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April 21, 2016

A few Details about Prince

Prince being a Jehovah Witness was limited in what he could do even in trying to change his name which was not a business name like many assumed but his mom named him Prince. Some of us are wondering wether his religion had something to do with him not accepting the right medical care after the plance crash a week and a half ago. People saw him in bad shape. If he lost blood he was not allowed to get a transfusion. So you do the math. Only 57 and healthy. Why did he have to die and why he got out of the hospital when there were still medical issues outstanding. This happens every day with the followers of this religion and people don’t know. Rules that go against out rules of laws and protection for an individual whomever they are.


April 11, 2016

“The Boss” Springsteen Cancels NC over Anti gay Law

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On Friday, Bruce Springsteen cancelled his upcoming show in Greensboro, North Carolina, citing his opposition to the state’s sweeping new anti-LGBTQ law. “North Carolina has just passed HB2,” Springsteen wrote on his website, explaining that the law “dictates which bathrooms transgender people are permitted to use.”

Just as important, the law also attacks the rights of LGBT citizens to sue when their human rights are violated in the workplace. No other group of North Carolinians faces such a burden. To my mind, it’s an attempt by people who cannot stand the progress our country has made in recognizing the human rights of all of our citizens to overturn that progress. Right now, there are many groups, businesses, and individuals in North Carolina working to oppose and overcome these negative developments. Taking all of this into account, I feel that this is a time for me and the band to show solidarity for those freedom fighters. As a result, and with deepest apologies to our dedicated fans in Greensboro, we have canceled our show scheduled for Sunday, April 10th. Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry—which is happening as I write—is one of them. It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.
Springsteen is a longtime gay rights supporter. In 1996, in an interview with the Advocate, he explained that he “didn’t buy a lot of those negative attitudes” about homosexuality as a teenager and had gay friends. He also noted that he considered himself a misfit at the time:

Basically, I was pretty ostracized in my hometown. Me and a few other guys were the town freaks—and there were many occasions when we were dodging getting beaten up ourselves. So, no, I didn't feel a part of those homophobic ideas. Also, I started to play in clubs when I was l6 or 17, and I was exposed to a lot of different lifestyles and a lot of different things. It was the sixties, and I was young, I was open-minded, and I wasn't naturally intolerant.
The Boss then delivered a nice soliloquy on “the values that are at work in my work”:

Certainly tolerance and acceptance were at the forefront of my music. If my work was about anything, it was about the search for identity, for personal recognition, for acceptance, for communion, and for a big country. I've always felt that's why people come to my shows, because they feel that big country in their hearts.
Springsteen is also known for passionately kissing male band mate Clarence Clemons on stage. 

Mark Joseph Stern is a writer for Slate. He covers the law and LGBTQ issues.

