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Gay Documentary "When The Beat Drops" Spotlights The "Bucking" Scene Flourishing In The US South

Many people, gay or otherwise, are in love with the history and culture of the Ballroom scene after the season one finale of tv hit Pose. Now, it’s time for another black gay dance scene to get a turn in the spotlight.

Logo is premiering its latest documentary tonight titled When The Beat Drops. The documentary, directed by Jamal Sims, follows several black gay men as they perform in and explore the world of the “bucking” dance scene. This Southern-centered dance scene is much like the ballroom scene of old and new, but with its own competitions, groups, and personality.

According to the Bay Area Reporter, the dance style started to appear back in the ‘80s when Black female majorettes performed it at football games of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). While this dance spread throughout all of America, it found its home in the American South.

The dance then became popularized by Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies” video and was eventually absorbed by black gay men who formed a community much like black trans people did with the ballroom scene.

Since premiering in indie circles, the film has won several awards such as the Documentary Centerpiece at this year’s Outfest and the Outstanding Documentary Jury Award at this year’s Frameline.

But now, the general populace will be able to enjoy the movie as well. To prepare, you can watch a special clip, courtesy of Out Magazine, and the trailer for the documentary down below.

In addition, the film will premiere tonight at 8/7c on the Logo channel. Afterwards, it will play on that channel throughout the month and appear on streaming sites starting August 10.

 

 

 

 

h/t: Out Magazine, The Bay Area Reporter

We're Loving Robyn's New Single, "Missing U"

Swedish-born hitmaker Robyn is in a class of her own when it comes to contemporary electronic synth pop. Fans and critics adore the way she can create worlds of deep feeling with a bunch of blips and bleeps.

She hasn’t released a solo album since 2010’s acclaimed Body Talk

Well, she just dropped her first single from her upcoming follow-up. It’s called “Missing U,” and it’s a big glorious reminder of what sets her apart.

The new track is an upbeat, synth-heavy track about yearning for someone who’s gone. It arrives days after Robyn released a surprise short film dedicated to her fans (this video is not her new song).

 

“‘Missing U’ is a song about this trippy thing that happens when people disappear, it’s like they become even more clear and you see them everywhere,” says the artist.

The song was written and recorded in Paris and Stockholm, re-teaming Robyn with collaborators Joseph Mount (Metronomy) Klas Åhlund (Charli XCX, Madonna).

Listen to “Missing You” on YouTube.

 

 

Hottie Bobby Newberry Makes His Own Music Out & Proud

Singer/choreographer Bobby Newberry recently dropped his stylish, sexy new music video, "Lit.” And, trust and believe, the video lives up to its title.

The club-friendly track teams Newberry with sexy AF Brazilian rapper Aleff for the track and video who drops his raps in Portuguese. You’ll also spot RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Laganja Estranj working it out in the mix.

Fashion designer Jeremy Scott also brings his own brand of sexy/smooth to the video via clothing from his luxury fashion house, Moschino.

”I wrote the song about when you meet someone and have that instant, undeniable attraction and connection,” Newberry recently told OUT. “They give you that rush that’s almost intoxicating, like taking drugs but you're high on the person. Like butterflies in the stomach, they got you feeling lit.”

The born entertainer has been living his passion for music and movement since his childhood growing up in an underprivileged household in Orange County, California.

Inspired by mega-pop-stars Madonna, Prince and Michael Jackson, Newberry taught himself to dance by emulating his idols. Those homemade dance skills earned him a scholarship to Los Angeles’ premiere dance studio, EDGE Performing Arts Center. It was there Newberry met and worked with star choreographers Brian Friedman (SYTYCD, Britney Spears) and Gil Duldulao (Janet Jackson).

The 31-year-old took those experiences and brought it all to bear with his own dance style making him an in-demand choreographer in the industry today for artists like Nicki Minaj and Missy Elliott.

Newberry shares that he’s been writing and recording for seven years now and knew when the time came, he would want to be an artist who’s true to himself.

“I made the decision to be open and talk about guys in my songs and be openly gay because I want to always be an authentic artist, be real,” he recently told HuffPost’s Curtis Wong. “And also to inspire up-and-coming artists so they can do whatever they want and be their authentic selves as well.” 

Newberry's also sporting some serious body. Check out below from his Instagram.

 

 

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(h/t OUT)

Remembering Black Queer Activist, Dance Instructor and Professor Angela Bowen

African-American queer icon, activist and dance instructor Angela Bowen died in Long Beach on July 12, reports The New York Times. She was 82, and had been fighting Alzheimer’s. 

