In black ink my love may still shine bright

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Under love's heavy burden do I sink

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Sadao Hasegawa, 1991-1999

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Japanese graphic artist Sadao Hasegawa was born in the Tokai area of Japan in 1955, and after taking up drawing in his twenties, his first exhibition Sadao Hasegawa's Alchemism-Meditation for 1973 debuted in Tokyo.

He combined depictions of the male physique, sex (often extreme, such as bondage and S&M), elaborate fantastic settings and Japanese, Indian, South-East Asian and African mythology, resulting in an intensely concentrated representation of stylised eroticism.

Whilst Hasegawa's work generated interest overseas, with contributions to magazines in the US and Europe, in Japan, his work has been largely overlooked. Sadao Hasegawa: Paintings and Drawings (Gay Men's Press, 1990), and Paradise Vision (Kochi Studio, 1996) have so far been the only collections of the artist's work.

Hasegawa refused to exhibit overseas, apparently not wanting to distribute his works abroad. He committed suicide on 20th November 1999 in Bangkok, Thailand, leaving only a small stone on which he had painted a portrait of Japanese author and poet Yukio Mishima, who had taken his own life one year earlier.

In the third of a three part series (you can find Part 1 [1978-82] here, and Part 2 [1982-91] here), KAOS takes a look at Hasegawa's early work.

I’ll follow thee and make a heaven of hell

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KAOS at Flare 2017: Jesús

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"18-year-old Jesús lives with his stern, somewhat unaffectionate father in Santiago, Chile. When not doing drugs, having casual sex or simply slouching in front of the TV, Jesús and his friends perform in a K-pop boyband. But his routine is thrown into chaos one evening when he and his drunken posse viciously assault a young gay man and leave him for dead. It’s an act that propels Jesús into a profound moral crisis which have severe consequences."

Jesús isn't so much a "gay movie" as a Latin American millennials movie, in the same vein as last year's stunning From Afar, or the rather more underwhelming I Promise You Anarchy. Nicolás Durán is mesmerising as the titular Jesús, whilst Alejandro Goic (in the relatively thankless role of the kid's single father) will, unexpectedly, floor you. Chile's tourist industry won't thank director Fernando Guzzoni for making Santiago look like a dystopian hell.

The sex and violence in Jesús is explicit (we were warned beforehand that some scenes were "triggering"). The attack is graphic and unrelenting, but showing that violence is necessary. The same can't be said for the sex scenes, the one thing that bothered me about Jesús. It seems to be part of a growing trend in cinema: erect penises and real (non-simulated) sex. Now, I'm no prude [see The KAOS Top 30 Porn Stars], but something about this just doesn't sit well with me. It takes you out of the film; instead of thinking the character is having sex, you're thinking about the actor. It is the actor who is physically aroused. It is the actor who is actually having sex. They're not faking it. Why are they not faking it? To titillate, provoke, to get bums on seats? There's an erect penis in Mørke Rum, too. As Tegan Jovanka said of Logopolis, "I'd prefer to see a lot less of it."

But Jesús is a gruelling drama-thriller that builds to a devastating climax (From Afar features a not dissimilar finale) and will haunt you for a long time afterwards.


Sit by my side, and let the world slip: we shall ne'er be younger

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KAOS at Flare 2017: Shadow & Act

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Reluctantly Queer
Shadow and Act is another series of shorts, curated by the adorable Jay Bernard, "that compel you to know yourself, live freely and speak the truth to power."

Reluctantly Queer (director: Akosua Adoma Owusu) is described as "a beautiful letter about migration, identity and love from a young Ghanaian man [Kwame Edwin Otu] to his family." It is: beautiful, and incredibly poignant. Watch the trailer.

Hattie Goes Cruising
Hattie Goes Cruising (director: Konstantin Bock) is an absolute joy. It follows "an ageing African-American couple give a how-to on cruising and what it was like being young, queer and pretty in 1970s and 1980s New York." Well, who could possibly resist? The titular Hattie is a hoot, and I'd gladly spend hours listening to his stories. Twenty minutes, and I feel like we barely touched the sides Always leave them wanting more...

