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“Empire” Hottie Keeps Mum About His Sexuality

“Empire” Hottie Keeps Mum About His Sexuality

By Dustin Shrader

With the bombastic success Fox’s new musical drama Empire has achieved, it is no wonder the media has turned it’s eye to the show’s breakout gay character, Jamal portrayed by newcomer Jussie Smollet.

In the most recent episode, Smollet’s character came out publicly whilst singing a love song to another man. Yet, the actor hasn’t been as forthcoming about his own sexuality when dealing with the press.

“I am not willing to confirm or deny anything, I live my life…if anyone is looking to put me in a box, then that’s not going to happen.”

Yet, that privacy he is hoping to keep, may have been taken by his costar Malik Yoba’s remarks. Telling Black Milk in an interview, Malik says,

“I think that our show represents a huge opportunity to stay in the culture beyond entertainment value and there’s an intrinsic nature of you have the gay factor, right?

…Like I know Jussie, he is gay, and he’s very committed to issues around the LGBT community. He and I have a very close relationship.”

Smollet has yet to comment. Although, he did drop this tidbit prior to Yoba’s interview.

“I just don’t choose to talk about my personal life.”

And why should he? Keep doing you man.

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Madonna Announces 35-City ‘Rebel Heart’ Tour, Atlanta Date Included

Madonna Announces 35-City ‘Rebel Heart’ Tour, Atlanta Date Included

By Dustin Shrader

It is official! The original ‘Material Girl’ has just announced the dates for her upcoming 35-city tour! Yet, that is not even the best part; Atlanta is the No. 2 slot on Madonna’s tour roster!

The concert dates were announced by Live Nation this morning with the tour kicking off in Miami, FL on August 29th. Madonna will make her way to perform at Atlanta’s Phillips Arena on Sept. 2nd!

Still riding high from her killer Grammy’s performance, the singer will also be including stops in Europe, Australia and even Asia. Currently, her latest single “Living for Love” holds the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Dance Charts. This marks Madonna’s 44th time holding such a chart topper!

According the press release, this won’t just be any Madonna tour.

“Madonna continues to be one of the most successful  touring artists in history – her shows are legendary and we are thrilled to have her going back on tour,” Arthur Fogel, President – Global Touring and Chairman – Global Music, stated.

The New York Times has even solidified we will be seeing a different Madonna, apparently one we all know and love, “They won’t experience the celebrity of Madonna the fashion statement but the Madonna who has kept us listening for decades:  Madonna the musician”.

Tickets for the Atlanta show go on sale March 16th at 10 AM.

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Erksine College Publicly Condemns Homosexuality

Erksine College Publicly Condemns Homosexuality

By Dustin Shrader

Discriminating news coming out of South Carolina’s Erksine College recently. The school has instated a “no-gays” policy after two student athletes came out over the past year.

Erksine’s “Statement On Human Sexuality,” says:

“We believe the Bible teaches that all sexual activity outside the covenant of marriage is sinful and therefore ultimately destructive to the parties involved. As a Christian academic community, and in light of our institutional mission, members of the Erskine community are expected to follow the teachings of scripture concerning matters of human sexuality and institutional decisions will be made in light of this position.”

Erksine volleyball player Juan Varona was one of the athletes who came out. He expressed his disappointment with his school’s new policy in a statement to Outsports.

“I feel that in the time that we are living right now, where even in the conservative state of South Carolina same-sex marriage is legal, the school took several steps back instead of progressing towards a future where everyone can be treated as an equal, which is a future most of the country is moving towards.

“I understand the religious stand on adultery, which is part of the Ten Commandments in the Bible, and that would apply to heterosexual and homosexual people. But when I saw the mention of sexual orientation being an issue, it just made me sad and worried for other gay people who might be struggling with confidence to come out.”

It is 2015 people. Get with it.

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Witches’ Night Off Questionnaire with Wicked Cast Member Dashi Mitchell

Witches’ Night Off Questionnaire with Wicked Cast Member Dashi Mitchell

By Dustin Shrader

Witches’ Night Off features the Company Members of the Broadway National Tour, WICKED with a special guest performance by Tony and Grammy award winner Jennifer Holliday.

