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I like YaYa Dacosta. I adore Deborah Cox. I respect Angela Bassett and I LOVE LOVE LOVE Whitney Houston. However, I’m not impressed that her life story is airing on Lifetime network. My diva deserves a big budget feature film. With the network butchering Aaliyah and Brittany Murphy’s lives in their recent cringeworthy biopics, I was worried the Bodyguard actress would suffer the same fate.

It’s still too early to tell, but the first trailer for Whitney looks promising. The television movie seems to cover the embattled singer’s tumultuous relationship with Bobby Brown, drug addiction and career accomplishments. Yaya does a decent job channeling Houston and Cox’s vocals are spot on. Don’t even get me started on the movie’s Clive Davis. He looks uncannily identical to the music mogul. Sensational job on the casting. The only thing missing so far is Whit’s infamous ‘Bobbbbbbbyyyyy’ cattle calls.

Whitney airs on Saturday, January 17. Most likely, I’ll be hate watching it, but watching nonetheless. Check out the trailer below which premiered on BuzzFeed and share your thoughts afterwards.

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For the upcoming Lifetime Whitney Houston biopic, the legendary singer’s life will be told but her voice won’t be heard. I assume it’s due to legal issues as to why Whit’s original recordings won’t be used. To circumvent this sticky issue, producers have enlisted Deborah Cox to cover Houston’s classic tracks.

TMZ got their sneaky little hands of Cox singing “I Will Always Love You” in the recording studio. As expected, Deborah does an impeccable job of covering the ballad. I’m sure Whit would approve. After all, the two collaborated on the underrated duet “Same Script, Different Cast.” Give Deborah’s cover a listen below and weigh in afterward.

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When Lifetime announced its plans to make a Whitney Houston biopic, the million dollar question was who was going to play the legendary singer. Cue America’s Next Top Model alum Yaya DaCosta. While the stunning beauty looks somewhat the part, there’s absolutely no way she can match Whit’s pipes. Naturally, I assumed she’d lip sync to Houston’s classic tracks. Boy, was I wrong.

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World Pride Toronto Off To A Grand Start

In: Calan, Totally GAY!
World Pride Toronto 2014

Finally after months of planning and build up World Pride 2014 in Toronto kicked things off last night in Nathan Phillips Square to the tune of over 10,000 spectators. Of course there was way too much talking and warm up before actually starting the show, including a speech by newly elected Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne and her wife. Once all the formalities were done it was time to kick off the show with performances by Melissa Etheridge, Steve Grand and Deborah Cox.

First up was every gays favourite All American Boy, Steve Grand. It was the first Grand had ever stepped off American soil and we’re grateful he did! The man had us all swooning with his pitch perfect vocals and charming smile. I would have been completely happy sitting there all night listen to just him. Grand performed his hit song “All American Boy” last but added in a special twist just for us at the end. Met with a roar from the audience Grand swapped out American with Canadian and and every gay man in the vicinity went weak in the knees. Yes, yes I will be your all Canadian boy Steve. I mean, have you see the way he works that microphone!? Boy knows what he’s doing. After his set Grand took the time out to meet with every fan and take photos until everyone was done, signs of a truly greatful artist. We’re glad we could pop your international travel and Canadian cherry Steve.

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White Party Palm Springs 2014 REVIEW!

In: Adam, Totally GAY!

Well, it’s come and gone. White Party Palm Springs’ 25th Anniversary was absolutely what I was hoping for and more (well, to be honest: SLIGHTLY less… I only racked up 8 guys this year but I was focusing on friends so give a slut a break).

Let’s start with an overview. The weather was actually what I would call pretty temperate for PS. We arrived to a mini wind storm Friday evening which had me showering every hour or so to stay moist and clean for the dirty days to come but it was reasonable to walk into fresh off a chilly plane ride from the great white north. Saturday was DAUNTINGLY threatening periods of rain- and seriously, does god hate gays, when does it RAIN in PS- but, some homo angel put a call to the big guy and it was nothing but clear skies and actually a very nice temp to go perfectly with the pool party madness.

Finally, Sunday saw light overcast to allow the hoards of dancing queens perfect comfort while at the T-Dance to take off their shirt but not be drowned in sweat. Monday (recovery day) was spent lazily around town and poolside soaking up REAL Palm Springs heat so you could assure a tan to make your coworkers jealous for your eventual return. I couldn’t have been happier. But, who the fuck is reading this article for a weather report, right? Let’s get to the parties, men and the men we met at parties!

