic 180 from the jittery delirium of first single "Run The World (Girls)," Beyonce slows things down a bit for the new track "Till The End Of Time," rumored to be included on her new album 4. While still traveling in the same electronic-meets-organic instrumentation vein of "Girls," the song takes a slinky, sexier approach than its predecessor.
Starting with pounding tom-tom drums, a the track expands into a midtemp, old school house groove, with flourishes of horns shimmying over a rolling bass line. Bey's rapid-fire vocals are still intact but sound more at ease this time around. The whole thing comes off ten times better than her previous release. I pray this is will be the second single and video. Listen HERE.
Oops, guess not! Although another doomsday prediction has bit the dust, that doesn't mean we can't have a soundtrack to the aborted apocalyspe. In any event, if people were going to raptured up to meet Jehovah (not to be confused with Hova), why not have Ms. Anita serenade them smoothly as they begin their journey into the light. Mayans, your're up next. Listen below.
More than 50 prominent black and latino leaders signed a letter in support of same-sex marriage. According to The Advocate, New Yorkers United For Marriage, a bipartisan coalition of five LGBT organizations, is workign with Gov. Andrew Cuomo to the pass the marriage equality bill withing the next month. The organization also released an open letter to officials and community leaders.
“What we learned from the civil rights movement to end racial discrimination informs our fight to end other discrimination based on who you are. It is a bedrock American value that all are created equal. Our laws must reflect that core belief,” wrote the leaders.
“This fight is not just about legal rights. It is about our brothers and sisters, our uncles and cousins, our neighbors and co-workers,” they continued. “It is about the strong families and communities which we ourselves cherish. Why should we rob others of the joys andblessings – and protections – of one of the most valued institutions in our society?”
A new Siena College Research poll suggests that while African Americans are settling in opposition to same-sex marriage, Latino support maybe increasing. According to the poll, 44% of African-American voters support “making same sex marriages legal in New York State,” compared to 52% opposed, and 4% undecided. Last month, a Siena poll indicated that 46% of African-American voters supported making same-sex marriage legal, 45% opposed the possibility, and 9% were undecided.
Among Latinos in New York, the findings suggested that some formerly opposed voters have moved to an undecided position. In the new poll, 55% supported making same-sex marriage legal, 41% opposed it, and 4% were undecided. In April, the Siena survey found that 54% of Latino voters supported making same-sex marriage legal, 45% were opposed, and 1% were undecided.
Madonna and Beyonce on Oprah's last show? I think I may explode into a big burst of rainbow:). From the shots I've seen, it looks Bey will be performing as well. Madge and the Big O have come a long way from when Madonna dissed her in Truth Or Dare. But I guess at some point even Madonna had to bow to the merciless power of Oprah. And she is working that 30's music star glam look. Okay, enough stan talk. View a few pics below.
Don't act like you didn't love this (and many other Spice Girl songs) back in the day. Honestly I'm surprised so many of their songs hold up when I listen back to them now. I guess disposable pop isn't always so disposable. But this R&B-style track was definitely one of my favs. I planned to post this last week, but Blogger was in the clutches of darkness. Watch below:
CNN anchor Don Lemon has come out in his new memoir Transparent. I particularly like this quote he gave in an interview with the New York Times:
“It’s quite different for an African-American male,” he said. “It’s about the worst thing you can be in black culture. You’re taught you have to be a man; you have to be masculine. In the black community they think you can pray the gay away.” He said he believed the negative reaction to male homosexuality had to do with the history of discrimination that still affects many black Americans, as well as the attitudes of some black women.
“You’re afraid that black women will say the same things they do about how black men should be dating black women.” He added, “I guess this makes me a double minority now.”
Lemon says he knows his coming out will cause speculation about other TV personalities (What's up Anderson:), and says he wishes everyone could be out.
“I think it would be great if everybody could be out,” he said. “But it’s such a personal choice. People have to do it at their own speed. I respect that. I do have to say that the more people who come out, the better it is for everyone, certainly for the Tyler Clementis of the world.”
“I think if I had seen more people like me who are out and proud, it wouldn’t have taken me 45 years to say it.”
Being that there are so few openly gay journalists (let alone black gay ones) this is great news. The fact that Lemon is a high profile figure will further breakdown people's stereotypes about black gays and increase visibility. I've never clocked his tea, but I'm not shocked either, if that's makes any sense. And 45? I've got to learn his skin regimen lol.
