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Miss Lauren’s Blackjack of Atlanta Defuncts Death Rumors, “I’m Still Alive and Kicking!”


By Dustin Shrader

Contrary to popular belief, Miss Lauren’s Blackjack of Atlanta has not passed away.

In an exclusive quote from the legendary dealer herself, she says, “No, I am still alive and kicking. I am not sure how it got around that I was dead. I do have terminal cancer. I was diagnosed a couple of years ago. Recently, I found out I have to go back into the hospital for surgery. So, maybe that is how the rumor started?  The cancer started out in my small intestine and moved into my lymph nodes. I am taking treatment and feeling great. As of right now, everything is stable and has been for some time. Don’t count me out just yet!”

Miss Lauren hails back from the infamous Backstreet, some 20 years ago. Notable places she has dealt include: Burkhart’s, The Hideaway, Heretic, Tucker Saloon and many others throughout her illustrious career. She does real Vegas-style blackjack, with 30-plus years experience. If you were a one-million-dollar winner in one of her games, she would gift you with one of her t-shirts with her famous catchphrases known as Diddy’s. Some of these include: “The more you drink, the more you win. The more you bet, the more you win.” One of the first to use a t-shirt for one-million-dollar winners, for each table and location at the games you could get your name on a plaque of top winners. She still has every record of every t-shirt won and top place holder.

Currently still at The Tucker Saloon and performing Wednesdays and Thursdays at The Model T, Miss Lauren thanks everyone for the concern and well-wishes.

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NCAA And Broadway Star Audra McDonald Share Disdain Over Indiana’s “Religious Freedom” Bill


By Dustin Shrader

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s ill-advised decision to sign the “religious freedom” bill into law has caused quite the uproar with national businesses and celebrity supporters of the LGBT community. This ghastly new legal measure could allow businesses to turn away gay and lesbian customers all in the sake of preserving their “religious” rights.

The NCAA are apprehensive about the bill considering the Final Four tournament will take place there next week. “We are especially concerned about how this legislation could affect our student-athletes and employees,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said in a statement Thursday afternoon.

President Emmert said the NCAA will “work diligently to ensure competitors and visitors at next week’s Final Four are not negatively impacted by this bill.” Emmert also highlighted that the organization, based in Indianapolis of all places, plan to “closely examine the implications of this bill and how it might affect future events as well as our workforce.”

First openly gay basketball player, Jason Collins shared his own understandable disappointment with the signing of the bill. Asking Gov. Pence in a tweet, Collins wondered if it is “going to be legal for someone to discriminate against me & others when we come” to the Final Four.

Perhaps the most outspoken, prominent figure against the bill would have to be six-time Tony Award Winner Audra McDonald. In  a series of tweets, McDonald gave the Indianna governor a virtual tongue lashing.

Audra McDonald, @AudraEqualityMc:

 

.@GovPenceIN Some in my band are gay & we have 2 gigs in your state next month. Should we call ahead to make sure the hotel accepts us all?

.@GovPenceIN or could you maybe send us a list of where its okay for us to go? Might the law apply to me?(I’m black).

.@GovPenceIN or maybe I should fire my gay band members just to be on the safe side.

.@GovPenceIN Or MAYBE…we need to stick to singing in states that don’t legislate hate?

.@GovPenceIN Or MAYBE I donate the money I make in your state while Im there to organizations that will combat your hateful legislation.

.@GovPenceIN Yep. That’s what I’ll do. Hey @HRC get ready for a little money coming your way from Indiana via me to you! Have at it!

 

Pence still signed the bill in his office Thursday afternoon. In his own statement, Pence hid behind the right to religious freedom as his reasons for his hate.

“The Constitution of the United States and the Indiana Constitution both provide strong recognition of the freedom of religion but today, many people of faith feel their religious liberty is under attack by government action,” Pence said.

Pence has yet to comment on Indiana’s potential loss of national business and celebrity support.

