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10/31/2013

Omarosa and Bethenny Politely Rip Each Other's Heads Off: VIDEO

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Popcorn viewing for anyone amused by the ego spats brought on by a decade of working in reality TV. Most likely nauseating to everyone else.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Oct. 31,2013 at 3:29 PM EST by in News, Reality TV | Permalink | Comments (25)


Cloture Likely on ENDA Tonight, Setting Up Monday Vote

A cloture filing on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act is likely tonight, Buzzfeed reports:

ReidReid is likely to file a cloture petition on the bill this evening, a Democratic leadership aide told BuzzFeed Thursday, which would set a vote on the motion to proceed on debate of ENDA for Monday evening.

If the motion to proceed, which requires 60 votes, is agreed to, the Senate would debate and eventually vote on the bill. The vote would be the first Senate vote on the legislation since 1996 and the first vote ever on the legislation with both sexual orientation and gender identity protections.

Reid told Rachel Maddow in an interview last night he is confident that the measure has the votes to pass.

Posted Oct. 31,2013 at 2:37 PM EST by in ENDA, Harry Reid, News | Permalink | Comments (12)


Filmmaker: Ugandan Pastors Tried to Pray My Gay Away — VIDEO

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Roger Ross Williams, the documentarian behind the new film God Loves Uganda, describes to The Hollywood Reporter the moment during production that he realized a group of anti-gay Ugandan pastors knew that he was gay:

WilliamsTwo-thirds of the way through filming, Williams' worst fear became a reality when an e-mail was sent to Ugandan religious leaders outing Williams as being gay and part of the "gay agenda." "One of the biggest anti-gay pastors invited me to his house for dinner. And I got there and thought, 'Oh my God, this is an ambush.' The pastors who are fighting the spread of homosexuality were all sitting there, not smiling. They pulled out the e-mail and said, 'We know that you are a homosexual.' I was terrified because I'd watched them hold up Bibles and say, 'This book says these people must be killed.' I was silent," Williams says, then pauses, simulating a moment that must have felt like it lasted an hour. " 'But, Roger, we're going to help you, we're going to cure you.' They then just started praying over me."

Watch the powerful trailer for God Loves Uganda, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Oct. 31,2013 at 2:09 PM EST by in Film, News, Roger Ross Williams, Uganda | Permalink | Comments (8)


Cory Booker Sworn in to U.S. Senate: VIDEO

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Newark mayor Cory Booker was sworn in to the U.S. Senate this morning by Vice President Joe Biden, bringing the Senate chamber to its feet. Booker won a special election earlier this month to fill the seat of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ).

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Oct. 31,2013 at 1:35 PM EST by in Cory Booker, New Jersey, News | Permalink | Comments (10)


Ellen DeGeneres Sends Her Staffers Through a Second Terrifying Haunted House: VIDEO

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One haunted house wasn't enough for Ellen DeGeneres this year. Today she bonused Halloween by sending her staffers Amy and Andy through again, this time in the terrifying mime-filled halls of the Queen Mary Dark Harbor, set in the retired ship anchored in Long Beach.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

P.S. - Ellen dressed as Nicki Minaj and her extreme underboob this year.

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Posted Oct. 31,2013 at 1:05 PM EST by in Ellen DeGeneres, Halloween, News | Permalink | Comments (14)


The OXD Mirror: New Music for 10.31.13

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / RU BHATT

The OXD Mirror is a weekly music column brought to you by the boys of OCCUPY THE DISCO (OXD), a New York City based collective created by three music lovers, Ru Bhatt, Josh Appelbaum, and Tadeu Magalhães, who want to share their love for disco, house and dance music with the world.  

 

Blood Orange - 'You're Never Good Enough'

After releasing the ethereal 'Chamakay,' Blood Orange (Devonte Hynes) follows up with a clever lyric video for the warm synth laden 'You're Not Good Enough.' The song is everything we've come to expect from Hynes, lush textures, haunting lyrics, and a decidedly "chilled-out" vibe. Pay attention to the video though, the lyrics start playing concurrently and then eventually switch over to subtext of the song--giving the viewer a frank assessment of what's really going on. Hynes' upcoming record, Cupid Deluxe, releases on November 18th.

 

Cuebur feat Marissa Guzman - 'No Doubt'

South Africa's Cuebur started DJing at the age of 15, has gone on to release multiple albums, and founded his own record label. His latest effort, 'No Doubt' released by Defected Records will hopefully gain him national recognition on the house music scene. Raw percussion is supplemented with smooth, organic melodies that draw inspiration from South Africa, creating a luxurious backdrop for Marrissa Guzman's delicate vocals. 

 

Horixon - 'Lifeline feat. Robert Owens' Is Tropical Remix'

Horixon is a new name on the music scene comprised of one half of Monarchy, Andrew Armstrong, and John Sambrooke.  The duo is set to release their first EP, Lifeline, on Kitsuné on November 4th. Chicago House Music legend Robert Owens lends his vocals to the track, adding a classic flavor to an otherwise modern track. South London-based producer and Kitsuné protégé Is Tropical subdues the original track creating a remix that is much more in line with his namesake.

CONTINUED, AFTER THE JUMP... 

 

Miami Horror - 'Real Slow (Plastic Plates Remix)'

Australian collective Miami Horror's latest single 'Real Slow' gets a groovy '70s style remake courtesy of fellow countryman Plastic Plates. The song is available as a free download on Miami Horror's Facebook page.

 

Katy B - 'I Like You'

I recently featured Katy B's fantastic new single, '5am,' which finally sees it's release next month (it was pushed back for unknown reasons). The B-side, 'I Like You' has Katy teaming up with one of my favorite producers, George FitzGerald. The German maestro creates a thumping, house fusion backdrop that complements Katy's sweet vocals, creating a late night burner that's begging for a spin on the dancefloor.

 

Disclosure -'Apollo'

Disclosure's debut album Settle may have just released earlier this summer but it's been in pretty heavy rotation so the world is eager to hear what's next from the band of brothers. They just released a new track, 'Apollo,' which is testament to Disclosure's mastery of the late-night, bass-heavy jam. As of now there's no other accompanying information as to whether it will be released as part of a new EP or album, but it will certainly satiate us for the time being.

 

OCCUPY THE DISCO (OXD) curates and recommends music events to the gay community in NYC—in an effort to move the focus of the nightlife scene beyond the promoter and venue and to the music itself. OXD's goal is to educate, entertain, engage and empower the gay audience to reclaim their ability to question and experience the unknown. The OXD Mirror will serve to showcase tunes that are definitely off-the-beaten-path but rightfully deserve the attention of the gay ear.

This week's post was written and curated by Ru Bhatt. Check out more of his music picks on his podcast, The Ru-Mix and on Made In Brazil.

Be sure to check out these tracks and more on our Spotify Playlist. For more information on OXD, check out our website and accompanying blog at www.occupythedisco.com, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter: @OccupyTheDisco.

Posted Oct. 31,2013 at 12:33 PM EST by in Music, Music Recommendations, Music Video, Occupy the Disco, Ru Bhatt | Permalink | Comments (0)



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