BY MADELEINE MARR
Pitbull has long been known for his on-point fashion sense. Onstage, he usually wears impeccably tailored suits in either black or white. And that makes us Miamians proud.
But perhaps a slip in judgment, a change in stylist, or poor packing decisions has media outlets like The New York Post calling the rapper "Harry High Pants" and a few Twitter users giving him the moniker of the "Cuban Simon Cowell." As a matter of course, these suckers now have their own hashtag, #pitbullspants.
This happened: Pitbull sang the World Cup anthem, "We Are One (Ole Ola)," at the opening ceremony at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo Thursday night, alongside Jennifer Lopez and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte, in way too tight, high-waisted leisure slacks with a Brasil jersey tucked in a la your grandpa. Buzzfeed called his choice of rolled-up trousers “diaper pants,” which may be a little harsh. We prefer “mom jeans.”
Pit, next time, don't leave your suits in Miami.
Click here to take our survey: What do you think of Pitbull's fashion statement?
The Miami Herald's much-talked-about documentary, The Day It Snowed In Miami, will air again 8 p.m. Thursday on co-presenter WPBT Channel 2.
The feature-length film directed by Joe Cardona traces the political battle lines drawn in Miami in 1977 when gays sought approval of a then controversial Human Rights Ordinance, which guaranteed they would not be discriminated because of their “affectional or sexual preference.”
The Day It Snowed In Miami is currently airing on about 600 PBS stations for LGBT Pride Month. Click here for details about the national screenings.
The film also is available for sale on DVD. Click here to purchase.
June 12, 2014 in Arts, Bisexual, Business, Current Affairs, Film, Florida, Fort Lauderdale & Broward County, Gay, Key West & Monroe County, Lesbian, LGBT, Media, Miami & Miami-Dade County, Miami Beach, Palm Beach County, Politics, Religion, South Florida, Television, Transgender, Weblogs, Wilton Manors, Workplace, Youth | Permalink | Comments (0)
On what would be Judy Garland’s 92nd birthday Tuesday, New York theater and cabaret publicist Dan Fortune announces he is producing a "Night of A Thousand Judys” art auction benefiting Ali Forney Center for homeless LGBT youth.
This year’s auction accompanies an all-star concert to be held June 16 in Manhattan.
“For the second year, we have asked visual artists from different mediums to create and donate an original interpretation of Judy Garland. The works will be sold via silent auction at the event and all proceeds will go directly to the Ali Forney Center,” Fortune says. The online auction is now live.
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Participants this year include Robert Risko, the longtime Vanity Fair illustrator, Olympia Zagnoli from The New York Times and Samantha Hahn, creator of Well Read Women, in addition to a custom Judy t-shirt by Deer Dana, whose pieces have been worn by Jay-Z and been featured in Vogue, Fader, Elle and more (www.deerdana.com).
Last year’s auction included custom-made pieces by Tommy Tune, Charles Busch, and Robert W. Richards, in addition to rising talent in the art world.
Participating performers so far include Grammy Award nominated jazz star Jane Monheit, R&B/Disco legend Sarah Dash (LaBelle), “Queer as Folk” star Randy Harrison, Tony Award nominee Rory O’Malley from The Book of Mormon, Broadway leading ladies Sierra Boggess (Phantom of the Opera), Alison Fraser (Gypsy), Julia Murney (Wicked) and Jackie Hoffman (Hairspray), pop singer Karen Wyman, jazz violinist Aaron Weinstein and folk-rock singer/songwriter Erin McKeown, plus a special appearance from Austin Scarlett of “Project Runway.”
In previous years, our sold-out concerts were headlined by performers such as Martha Wash, Carolee Carmello, Justin Vivian Bond, Madeleine Peyroux, Tonya Pinkins, Nellie McKay, Telly Leung, Karen Mason, Bridget Everett, Michael Musto, Jackie Hoffman, Howard McGillin, Jessica Molaskey & John Pizzarelli, Ashley Brown, Daniel Reichard, Karen Akers, Paul Iacono, Daisy Eagan, Frank DeCaro among many others.