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Jane Lynch Brings “See Jane Sing” To Atlanta, Talks Future After “Glee”


By Dustin Shrader

Humble and sweet, as she is comedic and quick-witted, Jane Lynch very well might be the hardest working woman in show business today. After wrapping up Glee’s sixth and final season, everyone’s favorite, my-way-or-the-highway cheerleading coach is embarking on her next adventure—See Jane Sing: An Evening With Jane Lynch. See Jane Sing is Lynch’s national touring, musical comedy, a cabaret show she originally debuted in June 2014 at New York’s legendary venue 54 Below. Immensely enjoying those opening four nights last summer, Ms. Lynch decided to take the act on the road, traveling all around the U.S. with good buddies Kate Flannery (Meredith of The Office) and Tim Davis (Glee’s Vocal Coordinator). In anticipation of bringing her show to Atlanta’s Symphony Hall this Saturday, Jane opened up to Fenuxe about her crowd-pleasing performance, shooting a new pilot for CBS and the possibility of doing a full Broadway run in the future.

Fenuxe: I am excited to see your show! It has received high praise, what can we expect?

Jane Lynch: Well, I’m biased, but it is fantastic. It is about an hour long. It goes by really fast. It is funny. We have crammed a bunch of songs and a bunch of patter. I have a five-piece band, the Tony Guerrero Quintet, my friend Kate Flannery from The Office joins me for the bulk of it and my friend Tim Davis who opens for me, he joins us for some three-part harmonies. It is a bunch of different styles, I have some funny jazz numbers, some Broadway tunes we reimagined and rearranged, even a love song medley I find extremely funny. We smile, have a lot of laughs and so does the audience.

F: How has it been working with Kate and Tim?

JL: Terrific! You know, Kate and I have been weaving in and out of each other’s lives for decades. We’ve been performing and singing, and when I decided to do this cabaret show I gave her a call and said, “I can’t think of anyone, I’d rather have on stage performing with me.” She came out and we worked it up. We have a blast doing it! We started doing it at 54 Below, the cabaret space in New York. They gave me four nights before I even had a show. I kinda had a deadline, but that is how we came up with it. Tim was the vocal arranger on Glee and he is touring with me, he is a wonderful crooner. He is so talented and such a handsome guy, you’re going to love him! He and Tony of the quintet open for me, Kate and I flip in a little later and we have a blast!

F: Was performing in Annie sort of the inspiration to do your own show?

JL: Yeah, it sure was. I hadn’t done theatre in a while since I started out. Then when I moved into television and film, I had no desire to go back to the stage at all. And the offer for Annie came up and I thought, “Who turns down a Broadway musical?” So, I did that and got the bug all over again. I wanted to keep performing. 54 Below gave me those four nights and I am having such a great time. We decided to take it out on the road, doing a smattering of dates all over the country. Now that I am finished with Glee, I’ll be picking up steam and adding more dates in terms of the tour.

F: Taking part in Annie and doing See Jane Sing, have you considered a longer running Broadway show?

JL: That is a great question! You know, I think the world is our oyster. We could keep doing the touring, which is great. But I am also imagining in my head how I can get into something where we stay in one space, make it a little fuller, a little bigger, add a bit more music and an over-arching theme to make the show longer. It is a possibility, because I have a ton of ideas of what I could add to it.

F: Is every show the same or is improvisation involved, as well?

JL: We do improv, actually! My drummer Matt Johnson said last night it is a tight and loose show. My kind of way of working is I plan every single moment I leave no stone unturned. It is a complete entity by the time I am through and put it out on stage. Then and only then do I feel free to goof around. It is very loose but there are definite parameters. With the parameters set, I feel as if it has become my playpen and then I can move around. Last night we had a show here in Alexandria, it was very loose. People asked if it was all improvised and it wasn’t. It is very structured but within that structure, we have a blast.

F: I was thrilled to hear you are coming back to TV with CBS’s Angel From Hell.

JL: Well with the pilot we shoot the show, then the network decides if they will take it to series or not. We just had our first table read yesterday. We start shooting next week and hopefully, it is something CBS will want to take the bait. I’m really excited.

F: Any other big names joining Angel From Hell?

