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Rising Artist Spotlight: Moko

In: Music, Nic
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It’s no secret by now that the 90′s are back, and with all things 90′s comes all things 90′s dance. With artists like Kiesza taking the lead on the charts right now, someone is sneaking up beside with a great voice and a great beat, and that person is Moko.

Born Diane Nadia Adu-Gyamfi, and of Ghanaian descent, this British soul singer came to fame with the track “Count On Me” with Chase & Status about a year ago. In October 2013, Moko released her EP Black which she had a hand in personally producing.

Her latest track “Your Love” released early July of this year and just happens to accompany a killer video that screams Crystal Waters and Robin S’s love child. Give me this synthesized beats and I am most definitely a happy boy. Moody lighting, enough throw back dancing to go for days, and a couple aggressive “pigtails”, I’m thinking Moko is just getting started.

Climbing onto the train at the right moment, this diva is gaining momentum and is the one to watch.

Watch the video for Moko’s “Your Love” below.

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The Gang Is Back: Furry Creek Season 2

In: Nic, TV Shows
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Like an old rash, the unruly crowd of Mark Kenneth Wood’s Face of Furry Creek is back with season 2. The old faces that make up the motley crew are joined by a couple new, and awfully hysterical faces to show that the small town of Furry Creek is just as dysfunctional as ever.

This season…follows a mountain resort community whose tourists are leaving in droves. It’s time to create a new tourism campaign to get those visitor dollars back! And what better way to find a tourism ambassador than a local reality show contest? With old favourites and plenty of new faces in town, 5 candidates compete, lie and cheat their way to becoming the new “Face of Furry Creek”.

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It’s that time of year, Labour Day Weekend, that the biggest drag pageant in North America hits Chicago.

Miss Continental has been around since 1980, and this year marks it’s 35th anniversary. Although all advanced tickets are sold out, tickets night of, will be available for purchase at The Baton Show Lounge.

Preliminary night is this Sunday, August 31st, where we will be in Chicago cheering on friend of Homorazzi, and last year’s runner up, Brooke Lynn Hytes, with doors at 6pm and show at 7pm.  The finals night lands on Monday the 1st, with doors at 7pm and show at 8pm.

After missing first place by just one point last year, the tension is on to see if Brooke Lynn can take the 2014 crown.  A list of contestants and all things pageant can be found at the website here.

So come hoot and holler with us if you’re in the Chicago area! It’s going to be a great time!

Rising Artist Spotlight: SZA

In: Music, Nic
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The American singer-songwriter known as SZA has been making waves on the indie charts for a while with her unique combination of soulful and chill beats. Now currently writing her fourth EP, SZA has released a new video from her latest EP entitled Z and is showing a different side.

You could expect an artist who cites her influences as everything from Wu-Tang to Billie Holiday to have a wide variety to draw from, and none is more true than SZA showing a bit of her down-lo Pop side on her newest track “Julia“. I’ve enjoyed every beautifully shot music video SZA has released but something more ethereal and lighthearted is involved in the Julia video and it works for her.

Hitting the scene in 2012 with her self-released EP See.SZA.Run, the album got favourable reviews comparing her minimalist R&B sound to artists like The Weeknd and Frank Ocean. Following that up with her next EP S,  in 2013, SZA continued her streak of great reviews. Her latest EP Z though, released earlier this year, has found the most commercial success, breaking into both the UK and Billboard markets.

At the tail end of the “Julia” video when the sun goes down, we get a snippet of a new song called “Tender,” something more true to what we’ve heard from her previously, which makes me anxious for her next album, released in hard copy (a first for the artist) as well as digital download.

SZA definitely has the artistry and chops for a long career. Marking her as a Rising Artist is an understatement. I think SZA is already a star.

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Ian Thorpe Comes Out As Gay

In: Nic, Totally GAY!
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Aussie swimmer Ian Thorpe has finally revealed he is gay, and seems to be coming out during an interview with Sir Michael Parkinson set to air on Australian TV this Sunday.

The 31 year old retired from swimming in 2012 after winning 3 Gold and 2 Olympic Silvers, 11 World titles, and 11 Commonwealth Games medals. Even living in Australia for years I know first hand that the subject of Thorpe’s sexuality was always a hot topic of discussion despite his denial. The hot hetero topic a few years back was his “relationship” with Olympic swimmer Amanda Beard, which Beard all but denied. That’s right, I said it: Thorpe’s “Beard” denied his breast stroke.

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The Haus of Jaja is throwing another fantastic charity event in TO here this month and you should be there!

Valentines Day showed the premiere of Jaja’s charity chops, and the event was a raging success raising thousands for the LGBT Youth line. This time Camp OUT is once again being held at the Pilot Tavern and this time is supporting LGBT youth in going to camp this Summer.

PFLAG Durham Region’s Youth Leadership camp is in jeopardy due to last minute funding cuts. But with your support, we can give these kids the chance they deserve to regroup, recharge, and thrive!

The event is an early one from 5pm to 9pm and promises a good time, with great music, a fun dance floor, special guests, and draws and raffles. This time I will not be covered in balloons in my underwear, but I will be there to show these guys, doing great things for our community and surrounding communities, my support. Come down on June 19th for a smore, some bug juice punch, and a lot of fun. It’ll be a gooder.

For more info, head over to the Facebook event.

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Play Review: Queer Bathroom Stories

In: Nic, The Arts, Totally GAY!
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Buddies In Bad Times Theatre with Libido Productions premiered a new piece on Tuesday night as an introduction to the Pride season. Queer Bathroom Stories, written by Sheila Cavanagh, is a compilation of over 100 interviews and an adaptation of Cavanagh’s book Queering Bathrooms: Gender, Sexuality and the Hygienic Imagination. The play tells several stories over the course of a little over an hour of the secret life of Bathrooms in the LGBTQ community.

Sexual escapades aside, and hitting on the most important subject matter of the play, the production shows how the trans community responds to the stick figures on bathroom doors, and the reactions to something possibly taken for granted by others. This was truly the bread and butter of Queer Bathroom Stories. Sure, the “cruising” aspects of the play were impossible to avoid when discussing what the play is about, but came across as misplaced compared to the flow and importance of the gender issues.

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Lily Allen Wants To Be “Sheezus”

In: Music, Nic
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Lily Allen has been killing it with every new track she’s come out with.  Right from “Hard Out Here“, to the super catchy “Air Balloon” that’s incessantly stuck in my head, I’ve been welcoming the return of Queen Lil with open arms.

Allen’s new track is a name dropping treasure paying homage to all the top female pop stars of our time letting us know that “second best” isn’t where it’s at as a female singer, and that she won’t settle for anything less than “Sheezus”.

RiRi isn’t scared of Katy Perry’s roaring
Queen B’s going back to the drawing
Lorde smells blood, yeah, she’s about to slay you
Kid ain’t one to fuck with when she’s only on her debut
We’re all watching Gaga, L-O-L-O, ah-ha
Dying for the art so, really, she’s a martyr

This happy little boppy track is accompanied by a semi possessed video drawn over to show the good and the evil side of Lily as she ascends to Sheezus-dom. The brit star has not had an album since 2009, and this new track will be on Allen’s new and upcoming album of same name next month.

Who else is p double umped?

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