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GLAAD-launches-Trump-Accountability-Project

GLAAD launches Trump Accountability Project - From a press release - New York — GLAAD, the world's LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today launched theTrump Accountability Project ( TAP ). TAP is a resource for journalists, editors, producers, and other news makers reporting on the Trump administration which catalogues the anti-LGBTQ statements and actions of Donald Trump and those in or being considered for his administration. The resource also catalogues other discriminatory ...


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'The Trans List' to air Dec. 5 - HBO Documentary Films will debut The Trans List Monday, Dec. 5, 7-8 p.m. CT, on HBO. Directed by portrait photographer/filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders ( HBO's The Black List, The Out List and The Latino List, among others ) and featuring interviews by Janet Mock, The Trans List shines a light on prominent members of the transgender community. Individuals such as Amos ...


Entertainment-news-Andy-Cohen-Ruby-Rose-RuPaul-GALECAs-top-actresses-Madonna

Entertainment news: Andy Cohen, Ruby Rose, RuPaul, GALECA's top actresses, Madonna - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Bravo's Andy Cohen thinks Donald Trump is actually a Democrat, Page Six noted. During a panel with Sarah Jessica Parker at 92Y, Cohen said if he could talk to the president-elect, "I would say, 'I know you want to live in your gold-leaf tower but please don't; you're going to f—k up traffic.' I'd also say that 'you have the ...


LGBT-doc-on-Mariela-Castro-debuting-Nov-28

LGBT doc on Mariela Castro debuting Nov. 28 - A documentary about LGBT-rights activist Mariela Castro—the daughter of President Raul Castro and a member of Cuba's National Assembly—will debut Monday, Nov. 28, at 8 p.m. CT on HBO. Mariela Castro's March: Cuba's LGBT Revolution follows Castro and her LGBT supporters as they spread their universal message of equality across the country. In addition, Castro serves as the director of ...


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Report: LGBTQs lacking in Spanish-language scripted TV - GLAAD recently released its first-ever Spanish-Language media report, "Nearly Invisible." The report offers an analysis of LGBTQ characters in prime-time Spanish-language scripted television airing in the United States July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016. "Nearly Invisible" found that only 14 of the 516 characters examined were LGBTQ ( 3 percent )—and only seven of those characters appeared in more than half ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-TV-PODCASTS-Kirsten-Vangsness-talks-Criminal-Minds-being-queer

NUNN ON ONE: TV/PODCASTS Kirsten Vangsness talks 'Criminal Minds,' being queer - Actress Kirsten Vangsness currently portrays Penelope Garcia in the CBS series Criminal Minds. She has also play the role in Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders. The California native is appearing in new movies like Kill Me, Deadly and Axis, along with heading to Chicago for a live podcast reading. Windy City Times: So you began your ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-TV-Real-Housewife-Cynthia-Bailey-walks-the-runway-alone

NUNN ON ONE: TV Real Housewife Cynthia Bailey walks the runway alone - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Reality Star Cynthia Bailey worked the runway for Wilhelmina Models that led her from New York to Atlanta. She joined the third season of Bravo's The Real Housewives of Atlanta and has been a regular ever since. She appeared on The Next: 15 as well as Cupcake Wars. Her businesses include an eyewear line, a modeling school and a backpack ...


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Comcast and COH host reception for Pride collection and ERGs - Neither the pouring rain nor game seven of the World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians were enough to deter a large crowd of people from visiting the state-of—the-art Comcast Studio Xfinity corporate flagship store in Chicago's Old Town neighborhood Nov. 2. Co-sponsored by the Center on Halsted and in partnership with the LGBT Chamber of Commerce ...


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GLAAD Where We Are on TV report: LGBTQ representation hits record high - From a GLAAD press release - New York — GLAAD, the world's LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today released its annual Where We Are on TV report. Where We Are on TV analyzes the overall diversity of primetime scripted series regulars on broadcast networks and assesses the number of LGBTQ characters on cable networks and streaming services for the 2016-2017 TV season. This marks the 21st year ...


