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Sexy New ‘Survivor’ Cast Includes Gay Couple And Legendary Homophobe


By D. David Kinney

CBS unveiled the 18 new cast members for “Survivor: San Juan del Sur – Blood vs. Water” on Wednesday. In addition to former Atlanta Braves baseball player (and  homophobe) John Rocker and “Amazing Race” twins Nadiya and Natalie Anderson, this season’s cast will also feature gay couple Reed Kelly and Josh Canfield.

Josh Canfield is 32 and is an actor, singer and writer. During a pre-interview with CBS he was asked what 3 items he would want to have with him on the island. He responded: “1) Bible – the Scripture would help in dealing with difficult circumstances 2) Piano – so that I could write songs and sing. 3) iPod – life without music is just depressing.” Interesting. 

Reed Kelly is from the Great White Way as well and the 31-year-old is a performer, model and aerialist. Just like his boyfriend, Reed was asked about what 3 items he would want to have on the island. He told them: “1) My Bible – because man cannot live by bread (or rice) alone. 2) My pillow – because it would be a super comfy piece of home and I perform better well rested. 3) A mirror – because sometimes as a dancer you have to be able to look at yourself in the eye and say “pull up and push through! You’re not actually that hungry.” I think this would work well for me as a Survivor castaway too.”

So they’re gay entertainers with a religious side. Where have we seen that recently on CBS? Oh, right…

Frank Grande

We’ve seen gay contestants on “Survivor” before. There was even a gay couple during the original “Blood vs. Water” season last year, but that didn’t work out so well. Colton Cumbie and Caleb Bankston were fiancés from Alabama with something to prove. It was Colton’s second appearance on the show and he wanted to improve his image after quitting in a flood of tears the first time. Well… he quit in a flood of years (again) on day 7. His fiancé proved to be decidedly tougher and went on to become the 9th jury member being voted out by his tribe on day 30.

Survivor CBS Couple

Will this be the year that the gay couple does well? We’ll have to wait and see. Let’s hope.

 

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Vitamin D May Help With Your ED


By Dustin Shrader

All right class, let me ask you a couple of questions: Have you been noticing you are not pitching as many tents in the morning? Or even suffering from a lackluster performance in the bedroom lately? Well, turns out a lacking of vitamin D intake may be responsible for your soft little problem. According to a new research study from Italy, issues with erectile dysfunction may be induced by low levels of this particular vitamin.

When 143 men who suffered from differing levels of erectile dysfunction were tested, nearly half of them showed signs of vitamin D deficiency, with only one in five having a more than subpar level of the nutrient. Hardening the cause, men with severe cases of ED had vitamin D levels that were around 24 percent lower than men with only mild forms of the frustrating condition.

Erections occur due to an increased amount of blood flow. Without proper levels of vitamin D, a production of free radicals called super-oxide ions may take place. Alessandra Barassi, M.D., and her research team have found that these free radicals consume nitric oxide, which is a molecule that helps blood vessels function correctly.

Larry Lipshultz, M.D., a Men’s Health urology adviser suggests, “Nitric oxide causes the blood vessels to relax, which increases the blood flow and causes an erection under normal circumstances.”

So, basically the lesson of the day is this: without the necessary amount of nitric acid required, along with the healthy intake of some good ‘ole sunshine, your little friend might not have it in him to be so social.

Don’t fret, if you think you are suffering from ED you can ask your doctor to test your vitamin D levels. If your levels are below normal then the study recommends taking Vitamin D supplements to reach the ideal level of 30ng/mL.

And if all else fails, this is the perfect excuse to sunbathe naked.

 

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Music Midtown Reveals Schedule


By D. David Kinney

Music Midtown has released the schedule for this year’s festival in Piedmont Park! Still need tickets? You can buy a two-day pass here for $125 (the price increases to $135 on September 6).

