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Frank Ocean Coming Out On New Album 'Channel Orange'?

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Frank Ocean's Channel Orange doesn't hit shelves until July 17th, but BBC radio's Max caught a listen and says that Ocean, a ghostwriter for Justin Bieber, Beyonce, John Legend and also a vocal talent in his own right, basically comes out. Instead of using "her" in love songs, he blatantly uses "him".

From The Boombox:

[Ocean] has been holding listening parties all over the world, most recently in London, and after giving Channel Orange a spin, BBC 1 radio personality Max reported back on lyrics that would seemingly out Ocean as gay.

"Frank has also opened up about his sexuality on the album, we think it's brave and admire him for being so honest and sharing such a personal aspect of his life through his music," Max said. "On the songs 'Bad Religion' 'Pink Matter and 'Forrest Gump' you can hear him sing about being in love and their are quite obvious words used like 'him' and not 'her.'

The site also notes that Bossip.com recently ran a blind item suggesting Frank Ocean was prepping for a coming out party.

There’s been plenty of speculation about this hot young r&b star’s sexuality, but most of it has been drowned out by the adoration by fans and famous alike. After keeping folks guessing in 2011, this soul singer will answer any questions about which team he’s swinging for with his upcoming musical release.

If this is indeed about Ocean and he is coming out, the 24-year old and his many famous friends, like Jay-Z and Kanye West, could become leading figures in combating homophobia in hip-hop. That is if Ocean chose to do so, of course.


News: Obama on Kanye, More Titanic, Ex-Gay Ad, PTA

RoadFootball players at a San Antonio high school lent their popularity and friendship to a bullied peer.

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9f35c3e970c-800wi Good education: "A New York group has won approval to organize what would be the only Parent Teacher Association unit in the country currently dedicated to the needs of gay and lesbian youths."

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6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9f35c3e970c-800wi A GOProud activist doubts the veracity of Hilary Rosen's Ann Romney apology, because "radical left-wing lesbians are just too stubborn to admit when they're wrong." I doubt the veracity of that statement.

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9f35c3e970c-800wi Sorry if this is too much Titanic coverage, but Daniel Mendelsohn has an interesting article about why we care so much about the ocean disaster in this week's New Yorker: "[The Only Way to Cross] winningly portrays the wireless boys of a hundred years ago as the computer geeks of their day, from their extreme youth to their strikingly familiar lingo. “WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH U?,” came one response to the Titanic’s distress call."

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6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9f35c3e970c-800wi Ready to read some post-Harry Potter JK Rowling? Here are some details on her forthcoming book, The Casual Vacancy: "The 480-page book, which is described as 'blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising', is about a parish council election in a small English town called Pagford."

 

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9f35c3e970c-800wi President Obama on Kanye West: "He is a jackass. But he's talented."

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9f35c3e970c-800wi This is totally true: "The United States would be a very different place if everyone cared this much about misogyny when there wasn't a presidential election in which appearing to care about misogyny could score a political point."

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9f35c3e970c-800wi The plaintiffs in McLaughlin v. United States, a suit demanding the government extend benefits to the spouses of gay soldiers, are asking the House of Representatives' Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group to weigh in on the case on April 20, 8 days earlier than the previous deadline.

ExGayAd RoadTransport for London announced late Thursday that a contract for an "ex-gay" group's bus ads reading "Not gay! Post-gay, ex-gay and proud. Get over it!" has been scrapped

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9f35c3e970c-800wi The Avengers premiered in Los Angeles last night. Those not lucky enough to attend will have to wait until May 4th.

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9f35c3e970c-800wi First Lady Michelle Obama came out in defense of Ann Romney today.

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9f35c3e970c-800wi Rumor has it that Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel will tie the knot in Italy this summer. Maybe once that's over with he'll make another album?

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9f35c3e970c-800wi Bikini waxes are for some reason increasingly popular among men.

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9f35c3e970c-800wi Equality activism from across the religious rainbow for marriage rights in North Carolina: "Groundswell, a social action initiative of Auburn Seminary, will launch the Groundswell of Courage campaign, a multifaith, national, grassroots campaign that supports full LGBTQ equality and dignity this Saturday, April 14th, 2012, in North Carolina, just 24 days before North Carolina's May 8 ballot initiative that would change the state constitution and ban same-sex marriage and legal recognition for North Carolina's LGBTQ couples."

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9f35c3e970c-800wi The U.S. Justice Department today issued its first hate crime indictment for an incident involving sexual orientation. From the DOJ: "The indictment charges the men with committing a hate crime in violation of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which expanded federal jurisdiction to include certain assaults motivated by someone’s sexual orientation."


Kanye West Goes to 'Occupy Wall Street' Protest with Spokesman Russell Simmons: VIDEO

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A very serious Kanye West kept uncharacteristically quiet at the Occupy Wall Street protest.

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Watch: Full Music Video For Kanye West's 'Monster'

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An unfinished version of his music video for "Monster" leaked back in December but West just released the completed version, which features Jay Z, Nicki Minaj and, one of my personal favorites, Bon Iver. The six minute clip begins with the following disclaimer: "The following content is in no way to be interpreted as misogynistic or negative towards any groups of people. It is an art piece and it shall be taken as such."

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Watch: Katy Perry's 'E.T.' Music Video featuring Kanye West

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Katy Perry debuted her new video for "E.T." today in which she plays an alien who makes a dormant robot come to life.

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Watch: Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi in 'All of the Lights' Video

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Kanye West today debuted the Hype Willams-directed video for "All of the Lights" featuring Rihanna and Kid Cudi.

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