JL: Yeah, Kevin Pollock and Maggie Lawson, who was on Psych will be joining. And Kyle Bornheimer, who you will recognize. The four of us are kind of the regulars in it.

F: If given the green light, will we see it this fall?

JL: I would think so, I am hoping so. That is definitely the intention, so we will see what happens.

F: Are you still going to have time for a third season of Hollywood Game Night?

JL:  Yep! In fact, it sounds like I am the busiest person in the world, but last weekend and the weekend before we shot ten Hollywood Game Nights! We are ready to throw those on the air early this summer.

F: Wow, that is intense.

JL: I am exhausted, my friend. But I had a great sleep last night, so I could be ready to talk to you.

F: What has been your favorite role played to date?

JL: Oh gosh, it is always the one I’m doing. I will say though, Sue Sylvester has been a complete joy to play. I did it for over six years. The longest role I have ever played. I loved it from start to finish. The great thing about Sue and the double-edged sword of the character, she is great in small doses. So, I was sprinkled in and out. It was always a good time. These last thirteen episodes, I was in so much of them. It was fun and I had such crazy things to do. I am eternally grateful to all the powers that be over for allowing me to go out with a bang.

F: Out of six seasons, who would be your favorite co-star or guest star? I’m sure Carol Burnett was a pleasure to work with.

JL: Oh, Carol Burnett and Olivia Newton John were so amazing to work with. Matt Morrison is my favorite co-star in the world. I just love him. He is a real joy to hang out with.

F: Well, because you are such a prominent figure I have to ask, I was wondering your thoughts on the whole D&G scandal?

JL: You know what, I have been so busy, so I am unplugged from everything that is going on. But people say stupid things all the time. We all do.

F: Yes, that is true. So, have you always been a singer or did that come about on Glee?

JL: I have always loved singing. I grew up in a musical family. We didn’t sit around and play instruments like the Partridge Family but we did sit around the kitchen table and sing songs. My parents loved harmonizing, but that is about as far as it went. They would also do the church musicals, where ironically everyone got loaded, but that was really my first exposure to singing. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love it.

F: Have you been to Atlanta before?

JL: I have! I shot The Three Stooges there and another film called A.C.O.D.: Adult Children of Divorce. I love it! I love the food. It looks like we are going to have some time too! I have like a day and a half to hang out there. Look for me on the street! We will take a picture! I would love to have people come out to Symphony Hall. I can’t wait to play there. It is going to be a lot of fun.

Jane will be performing See Jane Sing live this Saturday, March 28 at the Atlanta Symphony Hall.

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HBO Cancels ‘Looking’ After Two Seasons


By Dustin Shrader

Sad news for all of us Looking fans out there. HBO has officially canceled the gay dramedy, not renewing it for a third season. Speculation has run rampant about its fate since the show’s second season finale on Sunday.

Fear not, though, my fellow Patrick, Dom and Agustin shippers, after announcing the cancellation, HBO did offer this little gem in the released statement, “After two years of following Patrick and his tight-knit group of friends as they explored San Francisco in search of love and lasting relationships, HBO will present the final chapter of their journey as a special. We look forward to sharing this adventure with the shows loyal fans.”

The show’s dynamite cast led by Jonathan Groff has been a breath of fresh air in the portrayal of gay characters on television. Not used as sidekicks or a funny punch line, these characters shed light on what life is really like for young and even middle-aged gay men, navigating life and all of its curve-balls, looking for love along the way.

Although it is unfortunate we have barely gotten to know the newer cast members who joined the ensemble this season, such as Mean Girl’s Daniel Franzese, here’s hoping the TV movie will wrap all those loose ends up nicely.

No date has been determined for the release of Looking’s final send off special.