GLAAD-releases-10th-edition-of-media-guide-for-reporting-on-LGBTQ-people-issues

GLAAD releases 10th edition of media guide for reporting on LGBTQ people, issues - From a GLAAD press release - NEW YORK, NY - GLAAD, the world's leading LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today released the tenth edition of its Media Reference Guide, the industry standard style guide for reporting on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) people and the issues that affect their lives. For more than two decades, the GLAAD Media Reference Guide has provided journalists ...


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Brujos: A peek into a 'coven-fresh' web series - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For breakfast at the 5 Rabanitos Restaurant at 18th and Wood streets in Pilsen, you can get an amazing plate of carnitas chilaquiles, and skip the coffee in favor of cafe de olle, which has orange zest and cinnamon. While you're there you might also catch writer, director and performer Ricardo Gamboa hovering over a plate sprinkled with matchstick-sliced radishes ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-Trans-model-Isis-King-struts-out-with-a-new-show

NUNN ON ONE: Trans model Isis King struts out with a new show - Reality star Isis King first made a splash on America's Next Top Model, becoming the first transgender person to compete on the show. After that, she pursued fashion design that she studied in school. Now she is ready to come back with the new Oxygen Channel series Strut. With Whoopi Goldberg as executive producer, the show follows several transgender models, ...


Jussie-Smollett-rules-on-Empire

Jussie Smollett rules on 'Empire' - Jussie Smollett started as a kid actor in films like The Mighty Ducks and North, but has now grown into a full-fledged adult, garnering rave reviews for playing Jamal Lyon in the hit Fox TV show Empire. The musical series Empire was created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, and it debuted in 2015. It tells the story of the ...


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Fox anchor Smith comes out as gay - For the first time, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith has publicly acknowledged that he is gay—and it happened during National Coming Out Month. Smith did it while speaking about Fox News head Roger Ailes, who was ousted in a major sexual-harassment scandal. Responding to reports that Ailes had stopped Smith from coming out publicly years ago, Smith told The Huffington ...


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Gay series 'Feral' on Dekkoo.com - Like HBO's Looking or Girls, but set in Memphis, Tennessee—that's how creator Morgan Jon Fox characterizes Feral, a Dekkoo.com original TV series that debuts Oct. 6 exclusively on the subscription streaming service dedicated to gay men, according to a press release. In Feral, Fox ( who is also the series writer and director ) weaves a tale of survival as ...


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Rainbows in the magic box: LGBTQ talent featured in fall TV - by Lucy Diavolo - We're hot off an Emmys that saw several calls for better inclusion and representation in the world of television. Now, at the start of another season of fall programming, will Hollywood put its money where its mouth is and feature more LGBTQ talent? While it's certainly not resounding, it looks like the answer could be a ( somewhat tentative ) ...


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Entertainment: Wonder Woman, 'Horror Story,' Samira Wiley, Jared Leto - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The writer of the reborn Wonder Woman comics has revealed that the character is gay, according to Newsday. Greg Rucka told Comicosity that since Wonder Woman comes from the fictional all-female island nation of Themyscira, she "has been in love and had relationships with other women." Rucka isn't ruling out the potential for a romantic relationship with Steve Trevor, Wonder ...


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TELEVISION 'Prince Charming' contestant discusses controversial exit - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Local contestant Sam Provenzano indicated in his initial interview with Windy City Times ( WindyCityMediaGroup.com/lgbt/TELEVISION-Chicago-man-competes-on-groundbreaking-Prince-Charming/56401.html ) that he would make a big impression on the groundbreaking Logo show Finding Prince Charming—and, boy, did he ever. Clashing primarily with fellow contestant Dillon Powell on the show—a gay twist on The Bachelor—Provenzano stunned viewers during the third episode when he spat in ...


