Grapejuice Music Article News: American R&B Singer Frank Ocean’s Debut Album Will Explore His Bisexuality!!!
The last year has seen soulful crooner Frank Ocean make his foray from the Underground into the mainstream; a process which looks set to culminate with the release of his debut album ‘Channel Orange’ (due July 17th).
Today saw the LP receive its London press playback, and oh did it serve up more than expected. See what we mean via Max/BBC 1 Xtra‘s preview below…
Excerpt via This is Max:
“Frank has also opened up about his sexuality on the album, we think it’s brave and admire him for being so honest and sharing such a personal aspect of his life through his music. On the songs ‘Bad Religion’ ‘Pink Matter and ‘Forrest Gump’ you can hear him sing about being in love and their are quite obvious words used like ‘him’ and not ‘her’.
In the world we live in now we can’t see this being an issue or why it should be?? But we do commend him for not continuing a facade and conforming to what a Hip Hop so called rule book expects, we say live your life and be yourself.”
Intriguing – even more so when considering what this could mean for strides in the “Urban diaspora”. For, having earned accolades a plenty in his short time “on the scene”, it’ll be uber interesting to see the mass reaction to his apparent declaration.
Whatever it is, we can only hope it’s one that isn’t hypocritical. For, any sudden jolts or negative OMG’s would be silly given that the industry has a pronounced “pink” presence – whether folk know or like it. It simply is what it is. If anything, Ocean should garner praise for actually “going there” – given that so many of his contemporaries don’t. Yuuup.
Entertainment Weekly Article: CNN Anchor Anderson Cooper Finally Comes Out Of The Glass Closet Declares He Is Homosexual!!!
CNN anchor and daytime talk show host Anderson Cooper has publicly declared he’s gay.
In discussing last week’s Entertainment Weekly cover story on the emerging trend of celebrities nonchalantly coming out of the closet, Cooper revealed his sexuality to Daily Beast blogger Andrew Sullivan. Sullivan emailed Cooper about the story, noting that public figures revealing their sexuality still matters, even if many are no longer startled by the news. The 45-year-old newsman has always been private about his personal life and has long been rumored to be gay.
“We still have pastors calling for the death of gay people, bullying incidents and suicides among gay kids, and one major political party dedicated to ending the basic civil right to marry the person you love,” Sullivan wrote. “So these ‘non-events’ are still also events of a kind; and they matter. The visibility of gay people is one of the core means for our equality.”
To which Cooper responded:
Andrew, as you know, the issue you raise is one that I’ve thought about for years. Even though my job puts me in the public eye, I have tried to maintain some level of privacy in my life. Part of that has been for purely personal reasons. I think most people want some privacy for themselves and the people they are close to.
But I’ve also wanted to retain some privacy for professional reasons. Since I started as a reporter in war zones 20 years ago, I’ve often found myself in some very dangerous places. For my safety and the safety of those I work with, I try to blend in as much as possible, and prefer to stick to my job of telling other people’s stories, and not my own. I have found that sometimes the less an interview subject knows about me, the better I can safely and effectively do my job as a journalist. …
Recently, however, I’ve begun to consider whether the unintended outcomes of maintaining my privacy outweigh personal and professional principle. It’s become clear to me that by remaining silent on certain aspects of my personal life for so long, I have given some the mistaken impression that I am trying to hide something – something that makes me uncomfortable, ashamed or even afraid. This is distressing because it is simply not true.
I’ve also been reminded recently that while as a society we are moving toward greater inclusion and equality for all people, the tide of history only advances when people make themselves fully visible. There continue to be far too many incidences of bullying of young people, as well as discrimination and violence against people of all ages, based on their sexual orientation, and I believe there is value in making clear where I stand.
The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.
I have always been very open and honest about this part of my life with my friends, my family, and my colleagues. In a perfect world, I don’t think it’s anyone else’s business, but I do think there is value in standing up and being counted…
Cooper’s full statement to Sullivan is here.
Wimbledon Women’s Fourth Round:Maria Sharapova Eliminated by German Sabine Lisicki 6-4 6-3 Might Lose Number One Ranking!!!
Today, German tennis star Sabine Lisicki destroyed Maria Sharapova 6-4 6-3 in the women’s fourth round at Wimbledon. Lisicki has a lot of talent her serve is huge, excellent movement, volleys, and solid groundstrokes. The dilemma for Lisicki is her mind she tends to be mentally fragile when she faces the top women. However, today Lisicki held it together mentally and scored a huge upset over Sharapova. Since Sharapova reached the Wimbledon final last year she will lose a lot of points. Another German woman, Angelique Kerber blasted former world number one Kim Clijsters 6-1 6-1 she will face Lisicki next in the quarterfinals. The third seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland advanced easily defeating Camila Giorgi 6-2 6-3. Maria Kirlenko defeated Shuai Peng of China 6-1 6-7 6-3 she will face Radwanska in the quarterfinals.
In the bottom half of the women’s draw, reigning Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova turned back Italian Francesca Schiavone 4-6 7-5 6-1. Kvitova will face Serena Williams in the quarterfinals she overcame a stiff challenge from Yaroslava Shvedova 6-1 2-6 -7-5. Tamara Paszek of Austria easily dispatched Roberta Vinci 6-2 6-2 she advances to the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the second time in her career. Victoria Azarenka blasted Ana Ivanovic 6-1 6-0 in straight sets.