Still Burning is a joyful love letter to the ballroom scene, directed by Nick Rowley. In it, "a young migrant from Guadeloupe on the French vogue scene cares for his younger brother who is getting ready for his first ball." It's one of this year's #FiveFilms4freedom, so you can watch it for free!



Bayard and Me
I Am Woman (Kai Fi åin and Azara Meghie direct) is a spoken word piece. It's short, but it packs an almighty punch.

Bayard and Me (director: Matt Wolf) is an incredibly poignant remembrance of civil rights activist Bayard Rustin by his younger partner Walter Naegle.

Our Skin (director: João Queiroga) combines the audio of a series of phone calls between a trans woman and a war veteran. Whilst worthy, the abstract visuals bored me.

KAOS at Flare 2017: Moonlight + A Romp Through Classic Camp + Transcendent Tales

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Moonlight
Are you sick of Moonlight yet?

Let me clarify that. Are you someone who hasn't seen Moonlight, and is sick of hearing about it? A think piece here, another interview with one of the cast and crew there, yet more news about award nominations (or that Oscar controversy). How many times have you seen that same still of the actors in the ocean? Or that amazing poster? The hype started a long time ago; it might even predate the US election campaign that never ended (and then it did, and we wish it hadn't). You might get to feeling, "Moonlight: Meh! I haven't seen it, but I'm just sick of it now. Enough!"

But set aside all that noise and hype. Moonlight is subtle, delicate, beautiful, something we should be whispering to each other, because it is everything it's hyped to be, and more. It belongs to us, not the masses who've jumped on the bandwagon.

There's not much I can say that hasn't been said already, except to say that, of all the incredible performances, I found Ashton Sanders' (as the teenage Chiron) the most powerful. At times his performance is so raw it's almost impossible to look at him. But when you do, you'll never forget.

A Romp Through Classic Camp
With A Romp through Classic Camp, new Flare programmer Zorian Clayton takes us on a "whistle-stop tour" through the history of camp cinema.

Carmen Miranda, Kenneth Williams in Carry On, Elizabeth Taylor in BoomPink Narcissus, and an utterly mesmerising Joan Crawford in Johnny Guitar - what's not to love? Billed as a "clip lecture", I couldn't help but wish the lecture element had been delivered by Flare's droll (and camp classic) Brian Robinson. The clips presented here left me wanting more; that's not a bad thing, is it? (I saw this with my bestie, Rogue "Marbie" Scott, who was less impressed.)

Kopřiva
Transcendent Tales ("bold and beautiful fictional shorts from first inklings to years after transition") opens with Kopřiva (Eng: The Nettle).

Directed by Piaoyu Xie, Vojtech Hrabák plays Nikola, whose doubt and confusion is palpable in a dreamy Czech Republic.

Diane From The Moon
Tear Jerker (director: Amy Adler - read an interview with her here) is a strong piece about Elliot (Sam Joans), a trans guy. There's an agonising scene in which he's confronted with his ex and her new alpha male jock boyfriend. Who wouldn't empathise with that?

Diane from the Moon (Hanna Ladoul and Marco La Via direct) stars Mya Taylor (Tangerine - read an interview about her new role here) as a "pagan priestess who takes no prisoners". Sold?

I could watch Taylor reading a bus timetable, and she doesn't disappoint in this clever film with a heart-in-the-mouth ending.

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Victor XX (director: Ian Garrido) tackles trans and racial issues in Spain. Alba Martínez is superb as the titular Victor.

"Trans theatre pro" Kate O’Donnell stars in the autobiographical MUM (director: Anne-Marie O’Connor), a touching (and funny) ode to the Irish family. O'Donnell was present to help introduce the film, looking stunning in a sparkly top. She has an incredible presence, and I'd love to see a lot more of her (there's a great interview with her here).

KAOS at Flare 2017: Brief Encounters + Jewel's Catch One

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It's March and that can only mean one thing: Flare, the official London LGBT film festival. I'll be looking in on eleven screenings this year, and reporting back here at KAOS (you can find reviews of previous years here).

