Cher Talks to Lawrence O’Donnell About Trump’s Promise to LGBT People: ‘Oh Come On’ – WATCH

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Following her barnstorming performance stumping for Hillary in Provincetown, Cher appeared on The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell on Tuesday to drum up more support for the Democratic candidate and attack Donald Trump.

When asked what Cher thinks of the promise Trump made at the Republican National Convention to protect the LGBTQ community from the “oppression of a hateful foreign ideology,” Cher could only laugh and say, “Oh come on.”

She added, “He has says those letters like a child that is just learning the alphabet. And then pokes his finger in the air for ‘Q.’ He is the most disingenuous man I’ve ever seen. And I want to tell you: my people will not believe him for a minute.”

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Referring to the anti-LGBT evangelical conference Donald Trump attended in Orlando just days shy of the two month anniversary of the Pulse massacre, Cher asked, “How does he go from that meeting to telling my people that he will protect them?”

She added,  “I fear for what they will do to those people–to my people.”

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At Least 38 Dead as Italy Earthquakes Devastate Several Towns: VIDEO

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A man is pulled from the rubble in Amatrice.

At least 38 are dead in a toll that will surely climb after two earthquakes struck central Italy early Wednesday morning near the town of Amatrice, turning buildings to rubble in the town of less than 3,000 in the Rieti province of the Lazio region.

The NYT:

The first, a 6.2-magnitude earthquake, struck at 3:36 a.m., followed by a5.5-magnitude temblor at 4:33 a.m., both near the town of Norcia in the Umbria region. Over a three-hour period, about 40 quakes shook the region.

…Towns across three regions — Umbria, Lazio and Marche — were devastated by the quakes, which could be felt as far away as Bologna in the north and Naples in the south. The towns of Accumoli, Amatrice, Arquata del Tronto and Pescara del Tronto were reported to be among the most heavily damaged.

The quake was the largest in Italy since 2009, when a 6.3 temblor struck near L’Aquila killing nearly 300 people.

Video from the quake:

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Footage of a swimming pool in Perugia.

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At Least 38 Dead as Italy Earthquakes Devastate Several Towns: VIDEO

Italy earthquakes

A man is pulled from the rubble in Amatrice.

At least 38 are dead in a toll that will surely climb after two earthquakes struck central Italy early Wednesday morning near the town of Amatrice, turning buildings to rubble in the town of less than 3,000 in the Rieti province of the Lazio region.

The NYT:

The first, a 6.2-magnitude earthquake, struck at 3:36 a.m., followed by a5.5-magnitude temblor at 4:33 a.m., both near the town of Norcia in the Umbria region. Over a three-hour period, about 40 quakes shook the region.

…Towns across three regions — Umbria, Lazio and Marche — were devastated by the quakes, which could be felt as far away as Bologna in the north and Naples in the south. The towns of Accumoli, Amatrice, Arquata del Tronto and Pescara del Tronto were reported to be among the most heavily damaged.

The quake was the largest in Italy since 2009, when a 6.3 temblor struck near L’Aquila killing nearly 300 people.

Video from the quake:

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Footage of a swimming pool in Perugia.

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Brian Justin Crum Gets Standing O for ‘Epic’ Blissful Cover of ‘In the Air Tonight’ on ‘America’s Got Talent’ – WATCH

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It’s was the quarterfinals of America’s Got Talent last night and out vocalist Brian Justin Crum delivered what Heidi Klum called the “best performance of the night hands down” when he belted out a cover of Phil Collins’ 1981 classic “In The Air Tonight”.

All four judges and the audience got to their feet.

Said Simon Cowell: “You have that ability which is rare that you can take a song and you can turn it into your version…. I think it must be the most incredible feeling…you’re just a great person, an amazing singer, a great performer, I really hope you’re gonna make the semifinals.”

“Love, love, love,” added Heidi Klum. “This is your moment right here, right now.”

Said Mel B: “You just get hotter and hotter and hotter as time goes on. You as a performer are so seasoned….you own that stage. You have everything.”

And Howie Mandell just had one word, “epic.”

Watch Brian Justin Crum AGT performance:

Crum thanked his fans for the support in an Instagram post earlier in the week:

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Scott Brown, Russian Hackers, Kit Harrington, Indonesia, Massive Pearl, ‘La La Land’ – HOT LINKS

Scott_P._BrownMASSACHUSETTS. Former Senator Scott Brown named in Fox News sexual harassment lawsuit: “Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros claims in a new lawsuit that former US senator Scott Brown made sexually inappropriate comments to her while on set and put his hands on her lower waist. Tantaros, who complained to superiors about Brown’s conduct, outlines her complaint in a lawsuit filed Monday in the New York Supreme Court.”

