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NEWS: Lohan's Interview, Gaga V. Perez, Hostages, Ambush In Egypt, Public Sex Boxes

Road During a post-rehab interview with Oprah Winfrey, Lindsay Lohan confessed to being an "addict", and blamed the start of her troubles on the success that she met immediately following the release of Mean GirlsLindsay Lohan

Road Conflict in Egypt continues to rage on as an ambush claimed the lives of 25 soldiers earlier today in the Sinai Peninsula. 

Road Lady Gaga and Perez Hilton took to Twitter yesterday in an apparent feud after Hilton allegedly tried to enter Gaga's apartment. 

Road Gaga also released the video to her new single, "Applause" today. 

Road The U.S. Navy released a guide for gay service members about same-sex partner benefits

Road Oscar Pistorius appeared in court earlier today and apparently wept during his hearing. His trial is set to begin on March 3rd. 

Road A hostage situation continues as an armed man keeps several people captive in the German city of Ingolstadt. Twitter Feud 

Road Ashton Kutcher's jOBS didn't seem to draw very many crowds this weekend. They were apparently too busy watching The Butler

Road At least 37 people were killed in Bihar, India when an express train crossed tracks at a remote station. 

Road Mexican authorities have captured the leader of a major drug cartel: Mario Ramirez Trevino. 

Road Alexander Skarsgard bared it all on last night's episode of True Blood (ALERT: link contains spoilers).  Prince-shares-breakfast-can-wait-cover-art-featuring-dave-chappelle1-400x400

Road Sen. Rand Paul, who has vowed a "government shutdown" as Obamacare laws take effect, confessed yesterday that he "doesn't think it's a good idea."

Road Prostitutes in Zurich will now be able to offer their services under the cover of private drive-in sex boxes

Road Apparently, Prince has no problem taking a joke...

Road Beyonce dares you to hate on her new hairstyle.

Road Nick Jonas is apparently putting his beefy bod to work for a good cause.

Road While Princess Diana has been dead for over a decade, conspiracy theories surrounding her death are still alive and well. 

Road Russell Simmons had no idea that a "Harriet Tubman Sex Tape" might offend a few people.

Beyoncé Uses Poem To Celebrate Frank Ocean's Coming Out


Like Russell Simmons, Beyoncé is tickled pink to hear that her collaborator, singer Frank Ocean, who wrote her track "I Miss You," came out last week. To show her support, the pop-star posted the above picture and poem on her official website.

Speaking with PrideSource last year, Beyoncé expressed her awe at the "confidence and fearlessness it takes" to come out.

Beyoncé's husband, Jay-Z, also praised Ocean, writing last week that he "admire[s] the great courage and beauty and fearlessness in your coming out."

Music Mogul Russell Simmons Reacts To Frank Ocean's Coming Out: 'We Love You'

RussellSimmonsRussell Simmons, one of the leading voices in the music industry and a fairly influential figure on the human rights scene, penned a blog post today congratulating singer Frank Ocean for coming out of the closet:

Today is a big day for hip-hop. It is a day that will define who we really are.

How compassionate will we be? How loving can we be? How inclusive are we?

I am profoundly moved by the courage and honesty of Frank Ocean. Your decision to go public about your sexual orientation gives hope and light to so many young people still living in fear. These types of secrets should not matter anymore, but we know they do, and because of that I decided to write this short statement of support for one of the greatest new artists we have. 

His gifts are undeniable. His talent, enormous. His bravery, incredible. His actions this morning will uplift our consciousness and allow us to become better people. Every single one of us is born with peace and tranquility in our heart.  Frank just found his.

Frank, we thank you. We support you. We love you.

With Simmons and collaborators Jay-Z and Kanye West behind him, there's virtually no way Ocean will feel any backlash from coming out. And that, as Martha Stewart would say ten years ago, when the idea of an openly gay hip-hop artist was a simple fantasy, is a good thing.

Watch The Red Carpet At The 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards, NYC

ImagesTake note: At 4:30 ET this afternoon, at this here link, you can watch the red carpet festivities at GLAAD's 23rd Annual Media Awards in New York, New York. And what'll you see? Could be Dakota Fanning -- she'll be there. So will Glee's Naya Rivera and Cory Monteith. (They're hosting.) Bernadette Peters! Russell Simmons! Padma Lakshmi! John Stamos! Carson Kressley! Lots of others!

The GLAAD Media Awards are spread among three events -- the one this evening, one in LA in April, and another in SanFran in June. The awards exist to "celebrate the most outstanding images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in the media" -- be the media film, television, print journalism, online journalism, television journalism, whathaveyou.

Note: Before you can watch the red carpet goings-on, you've gotta register. And you can do that right here.

Russell Simmons Buys Up Remaining Ads on 'All-American Muslim' in Response to Florida 'Family' Group


Over the weekend, Brandon posted about Lowe's decision to pull ads from the TLC show "All-American Muslim" after complaints from the Florida Family Association that the show is "propaganda that riskily hides the Islamic agenda's clear and present danger to American liberties and traditional values."

Yesterday, Russell Simmons and his Rush Card announced that they had bought up all remaining advertising for the show in response to the evangelical group's actions.

There is also a petition underway to repudiate calls for advertisers to boycott the show.

Eviction, Clean-up of 'Occupy Wall Street's' Zuccotti Park Postponed

Fearing confrontation, the City of New York has cancelled its planned clean-up of Zuccotti Park, in which protesters who had been encamped their for four weeks were to be displaced while the area was cleaned. New rules stated that people would not be able to return with tents, sleeping bags, etc, and many suspected that this was a ploy to secure full eviction of the protesters at some point.

OwsThe clean-up was canceled this morning:

The announcement was made by the Bloomberg administration around 6:20 a.m., about 40 minutes before workers were scheduled to enter Zuccotti Park, which has been the home base for the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators angered by what they see as an unfair and corrupt financial system.

“Late last night, we received notice from the owners of Zuccotti Park — Brookfield Properties — that they are postponing their scheduled cleaning of the park, and for the time being withdrawing their request from earlier in the week for police assistance during their cleaning operation,” Deputy Mayor Caswell F. Holloway said in a statement.

Last night, Russell Simmons, who made several trips to OWS earlier this week, one with Kanye West, offered to pay for the cleaning of the park himself to avoid confrontation.



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