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Andy Warhol:(August 6, 1928 – February 22, 1987) RIP

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A Tribute to Mr Andy Warhol who passed away this day in 1987

Lee Daniels: New Kind Of Action Film

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The acclaimed film director revealed in a recent interview that he’s planning the first-ever gay action hero movie.

Some of the actors from ‘The Butler’ have signed on

As Lee Daniels continues to ride high on the success of his summer blockbuster The Butler, the 53-year-old director is in the process of developing another project that will make film history.

In a recent interview with Out magazine, the $100 million man revealed his plans to create the first-ever gay action hero movie. Alex Pettyfer (The Butler) has already signed on to the project and Daniels is currently looking for his African-American love interest for his vision of an “interracial love affair action movie.”

Daniels describes the flick as a gay “Mr. and Mrs. Smith, but with the two good-looking guys as the action heroes.” And although he’s likely to have a few run-ins with critics, he says he’s not worried about getting the film off the ground.

“I don’t think I’m going to have a problem now. I made $100 million for The Butler,” he said. “I’m in a rare group. So this is something I feel good about.”

Larry Levan: International DJ

 

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Larry Levan (born Lawrence Philpot, July 20, 1954 – November 8, 1992) was an American DJ best known for his decade-long residency at the New York City night club Paradise Garage, which has been described as the prototype of the modern dance club. He developed a cult following who referred to his sets as “Saturday Mass“. Influential US DJ François Kevorkian credits Levan with introducing the dub aesthetic into dance music. Along with Kevorkian, Levan experimented with drum machines and synthesizers in his productions and live sets, ushering in an electronic, post-disco sound that presaged the ascendence of house music

 

Levan got his start alongside DJ Frankie Knuckles at the Continental Baths, as a replacement for the DJ from The Gallery, Nicky Siano. Levan’s DJing style was influenced by Siano’s eclectic style, and by The Loft’s David Mancuso, who briefly dated Levan in the early 1970s. As Knuckles was still trying to make his way in the New York club scene, Levan became a popular attraction perhaps due to his “diva persona”, which he developed in the city’s notoriously competitive black drag “houses”.

 

At the height of the disco boom in 1977, Levan was offered a residency at the Paradise Garage. Although owner Michael Brody, who employed Levan at the defunct Reade Street, intended to create a downtown facsimile of Studio 54 catering to an upscale white gay clientele, Levan initially drew an improbable mix of streetwise blacks, Latinos, and punks.

 

Open only to a select membership and housed in an otherwise unadorned building on King Street in Greenwich Village, the club and Levan’s DJing slowly engendered themselves into the mainstream. The DJ and programming director from WBLS, Frankie Crocker often mentioned the club on air and based his playlists around Levan’s sets. The Richard Long & Associates Sound system,(RLA) of the club included custom-designed “Levan Horn Bass Speakers”.

 

Filling the void left by leading remixer Walter Gibbons, Levan became a prolific producer and mixer in the late 1970s and early 1980s, with many of his efforts crossing over onto the national dance music charts. Among the records that received Levan’s touch were his remixes of “Ain’t Nothin’ Goin On But The Rent” by Gwen Guthrie and “Heartbeat” by Taana Gardner, as well as his production work on “Don’t Make Me Wait” by the Peech Boys, a group that Levan formed and was part of (and who became the New York Citi Peech Boys when the Beach Boys threatened a lawsuit due to the similar sound of the name).

 

With a strong gospel tinge in the vocal arrangements and driven by a tinkling piano, the latter song is a quintessential example of the deejay’s soulful aesthetic. One of the first dance releases to incorporate a dub influence and an appended vocal-only edit, Levan tinkered with the song for nearly a year to the consternation of Mel Cheren, whose label, West End Records, was nearing bankruptcy. When it was finally released, much of the song’s momentum had been lost and it stalled in the lower reaches of the charts.

 

As the popularity of the Garage soared in the mid-1980s just as many of his longtime friends lost their battles with AIDS, Levan became increasingly dependent upon PCP and heroin. While performing, he began to ensconce himself within a protective entourage of drag queens and younger acolytes.

 

At the Paradise Garage, Levan was described as being ‘worshipped, almost like a god’. As beat-matching and stylistic adherence became the norm among club DJs, Levan’s idiosyncratic sets (ranging the gamut from Evelyn “Champagne” King and Chaka Khan to Kraftwerk, Manuel Göttsching, & British synth-pop) elicited criticism from some quarters. Nevertheless, he remained at the vanguard of dance music; recordings of Levan’s later sets at the Garage demonstrate his affinity for the insurgent sounds of Chicago house and hip-hop.

