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05/27/2015

This Is An 'Emergency': Icona Pop Drops New Summer-Ready Song - LISTEN

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Swedish pop duo Icona Pop are back with an infectious new track perfect for your summer playlists. "Emergency" marks something of a departure for Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo as Rolling Stone notes:

"While "Emergency" invokes the same kind of breakneck delirium that made Icona Pop's 2012 breakout hit "I Love It" a sudden, inescapable smash, the pair have swapped the relentless EDM thump for a big band-inspired groove."

As for the blending of subject matter and beat? 

"We like when you can listen to a song when you are happy and you can listen to it when you are sad," Hjelt told Rolling Stone of the pair's penchant for pop songs with a dark side. "Sometimes we have a message in the song that might be kind of angry or sad, but the song sounds happy."

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Posted May. 27,2015 at 9:24 AM EST by in Icona Pop, Music | Permalink | Comments (0)


Australian Lawmakers Move On Marriage Equality After Ireland's Historic Vote: VIDEO

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In the wake of Ireland's historic vote on marriage, pro-equality legislators in Australia are looking to capitalize on the momentum of last week's vote and push for civil rights advancements in their own country.

While Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is on record as being opposed to marriage equality, Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten (Labor) and his deputy Tanya Plibersek will move next Monday to amend the marriage act on the books in Australia to extend rights to same-sex couples.

Meanwhile other parties have also introduced marriage equality legislation, though none have been considered by Parliament yet. The Sydney Morning Herald reports:

11221278_833570333346196_1007038591899573617_nThere is no shortage of same-sex marriage bills in Canberra.

The [Green Party's] Sarah Hanson-Young already has a bill introduced in the Senate. This week, she announced she would bring forward debate on it next month. And has scheduled a vote for November 12. 

Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm introduced his "freedom to marry" bill to the Senate late last year. He was going to kick off debate on the bill in March, but then postponed it when the Liberal Party ignored it in their party room meeting

Labor's proposed legislation looks like it could be considered as soon as August.

As for the chances of pro-same-sex marriage legislation passing?

In the House of Representatives, the latest estimate from Australian Marriage Equality is that support for same-sex marriage is about one vote shy of a majority.  In the Senate, there is estimated to be a majority of one. 

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Posted May. 27,2015 at 8:59 AM EST by in Australia, Gay Marriage, Tony Abbott | Permalink | Comments (1)


Married Tennessee Pastor Embezzled Thousands from Church, Spent it on Manhunt Membership

HolderRev. Boyd Watson Holder Jr, a Kingsport, Tennessee pastor, embezzled more than $60,000 from his church's coffers and put it to his own uses, said a Sullivan County grand jury last Wednesday after members of the pastor's congregation brought their concerns to police, the TimesNews reports.

They alleged that between $70,000 and $100,000 had been discovered missing from the church's bank account, believing that the discrepancies coincided with Holder's tenure.

Holder was reportedly the only person who could access the funds, according to a KPD incident report — and when questioned about the money by church members, responded, "It is none of your business."

Court documents show that Holder used some of the money on gay dating websites, one of which was Farmers Only, and the other Online Buddies (aka Manhunt).

The investigation has also exposed two additional police reports on Holder, one in which he was written up for being caught in a sex act with another man in a rear lot of a vacant building. The other details an assault on a man in Holder's church, in which Holder forcibly removed a man from a pew by the belt. No charges were filed.

Holder's Twitter profile says: "Father of two beautiful children and a wonderful wife, Sharon. We have the best Church Family!"

He was arrested last Thursday night at Victory Apostolic Church.

Posted May. 27,2015 at 8:30 AM EST by in Crime, Evangelical Christians, News, Tennessee | Permalink | Comments (7)


Netflix Renews Jane Fonda - Lily Tomlin Comedy 'Grace and Frankie'

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Netflix has renewed Grace and Frankie, the Jane Fonda - Lily Tomlin half-hour comedy for a second season, according to The Hollywood Reporter:

Grace and Frankie stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin – their first project together since the 1980 comedy 9 to 5 – as two frenemies who are thrust into each other's lives when their husbands leave them for each other. Sam Waterston, Martin Sheen, Brooklyn Decker, June Diane Raphael, Ethan Embry and Baron Vaughn round out the cast. Marta Kauffman co-created the series with Howard J. Morris, who both exec produce with Fonda, Tomlin, Paula Weinstein, Dana Goldberg, David Ellison and Marcy Ross.

How did everyone like the first season of Grace and Frankie?

Posted May. 27,2015 at 8:00 AM EST by in Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Netflix, News, Television | Permalink | Comments (9)


05/26/2015

'Kinky Boots' May Be The Best Wrong Answer In Jeopardy! History: VIDEO

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Jeopardy! may have just witnessed the pithiest wrong answer in its history.

Recently, in a round of Final Jeopardy, contestants were given the category, "Hymns" with the clue, "A Christian hymn and a Jewish holiday hymn are both titled this, also the name of a 2009 Tony-nominated musical." Viral sensation Choyon Manjrekar didn't know the answer so decided to go with, "Kinky Boots."

Host Alex Trebek quipped, "Whenever people go to temple or go to church, they sing 'Kinky Boots.'"

The correct answer was "Rock of Ages."

TIME reports on the story behind Manjrekar's wrong answer:

In an interview online with contestants after the episode aired, viral sensation Choyon Manjrekar of Providence, R.I., explained, “Musicals aren’t exactly my forte…That’s the first thing that came to mind…It was either that or the Book of Mormon, but I guess that wasn’t a Jewish book…so I panicked and put down something…The moral of this story is bone up on musicals next time.”

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Four LGBT Rights Activists Are Campaigning For Seats In Turkey's Parliament: VIDEO

Turkey’s next round of Parliamentary elections could see the election of an LGBT rights activist. Four pro-LGBT rights activists are currently running. Though Turkey is a conservative, predominantly Muslim country with a less than glowing relationship with its LGBT population, the four LGBT candidates are attempting to bring their fight for equality to the national platform.

SuluOne of the candidates running is Baris Sulu (pictured right). Sulu is openly gay and first made a name for himself when he and his partner unsuccessfully attempted to secure a marriage license. Sulu has since taken his fight to Turkey’s courts with a lengthy legal fight he’s still involved in.

"We are here in this society,” he said to NBC News. “[W]e have our problems and we want to be able to have our say.”

Deva Özenen, a transgender woman whose name will also appear on the Parliamentary ballot, is currently campaigning is Izmir, one of Turkey’s most liberal cities, where she lives and works as a professional translator. Before turning her eyes to politics Özenen, like many of Turkey’s marginalized trans population, turned to sex work to make ends meet.

In an interview with The Independent Özenen explained that as much as her decision to run for elected office speaks to the beginnings of a larger social shift, there’s still a significant amount of work to be done. Should she be elected, one of her primary goals would be to spearhead a law criminalizing hate crimes committed against LGBT people.

“I’m discriminated against for being a transsexual and for being lesbian, because even though some people accept me as a transsexual, when they learn that I’m also lesbian they’re shocked,” she recounted. “And I’m also Christian. I’m accustomed to discrimination and all kinds of insults.”

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