Sunday, March 18, 2018

Groundbreaking: Florals For Spring

Via photographer Stas Vokman, model Vladimir Momotov looks to spring and the floral landscape she promises.

Is it Spring?

Who cares... :)

More of Vladimir and Vokman's work at The Advocate.

Donald Trump Covers The New Yorker

President Donald Trump covers the latest issue of The New Yorker.

As the image explains, "the emperor has no clothes..."

Happy Birthday Vanessa Williams!

Bestest birthday wishes to my "fabulous, gorgeous, always makes me comfortable, always makes me laugh" friend Vanessa Williams who celebrates her birthday today.

I've known Vanessa since we attended Syracuse University together many moons ago.

Obviously V has gone on to major, major accomplishments over the years in film, TV, Broadway and the recording studio. So many to name, I won't try.

But my favorite thing about Vanessa over the years is she has never changed the way she treats me as her old friend.

We may not see each other for a while, but she's always the same person I knew back in school.

I've documented a few of our meet-ups over the years here, here, and here.

Me with Vanessa Williams, husband Jim Skrip and my hubby Michael Caprio
at pre-gala reception hosted by Fendi (all photos by Denise Truscello)

In 2017, I was asked to introduce Vanessa at Nevada Ballet Theatre's annual gala as they honored her as "Woman of the Year."

In my introduction, I shared the story behind the pic below when I had just finished cancer treatment in 2009.

Clearly, I didn't look like myself after chemo, and I was very self-conscious.

But seeing Vanessa backstage after her concert here in Las Vegas that year, she didn't blink. Once she knew I was good, she ignored the way I looked and made me feel as comfortable as always.

After commenting on my hairlessness - "You look fab with your bald head!" - she immediately asked, "Do you want to hang backstage and have Chardonnay and friend chicken?"

As I told the audience at the Nevada Ballet Theatre event, that pretty much summed up Vanessa:

Like Chardonnay, she's bright, light and intoxicating.

And like friend chicken, she is truly "Soul Food."

Vanessa rocks. And I adore her.

Happy, happy birthday, doll!

Trump Twitter Rant: Sunday Edition

Donald Trump

Clearly, whatever the kids over at Fox News were chatting on this morning really put the screws to Donald Trump as he vented vociferously about fired FBI officials Andrew McCabe and James Comey on  Twitter.

First, Trump accused Comey of lying under oath to a Senate committee writing, "Wow, watch Comey lie under oath to Senator G when asked “have you ever been an anonymous source...or known someone else to be an anonymous source...?” He said strongly “never, no.” He lied as shown clearly on @foxandfriends."

Then The Donald went after Andrew McCabe after reports that McCabe, like Comey, kept contemporaneous notes after every meeting with Trump.

See, that's what FBI agents are trained to do so they can recall details more clearly should they need to in the future. But, alas, Trump doesn't really grasp the concept of taking notes or being detail oriented.

Trump finally lied to his followers saying Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team is full of Democrats out to get him: "Why does the Mueller team have 13 hardened Democrats, some big Crooked Hillary supporters, and Zero Republicans? Another Dem recently added...does anyone think this is fair? And yet, there is NO COLLUSION!"

Folks were quick to point out that Mueller is a longtime Republican. He was nominated by President George W. Bush for FBI director in 2001, and was appointed special counsel by Trump's own pick to be deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, who is also a Republican.

Of Mueller's investigation team, seven of the 17 lawyers brought on by Mueller have donated to Democratic political candidates. But, you know, facts...

The Twitterverse, of course, responded:

And it was shortly thereafter that Trump's team whisked him off to the golf course:

SNL: Kate McKinnon Kills With Spot-On "Betsy DeVos"

Is there anything Kate McKinnon can't do?

I guess it was just a matter of time before McKinnon turned her talents on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and after DeVos' disastrous 60 Minutes interview the time was sure right.

Trying to explain her public embarrassments, McKinnon's "DeVos" shared that she does indeed have innovative ideas that are based on state-by-state needs such as schools for bears in Wyoming, and that “in North Carolina, stop being trans, and that’s what’s best for them.”

She also seems to know why the 60 Minutes interview veered off-course: “I think it’s because I do not do a good job, and I can’t, because I don’t know how.”

SNL Cold Open Skewers Recent White House Firings With Hysterical Results

Last night's cold open on SNL killed at the sketch show took on the recent firings at the White House.

Anderson Cooper (Alex Moffat) handled interview duties with Jeff Sessions (Kate McKinnon), Rex Tillerson (John Goodman), Michael Wolff (Fred Armisen) and Anthony Scaramucci (Bill Hader).

Absolute home-run was Goodman's "Rex Tillerson" who slowly devolves before our very eyes in the aftermath of being terminated by the Trumpster.

“It’s just crazy how one day you’re the CEO of Exxon—a 50 billion dollar company—and the next day, you get fired by a man who used to sell steaks in the mail."

Goodman skillfully takes it further from there. Definitely hit the play button below.

James Comey's Upcoming Book Surges In Sales After Trump's Twitter Attack

James Comey
James Comey might be sending Donald Trump a 'thank you' note for attacking the former FBI director on Twitter Saturday morning.

In the midst of a weekend Twitter rant, the Trumpeter included Comey in a victory lap tweet after having fired former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe just hours before he could retire with full pension.

Trump wrote, "Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI - A great day for Democracy. Sanctimonious James Comey was his boss and made McCabe look like a choirboy. He knew all about the lies and corruption going on at the highest levels of the FBI!"

But watching from a distance was Comey, who in a rare move, cooly responded to the attack: "Mr. President, the American people will hear my story very soon. And they can judge for themselves who is honorable and who is not."

Over the next 24 hours, pre-sales for Comey's upcoming book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership, surged from #15 to #2 on Amazon.

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Podcast: HIV Diagnoses Drop In NYC; Reviewing "Love, Simon;" Tony Award Winner Sammy Williams Of "A Chorus Line" Passes Away At 69

In this week's podcast:

• HIV diagnoses hit a historic low in New York City

• A Texas newspaper removes a reference to a gay man’s husband in an obituary due to “religious beliefs”

RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars 3 finale leaves some fans stunned

• RuPaul get his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

• My review of the new coming-out/coming-of-age movie Love, Simon

• Tony Award-winner Sammy Williams, whose groundbreaking performance of a young gay dancer in A Chorus Line, passes away at 69

All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report