Summer Soul Men Q-Music 

Summer Soul Men

Every Maxwell studio album – and there have only been five in 20 years – is treated like an event of great musically historical significance. The neo-soul forefather’s latest, black  SUMMERS’night (Columbia) is no exception. Arriving seven years after its predecessor BLACKsummers’night, the 12-track disc doesn’t vary much from the formula that made what came before so appealing and enduring, including drawing on the influence of the late Prince. Maxwell looks towards club play with the soulfully sexy “All The Ways That Love Can Feel” which could benefit from just…

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ARMS, GUNS AND WEAPONS POV 

ARMS, GUNS AND WEAPONS

The First Amendment protects freedom of speech. Anyone can say whatever they wish, without government interference. A basic truth, not stated in the Amendment, is you are free to say what you wish, but you are responsible for what you say. The popular example is shouting fire in a crowded theater when there is no fire. You can be prosecuted for the damage it causes. Another proof of the responsibility for what you say involves saying something that damages a person or a person’s reputation. In short, freedom of speech…

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HEROES & Villains Out and About 

HEROES & Villains

You might feel like your heart is going to pound its way through your chest, almost to the very last scene of writer/director Jeremy Saulnier’s riveting third full-length feature Green Room (A24/Broadgreen), but it’s only a movie. Because of that, the film takes its place at the head of the class of the new generation of horror/suspense flicks such as The Witch, It Follows and The Babadook. The Ain’t Rights, a young punk band from the Washington, DC (Arlington, actually, as one member points out) are scrambling to survive on…

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Be Scene! LGBT Prom Be Scene 

Be Scene! LGBT Prom

The LGBT Network and LIGALY held their 2016 prom at the Crest Hollow Country Club. LGBT youth and allies gathered in prom attire for Mocktail hour on the outside patio, followed by dinner and dancing in a ballroom inside and the crowning of the Rainbow Court, an alternative to the binary prom king and queen.

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Tales From Beyond the Tracksuit Uncategorized 

Tales From Beyond the Tracksuit

You better believe Jane Lynch can sing, and even if you don’t, “I think by the time you buy the ticket and come to the show, you hope I can sing! You’ve got your fingers crossed!” the Glee alum says of her touring act See Jane Sing, cracking her signature booming laugh. Lynch is best known as iconic cheer coach Sue Sylvester, who tormented McKinley High for six seasons of Fox’s musical-dramedy behemoth Glee, which brimmed with all sorts of songs – just not many sung by Lynch herself. There…

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Over 1,000 Stand Together at The Center in Bay Shore: We Are Orlando Uncategorized 

Over 1,000 Stand Together at The Center in Bay Shore: We Are Orlando

Over 1,000 Long Islander’s gathered at the LGBT Network‘s community center in Bay Shore for a candlelight vigil to remember the victims of the Orlando massacre and call for meaningful change on June 13th. The vigil included remarks from LGBT Network CEO David Kilmnick, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Suffolk County Police Commissioner Tim Sini, Suffolk County Legislators Monica Martinez, Tom Cilmi, Steve Stern, Kara Hahn and William Spencer, Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst, representatives from the Muslim community and youth, seniors, parents and members of the transgender community. “Your…

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LGBT Network and NY Mets Announce First Pride Night August 13 Out on LI 

LGBT Network and NY Mets Announce First Pride Night August 13

Thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) baseball fans will fill Citi Field on Saturday August 13th when the New York Mets take on the San Diego Padres at 7:10pm for the 1st ever Pride Night in New York major sports professional history. The LGBT Network has teamed up with Major League Baseball and The New York Mets to put on this historic event at the home of the defending National League Champions! Tickets for Pride Night are on sale now at mets.com/pride.  Pride Night at Citi Field will support…

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National News: July 2016 National News 

National News: July 2016

Congress’ Response To Orlando Shooting Is To Try To Legalize Discrimination [Think Progress] One month ago on Tuesday, a gunman shot and killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. House Republicans plan to mark this milestone with a hearing on a bill that would enable widespread discrimination against LGBT people. The legislation, ironically named the “First Amendment Defense Act” (FADA) rests on the idea that discrimination should be excused when it is justified by religion. Under, the core provision of FADA “the Federal Government shall not take…

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Queer Throughout The Year Q-Music 

Queer Throughout The Year

Lesbian singer/actress/comedian/writer Lea DeLaria has been challenging our preconceived notions of what an entertainer is for more than 25 (!) years. Queer folks probably knew her first as a raunchy comedian of the highest order (“whack a butt plug,” anyone?) and will also remember her from the gay movie Edge of Seventeen, as well as her show-stopping performance on Broadway in On The Town. Of course, once we heard her sing, we knew exactly what she was born to do. Over the course of her first three musical albums, DeLaria left her distinctively jazzy mark on show-tunes, standards and punk…

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LAUGHING AT THE ABSURDITIES OF BLACK HOMOPHOBIA POV 

LAUGHING AT THE ABSURDITIES OF BLACK HOMOPHOBIA

For many LGBTQs across the nation-especially those of us of African descentwe have been breathlessly waiting for Robert O’Hara’s “BootyCandy” to come to our cities. “BootyCandy” has finallycome to Boston, and each show has been a sold-out performance. “BootyCandy” is O’Hara’s thinly veiled coming-out story of growing up African American and gay. And the narrative is told in the voice of the character named Sutter. O’Hara takes the audience on a journey through his childhood home, church and gay bars that ’s depicted with excessive flamboyance, ribaldry, and unsettling poignancy. “BootyCandy is a non-linear narrative comprising of…

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Solos and Sides Out and About Uncategorized 

Solos and Sides

Talk about staying power! Singer and songwriter Dion  (DiMucci), the original wanderer, has been at it steadily since the late 1950s, as the leader of doo-wop group Dion & The Belmonts and later as a prolificsolo artist. On New York Is My Home (Instant), Dion continues his ongoing exploration of the blues over the course of eight originals, as well as a Lightning Hopkins cover. The album’s best (and least bluesy) tune is the title cut, a duet with Paul Simon, that has the potential to become a hit. The city of Chicago (and its…

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