Last June’s event raised over $20,000 and we’re trying to double that number for 2014. The 2013 show was called “a rambunctious, uproarious, unpredictable all-star concert” by The Wall Street Journal and 2012’s was praised as “stupendous, extraordinary and hilarious” by The Village Voice.
The Tony Awards ran long on Sunday night and CBS did not televise the annual In Memoriam segment, which this year featured “friends in the Broadway community who have left us from May 2013-May 2014.”
Among the stars who died this year: Sid Caesar, James Gandolfini and six-time Tony winner Julie Harris.
BY STEVE ROTHAUS
Three classic MGM films, one celebrating its 75th anniversary and two CinemaScope musicals from 1955, have recently been rejuvenated in high definition.
The Women – with its all-star, all female 1939 cast – features Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford and Rosalind Russell.
Despite no men in the picture, director George Cukor's adaptation of Clare Boothe Luce's Broadway hit is known for its razor-sharp dialogue:
“There is a name for you, ladies, but it isn't used in high society... outside of a kennel.”
“I've had two years to grow claws mother. Jungle red.”
The Blu-ray picture is as sharp as the dialogue. The Women, released the same year as other MGM films including The Wizard of Oz and Gone With the Wind, is black and white with a restored Technicolor fashion show sequence. Warner Home Entertainment, $20.
Hit the Deck, a 1955 widescreen musical that’s often used as a reference for Cinemascope films of the mid-20th century, stars Jane Powell (in her final MGM film), Tony Martin, Debbie Reynolds, Walter Pidgeon, Vic Damone, Russ Tamblyn and Ann Miller.
Directed by Roy Rowland (Two Weeks With Love), it’s adapted from a 1927 Broadway show with music by Vincent Youmans and lyrics by Leo Robin and Clifford Grey.
Hit the Deck includes the songs Hallelujah (the finale featured in the 1974 MGM retrospective That’s Entertainment!), I Know That You Know and Ciribiribin.
Released by Warner Archive, the Blu-ray retails for $22.
Kismet, starring Howard Keel, Ann Blyth Dolores Gray and Vic Damone, is based on the 1953 Broadway musical based on themes by Alexander Borodin.
Hit songs from the stage and movie versions (adapted by Robert Wright and George Forrest) include Stranger in Paradise and Baubles, Bangles and Beads.
The high-def transfer looks and sounds great.
Released by Warner Archive, the Blu-ray retails for $19.
BY STEVE ROTHAUS
Following the May 28 red-carpet attack on Brad Pitt, HLN's Nancy Grace did a segment with pop psychologist Dr. Bethany Marshall about celebrity stalkers.
Grace and Marshall compared the Pitt attack to when Anita Bryant took a pie in the face from angry gay activists just after the repeal of Miami-Dade County's gay rights ordinance in 1977.
Either Grace has a very bad memory, didn't do her homework or she and Marshall deliberately contorted the Anita Bryant attack.
Grace's on Bryant: "She was speaking on some issue dear to her heart. (Shows video of Bryant getting hit by the pie, never mentioning that it was over gay rights.) I remember that as a little girl. I mean, she is a lady. I don't understand that."
Perhaps Grace's worst act of revisionism:
"I remember that as a little girl." Grace, born in October 1959, was 17 years old during the Bryant campaign.
Here's the complete transcript, followed by the infamous video of Bryant's pie in the face ("Well at least it's a fruit pie."):
Do you remember Anita Bryant? Anita Bryant was a religious singer. I think she represented the orange industry. She had a lot of conservative views, but she had this beautiful voice.
She was everywhere singing all the time, a lot of times it was Christian inspirational music. I still remember when I was a little girl and somebody came up and did this to her in public.
