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“Whitney hears you, honey.”

by on Jul.10, 2017, under Film & TV, Music & Theater

Damn right, Tyra. That’s talent.

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Return of the Bellas

by on Jun.29, 2017, under Film & TV, Music & Theater

The Bellas are back, and this one looks like it would be better than the so-so last and closer to the awesome first one. I’m down with it.

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No Man Does It All By Himself

by on Jun.28, 2017, under Music & Theater, Queer

At first, I thought I’d hate it. But as Boy George continued singing it, I realized how beautiful and lovely this is. And it gives a new light to what the Village People were talking about. Absolutely enthralling.

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Work It If You Got The Nerve

by on Jun.20, 2017, under Music & Theater, Queer

The Scissor Sisters are back, and with MNDR, they’ve got a fabulous new song – and if you’ve got even a teeny tiny gay bone in your body, you won’t be able to resist learning how to freaking do the goddamn SWERLK. Fortunately, choreographer Brad Landers has given us a dazzling tutorial, and excuse me while I lock myself up in my room until this Saturday’s Metro Manila Pride March to prep for it with this routine.

The track is now available on iTunes. Swerk it, get it, gurrrl.

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Shady Ladies

by on Jun.16, 2017, under Music & Theater, Queer, Snark

RecentlyTaylor Swift and Katy Perry made headlines again because of their ongoing feud. It also highlighted just how petty and juvenile Taylor is, not to mention absolutely fake vis-a-vis her purported stance on streaming sites. Of course, this guy pretty much summed it all up for the rest of us commoners who are sane.

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The Week According To Madonna

by on Jun.05, 2017, under Music & Theater, My Life, Society

The feels! Oh, lawdy, the feels. Sam Kalidi posted this some time back, and he knows the profound truth in this.

Happy week ahead, guys! Is it Friday yet? (Well, Thursday, at least: Wonder Woman is coming!)

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Princess of Pop

by on May.28, 2017, under Music & Theater, Queer

“I am not a traditional gay icon. There’s been no tragedy in my life, only tragic outfits.”

– Kylie Minogue

Taking a quick break from Wonder Week, I just had to give space here to celebrate the birthday of the one and only Kylie Minogue, princess of pop!

The fact is, only Kylie can truly claim to be the heir to Madonna’s throne. Her long and ubiquitous career spanning almost over three decades shows just how versatile and amazing the woman is. She has faced personal difficulties, survived breast cancer, experimented in her music (I cannot be the only one who loved Did It Again from her Impossible Princess phase), campaigned against child abuse, been a gay icon and LGBT supporter, and been an inspiration to women everywhere.

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Cher Your Blessings

by on May.20, 2017, under Film & TV, Music & Theater, Queer

Guess who’s turning 71 today even though she doesn’t look her age at all? The incomparable Cher, that’s who! The multi-talented icon has had a long and glorious career, and to date she’s still very much active – musically and socially. (You should be following her Twitter account as she’s a riot, especially when criticizing and throwing shade – emoji abuse, and all – at the despicable Trump, among others.)

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Future Filan

by on May.19, 2017, under Music & Theater

Although Nicky Byrne will always be my favorite Westlifer (and probably favorite person), we must concede that Shane Filan was the lead singer for a reason. Yes, Mark Feehily also had a more… divatastic voice, but Shane’s voice was just the right combination of power and restraint and captivating-ness (I know, I know, not a word).

It’s just a shame that post-Westlife, none of them really hit it big as solo artists. There was some mild success here and there, but nowhere near the behemoth of Westlife at their peak. And yes, despite their inability to breach the US market, they were the biggest boy band of their generation (and after). The reality, I guess, is that Westlife lasted so long that by the time they split up fourteen years later, they were much older, and their demographic had moved on.

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