*Warning-for those who are unnerved by discussions dealing with bodily functions, do not read the following post. For those willing to read with repulsed fascination, CONTINUE!
While I haven't been in the working world for a long time (6-7 years at the most) I thought at this point I'd worked at enough fast food/warehouses/supermarkets/convenience stores to witness the worst customer etiquette has to offer. People pouring up Hennesy in the parking lot, customers holding crack pipes in the drive-thru window (while purchasing a Happy Meal), detailed dissertations on how wet lips are needed for good blowjobs in the checkout line--I've seen it, heard it and clutched the pearls at it all. But what happened today could stun even the most hardened of customer service associates.
The incident occured this morning during the weekend shift at my part-time gig. Basically my job is to sweep, mop, collect shopping carts and make sure the store is clean. Anyway, I'd just finished tidying up the break room when I heard two female employees complaining about an awful smell. Since they were nearby the women's restoom and I had already cleaned both bathrooms, I figured a customer was in there tearing the toilet a new one (no judgment!) and the odor would disappear after a few courtesy flushes. But to no avail.
I grabbed the dust mop and began my periodic sweep through the store when another associate on the phone stopped me. At first I thought he was asking where another Kevin, who worked in that section of the store was. I went out into the aisle to look for him, thinking he was putting up merchandise or something. But he was actually trying to page me.
"NO," he said, with a slight I-can't-believe-it-either grin on his face. "Somebody took a shit in the aisle!" I must've blacked out or spontaneously went deaf, because he had to say again before I took a look. There was no way that I heard correctly. I took a careful step out into the aisle and there it was: right near the washing machines sitting like an extra light brown Hershey Kiss was a pile of crap. And not just one pile: there was an entire happy trail of mini-Kisses leading down the aisle!
Other associates gathered around in a mutual WTF moment. As the manager mumbled phrases like "nasty ass people," with the vitriol of a pissed Sunday school teacher, they seemed to take a delusional detour, trying to convince themselves it was really dirt, mud or a product that spilled out. But one whiff knocked everyone back into horrible reality. As I turned to walk to get cleaning materials the manager yelled out "Are you going to get a broom?"
My first thought was "FUCK that SHIT! (literally and figuratively). Have the bastard that pooped it scoop it!" (Unbeknownest to me the offender was still in the bathroom at the time. Yes a grown-ass man was responsible for busting out brown betties in the middle of an aisle!). But I simply nodded and went to the supply closet. It is my job after all. With mop in hand and bearings firmly in check, I ignored the "Damn homie/It sucks to be you right now (more like shitty:)" looks from co-workers and handled business. As far as I know no other customers saw that shit. Otherwise it would've really hit the fan.
Just when it looked like the four sexual coercion lawsuits against mega church pastor Eddie Long would be settled out of court, Judge Johnny Panos says he is now preparing for a trial in the fall. According to WSBTV"Panos said he is preparing for a trial in August or September. He wouldn't say why he no longer believes the two sides are close to a settlement...Bishop Long's spokesperson would only say there is nothing to report when asked about a settlement in the case. Attorneys for both sides did not return phone calls seeking a comment."
In case you forgot, Ms. Long has been charged with coercing the four young men--Jamal Parris, Anthony Flagg, Maurice Robinson and Spencer LaGrande--into sexual relationships and using church funds to buy them cars, clothes, jewelry and cash. Time to throw those five rocks you were bleating about Bishop.
For a recap of Eddie Long coverage (lol, look at me sounding all CNN:) click HERE.
I was inspired by this over at Toddy English's blog (who in turn was inspired by fellow blogger Wonderman) and figured I'd fill ya'll in on what's been going on with me.
1) I got a raise at my job! Well my full-time gig that is (I still work part-time at another place on the weekends). Granted it wasn't a huge jump in pay, but every bit helps when gas is almost four dollars.
2) I plan to start working out again soon. When I was in college I went to gym three times a week and packed quite a bit of lean muscle (I was actually underweight as a freshman), and indulged in protein shakes and the like. Joining a gym might not be option--gas is almost four dollars after all--so I'll probably buy a P90X workout DVD and call it a day. I'll probably skip the protein shakes as well, to save money and since my metabolism has slowed a bit now:).
3) Over the next few weeks I'm going to buy a drum machine, get my guitar out of the pawn shop, get a guitar amp and create some dance/pop/R&B type tracks. I'm not trying to be the next Quincy Jones or Timbaland, but it'll be fun making music. When I have about 4 or 5 finished tracks, I'll upload them on Bandcamp or Myspace.
