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[ENTERTAINMENT] Sesame Street’ writer saying Bert and Ernie are gay

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Frank Oz is voice of dozens of puppets and muppets as one of Jim Henson’s earliest collaborators — and now the storied puppeteer is lending his voice to the debate over whether or not “Sesame Street” characters Bert and Ernie are gay.

“I created Bert. I know what and who he is,” Oz wrote, squashing the idea that Bert and Ernie were a couple.

The decades-old discussion over Bert and Ernie’s relationship status raged on Twitter after former “Sesame Street” writer Mark Saltzman told blog “Queerty” he wrote the duo as a couple based on his own real world relationship with film editor Arnold Glassman.

“It seems Mr. Mark Saltzman was asked if Bert & Ernie are gay. It’s fine that he feels they are. They’re not, of course,” Oz wrote in a tweet. “But why that question? Does it really matter? Why the need to define people as only gay? There’s much more to a human being than just straightness or gayness.”

Oz continued to go back-and-forth with people responding to his tweet who asked why the colorful puppets couldn’t be gay.

“When a character is created to be queer it is indeed important that the character be known as such. It is also important when a character who was not created queer, be accepted as such,” Oz

A statement from Sesame Workshop, which produces “Sesame Street” initially said that the pair had no sexual orientation and that they were simply “best friends.”

That statement mirrored a 7-year-old statement issued after a petition to have Bert and Ernie marry on the show earned nearly 11,000 signatures.

But on Tuesday night, Sesame Workshop updated their statement to say that the show had always promoted inclusion.

“Sesame Street has always stood for inclusion and acceptance. It’s a place where people of all cultures and backgrounds are welcome. Bert and Ernie were created to be best friends, and to teach young children that people can get along with those who are very different from themselves,” the workshop said in a statement emailed to NBC News.

Oz continued to take to Twitter, telling followers he felt he couldn’t call Bert and Ernie gay because in his mind it wasn’t honest.

When asked why he felt the need to identify the puppets as “not gay,” Oz replied: “The same need I would feel if Bert were identified as a linebacker for the Colts. It’s not honest.”

He also wrote he was happy that people — regardless of their sexual orientation — were able to see themselves in the colorful characters.

“What matters is that if people see positive views of themselves and others in B & E,” Oz wrote.

Eventually, Oz decided to to bow out of the Twitter debate, thanking his followers for engaging in the discussion with him.

“Been tweeting waaaaaaaaay too long. But it was good. And I learned something profound. Thanks for those who tweeted with me. Next time I would be very interested to know: If Bert and Ernie were indeed gay, would they be different than they are now?” Oz wrote.

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[Events] Froribbean Festival Artist Showcase

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The Fleet DJ’s of Georgia had an opportunity to attend the Froribbean Festival Artist Showcase at Opium in Midtown Atlanta. The showcase attracted Dancehall, Reggae, and Soca artists as well as one R&B perfromance from a young songstress with a large voice. The artists had a chance to perform amongst a guest panel of judges for a spot to perform at the 1st Annual Froribbean Festival which will take place on September 29th at Central Park.

Froribbean Festival celebrates the culture, art, and the people of Africa and the Caribbean islands.

-Froribbean Festival, 2018

The guest panel of judges included:
Kyron (Songwriter producer), Imani Ray (Soca Artist), Dreggae (Dancehall artist), Jay Tek (Assistant Program Director of Hot 107.9), and Solo (Program Director of Streetz 94.5). The event was hosted by DJ English and sounds by DJ Prince Charm. The Froribbean Festival celebrates the culture, art, and the people of Africa and the Caribbean islands.

…beautiful representation of people from Nigeria, Ghana, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Haiti, and South Africa.

Lastnight included live music, food, rum punch and drink specials, and DJ driven fun with island vibes and plenty of African influence. There were giveaways for tickets to the event on the 29th and a beautiful representation of people from Nigeria, Ghana, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Haiti, and South Africa. Make sure to go and support the 1st Annual Froribbean Festival on September 29th, 2018 at Central Park. Tickets are now available at the following locations: Tastee Spoon in Perimeter Mall, Tropics Jerk Center in Lithonia, GA, Iri Mon Cafe in Buckhead, Planet Smoothie in Stonecrest Mall, U.S. 1 Package and Decatur, GA, New Era Drive-Thru Liquor Store in Lithonia, Golden Krust in Stone Mountain, Willy’s Jerk Box and Gordon Spice in Decatur. Tickets are also available online.