This one night only event benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Joining Hearts Inc. of Atlanta. Hosted at the Ferst Center for the Arts of the Georgia Institute of Technology on Monday, March 2nd, the evening will be filled with song, dance and the opportunity to get to know the WICKED cast. The performance will begin at 7:30p. According to the press release Witches’ Night Off is, “part of an ongoing series of performances by the touring company to support charitable causes. The WICKED, Munchkinland Tour has raised over $2.8 million in donations for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and local AIDS service organizations all over the country.” Tickets for admission begin at $30 with VIP pricing starting at $100.

This spectacular Monday night extravaganza will include LIVE auctions featuring a once in a lifetime chance to join the company backstage at Atlanta’s Fabulous Fox Theatre.

“Live Auction items include:

– Watch the “GREENIFYING” of OZ’s most infamous lady. This experience includes a backstage tour plus 2 house seats for a performance of WICKED between Wednesday, March 4th and Saturday, March 7th.

Other exciting LIVE auction items include your chance to experience the MUSIC OF OZ like never before. Bid and win your chance to “Sit in the Pit” with the musicians who bring you the Grammy nominated music of WICKED. You will hear the show with so many intricacies you never knew existed.

The last and most rare of opportunities is your chance to win a WALK-ON ROLE in WICKED. This is a once in a lifetime experience…  be IN this Broadway blockbuster. You can win the chance to wear a Tony-Award Winning costume and be in three scenes of Broadway’s favorite musical.”

 

WICKED is currently performing at the Fox Theatre until March 8th. In anticipation of such a wickedly, witchy good time, Fenuxe spoke with one of the company’s cast members, Dashi Mitchell, to get his thoughts on such a spellbinding, rewarding night to remember.

 

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Fenuxe: What drew you to a show like Wicked?

 

Dashi Mitchell: I was instantly drawn into the musical, Wicked by its seamless transitions. The one thing people can say about this musical is that each scene in the show comes out of nowhere. It’s almost cinematic.

 

F: How long have you been working with the various charities?

 

DM: For the past two and half years I have been working with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and some of the many charities they support all throughout the nation. This incredible organization let’s us have a chance to give back. It brings us so much joy and continues to be a privilege to be a part of. Witches’ Night Off is a charity cabaret produced by Wicked company members where the cast gets to perform in our own genres. It’s a production that we put together with the limited time we have while traveling and performing. Witches’ Night Off gives you a wide variety; singing, dancing and also a few big production numbers. We only do a few of these charity cabarets a year and I am so excited that Atlanta is going to experience Witches’ Night Off.

 

F:What is your favorite part about the show?

 

DM: My favorite part of Wicked is Defying Gravity. It’s the finale of the first act where Elphaba is flying and all of Oz is watching her. That moment is simply beautiful and something I will never forget. The feeling of watching someone give their all while commanding the attention of everyone in the theater is priceless.

 

F: Where do you see your career taking you?

 

DM: In the future, I see myself becoming a choreographer. I’ve realized that my passion for dance has transformed into choreography over the years. This is one of the reasons why I am so thrilled for Witches’ Night Off. I am so excited to showcase my vision and see my choreography in the beautiful Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech. I think this benefit will be a huge success in Atlanta, especially since we have the original Dream Girl, the fabulous Jennifer Holliday joining us for the evening.

 

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Video: David Gandy Stuns In His Own Underwear

Video: David Gandy Stuns In His Own Underwear

By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

You’ve probably already taken considerable notice of his piercing blue eyes, his stunning physique and the fact that he looks absolutely gorgeous in a pair of white swim trunks (all of him). Yes, David Gandy (34) is the model who for years has been the eye catcher for the fragrance Dolce & Gabanna Light Blue and in which he lounges on a Mediterranean beach in a skimpy, white swimsuit.

Maybe that’s the reason why he has teamed up with British Marks & Spencer and Autograph to create a line of luxurious sleepwear and underwear bearing his name? Because in the video clip created to promote his underwear, he does not veer from the tried-and-tested formula of piercing you with those steely, blue eyes, showing off his unbelievable physique and proving once again that he (all of him!) looks d*** good in underwear.

The only downside to it all: the underwear is so far only available in select European markets. On this side of the Atlantic we’ll have to suffice with the video for now so don’t feel bad if you need to watch it 5-10 times like we did …

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J Tyler To Release Debut EP In 2015

J Tyler To Release Debut EP In 2015

By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

He’s been our favorite Atlanta gay rapper for a while, and now J Tyler is taking a very big step to further promote his music by releasing his debut EP album titled ‘All That Glitters Ain’t Gold’. A step that we’d like to think we helped him achieve. About his upcoming album release of all original songs the artist says:

“I decided to name my first album ‘All That Glitters Ain’t Gold’ because of the different meanings. Of course, everybody knows the old saying, but to me, it signifies what my rise is about. I damn sure didn’t sparkle as soon as I hit the stage. It took time to polish my talents.

