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THE G-SCENE: Harlem Pride Festival Celebrates Five Years With Tyra A. Ross, Marck Angel, Nhojj, Jessica Betts & More [PHOTOS]

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The G-List Society hit up the fifth annual Harlem Pride festival on Saturday afternoon and had a wonderful time watching the festivities inside NYC’s Jackie Robinson Park.  The event was headlined by a large stage hosted by legendary performer Tyra A. Ross, and musical acts including Jessica Betts, Nhojj, Marck Angel, Karen Bernod, Pierre Ingram, Billy Wynn and Ray Isaac showcased their latest work in front of thousands of passersby.

Performing artist Anthony Wayne caught the attention of the entire Harlem Pride audience with his stellar run-thru taste of his upcoming musical “Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester.” People jumped up and down in excitement over Wayne’s show-stopping performance of “Mighty Real” and two other Sylvester hits.

I was glad to run into my old buddy singer/songwriter Jessica Betts. We go back since 2002.  It is great to see her move to NYC and take her music career to higher levels.  I was also impressed by the talents of Karen Bernod, who performed a house music tribute to the great R&B artists of past and present, Pierre Ingram, Ray Isaac and others.

Harlem Pride put together a great event which was highlighted by a proclamation by one of NYC’s city officials.

Enjoy the photos from this fun-filled community event below.

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PARTY ALERT: Washington DC Annual White Party Moves Its Date

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With less than a month from its highly anticipated summer outing, Washington DC’s Al Sura organization recently announced changing the date and location of its annual white party.  Moving to Saturday, August 7, this schedule change allow some of us, especially yours truly, to lose a few pounds and find a fabulous white outfit to wear.

Soul crooner Nhojj is still scheduled to headline this 15th anniversary affair, so expect a great summer party in the name of charity.

Check out Al Sura’s official announcement below.

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Nhojj Describes How Stopped “Being A Punk” To Express His Sexuality Thru His Music

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Singer Nhojj expresses his affirmation of same-gender love effortlessly throughout his music, especially in his new album, I Was Made To Love Him.  However, the New York acoustic soul singer was not initially comfortable of being openly when he started his singing career.

In this episode of #TheGaysHaveSpoken, check out the video below where “Love” crooner recounts the era of his artistry that allowed him to transition into the spotlight of composing songs that affirm and uplift the open love among same-gender-loving couples..

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Nhojj Talks Nixing An Adele Cover For A Beyonce Hit; Which Adele Song?

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If you were surprised at Nhojj’s spectacular cover of Beyonce’s “Love On Top” on his brand new album I Was Made To Love Him, you would be even more amazed that the New York contemplated over taking on an Adele track instead.  That is some big shoes to fill. Right?

Which Adele tune he considered covering before settling with Beyonce’s “Love On Top?” I bet you will not be able to guess it within the first three tries.  Check out the latest episode of #TheGaysHaveSpoken below as he shares that would-be Adele cover.

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Nhojj Describes Why He Chose To Cover Beyonce’s “Love On Top” In New Album + Listener Reactions

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If you have yet to pick up Nhojj’s newest album I Was Made To Love Him, allow me to inform you are missing out on some delectable R&B ear candy.  Nhojj’s set of covers, with selections from every decade of the past century, is one feel-good, mellosmoothe experience that celebrates same-sex love.  Bedroom music, date night music, wedding music…they are all in there.

Again, I say that Nhojj’s cover of Beyonce’s #1 R&B single “Love On Top” will be the musical surprise I have listened in years.  Check out his cover here to see what people are raving about.

In my first exclusive live interview with this veteran singer/songwriter, I quizzed Nhojj on why he chose to cover Beyonce among all artists.  If you follow his musical journey as well as I, you know Nhojj’s musical vibe is acoustic; whereas, the “Love On Top” diva’s sound is far more exuberant.

Nhojj elaborates on his song selection in #TheGaysHaveSpoken episode interview below as well as naming another powerhouse female vocalist’s tune he set aside in favor of the R&B uptempo jam.  Check it out below.

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THE G-POD: “He Heals Me” (India.Arie cover) by Nhojj [@Nhojj]

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Have you purchased Nhojj’s new album “Made to Love Him: Celebrating Love” yet?  What are you waiting on?  I guess I have you give you a third reason why you must buy your copy after allowing you to preview singles “Love On Top” (originally performed by Beyonce) and “How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You” (originally performed by Marvin Gaye).

Nhojj’s version of India.Arie’s “He Heals Me” is another reason why you will fall in love with this opus of same-gender-loving love songs.  I often familiarized you with Nhojj as our version of the “Video” songstress, but his recreation version breathes so much SGL empowering life into the song that would easily serves as a song for couples as same-sex marriages are becoming legalized state-by-state.

I can continue raving on “healing” Nhojj’s India.Arie cover is to my ears, but you are free to enjoy your eargasmic experience by pressing play below.