 

For more information and to purchase tickets please click the link below.

Tickets are available here:
https://linktr.ee/froribbeanfest

Fleet DJ ToneyStone, Fleet Host Ms. V, Fleet Model Rasheedah, and Fleet DJ Knotts
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[New Music] Spazz Vs Armani Kay Is Letting You Know To Wait On It

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Armani Kay vs Spazz is an artist from Chicago that is often mimicked but can’t be duplicated, she has that master key to the angelic harmony that she brings and also what we call the “Sauce”. She brings good music and enjoyable vibes when she hit the stage, a much very slept on artist in the city of Chicago. Being able to do further research on this artist, she has fans and supporters all over even in other countries.  Armani Kay has a trending song as a Single entitled wait on it and she basically letting everyone know that she is going and ready to set the game on fire and turn up just “Wait On It”. 

Born and Raised on the Westside of Chicago, specifically L-Town. Music has always been apart of Spazz’s life. From rapping with her brother friends at the age of 8, writing songs with her bestfriend at the age of 12 and recording for the first time at the age of 15. She knew she had a gift but wasn’t sure if she was ready for the world to hear her just yet. In 2013 she took her craft onto a professional level and start recording songs mixing singing and rapping creating this saucy sound.

Spazz dropped her first mixtape at the age of 24 titled, “No Apologies No Regrets” on March 10, 2015. The mixtape was base off real life situations that both genders can relate too. Spazz only son Laurell whom supports and motivates her was always around for the writing of each song. He even has a song dedicated to him on the mixtape titled, “For My Son”. She is very versatile and has a promising future in the music industry. She has the attitude, image and the gift that will soon be sought out.

For Features: shebespazin@gmail.com

SoundCloud: Spazz_
Instagram: @She_Hella_Trill

 

 

 

 

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[Events] The Celebrity Small Business Pop Up Shop

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Over the past month we welcomed many summer events and celebrations. All of which encourage networking, socializing, and overall having a good time. These summertime shindigs often attract tastemakers, industry leaders, talent, as well as spectators alike. This past weekend, Rose Knows Media & PR presented the “Celebrity Small Business Pop Up Shop” powered by Tiffany Terrell Consulting. This event was held at The Blu’ Bisque in Atlanta, GA and attracted a crowd of movers and shakers in the industry.

Maurice Thompson Photography
Casuel Pitts of UDS, Inc.

The pop up also included a guest panel, fashion show, and live performances.The Celebrity Small Business Pop Up Shop allowed small business owners to showcase their goods as well as network. This event was free and open to the public and hosted by Maureen Guest, radio personality with WIGO1570.

Christina Johnson Celebrity Life Coach

The guest panel included Christina Johnson of VH1 Atlanta Exe’s and Casuel Pitts of UDS, Inc. who provided excellent insight on brand building, business structure, and integrity.

“Integrity is not what you show people but in the way you behave when no one is looking.”-Casuel Pitts, 2018

Amongst the movers and shakers were designers and models who graced the runway with summer fashion from VDINX (IG: @VDinxdesignsAtlanta), BeU Chique Boutique, and Van Miller International. 

Each designer showcased beautiful displays of beauty, color, sass, and culture, all while being captured by photographer Maurice Thompson. Be sure to follow them and their designs on social media and support these well deserved fashions.

Certainly, the night wouldn’t have been a success without the DJ: DJ Smitty. The sounds that set the tone for the evening belonged to a host of talents both local and transplant that included: Barz Damu, Dr. Sushi, Frank O’Shack, Juwan, Lady Rhaka, Mondo Malone, Mr. Jay Smiff, and Safari Tribe.

In case you missed this series of pop up shop’s, don’t worry! Stay tuned for the next series of pop up shop’s which will cover the film industry and will be held on:

September 15th, 2018 at The Blu’ Bisque Atlanta, GA 6:30p-8:30p with panelist’s Laura Franks (Senior Event Consultant for Regal Entertainment Group and Entertainment Consulting Executive),
Mann Robinson (Award Winning Film Director, Actor and Producer), and  Cassandra Hollis (Actor, Award Winning Filmmaker, Seen on TV One “Fatal Attraction/Medical Examiner).
Special Invited Guest’s: Rolling Out, Upscale Magazine, CNN Newsroom, AJC, and Atlanta Magazine.