First up, we have Brief Encounters, "four films about getting what you want, or what you think you want."

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, it is (to coin a phrase) a hideously white series of shorts. It's hard to fathom why the BFI would (yet again) think it's okay to present a series of shorts on the LGBT experience in which all of the films are about white gay men.

3 Friends
This isn't a criticism of the individual films, which are (largely) excellent. 1992 (director Anthony: Doncque), about a bold high school teen living with his single father, takes us down that well-trodden path of setting the film in the recent past. It's unclear why so many filmmakers choose to do this; aside from adding a frisson of nostalgia, it adds nothing, and we end up playing "anachronism eye spy". But that's a niggle; it doesn't take away from the film, which has a refreshing take on the arty gay son/working-class father trope. 1992 is well worth visiting.

Herculanum
3 Friends (director: Michael Moody Culpepper) is based on a short story by Colm Tóibín. It might be helpful to read it first, since what ends up on screen is as nebulous as the Cork scenery is beautiful. This felt more like a trailer than a piece of its own. It's also unclear how 3 Friends fits into the Brief Encounter theme.

Herculanum (director: Arthur Cahn) is set in a gorgeous Paris apartment. It's therefore no surprise that it's also agonisingly romantic. It's gorgeous. There's a volcano. I loved it.

Mørke Rum
Mørke Rum (Eng: Perpetual) is the jewel in the crown of this series. It should be mandatory viewing for every baby gay. Or maybe not; because whilst Perpetual is brutally instructive, its last shot is devastating. (On a purely superficial level, lead Nicolas Wollesen is an absolute stunner.) Watch it here. Read an interview with director Peter Ahlén here.


Back in 2015, I saw Kate Kunath's heartbreaking documentary We Came To Sweat, about Brooklyn's pre-Stonewall, black-owned gay bar the Starlite Lounge, which was facing closure (spoiler: it closed) after fifty years. Jewel's Catch One is in a similar vein, with director C. Fitz racing against the clock to preserve history. And what history.

Jewel's Catch One
If you don't know about Jewel - or Catch One - it's a fascinating story that touches on racism, sexism, homophobia, the AIDS crisis, substance abuse, celebrity and gentrification.

The key difference with Sweat (apart from tone - whereas as that was a story about a losing battle, this is a joyful celebration) is the focus on Jewel herself. Jewel is Catch One, and this film is about her as much as it is her legendary club.

Jewel was actually present at the screening (with Snap! vocalist Thea Austin, who serenaded the great lady), and her very presence permeated the room with a sense joy and goodness. She's an inspiration, and a beacon of hope. She's something to believe in.


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Left &
Found


More than half of gay men hate their body.

Bisexual college student Allen Pham's frank and inspiring letter about his struggles with masculinity.

How can men support feminists on social media and beyond?

Every insult the right uses to troll liberals, explained.


Hate Trump supporters? Hate liberals? Here's why. "Deep in the brain, your amygdala generates a knee-jerk response to political enemies and other threats. But experiments show the divide can be bridged."

Why we don’t have White History Month. "A sociologist explains why it would be ridiculous."



News
America


Pulse gunman Omar Mateen's wife Noor Salmon helped him scout potential targets, including Disney, prosecutors allege.

This is Mantej Sandhu. He and his boyfriend Bryson Beier were assaulted by around ten men in Columbus.

Thousands swarm Stonewall Inn to protest Trump divisive executive orders. In pictures.

Philadelphia Commission on Human Rights reprimands eleven local gay bars for providing “preferable environments for white, cisgender male patrons.”


Creationist theme park lights up Noah’s Ark permanently to "reclaim" rainbow from gay people.

School sued for $50,000 after football team forced to perform sex acts as hazing ritual.

Virginia House passes homophobic "religious freedom" bill.

How Trump could undo LGBT equality gains even if he doesn’t repeal Obama’s orders.

Trump's executive orders: Divide and conquer at the stroke of a pen.