Friday, September 19:

The Electric Ballroom Stage 

4:30-5:30 p.m.: Mayer Hawthorne

6:15-7:30 p.m.: Run DMC

9:00-11:00 p.m.: John Mayer

The Roxy Stage

4:30-5:15 p.m.: Ron Pope

5:45-6:30 p.m.: Bear Hands

7:15-8:15 p.m.: Iggy Azalea

9:00-11:00 p.m.: Jack White

The Honda Stage

5:30-6:15 p.m.: BANKS

7:30-9:00 p.m.: Lorde

Doors open at 4:00 p.m. Line-up subject to change, this is a rain or shine event.

Saturday, September 20:

The Electric Ballroom Stage

12:45-1:45 p.m.: Magic Man

2:45-3:45 p.m.: Vic Mensa

4:45-5:45 p.m.: B.o.B

6:45-8:00 p.m.: Lana Del Rey

9:00-11:00 p.m. Eminem

The Honda Stage

1:45-2:45 p.m.: The Strypes

3:45-4:45 p.m.: twenty one pilots

5:45-6:45 p.m.: Fitz and The Tantrums

8:00-9:00 p.m.: Bastille

The Roxy Stage

12:45-1:30 p.m.: Sleeper Agent

2:00-2:45 p.m.: Aer

3:15-4:15 p.m.: Third Eye Blind

5:00-6:00 p.m.: NEEDTOBREATHE

6:45-8:00 p.m.: Gregg Allman

9:00-11:00 p.m.: Zac Brown Band

Doors Open at 12:00 p.m. Line-up subject to change, this is a rain or shine event.

 

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Emmy Awards Recap


By Dustin Shrader

With the first awards show of the season under wraps, it’s time to look back at some of the best and questionable moments of the 2014 Emmy Awards. The Emmys are a time for Hollywood’s biggest television stars to come together and honor some of the best performances of the past year and even throw a little shade. C’mon we all know they do.

Opening:

Seth Meyers delivered. But is anyone surprised? The funnyman hit his punchlines on cue, monologuing jokes about the VMAs and some of TV’s biggest shows such as How I met Your Mother, Orange Is the New Black, Duck Dynasty and a few more with gut-busting accuracy.

Surprise Attack:

After Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her third consecutive Emmy for her show Veep, Walter White (Bryan Cranston) himself grabbed her and planted a big ‘ole smooch on the unsuspecting actress. After Jimmy Fallon pried the Breaking Bad star away, Julia looked a little stunned. I’m not sure if she was more surprised by her win or Cranston’s overwhelming public display of affection.

Upset:

Sadly, the beautiful specimen that is Matt Bomer lost the Best Supporting Actor Emmy to fellow nominee Martin Freeman. The audience seemed shocked at Bomer’s loss, as well. I know everyone loves Sherlock but how could you deny Bomer for his unforgettable performance as Felix Turner in The Normal Heart? Let’s start a Kickstarter campaign and demand a recount!

Pedestal Perfection:

Upon introducing Chairman of the Television Academy, Bruce Rosenblum, Modern Family actress, Sofia Vergara put all her statuesque curves on display while rotating slowly on a pedestal. The internet has responded in an uproar, claiming the Academy glorified sexism and objectivity. I understand their point, but dang do we always have to make things one-note or take them too seriously? The juxtaposition of Vergara’s modeling during the chairman’s speech was meant to be funny. Take a chill pill everyone.

McConaughey Who?:

Step aside Matthew, there’s a new #MCM in town and he comes in the form of Cary Joji Fukunaga. Cary won the Emmy for Outstanding Director for a Drama Series. The award should have been titled Outstanding Facial Bone Structure. The 37-year-old True Detective director graced the stage and accepted his award rocking a pair of hipster eye-glasses and a braid that everyone wanted to grab a hold of. The cute jokes he told were just the cherry on top of an already delicious Emmys moment.

Bittersweet Memory:

Billy Crystal had everyone reaching for the tissues during his touching tribute to the late, great Robin Williams. Crystal’s elegant speech highlighted Robin’s humor and his infinite influence on the world, “As genius as he was onstage, he was the greatest friend you could ever imagine—supportive, protective, loving,” Crystal said. “It’s very hard to talk about him in the past because he’s so present in all of our lives. For almost 40 years, he was the brightest star in the comedy galaxy, but though some of the brightest stars are extinct now…

“Because they float in the heavens, so far away from us now, their beautiful light will continue to shine on us forever…[and sometimes] you’ll think to yourselves, ‘Robin Williams, what a concept.”