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Gay series 'Feral' on Dekkoo.com - Like HBO's Looking or Girls, but set in Memphis, Tennessee—that's how creator Morgan Jon Fox characterizes Feral, a Dekkoo.com original TV series that debuts Oct. 6 exclusively on the subscription streaming service dedicated to gay men, according to a press release. In Feral, Fox ( who is also the series writer and director ) weaves a tale of survival as ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-TELEVISION-Nico-Scholly-sets-sail-on-Below-Deck-

NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Nico Scholly sets sail on 'Below Deck' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Chicago local Nico Scholly is on board for this season of Bravo's Below Deck. This series documents the crew onboard an $11-million luxury yacht and the drama that unfolds. Windy City Times interviewed gay cast member Dave Bradberry back in 2013. Scholly ( nickname: "Nico Freako" ) promises plenty of hijinks this season, and brings a strong background of working ...


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LGBTQ ghost hunters debuts online - From a press release - September 30, 2016, San Francisco, CA......The first show about LGBTQ ghost hunters debuts online Saturday, October 1st at 7pm EDT as we kick off LGBT History Month and the month of Halloween. The docu­series follows real people discovering stories of the queer past in places as diverse as the Ohio State Reformatory, where "Shawshank Redemption" was filmed. and just one ...


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Entertainment news: Marc Jacobs, Tituss Burgess, 'Hamilton,' 'Will & Grace' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Designer Marc Jacobs has apologized for having models with dreadlocks at his recent New York Fashion Week show, Page Six stated. "I apologize for the lack of sensitivity unintentionally expressed by my brevity," the designer wrote on Instagram. "I wholeheartedly believe in freedom of speech to express oneself through art, clothes, words, hair, music… EVERYTHING. Of course I do 'see' ...


From-This-Day-Forward-explores-family-with-transgender-dad-Oct-10-

From This Day Forward, explores family with transgender dad, Oct. 10 - From a press release - A unique—and traditional—love story shows how a Midwestern family adapted to a life-altering transformation. What's it like to have a transgender parent—or spouse? How can a family stay together in the face of such significant change? What does a marriage-bound daughter want her father to wear for the traditional trip down the wedding aisle? Filmmaker Sharon Shattuck answers all these ...


Entertainment-news-Lady-Gaga-Lance-Bass-Alexis-Arquette-Zayn-Malik

Entertainment news: Lady Gaga, Lance Bass, Alexis Arquette, Zayn Malik - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lady Gaga is reportedly inching closer to one of the biggest gigs on the planet: performing at the Super Bowl halftime show in 2017, Billboard reported. Sources have told the publication that Gaga is in talks for the 51st annual football showdown, scheduled for Feb. 5, 2017 at NRG Stadium in Houston. She released a new song, "Perfect Illusion," on ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-TELEVISION-Sophia-Bush-talks-Chicago-PD-pro-LGBT-activism

NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Sophia Bush talks Chicago P.D., pro-LGBT activism - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actress Sophia Bush continues on Chicago P.D. for another season, but she doesn't leave her activist roots behind. Known for the CW series One Tree Hill, in which she played Brooke Davis, she moved on to film roles like John Tucker Must Die and The Hitcher. The spinoff from Chicago Fire has her playing Erin Lindsey, a detective. Chicago P.D. ...


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'Transparent,' Paulson among Emmy winners - The LGBT community was well-represented Sept. 18 at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards. First, Amazon series Transparent ( which had 10 nominations going into the ceremony ) had a couple winners, including Jeffrey Tambor ( Outstanding Lead Actor, Comedy Series ) and newly out lesbian Jill Soloway ( Outstanding Directing, Comedy Series ). Tambor took time to urge producers to ...


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Entertainment: Megan Rapinoe, Sia, Neil Patrick Harris, 'Jersey Boys' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In the soccer world, the Washington Spirit prevented Seattle midfielder Megan Rapinoe, an out lesbian, from kneeling again during the national anthem by altering its pregame ceremonies rather than "subject our fans and friends to the disrespect we feel such an act would represent," LGBTQ Nation noted. The National Women's Soccer League team moved up the anthem, playing it while ...


RuPaul-scores-historic-Emmy-win

RuPaul scores historic Emmy win - RuPaul Charles finally nabbed his first Emmy nomination this year for the eighth season of his long-running Logo TV series RuPaul's Drag Race—and then proceeded to top the competition to earn his ( and the show's ) first Emmy Award at the Creative Arts Emmys on Sept. 11. Charles won for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program. This ...