Trump's courtiers bring chaotic and capricious style to White House. "Two weeks in, the new administration resembles the court of a Renaissance king, with favorites infighting and Steve Bannon a Cardinal Richelieu in cargo pants."

Google, Facebook, Apple, Netflix, Intel and Uber join slew of companies to take legal action against Trump.

WATCH  Jake Tapper grills Kellyanne Conway over White House lies about terror coverage.


Trump's list of seventy-eight terror attacks the media didn’t cover is another big lie. But Trump’s lies are not the problem. It’s the millions who swallow them who really matter.

Trump the least popular President in US history.

On Trump’s strange appeal. “He’s what a lot of Americans would be if they had a billion dollars.”



Trump lapdog Peter Thiel is looking for a PA.

Rabid homophobe Mike Pence claims he backs Trump’s supposed LGBT support.


Queer Muslim women from the south: "We exist and we’re fierce."



Michael (Tiger Mandingo) Johnson changed sports for me.


The history of Nasa’s black female scientists. "The diversity of Nasa’s workforce in 1940s Virginia is uncovered in a new book by Margot Lee Shetterly. She recalls how a visit to her home town led to a revelation."

Johnny Gosch, the original "Milk carton kid", is still missing.

The unimaginable, infamous case of Pam Hupp. "A tangle of lies, greed, sex, and death — and a surprise arrest."


CANADA  Montreal photographer refuses to shoot gay couple’s wedding.


News
UK

50-year-old Stefano Brizzi, the meth-addict who murdered and ate gay police officer Gordon Semple, has died in prison.

Gay nurse Amin Abdullah died after setting himself on fire outside Kensington Palace after suffering a “mental breakdown” over how his NHS employers handled his dismissal, inquest hears.

New HIV infections drop by a third.

Over a third of LGBT Londoners are suffering with mental health issues.

Royal Vauxhall Tavern, Britain’s oldest LGBT venue, saved from redevelopment - but it's still being sold.

The National Trust and the National Archives are to recreate a '30s gay bar based on photographs: “Freud Café, which is close to the original site of The Caravan, will be transformed in March for the Queer City project celebrating London’s gay scene between 1918 and 1967. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the passing of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, which decriminalised homosexuality in England and Wales.”

19-year-old Zakaria Bulhan has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of US tourist Darlene Horton in London last year.

Record number of LGBT children ask Childline for help.

This is what the Turing Law pardon means - and why this pardon for Britain’s gay men is so inadequate.


John Bercow, the Speaker of the UK Parliament, launches stinging attack on Trump - and bans him from speaking in the House of Commons.

MPs in the British Parliament vote to progress a bill to initiate Article 50 to leave the European Union.

Why are twice the amount of black women imprisoned for drug crimes than white women?


Traditional retail markets and the battle to stay afloat. "British markets are seen as a microcosm of the city or town in which they are based, encapsulating the diversity of communities and skills a place has to offer. But with some being sold off due to their prime locations and others fighting for their existence amid the rise of discount supermarkets and online retailers, will generations to come be able to enjoy them?"

The London shopping arcade with a river running through it.


News
World

Refugee agencies move quickly to transport needy LGBT refugees to the United States as Trump slams the door in the most vulnerable.

European Parliament backs EU-wide recognition of same-sex adoptions.

IRELAND  Men convicted of historic gay sex offences from before the decriminalisaion of homosexuality in 1993 could be pardoned.

GERMANY  Three killed after fire rages through Berlin gay sauna Steam Works - and the venue may not reopen.


GERMANY  Hitler states his "moderation" at press interview. "I have been represented as having made bloodthirsty and firebrand speeches against foreign countries, and now the world is surprised at my moderation." (February 1933)

SWITZERLAND  Lifetime ban on gay men donating blood lifted.


LEBANON  Court rules that homosexuality is natural, and the law against “intercourse contrary to the order of nature” does not apply to same-sex intimacy.

SYRIA  Assad’s slaughterhouse defies description, but it’s horrifyingly real. "According to Amnesty, Saydnaya prison is an extermination centre where starvation and torture are the prelude to mass hangings, up to 50 at a time."