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TomorrowWorld’s Magical Bus Voyage


By Dustin Shrader

Seat-belts, everyone! And all hail TomorrowWorld’s Magical Bus!

TomorrowWorld is happy to announce the Magical Bus Voyage package, which provides transportation from select major cities to and from the September festival. Known as America’s largest electronic music festival, the annual 3-day jam-session and 5-day camping adventure is held in the Chattahoochee Hills forest near Atlanta.

College kids, refugees and traveling music-lovers of all ages will be able to choose from a list of 28 cities including Miami, Orlando, Birmingham, Nashville, New Orleans and even New York City. The busses may make additional pick ups en route; therefore, giving you an opportunity to make some new friends and bond over your love of psychedelic, electro-beats.

These are no down-trodden yellow, school buses, either.The Magical Coach Buses will be equipped with the necessary comforts in order to better enjoy a long journey. Round trip voyages start at $79, while actual festival passes must be purchased separately. Pricing of bus tickets depend on the proximity of your city to TomorrowWorld Festival. The luxury busses depart on Thursday, Sept. 25th and will return you to your home city on Monday, Sept. 29th.

If interested in this opportunity to make your TomorrowWorld experience even more out of this world, further information can be acquired at TomorrowWorld.com/busvoyage.

 

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Margaret Cho Tackles ALS Ice Bucket Challenge With Enema


By D. David Kinney  

Leave it to Margaret Cho to turn the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge completely on its head. Forget dumping ice cold water over your head. That’s so last week. Cho takes a much more invasive approach… with an ice cold enema.


Since we’re in the Ice Bucket Challenge mood already, let’s take a look at what other people are doing!
Lily Allen tackles ALS from the shower.
Neil Patrick Harris goes shirtless.
William Levy gets icy by the pool.
Bradley Cooper makes it a storied affair.
Jimmy Fallon and The Roots accept Justin Timberlake’s Ice Bucket Challenge.
Demi Lovato goes for five buckets.
Lady Gaga just does it.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ropes in the VEEP.
John Krasinski brings his signature wit to the icy challenge.
Will Smith proves he’s the Fresh Prince when challenging Queen Bey.
Mark Wahlberg ices out that funky bunch.

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Basement Jaxx Will Teach You How To Dance


By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

With their seventh studio album Junto (which translates from Spanish to ‘together’) – out on August 25 – ‘ Basement Jaxx are true to form trying to unify everyone through music. And this time through dance too it seems! The album is less experimental than previous ones, and even though I’d hate to say more commercial, it actually works really well for the dance happy duo! Solid dance tracks through and through that will no doubt get you moving! The album is characterized by uplifting tracks like “Power To The People,” “Unicorn”, “Junto”, “What’s The News” and  “Mermaid of Salinas” , but “Buffalo” and  “Sneakin’ Toronto” will give you that Basement Jaxx signature sound of a hectic beat and a bit of infused weirdness. We’re already bopping our heads and tapping at the FENUXE office listening to these danceable delights – anyone want to go  out dancing later?

The video below is the forerunner to the album about to drop on August 25, and for the video Basement Jaxx joins forces with celebrated Sci-Fi short film director Saman Kesh (Calvin Harris, Placebo, Vitalic) for this very cool 6-minute video.

The storied “Never Say Never” video captures Jaxx Industries in their zealous effort to bring dancing back to mankind via twerking by creating the futuristic TW3RK-BOT1.0.  The Jaxx themselves have previously sought to advance the cause of global rump-shaking with their track “Twerk” from their 2009 Scars album – and it must have worked, because look where we are at with twerking now!

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Atlanta Burger King Selling $99 Oreo Milkshake


By D. David Kinney

Move over pizza and Chinese food because Burger King is jumping into the delivery business. But the price of at least one of their offerings may absolutely knock you down. Want an Oreo milkshake? That’ll be $99.99 plus tax. Yes… $99.99 for a milkshake.

