Beyond the Lights – Movie Review

Beyond the LightsYou know the star. She is beautiful Gugu Mbatha-Raw! The film is called Beyond the Lights and is about a career-driven overbearing mother played to the bitchy hilt by Minnie Driver, both ruthless and shameless about getting her daughter Noni Jean (Mbatha-Raw) to a successful career in the music industry and extreme fame at any cost. While she sells her daughter’s sexuality and image to the highest bidder and brightest spotlight, Driver’s Macy Jean pushes Noni further away from her.

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Two Tickets to Nashville, Please!

NashvilleI’m trying to pull things together this morning so when I get off from work this evening I don’t rush around like a chicken with my head cut off. See, my southern vocabulary is starting to find its way back in. Tomorrow we head to Nashville for a few days. And yes, I said “we.” My husband will be getting on with me as I board the silver bird that flies the people across the lands in the wee a.m. hours from PSP towards BNA. I’m thrilled he’s joining me for a meat-and-three and some good southern BBQ. He has never been to Tennessee and seeing my French man in such a simple land will be one true ki-ki.

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Today’s Happenings – Gay Culture Now

One DirectionOMG! Zayn Malik has left One Direction! OMG! I really, really couldn’t care any less. And yes, it’s the beginning of the end. Hello! Goodbye. Boy bands come and go then come back together and break up again. A few solos efforts will ensue. Not sure if any of them would be strong enough to carry on solo. Harry Styles could because he is the face of the band from what I can tell and his voice is decent. But it is what it is. May the future tribute bands start auditioning for gigs. Boy, bye. And in other news…

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Daylight Savings Times Brings Change

Steven MichaelI just finished a day full of updating this web domain and giving it a fresher look. Between deciding what theme to choose and then tweaking it up, I am finally very happy with it all. It should be mobile-friendly and ready for micro formats more so than ever before. It had been over 4 years with the older theme so it was definitely time to do such. This one is easier on the eyes and I tied up broken links, updated content and all that jazz. Since Daylight Savings Time is now upon us, the sunshine is providing a longer day and more opportunities for progress and success. I’m using it…

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RuPaul’s Drag Race Premiere Is Here!

RuPauls Drag Race Season SevenFor anyone in the know, the new season of RuPaul’s Drag Race premiering this Monday on Logo TV was filmed for almost a year ago! I know this current crop of drag starlets on Drag Race have been chomping at the bit to finally have what they already know has happened, happen for the rest of us diehard fans and newbies on the juggernaut reality competition reaching it’s 7th lap, err, cycle, ahem, season. The travel circuit has begun for all of the queens and for some of them the ride has just begun.

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Christmas Las Vegas – Holiday Magic

The Las Vegas Strip from The CosmopolitanPicture it. Las Vegas, Nevada. Last Christmas. Now granted that’s not so long ago but I never spilled the deal about our fabulous trip to Sin City during the festive holidays. To follow me here is to know that we love Vegas and Vegas loves us. We have stayed at The Cosmopolitan the last seven (!!!!!!!) times we’ve been to the neon marquee jungle of excess and recess for adults. We see ourselves at few other resorts. No other place compares to The Cosmo. Now, I should be spanked for sharing what happens in Vegas here but I can’t help myself. I’ve always been a rule breaker. Read on and place your bets on having a good time!

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Into Another New Year We Grow

Barney and Steven MichaelHappy New Year! I just came to the realization that I hadn’t posted anything for the new year and I’m seriously shamed about the entire ordeal. Kidding, totes! But I did feel like popping one out on the quick-quick just to catch up for hot minute. Because it has been just that – a hot minute since I’ve been on here! From fierce reality TV to future travel plans and beyond. What’s happening in today’s gay culture, primarily mine?! Here goes…

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Top Trends 2014 – My Year Rewind

2014

With the increasing flow of news media today there’s many places you can find a wide range of statistically speaking official charts of top stories of 2014. I love that reflection we take of the year past and hopeful optimism of the one to come. Here at my domain I chose to remember those moments in my own gay pop culture lexicon and personal life to chart as the top moments that gave me life in 2014. And away we went…

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Snow at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

Ice Rink Cosmopolitan Las VegasSleigh bells ring, are you listening? On The Strip, snow will be glistening. A beautiful sight, happiness at night. Ice skating in a winter wonderland.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, our home away from home when tearing through Sin City, will be turning its Boulevard Pool into a beautiful big sheet of ice to home Ice Rink starting today 11/21 through 01/04. To follow me here online is to also know that my husband Jacques and I head to Las Vegas every holiday season settling into a stunning suite at The Cosmopolitan. And this year is no exception. What happens in Vegas is usually spilled here so let’s get going!

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It’s A Man’s World – Competing for Mr. Gay USofA

Steven MichaelIt’s been almost a week since we have all returned from Texas. Well, of course I’m speaking of my fellow contestants from the Mr. Gay USofA contest this past week in San Antonio. 24 amazing men, proud and strong, stood among their peers and gave it their all in categories of Interview, Talent and the wide wild world of Clubwear. I was among these hungry men coming to claim what was ours always giving it one hell of a shot in the process! In the end there were 23 winners and 1 Ultimate Grand Supreme. Here’s the entire tale…

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