Why Adam Rippon & Gus Kenworthy’s Sexual Orientation Is Important

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What’s up, everyone?

I have to preface this post by saying that it saddens me that this is even a discussion in 2018. The fact that members of the LGBTQ community have to “come out,” or explain anything in regards to their sexual orientation is beyond me. I mean, you do realize that all they want to do is be themselves, be happy and LOVE another person, right?

I want to share a little story with you. My niece, Briana, is about to turn fourteen. When she was 5 or 6, I was watching one of my old *NSYNC DVD’s with her. She pointed to Lance Bass and said, “Krissy, he’s cute!” I know she was young at the time, but something came over me and my immediate (nonchalant) response was, “You know, Lance is gay.” She paused the movie and asked me what that meant.

. . . SHE ASKED ME WHAT [BEING GAY] MEANT . . .

I explained to my young niece that it meant sometimes boys like boys and sometimes girls like girls. I reiterated that “the norm” in society is for boys and girls to like each other, but there are others who feel differently and that’s normal too. She responded with a simple, “Oh, ok.” and un-paused the video. From that moment on, she has accepted EVERYONE and never thought of anyone who is gay as “different.” If she ever thought they were different, it’s because she knows how fabulous they are!

Throughout this year’s’ Winter Olympics, we were graced with the presence of two GAY athletes representing the USA, Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy. Even as a straight woman, I actually felt so proud of these men for being honest and for simply being themselves . It wouldn’t have mattered to me whether they were gay or not. Being gay doesn’t mean they train less than other athletes, or that they’re weak. If anything, it makes them stronger because they deliver strong performances regardless of any negativity being directed towards them.

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Yesterday, Kenworthy posted screenshots on his Twitter page of 4 complete strangers who posted extremely hateful comments on one of his YouTube videos. These people called him names and wished that he would get AIDS and die. Let that sink in for a moment . . . . . . . . . . . . Which leads me to the reason for this post. Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy’s sexual orientation shouldn’t matter to anyone. It’s their lives and, if they’re happy and are able to fully love another human being, it shouldn’t matter to ANYONE ELSE whether that other human being is a man or a woman.

The ONLY reason why their sexual orientation is important is because it opens doors for conversations between parents and their children. Children are taught to hate other people. If I had responded to my niece, at 5 years old, that being gay is gross and wrong, she would’ve grown up to believe that as true.  I know that many Christians do believe that to be true, but the hate starts with you as parents, not as Christians. Don’t teach your children to hate others simply because of something you don’t understand. I grew up Catholic, I have tattoos and I’ve had pre-marital sex. Those things don’t make me a bad person. They don’t mean I’m going straight to hell. Neither does being gay. Instead, teach your children that some people love different things, but we all love the same. Teach them that just because you have a certain belief, it doesn’t give anyone the right to make hurtful comments and, more specifically, to wish for someone’s death.

Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy’s sexual orientation is important because it shows that being gay doesn’t define you . . . your character does. The same way that being straight doesn’t define anyone else. Being straight doesn’t mean you’re a good person. It also doesn’t mean you’re a bad person. It’s the same with those who are gay, bi, transgender, etc. Rippon and Kenworthy are both strong AND graceful. They’re respectful. They’re hilarious. They’re kind to others. They’re using their platform to speak for that little kid who wants to lace up a pair of skates and glide gracefully across the ice, but is afraid to tell anyone. They’re speaking to that kid who is afraid that coming out as gay will make people think they’re weak and can’t nail flips on skis or snowboards. They’re speaking out to kids who don’t think that they can be themselves and still stand on an Olympic podium. They’re speaking to anyone who feels that their sexual orientation means they can’t chase their dream, regardless of what that dream is.

There are so many kids out there who are feeling things they don’t quite understand yet because their parents are afraid to actually talk to them about something that should be normalized at this point. THAT is why Rippon and Kenworthy’s sexual orientation is important. Speaking to your child about homosexuality won’t make them gay. What it will do is teach them to be accepting towards others and to embrace what they might be feeling themselves. So, to the parents out there . . . do your jobs. Don’t raise bullies and closed-minded people. Raise young men and women who know who they are and who can accept those who aren’t exactly like them.

It starts with you.

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Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon Light It Up in HBO Official Teaser Trailer for ‘FAHRENHEIT 451’

What’s up, movie lovers??

I must say, after watching this teaser trailer earlier today . . . I’m intrigued. I’m also a little salty that they’re BURNING BOOKS. What a waste!