4) For those not in the know, I also have another blog, Indies And The Underground, that profiles up and coming artists, post interviews, remixes and general music news. I'm currently in the process of merging my blog with another site called The Truth About Music. I have my own page on the site and have total creative control over what I post. Hopefully this will increase my readership and my revenue. Take a look here.
5) I've been working on two books off and on. This is actually been going on for several months, but I was afraid to mention it because I didn't want to look like I was jumping on the *speaks in snobbish upper crust accent* "I'm writing a novel" bandwagon. One story is about a college senior named Derrick, who is out gay atheist on campus but has yet to come out to his family back home. Other characters include a trans woman named Sharise who is estranged from her family, and another gay character named Marcus who has his own issues. Basically it deals with homophobia, relationships, religion, sexuality, transphobia, family and a bunch of other touchy issues.
The other story is a fantasy-based theme set in the world of Escencia. The heroine's name is Nioma Maxwell, a former princess who runs away with other rebels after they carry out an assassination of Emmanuel, a ruthless king that turned the former paradise into a war-torn wasteland. After his death the people descend into a state of misery, superstition and fear, and out of these emotions and dire atmosphere another character, Magus Daivat, is born. He seduces the people into giving him their "essence(i.e life force, humanity) in exchange for eternal life. The people unwittingly become his slaves and the world is transformed into a place where choice and free will are mere illusions. However in sucking humanity dry Daivat unknowingly creates a counterpart named Kidara, who is full of all the sensuality, intellectual curiosity, rebellion and creativity that Daivat seeks to stamp out. Nioma and the other defectors, known as The Omega Squad, believe she is the key to overthrowing him. It tackles some of the same subjects as the other story-in-progress--religion, sexuality, gender,politics--but does it in more subversive fashion. I may post an excerpt or two from each, just so I can get some feedback.
Anywho, that's what's going on in my little fish tank right now. And five points to whoever can guess where the post title comes from (it's too easy lol:).
Pretty much the only reason I kept watching wrestling during my high school/early college days (The Rock being the main reason during middle school--don't worry Dwayne, you next!). The first time I saw this super buff specimen was when I was about 16. Cena had just changed his image to the hip hop version of Stone Cold Steve Austin (Austin 3:16 lol)/updated Marky Mark, and was doing some vulgar rap about Stephanie McMahon. I remember thinking Who..Is....THAT?
I instantly became a Chain Gang groupie lol. Beside tuning in every week, I bought almost any wrestling mag with him on the cover, had a nice image of him flexing those huge guns as my computer background and visited the WWE site to salivate over new pics and watch his "Five Questions With The Champ" segment. I even went to see The Marine while it was in theaters just so I could see his fine ass in celluloid. Needless to say, I had a serious crush! Anyway, get into some pics below.
In the wake Don't Ask Don't Tell's repeal, Navy chaplains have been given permission to perform wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples in states where same-sex marriage is legal. According to the Adovcate:
"An April 13 document from the Office of the Chief of Navy Chaplains was recovered recently, showing that inquiries were made into whether chaplains will be allowed to perform such ceremonies. After legal review "legal counsel has concluded that base use is sexual orientation-neutral. If the base is located in a state where same-sex marriage is legal, then base facilities may normally be used to celebrate the marriage."
"Be not unequally yoked." That was a phrase I heard often growing up in church, particularly during those "True Love Waits" sex/relationship sessions when they separate the guys and girls from one another. While there we discussed the perils of pre-marital sex, masturbation, pornography and of course.....the evuuuls of homosexuality and lesbianism! *cues Psycho shower scene music* And forget about mentioning protection or STDs, cause every single teenager always remains abstinent until their wedding night with their equally inexperienced spouse.
If you've sat through one of these things, you know the deal: you basically sign a pledge/promise to take your libido out to pasture and shoot it until you find that virtuous man/woman and get married. Or slip up and have a prom night baby and beg forgiveness, whichever comes first. Unless you're gay, of course. Then it's time to get on those knees and pray the rainbow demon flees your spirit! I swear, sometimes I felt my inner Bea Arthur bubbling up inside, wanting to scream "Condoms Rose! Condoms, condoms, condoms!" But I digress.