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BLACK GAYS ROCK! Features “Who’s Who In R&B and Hip-Hop Music”

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I am glad to kick off the Black Gays Rock! profile series as I have promised to you before.  Outside of reporting my annual “powerful” Black LGBT personalities list ever year, I want to give a platform to as many Black LGBT people who use their talents and leadership to entertain, inspire and inform us.  That form of medium is one of my sincerest passions I need to fulfill – for me, for the Black LGBT community and for the world to see the greatness of my brothers and sisters.

Black Gays Rock! is a profile series on The G-List Society featuring men and women who deserve to be recognized for the platforms that they have created for their own achievements and the service and entertainment of others, especially the LGBT community.

Because of these luminaries, I see many reasons why the Black LGBT community should take pride in its unique class in society.  I share with friends and allies about how I am proud of how the representation of the Black LGBT community progressed within the last decade. I am not giving credit to the limited representation on mainstream media and entertainment. I mentioned that a decade ago, the leaders or well-knowns of the Black LGBT community were primarily party promoters, drag divas, pride organizations, HIV/AIDS activists and porn stars. Since the last few years, I noticed the spectrum of notoriety of the Black LGBT community spreading all over the character map. I am speaking of the self-made mentality of web series producers, bloggers, event promoters, beauty/fashion experts, entrepreneurs, government officials, musicians, authors, educators, lecturers, community organizers, drag divas, ballroom stars, athletes and more who make the “small” community as diverse as its larger society.

Black Gays Rock! will launch in several themed series over time as it kicks off with its “Who’s Who In Music” edition.  The reason I assigned the “music edition” to kick off Black Gays Rock! is because I have utilized The G-List Society media to be a platform to support independent gay and lesbian musicians, especially people of color.  I remember, years ago, how I would not give out hip-hop artists my precious time of attention until I was clued into out hip-hop pioneer Tim’m West.  West was the first, out of the few out hip-hop artists of a decade ago, who shattered my perceived stereotype of what a gay rapper is capable.  Since being hooked onto Timm’s music, I canvassed my friends and constituents to give his music, and others, a chance, and many of my fellow gay friends agreed that sexuality should not deter a talent’s ability to be a great emcee among our favorite mainstream artists – as long as the talent is present.  After Tim’m, I grew attached to the likes of Kaoz, LastO (formerly Last Offence), Will Sheridan, Bry’Nt, King Jabbar and others.  As of the last few years, a crop of singers wanted to come out representing the LGBT community, and I became glued to the likes of B.Slade, Marck Angel, Damien Crawford, Baron, Damien Nova, Anthony Antoine and Nhojj.

The aforementioned are just a few names who deserve to be household names in our community.  In the next few weeks, The G-List Society will post Black Gays Rock! profiles of the following artists for you to familiarize so that their efforts to entertain us reach as many as this forum reaches.  You will get to become acquainted with the background info, influences, achievements – as well as sample music – from these talented individuals and groups.

See who will The G-List Society profile in the Black Gays Rock!: Who’s Who In Music edition below.

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Marck Angel Shoots Down Rumors Of Beef With Damien Crawford & Metrell Hurst; Speaks On His Influence

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R&B/pop singer Marck Angel is one of the friendliest people you will ever meet in the LGBT community, and hearing him embroiled in a beef with anyone, especially another singer in the community, seems to be absurd.  With rumors running rampant recently about Angel versus “I Can Do Better” singers Damien Crawford and Metrell Hurst beefing over using similar producers and directors for their music projects, it was great to hear from Angel directly that the beef is nonsense and that the crooners are friends with each.

Moreover, Angel mentions how he is open to collaborating with Damien on “an amazing track” and how he is proud to influence Crawford and Hurst the way he was inspired by the likes of Baron, B.Slade and Nhojj.

Da Doo-Dirty Show hostess Splash T gets all the tea from Marck in one of his most revealing interviews. Listen to the singer’s words by pressing play below.

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THE G-POD: Nhojj Gives Beyonce’s “Love On Top” A Marvin Gaye Soulful Sound [@Nhojj]

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Have you ever heard a Beyonce tune covered in a laid-back soulful lounge vibe, excluding her slow jams? New York R&B singer Nhojj put folky-soul spin on Beyonce’s #1 hit single “Love On Top.”

You read that correctly. Nhojj, known for his mellow soulful voice and acoustic repertoire, covered a Beyonce tune that is full of pizzazz and brass. The result is an early 1970′s Marvin Gaye-esque jam that serves as milder groove to the original.  Though I love the original, I can play Nhojj’s version over and over because it packs the same feel-good vibe as the original in a stripped version. In fact, I have played this song over and over.

If you are a member of the #BeyHive, be prepared to welcome Nhojj’s cover of your Queen Bey’s “Love On Top” onto your playlist once you press play below.

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THE G-POD: “A Change Is Gonna Come” by Nhojj [VIDEO] [@Nhojj]

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New York acoustic soul singer Nhojj recently released his cover version of the Sam Cooke classic “A Change Is Gonna Come.”  Check out his stripped, lush version of the tune in the video below. Beautiful, it is!

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