FAHRENHEIT 451 is a film set for release this May on HBO. The film is also based on the 1953 dystopian novel (ironically) of the same name, written by Ray Bradbury.

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Michael Shannon and Michael B. Jordan

 

SYNOPSIS: In a terrifying care-free future, a young man, Guy Montag, whose job as a fireman is to burn all books, questions his actions after meeting a young girl…and begins to rebel against society.

I love that Michael B. Jordan seems to be everywhere these days. What a phenomenal actor! So glad he’s getting the recognition he deserves. Hot on the heels of the successful Black Panther release in theaters, I’m excited to catch this in the next few months.

What did you think of the teaser? Did you read the novel? Let me know!

 

Australian Country Sensation MORGAN EVANS Announces UK Performances At C2C

AUSTRALIAN COUNTRY SENSATION

MORGAN EVANS

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ANNOUNCES UK PERFORMANCES AT
C2C FESTIVAL
9TH – 10TH MARCH

THE US HIT SINGLE ‘KISS SOMEBODY’
AND BRAND NEW TRACK: ‘I DO’
OUT NOW

JOINS JAMES BLUNT ON HIS AUSTRALIAN TOUR

Following the release of his single ‘Kiss Somebody’ and new track ‘I Do’, Australian-born country star Morgan Evans will be returning to the UK next month to perform at this year’s Country 2 Country Festival in London and Glasgow.

“I visited the UK for the first time last year and just fell in love with the country and its music fans,” says Evans. “There’s a depth of passion for music there unlike anywhere else. C2C 2018 will be my third visit and I couldn’t be more stoked to return to London and Glasgow.”

Already a bona-fide music sensation in his native Australia, and highly acclaimed by the likes of Rolling Stone and Billboard in the US – both of whom have tipped him for success in 2018 – his new music is shaped by a love of artists like Ed Sheeran and Keith Urban, alongside many other Nashville greats where he now resides, having signed a global record deal with Warner Music Nashville / Warner Bros. Records.

Last year Evans released his debut US single ‘Kiss Somebody’, which he wrote with Chris DeStefano and Josh Osborne. The track has become a major radio hit in multiple countries and debuted on Spotify’s Viral Charts at #15 in the US and #26 globally, with over 19 million streams to date.

The visually impressive, one-of-a-kind accompanying video was released in December 2017 and features a nearly single-shot film in extreme slow-motion.

His newest track ‘I Do’, pays homage to loved ones and was inspired by his now wife and fellow country artist Kelsea Ballerini. As a result of these two tracks, Evans has made a huge splash in the US and in addition to Rolling Stone’s praise for his “velvety voice rasping in all the right places” he has been crowned as one of CMT’s #18for2018 artists.

The upcoming performances at C2C mark his third time back on UK soil after playing a run of headline dates last June, before returning for his acclaimed visit here in October. He’s also set to join James Blunt for three landmark shows in Australia, before heading back to the US for shows in April with Chris Young and Kane Brown.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES

Mar 1st – Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles w/ Old Dominion
Mar 9th – C2C, London
Mar 10th – C2C, Glasgow
Mar 13th – Star Event Centre, Sydney, Australia w/ James Blunt
Mar 14th – Star Event Centre, Sydney, Australia w/ James Blunt
Mar 16th – Palais Theatre, Saint Kilda, Australia w/ James Blunt

 

CONNECT WITH MORGAN EVANS AT:

Website | Facebook | Twitter

 

 

DIAMANTE Reveals Thelma And Louise Inspired Video For ‘Had Enough’

DIAMANTE

REVEALS THELMA AND LOUISE 
INSPIRED VIDEO FOR
HAD ENOUGH

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Made in support of the #MeToo movement with an all female team, it pays tribute to the classic female friendship road trip film

 “I think especially in today’s social climate, it’s both important and powerful to be able to tell the world ‘I’ve had enough, I’m pissed off, and it’s time for change.” – Diamante

Had Enough‘ follows Diamante’s ‘Coming In Hot‘ official video
which has now been streamed more than 1 million times

Diamante has been making a big noise. With a series of feisty, well-received singles…the anthemic ‘Had Enough’ [is] a perfectly timed cover of a song originally released by English alt-rockers Lower Than Atlantis in 2016. – Team Rock (She Rocks Campaign, 2018)

As her sultry and show-stopping video for ‘Coming In Hot‘ crosses 1 Million YouTube streams, 21-year-old Diamante shows she’s more than meets the eye in the brand new video for her female empowerment video anthem ‘Had Enough‘.

