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May 21, 2011

7th ANNUAL OUTMUSIC Awards ceremony next week

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Things are looking up for OUTMUSIC: Its seventh annual awards ceremony next week, honoring artists from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, will be at its largest venue to date and has drawn big sponsors including Live Nation. Originally scheduled for December 2010, the OUTMUSIC Awards were postponed due to economic difficulties. However, in response to the postponement, the organization has received overwhelming offers of support from companies and individuals in the community.

“So many openly gay recording artists and entertainers like Melissa Etheridge, Ricky Martin, Elton John, Ellen DeGeneres, Lance Bass and many others have exemplified courage to come out as an effort to erase the stigma associated with being openly gay in the music & entertainment industry,” says Diedra Meredith, chairwoman and CEO of OUTMUSIC –The LARA.

When it comes to mainstream music, “artists are often persuaded to pretend to be straight to get the best opportunity,” said Diedra Meredith. Under her stage name, Deepa Soul, she herself was told “to essentially stay in the closet” when signing a recording contract.

Ray Boltz leads nominees with four nods, including album of the year for “True.” Deepa Soul, Jason Walker and Christine Martucci are scheduled to perform. The show will be broadcast on the Logo Network at a later date.

Chely Wright, a former country music star who’s to be honored at Monday’s awards show at Irving Plaza, announced last year that she was gay. Wright was ostracized; radio stations stop playing her songs, and she was made to feel like an outsider in the industry. Wright said it was as almost as if she didn’t exist.

Though she wasn’t thrown out of the Academy of Country Music or had any Country Music Television appearances canceled, she said “I haven’t gotten any invites, either.” Wright said she knew of the possible consequences when she came out but was still confused by the ordeal because she was the same performer who had enjoyed a successful career since 1994.

“It’s not like I was planning to write gayer songs after I came out,” she said.

At one time, Wright was one of country music’s darlings. She was romantically involved with country star Brad Paisley, whom she credits as one of her two main loves before coming out.

Immediately after her announcement, Wright says OUTMUSIC embraced her and made her feel like she was part of a community again. Now she’s touring in support of her 2010 release, “Lifted Off the Ground.”

The 7th Annual OUTMUSIC Awards is sponsored by LIVE Nation Irving Plaza, Dot429, Pink Approved, GO! Magazine, LOGO, Hello World Communications, Make-Up Forever Paris, Orbitz and Paramount Hotel New York.

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June 1, 2009

Beautiful actress Scarlett Johansson is the new face of Mango

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She’s acted alongside Penelope Cruz in Woody Allen’s “Vicky Christina Barcelona,” and now, Scarlett Johansson follows in Cruz’s footsteps as the next face of Spanish retailer Mango.

Johansson, 24, will appear in the autumn/ winter 2009 campaign, taking over from Spanish actress Penélope Cruz, who has been the image of the brand for the past four seasons.

Milla Jovovich, Lizzy Jagger, Naomi Campbell, Eva Herzigova and Claudia Schiffer have all fronted the retailer’s advertising campaign at various times, so this is huge for Scarlett.

The retailer says it chose Scarlett because she embodies the “urban, independent and cosmopolitan woman” who is also “serene and elegant, yet fun-loving and youthful all at the same time’ in keeping with its brand values.”

For four seasons now, Cruz starred in the Mango campaigns and she also co-designed several special collections for the brand with her sister Monica. However, said Mango, the duo won’t be designing anything this season.

And will Johansson try her hand at designing? No plans as of yet, says Mango, but it’s always a possibility in the future. The American actress, who recently dyed her signature platinum blonde locks to a become brunette, will no doubt keep everyone guessing as to what guise she will appear under in the forthcoming campaign.

February 10, 2009

Rihanna postpones Malaysia concert after alleged assault

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Rihanna has delayed a planned concert in Malaysia this week, following reports that she accused boyfriend and fellow performer Chris Brown of assault, a news report said Tuesday.

“In light of recent events involving Rihanna, [William Morris Agency] will confirm within two weeks from now on a replacement date to be mutually agreed” upon by the organizer and the singer’s camp, Pineapple managing director Razman Razali said in a statement.

“We sincerely regret this unavoidable shift in schedule and apologize to the fans for any inconvenience caused.”

It is being reported that Rihanna’s injuries are worse than previously thought. Law coercion sources have been removing some-more specific per Sunday night’s Chris Brown arrest – as well as cops who photographed Rihanna’s injuries contend they have been “horrific.”

The photos uncover vital contusions upon both sides of a singer’s face – there is critical flourishing as well as bruising . Her mouth is separate as well as her nose bloody.

Also, it was not Rihanna who privately called 911 . Someone in a area listened her screams during a alleged assault as well as placed a obligatory call for help.

Rihanna was treated with colour as well as liberated from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, carrying been escorted out a behind exit of a sanatorium a little time which night . “They used a fake to chuck off a media, ” a source tighten to a review said.

Neither Rihanna nor Chris Brown’s expect locale have been well known during this time, nonetheless Brown was speckled nearing during a London road house in West Hollywood after being expelled from control upon$ 50, 000 bail a night of a attack.

A part of of Rihanna’s middle round reportedly told E! News that her family is making skeleton to get her out of L.A . as shortly as possible: “They wish to get her behind to Barbados . They wish to keep her divided from Chris right now.”

Brown, nineteen, has pulled out of his scheduled coming Sunday during a 2009 NBA All-Star Game, whilst Rihanna, twenty, opted to carry over a sold-out unison scheduled for Friday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, citing an “unavoidable” conflict.

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