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Join Randy Slovacek, editor/writer of The Randy Report, as he launches the companion podcast to his popular blog covering pop culture, entertainment and political news of interest to the LGBT community.
On this debut episode, Randy talks with Broadway veteran Lee Roy Reams, who is currently starring (and we mean STARRING) as "Dolly Levi" in the classic American musical HELLO, DOLLY! in Boca Raton, Florida. Reams is the first American male actor to play the role of the meddling matchmaker, and he's getting standing ovations, soldout audiences and rave reviews. Major media has taken note of the critically lauded production all the way across the US to the LA Times. Reams talks about the hows and whys of taking on such an iconic female role, and making it his own.
Also, award-winning singer/songwriter turned movie producer Matt Zarley joins us to talk on the journey of his acclaimed musical short film, "hopefulROMANTIC." Accepted into over two dozen film festivals, the film is part music video, part Broadway musical and part romantic movie - in fact, it's all of those things and more. Zarley discusses the inspiration for the project, as well as the evolution of the film, plus he shares several songs from the film
Additionally, we touch on hot topics of the day including the current race for the White House and more.
Randy recaps the past week's important news stoires regarding entertainment, pop culture and politics of interest to the LGBT community.
From the constantly shifting GOP clown car to the most recent polls watchng the upcoming Iowa and New Hampshire contests. Randy talks on the current Donald Trump/Ted Cruz rivalry, and Jeb Bush attacking his former protege Marco Rubio.
Plus, thoughts on the recently announced Oscar nominations, the passing of rock music legend David Bowie, and Randy's "Favorite Thing Today."
It's always a circus, so bring your popcorn!
Carl Siciliano, founder and executive director of The Ali Forney Center, talks to Randy about the current #HarlemNoHate Campaign which aims to raise funds to help the Center purchase a church in Harlem to expand it's services for homeless LGBT youth.
The poetic irony is that the pastor of the church, Rev. James Manning, has spent years spewing vitriolic hate speech towards the LGBT community in Harlem.
Pastor Manning is notorious for signage at the church with messages such as “Jesus would stone homos” and that all supporters of LGBT people should be cursed with cancer, HIV, madness, and eternal damnation.
"The biggest reason our youths are driven from their homes is because of homophobic and transphobic religious beliefs of their parents. If we are able to obtain the space it would truly be a triumph of love over hatred," says Siciliano.
The church is being put up for auction due to unpaid bills and tax liens on February 24th. The goal of the #HarlemNoHate campaign is to purchase the church and make what was once a place that put religious-based hate on broad display, and turn it into a safe haven for young LGBT.
The Ali Forney Center is the largest and most comprehensive organization in the nation dedicated to housing LGBT youth. AFC serves youth aged 16-24, and provides emergency and transitional housing, street outreach, a drop-in center, medical and mental health treatment, a vocational/educational program, and a counseling project for the families of LGBT youth.
Listen as we talk about the difficulties homeless LGBT youth face and how you can help.
You can donate to the #HarlemNoHate campaign by clicking here.
Brandon Skeie (SHAY-AH) is an LA based singer-songwriter/artist with a strong presence among the industry’s creative community.
At the age of 22, Brandon Skeie has been featured in Billboard, Ryan Seacrest and MTV, over 3M SoundCloud plays, an active online fan base of 350K+ followers, a 15 week synch on E! and more.
After developing a huge following on his YouTube channel (almost 9 million views) including his spectacular cover versions of songs like Adele's "Hello," Brandon is poised for a strong 2016 with the release of original music, beginning with his new single "So Bad".
With concert dates stretching out over 2016, including New York City's Mercury Lounge, Skeie is prepped to take his music to an even wider audience.
Randy talks with Brandon about the inspiration of the new single, his creative process in the recording studio, his amazing vocal range, and how he views being an out musician in today's musical landscape.
After listening to the show, make sure you check out Brandon's new single "So Bad" here.
You can follow Brandon on Instagram here, Facebook here, and Twitter here.
Randy takes a look back at the best and worst of 2015 for the LGBT community in terms of entertainment, pop culture and politics.
Just a sample of our "Best Of:"
Music artists Kelly Clarkson, Mika, Adele, Madonna, Steve Grand and Janet Jackson make our Top Albums of 2015.
Top LGBT films include The Danish Girl, Seashore, Carol, Drown and I Am Michael.
Political highlights for the LGBT community including (obviously) the historic ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on marriage equality, County Clerk Kim Davis' opposition to issuing marriage licenses, and the Boy Scouts lifting (mostly) of it's ban on gay scouts.
Coming out stories of Olympian Gus Kenworthy, British rugby player Keegan Hirst, actress Holland Taylor and Caitlyn Jenner. And the LGBT inclusive storylines on TV shows Empire, Transparent, The Fosters and How To Get Away With Murder.
Plus, a look at what's ahead in 2016 with LGBT rights and the race for the White House.
Grammy Award winner Judy Collins chats with Randy about her latest collection of Christmas songs "Christmas with Judy Collins," and along the way this singer/songwriter/artist/author shares insight into her own approach for cultivating creativity on a regular basis.
At the glorious age of 76, Collins continues a full touring schedule, performing over 100 live concerts a year. Plus, this past September saw her release a new studio album of duets - Strangers Again - with superstars like Michael McDonald, Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne, Jimmy Buffett and Don McLean.
Along with songs from the album, Judy shares her favorite holiday traditions. Tune in to hear this warm and wonderful legend settle down for a holiday chat.
Welcome to the Grassfire Report with Willie Lawson. G.R. is premium content for our grassfire.com subscribers. We will cover the important topics of the day. We will get the newmakers here and ask them the questions you want answers to. Enjoy this radio program design just for you!
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Matthew Rettenmund, author and blogger for the popular LGBT blog Boy Culture chats with Randy about his two newest books - Encyclopedia Madonnica 2.0 (the ultimate book on the Queen of Pop) and Starf*cker, a memoir chronicling his life into and through the world of pop culture, founding a successful teen magazine and his obsession with celebrities.
The ultimate pop-culture enthusiast, Rettenmund has been obsessed with celebrities ever since he was born. Starf*cker documents Rettenmund's affection --in the case of Madonna, it's pure mania--for movie, television, and music personalities. From his years as a star-obsessed gayby to his contradictory careers in and as a teen-mag editor (names will be named), Rettenmund details and deconstructs his--and our--passion for celebrity.
Matthew talks on his years working on a teen fan magazine - dealing with teen and young stars like Zac Efron and boy bands.
Plus, we also talk about the approach and art of blogging.
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Join The Randy Report as I talk extensively with Chloe Lattanzi, who with her mother Olivia Newton-John, recently made history as the first mother/daughter team to hit #1 on the Billboard Dance Club chart with their new hit, "You Have To Believe."
Chloe talks about the genesis of the project, taking on the challenge of re-imagining her mother's 1980s #1 hit "Magic" into something new for their fans, and the Las Vegas-centric music video.
She also chats on her upcoming movie, Dead 7, for Syfy where she'll be kicking zombie butt alongside Backstreet Boys Nick Carter, Howie Dorough & A.J. McLean, plus NSYNC's Joey Fatone.
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