Shot on location in Palm Springs CA, Diamante enlisted an all-female team to create the ultimate gal-pal road trip video, which pays homage to the classic pissed-off-chick-flick Thelma and Louise. Taking the desert by storm alongside actress Mackenna Johnson, the video features a behind-the scenes cast including Director/Producer Sofia Lane, production crew Rose Lu and Alyssa Mordal, and camera work by Tania Espinosa Cueva. Each woman is up-and-coming in her respective field.

“It’s critical to see more women at the top of fields traditionally dominated by men,” explains Diamante on her decision to hire women for this shoot. “But in order to do that, we need to give women a chance to get their foot in the door. It was very important to me to create opportunities for other women in the making of this video”

Originally recorded by Lower Than Atlantis, Diamante decided to put her stamp on the song because the strong lyrical content struck a chord. “Something about its unapologetic honesty really captivated me. I think that level of honesty and bluntness of being able to tell the world: ‘Hey! I’m pissed off!’ is very powerful and something that music has been craving, especially in today’s climate”

Had Enough‘ is the fourth track released from her forthcoming debut record due out later this year on Better Noise Records, following ‘Haunted‘, ‘Sleepwalking‘ and the breakout track ‘Coming In Hot‘. Produced by Howard Benson [Chris Cornell, Kelly Clarkson, My Chemical Romance, Halestorm], the upcoming collection brings to light a signature sound the artist has been developing meticulously since age 13. With her edgy style, sultry vocals, pop sensibility, and unabashed swagger, the Mexican-Italian-American solo artist draws from myriad influences and calls to mind legends from a spectrum of rock icons including Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, Debbie Harry, Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, and Bowie.

Read Diamante’s interview with Team Rock on the making of the ‘Had Enough‘ video HERE.

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WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | TWITTER

Y.O.U.N.G Release Life-Hacking Video For ‘Lazy’

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‘LAZY’

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“If it’s difficult to know where to place Y.O.U.N.G then that’s probably mission accomplished for the Manchester collective… the group fuse hip-hop beats with an outlandish pop touch” – CLASH

UK HEADLINE TOUR
STARTS THIS WEEK

Genre-blending Manchester collective Y.O.U.N.G have shared the video for their latest single ‘Lazy’, featuring their own ‘lazy hacks’. It premiered on Clash who said, “New single ‘Lazy’ is fast becoming their calling card, a tongue-in-cheek response to parents, teachers and other buzzkills”,

The youthful five-piece kick back in the new single with chilled hip-hop beats and mellow reggae guitars alongside a bleary-eyed flow, rising into an infectious chorus – all combining to create an anthem for lazy people across the world.

The group have now followed this up by revealing a video of them struggling through their daily routine, featuring a guide of hacks for lazy people, including car-based dog walking, kettle-based pasta cookery, and the inspired pizza-in-a-toaster.

Rapper Ben James said of the track, “Our whole lives people have been calling us lazy. The track plays on the idea of what we would do every day if we were as lazy as people said. It’s true everybody has lazy days, we are no exception, but overall the aim of ‘Lazy’ is to mock the idea that all we do is nothing.

“The chorus is written from the point of view of the patronising adult, whilst the rap verse gives a first hand view of what a lazy day would consist of. Even though the song is a mockery, we can’t deny that brews, candles and chilling are genuine passions of ours! Dressing gowns make an appearance in the live show, bringing the laid back bedroom vibes to the stage and adding to the tongue in cheek nature of the tune.”

The five-piece (Chez Davis – vocals/guitar, Ben James – rap, James Skehan – guitar/production, Tom Whitehead – bass and Graeme Smith – drums) have built a fervent fanbase across Europe with their cheeky genre mash-ups and extensive touring.

Y.O.U.N.G will be playing their first ever UK headline in association with Live Nation through February and March. The band will play five-dates calling at Glasgow, Birmingham, Newcastle, London and Manchester. Tickets are on sale now via TicketWeb.