November 29, 2014

Was Shakespeare Gay? Look at Sonnet 20


Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116, Let me not to the marriage of true minds, has of recent years become as popular a recitation at weddings as recitals of Frank Sinatra’s My Way at funerals.
If wide notice is taken of a current spat over what we can read about Shakespeare’s sexuality into the sonnets in the correspondence columns of the Times Literary Supplement, Sonnet 20 may be a future favourite at civil unions. The opening line, to remind you, is A woman’s face with nature’s own hand painted / Hast thou, the master mistress of my passion.
And the end couplet is: But since she [Nature] prick’d thee out for women’s pleasure, / Mine be thy love and thy love’s use their treasure.
The two TLS spatters are Sir Brian Vickers, wholly sceptical, and Stanley Wells – inclined to read Shakespeare’s own gay feelings into the poems. Vickers’s countering line is that one should assume the poet is the “poet’s persona”, no more Shakespeare than Hamlet is Shakespeare. Wells thinks the sonneteer is, indeed, Shakespeare himself in propria persona (this is, remember, the TLS, not saloon bar at the Dog and Duck).
These distinguished scholars’ interest in sex and the sonnets is, one may suspect, wholly academic. They are well into that stage of life in which Shakespeare says (rather unkindly) the “heyday in the blood is tame”. There is something rather touching about two greybeards, well into their Polonius years with a combined age of 155, speculating about what was bubbling up in the Bard’s twentysomething gonads and whether it spurts into the poems.
Sonnets, one should note in passing, are hard to read – particularly as they move on to the “sestet”, or last six lines. They are also particularly hard to write in English. As George Orwell noted, the cross that English poets have to bear is too few rhyme words (how many for “love”? glove / dove / above – that’s it). There are infinitely more in Italian – the home of the sonnet. 
Although it has supplied some “slow news day” fodder the Shakespeare-sex-and-sonnet issue is by no means new. Victorians were well aware of it; Oscar Wilde cited the sonnets in his doomed trial. It didn’t help.
“Sodometries” – particularly in Renaissance (now renamed Early Modern) literature – has been around as a critical approach ever since the rise of the queer theory in the 1970s. Shakespeare’s likely bisexuality has been factored, unexcitedly, into modern biography. In one of the best of the recent ones (Shakespeare Unbound, 2007) René Weis has a cool and illuminatingly open-minded analysis of whether the earlier sonnets (including 20) are directed at the young and glamorous Earl of Southampton, the poet’s patron and possible love object. Weis also discusses whether, in their “madcap twenties”, Shakespeare and the more overtly gay Christopher Marlowe had an affair.
Was Shakespeare gay? Was he bisexual? Was he either or both of the above at different times of his life? Would he have divulged the fact? Buggery was punishable by hanging until 1861. And, the biggest question of all: does it matter?
I think it does because Shakespeare is a “living” author and how we read him affects how he is performed. Should one make Osric in Hamlet openly gay (and what about Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern)? Should a director accentuate a gay theme in The Merchant of Venice (Weis thinks yes), or in the transvestite subplot in Twelfth Night? Was Shakespeare bisexual? I’d risk Vickers’ wrath by thinking probably yes. Take another look at Sonnet 20.

October 22, 2014

Russian Gay Conceptual Artist ‘Pyotr' Uses Pain and Disfigurement to yell a message

 Conceptual artist Pyotr Pavlensky has cut off his earlobe while sitting naked atop the roof of a psychiatric hospital in Moscow. This scandalous action was preceded by performances in which he nailed his scrotum to the pavement and stitched his mouth shut. RBTH explores the meaning behind his performance and recalls the artist’s other stunts.

After the stunt: Pyotr Pavlensky cuts off his own earlobe. Source: Reuters The headline “Pyotr Pavlensky Cuts Off His Own Earlobe” has been causing quite a buzz on the internet over the last two days, following the St. Petersburg-born conceptual artist’s latest provocative stunt. Pavlensky sliced off part of his ear with a large knife while sitting naked on the roof of the Serbsky Center for Social and Forensic Psychiatry in Moscow. “The knife separates the earlobe from the body. The concrete wall of psychiatry separates reasonable society from mad patients,” begins the artist’s manifesto, posted on journalist Oxana Shalygina’s Facebook page. Attached to the post is a photograph of Pavlensky with the knife and another photograph of police officers taking the knife away and trying to remove the artist from the roof. “By reclaiming the use of psychiatry for political goals, the police apparatus is reclaiming the authority to define the boundary between reason and madness,” the manifesto reads. The artist was administered first aid after the action. 