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Alliance Theatre Presents ‘Blues for an Alabama Sky’


By Dustin Shrader

The Alliance Theatre will be presenting its upcoming production of Blues for an Alabama Sky, this marks the 20th anniversary, celebrating the production’s world premiere at the Alliance in 1995.  The play was written by adored Atlanta author and playwright, Pearl Cleage (What I Learned in Paris, The Nacirema Society…) and will be directed by Alliance Theatre Jennings Hertz Artistic Director Susan V. Booth. “Blues for an Alabama Sky is a timeless look at hopeful dreams in the hopeless days of the waning Harlem Renaissance.”  Opening night is Wednesday, April 22, 2015.

Taking place in 1930’s Harlem, Blues depicts the harsh realities wrought by the Great Depression, devastating the upbeat decade of the Harlem Renaissance. Disease and poverty monopolize the inspired bliss that helped to fuel a surge of African-American artists, writers, and luminaries. “Blues is a story with a rich cast of characters, scrambling to survive and make sense of their overlapping personalities, politics, and love. A classic by Atlanta’s own Pearl Cleage, as timely today as when it was conceived.”

The original production included Phylicia Rashad (The Cosby Show) and Bill Nunn (The Spider-Man film trilogy).

“When Susan Booth told me she wanted to direct a 20th anniversary production of Blues for an Alabama Sky my first reaction was surprise at how quickly twenty years passes,” said playwright Pearl Cleage.  “When the play premiered in 1995, my wish was simply for a successful first production.  I’m happy to say that in the 20 years since Blues was commissioned not a single year has passed when the play was not produced on multiple stages across the country.  My own involvement ended after that first production so having a chance to rediscover this play in collaboration with Susan, who is directing it for the very first time, offers us a unique opportunity to create something that is absolutely new. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate!”

The current cast of Blues for an Alabama Sky features Crystal Fox as Angel.  Fox appeared as Evie Madison in the world premiere of Cleage’s play What I Learned in Paris.  Fox’s previous credits include Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots (Hanna Young), In the Heat of the Night (Luann Corbin), and the film Driving Miss Daisy (Katie Bell).  “Fox was hand selected by Phylicia Rashad to understudy the role of Angel during the 1996 production and will now play the role for the first time.  The cast also features Thomas Neal Antwon Ghant (Native Guard, A Christmas Carol) as Leland, Tyrone Mitchell Henderson (Angels in America) reprising the role of Guy, which he played opposite Phylicia Rashad in the 1996 production, Tinashe Kajese (Sticky Fly) as Delia, and Keith Randolph Smith (The Whipping Man, God of Carnage) as Sam.”

Blues for an Alabama Sky performances are Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 pm, Fridays at 8:00 pm, Saturdays at 2:30 pm and 8:00 pm, and Sundays at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm, April 15 – May 10, 2015.  There will be no 2:30 pm performance on April 18.  There will be no 7:30 pm performance on May 10.

Opening Night is Wednesday, April 22, at 7:30 pm.

Tickets start at $25 and are available at the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office in person or by calling 404.733.5000.  Tickets are also available online at www.alliancetheatre.org/blues.  Discounted rates for groups of 10 or more are available by calling 404.733.4690.  Discounted rates are also available for members of the military, seniors, and students.  The Alliance Theatre is located at the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, at the corner of Peachtree and 15th Street.

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Openly Gay U.S. Congressman Pens Political Memoir


By Dustin Shrader

As the first member of Congress to voluntarily come out as gay, Barney Frank is a well-known and well-loved political figure.

Frank represented the Fourth Congressional District of Massachusetts for almost fifty years. He also chaired the House Financial Services Committee from 2007 to 2013. Officially, he was the first gay member of Congress who also entered into a same-sex marriage, while still serving in office. Currently, Frank is commentator on MSNBC and resides near Portland, Maine, with his loving husband.

Now, Frank has penned and published his highly-anticipated memoir. According to the press release, “He has a 100% rating from Pro-Choice America, the NAACP, and the Human Rights Campaign, and for two years he was voted the “brainiest”, “funniest”, and “most eloquent” member of the House. He’s the spitfire Barney Frank, and he’s written a political memoir: Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage that chronicles his decades-long fight against inequality and how the real work of political change gets done.”

