Ok, Omarion…I see your with your sexy azz!!!
The former B2K frontman has a new single out in the slow jam “Work,” and its music video visuals is just as steamy and sensual as the song. This grown azz Omarion is everything!!!
Check out the hotness below.
Get into my favorite mainstream single of 2014, “Calling All Hearts” by DJ Cassidy. Featuring pop superstars Jessie J and Robin Thicke, this nu-disco gem has me putting this single on repeat because it is every bit of a house song – reminiscent of the early 90′s house sound.
The buzzworthy single’s music video just debuted, and it is every bit of energetic and full of love as is the song.
Check out the groovy music video below.
After showing his sexual inhibition side in the critically-acclaimed mixtape S.O.A.P. last year, Will Sheridan brings back his New York grime face with a vengeance in his freestyle. This two-minute ode to his WestGay Wednesday event gives fans a teaser of what is to come from the G.I.A.N.T. singer musically throughout 2014.
Check out the rhyme slayer’s freestyle below.
2013 may have been a banner year for producer/singer/rapper Pharrell after resurrecting the music careers of Robin Thicke, Niles Rodgers, Daft Punk and himself, but 2014 started off very strong for the “Happy” artist as his single topped the Billboard Hot 100 charts for the third week in a row.
Billboard made the announcement earlier today as Pharrell’s “Happy” gained popularity in radio airplay and digital sales. The song is predicted to continue its lead atop of the charts after its memorable performance at the televised Academy Awards on Sunday night.
Also, celebrating a U.S. #1 is California rapper ScHoolboy Q as his major-label debut album Oxymoron topped the Billboard 200 albums charts in its debut with more than 100,000 units sold. That feat is quite impressive considering how major debuting hip-hop acts gaining that kind of commercial appeal without major hit singles are scarce these days.
Read more about how these feats reached the charts’ summits and what other acts made the top then on the charts below.
The world’s greatest supermodel Naomi Campbell made a surprising appearance on the hit radio interview series “The Breakfast Club” this morning to promote the second season of her TV executive-produced modeling competition “The Face.” The beauty legend wore an interesting curly afro wig that almost made her look unrecognizable but stunning nonetheless.
Sitting in the hot seat and being grilled by personalities Angela Yee, DJ Envy and Charlamagne, Naomi answered some of the toughest that fans and the streets wanted to learn from the catwalk diva. From relationships with Mike Tyson and Robert Dinero to thoughts on plastic surgery, today’s top models and video vixens, if you expected Ms. Campbell to throw shade like she allegedly threw cell phones, then you would be mistaken as Campbell handled every controversial topic with great poise and elegance. Don’t get things twisted tho because Ms. Campbell says she has a little bit of gangsta in her too.
Get into this fast-paced, in-depth interview with the modeling goddess, especially her commentary about dating non-rich men and her use of the word “creative” in that response. I’m stealing that lingo!
Check out the interview below.
As Chicago’s Boystown endures sub-freezing temperatures, the neighborhood’s longest annual festivals Market Days announced its first headliner for the August event. Set for Saturday, August 9 and Sunday, August 10. Pop duo Karmin will return as one of the headliners on the Sunday date.
Known for their 2012 hit single “Hello,” the duo will release their first full-length album Pulses on March 25.
More acts will be named for the Market Days event. As a regular attendee, this is one of the can’t-miss events in the Midwest.
After fighting with myself on journalizing my life for your reading pleasure for too long, I have decided that I am going to keep it up starting today with my blog section called THE G-FILES. THE G-FILES is named after me, Waddie G., and it will detail some of my life’s triumphs and journals. Many of you are connected to Facebook, and I have put a lot of my thoughts there.
I am dedicating this blog post to address a big regret I made as a Black gay man.
I have been a Black gay advocate since attending ADODI meetings in Chicago back in 2004. It was the time I felt most comfortable for the first time as a Black gay man because I wanted to begin socializing more with people who look like me – Black gay men – outside of the clubs and house parties. I wanted to have conversations and advice about what makes us special – for better or worse. Since I identify as such, it was comforting and encouraging to be around men, who were like father and big brother figures, accepting me into their organization. As a member of ADODI for a few years, I was encouraged to be an advocate for Black gay men because of how passionate I was to see progress in our representation and success.
