Tuesday, August 30, 2016

News Round-Up: August 30, 2016

Some news stories you may have missed:

• Photographer Ricki Beason's 2017 “Heartthrobs and Hound Dogs” calendar is out, featuring hunky Texas police officers, firefighters and military veterans. Proceeds go to help Texas dog rescue organizations, so winners all around :)

• Former models for the Donald Trump company Trump Model Management say they worked for months without proper visas or or work permits. #ColorMeShocked

• Lance Bass, host of the LOGO TV gay dating show "Finding Price Charming," confirms that one contestant is HIV+ and that the disclosure will be front and center in an upcoming episode.

• Sarah Palin on San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick: "American, let's sack this ungrateful punk."

• Meet the guy who's making bank offering folks a chance at "Dinner with Trump" for a campaign donation - trick is, he's not affiliated with the Trump campaign.

• Listen below as wing nut Wayne Root explains folks who receive food stamps or welfare or birth control through Obamacare should lose their right to vote. Of course, the idea is unconstitutional, but hey...

Headline Of The Week

Gotta love the NYC tabloids. No one does it better.

Glorious New York Post headline. If you've lived in NYC, you know.

Trailer: WILD OATS Starring Shirley MacLaine & Jessica Lange

If you're a "Grace & Frankie" fan, you might be interested in the upcoming Wild Oats flick starring Oscar winners Shirley MacLaine and Jessica Lange.

Bearing the tag line "Newly Rich. Newly Single. Forever Young." the film involves a death, an insurance check and a road trip in store for the two besties.

When a woman accidentally receives a life insurance check for $5,000,000 instead of $50,000, her friend convinces her to keep the money and they both end up on a mad dash towards the Canary Islands.

The film premiered on Lifetime on August 22, 2016, prior to being released in a limited release on September 16, 2016.

(h/t kenneth-in-the-212)

Ever Wonder What Social Media Celebs Get Paid For "Sponsored" Posts?

The New York Times has an interesting article about the Federal Trade Commission cracking down on the paid posts of celebrities on social media, encouraging folks to make paid posts more obvious to viewers.

The article focuses mainly on how folks like Kylie Jenner are having to alter their language on social media from phrases like "Thanks for the birthday home, AirBNB" to "Thanks for the gift of a lovely birthday home, AirBNB." The FTC is also advising folks add “#ad” or “#sponsored” at the start of those kinds of social media posts. The main point being that it should be clear to viewers the post is paid for.

At this point, we all know when we see a brand anywhere in social media, someone's getting paid. But have you ever wondered how much?

Captiv8, a company that connects brands to influencers, says someone with three million to seven million followers can charge, on average, $187,500 for a post on YouTube, $75,000 for a post on Instagram or Snapchat and $30,000 for a post on Twitter. For influencers with 50,000 to 500,000 followers, the average is $2,500 for YouTube, $1,000 for Instagram or Snapchat and $400 for Twitter.

The NY Times article goes on to cite one Snapchat user who, with 700,000 followers, gets from $10K up for a sponsored "story," which is a collection of video and stills that evaporates after 24 hours. The user mentions he booked five such posts the prior month.

So, kids, if you have a sizeable following somewhere, what are you waiting for?

Fake Hillary Email Sends Trump Followers Into Frenzy

A wannabe Trump troll really got the more gullible Trumpers in a frenzy today as they breathlessly retweeted what they believed was "proof" that Hillary Clinton was paying off pollsters to show her leading in the race for the White House.

A sad little Twitterer who goes by the handle "MassRafTer" posted the poorly Photoshopped image above trying to pass it off as a communication between the Hillary Clinton campaign and Public Policy Polling.

The truly cringeworthy aspect of the exercise was in seeing how many Trumpers believed the "fake email."

The next thing you know, Donald Trump Jr. retweeted the post and folks lost their minds. Mainly because Don Jr. fell for a such a badly done fake.

Even Public Policy Polling got into the fun by retweeting an Upworthy writer who called Jr. out for his naivete.

Hate Pastor Is No Match For Bagpipe Playing Lesbian

A hate preacher and his megaphone were no match for Florida Gulf Coast University student Brice Ehmig.

From the Daily Record:

As the video ends, applause and cheering can be heard from out of shot as Brice calls her girlfriend over. Brice, originally from Dunedin, Florida, said: “I have seen too much tragedy in the LGBTQ community to let a man in cargo pants tell me I am the embodiment of sin. I am a gay bagpiper and I’m proud. I decided since this is my last year at university that I should do things that make me feel brave.”

The best part is how Ehmig follows the street preacher back and forth while playing her bagpipes.

Watch below #FTW

(h/t JoeMyGod)

Trump Campaign Manager: Conservative Women Are "Hated" Because They Aren't "A Bunch Of Dykes"

Stephen Bannon, head of "alt-right" Breitbart News and current chief of the Donald Trump campaign explained on  Political Vindication Radio in 2011 that conservative women like Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann are hated by the left because they "threaten the progressive narrative" and they are not “a bunch of dykes that came from the Seven Sisters schools.”


Bannon has also been in the headlines lately regarding reported domestic violence involving his former wife.

Listen below:

“That’s why there are some unintended consequences of the women’s liberation movement,” he continued. “That, in fact, the women that would lead this country would be pro-family, they would have husbands, they would love their children.”

“They wouldn’t be a bunch of dykes that came from the Seven Sisters schools up in New England,” he concluded. “That drives the left insane and that’s why they hate these women.”