The focal point of the book will answer this main question: “How did a disheveled, intellectually combative gay Jew with a thick New Jersey–Massachusetts accent become one of the most effective politicians of his time?”

Frank will be reading, discussing and signing copies of his book on TuesdayApril 14th, at 7PM, at The Carter Center.

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Gay Fatherhood In The Land of Dolce & Gabbana


By Ryan Porter, GayswithKids.com
Fashion designer Domenico Dolce proved his good taste stops at the edge of the runway when he told Italian magazine Panorama that “children of chemistry” (more commonly known as children born through surrogacy) are “synthetic children.” His comments sparked an international uproar; Elton John, whose own sons were born to a surrogate, led a boycott against the Dolce & Gabbana brand. Yet in Dolce’s native Italy, his opinion that “the only family is the traditional one” is no extremist position. Rather, it’s one that’s entrenched in law, with both surrogacy and gay adoption illegal in Italy.
“Surrogacy is such a taboo topic in Europe,” Claudio Rossi Marcelli, the author of “Hello Daddy!”, about how he and his partner Manlio Sanna welcomed twin girls through an American surrogate, told GayswithKids.com. “It’s always very theoretical: about principles, about ethics, moral issues. But when you put faces onto people, it all becomes more human. People change their minds so quickly.”
Dads Claudio Marcelli and Manlio Sanna with their children Maddalena, Bartolomeo and Clelia
 Dads Claudio Marcelli and Manlio Sanna with their children Maddalena, Bartolomeo and Clelia. Photo by GayswithKids.com
Luigi Codecasa agrees. When he welcomed his twins Pietro and Silvia, 7, the Milan-based doctor was delighted at the way his community rallied behind his new family. Codecasa recalls showing his local baker the sonogram of his two children, who were conceived with a lesbian friend. The baker was shocked that a gay man would have children, Codecasa says, but today, Pietro and Silvia are her little VIPs.
“She is always inviting them to the back of the shop and giving them pizzas or croissants for free,” he says proudly. “It’s the same in the street market. Both the butcher and the grocer go crazy for the kids.” The butcher’s wife even confided in Codecasa that she had conceived through artificial insemination. “I can tell you because I know you will understand me,” she said.
Codecasa is the founder of Papà Arcobaleno (Rainbow Dads), a Milan-based group of more than 150 gay fathers and prospective fathers who are located across Italy and beyond. Through their Facebook page, they share support and parenting tips with their members and other curious gay dads internationally. Codecasa contactedGaysWithKids.com via Facebook a few months ago.
Through Papà Arcobaleno, Codecasa met Andrea Lorenzato, a 36-year-old sales rep and new father to an 8-month-old baby girl. Lorenzato agrees that Italian law is out of step with the spirit of the people. “The community is behaving differently than what the law says,” he notes. Along with his partner, Francesco Ineppo, he is a new father to an 8-month-old baby girl, Teresa, whom they welcomed through a surrogate. This April, Teresa will be baptized in a Catholic church. “The law of the church could say that they don’t approve of gay people,” Lorenzato says. “But at the end of the day no one is going to tell you, ‘I am not going to respect this little baby.’”
Despite the momentum in the streets, the Italian government, currently lead by centre-left prime minister Matteo Renzi, hasn’t budged when it comes to updating laws for gay families. “Italians have zero civic sense,” Marcelli says. “That’s why the country is such a mess. Everyone is about their own interests. Even if they are personally okay with being gay and being a gay parent they don’t go out and make it a political statement. So the political parties don’t feel that urge to put it in the political agenda.”
Under pressure from the European Union, civil unions for gay couples are expected to be legalized in some fashion by May of this year while mayors of Italian cities such as Rome, Milan and Florence have already gone rogue by recognizing the marriages of gay Italians who wed abroad. However, for gay men, the type of international surrogacy Dolce criticized is one of the few ways they can realize their dream of fatherhood.
Dads Luigi Codecasa and Marco Mazza with children Pietro and Silvia
Dads Luigi Codecasa and Marco Mazza with children Pietro and Silvia.  Photo by GayswithKids.com
Even then it’s a minefield of legal loopholes and prohibitive expenses. Lorenzato and Ineppo immediately struck countries such as India, Thailand and China from their lists when searching for a surrogate because of concerns surrounding how the women might be treated. “We didn’t want this journey to create sadness for someone else,” Lorenzato says. They were looking closely at the Philippines, but backed off at the advice of a lawyer. “There was the possibility that one day the mother of this baby could wake up and say, ‘I want this baby back, give me money,’” he says. “And this was not a solution that we could consider.”