 

The Garage ended its run with a 48 hour-long party in September 1987,weeks before Brody died from AIDS-related complications. The closure devastated Levan, who knew that few club owners would tolerate his quirks and drug dependencies. Although Brody had verbally bequeathed the club’s sound and lighting systems to Levan, they were instead left to Brody’s mother in his will. This change was reportedly instigated by the late impresario’s lover and manager, who reportedly despised Levan.

 

Despite protestations and pleas to the Brody family from Mel Cheren, the systems remained in storage as their property. Unable to secure a long-term residency after a stay at the short-lived Choice in the East Village alongside DJ/proprietor Richard Vasquez and Joey Llanos, Levan began to sell his valuable records for drug money. Friends like Danny Krivit would buy them back for him out of sympathy.

 

As the nineties dawned, Levan was on the brink of a comeback. Although dismissed as a relic in New York, his popularity had soared among connoisseurs of disco and early American electronic dance music in Europe and Japan. In 1991, he was brought over for the weekend to London by Justin Berkmann to DJ at London’s Ministry of Sound nightclub where he ended up staying for 3 months remixing, producing and helping to tune the club’s sound system.

 

Although he was still dependent on heroin, Levan’s 1992 tour of Japan garnered gushing accolades in the local press. Encouraged by Cheren, he entered rehab and made a tentative return to the studio. On the contrary, he informed his mother in June 1992 that he had “lived a good life” and was “ready to die”; Francois Kevorkian described Levan’s final Japanese sets as nostalgic and inspirational, imbued with an air of bittersweetness and closure.

 

 

Shortly after returning home from Japan, Levan voluntarily entered the hospital. He died four days later on November 8 of heart failure caused by endocarditis.In September 2004, Levan was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame for his outstanding achievement as a DJ.

 

Lindsay Lohan: Happy Birthday!

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Leon supports the end pf prop 8!!! #Equalityfor all #NOH8

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JADA: LOVELY WEDNESDAY!

I’m love’n my new do. I’m love’n Drake‘s new single feat. Sampha, The Motion…my favorite single of the year thus far.
And congrats on the decision in which the Supreme Court ruled the same-sax marriage ban as unconstitutional.
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George Michaels: Happy Birthday!

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Jody ” BabyDol” Gibson: Super Madam!

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When Hollywood madam Jody “Babydol” Gibson was busted eight years ago, word that police had seized her list of celebrity clients stirred intense curiosity in Hollywood — and not a little worry.

The much-anticipated disclosure of famous names never occurred, however. The evidence presented to the jury that convicted Gibson in 2000 of operating an international prostitution ring included phone books and other records in which, prosecutors said, she listed her customers. But authorities blacked out the names in publicly available court records.

Now, their identities are entering the public domain.

In “Secrets of a Hollywood Super Madam,” an autobiography due in bookstores Thursday, Gibson names two dozen celebrities she says patronized her call-girl service.

Many of the names also appear in her phone books, a payment log and other records from the case that have been unsealed by Los Angeles Superior Court and can now be viewed in unredacted form.

A review of the court file shows that Gibson listed actor Bruce Willis; former Dodgers Manager Tom Lasorda; Steve Jones, the Sex Pistols guitarist and KDLE-FM (103.1) radio jock; and the late film producer Don Simpson, among others.

Willis and Lasorda said through their lawyers that they never used Gibson’s service and had no idea why their names appeared in her records. They accused Gibson of exploiting their fame to boost her book sales.

“I have never heard of this woman and don’t know why she would accuse me of something like this,” Lasorda said in a statement issued by his attorney, Tony Capozzola. “But if she prints these lies, I intend to sue.”

Willis’ attorney, Marty Singer, said: “The story is a complete fabrication. [Willis] doesn’t know this woman. He’s never even spoken to her.”

A former lawyer for Simpson said the producer, who died in 1996, never patronized Gibson’s business.

Jones said he might have used Gibson’s escort service. “It’s possible,” he said. “I crossed paths with her back then. She was a madam, but if I remember right, she wanted to be a singer in a band.”

Authorities never prosecuted any of Gibson’s clients, and there is no independent evidence that the men she listed actually patronized her service.

A political figure whose name appears is Ben Barnes, a former lieutenant governor of Texas, who drew attention during the 2004 presidential campaign by saying that he helped a young George W. Bush enter the Air National Guard to avoid the Vietnam-era draft.

 

The Times reached Barnes by calling a cellphone number listed beside his name in Gibson’s records.

“I have never met or talked to this broad in my entire life,” Barnes said. He said he could not explain why his cellphone number was in her files.

Gibson’s “California Dreamin’ ” prostitution ring operated in 16 states and in Europe, employed porn stars and Playboy models, and charged customers as much as $3,000, according to trial testimony.

During her trial, prosecutors introduced her phone books and other records as evidence and called a vice officer to testify about their importance to the case. Police referred to the materials as Gibson’s “trick book.”

