ene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor dance and sing their way into your heart in Stanley Donen's tribute to the good old days of movie making, Singin' In The Rain.
Done in the Technicolor splendor that was MGM in its prime, the film boasts a book by Comden and Green, dancing by luscious Cyd Charisse and an hysterical Oscar nominated performance by Jean Hagen as the silent star who can't adjust to talkies. Gene Kelly has never been better, Debbie is adorable, but it's Donald O'Connor who proves he was one of the true geniuses of musical comedy. It's a fun filled trip into Hollywood nostalgia that has rightly earned its place as one of the greatest musicals ever filmed. And oh, those numbers!
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<<< LONDON: Parts of the East end are declared a "gay-free zone" by an anonymous Islamic group. Ali Hilli of Iraqi LGBT says, "This small group of narrow minded people do not represent Islam or the Muslim community. In fact, a sentiment of rejection and condemnation for such a small group is growing among all Muslims. It is our duty to stop them and stand up to them whether we are Muslims, Jews or Christians."
>>> Some believe the answer to the problem is love.
>>> INDIA: Juan Carlos and Mauro - a gay Spanish couple - display the babies they've acquired from a rent-a-womb service in India. All those kids in children's homes can just go to hell, I guess...
<<< INDIA: In Nepal, devotees light oil lamps carried by a youth portraying God Madhavnarayan during the Madhav Narayan Mela.
BODY & MIND
>>> Black gay men and sexual labels. "Sexual labeling is commonplace, amongst all gay men, but black gay men seem to take it to another level. These days we have tops, total tops, oral tops, vers tops, versatile, vers bottom, bottom, total bottom and all kinds of deranged derivatives thereof. I say deranged, because most of the time black gay and bisexual men refer to themselves, using their label du jour, they are lying."
Interracial love in Rikki Beadle-Blair's FIT.
<<< Black gay men dating exclusively outside their race: Do we have a problem here? "What I'm talking about here are black gay men, who ONLY date non-black men and more specifically white men. The kind of black gay men, who never seem to have any black friends and when they do, their friends have to be part of the 'I don't date black men' click."
...More importantly, what about velvet rage? "Gay men are four times more likely to suffer from depression than straight men. The reason? According to therapist Alan Downs, it's a toxic cocktail of anger and rejection, which he calls 'velvet rage'. Here, he discusses his controversial self-help manual – plus, starting right, we hear five very personal 'coming out' stories."
||| Ecstacy doesn't damage the brain after all, boffins claim.
PRINT & VISUAL
>>> Perry Moore, whose novel Hero - about a gay superhero - won a Lambda Literary award for best novel - is dead. He was 39. Moore, pictured left with his partner Hunter Hill, also produced the three recent Narnia films.
>>> The media reports that Justin Bieber is a raving homophobe because he thinks homosexuality is a choice. Hardly anyone reports the entire quote: "It's everyone's own decision to do that. It doesn't affect me and shouldn't affect anyone else."
>>> Corbin Fisher's porn piracy crackdown could out gay teens. "With lawyers preparing to go fishing for the names belonging to tens of thousands of IP addresses, are these gay smut companies also about to out gay teens? And adults?"
||| Direct-to-DVD: Prime for a comeback? "For years, films that first debuted on DVD were the standard, but not anymore. The shift to web compilations has been as dramatic as the Instant Death of VHS and the Great Porn Magazine Die-Off."
Oh, what a dirty, nasty, lyrically ill-advised mess... When this sexy little record came out, I was incarerated in Australia, and the video went out in the early hours when most children were asleep. I wasn't asleep, and Mr. Shakur's utterly depraved video clip was my first exposure to porn. Filtering out the girls, I came away the core message: boys will be boys. Amen.
"I would also like to take this opportunity to squash the persistent rumours about mysterious 'disappearances' and emphasize that rural and urban areas are now enjoying a life of harmony and peace. I'm sure you're glad to hear this. And I'm happy you're glad."