Y.O.U.N.G UK HEADLINE TOUR DATES

28/02 – Glasgow, The Attic
01/03 – Birmingham, Institute 3
02/03 – Newcastle, Cluny 2
04/03 – London, Camden Assembly
05/03 – Manchester, Deaf Institute

 

FIND Y.O.U.N.G ON FACEBOOK / TWITTER / WEBSITE

BAD WOLVES Pay Homage to Dolores O’Riordan In New ‘Zombie’ Video

BAD WOLVES

PAY HOMAGE TO DOLORES O’RIORDAN IN

NEW ‘ZOMBIE’ VIDEO

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Described By Dolores O’Riordan As A “Killer” Cover Version,
Bad Wolves’ ‘
Zombie’ Cover Continues To Dominate Globally

Since Its Release Four Weeks Ago:

#1 iTunes Rock Single
#1  iTunes Metal Single

3 Million Streams
#3 Shazam Searched Track
Top 20 at Active Rock
#1 Position On Spotify’s Rock Hard Playlist

Bad Wolves Donating Proceeds To O’Riordan’s Three Children

New Dates Announced With Five Finger Death Punch & Shinedown

“Bad Wolves’ interpretation of ‘Zombie’ is moody like the Cranberries’, though the instrumentation sounds clearer and more cutting.”Rolling Stone

Bad Wolves’ cover of The Cranberries’ intergenerational hit single ‘Zombie’ continues to dominate rock and metal charts around the globe, with all proceeds from track donated to lead singer Dolores O’Riordan’s three children.

Today, the band reveals the official ‘Zombie’ music video, directed by Wayne Isham [Avenged Sevenfold, Megadeth, Motley Crue]. It’s a powerful testament to the Cranberries’ singer, who was set to record with the band on the day of her tragic passing. The new video features an unreachable woman fully-realized in O’Riordan’s iconic gold from the original ‘Zombie’ video. Throughout the clip, she and frontman Tommy Vext try to touch each other but cannot. She leaves golden handprints with each attempt to touch.

In an exclusive statement, O’Riordan’s UK Publicist Lindsey Holmes, provided further insight into what the Irish singer thought of Bad Wolves’ version of the track: “Dolores was excited about plans to guest vocal on a cover version of her all time classic ‘Zombie’ by American rock band Bad Wolves. Although very different in style to the original, Dolores said she thought that the cover “was killer” and she was intrigued by the simple but effective couple of lyric changes that make the cover version as relevant to current world events as the original was to the events that inspired her to write the song in the early nineties.”

“For me Dolores was the strongest female voice in Rock for the past three decades,” explains Dan Waite, Managing Director Europe for Eleven Seven Label Group and the artist’s personal friend. “I have very bittersweet feelings about the last two voice messages Dolores left me on the day she passed about recording ‘Zombie’ with Bad Wolves. She was telling me Bad Wolves version was “awesome” and she could not wait to get into the studio, however ultimately her voicemails have brought comfort to her mother Eileen and her family as they heard her messages joking and talking passionately about music, her children, and future plans.

Her plans were cut short far too soon but the relevance of ‘Zombie’ and the legacy of her music continues to span generations. Bad Wolves’ Tommy Vext explains what compelled him to cover the song; “Her lyrics, confronting the collateral damage of political unrest, capture the same sentiment we wanted to express a quarter-century later. That is a testament to the kind of enduring artist Dolores was, and will remain forever.” 

Originally released in 1994 following the IRA bombing of Warrington, The Cranberries’ ‘Zombie’ hit  #1 across the globe, including on the Billboard Alternative Songs charts. The song returned to the top ten on the US Rock Charts shortly after news of her passing was announced. That same week Bad Wolves released their version of ‘Zombie’ in her honour. In just four weeks, the cover has garnered over 3 Million combined streams (across YouTube, Spotify, and Apple Music) and continues to climb the charts. Bad Wolves ‘Zombie’ is currently Top 20 at U.S. Rock Radio and sits atop rock and metal iTunes charts around the world.

Bad Wolves have also announced upcoming U.S. dates with Five Finger Death Punch and Shinedown. Tickets here and dates listed below:

Sun May 6 – Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN
Tues May 8 – Rupp Arena – Lexington, KY
Thurs May 10 – BOK Center – Tulsa, OK
Fri May 11 – Westfair Amphitheatre – Council Bluffs, IA
Sat May 12 – Eagles Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI *
Mon May 14 – Salem Civic Center – Salem, VA Wed
May 16 – Legacy Arena – Birmingham, AL Thurs
May 17 – Ford Center- Evansville, IN Fri
May 18 – Mark of the Quad – Moline, IL Sun
May 20 – Alerus Center – Grand Forks, ND Wed
May 30 – Casper Events Center – Casper, WY *

* FFDP and Bad Wolves Only

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BAD WOLVES pictured above, left-to-right: Doc Coyle, Kyle Konkiel, Tommy Vext, Chris Cain, John Boecklin