TELEVISION-Chicago-man-competes-on-groundbreaking-Prince-Charming

TELEVISION Chicago man competes on groundbreaking 'Prince Charming' - Starting Thursday, Sept. 8, Logo will break new ground with its brand-new reality dating competition series, Finding Prince Charming—which, in essence, is a gay twist on The Bachelor. Thirteen men will vie for the affections of interior designer Robert Sepulveda Jr. in a journey that promises many twists. Sam Provenzano—an affable, candid man who resides in Chicago and heads the ...


Entertainment-news-Melissa-Etheridge-Matt-Bomer-Sam-Smith-Dolly-Parton

Entertainment news: Melissa Etheridge, Matt Bomer, Sam Smith, Dolly Parton - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The fifth-season finale of the syndicated public TV music series Infinity Hall Live featured an hourlong solo performance from Melissa Etheridge, according to a press release. The set had some of her chart-toppers, along with a seven-minute cover of "Rock Me Baby" ( from her upcoming Stax tribute album, MEmphis Rock and Soul, out Oct. 7 ) as well as ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-Kathy-Garver-makes-it-a-Family-Affair

NUNN ON ONE Kathy Garver makes it a 'Family Affair' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Kathy Garver will always be remembered as Cissy on television's A Family Affair. The show celebrates its 50th anniversary on Monday, Sept. 12. At age 70, Garver and co-star Johnny Whitaker are the only remaining main cast members from A Family Affair who are alive today. ( Interestingly , they share a birthday. ) Garver has continued on with a ...


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Entertainment news: Naomi Campbell, Ricky Martin, 'Xena,' Aretha Franklin - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Empire co-stars Naomi Campbell and Jussie Smollett spoke to Attitude magazine recently, according to a Deccan Chronicle item. In part, Campbell said, "I have been surrounded by gay men my entire life, and because I have grown up working in the creative and fashion industries, many of them have become like family to me. Without gay men, I wouldn't be ...


Transparent-director-talks-More-Than-T-documentary-series

'Transparent' director talks 'More Than T' documentary series - Beginning with a brightly animated title Trans 102, a nearly two minute Public Service Announcement ( PSA ) released in late June contains a cast of celebrated transgender and gender nonconforming individuals representing the full scope of the community's beautifully multifaceted spectrum. They each deliver a collage of voices to a succinct, powerfully written message sometimes highlighted by a perfectly ...


Open-TV-hosts-first-ever-Friendraiser

Open TV hosts first-ever 'Friendraiser' - By Tarina Hargrays - Open TV's first annual Friendraiser was held recently to bring more exposure to the platform designed to showcase diverse independent artists' TV series, and build a larger network of supporters and investors. The intimate event was invite-only, and the guests mostly consisted of Open TV affiliates. Open TV also premiered its final original series in its first cycle of programming, ...


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Entertainment: Drag Race, Jared Leto, Melissa Etheridge, Where the Bears Are - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars season two debuts Thursday, Aug. 25, with a 90-minute episode, a press release stated. For the first time in "Drag Race" history, the full season will simulcast on Logo and VH1. Joining the main stage panel of Todrick Hall, Carson Kressley, Michelle Visage and RuPaul will be Raven-Symone, Ross Mathews, Jeremy Scott, Nicole Scherzinger, Graham ...


No-League-of-Their-Own-tells-stories-of-trans-athletes-airing-Aug-7

No League of Their Own tells stories of trans athletes, airing Aug. 7 - From a press release - August 3, 2016 — 2015 was a formative year for transgender athletes with Caitlyn Jenner publicly announcing her name change, Chris Mosier becoming the first transgender man to make the U.S. National Team and the IOC adapting more progressive guidelines for the Summer Olympics in Rio. The conversation surrounding transgender athletes has reached a fever pitch and FUSION seeks to ...


