So I thought it would be fun to feature one of my early crushes as the Morning Man.
I’ll never forget when my older brother and his friends came home from a rock concert at Anaheim Stadium in 1976 talking about this guy named Peter Frampton.
My brother had bought the Frampton Comes Alive album and I thought Peter had pink hair (it was the lights shining in his blond hair). The album was played so many times in our house that songs like Show Me the Way, Baby I Love Your Way and Do You Feel Like We Do? are part of the soundtrack of my childhood.
Frampton’s stardom burned bright for a few years after that as he was on the cover of every magazine and asked to star with the Bee Gees in the musical film Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. I bought his follow-up album I’m In You and loved it.
Things quickly cooled for Frampton although he continued to release albums and to tour. He released Frampton Comes Alive! II in 1995 but it didn’t sell well. But he never stopped working and in 2006 released the instrumental album Fingerprints which won him a Grammy.
Frampton turns 69 today. His long blond locks are long gone. He is still going strong and there seems to be a real appreciation for what he did in the past and what he is doing now.
It’s Easter Sunday so this is a no-brainer, right?
That, of course, is the 1948 American musical film starring Judy Garland and Fred Astaire featuring music by Irving Berlin.
On the day before Easter in 1911, Don Hewes (Astaire) is crushed when his dancing partner (and object of affection) Nadine Hale (Ann Miller) refuses to start a new contract with him. To prove Nadine’s not important to him, Don acquires innocent new protegee Hannah Brown (Garland), vowing to make her a star in time for next year’s Easter parade.
It was the highest-grossing musical that year and always nice to revisit anytime.
Once a long-shot, Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of Indiana’s fourth-largest city has been rising in the polls for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, attracting dollars, attention, and name recognition (if not pronunciation). The Afghanistan War veteran, Rhodes scholar and trained pianist talks with CBS News’ John Dickerson about the importance of narratives, coming out, what youth brings to public office, and reanimating his party’s values for a new era, including a connection with faith.
Lily Tomlin didn’t remember ever meeting Andy Warhol and yet there’s a photo of her dancing with him at Studio 54. I love her telling of this story during her visit to The Ellen DeGeneres Show this week. As a member of the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Marketing & Communications theme, I was thrilled to hear Miss Tomlin say that she wants her upcoming 80th birthday party to be a fundraiser for the Center. Earlier this month, she did a brilliant comedy routine during the opening of the Center’s new Anita May Rosenstein Campus.
BONUS VIDEO: Ellen also tested Lily’s knowledge of youth culture by pitting her against a millennial in a game called “Will-y Lily Know It?” Find out if the legendary comedian knows what “Lit AF” means, and if a young audience member can describe an 8 track.
Can you imagine if George Takei had never come out publicly as a gay man?
It’s just such a better world with this Star Trek icon out and proud and speaking his truth.
Today, George turns 82!
The man who played the role of Hikaru Sulu in the original Star Trek TV series and feature films has remained firmly in the spotlight by becoming a social media phenomenon in recent years.
Takei is a prolific tweeter with more than 2.8 million followers who has plenty to say about LGBT equality, about human rights and in recent years, about ‘crazy-haired man-boy tyrant’ Donald Trump.
‘Some know me as Mr. Sulu from Star Trek but I hope all know me as a believer in, and a fighter for, the equality and dignity of all human beings,’ he writes in his Twitter bio.
Takei is also one of the most popular people on Facebook, He once said of his social media reach: ‘Well, you know, I do think in the larger span of things, I owe it all to Star Trek, because Star Trek has given me this pop icon status if you will, and one of the gifts have been this megaphone I have which amplifies my voice and I can reach people. And I do think the movement for equality for LGBT Americans is in the same context of all of the great American movements, you know, the basic fundamental ideals of this country of justice and equality.’
I like this clip because it shows how Kelly Ripa and Andy Cohen are real friends. Andy guest-hosted on Live! this week and here they talk about spending time with Andy’s baby, and Andy talks about how life has changed for him.
Tyler Blackburn of Pretty Little Liars fame has come out publicly as queer in an interview with The Advocate.
Congratulations to him!!!
Tyler currently has a starring role in the CW’s Roswell, New Mexico as gay war veteran and amputee Sgt. Alex Mane.
“I’m queer,” he proclaims. “I’ve identified as bisexual since a teenager. I just want to feel powerful in my own skin, and my own mind, and in my own heart.”
“I heard so many things from within the queer community about bisexuality being a cop-out or bullshit or the easy way out or something, and that always stuck with me because I felt the pressure from all sides to have [my sexuality] figured out,” he shares. “And I think for the longest time, I suppressed more of my attraction to men. It wasn’t until my late 20s, towards the end of Pretty Little Liars, that I really allowed myself to go there and not just wonder about it or lust over it, but experience that vulnerability and experience the emotional aspect of what it is to be bisexual.”
“Just because you decide ‘I am this thing’ doesn’t mean you immediately feel like you fit into that thing,” he explains. “That’s another part of the journey that I still don’t always know how to navigate, but I’m feeling more courageous and fortified to explore.”
“I’m so tired of caring so much. I just want to live my truth and feel OK with experiencing love and experiencing self-love,” he says. “Yes, there is an element of, I want to feel like it’s OK to hold my boyfriend’s hand as I’m walking down the street, and not worry. Is someone going to look and be like, ‘Whoa, is that guy from that show? I didn’t know that [he was queer.]’ I want to own my space now.”
“Now we’re at a place where fluidity is spoken about in such a beautiful way that it doesn’t make me feel as pressured to have it figured out,” he says. “My goal above everything is to feel as happy as possible. As free as possible. I don’t just mean happy, like, ‘I’m laughing all day, every day.’ That’s actually insane. That’s impossible. What I mean is, I want to feel free.”
This very handsome guy is singer and songwriter Alvaro Soler who gained fame across Europe for the release of his song El Mismo Sol. A second version of the song featuring Jennifer Lopez gained him fame in the United States and the UK.
He released his debut solo album Eterno Agosto in June 2015. He was formerly in a band called Urban Lights with his brother.
Alvaro was born in Barcelona to a German father and a Spanish mother. At an early age he became bilingual.
I don’t watch anything that has to do with The Bachelor franchise because I think it’s stupid.
But that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the hot men who are contestants on these “reality” shows.
One of them is Nick Vail who had a starring role on the 21st season of ABC’s The Bachelor after finishing as runner-up in two consecutive seasons of The Bachelorette. He also appeared on Bachelor in Paradise and competed on Dancing With the Stars.
VaIL, 38, is also an actor so we don’t know the full context of this but we did know that he made out with a guy the other day – and there was tongue involved.
He shared the information in a video this week on Alexandra Cooper and Sofia Franklyn’s Call Her Daddy YouTube channel, where he opened up about a new experience he’d had the previous day.
“Made out with my first guy yesterday,” Viall told the women with a smile, as they rode an elevator together.
“How was it?!” Cooper asked excitedly.
“It was fun,” he replied — though admittedly, he “was a little bit” nervous about the encounter.
“Was there tongue?” Franklyn probed.
“Yeah,” Viall revealed.
“You kinda loved it?” Cooper teased.
“It moved!” said the star before adding, “I’m just kidding.”
This item led me to check out Nick’s Instagram account which certainly looks to be with following!