RUSSIA. Hackers hack NYT, other US news sites: “The intrusions, detected in recent months, are under investigation by the FBI and other US security agencies. Investigators so far believe that Russian intelligence is likely behind the attacks and that Russian hackers are targeting news organizations as part of a broader series of hacks that also have focused on Democratic Party organizations, the officials said.”

TEXAS. AG Ken Paxton takes his war on transgender people one step further: “Two days after convincing U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor to temporarily block the Obama administration from protecting trans schoolchildren, Paxton’s office filed another lawsuit Tuesday — also in O’Connor’s court — challenging new.”

Kit HaringtonMEANWHILE IN WESTEROS. Kit Harrington says Game of Thrones will get really bleak before it gets better: “I think it’s going to get very dark before it gets better.”

INDONESIA. Activists tell high court that homosexuality must be criminalized to uphold country’s values: “They argued that not only was the country on the verge of a crisis of sexual morality, but it was at risk of having its core Muslim values overridden by international human rights claims that embrace LGBT rights.”

ALASKA. Juneau passes LGBT non-discrimination ordinance: “The Juneau Empire reports (http://bit.ly/2bJGNxy ) that on Monday the assembly voted 8-1 to pass the city’s first anti-discrimination ordinance, which will protect residents from discrimination when seeking housing or employment.”

PHOTO BOOTH. Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel take cute snaps with Hillary Clinton.

UNDER DAH SEE. Fisherman off the coast of the Philippines finds MASSIVE pearl worth $100 million. 

MÚSICA. Ricky Martin meets new boy-band CNCO, who recently won the Simon Cowell-produced Univision show La Banda (think ‘Latin American Idol’)

DAILY AWWW. ‘Lion Dog’ featured in a Amazon Prime commercial will melt your heart.

MOVIES. Musical La La Land starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone gets first trailer.

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Take a Dive and Dance with Boys in Their Undies with New Band Onsen – MUSIC VIDEOS

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New band Onsen has just released two music videos that will give you distinctly ethereal yet sexy vibes.

Squarely within the indie/electronic world, Onsen’s videos for “Follow the Numbers” and “Over and Know” come from the band’s debut album, Earthquake Weather. Among other things, the album tackles coming out and breaking up with your first boyfriend.

Onsen lead singer Drew Straus told Towleroad that the album “chronicled a series of huge changes” in his life:

“That period included my first relationships with men as well as the inevitable heartbreak that came with those first loves. More broadly, the songs are reactions to leaving behind a safer existence in San Francisco with a stable office job and a straight relationship and moving to LA as a musician.  While I wouldn’t say I specifically set out to make a queer record (whatever that means) my experiences in the gay communities in SF and LA have inevitable and wonderfully informed my life experiences and my art.”

The videos for “Follow the Numbers” and “Over and Know” were created by gay directors Price Peterson and Brandon Andrew, respectively.

“Follow the Numbers” follows a woman as she travels through an absurd party replete with nostalgic scenes reminiscent of the 80s. There’s also a cameo from Charlie Carver and a handful of boys in skull make-up and tight-whities.

The video for “Over and Know” is a reflection on isolation and desire. It features world champion synchronized swimmer Bill May & Olympian Kanako Kitao doing a routine which Straus waits to be invited to join but never is. “It’s about being an outsider and the feeling that somehow everyone knows it,” said Straus.

You can listen to more songs from Earthquake Weather, here.

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Frank Ocean’s ‘Nikes’ Music Video is a Queer Masterpiece – WATCH

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The music video for Frank Ocean’s song “Nikes”, the first off his new album Blonde, doesn’t shy away from queer elements. In fact, they’re baked into what makes the video so spectacular.

frank ocean blondeThere’s been some confusion surrounding the title of Ocean’s new album, given that it’s spelled as the masculine “blond” on the album artwork while the official title is the feminine Blonde. But the fact that Ocean is presenting us with “two versions” of Blonde is not surprising.

Back in April 2015 he promised he would give us “twooo versions” of the then-titled Boys Don’t Cry. When that album morphed into Blonde and was finally released, there were not only two different spellings of the album (with two different album covers), but also two actually different albums–one that you could get online and one you could get at pop stores.

frank ocean blondeTwo-ness exists throughout Blonde and “Nikes.” As Rolling Stone notes, Ocean plays it up in “Nikes”, “singing as a pair of different guises, one a sped-up vocal, the other slowed down, with the two distinct voices weaving alongside and contrasting each other over the song’s first half.”

What’s more, early on in the video, Oean’s image is literally spliced in two.

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And binary gender expectations are juxtaposed when Ocean, perfectly made up with Elizabeth-Taylor-in-Cleopatra-level eyeliner, goes racing in some bada** sports cars. Who said you can’t like glitter and hot wheels?

“Nikes” also has no qualms about turning the camera’s gaze on male flesh just as much (okay, maybe more so) than it does on female bodies.

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All of that gives a distinctly queer vibe to the video that’s as alluring as the video itself.

Watch “Nikes”, below.

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