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Lily Tomlin to be honored with 2016 SAG Life Achievement Award - From a press release - LOS ANGELES ( Aug. 4, 2016 ) — Lily Tomlin — an entertainment maverick whose talents put her at the pinnacle of comedy, acting, writing and producing — has been named the 53rd recipient of SAG-AFTRA's highest tribute: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Tomlin will be presented the performers union's most prestigious distinction at ...


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Jen Richards talks Emmy nomination and Trans 102 - For former Chicagoan Jen Richards, who is transgender, the Emmy nomination for Her Story—the web series she co-wrote and co-stars in—seemed surreal. "It was a lot to process," said Richards, who now lives in Los Angeles. "I didn't think we were going to get it—not because I didn't think it was deserving. I think it was. It's just that it ...


Entertainment-news-Tarzan-kiss-Christian-Siriano-Abby-Wambach-Mary-Lambert

Entertainment news: 'Tarzan' kiss, Christian Siriano, Abby Wambach, Mary Lambert - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The UK Mirror reported that a gay kiss was cut out of the final edit of the new Tarzan film—because test audiences were left "perplexed" by it, the director has revealed. The new film, The Legend of Tarzan, includes a character named Captain Leon Rom, a ruthless Belgian soldier played by Christoph Waltz, who is now rumored to be Tarzan's ...


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Entertainment: Caitlyn Jenner, Matthew McConaughey, Latrice Royale, 'Queer As Folk' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Caitlyn Jenner poses with the gold medal she won with a stunning decathlon victory at the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games on the new cover of Sports Illustrated, according to People. The cover marked the first time she had the medal around her neck in 40 years. Jenner, who keeps the medal in her nail drawer, revealed that she used to ...


Entertainment-news-Greg-Louganis-Laverne-Cox-Taylor-Lautner-Hairspray

Entertainment news: Greg Louganis, Laverne Cox, Taylor Lautner, 'Hairspray' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Out, HIV-positive Olympic diver Greg Louganis ( who's 56 ) is one of the 10 men and nine women who will be featured in ESPN's annual Body Issue. Some of the others who will be featured include the Chicago Cubs' Jake Arrieta, U.S. women's national soccer team forward Christen Press, Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade, UFC fighter Conor McGregor and ...


Entertainment-Nick-Jonas-Pet-Shop-Boys-Whitney-Houston-Mara-Wilson

Entertainment: Nick Jonas, Pet Shop Boys, Whitney Houston, Mara Wilson - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - After months of wondering whether or not Nick Jonas' closeted character, Nate, from DirecTV's Kingdom would ever get the chance to live out his same-sex desires, fans were disappointed after Jonas' character is drugged at a party and forced into a threesome, NewNowNext reported. Kingdom fans erupted on Twitter to express their own rage and sadness about the turn of ...


CNNs-The-Eighties-The-Fight-Against-AIDS-episode-airs-June-2

CNN's "The Eighties: The Fight Against AIDS" episode airs June 2 - From a press release - This week's episode of the CNN Original Series The Eighties "The Fight Against AIDS" airs tomorrow, June 2, at 9pm ET/PT and focuses on the pandemic that created a movement and defined a decade. In the 1980s a mysterious and lethal illness developed into a pandemic with enormous political and cultural consequences. What started as a medical detective story grew ...


Entertainment-news-Looking-movie-Maroon-5-Greys-Anatomy-Whoopi

Entertainment news: 'Looking' movie, Maroon 5, 'Grey's Anatomy,' Whoopi - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - HBO has confirmed the debut date for Looking: The Movie, with the feature-length presentation scheduled to debut Saturday, July 23 exclusively on HBO, a press release stated. Starring Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez and Murray Bartlett, Looking: The Movie wraps up the story of three close friends living in San Francisco who explore the options available to a new generation ...


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Entertainment news: Mariah Carey, Gus Van Sant, Azealia Banks, Wilson Cruz - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - GLAAD honored Robert De Niro, Mariah Carey and the best in film, television, and journalism at the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Waldorf Astoria New York. Jennifer Lawrence, Aziz Ansari, Connie Britton, Diane Sawyer, Caitlyn Jenner, Tamron Hall, Noah Galvin, Andrew Rannells, Andreja Pejic and Jason Biggs were among the special guests. Recording artists Alex Newell and Bebe ...