Like many gay Italians looking to become parents, they ultimately found their surrogate in California. Teresa was conceived on their first try and had a perfectly healthy gestation. Then, three months before her due date, the daddies-to-be received a text from their surrogate’s husband. “We are in the hospital. The baby will be born in three hours by C-section. Come here.”
They were on the first plane out of Venice the next morning, and when they arrived at the hospital in Redwoods, Calif., they found a child fighting for her life. “You see this very little baby with all these tubes, all these computers and machines around her,” Lorenzato remembers. The couple tried to prepare themselves for the worst, telling each other, “We’ve survived so far without this baby.” “But it’s impossible,” Lorenzato says, “because your heart is inside that crib.”
Teresa was in the hospital for two months before she was well enough to travel back to Lorenzato and Ineppo’s home in Vicenza, 45 minutes west of Venice. Today, she is a model child. “She’s sleeping all night from 8 o’clock in the evening to 6 o’clock in the morning,” Lorenzato says. “So far she’s so good. We are expecting her to wake up one day and say, I am going to make your life a nightmare.”
Surrogacy is not an option for everyone, however. “Unfortunately there’s an economic aspect to the situation that doesn’t allow all gay couples to become dads,” he says. Expenses for an international couple using a California surrogate can range from $70,000 to more than $91,000 (not including insurance). Fees cover everything from psychological screening to agency fees to a housekeeping allowance for the surrogate.
Co-parenting is another option. Codecasa was lucky enough to meet Alessendra di Minno, a gay woman who was also dreaming of having a child. They spent three months getting to know each other, discussing their views on everything from religion to education before they agreed to try to conceive a child they could co-parent.
For five years they tried what Codecasa calls their “homemade attempts,” with a turkey baster. They also saw a doctor for artificial insemination. They finally conceived on Christmas Day and on August 15 welcomed not one but two babies: Pietro and Silvia. Today di Minno and Codecasa take turns co-parenting: the children’s permanent residence is with their biological mother, but they spend Wednesday nights and one afternoon a week with Codecasa in between soccer practices and gymnastics classes, as well as every other weekend.
Dads Francesco Ineppo and Andrea Lorenzato with their daughter Teresa
Dads Francesco Ineppo and Andrea Lorenzato with their daughter Teresa.  Photo by GayswithKids.com
Despite what Dolce voiced about “traditional families,” Marcelli believes it’s precisely because family values are so entrenched in the culture that Italians are more willing to embrace gay parents in their communities. “Paradoxically, it’s even easier to be gay parents than a gay couple,” says Marcelli. “When you have kids you can show your neighbours that their lifestyle is so similar to yours. When you have kids, the schools, the doctors, they welcome you into the family club.”
Despite this secret pass, the lack of legal protection has meant Marcelli and his partner Manlio Sanna have had to improvise. Only one father can be listed on the child’s birth certificate, and with their 7-year-old twins Clelia and Maddalena, they decided that Marcelli would be the biological father: his flexible schedule as a professional writer would allow him more time at home during the children’s infancy. But when it came time to conceive their third child, a son named Bartolomeo, now 3, Marcelli was uncomfortable.
“I always felt that the lack of a legislation over the legal status of our family gave me a lot of power over the legal status of our kids,” he says. “I always told Manlio, ‘One day I could just freak out and decide I don’t want to see you anymore. I have the power to keep these girls from you.’ I always felt this was really disproportionate. When it was the second time around I said, ‘Let’s make you the legal father of this third kid so we’re all tangled and creating a guarantee.’ It’s kind of a weird thought because you don’t want to think about the worst.”
However, the issue highlights why it is so important for parental rights not only to be informally recognized by knowing neighbors, but also to be enshrined in law. “They say that the real fight for gay marriage is the fight for gay divorce,” Marcelli says. “When all of a sudden things go wrong you need the law to protect you from becoming the worst part of you.”
If only Domenico Dolce had a law like that to protect his foot from getting stuck in his mouth.