The stunt was not the first time Pavlensky has exposed himself to bodily torture. According to the artist, he has a low pain threshold and resorts to such methods to express his political views. Liberty Source: PhotoXpress In February, Pavlensky constructed makeshift barricades out of tires and decorated in the Ukrainian and anarchist flags, before setting them on fire. The action was dedicated to the Euromaidan movement and the street protests in Kiev. Press Digest: Will there be a Maidan 3.0? Here is what Pavlensky had to say in his manifesto about the action: “Burning tires, the flags of Ukraine, black flags, and the crashing blows of iron are a song of liberation and revolution. Euromaidan is spreading irreversibly and penetrating the heart of the Empire.” Firefighters quickly arrived to extinguish the artist’s flaming ‘installation’, and Pavlensky was arrested. However, the intervention of a lawyer resulted in his release. Later, a criminal case was filed on the charge of vandalism, and the house of the artist and his companions was raided and several personal items were seized. Nailing Source: Reuters In November 2013, Pavlensky nailed his scrotum to the cobblestones of Red Square while naked.
  A YouTube video of the artist sitting naked and surrounded by onlookers, including children, spread like wildfire on the internet. Related: Artist Pavlensky hospitalized after shocking After some time had elapsed, police officers covered the artist in a blanket and managed to pull the nail out, after which they removed him from Red Square. Pavlensky performed the action on Russian Police Day. According to the artist, his performance was “a metaphor for the apathy, political indifference, and fatalism of modern Russian society.”  Carcass Source: PhotoXpress Six months before that, Pavlensky wrapped himself in a cocoon made of barbed wire in protest of the ban on homosexual ‘propaganda’ to minors, the law protecting the feelings of religious believers, and other laws that have caused a public outcry. The artist said these laws were repressive and aimed to censor society, and his comment on the performance read as follows: “The human body is naked like a carcass, there is nothing on it except barbed wire, which was invented to protect livestock. These laws, like wire, keep people in individual pens.” Police freed Pavlensky from the barbed wire using garden clippers. No criminal case was filed. Stitching Source: Reuters The first scandalous political action that brought Pavlensky to the attention of the media took place in July 2012 in St. Petersburg. 

The artist sewed his own mouth shut in support of the members of the group Pussy Riot who were convicted for singing a “punk prayer” in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior. “By sewing up my mouth in front of the Kazan Cathedral, I wanted to show the position of the modern artist in Russia: the ban on free speech. I am sickened by the intimidation of society and mass paranoia, the manifestations of which I see everywhere,” Pavlensky explained.

Source: Russia Beyond the Headlines  

 Alexandra Guzeva, RBTH

June 7, 2014

Local Singer ‘Lovari' Responds to Pastor Manning’s Calling for Stoning of Gays


LovariWorld.Com has uploaded Jennifer Louise Lopez & Lovari's response to Pastor Manning's Homophobic Church Sign


         Jennifer Louise Lopez and Lovari respond to Pastor David Manning's homophobic remarks on the sign of Atlah World Ministries in Harlem, NYC. Originally the sign read, "Jesus would stone homos." Earlier during the year, after seeing the sign, Jennifer Louise Lopez knocked on the door of the church and said "I'm here for my stoning." They told her to come back the following day. Jennifer waited a few days and came back instead with a group of over 50 protestors, Eyewitness News, NBC News, and bloggers. In this followup video, she sits down with recording artist/actor (and one of the protestors) Lovari, as they both speak about the inaccuracies of Pastor Manning's teachings and responding to untruths spoken about her by Manning in the media.

February 14, 2014

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January 23, 2014

Ballsy Russian Artist on Red Square

St. Petersburg artist Pyotr Pavlensky was called in for questioning by police in Moscow on Nov. 21 over a much-publicized artistic performance on Red Square that took place on Nov. 10.
In the course of the performance, Pavlensky nailed his scrotum to the paving and sat staring down between his legs as a protest against apathy and political indifference in Russian society. The performance took place on Russia’s Police Day.

In an interview with The St. Petersburg Times Monday, Pavlensky said he discovered that a case over alleged criminal misconduct (“hooliganism”) had been initiated against him via media reports on Nov. 18, and it was only during the Nov. 21 interrogation that he was served with papers.
According to a photocopy of that document made available to The St. Petersburg Times, Pavlensky "nailed his penis to the cobblestones" exhibiting a "gross violation of public order [that] expressed a clear disrespect for society" and was motivated by "political and ideological hatred as well as hatred for a particular social group."
Written by police investigator Lt. R.A. Kapnin on Nov. 13, the document described the performance as “provocative and offensive."

With hatred given as a motivation for an activity, the Criminal Code article 213 can be used, which can result in a prison sentence of up to five years. The same article was used last year against three members of the feminist punk group Pussy Riot and resulted into two-year prison sentences.
Pavlensky said that the investigator failed to specify hatred of which social group his performance had allegedly conveyed.

