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Mykki Blanco Does Not Want To Be Called A 'Gay Rapper'

MykkiblancoYesterday Mykki Blanco spoke with Entertainment Weekly to promote his new album, Gay Dog Food, which drops today.

In the interview, Blanco describes the album as "gross," and he characterizes sound as "like it’s coming out of white noise." He compares the "crunchy" sound to an "air conditioning unit and a blender," and he says his "more pensive and feminine" energy is the yin to the yang of known acts with similar sounds — such as Death Grips, System of a Down, Limp Bizkit.

Blanco talks sexuality, too. On the one hand, being gay means his work is often given less credit. Blanco remembers a particular anecdote: 

To be honest I remember when my song “Haze.Boogie.Life” came on a friend—he didn’t say this to make me feel bad, it was just the f–king truth—he was like, you have one of the hottest f–king songs right now, but because you’re a gay rapper, people are trying to turn a blind eye toward it. If Lil Wayne or somebody came out with this song, it would be on the radio.

He also is annoyed by the labels he is given, saying he finds it "stupid" if a listener hears his new album and still wants to just put him in the simple box of "gay rapper."

Check out the artist's SoundCloud here.


Shia LaBeouf Strips Down and Bears It Up For 'Interview': PHOTOS

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Shia LaBeouf shows off his buff physique for Interview Magazine's latest issue. He talks with Elvis Mitchell about his dark upbringing and, among other things, that now-infamous run-in with Alan Cumming:

LaBEOUF: ...Really I'm gaining control over myself again. I've given up so much control over myself to this industry. I felt like a slave who wasn't allowed to read. That's extreme, but it really is that debilitating when you have no say over it anymore. A lot of my actions in the public—and not all of them, because there have been some straight-up mistakes, like grabbing Alan Cumming's ass and getting arrested in New York at Cabaret.

MITCHELL: Was that about you walking into a theater and turning it into a performance space?

LaBEOUF: I was reading about [pioneering performance artist] Allan Kaprow happenings, and performance art of the '60s and '70s. So I thought, "All right, I know a little about that." We're all involved here. It's not just you on your stage. We're all in here and we're all part of this. I was wrong. The New York crowd didn't see it the same way, and I totally understand that. So I see the error of my ways. But that moment actually saved my life, forced me to look at myself. And when you're in a cell with a f--king mask on your face and a lead jacket, you can really see that some of your life choices were skewed wrong. And for some people it does take that. I still am a very stubborn, hardheaded person who is theatrical by nature. [...]

LaBEOUF:...That's partly what I've been doing for the last year, trying to reinvent myself, in very calculated behavior, and sometimes in very uncalculated behavior. 

MITCHELL: What would be an instance of the uncalculated behavior? 

LaBEOUF: Well, like, grabbing Alan Cumming's ass and being a drunken buffoon in New York. But the way it gets construed in the media, I have no control over. 

Check out a few more photos of LaBeouf baring his body (and bearing it up) for Interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

You can also read the full interview HERE.

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Televangelist Rocked By Accusations He Abused Male Church Members, Forced Vasectomies - VIDEO

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A series of reports in The Akron Beacon Journal has detailed decades of abuse and cover-ups by Ohio televangelist Ernest Angley.

Angley, pastor at Grace Cathedral Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, has been accused by former church members of performing genital "examinations," encouraging abortions and vasectomies, and arranging a marriage between a congregant and a convicted child molester.

Reporter Bob Dyer said that he had heard rumors about Angley for a long time but it wasn't until July when he received a recording of a church service in which Angley admits to examining the private parts of males that he began looking into the reports.

GraceDuring the July 13th service, addressing accusations that he is gay and has abused both his associates and members of the congregation, Angley said “I’m not a homosexual. God wouldn’t use a homosexual like he uses me. He calls me his prophet, and indeed I am. ...

On the issue of urging men in his congregation to submit to vasectomies, Angley said:

“I’ve helped so many of the boys down through the years. They had their misgivings. Sure, I’d have them uncover themselves, but I did not handle them at all. And I would tell them how that would work. And they’d have to watch it. I’d have some of them come back to me that I felt needed to. And I would tell them, I would look at them, their privates — I, so I could tell how they were swelling.”