Bowen was born in Boston. She lost her father at the age of two. She married a man, Ken Peters, in the early 1960s. They had three children and established a dance school for underprivileged youths together. The Bowen/ Peters School of Dance operated until 1982 in New Haven, Connecticut. 

After her divorce from Peters, Bowen came out as gay in the 1980s. She became an activist and served on the board of the National Coalition of Black Lesbians and Gays. She married Jennifer Lynn Abod in 2013.

Bowen earned a master’s and a PhD from Clark University. 

In recent years, Bowen was a professor at California State University, Long Beach, where she taught in the English and women’s/gender studies departments. 

For more on Bowen’s extraordinary life, check out the award-winning 2016 documentary The Passionate Pursuits of Angela Bowen

Rest in peace. 

h/t: The New York Times 

Remembering Black Queer Activist, Dance Instructor and Professor Angela Bowen

African-American queer icon, activist and dance instructor Angela Bowen died in Long Beach on July 12, reports The New York Times. She was 82, and had been fighting Alzheimer’s.

Bowen was born in Boston. She lost her father at the age of two. She married a man, Ken Peters, in the early 1960s. They had three children and established a dance school for underprivileged youths together. The Bowen/ Peters School of Dance operated until 1982 in New Haven, Connecticut.

After her divorce from Peters, Bowen came out as gay in the 1980s. She became an activist and served on the board of the National Coalition of Black Lesbians and Gays. She married Jennifer Lynn Abod in 2013.

Bowen earned a master’s and a PhD from Clark University.

In recent years, Bowen was a professor at California State University, Long Beach, where she taught in the English and women’s/gender studies departments.

For more on Bowen’s extraordinary life, check out the award-winning 2016 documentary The Passionate Pursuits of Angela Bowen.

Rest in peace.

h/t: The New York Times

Australian Dancer Michael Dameski Has Definitely Got The Goods

Watching the new season of World of Dance last night, it was impossible to ignore the amazing talent of dancer/actor Michael Dameski.

The 22-year-old from Sydney, Australia wowed the audience (and judges) with his spectacular, high-flying performance to Shawn Mendes’ “Mercy.”

At one point, the judges literally gasped as Dameski’s tight, lithe body leaped, twirled and flipped across the stage.

This isn’t Dameski’s first trip to the TV competition rodeo. In 2014, he competed and won the Australian edition of So You Think You Can Dance

Professionally, he’s also starred in the title role of the Australian and Broadway productions of Billy Elliot the Musical and appeared in the national touring company of Newsies as well as Travis Wall's acclaimed dance company Shaping Sound.

Dameski definitely has the goods - technique, passion, line, looks - to take home the $1 million prize on World of Dance.

Check out his amazing performance below.

 

By the way - did we mention he's a serious hottie?

 

 

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A Big Gay Dance Party Will Welcome Mike Pence to Columbus, Ohio

On Friday, a big gay dance party will welcome Vice President Mike Pence to Columbus, Ohio.

That afternoon, Pence is scheduled to headline an event hosted by conservative nonprofit America First Policies at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel.

Sponsored in part by ProgressOhio, the event officially titled Big LGBTQ Dance Party will transpire from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. just outside the hotel, and will feature DJ Moxy, drag queens and more. Nearly 400 people are marked as “attending” the event as of this writing.

Pence is, of course, notoriously anti-LGBTQ+ rights. He has repeatedly voted against anti-hate crime legislation in Congress, and he’s expressed support for amending the Constitution to ban same-sex marriage.

Pence also has allegedly expressed support for conversion therapy in the past, and earlier this year he got into an on-again off-again spat with Olympian Adam Rippon that never ceases to entertain.

Though this dance party sounds like a must for anyone in the Columbus area, it’s far from the first time LGBTQ+ activists have gracefully trolled the VP.

Last year, Werk For Peace attracted 200 people to a dance party at Pence’s rental home in D.C., and last December Pence and his family were greeted by neighbors with “Make America Gay Again” flags on a vacation to Aspen.

h/t: https://www.advocate.com/politics/2018/6/12/lgbt-dance-party-welcome-mike-pence-columbus-ohio

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/202327610490322/

Sean Hayes Busts A Move Filling In On ELLEN

Will & Grace star Sean Hayes filled in for Ellen DeGeneres today as guest-host for her talk show.

Explaining her absence, Hayes shared, "She tripped and fell and is trapped under the weight of her own wallet." He then admitted, "I really don't know where she is. I assume Home Depot - that's where all the lesbians go...?"

Along the way, Hayes reminded the audience that, although he hasn’t hosted a ‘talk show’ before, he does have some experience to draw upon.

“I do know my way around a television stage - I’m on a little show called Will & Grace.,” said the sitcom veteran. “And before that, I was on another show - called Will & Grace.”