While I've since discarded most of these teachings, I'll admit the aforementioned biblical quote does have a certain ring of practicality to it. A person's religious beliefs, or lack thereof, usually serve as the foundation for their entire worldview, affecting attitudes and perceptions toward birth, death, sickness, suffering, money, sex and love. Can two people form a lasting, genuine connection when they disagree about something that is often so central to who they are? Perhaps they could. While some atheists are militant, aggressive anti-theists ala Christopher Hitchens, most could be classified as secular humanists who have a live-and-let-live attitude towards religion. And for every Fred Phelps, there's a liberal believer who is open to different points of view.
So for my non-religious/atheist/agnostic readers, would you ever date someone who is religious or is it a faith-breaker? And for my religious folk, could you date someone that didn't believe in God? Or what if you both started out as non-religious/religious, both one of you deconverted/converted during the course of the relationship? How would you react?
Dispensing with the frenzied, club-ready nastiness of her first two offerings “Judas” and “Born This Way,” “Edge of Glory” goes for a more straightforward, dance pop approach, with Gaga belting out the lyrics ’80s power ballad style over a mid-tempo, pulsating groove. My anticipation for Born This Way has been slightly renewed.
Hopefully she'll also change her mind about the album cover and use this photo instead. I mean I'm all for getting dark and arty, but a having your head attached to a motorcycle? Gwarl......NO. Aim more for David Bowie/Alice Cooper/Marilyn Manson and less for Slaughter/Warrant/Judas Priest (Love Ms. Halford and the gang--"Hell Bent For Leather" and "Breaking The Law" are my jams, but I'm just sayin') okay? But I digress. Listen below.
With this being Mother's Day and all, I thought I'd add a little maternal spin to the master mix by compiling tracks dealing with the subject of mothers in some capacity. Some song choices are sweet, others are somber and some are just plain silly. Get into the clips below.
1) Tupac-"Dear Mama"
Totally cliche? Perhaps, but this track is definitely one of the all time mother tributes.
2) Lenny Kravitz-"Thinking Of You"
One of Kravitz's lesser known songs, this track from 1998's 5 was an ode to his mother Roxie Roker, who died of cancer in 1995.
3) Kanye West-"Hey Mama"
One of the Louis Vitton's most personal tracks (and for Yeezy that's saying something), "Hey Mama" from 2005's Late Registration is a celebration and tribute to Donda West.
4) Madonna-"Inside Of Me"
While Madonna had previously broached the subject of her mother's death on "Promise To Try" from 1989's Like A Prayer and again with the visceral "Mer Girl" from 1998's Ray Of Light, this track from '94's Bedtime Stories is my personal favorite.
5) Boyz II Men-"A Song For Mama"
I guess this falls in the same cliche category as "Dear Mama," but a good song is a good song. And I know I'm the only one who immediately thinks of Soul Food whenever I hear this:).
6) B. Slade-"Queen"
This track about the singer's late mother and her battle with cancer was one of A Brilliant Catastrophe: Beta Version's standout cuts.
7) Ozzy Osbourne-"Mama I'm Coming Home"
Thought the Prince Of Darkness was all about biting the heads off birds, drugs and "Shaaaaaaaaaaaron!"? Well, you thought wrong, as this rock classic from 1991's No More Tears proves. Technically the song's about Sharon, but she is the mother of his kids, so that's close enough.
8) Outkast- Ms. Jackson
Not all mamas make it easy for you to "give them their flowers" as Outkast showed in this ode to baby mama drama from 2000's Stankonia.
9) Queen-"Tie You Mother Down"
For the record don't tie your mama down. But maybe both of you can rock out to this song instead. Watch Queen destroy this during a 1985 performance at Live Aid.
10) Green Day-"Welcome To Paradise"
Singer Billie Joe Armstrong grapples with the fear of leaving home and Mom behind for the first time in this ironically titled tribute to young adulthood from their 1994 smash Dookie.
South Africa has announced it will assemble a task force to combat the recent increase in anti-LGBT attacks in the country, particularly in the impoverished townships. The most recent attack involved the horrible gang "corrective rape" and murder of a lesbian near Johannesburg last month.
According to ABC News: "More than 170,000 people from all around the world signed a petition calling for the South African government to act after Noxolo Nogwaza, a 24-year-old lesbian, was gang raped, stoned and stabbed to death using shards of broken glass nearly two weeks ago. The petition was sponsored by Change.org, a global human rights campaigning website.
The new task force will tackle issues such as whether crimes against the homosexual and transgender community should be considered hate crimes, whether a rape motivated by sexual orientation should receive a harsher sentence and increased sensitivity training for police, social workers and judiciary officials. The team is scheduled to begin work in July.