Kenny Montgomery, a former usher at the church, who like many others interviewed by Dyer who compared Angley with cult leader Jim Jones, said “that place is a textbook cult. I’m really scared for my friends and family that still go there.”

Becky Roadman, who quit the church in 2013, said that members are not allowed to have children, an accusation backed up by another former church member Angelia Oborne:

“My husband and I can’t have children because my husband had a vasectomy. We were looking at getting it reversed, but I’m 35 years old and ... may not be able to have children anymore. And that breaks my heart, because that choice was made for me, because of the brainwashing, the mind control. We weren’t allowed to have children. If you turned up pregnant, it’s almost as if you had sinned.”

Oborne added that many church members have been forced into having abortions.

Former member Greg Mulkey said that Angley doesn’t want his congregation to have children “because it would take their time and money away from [the church]. He really forced people into abortions through scare tactics, as if he were a medical doctor. It turns my stomach.”

Mulkey added that male members were often forced to have vasectomies.

Watch Bob Dyer discuss the allegations against Angley, AFTER THE JUMP...(warning: autoplay)

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Grammy Nominated Mary Lambert On Growing Up Gay In A Christian Community - VIDEO

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Grammy nominated musician Mary Lambert has spoken to Take Part about reconciling her sexual orientation with her faith.

In the interview Lambert, known for her collaboration with Ryan Lewis and Macklemore on Same Love, talks about using music to prove that all kinds of love are valid and worthy of acceptance.

Lambert also reveals that she auditioned unsuccessfully for American Idol when she was 16.

Watch the interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Meet the Gay Men Who Are Waiting For Marriage To Have Sex - VIDEO

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Vlogger Ariella Scarella’s latest video Gay Virgins Til Marriage interviews two gay men who have made the decision to not have sex before marriage, reports Huffington Post.

The two men - Gilbert Gonzalez from California and Paul from Kansas City, Missouri, both of whom identify as Christian - open up on questions from Scarella’s viewers: are they avoiding “slut shaming”? What if saving yourself “doesn’t work out and you end of saving yourself for the wrong person”? and exactly why they’ve chosen this path.

Paul explains:

"I save sex for marriage because I believe it is much more than an act of pleasure. I believe sex is first and foremost a bonding mechanism, both physiologically and spiritually. So I find that the morality of sex is in the way we use or abuse that bonding mechanism."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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GLAD Sues Social Security Administration For Lesbian Widow Social Security Benefits - VIDEO

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On Monday, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) filed a lawsuit on behalf of a lesbian widow seeking parity of Social Security benefits for married same-sex couples, reports Washington Blade.

The litigation was filed by GLAD in the U.S. District Court of Rhode Island on behalf of 56-year-old Deborah Tevyaw, who was denied spousal disability benefits and a lump sum death payment from the Social Security Administration (SSA).

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In 2005, Tevyaw was married in Massachusetts to Patricia Baker. Baker died in 2011 following a battle against lung cancer. In her final months, she lobbied for the legalization of gay marriage in Rhode Island, testifying on the issue before the state Senate.

However, despite the legality of the marriage, Tevyaw was denied benefits upon her Baker’s death. The SSA at first asserted the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) blocked her from receiving benefits. However, even after the Supreme Court ruled Section 3 of the law was unconstitutional, the SSA allegedly continued to deny Tevyaw benefits on the basis that Rhode Island wouldn’t have recognized her marriage at the time of Baker’s death.

Tevyaw has since been living on a monthly income of $732 and was forced to sell her home she owned for more than 38 years because she can’t afford the mortgage.

In a statement, Tevyaw said:

“I’ve lost my wife and my best friend, and Social Security has made that so much worse by telling me that in their eyes, I was not Pat’s wife. Not only is that hurtful and insulting, it has meant that I am living in poverty. I am not looking for a handout; this is money that Pat earned through hard work.”

The lawsuit also notes Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chaffee’s executive order on May 24, 2012 recognizing out-of-state same-sex marriages and contends the directive should apply to Tevyaw’s marriage even though Chaffee signed it before Baker’s death.

SSA spokesperson William “BJ” Jarrett said the agency agrees the issue behind the lawsuit “deserves additional consideration. He added that the SSA plans to review its policy manuals based on analysis of Rhode Island state common law.

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