She was speaking on some issue dear to her heart. (Shows video of Bryant getting a pie in her face.) I remember that as a little girl. I mean, she is a lady. I don't understand that. I don't understand that Bethany. Why did that guy do that? That was the first time I recall that happening to her. I mean, look at her. She makes me think of my own mother.Why would you do this to a sweet lady? Whether you agree with her politics or not.
Dr. Bethany Marshall:
Nancy, it speaks to the enormous envy that I'm talking about. The fact is, what do we do when we're envious. We try to destroy the object of our envy.
Anita Bryant was beautiful as you pointed out, he had a voice, she could sing. And what did he do? He attacked the most beautiful part of her. He defaced her. He wanted to humiliate her. He wanted to cut her down to size. He wanted to say, 'You are not all that.' We think about this perp, he's saying this to all these stars, 'You're not all that. I'm the one who should have the limelight. I'm the one who should be on the red carpet. I'm the one who should have the TV show, so he's climbing over the backs of others in order to make himself a star, but employing enormous aggression while he does it. It's really an attack on their agency."
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Update: Documented will air 9 and 11 p.m. June 29, 2014, on CNN.
BY STEVE ROTHAUS
The hardest part about being an undocumented youth is not spending the rest of your life cleaning toilets or waiting tables. It’s perhaps never hugging your mother again.
“It’s like we don’t know each other. It’s really hard,” Pulitzer-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas tells his Filipino mom in a Skype conversation — their first talk in more than 20 years —recorded for his new film Documented, which premieres in South Florida Friday night at O Cinema Miami Shores at Miami Theater Center.
Mother and grown child both sob. “It’s like you’re not the son I used to have. The son that used to tell me, ‘Ma, I love you,’ Emelie Salinas tells him from the Philippines.
“I’m really, really sorry,” says Vargas, 33, a former Washington Post reporter who came out as undocumented in a 2011 New York Times magazine article he wrote.
“It’s OK. I understand you, son. I’m always worrying about you.”
“Yeah, I know,” Vargas tells her. “We will see each other soon. And I love you, very, very much.”
Salinas and Vargas won’t see each other soon. She can’t come to America and if he returns to Manila, he might not be allowed back in the U.S.
Vargas, who shared a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on the Virginia Tech shootings in 2007, is on a 13-city tour with his film, which airs later this year on CNN. He will be at the O Cinema screenings on Friday and Saturday to answer audience questions.
“As an undocumented person, I’m in a unique position to report on the issue, and to talk about how we’re directly impacted by this,” Vargas said this week from his home in New York.
Vargas’ grandparents smuggled him into California at age 12 in 1993. He didn’t learn his immigration status until four years later, when he sought a driver’s license.
“I went to the DMV like any 16-year-old. I didn’t tell my grandparents. I just went. I showed the woman in the booth my green card and my school ID. She flipped the green card around twice, she looks at me and she says, ‘This is fake. Don’t come back here again,’ he tells a high school class in Documented.
He raced home on his bicycle and told his grandfather. “The first thing he said was, ‘What are you doing showing that to people?’ The first thing. The second thing, ‘You’re not supposed to be here.’”
Vargas never told anyone else about his immigration status. He lied to get a job at The San Francisco Chronicle. He graduated in 2004 from San Francisco State University. Immediately after, The Washington Post hired him. In 2009, he joined Huffington Post and two years later wrote the New York Times piece.
“It’s my artistic act of civil disobedience,” Vargas said of his Define American media campaign on behalf of the nation’s estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants.
Vargas’ story is not uncommon, said immigration activist Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez, 28, who was born Felipe Sousa-Matos in Brazil and grew up as undocumented in Miami.
Both Vargas and Sousa-Rodriguez are gay and came out as teenagers.