At the time, the district attorney’s office successfully fought efforts by The Times and other news organizations to obtain an unredacted version.

Checking court files last week, a reporter found that court officials had unsealed the records once Gibson’s legal appeals were exhausted.

The secrecy that surrounded the “trick book” during the trial prompted accusations that then-Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti was shielding influential Angelenos from embarrassment.

Gibson’s files include two men who were major contributors to Garcetti’s 2000 reelection effort: Maurice Marciano, founder of Guess Inc.; and Steven Roth, producer of “Last Action Hero.”

“This is beyond belief,” Marciano said when asked for comment. “I can’t imagine how my name got mixed up in this. Who is she? That’s a very gutsy lie for someone to tell, don’t you think?”

A reporter reached Roth by calling a cellphone number in the trick book. Told that Gibson had listed him among her clients, Roth said, “Is that right?” and hung up.

Garcetti, now president of the Los Angeles Ethics Commission, said he had “absolutely zero recall of this case.”

Gibson, an aspiring singer who used the nicknames Babydol and Sasha, was convicted of three felony counts of pimping and sentenced to three years in prison. She served 22 months in the Central California Women’s Facility at Chowchilla, a maximum-security prison where she was battered by another inmate. She was released in 2002.

Her autobiography, published by Corona Books, will be available Thursday for downloading, chapter by chapter, at www.supermadamsecrets.com.

chuck.philips@latimes.com

Bob Fosse: Happy Birthday!

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TINA CHOW: Tragic Super Model

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Tina Chow was truly one of a kind, in every sense of the term. In the late 1960s, a time when the fashion world was preoccupied with California blonds, she rose pretty close to the top of the modeling scene with her unique Eurasian beauty. Although a muse to many, from Issey Miyake to Karl Lagerfeld to Andy Warhol, she is remembered now, not just as a style icon, but as a groundbreaking designer herself.
I struggled whether to feature her as a style icon or as a jewellery designer, but I realized that she embodied her designs: a precise interpretation of a life split between East and West, taking a visual influence Japanese minimalism and American pop form. Tina Chow began her design career late in life (sadly, she only lived to be 41.
 
With encouragement from her friend Andy Warhol (past his whole Svengali phase), who introduced her to healing crystals — they became the basis of her creations. And they were magical, just like Tina. born Bettina Lutz in 1950 in Ohio to a German-American father and a Japanese mother.
When the family moved back to Japan in the mid-60s, Tina and her sister Bonnie were discovered by a modeling agent and soon became the faces of Shiseido. She married restaurateur Michael Chow (formerly married to Grace Coddington!) and when the couple moved to New York in 1972, they became part of the art and fashion elite.
Tina became a muse to the likes of Helmut Newton, Andy Warhol, Issey Miyake, Karl Lagerfeld, Manolo Blahnik (Tina’s daughter China Chow is his goddaughter), Armani… you name it. There is a pretty amazing story going around: a fashion magazine (either Vogue of Harper’s) was doing a story on designers and their inspirations, and they asked designers to pick their muses to be photographed with.
Well, eight out of ten selected Tina Chow!  She was a collector of vintage Balenciaga, Poiret, Chanel and Fortuny Haute Couture, a collection that was auctioned at Christie’s after hear death.  couple of years ago Vogue Paris did a tribute to Tina Chow in a Jewelery editorial starring Tao Okamoto (great choice of model!).
It really exhibited just how, even though they were produced 25 years ago, they could still be considered cutting edge During an estrangement from Chow, she had affairs with Richard Gere and a bisexual French fashion arbiter Kim d’Estainville. From d’Estainville, she contracted HIV, becoming one of the first heterosexual women to become infected with the disease that would eventually end her life.
Chow died of AIDS on 24 January 1992, at the age of 41. She spent her last days at her home in Pacific Palisades, California..

Billy Holiday: Bad Bitch!

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Billie Holiday stands with LAPD Detective Gosline in front of a courtroom while awaiting trial in the early 1950s. Holiday was singing “Strange Fruit” (a song about the lynching of African-Americans) in a West Hollywood club, when a member…
Of the audience proceeded to heckle her. She left the stage midway through the song, allegedly slashed the heckler with a knife, and resumed singing. She was charged with assault and battery but the case was dismissed when the victim, under cross-examination by Walter Gordon, refused to give his name and address.

Boy George: Happy Birthday!

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Marilyn Monroe: Death Part I

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Pill bottles found next to Monroe’s body Circumstances surrounding Monroe’s autopsy are also extremely suspicious, as the conclusion of the most important reports clearly show that swallowing pills was not the cause of her death. Furthermore, there appears to be a clear effort to suppress all evidence that might lead to the true cause of Monroe’s death.