CHINA  Archaeologists discover what could be the world’s oldest dildos.

AUSTRALIA  Police review nearly ninety deaths between 1976 and 2000 - they could be reclassified as anti-gay hate crimes.

Out of many, one people: Jamaica in the 1890s, in pictures.

WATCH  How punks in 1980s Cuba injected themselves with HIV so they could be quarantined for a better life.

JAMAICA  On Beyond Homophobia, a symposium recently held at the University of the West Indies.

GAMBIA  LGBT activists celebrate the exile of former president Yahya Jammeh.


TANZANIA  Arrest of three men accused of promoting homosexuality ordered in homophobic crackdown.

SOUTH AFRICA  Devastating impact of meth in the womb exposed in schools. "Extent of crisis becomes clear as children of women caught up in tik epidemic struggle with hyperactivity and aggression."


Arena

The Big Gay SuperBowl LI, in pictures.

Hillsborough: A day that began with hope and ended in avoidable tragedy. ""Author Kevin Sampson was among the Liverpool fans who attended their FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest in 1989. In an extract from his latest book, Hillsborough Voices, he recounts the unfolding horror of that fateful afternoon."

On WAFFLES N CREAM, Nigeria’s first skate crew.


Art +
Design


Whose Streets? Our Streets!, a new photography exhibit “ordinary New Yorkers as they rallied, marched, and demonstrated.”

Raymond Dakoua's pictures documenting the lives of LGBT people in Côte d’Ivoire and Mozambique.

REVIEW  Revolution: Russian Art – from utopia to the gulag, via teacups.

"The building creaks and sways": Life in a skyscraper. "From Chicago to Dubai, Manchester to Melbourne, our cities are climbing above the clouds. What’s it like to live on the 64th floor?"

What happened to Newcastle's dream for a vertical city? "In the 60s planners reimagined Newcastle as a 3D multi-level city, but what remains is now being closed off or demolished. Guided by architecture professor Stephen Graham, Karl Whitney explores this disappearing city."


Word!


James Baldwin, in pictures.

READ  Minotaur, a poem by Justin Phillip Reed.

REVIEW  The End of Eddy, by Edouard Louis. "This is no misery memoir; it’s a candid, necessary call against conventional definitions of masculinity and the fear of difference."

REVIEW  Country, by Jeff Mann. "[He] demonstrates the necessity of being honest about our lives with ourselves and with others, but also the need for LGBT individuals to tell their own stories, literally and figuratively through literature, music, and art."

REVIEW  History is All You Left Me, by Adam Silvera. "A heart-filling story of grief, loss, and the path to finding oneself again."

REVIEW  Eros and Dust, by Trebor Healey. "A collection that tosses out nuggets of insight."

Black History Month reading list: The essential recent releases.

Forty-five queer and feminist books you need to read in early 2017.

Navigating rewrites and sex scenes: A week in the life of writer Christina Cooke.

The man who loves books too much. "Notorious thief John Gilkey has built a vast collection of rare works, most of which he will never read and no one will ever see. Why?" (January 2008)

INTERVIEW  Talking to X-Men writer Dennis Hopeless about his historic gay storyline for Iceman.

Snagglepuss reinvented by DC Comics as a "gay Southern Gothic playwright".

On the rag, your weekly look at the free gay 'zines.

Stuart Timmons, the gay author and historian, is dead. He was 60.


Shouting
At Night

INTERVIEW  Talking to Mark Gatiss and his husband Ian Hallard, about The Boys In The Band, new threats to equal rights, the Sherlock backlash – and their dog-sitting issues.

WATCH  Here's the House of Labeija.


Film
Forever

Falling DVD sales put boot into profits at Sony Pictures. "The rise of streaming, in a golden era for television drama, has spelt trouble for traditional film studios."

INTERVIEW  Talking to I Am Not Your Negro director Raoul Peck about James Baldwin's legacy, politics, and the ever-presence of history.

INTERVIEW  Talking to Moonlight director Barry Jenkins. "He had a hand-to-mouth childhood in a rough neighbourhood, then went to a football college. So how did the 37-year-old end up making the film of the year?"