Trans-actress-Shakina-Nayfack-out-in-the-open

Trans actress Shakina Nayfack, out in the open - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Shakina Nayfack has starred in two autobiographical rock musicals, and played the role of the Statue of Liberty in Manuel Versus the Statue of Liberty. She is also the founding artistic director of Musical Theater Factory, and the first transgender woman to receive a Lilly Award. Nayfack will have a new addition to her long list of accomplishments this July, ...


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Latest 'RuPaul's Drag Race' winner crowned - Out of 12 competitors in season eight of the Logo show RuPaul's Drag Race, it all came down to Naomi Smalls, Chicago's Kim Chi and Bob the Drag Queen. In the end, Bob the Drag Queen prevailed. "Winning is a dream come true and a great opportunity," Bob The Drag Queen said in a news release, according to Entertainment Weekly. ...


Web-series-features-gay-men-of-color-in-Chicago

Web series features gay men of color in Chicago - by M Shelly Conner - Patrick Battle intends to place Chicago gay men of color at the forefront with REVERb, his Web series that follows three gay men of color as they navigate dating and life in the Second City. The series aims to highlight issues that disproportionately affect Black gay men, such as HIV and PREP treatment, sex-related issues and drug use as they ...


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Five Worth Finding: Black Deutschland, Pretty Little Liars, Panes cafe - Special to the online edition of Windy City Time - —Black Deutschland: Darryl Pinckney's intriguing novel focuses on Jeb, a Black Chicagoan who flees to Berlin, Germany. He indulges his fantasies—but can't avoid certain issues he attempts to escape. ( Note: Pinckney will discuss the book at the Chicago Humanities Festival's "Margo Jefferson & Darryl Pinckney: Style and the Black Bourgeoisie" on April 30. See ChicagoHumanities.org . ) —Pretty Little ...


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NUNN ON ONE Vanessa Williams talks gay classmates, fashion, 'Ugly Betty' - Vanessa L. Williams, not to be confused with the actress Vanessa A. Williams, is more than just a triple threat. The actress, singer, and dancer is now branching into fashion with V. by Vanessa Williams. She also adds writer to the list with a book teaming her up with mother Helen Williams. Williams is a Grammy nominated singer for hits ...


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'Chicago Med' actress talks diversity, diabetes - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - S. Epatha Merkerson may not be a household name but, judging from her resume, she should be. Her debut on TV came as Reba the Mail Lady on Pee-Wee's Playhouse, leading to small parts on other programs like The Cosby Show. Her portrayal of NYPD Lieutenant Anita Van Buren on Law & Order had her appearing on the hit drama ...


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LGBT tech partnership files comments with Federal Comm. Commission on proposal - From a press release - Today, the LGBT Technology Partnership ( LGBT Tech ), the premier organization representing the interests of the LGBT community with regards to communications and technology issues, filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission ( FCC ) regarding the agency's set-top box proposal. LGBT Tech is seriously concerned that the proposal permits third parties to gather, use and disseminate private information ...


Fawzia-Mirza-plans-feature-film-Signature-Move

Fawzia Mirza plans feature film, Signature Move - From a press release - Signature Move, an upcoming feature film co-produced by Full Spectrum Features NFP and Newcity's Chicago Film Project, will be featured at Tribeca's "TFI Network" April 19-20. TFI Network will host 13 of the most unique cinematic projects from filmmakers worldwide, helping them establish relationships within the industry to secure funding and distribution. Signature Move is a featured project on Indiegogo, ...


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Transgender actress Shakina Nayfack joins Hulu's "Difficult People" cast - From a press release - "Difficult People" hails from the comedic minds of Julie Klausner ( "Ugly Americans" ) and Billy Eichner ( Emmy-nominated "Billy on the Streets" ), who star as themselves. As best friends living in New York City, their typical, irreverent behavior lands them in some very awkward situation. Ms. Nayfack joins the cast as the opinionated Lola, a new waitress at ...