As I was mentored by the likes of Shelton Watson, Maxson Smith and others in ADODI, they taught me the one characteristic that I that was never prepared to take. I had to be accepting of all walks of life. Coming from a very sheltered upbringing and unique experiences around my peers, I only associated with people who are movers, shakers, go-getters, leaders and successors because my life’s agenda was to be around people who can motivate or inspire me. I embraced followers and supporters too as long as they were around without ulterior motives. On the other hand, my personality could not respect the dregs of my social surroundings: troublemakers, hate-mongers and self-imposed social pariahs. As a Black gay advocate, I felt that I am supposed to be accepting of everyone from all walks of life.
After a very memorable and well-attended affair that featured Aubrey O’Day, Deborah Cox and Blu Cantrell last year, Chicago PrideFest recently unveiled its list of headlining acts in order to rev up anticipation from the community.
“Glee” TV star Alex Newell, R&B diva Mya and legendary soul singer Kathy Sledge are the first major names announced for the June 21-22 event. Though more names are planned to be announced in its coming weeks, the festival realized that the “soul” of the 2013 Fest was the most well-received of the entire weekend.
What do you think of the news? While I am familiar with Newell’s name, I am intrigued to see how he will turn out his fans and revelers when he works that stage. Plus, 2014 seems to be the well-deserved comeback of Mya as this event is her third music performance announced in the windy city among the announcement of a new album in the works.
Though New York Fashion Week happened about three weeks ago, I had to show off my photography skills as I shot photos of my media friends Ulysses Williams and Roque Caston at one of the fashion showrooms inside Milk Studios. They came up with the idea of taking a photo of them laying on the floor of one of the designer’s showrooms, but I wanted to take the single photo to a full-blown photoshoot.
I directed their angles and expression which resulted in the photos you see in this post.
What do you make of these?
A year after finding himself in hot water over his racist remarks toward Pakistanis and Asians, golfer Steve Elkington was caught out there with what is widely reported as a homophobic slur against gay NFL-hopeful Michael Sam via Twitter.
I read the tweet and did not get what was so homophobic about. Perhaps, Elkington’s phrase “handbag throw” was to insinuate that Sam threw “like a girl” at the NFL combine. If so, then I agree the message was very homosexist and that the golfer should be taken to task.
You check out the tweet and the social media backlash for yourself and determine whether a gay slur was used.
Before you assume that I hate that Jason Collins is the first gay man to become an active NBA player by ignorantly calling me a self-hating queen or of the sort because your comprehension makes adults with an eighth grade education appear to be geniuses, I am stating that I applaud Collins’ recent success. The current poster boy of the LGBT community got to make “history” as the first gay player to be active in the NBA – and some media deemed Collins as the first gay active player of any major American sport, even some Black gay “media” heralded Collins as a history maker among the Black gay community.
I have a major problem with the accolades because I take the phrase “making history” very seriously. In today’s pop culture, it seems to me that the importance of making history is about being “the first” to hit a milestone regardless of leaving minimal-to-no impact behind the “achievement.” That is another topic for me to expand at another time that my super-busy schedule allows.
Last night, I mentioned on my Facebook timelines and groups about how I felt that the newsworthy appeal of Collins’ ten-day signing to a NBA team seemed like it was more about being crowned as the first gay active NBA player, or first gay major sports player to media outlets who have not done their research, than a hungry free agent who is passionate about continuing his NBA career. As a NBA fan and a Black gay advocate, I deemed it as a mockery to sports, gay, Black and Black gay histories because it appeared to be a publicity stunt. While my sentiments were met with an overwhelming cosign by my connections and fellow FB group members, the few usual suspects came out to disagree in hopes of engaging in a war of words with me to divert from the original point I made in order to get me to stop responding. Thus, their insatiably delusional craving of being right is imagined.
Nonetheless, I decided to take my platform to where it matters most – The G-List Society. I focus more about how this piece of “history-making” news is a major slap in the face to Black gay history with the following ten reasons.