INTERVIEW  Talking to Moonlight writer Tarell Alvin McCraney. "The playwright tells how growing up in the Miami projects inspired his view of America."

Matthew McConaughey on Trump: It's time for Hollywood to embrace him.

Judy Garland fan pays over $15,000 to be buried beside her. There's just one problem with that.

On Who Took Johnny? "Noreen Gosch has been searching for justice for her missing son Johnny for more than 30 years. A new documentary about her battle to find her son makes its theatrical premier in Iowa next week." (April 2015)

REVIEW  Strike A Pose. "This watchable documentary, focusing on New York as the crucible of gay liberation politics, brings together performers from the Truth or Dare tour."

Ghost in the system: has technology ruined horror films? "Well-dwelling Samara gets streamed in Rings, an HD reboot of The Ring, yet the genre has shown that a tech update doesn’t always lead to more scares."

Five cult films audiences hate to love.

INTERVIEW  Talking to Taraji P Henson. "After years of bit parts, low pay and a breakthrough role in Empire, Taraji P Henson is taking the lead as a Nasa scientist."

Groundhog Day: A brilliant movie, summed up in one brilliant gag. "I Got You, Babe will never be the same again."

The pop culture legacy of Groundhog Day. "The 1993 movie inspired a popular trope that continues to exist throughout film and television."

The films critics walked out on: "There was no way in hell I was going back in."

REVIEW  Jonathan. "Although it has a few problems, Jonathan is still an intriguing family drama. It has a few issues handling it emotions, but pulls through with good performances and interesting character dynamics."

REVIEW  Campfire. "These four Bavo Defurne shorts aren’t a collection for everyone, but if you’re interested in something a bit challenging and which cannot help itself but train its camera lens on the beauty of youth, you should find plenty to appreciate."

WATCH  Here's the trailer for Marco Berger's Taekwondo; A Little Lust; and It’s Only the End of the World, the latest from Xavier Dolan (Tom At The Farm).


The
Box

Colony, USA’s alien invasion drama, is accidentally the most relevant show on television. "The series, set in a dystopian oppressive regime, feels a little less escapist with every new episode."

Matthew Herrick (of the short-lived but much-missed DTLA) sues Grindr after fake account sends seven hundred men to his home - and work.

Gay comedy series Please Like Me has been cancelled.

Could out gay actor Ben Whishaw be the next Doctor?

Thirty-five LGBT characters who redefined family TV.


Here's the first queen to be "RuVealed" from the upcoming ninth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race.


REVIEW  Deep Water. "[It] certainly isn’t a jolly series, but it’s an entertaining and intriguing one that keeps you guessing about what’s been happening in Bondi’s gay scene in both the past and the present."

New CBS comedy Superior Donuts has something better than laughs: A compelling theme (the rise of gentrification in America).


For $400 you can own a flawlessly detailed tiny replica of Seinfeld's apartment.

INTERVIEW  Talking to documentary maker Reggie Yates.

INTERVIEW  Talking to new EastEnders star Zack Morris.

Eleven of the biggest ever soap blunders, from Coronation Street's forgotten death to EastEnders' live mishaps.

Gays of our lives: Your latest from gay soapland.

Vloggers and YouTube stars are the subject of new BBC Three comedy Pls Like.

Down with clean eaters and ab blasters! TV takes aim at lifestyle vlogger hell. "Peppy superstar vloggers are ripe for parody. Enter comedians Liam Williams and Tim Key with their new BBC mockumentary Pls Like."

Why Deep Space Nine and Voyager may never get full HD releases.

Five TV tropes that need to die. "From eccentric scientists to sexy dead women, television is full of repetitive motifs that must desist immediately."

WATCH  Here's the trailer for gay Singaporean series People Like Us.


WATCH  The latest episodes of Fallacies; and Steam Room Stories.


Beats, Rhymes
& Life

Frank Ocean sued for $14.5 million by his own father.

This is Bahamian performer and activist Romano Johnson. He's HIV-positive.