Tickets are available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/celebrity-film-industry-pop-up-shop-tickets-47152872511?aff=erelexpmlt

Follow the Movers and Shakers:
IG: @TiffanyTerrellConsulting

Maureen Guest
IG: @MbodymentUndergroundRadio @WIGO1570

Maurice Thompson Photography

@mauricethompsonphotography

Lady Rhaka
IG: @ladyrhaka

Juwan
IG: @juwan.official

Just Jr.

IG: @OhItsJustJr

Mondo Malone

IG: @Mondo_j_malone

Mr. Jay Smiff
IG: @MrJaySmiff

Safari Tribe
IG: @Safari.Tribe

 

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Queen J

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 Queen J is a blogger and will have podcasts aired on DA FRONT PORCH RADIO Wednesdays at 8pm est.

Live link and app downloads available at www.dafrontporch.biz 

What is your name and where are you from? Jayla Perry from Ft. Worth, TX

How did you get into poetry? I started going to poetry slams when I transferred to UNT and it became an outlet for me.

Where is your favorite place to chill and relax? If I’m not in bed or sleeping I love to be on the beach or with my sisters. I’m always at work!

What got you into blogging? A few people from school told me that I would have good content for YouTube (since people always watch what I do anyway) so I tried it out to see how it would go!

What got you into blogging? I’m currently trying to get back into modeling and acting. I try and update my YouTube as often as possible

How can people find you on social media? Twitter; XOQUEENJ_

  Snapchat; jayla_reneeee

    Insta; badgyal.jayla

    YT; XOQUEENJ_

What is your definition of a hustler? A hustler to me is anyone that goes after what they want without letting anything hinder their vision. To be a hustler you gotta be dedicated, goal oriented, motivated, strong, and positive. There will always be people and obstacles trying to distract you and tear you down but it’s how you avoid it that matters. 

Besides your cellphone, what are two things you can’t live without? First and foremost I could not live without God. I couldn’t live without Cranberry Juice and Water. It’s all I drink! I also couldn’t live without music and my journal. It’s a true outlet that helps me through everything. 

What is your favorite color and why?Pink and Yellow are my favorite colors. They not only look good on me but they’re truly how I feel! If colors were an emotion those would be mine all the time. I’m a positive person who’s generally always happy. 

What would you like to see changed in your community?  In the black community, I would love to see more love. Everyone else hates us so much for just being alive, we shouldn’t have that from one another. 

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DJ Samore Top 5 @ BET X 2018

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Check out whats the latest on the urban radio charts according the mediabase and bds. This recent episode features new music from Luke James, Mika Means, and west coast based singer/songwriter Andre Writer. DJ Samore was covering reporting live from the BET Experience this year, check out her recap of the BET Awards X Experience this year.

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#NAENAEONTHESCENE | A DAY WITH GUNNA

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It’s been a long time and I shouldn’t of left you. Its your girl NaeNae with #NaeNaeOnTheScene back bringing you some dope content. This past Friday I got to spend all day with YSL Records artist, Gunna as he brought his DripFest concert to Indianapolis. My brand, Chasing My Dreamz and Tahlia L’Oréal with Tahlia TV teamed up to capture Gunna’s time in the city from press run at the radio station (Hot 96.3) then headed out to eat at Exotic On The Run (which the food was on point) to sound check before hitting the stage at the Old National Centre. 

 

 In 2016, the world started to take notice of this College Park native, born Sergio Kitchens after he hopped on YSL Records owner, Young Thug’s track ‘Floyd Mayweather’ alongside heavy hitters, Gucci Mane and Travis Scott. Later that year, Gunna dropped ‘Drip Season’ mixtape and has been on go mode every since. Back in February, Gunna released ‘Drip Season 3’ mixtape featuring guest appearances from Lil Yachty, Lil Uzi Vert, Metro Boomin and others.
Thanks to Who Woulda Thought for allowing me to be able to spend the day with cool, laid back Gunna.
Until next time, its your girl NaeNae as always bringing you #NaeNaeOnTheScene with Straight Official.