It also reflects the struggle I faced when moving to Atlanta at the age of 19 to follow this dream. My color is gold. So, I wanted to incorporate a title that, when you hear it, you think “J. Tyler”. Glitter can be played to the homosexual stereotype of when you think gay, you think sparkle, glitter, pride! Glitter symbolizes the pride I take in being gay, and knowing that I am confident in myself”.

J Tyler’s debut EP album release is expected to be early 2015 – for more info and soundbites go to his homepage.

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Post-Pride Problems: Please Go Home!!

Post-Pride Problems: Please Go Home!!

By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

Atlanta pride is over and it’s Monday – officially post-pride! We’ll have to wait a whole year for all the special parties, the fresh meat, I mean, visiting tourists, the park, the parade, the days and nights of never-ending partying and all of the cute guys out and about and ready for a good time. Yes, it was a great and fun-filled weekend – but right now, it’s actually comforting to know that it’s all not happening again anytime soon… Time to shake off the weekend’s shenanigans and suppress the urge to shout ‘happy pride’ at everyone who may cross your path today. That is, if you can!

Maybe you’re experiencing the same conundrum is the guy in this video  – a hilarous parody on Sam Smith’s ‘Stay With Me’ – whose post-pride problem consists of the want and need to be alone after being among throes of people and even hooking up on a one-night stand – and said hook-up won’t take a hint and get on out so you can lie on your couch, order pizza and binge-watch SATC, GOT, TWD or OITNB…

By a raise of hands (because at this point, it’s only body part that will go up), how many are in the same situation right now? Can we get a #byefelicia?

Check out the video below, which is produced by SF-based Ratchet Production and features singers Daniel Franzese and Adrian Anchondo from the San Francisco Gay Men’s Choir.

Happy pride! (sorry, force of habit…)

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More Than Half-Way: SCOTUS Move Widens Same-Sex Marriage To 30 States

More Than Half-Way: SCOTUS Move Widens Same-Sex Marriage To 30 States

By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

We were hoping that the Supreme Court Justices would take up the question on whether or not states should be allowed to ban gay marriage. Instead, the justices refused to review lower court decisions that struck down state bans on same-sex marriage on October 6. But without saying a word they still made a pretty loud and clear statement on the issue by choosing NOT address the issue just yet.

Because the effect of saying nothing on the matter means the rulings of the lower courts stand, which, in the case of 11 more states – Utah, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Indiana, and Wisconsin – will allows same-sex marriage. The here-and-now effect? As of Monday same-sex couples could get a marriage license and get married in those states – legally. And the total number of states where same-sex marriage is legal is now up to 30 – more than half of all American states.

So what happens if some of the lower courts move to uphold the ban on same-sex marriage? That’s when the Supreme Court is likely to step in and officially address the issue – or at least make it clear that couples that have been married and have marriage licenses will stay married. Under all circumstances this decision (or indecision) will put additional pressure on the remaining states that do not yet allow gay marriage. Even though this is not a national constitutional right just yet, this move has paved the way for freedom to marry in what accounts for 60% of the American population. And that’s a pretty big step on the way.

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Check Out The “Real” Good Song From Years & Years

Check Out The “Real” Good Song From Years & Years

By BLENDERtunes.com

You probably haven’t heard of the band Years & Years and that’s totally OK with them because you’ll definitely fall in love the group after hearing their music.

The trio comprises of bassist Mikey Goldsworth, synth player Emre Turkmen, and Olly Alexander who provide the superb vocals. The group helms from London and they have slowly been putting out some great tracks over the past year or two. “Real” is one of the better songs that the group has released due to it’s chill, ElectroPop sound, and driving beat.

The song fits just right in with other songs of today following the current surge of Electronic, 90s club style of music (Kiesza’s “Hideaway” & Disclosure’s “Latch”). Olly’s soulful vocals compliment the track’s catchy-as-hell chorus and takes the song to another, much appreciated, level.

Be careful not to become mesmerized by the neon lights and awesome dance grooves of actor Ben Whishaw in the video – he really does get down.

Be on the look out for more songs from the group including their just released track “Take Shelter.”

This content is exclusively provided by BLENDERtunes.com – You’re welcome!

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