INTERVIEW  Talking to Australian musician Brendan Maclean about the thinking behind what he calls "a light-hearted, extremely explicit look at the world of gay semiotics".

LISTEN  Let's Get Lost, the new track from Pet Shop Boys’ Neil Tennant and Chrissie Hynde.

REVIEW  NxWorries - Yes Lawd! "Another accomplishment in Anderson .Paak’s continued rise, a beautiful beat tape made with the producer Knxwledge that nods to classic Stones Throw duos."

INTERVIEW  Talking to Rae Sremmurd.

WATCH  Here's Cakes Da Killa.


Red Light
District

Chi Chi LaRue teases follow up Falcon Studios’ legendary blockbuster Heaven To Hell.

Corbin Colby. Corbin Colby. CORBIN COLBY!


Communist Colby Keller on supporting Trump.

HustlaBall Las Vegas 2017 VIP Party, in pictures.

Bearracuda Underwear Night at the Seattle Eagle, in pictures.

Jorge Schmeda, the model who appeared under the name Max Schutler, is dead. He was 35.


Ghetto
Romance

Confessions of an aromantic: What it’s like to just not be interested in love.


Médecins Sans Frontières

A HIV check-up in a prom dress.

One in ten HIV-positive people also have diabetes.

We're one step closer to a single-dose HIV vaccine.

Does having an infection increase the odds of developing mental disorders?

Four behaviours that may cut the risk of cancer by 30 percent.

WATCH  Rodrigo Alves can't breathe normally after fifty cosmetic surgery operations.
Ten questions you’ve always wanted to ask a plastic surgeon.

A few too many. "Is there any hope for the hung over?"

How to actually curb your drinking for the rest of the year.

Depression steals your soul and then it takes your friends. "It's so easy to cut off a friend who is persistently difficult, self-absorbed, nasty, and decidedly 'other.' Especially if they cut themselves off first."


Hell's
Kitchen

The sixteen best gay clubs in America.

WATCH  Fanny Craddock cooks.


Rag
Trade



Betta
Work!

Below deck. "Filipinos make up nearly a third of all cruise ship workers. It’s a good job. Until it isn’t."

When it comes to being out at work, some things haven't budged in thirty years.


I Own 51% Of
This Company!

US pharmacy Walgreens releases new campaign featuring HIV-positive genuine customers.



Planes, Trains
Automobiles

The beautiful Tube stations of London, in pictures.

They found the Nazi submarine portrayed in Raiders of the Lost Ark.


Tomorrow's
World

Finland - the world's first nation to publish its own set of national emojis - has added a Tom of Finland emoji to its collection.

Pornhub launches online sex education centre because no one else is doing it.

Amazon Web Services: The secret to the online retailer's future success. "AWS was launched as little more than a way to buy space and time on Amazon’s computers. Now it powers Netflix, Airbnb and the Ministry of Justice."

Net ​nostalgia: The online museums preserving dolphin gifs and spinning Comic Sans. "Archivist Jason Scott has made it his mission to record digital culture for future generations. But why are we so keen to relive the days of Geocities websites and 56k modems?"


Vending machines to revolutionise the way we have a cuppa. (February 1957)


Planet
Earth

Why the sun's spinning too slowly.

Faultlines, black holes and glaciers: mapping uncharted territories. "In the era of satellites and Google Maps there are still areas that remain a mystery."

Is America's most common pesticide responsible for killing our bees?

How carnivorous plants developed a thirst for blood.


Zoo

WATCH  Bison reintroduced to Canada's Banff National Park.


Why climate change is good news for wasps. "Their numbers vary enormously from year to year, but warmer weather will provide wasps with more favourable conditions."

Why dolphins are deep thinkers. (July 2003)

The week in wildlife, in pictures.


And
This:

Why chewing sounds make you want to flip a table.

Meet Mr. White, the elementary school teacher with a different dap for each student.

Finally, driving with Andrew; King Neutral go to IKEA; Rogue "Marbie" Scott gets a surprise; and Kenneth reveals he was never in the closet.

 
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