Coldplay Remembers Gene Wilder

In a world of pure imagination... R42

A video posted by Coldplay (@coldplay) on

Pastor Mark Burns Apologizes For "Blackface Hillary" Image But Not For Message

Multi-millionaire evangelist/Trump supporter Mark Burns apologized today saying he didn't mean to "stir up the pot" when he tweeted a picture of Hillary Clinton in blackface.


Via Buzzfeed:

In Burns’ now-deleted tweet, Clinton wears a t-shirt saying, “no hot sauce, no peace!” and holds an anti-police sign while saying, “I ain’t no ways tired of pandering to African Americans.”

Burns apologized to those he offended Tuesday, telling CNN, “It was never my intention to hurt anyone or offend anyone, but the message is very clear. The message I stand by, the methodology I do not.”

He said that the Democratic Party “has been using the black voting bloc.”

“The promises made to the African American community are not being carried out,” he said.

“I want to say to the people who were offended — obviously many people were offended by my tweet — that it was not my intention to offend anyone.”

Burns said that he did not create the cartoon and that it was tweeted at him. He said that the Trump campaign was not making him apologize.

He asserted that while he was apologizing for the “offensive picture,” he was not apologizing for “the message that it was carrying.”

“I still believe Clinton and the Democratic Party pander to black people,” he said.

Funny: Thor Takes Down Time Down Under

In case you were wondering what Thor was up to during CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR.

Turns out he needed some "me" time after saving the planet, so he decided to chill in Australia. Along the way he met a dude named Darryl and moved in with him.

Chris Hemsworth is quite funny in this little bit. Apparently, this was shown at Comic Con and there's more :)

Study: Dogs Understand Our Words And Our Tone

A study done in Budapest shows that dogs not only understand our tone of voice, but they also understand many of the words we use.

From the Washington Post:

To determine this, Attila Andics and colleagues at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest recruited 13 family dogs — mostly golden retrievers and border collies — and trained them to sit totally still for seven minutes in an fMRI scanner that measured their brain activity. (The pups were not restrained, and they “could leave the scanner at any time,” the authors assured.)

A female trainer familiar to the dogs then spoke words of praise that all their owners said they used — “that’s it,” “clever,” and “well done” — and neutral words such as “yet” and “if,” which the researchers believed were meaningless to the animals. Each dog heard each word in both a neutral tone and a happy, atta-boy tone.

Using the brain activity images, the researchers saw that the dogs processed the familiar words regardless of intonation, and they did so using the left hemisphere, just like humans. Tone, on the other hand, was analyzed in the auditory regions of the right hemisphere — just as it is in people, the study said.

And finally, they saw that the dogs’ “rewards center” — which is stimulated by pleasant things such as petting and food and sex — did the brain equivalent of jumping and yelping when positive words were spoken in a positive tone.

Daily Dance: Camillo Lauricella Via Urban Dance Camp

Choreography by Camillo Lauricella & Dejan Tubic

Monday, August 29, 2016

LOGO Celebrates New Barbra Streisand Album With One Hour Special

Music, film and Broadway icon Barbra Streisand's new album is out, and inspiring calls of "Hello, gorgeous!"

Not only is the new album available now, tomorrow night LOGO will air a one hour special showing 'behind the scenes' footage during the making of the album.

Alec Baldwin hosts the presentation which will also include her duet partners Anne Hathaway, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Melissa McCarthy, Seth McFarlane, Jamie Foxx and Chris Pine.

ENCORE: Behind The Scenes With Barbra Streisand airs Tuesday, August 30 at 7PM ET on Logo.

Media Matters To CNN: Cut Ties With Corey Lewandowski

How is it possible that former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is still receiving pay from the Trump campaign while currently on payroll at CNN as "political analyst?"

From Media Matters:

CNN hired Corey Lewandowski in late June after Donald Trump relieved him of duties as campaign manager. What looked at first like an indefensible hire has mushroomed into perhaps the worst conflict-of-interest problem in the history of cable news. It’s time to send a message to Jeff Zucker and CNN: Cut ties with Corey Lewandowski at once.

Out Music: Jonathan Allen "Amen"

Jonathan Allen, openly gay semifinalist from Season 8 of “America’s Got Talent” Season 8, has released his first single since his appearances on AGT, "Amen."

During his initial audition for AGT, Allen shared that he was thrown out of his house at the age of 18 when his parents told him being gay was "sinful" and that living openly as a gay man meant he would have to leave. The resulting eviction left him homeless.

He made it to the semi-finals of AGT during the summer of 2013 with powerful yet emotionally vulnerable performances of pop/classical crossover material ("Time To Say Goodbye") and stirring Broadway ballads  ("The Impossible Dream," "Bring Him Home").

Via press release:

For the last year, Jonathan has based himself out of Albuquerque, NM where he has established his business and worked on his music. Since his appearance on the show he has matured in his musical endeavors. Combined with strikingly original music and euphoric live performances; he has become recognized as one of the most captivating artists around.

“AMEN was primarily arranged and produced in my home and speaks to the many trials and tribulations that we all face, but is an LGBT liberation song at its heart, said Allen.

“The song touches on several issues that surround the community in day-to-day life, and in the political realm. The song attempts to chip away at many issues by starting a dialogue that shows people we all can believe the same things, deal with the same things, and be torn apart by the very same things that should bring us together,” continued Allen.

“Despite the title, AMEN is a song that transcends any one belief system. It is not so much about Christianity as it is about breaking free from hatred and celebrating love on this Earth in the highest form possible,” concluded Allen.

Allen's already impressive voice sounds even more reassured since his AGT days. The slightly religious bent isn't my thing, but there's no denying the power and depth of his voice.

You can listen to "Amen" below, along with his impressive debut on AGT.

Find the track on iTunes here.

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