“I’ve also been on Broadway. Maybe you’ve heard of the award-winning musical, Hamilton? (Applause) I saw that, too.”

Hayes assured the ELLEN audience that he’s “not going to change” anything in the show, except for that dancing thing.

“I don’t have anything prepared,” says Hayes. “And these shoes aren’t even good for dancing.”

Annnnnd, cue the music.

 

 

And The Winner Of "DWTS: Athletes" Is...?

SPOILER ALERT: On Monday night’s finale of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars: Athletes edition, out Olympian and self-proclaimed "America's sweetheart" Adam Rippon took home the mirror-ball trophy becoming the Season 26 champion.

Rippon and his pro partner Jenna Johnson had to go head-to-head with fellow Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding and Sasha Farber, and Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman and Sharna Burgess

Rippon and Johnson were tasked with two final dance styles: jazz and freestyle. 

The jazz dance (performed to the Broadway classic “Anything You Can Do” from Annie Get Your Gun), was a pure show biz routine that brought the audience to their feet and received a perfect score from the judges. 

 

 

“It was so exquisitely theatrical,” judge Bruno Tonioli gushed. “Technically, it was brilliant. Your timing and partner work is flawless.”

But the Asian-inspired freestyle fan dance (set to DJ Kass’ “Scooby Doo Pa Pa”) complete with vogueing, fan-snapping and more received a slightly mixed reaction scoring 9s and 10s for a 28 out of 30.

The judges read on the freestyle was perplexing in that it was full of very specific style and Team Rippon were definitely on fire from the get-go.

 

 

As a dancer and choreographer myself, I was floored at the complexity of the dance routines. And not only Team Rippon’s.

NFL-er Josh Norman absolutely killed in his football-inspired freestyle to “Walk On Water” by 30 Seconds To Mars. Not only difficult choreography, but he was dancing in formations with several other dancers and totally on point!

And it didn’t hurt that he performed the number shirtless and ended up under a shower ;)

Even Tonya Harding came out guns blazing with her disco-themed turn to “Hush Hush; Hush Hush” by The Pussycat Dolls.

But in the end, the prophecy of the season’s first night cha-cha to RuPaul’s “Sissy That Walk” came to fruition as Adam and Jenna were named the champions. 

This is Johnson’s first win on DWTS in only two seasons with the dance show.

“The Mirrorball has now taken on a new meaning, someone like me is accepted and I feel loved,” Rippon shared before his freestyle routine.

Rippon is the first openly gay winner of Dancing with the Stars. Congrats, Adam!

DWTS: Adam Rippon Soars To The Top With Stunning Contemporary Dance

Believe it or not, we have just one week left in this “Athletes-only” edition of Dancing with the Stars, and Olympic bronze medalist (and self-proclaimed “America’s sweetheart”) Adam Rippon is crushing it.

I’ve been pulling for Adam from day one and he hasn’t disappointed. 

Charming, self-deprecating and hard-working as hell, Rippon has been everything the TV show’s producers could have wanted.

Performing a contemporary dance last night to “O” by Coldplay (which Adam knows uber-well since he skated to it at the Winter Olympics), Team Rippon came to slay, and slay they did.

Gorgeous choreography (I’m glad Carrie Ann pointed out later how deceptively challenging the steps were), complete commitment and detailed execution made the bird-inspired dance take flight.

And the judges agreed.

DWTS season 24 runner-up David Ross: “By far my favorite dance of the night.”

Judge Len Goodman: “It had great control mixed with flair. It’s the best dance I’ve seen tonight. Well done.”

Judge Bruno Tonioli: “You were like two birds of paradise - mesmerizing and enchanting. It’s impossible to tell who is the professional. This is a masterpiece of a dance.”

Judge Carrie Ann Inaba: “I love that you push yourself that hard. I just wanted to thank you. This is why artists create - to have moments like this. Where it’s just pure perfection.”

Team Adam received the evening’s high-score 39-of-40, which he dedicated to his mom, saying afterward: “The only thing that I’m thankful for is that I’m a beautiful crier.”

From where I stand, the mirror-ball trophy is Adam’s to lose. He’ll face off in the finals next week against fellow-figure skater Tonya Harding, and Washington Redskins defensive back Josh Norman.

Watch Adam and Jenna’s contemporary dance below:

 

 

Last night also featured a salsa “ballroom battle” between woofy Olympic luger Chris Mazdzer and the NFL’s Josh Norman.

Both did great but how could I pass up a another chance to gaze again upon Mazdzer’s furry goodness? 

He knows what he’s working with. Just saying…

 

 

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