Oreo

There is only one Burger King store in Georgia that is offering delivery, and it’s located on North Avenue in Atlanta. To utilize the new delivery service you can place an order at bkdelivers.com. It’s a fairly slick website and provides a description of each food item along with the price, the option to customize your selection and to save your credit card information. But the prices can be difficult to read.

BK-Shakes

Imagine it’s late at night and you’re ordering Burger King from your laptop or tablet. Would you notice that one of the drinks above costs almost 30 times more than the other three? If you don’t notice and you’ve got your credit card information saved, you could accidentally click yourself out of a hundred bucks pretty fast.

The incredibly high price of the Oreo milkshake is likely an error. However, the delivery service has been a round for a hot minute and the price is still $99.99.

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VIDEO: Nicki Minaj Releases ‘Anaconda’ Music Video


By D. David Kinney

Nicki Minaj. Drake. “Baby Got Back.”

Do we need to say anything more?

Enjoy the video:

The music video for “Anaconda” was released early Wednesday morning shortly after midnight. Expectation was high for the release with #AnacondaVideoAtMidnight trending worldwide on Twitter before its debut. Are you a fan of the song and video? If so, “dial 1-900-Mix-A-Lot and kick them nasty thoughts!”

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PRIDE Kickball – Making The Grade


By Dino Thompson-Sarmiento and Dean Boswell

All of us have memories of elementary school – some of us fond memories; some of us not so much. One particularly bad memory for a number of LGBT adults: recess. As a gay child, I was often terrified of recess myself. Because I wanted to play jump rope (and, please I believe I could double-dutch anyone under the monkey bars even today), I was the object of ridicule for many a playground bully. Where I did excel at recess, however, was in playing the game of kickball. I was lucky enough to be blessed with strong legs, and those legs propelled me around the bases at lightning speed every time I would send an air mail delivery careening out to left field. It got to the point where everyone would back up 10 paces when I approached the plate. And so, I found my playground popularity.

Unfortunately, it seems that many of my gay counterparts were not so fortunate. I have learned that a larger number of gay adults have horrific memories of all things grade school sports – kickball included. When I was approached by Go Kickball to assist them in starting a PRIDE league, I was more than excited. I knew this would be a great way to create a sense of community and offer a place where LGBT community members could come together to network and have some fun. And with Blake’s on the Park sponsoring the flagship league at Piedmont Park, I knew the after-party every week would be great.

I set out to find my players. What I found instead was that a lot of people in the community are fearful of kickball because of their childhood experience with the sport. The idea of playing again dredged up memories of being picked last and then being laughed at because of lack of skill. One man even broke out in hives as I was talking to him about it. I’m not kidding. Hives. Over kickball.

Undeterred, I continued to look for players. I’m certainly glad that I did. I am happy to report that the inaugural season of PRIDE kickball has been amazing. With more than 100 players taking to the active oval every Monday night for the last few months, Piedmont Park has been alive with PRIDE all summer long! More importantly, everyone has been having fun and forgetting all about the bad memories from the playground. One player even approached me after the first game to say how thankful he was I talked him into playing. He said that the experience on the field actually erased all of the negative memories associated with the game. That comment alone verified for me that the establishment of a PRIDE league is a great thing for our community. Beyond that comment though, the positive responses have been overwhelming. Every player I’ve spoken with has reported having a great time, and several players have already started recruiting additional players for the upcoming fall season.

I would like to personally thank the good people at Go Kickball for creating a welcoming and fun environment for our community to come together and be kids again – nicer kids without the side of judgment, of course. Also, I would be remiss if I failed to thank the Atlanta institution, Blake’s on the Park, for recognizing the potential of this league and for supporting our community as always.

I would love to see more of you on the field. If you missed out on the summer league, be sure to register for the fall league. I promise you – you’ll kick yourself if you don’t. To register for the fall season, click here, you may also contact Spotted Dog Agency or call us at 404.428.0497 for additional information. Want to see some of FENUXE’s pictures from PRIKE Kickball this season? Check them out here.

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