 

The pathologist, Dr. Thomas Noguchi, could find no trace of capsules, powder or the typical discoloration caused by Nembutal in Monroe’s stomach or intestines, indicating that the drugs that killed her had not been swallowed. If Monroe had taken them over a period of time (which might account for the lack of residue), she would have died before ingesting the amount found in her bloodstream. Monroe was found lying face down. There was also evidence of cyanosis, an indication that death had been very quick.

 

Noguchi asked the toxicologist for examinations of the blood, liver, kidneys, stomach, urine and intestines, which would have revealed exactly how the drugs got into Monroe’s system. However, the toxicologist, after examining the blood, did not believe he needed to check other organs, so many of the organs were destroyed without being examined. Noguchi later asked for the samples, but the medical photographs, the slides of those organs that were examined and the

 

Examination form showing bruises on the body had disappeared, making it impossible to investigate the cause of death.The toxicology report shows high levels of Nembutal (38–66 capsules) and chloral hydrate (14–23 tablets) in Monroe’s blood. The level found was enough to kill more than 10 people. An examination of the body ruled out intravenous injection as the source of the drugs. Coroner Dr. Theodore Curphey oversaw the full autopsy. Apart from the cause of death as listed on the death certificate, the results were never made public and no record of the findings was kept.”
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In 1985, British journalist Anthony Summers investigated the circumstances surrounding Monroe’s death. He managed to obtain an interview with the maid Eunice Murray for a BBC report. She inadvertently admitted some damning facts.
“For the BBC program Eunice Murray initially repeated the same story she had told Robert  Slatzer in 1973 and the police in 1962.

 

She apparently noticed the camera crew starting to pack up and then said, “Why, at my age, do I still have to cover this thing?” Unknown to her, the microphone was still on. Murray went on to admit that Monroe had known the Kennedys. She volunteered that on the night of the actress’ death, “When the doctor arrived, she was not dead.” Murray died in 1994 without revealing further details.”
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Despite all of these facts, the truth about Marilyn’s death is still not out in the open. As is the case for many other celebrity deaths, there is an aura of mystery surrounding it and a whole lot of answered questions. In other words, it fits the profile of a typical occult elite assassination that has the power to keep law enforcement from revealing the truth.

 

Some researchers have attempted to pin-point who instigated the murder. Some cite the Kennedys, the CIA, her psychologists or other individuals. It is perhaps wiser to take a step back and to look at the wider picture: Most of the people around Monroe were part of the same system. It was not a single person who decided to kill her, she was a MK slave who was “thrown off the freedom train”. Like many others after her, she was a celebrity who was exploited when she was useful and eliminated when her programming started to break down.

 

“The deeper meaning here is that all Monarch slaves are expendable if they cross the line, and many of these victims reportedly have been “discarded” in just such a manner after they become a certain age and are no longer desirable as prostitute/slaves, or if they in someway break free of their programming and are considered a “risk”.”

Judy Garland: Happy Birthday!

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Hattie McDaniels: Happy Birthday!

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Taj Jackson: Keep It In The Closet

tj jacksonJermaine Jackson couldn’t BELIEVE it when he heard his nephew  Taj’s claims that a family member had molested him as a child — telling TMZ,  “I’ve never heard that. I’ve never ever heard that.”

As we reported,  Taj Jackson — one of Tito’s sons — made the announcement on  Twitter today, claiming an uncle on his mother’s side of the family sexually  abused him as a child … and Michael Jackson counseled him through the  trauma.

Taj says he made the announcement in an attempt to discredit  Wade Robson‘s abuse allegations against MJ, claiming, “That is  how I KNOW Wade is lying. Because I AM a survivor.”

Taj added, MJ “was a  support system for me and my mom” during the abuse ordeal.

Taj believes  Wade is making up stories about MJ in order to score a payday from the Jackson  estate.

Draya vs. Bet: Ask Anything!

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BET is having Draya from Basketball wives on the show Thursday. They asked folks to tweet questions with hashtag #AskDraya.

 

Angelina Jolie: Happy Birthday!

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Kanye West: Absent ?

OKM_OK0513_COVER_NEWS_STAND_0_076_1033957.pdfSunday afternoon, Reality star Kim Kardashian held her Baby shower for her daughter with Rapper/Producer West, over 100 guest where invited, guests included Kelly Osbourne, Maria Menounos, Kimberly Stewart, Mel B., NeNe Leakes, and Malika and Khadijah Haqq. 

Kanye  did show up at the very last minute, is this a sign that kanye is trying to break away from the Kardashian’s? or he does not want to be with Kim at all? we will see once the child is born, which seems like a well written script for a updated version of Kramer vs. Kramer!

Marilyn Monroe: Happy Birthday!

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