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Entertainment: British actors, Rosie's divorce, Caitlyn on 'Transparent,' Nate Berkus - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Out individuals Ben Whishaw, Stephen Fry, Graham Norton and Sir Ian McKellen were among those receiving nominations for the BAFTA ( British Academy of Film and Television Arts ) TV Awards, according to Deadline. Downton Abbey, despite this being its final eligible year, received no nods; BAFTA did honor it with a special prize last summer, though. The awards will ...


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Chicago TV Awards April 18-20 - The Chicago International Television Awards will expand its programming April 18-20. All events will take place at the AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St. Among the events slated are a screening of the Chicago-based Fox show Empire, complete with a panel discussion including key crew members; and a screening of the newest episode of HBO's Veep, along with ...


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Entertainment: Elton John, Maria Bello, Gwen Stefani, TMZ's Harvey Levin - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - An ex-bodyguard is suing Sir Elton John for allegedly grabbing his crotch, twisting his nipples and demanding he "say hello to Uncle Elton," The New York Daily News reported. Jeffrey Wenninger quit his security gig in 2014, ending a 12-year stint protecting the "Nikita" singer. Wenninger cited multiple incidents of "unwelcome and offensive touching and groping" in a lawsuit filed ...


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Gay reality-star student Matt Sarafa battles Brown University - Reality-show personality Matt Sarafa made it work with two Lifetime Channel programs, first in show called Threads and then Project Runway Junior. While he wasn't able to make it work and win the competition he obviously had a good time playing the game. His next step was continuing his education, and he began applying to colleges. His admissions interview for ...


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PWR BTTM talks Ra Ra Riot and RuPaul - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Punk group PWR BTTM leaves out the vowels and rocks the house. Composed of Liv Bruce and Ben Hopkins, this queer band is known for outlandish live shows and frenetic energy. Meeting at Bard College in New York, the two teamed to create a symbol of empowerment rising to the top after starting at the bottom. Opening for indie rockers ...


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Entertainment: Jillian Michaels; Matthew Morrison; divas; reality star dies - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Jillian Michaels is getting married. According to an E! News item, on the season finale of the reality show Just Jillian, she got engaged to her longtime partner Heidi Rhoades. During an update, Michaels told Maria Menounos of Rhoades, ""It's not that she's not the one. I have this—I don't want to say fear—but I feel like I'm preparing myself ...


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New FYI TV series includes gay male couple, starts March 15 - From a press release - NEW YORK — FYI's new original series, "Bride & Prejudice," follows star-crossed couples as they decide to make a life-long commitment and get married in the face of staunch opposition from their friends and family. Six episodes are set to premiere on Tuesday, March 15 at 9pm ET, beginning with a two-hour season opener. The remaining hour-long episodes will premiere ...


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NUNN ON ONE TELEVISION: Tai Trang a 'Survivor' - The hit television reality show Survivor premiered for U.S. audiences back in 1997. It became a cultural phenomenon and an instant hit, while surviving for 32 seasons now. This season, Survivor: Kaoh Rong is set in Cambodia, where there are three tribes of beauty, brains and brawn. Hailing from San Francisco, 51-year-old Tai Trang was picked for the beauty tribe. ...


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Jillian Michaels engaged to Heidi Rhoades, proposal on video - From a E! News press release - It's official: Jillian Michaels is getting married. On tonight's season finale of Just Jillian, the E! reality star got engaged to her longtime partner Heidi Rhoades and only E! News has video of the emotional, tear-jerking proposal ( seriously, we dare you not to cry! ). Jill's proposal started out with a video montage telling the story of their journey ...


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'Downton' exhibit extended thru May 29 - The Richard H. Driehaus Museum, 40 E. Erie St., will exhibit "Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times" through May 29. May 8 had been the original end date. The exhibit features more than 35 costumes from the popular British television series Downton Abbey. The show is filming its sixth and final season. The award-winning costumes are produced by renowned ...