Photo Credit: Yvonne Hodge

 

 

Follow Gunna: @gunna on IG

Follow NaeNae on all social media: @fieryscorpio81

Follow Chasing My Dreamz: @chasingmydreamz81 on IG

Follow Tahlia TV: @tahliatv on IG

Follow Yvonne: @yvoncitaa on IG

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[entertainment] Chicago Entertainment Company On The Rise

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I Have had the pleasure of meeting The CEO of GiAri Entertainment, And he is really shaking things up in the Midwest, Chicago IL. When I ask other artists in Chicago they seem to think its hard to find good showcases to showcase the talent of the independent artist whose trying gain a fanbase, however, Don is raising the bar and setting the platform. He invited Straight Official Magazine to the most recent showcase on June 15th, 2018. I have to say it was an amazing event. It was a lot of supporters and also the good and polished artist from all over the city. He and his team are very capable of being the household name for Chicago, security was there even to see both of the hosts of the event take the stage. No violence it was peace all good vibes. I got a chance to sit down with him and ask him some questions and also I have a recap of the showcase.

WHATS THE NAME OF YOUR COMPANY?
GiAri ENTERTAINMENT
WHAT SERVICES DO YOU PROVIDE?
WE PROVIDE ARTIST DEVELOPMENT, MARKETING, AND PROMOTION

WHATS THE ULTIMATE GOAL BY NEXT YEAR?
TO BUILD A BRIDGE AND UNITE MY CITY AS A WHOLE IN REGARDS TO SUPPORTING OUR ARTIST WHO ARE TRULY WORTHY OF AN OPPORTUNITY WHICH WOULD ALLOW THEM TO BE SEEN AND HEARD

WHAT DOES YOUR COMPANY NAME STAND FOR?
GODLY INSPIRED ARTISTRY REACHING INTERSTELLAR LEVELS ALSO ITS A COMBINATION OF BOTH MY DAUGHTER’S NAMES GIANNA AND ARIANNA GIARI

DO YOU HAVE ANY ARTIST IFSO WHAT TYPE OF GENRE AND WHAT THERE STAGE NAME?
I ACTUALLY DON’T MANAGE ANY ARTIST BUT I AM PUSHING ON DELAFAYE, KYNG MEECH, WAAW STREETZ, RANDY G AND SOON TO BE LOUIE LONDON AND PERRY V MAINLY HIP HOP AND RNB

BEING THAT CHICAGO IS SO DIVIDED, DO YOU THINK AND DO YOU HAVE FAITH IN YOUR TEAM TO BREAK THE CHAIN?
I TRULY BELIEVE MY TEAM WILL BE THE CHAIN BREAKERS

AT YOUR SHOWCASE HOW MANY PERFORMERS DO YOU AVERAGE, AND WHATS THE PLATFORM YOU OFFER?
IM AVERAGING 40 TO 45 INQUIRING ABOUT SLOTS AND BOUT 25-30 ACTUALLY BOOKING THEM A SLOT , MY PLATFORM IS ACTUALLY A PERFORMANCE AND NETWORK PLATFORM WHICH ALLOWS ARTIST TO PERFECT THEIR STAGE PRESENCE AND NETWORK WITH EACH OTHER

WHAT CAN THESE ARTIST GAIN BY NETWORKING AND PERFORMING AT YOUR SHOWCASE?

ARTIST CAN GAIN MAXIMUM EXPOSURE WITH NETWORKING WHICH GIVES THEM MORE WORK FROM OTHER UPCOMING SHOWCASES TO FEATURES WHICH ALSO HELP BUILD A VERSATILE CATALOGUE INDUSTRY EXECUTIVES ARE LOOKING FOR AND POSSIBLE SPONSORSHIP FOR FUTURE PROJECTS

DO YOU HAVE ANY SHOUTOUTS???
SHOUT OUT TO YUNG BLAK EXECS AND BANDNATION RADIO, G1 ENTERTAINMENT, N2N ENTERTAINMENT, 12 MANAGEMENT, CANIS MAJOR DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION, BORN AND RAISED, GWAPGETTAS, PAID 4 ENTERTAINMENT, NO EXCUSES ENTERTAINMENT , STRAIGHT OFFICIAL MAGAZINE AND EVERYBODY THAT SUPPORT MY PLATFORM FROM SHARING AND LIKING MY SOCIAL MEDIA POST TO ACTUALLY ATTENDING A SHOWCASE MY SHOWCASE IS KNOWN FOR ITS GIVEAWAYS AND GREAT VIBES

 

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