Although same-sex marriage is legal in South Africa, the country has highest rates of rape and HIV positive persons in the world. Hopefully this new task force can decrease the violence.
Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that Lady Gaga's new clip for her single "Judas" was set to premiere today on the E! Channel. Fortunately (for us anyway) it's leaked about eight hours early. Much tongue wagging has been made of the video's religious subject matter, as Gaga takes on the role of Mary Magdalene and sings of her love for the treacherous Judas.
When talking about the clip and its concept, the singer explained "Well the video, in essence, suggests that [pauses] forgiveness and betrayal are hand in hand and that... how do I say this? The video puts destiny above all things and postures that the mistakes in your life are in fact not mistakes at all, they are just part of your overarching potential and your destiny."
"I want to allow the video to speak for itself but I will say that the theme of the video and the way that I wanted to aesthetically portray the story was as a motorcycle Fellini movie where the apostles are revolutionaries in a modern-day Jerusalem," she said. "And I play Mary Magdalene leading them into the town where we meet Jesus and I will leave the rest for you to see. But it's meant more to celebrate faith than it is to challenge it."
Personally I feel that the video is good, but not great. It contains many Gaga motifs--surreal theatrics, over-the-top outfits, garish makeup, dancers (the lipstick gun gets a definite thumbs up)--but the whole product doesn't come off with a bang the way previous epics like "Paparazzi," "Bad Romance," "Telephone" or "Born This Way" did. Casting the disciples as a modern-day biker gang was a nice twist, but she should have scrapped the dance sequences and concentrated more on the overall storyline, which could have provided some great visual scenes. Perhaps the fact the video was being filmed on the same stage as Janet Jackson's "Escapade" inspired her to bust a move.
But a good Gaga video is still better than 85 to 90 percent of other music clips that are out there, so it's definitely worth watching. Maybe when the uncut version premieres later today, it'll contain some new surprises. Watch "Judas" HERE.
I don't know why, but for the last week or so I've been playing I'm Your Baby Tonight-era Whitney performances and music nonstop, especially this particular track. Of course Nippy rips the track (I personally feel 1990-1991 was her peak era vocally) with a little assistance from Monie Love. Although having a female rapper guest star on the song was probably a calculated move to win back black fans at the time, it still holds up. Listen and watch Whitney/Susan below.
For anyone who's more than a little skeptical (*raises hand*) of the effectiveness of "ex-gay" therapy, But I'm A Cheerleader is the movie night pick for you. A funny-as-hell satire of reparative therapy and gender norms, Cheerleader stars Natasha Lyonne(a.k.a Tara Reid's friend in American Pie) as Megan Bloomfield, an otherwise happy 17-year-old girl who loves cheerleading and has a football-player boyfriend named Jared. But she doesn't like kissing him. And is a vegan. And listens to Melissa Etheridge. Oh no! Soon enough her family suspects she's a lesbian and with the help of ex-gay Mike (RuPaul) ship her off to True Directions, an ex-gay camp run by Mary Brown and her raging queen of a son Rock, to "cure" her of her lesbianism.
Needless to say, hilarity ensues. The campers undergo ridiculous exercises like chopping wood (I could turn a pun out of that but will resist:), working on cars, cooking, cleaning and changing diapers in an attempt to "reclaim" their gender identity, picket ex-ex-gays who left the camp, and awkward but sweet teenage romances. The look of the film, particularly the camp scenes, are also an artful attraction, with the intense blue and hot pink colors and Mary Brown's overly manicured home, replete with plastic plants, driving the point home of how fake the world of True Directions truly is. True, the movie's message is pretty obvious and little heavy-handed, but it's fun and enjoyable nonetheless.
Some of my favorite lines (most of them are from Andre lol).
Andre(when asked what is the "root" of his gayness): "Shit Miss Mary, I ain't the only that don't got no root!
Andre: "She's just upset 'cause the fish on her plate is the only kind she can eat."
Andre: "Congratulations! Liars! You know who you are and you know who you want! Ain't nobody gonna change that...Sheeit!"
"We are here! We're not queer! We're not going anywhere!"
"Wow. You are so good at being straight."
"You wanna like dick? You better start training yourself."
If laughter is the best medicine, President Obama offered up a mouthful at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, deliciously ripping on Donald Trump and the birthers. The cherry on the sundae is Trump is in the audience while Obama throws enough shade to block out the sun. And all ol' Oompa Loompa can do is sit there and pretend to laugh along while looking like the giant tool that he is. Watch below.