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Entertainment: Ruby Rose; Eddie Redmayne; Demi Lovato; 'Star Wars' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Orange Is the New Black may be an Emmy-winning show, but it's the Oscars the acclaimed Netflix series sends up in a new promo for the upcoming fourth season, NewNowNext.com noted. As the clip starts, Taystee bemoans how dull the Academy Awards are, declaring "even when white people TRY to be exciting they still bore me." The trailer also shows ...


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"The Ronnie and Eddie Show" launch crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo. - From a press release - HOLLYWOOD — Friend Movement and Vertex Media are proud to announce the development of "The Ronnie and Eddie Show," a comedic reality show that follows the lives of actor and entrepreneur duo, Ronnie Kroell and "Laughing Eddie" Lobo. The Ronnie and Eddie Show follows the lives of BRAVO's, "Make Me A Super Model" fan favorite, Ronnie Kroell, ( pictured right ...


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HRC to honor 'Empire', 'Hunger Games' producer Nina Jacobson - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) civil rights organization, announced that the critically acclaimed television series "Empire" will be honored at the 2016 HRC Los Angeles Gala Dinner. HRC also announced that producer Nina Jacobson, whose work includes the blockbuster hit "The Hunger Games" and ...


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Entertainment: Chaz Bono; Johnny Weir; Barry Manilow; Grammy non-performers - Chaz Bono is heading to the daytime soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful, according to People. The special guest star will be playing a minister in episodes airing March 31 and April 1. The author and activist was recently seen on TV during a catch-up with Oprah Winfrey on Saturday's Oprah: Where Are They Now?, where he opened up ...


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TELEVISION Two Windy City queens 'Drag Race' into herstory - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Start your engines as RuPaul's Drag Race revs up for an eighth season on Logo TV debuting Monday, March 7. Premiering in 2009, the show has gone on to increase in popularity and prize winnings. In the past the competition show usually has Chicago represented, but this time out there are two queens from our neck of the woods. The ...


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'Underground' screens at Dusable - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lucky invitees watched a sneak-peek first episode of the new WGN America series Underground at The Dusable Museum of African American History on Feb. 9. The anticipated drama focuses on the story of slaves during a tumultuous time in history. Two of the leads from Underground were on hand, with Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Aldis Hodge both speaking with Windy City ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Amy Landecker lands dream job on 'Transparent' - Actress Amy Landecker has finally hit it big, playing Sarah Pfefferman in the breakout Amazon Studio hit Transparent. Her roots began in Chicago as the daughter of radio personality John Records Landecker. After a theater career in the Windy City, she moved to L.A. when she was 38 to begin films and TV commercials. She struck a chord in the ...


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Entertainment news: Nick Jonas; Laverne Cox; Abby Wambach; Hugh Jackman - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Nick Jonas—who's played gay on two different TV shows and has been accused of "baiting" the gay community—was asked to clarify his recent comments that he wouldn't "confirm nor deny" whether he's ever had sex with a man in an interview with Complex, NewNowNext.com reported. "It's funny. I play a gay character on a TV show," he said. "Whether it's ...


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RuPaul's Drag Race Season 8 - "Condragulations" to Chicago girls Kim Chi and Naysha Lopez, who are both competing in RuPaul's Drag Race Season 8. The new season, which sees Kim and Naysha competing in a field of 12 contestants, kicks off Mon., March 7, on Logo TV, with premiere parties all over the city. ...


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Entertainment news: Ellen Page; Bette Midler; Sam Smith; Chloe Grace Moretz - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Netflix kicked off a busy month for Sundance acquisitions by beating other companies to the punch for Tallulah—Sian Heder's dramatic comedy starring Ellen Page and Allison Janney, according to TheWrap. Page plays a rootless young woman who takes a toddler from a wealthy, negligent mother and passes the baby off as her own in an effort to protect her. Her ...


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Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times Opens at Driehaus Museum - CHICAGO — Celebrate the sixth and final season of the beloved period drama Downton Abbey®, at Chicago's Own American Palace, The Richard H. Driehaus Museum. On view from February 9 through May 8, 2016, Dressing Downton™: Changing Fashion for Changing Times features more than 35 costumes from the popular British television series Downton Abbey. The award-winning costumes are produced by ...







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