The DC community and friends from New York, Chicago, Atlanta and everywhere in the United States came out largely to support the Al Sura organization in its fifth annual black-attire party on Saturday night. Al Sura, an AIDS research organization based in Washington DC, hosted its annual affair to support the research for the cure to end AIDS and helping organizations targeting LGBT people of color with grants and scholarships to support their causes. Undoubtedly, the organization, which included board members Abdur-Rahim Briggs and Ronald Lee McDonald-Thomas, deserved the huge response of support at this gala for their good deeds to the LGBT community.
The who’s who of the east coast were there to celebrate another successful fundraising event including Atlanta couple Gee & Juan Session-Smalls. In fact, I was ecstatic to see them as the first people I run into as I entered the party with my friend Eric E. Jones II. Singer Marck Angel introduced me to his DC besties before attending another celebration with a “Great Gatsby” theme. Watu Jackson of DC chapter’s Black Men’s Xchange gave me some info about the organization’s projects and leadership changes. And, there were many more I celebrate the evening with that it felt like my time at the black party was too short.
My favorite part of the evening was meeting some of The G-List Society readers including Torey T. Wilson from New Jersey. I had to give him a special shout because he really made my evening by telling me how he follows the blog.
Check out the remaining photos from the event and the “thank you” letter from the Al Sura organization after its very successful affair.
Last week, I attended the monthyl M3: Mixer hosted by the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce New York inside one of New York City’s hottest venues, Slate, in the Chelsea neighborhood. In fact, Slate was one of the sponsors of the affair, and the furnished the well-attended mixer with an open bar and a smorgasbord of delectable appetizers.
The mixer provides a networking atmosphere for gay and lesbian professionals, business leaders and entrepreneurs on a monthly basis. The event also put a spotlight on organizations who made significant achievements in business, diversity and leadership. Honorees at the February mixer included the Brooklyn Pride Community Center, whose leader Erin Drinkwater shared the organization’s successes and community visibility that stemmed from its year-round grass roots efforts.
As I did the previous month, I got to be outstanding leaders and business people in our community including the entire board members of the LGBT community centers of Brooklyn and the Bronx. I had the pleasure of meeting media personalities and event programmers who recently announced great events that are coming to the NY/NJ area. I am looking forward to it all.
Most of all, I am always excited to reconnect with people whom I met at the January mixer including Drinkwater, Ingrid Galvez (NGLCCNY) and Gari Madzikanda (Zurich Insurance).
Check out the remaining photos I shot from the event below.
I started off last weekend with a NYC party hoppin’ romp with rap star Will Sheridan in between the Manhattan and Brooklyn boroughs on Friday night. The evening’s festivities ended in an East Williamsburg neighborhood warehouse, The Paper Box, in Brooklyn. A couple of Brooklyn party promoters hosting a “under the sea” themed party where revelers dressed in costumes that resembled popular fictional sea characters such as Ariel and SpongeBob Squarepants.
While I had a good time people-watching in the Paper Box, I was hypnotized by the sounds spun by dance music deejay Juliana Huxtable. Huxtable’s playlist introduced me to glorious remixes of some of my favorite songs of the moment that sent my spirits to another world. I was entranced by the records she played and must follow wherever her gigs are.
In case you have never heard of this fabulous deejay, Google her and find out where her next gigs are so you can witness her spinning mastery for yourself. In the meantime, check the remaining photos I took from the party.
Richard E. Pelzer II, Gugu Dlamini & Wandi Mufaya
One week ago today, I visited my friend/colleague Richard E. Pelzer II’s office in Midtown Manhattan (NYC) to discuss a couple of projects we plan to unveil to the LGBT community this summer in NYC and fall in NYC and other U.S. markets and lo and behold – I got to meet a couple of friendly faces visiting New York City all the way from South Africa.
Meet my new buddies Gugu Dlamini and Wandi Mufaya. They are flight attendants – I won’t name their airline – who decided to touch down in New York City for a couple days to sight see. I had a great time chumming it up with whom I dubbed “Baby Rihanna” and “Baby Mandela.” Can’t you see the resemblances?
Anyways, I am always excited to meet people from all over the world and glad that they allowed me to share my story with you.