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What’s Hot – 2014 March April

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Billy Porter

Billy’s Back on Broadway
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It’s been almost a decade since the Pittsburgh-born Billy Porter released a solo album, and since then much has changed for the award-winning artist, who grew up singing in the Pentecostal church. Perhaps best known for his Tony Award-winning role as ‘Lola’ in the hit Broadway musical Kinky Boots, Porter’s musical background is based in gospel, soul and R&B. Featuring ten classics made famous on the Great White Way that focus on inspiration, empowerment and hope, the album’s title is a nod to Sammy Davis, Jr.’s recording Sammy’s Back on Broadway. “The canon of great Broadway songs is so vast and I have so many favorites that the only way I could narrow them down was to choose a theme,” Porter says of the songs on Billy’s Back on Broadway. “Once I settled on what I wanted to say and the journey I wanted the listener to take, the songs made their presence known rather quickly.”
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Legendary

Inside the House Ballroom Scene
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Gerard H. Gaskin's radiant color and black-and-white photographs take us inside the culture of house balls, underground events where gay and transgender men and women, mostly African American and Latino, come together to see and be seen. From the quiet backstage, to the shimmering energies of the runway. to the electricity of the crowd, Gaskin's photographs take us to the ball.
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Diane Reeves

Beautiful Life
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Beautiful Life is a journey of 12 songs, which includes covers of Bob Marley’s “Waiting in Vain,” Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams,” and Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You” along with a few new songs. Produced by Terri Lyne Carrington, Beautiful Life features an all-star cast that includes bassists Esperanza Spalding, vocalists Gregory Porter and Lalah Hathaway, pianists Robert Glasper and Reeves’ cousin and frequent longtime collaborator George Duke (RIP). The album showcases Reeves’ sublime gifts by melding elements of R&B, Latin and pop within the framework of 21st Century jazz. “At its essence,” says Reeves, “Life is beautiful and I wanted to celebrate that which is too often overlooked.” Reeves remains one of the preeminent jazz vocalists of our time.
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Jay Blahnik

Boom Box
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Ballroom legend, Jay Blahnik’s music is often described as an action film. His latest release, Boom Box features two #1 singles on the Global House Music Reverbnation Charts. www.JBLAHNIK.COM
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RuPaul

Drag Race - Season 6
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All hail the queens! RuPaul returns with some of the most fascinating characters on television, all vying for the biggest prize in Drag Race history - $100,000. Season 6 is already airing on Logo TV, Monday at 9:00 pm est. On top of that, the network has agreed to renew the show for a seventh season. A nationwide casting call is already underway to find the fiercest queens across the land to compete in this genre-defining, battle royale of drag. As Logo TV’s highest-rated series to date, RuPaul’s Drag Race has consistently grown its audience across all platforms each season. At present, it’s just shy of three million fans across all of Logo TV’s social platforms, including 1 million fans on Facebook, with tens of millions of video views online. Also, be on the lookout for RuPaul’s new single Geronimo, from the forthcoming album Born Naked. “A new album, a season premiere and the official greenlight for season 7! I’m so verklemplt I could plotz,” said Executive Producer, RuPaul.