"There's nothing much they can use to build a propaganda campaign against me, and public opinion is on my side rather than against me," Pavlensky said.
"I found out about the criminal charges from the media, rather than after suddenly being arrested somewhere. I had every chance to flee, if I had wanted to. That's why I think that they have some reservations –— they're not very sure which measures should be taken against me. It looks like they’re being indecisive so far."
According to Pavlensky, he was questioned by police for approximately three hours in the presence of his lawyer Ramil Akhmetgaliyev, who had been provided by the human rights group Agora. "I simply told [the investigator] what I had already told journalists," he said.
“He was very interested to know if I had done it alone or if there was a specific organization backing me," Pavlensky said.

Although the investigator was interested in whose flat he had stayed at in Moscow, Pavlensky said he told him that he had arrived by train on the morning of the performance. He refused to sign a non-disclosure agreement when asked to do so by the investigating officer.
According to Pavlensky, last week's news reports about him being under orders not to leave the city were false. "It was first reported by Interfax, but I don't know who supplied the information," he said.
Titled “Fixation," Pavlensky's performance on the Red Square was about peoples obedience to a repressive regime, he said.

"To put it briefly, it's about a fixation on one's own helplessness," he said. "I am saying that it's not the authorities that have people by the balls, but rather the people themselves, and that the position they saw me in on Red Square was, in reality, the position that most people are in.
"Some did not like it because they saw a certain masochism in it. And it's very good that they did not like it because when people let their indifference direct them, that's true masochism. It's their own aggression directed inward, toward themselves. Society holds itself in such a state on its own and there should be someone to make them aware of this.

“It required expression in a precise visual code for them not only to see, but to feel the situation they are in – that people are not, in reality, sitting in their warm cozy chairs near computers in their offices, but are rather in this awkward position."
Pavlensky said he deliberately timed the performance to coincide with Police Day.
"That was very important because I was talking about the transformation of the country into a police state, about the development of a permanent Police Day, an endless holiday," he said.
"As long as people remain in this position, they are helping to bring this about."
The interrogation on Nov. 21 is the second attempt by police to press charges against the artist over the performance. After detaining and briefly hospitalizing him Nov. 10, police brought him to a Moscow judge the following day to have him convicted of disorderly conduct.
The judge dismissed the case on the grounds that the police documents didn’t demonstrate that Pavlensky had committed the offense, which is defined by being inebriated, the use of foul language and the harassment of passersby.

December 19, 2013

New Page {8} ( Our Artists)TODAY We Highlight} Singer LOVARI One Mil Releases


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Lovari (1 Million on VEVO) releases song w/ Robey (TV's "Friday The 13th")
Award winning recording artist/actor Lovari, whose previous single "Still In Love" hit #1 on both the iTunes and Amazon New Releases R&B Chart (and reached over 1 Million Views on VEVO), releases a new single "Take It To The Top", featuring Robey, the star of TV's Emmy nominated "Friday  The 13th: The Series".
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December 19, 2013
 Lovari, the recording artist who has reached over 1 million views on VEVO with his song "Still In Love", and hit #1 on both the iTunes and Amazon New Releases R&B Chart, has just released a new dance/pop single "Take It To The Top", featuring Robey, star of the Emmy nominated horror / suspense 80s & 90s TV hit,"Friday The 13th: The Series", which is currently in syndication on Chiller TVnetwork.
"Take It To The Top" is produced by Infinite, from the album "No Holding Back" (Sound Patrol Records), which reached the Top 100 iTunes Pop Chart and received a 4 star review from Yahoo Voices' Justin Samuels. The single is currently going for adds on various FM, internet, and social media sites, and iscurrently available on various digital media outlets, including iTunes, Amazon, SoundCloud, and MTV.Com
The various links to listen, stream, download, and purchase are listed below:

Official Websites: is highlighting new artists in our community as a public service to all. ‘New' Not all the times means new but it could be a new accomplishment of a mainstream artist. Then it could just be an upstart artist trying to put their name and craft out there. Long term goal of this site, grateful to have the readership to be able to ad this segment. 

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