 

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Atlanta Locals Say No To Discrimination


By Dino Thompson-Sarmiento

Local Atlanta activist and businessman, Bru Krebs, denounces Dolce & Gabbana bigotry by taking a stand against their products. Gay D&G founders claim they do not support non-traditional families and insulted  millions including heterosexual families worldwide who have sought non traditional methods of conceiving. The outrage has led to a boycott spearheaded by notables such as  Sir Elton John, Ricky Martin, and Victoria Beckham against the fashion icons. All three mentioned celebrities have their families thanks to modern science and technology.

Bru Krebs, a member of the Atlanta GLAAD Leadership council and fervent supporter of equality and LGBT issues in Georgia has had enough of folks speaking from both sides of their mouths. I joined him today at the Rally for Equality at the Georgia State Capital and his usual gregarious demeanor was absent. He claimed that we as individuals need to stand up and say NO to those who try and suppress anyone based on race, creed or sexual orientation. “The time to act  is now”, he voices adamantly. He has extended a challenge to folks to post on his Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/bru.krebs  videos such as his featured in this article and his company, PRIME Real-estate will give away a luxury  weekend getaway  to one lucky advocate standing up against discrimination.  Click here to watch video  http://youtu.be/LQBTzqA55yA

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Carson Dean’s “Uptown Funk” Treadmill Dance Goes Viral


By Dustin Shrader

Uptown Funk has just become everyone’s newest hit to jam out to on the treadmill. Why, you may ask. Well, it is all thanks to Mister Smooth Moves Carson Dean, an actor/performer who resides in L.A.

Bruno Mars’s latest single has caused quite the stir of YouTube inspired parodies but none has spiraled into an international viral sensation such as Mr. Dean’s rendition. No stranger to the gym, obviously apparent once you watch Carson’s vid, you see the dancer perform jaw-dropping, envious moves while strutting along the treadmill, with an ease that seems so natural it is totally unfair. Trust, if you hate him for being perfect, you’re not alone. His video has almost 400,000 hits and is still climbing! Seriously, this guy has become my new muse.

His Michael Jackson-esque moves are enough to make anyone want to get off the couch and funk it out. Be careful though. Carson’s dance routine doesn’t look like it was made for beginners. Watch the video. You have got to see it to believe it.

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Shaky Knees Music Fest Announces Late Night Line-Ups


By Dustin Shrader

Shaky Knees Music Festival is back and is ready to… you guessed it: Shake. Your. Knees. The three-day music ride will kick off the party on May 7, with Mercury Prize Winner James Blake at Terminal West. The following two nights include on the rise musicians Milky Chance and Frank Turner and rock experts The Dead Milkmen and Built To Spill spread out among venues all around the city.

Shaky Knees late night shows begin Friday May 8, with a mixture of artists from and also not listed on the official roster. Such music slots include: Graveyard, The Dead Milkmen, …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, Portugal. the Man, The Shadowboxers, Snowden, and Ridewill keep the music going late into the night.

Saturday, May 9, will be jam-packed with more than half a dozen Shaky Knees bands including Built to Spill, Frank Turner, Spiritualized, Milky Chance, Best Coast, and Steve Gunn, Diamond Rugs featuring members of Deer Tick, The Black Lips, Dead Confederate, Los Lobos, and Six Finger Satellite.

According to the press release, “Consequence of Sound calls the 2015 Shaky Knees’ lineup a “tour de force from top to bottom” and awarded the event a silver placement in their “Top 10 Music Festivals In North America” round-up.”

All tickets to every Shaky Knees show are on sale now. For more information visit, http://shakykneesfestival.com

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