 

Connect with BAD WOLVES:

badwolvesnation.com | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

 

ABOUT BAD WOLVES: Consisting of vocalist Tommy Vext (ex-Divine Heresy), drummer John Boecklin (ex-DevilDriver), guitarist Doc Coyle (Vagus Nerve, ex-God Forbid), guitarist Chris Cain (Bury Your Dead), and bassist Kyle Konkiel (ex-In This Moment), BAD WOLVES burst onto the scene in 2017 with the self-released debut single ‘Learn To Live and quickly became ones-to-watch. The Los Angeles-based five-piece recently signed to Eleven Seven Music and will release a debut album later this year. The upcoming album will feature ‘Toast To The Ghost’ and a cover of The Cranberries’ seminal single’ ‘Zombie’, released in honor of Dolores O’Riordan, who was scheduled to record guest vocals on the song the day she passed away. ‘Zombie’ quickly shot to the top of rock and metal charts around the world upon its release. All proceeds from the track will go to her three children.

DAN OWEN Releases Acoustic Piano Version of ‘Icarus’

DAN OWEN

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REVEALS ACOUSTIC PIANO VIDEO FOR

‘ICARUS’

WATCH HERE

JUST ANNOUNCED

LONDON HEADLINE SHOW
THE JAZZ CAFÉ – 29TH MAY
TICKETS HERE

WILDERNESS FESTIVAL
MAIN STAGE – AUGUST 3RD

TOURING EUROPE
supporting ALICE MERTON in March
supporting JOSEPH J. JONES in May

Dan Owen has revealed the video for his acoustic piano version of ‘Icarus’, the latest track to be taken from his upcoming debut album, out later this year through Atlantic Records. In this new acoustic version, the rich instrumentation of the original gives way to haunting solo piano, accentuating the raw power of Owen’s vocals and transforming the track into an intimate and atmospheric account of despair and lamentation.

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

Released earlier this month, ‘Icarus’ is a dark and hard-hitting tale of drug abuse. The single itself features soaring guitars and expansive orchestral elements, as well as Dan Owen’s jaw-dropping vocals, and has already gained support from Radio 2. Listen to the original single HERE.

‘Icarus’ follows Dan’s previous singles ‘Made To Love You’ and ‘Hideaway’, all of which feature on his upcoming album. ‘Made To Love You’ has amassed over 10 million streams on Spotify, while his last single ‘Hideaway’ proved a highly praised radio hit. It was featured as ‘Record Of The Week’ at both Radio 1 and Virgin Radio, and also received support from Dermot O’Leary, Zoe Ball and Jo Whiley at Radio 2.

Dan has also just announced a headline show at London’s Jazz Café on May 29th and has been announced to play the main stage at Wilderness festivals this summer.

Before this Dan will be hitting the road with Alice Merton on her nine-date European tour next month, which starts with a show at London’s Hoxton Bar & Kitchen on March 6th. Following this Dan will play a six-date European tour with Joseph J. Jones in May. Full tour dates can be found below:

DAN OWEN TOUR DATES

(w) Alice Merton
06/03 – London, Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
08/03 – Brussels, Ancienne Belgique
09/03 – Cologne, Gloria
10/03 – Luxemburg, Rockhal
13/03 – Paris, Maroquinerie
14/03 – Straßburg, La Laiterie
15/03 – Lyon, Epicerie Moderne
17/03 – Freiburg, Jazzhaus
18/03 – Zürich, Plaza

(w) Joseph J. Jones
03/05 – Munich, Kranhalle
04/05 – Berlin, Frannz Club
06/05 – Hamburg, Knust
07/05 – Hannover, Lux
08/05 – Cologne, Luxor
09/05 – Frankfurt, Zoom

29/05 – Jazz Café, London (HEADLINE SHOW)

03/08 – Wilderness Festival, Cornbury

ACCLAIM FOR DAN OWEN

“One of the UK’s most promising new voices”
Metro

“Dan Owen has a voice quite beyond his years, is a versatile guitarist and an electrifying live act as well”
The Independent

“Dan Owen has the voice from a soul who has lived a million years and experienced every element of life in its fullest”
TMRW

“Unflinching soulful ballad”
Shortlist

“Owen possesses one of the most arresting singing voices we’ve heard in a long time.”
Acoustic Magazine

“Dan straddles swooning soul and throaty blues”
Blues & Soul

“Singer-songwriter with a soaring high altitude voice”
Fred Perry Subculture