“The cost of coming out was really high for me. I was afraid of getting kicked out and I was afraid of the police all the time,” said Sousa-Rodriguez, who moved to Tampa and is co-director of GetEQUAL, an LGBT advocacy group. “I was told all I could dream about was to become a warehouse worker, which I did. I cleaned toilets even though I was an honors student. I cleaned houses. I did everything an undocumented person does. All types of work that people can pay you under the table.”
Sousa-Rodriguez and Gaby Pacheco gained national prominence when they and others walked in 2010 from Miami to Washington to lobby for passage of the DREAM Act and other immigration reform. Both Sousa-Rodriguez and Pacheco are featured in Documented.
After graduating from Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High in Northeast Miami-Dade County, Sousa-Rodriguez attended Miami Dade College and St. Thomas University. He graduated with a business degree in 2012.
“I always wanted to go to college to make my mother proud. I always had this very clear thing about my mom, that she had made huge sacrifices for me and I need to make her proud,” he said. “She still lives in Brazil. She never came to live in the United States. It’s hard to get visas to come to the U.S. I just grew up without her. I haven’t seen her. Thirteen years. We talk on the phone. She doesn’t know how to use the Internet.”
Diego Sánchez, 23, is luckier than Vargas and Sousa-Rodriguez. He immigrated to Fort Lauderdale at age 7 from Argentina with his immediate family, all undocumented at the time.
“When I think of Jose’s story, I think of my story,” said Sanchez, now co-director of The Bridge Project, a Washington-based immigration group.
“In my case, I’m privileged to have my mom with me and I can’t put myself in his shoes, being without his mom for so many years,” said Sanchez, who has seen Vargas’ film. “He has mixed emotions, mixed feelings about his mom. He was mad that she sent him here. I know now that he understands: That’s what a mother is willing to do for the future of her child. The fact that he hasn’t been able to hug his mother for 20 years, it got me bawling, to be honest.”
Sanchez’s mother, Alejandra Saucedo, 44, is a co-founder of DREAMers Moms, a national organization presenting Friday’s screening of Documented.
“In Argentina, it’s not easy to live,” said Saucedo, who helped put Diego through St. Thomas University by cleaning houses and baking empanadas at home. “We don’t have pay. We don’t have work. We don’t have jobs. We don’t have a future. I’m very sorry to say that, but it’s true. In this country, right now, I’m feeling very motivated. I can see many parents, especially mothers, who came out from the shadows.”
IF YOU GO
Documented will be screened 7 p.m. Friday, 6 and 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at O Cinema Miami Shores at Miami Theater Center, 9806 NE Second Ave. Filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas will attend the Friday and Saturday screenings. General admission $11.00; student and seniors $9.50; members $7.50. www.o-cinema.org/event/documented
June 05, 2014 in Arts, Bisexual, Business, Current Affairs, Film, Florida, Fort Lauderdale & Broward County, Gay, Immigration, Key West & Monroe County, Lesbian, LGBT, Marriage, Media, Miami & Miami-Dade County, Miami Beach, Palm Beach County, Politics, Religion, South Florida, Television, Theater, Transgender, Weblogs, Wilton Manors, Workplace, Youth | Permalink | Comments (2)
BY MARI YAMAGUCHI
TOKYO -- George Takei said he needed courage and anger to come out as gay and to join the equal rights movement for sexual minorities in the U.S., and he hopes his Japanese counterparts will do the same to make their society more equal.
Takei said he has noticed a movement beginning in Japan, though the country of his ancestry has a long way to go. He said Japanese people need to fight for their own rights and they need to be a bit angry, too.
The "Star Trek" actor also known for his gay and civil rights activism, said he was encouraged to have met with Japanese activists for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, and even some of their parents fighting for their children.
"They have to have courage to come out and share their lives honestly," Takei said. Once they get a ball rolling, more movement would follow, like "a ripple effect" that spreads, he added. "So I'm optimistic. I do think that Japan will be one of the nations that have equality and that too will serve as an example for other Asian nations."