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Old School Flashback Battle: Deborah Cox vs Tamia

In: Donovan, Music

I’m in a nostalgic mood so I decided to do an Old School Flashback battle for you today. Last time, I paired up Michelle Branch against Vanessa Carlton. Not surprisingly, Branch beat Carlton in that battle. I like Michelle much better too. This time I decided to match up two of my favorite Canadian R&B singers.

Canada has a long history of churning out international superstars- Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Justin Bieber, Sarah McLachlan, Alanis Morissette, Nelly Furtado and Nickelback (LOL). The list goes on. For some reason though, Deborah Cox and Tamia, while supremely talented, never really blew up big time. Each had a couple of Top 40 hits, but for the most part, they found bigger success on the R&B charts or dance charts thanks to some pretty wicked remixes. I’m not sure exactly why neither became a bona fide DIVA.

Cox burst onto the scene in 1995 with “Sentimental” which peaked at No. 27 on the Billboard 100. Arguably, her biggest hit was “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here” which landed at No. 2 on Billboard’s main chart. That track, however, held the record for longest-running number one single on Billboard’s Hot R&B chart for nearly eight years. Currently, the 38-year-old singer is starring as Lucy in the Broadway revival of Jekyll & Hyde. She is married to her high school sweetheart and has three sons.

Tamia first appeared on Quincy Jones’ Q’s Jook Joint. She contributed vocals to two tracks. Both of which charted in the Top 20 on the R&B charts but failed to make much impact on the Billboard 100. Her biggest mainstream hit is her duet with Fabulous’ “Into You.” The track peaked at No. 4 and samples Tamia’s “So Into You” which only peaked at No. 30. The 37-year-old singer released a brand new album, Beautiful Surprise, last year independently. She’s currently married to NBA player Grant Hill. The couple has two children.

I dug through each lady’s discography and chose my five favorites from each of them. I also added in my favorite duet. Check out my rankings below and see if you agree with my choices. If not, sound off in the comments section. I’d like to know your favorite jam from them.

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Before I begin, I just wanted to preface this post by saying it’s bit self-indulgent. That said, the aim of our Behind The Cast posts are to give you a better insight to who we are. True? Anyhoo, I just wanted to quickly chat about one of our favorite pastimes while getting ready for a night out on the town.

Usually, Brian and my home is the meeting place before we head out. Most of our friends live nearby and we have a bigger place so it makes sense. Plus we have all the board games, karaoke, a hot tub, booze and most importantly an Apple TV. Combined with the brilliant VEVO app, the Apple TV is my favorite thing in the world. Friends come over all the time and play me their favorite new tracks by simply logging on to our Wi-Fi and playing it on our sound system. With the VEVO app, we can play all our current music video obsessions and our favorite oldies which brings me to this post.

Nothing gets a roomful of homos screaming more than playing music videos from our favorite DIVAS. Yes, we’re a gay cliche. However, we also listen to folk music, old school grunge, rock and hip-hop but there’s something about the ladies that gets us all fired up. I decided to share some of the music videos that seem to get the most airplay at our house while enjoying cocktails. I purposefully left out clips from 2012 since that would make this post extremely long. Without further delay, check out a few oldies and relatively-recent clips we love watching while a tad intoxicated.

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Top 10 Tracks of the Moment

In: Music, Redd

I do not religiously sync my music to my iPhone or iPod shuffle…usually this happens before I go on a trip. I updated it shortly before leaving for Orlando with the most current dance tunes that I knew were going to be played and were going to be our weekend anthems. Three of the songs I used on the video slideshow I made HERE. I rarely listen to original versions of tracks and usually search for remixes done by my favourites such as Digital Dog, Tony Moran, Abel, Jason Nevins, Soulseekerz, Ralphi Rosario, Rauhofer, DJ Escape, Karmatronic, Dave Aude, Offer Nissim, Deadmau5 to name a few.

So what 10 tracks currently live in my iPod?

Kelly Rowland – When Love Takes Over (Abel Ramos Paris with Love Remix)

Finally Kelly Rowland came out with a real hit! Too bad that it took a collaboration with David Guetta to get there. If you’re trying to figure out what song this samples….it’s Coldplay’s “Clocks”. B-rilliant!

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