Category Archives: Pride in LGBTQ

Trailer | The CW’s BATWOMAN

Gotham City’s newest caped avenger is already leaving an impression on her fans! In the latest trailer released to promote the inaugural season of The CW’s new BATWOMAN everyone wants to wear her mark.

The anticipation surrounding the launch of the newest DC superhero joining The CW’s primetime line-up hit a fever pitch at San Diego Comic-Con last weekend with the sneak peek at the pilot of Batwoman drawing much praise from the audience. The series will star Ruby Rose who will be reprising her role first introduced in last season’s “Elseworlds” crossover event. Rose plays Kate Kane, the cousin of billionaire industrialist Bruce Wayne who stalks the shadows of Gotham City as the Caped Crusader, Batman.

But when the series opens up, the Dark Knight has been missing in action for 3 years, leaving the crime and corruption that plague his city to overrun the status quo. Kate has no other option but to put her military special ops training to the test to protect the innocent, especially when the notorious criminal Alice (played by Rachel Skartsten) threatens to take over the underworld. Batwoman is produced by Greg Berlanti and its show-runner Caroline Dries is promising that will be faithful to the comics, giving a cinematic platform to DC’s first out LGBTQ heroine headliner.

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When she first meets with her contemporaries including the Green Arrow (Stephen Amell), The Flash (Grant Gustin) and Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) in the “Elseworlds” 3-part storyline, although she’s at first a bit apprehensive to lend the heroes a hand, when their mission runs afoul and the inmates at Arkham Asylum all nearly escape, Batwoman has no choice but to join the fight! One of the prisoners incarcerated within Arkham’s “special” unit will have a very distinct role to play in this year’s 5-part crossover “Crisis on Infinite Earths”.

Even without superpowers, Kate Kane’s alter ego is already racking up a fan base of followers as seen in the latest trailer promoting the new series making it’s debut in the fall…

Batwoman starring Rudy Rose premieres Sunday, Oct 6 on The CW Network

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ICYMI | It’s Official! BATWOMAN Pilot is On!

The streets of Gotham City are about to shudder as the Batwoman starring Ruby Rose gets picked up for a pilot with very high probability that a full-series order is not far away!

With a more than smashing introduction onto the primetime landscape on this season’s Arrowverse crossover event, The CW is preparing to spin-off its latest hero as Batwoman gets green lit and prepped into production. The series would star Ruby Rose in the title role of Kate Kane, a reluctant hero destined to follow in the footsteps of the Dark Knight Detective. The pilot has already been placed in the very capable hands of Emmy Winning director David Nutter who has helmed the premiere launches of Smallville, Arrow and The Flash.

Given the early announcement that the heroine would be joining the line-up of this season’s annually anticipated crossover network stunt, many speculated at the potential for Batwoman to spin-off and whether her introduction was an attempt to take the temperature of fans reaction to welcoming another property into the DC dominated CW primetime schedule. After facing a prison breakout at Arkham Asylum set off by a series events that will lead to a larger crisis, it appears that Kate Kane may have her hands fall when her own show premieres in the spring of 2019.

Series show-runner Caroline Dries has suggested that the solo run of Gotham’s other caped crusader will feature a fiercely challenged Kate Kane, who assumes the costumed identity of Batwoman in the absence of the city’s own infamous Caped Crusader. As audiences learned during the “Elseworlds” episode, Batman has been missing from the scene now for a significant amount of time, leaving Kate with the burden of protecting the city. At the conclusion of their body-swapping escapade, Batwoman reaches out to Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) announcing she’s on the job!

The Flash recurring guest star John Wesley Shipp took to social media immediately after Rose’s introduction as Batwoman on the second part of the “Elseworlds” crossover event and proclaimed: “A star is born!” It should also be relevantly noted that Shipp was also featured in the same episode, enlisted to reprise his role as Barry Allen, “The Flash” of Earth-90 which first appeared in the original 1990 CBS series. The internet has since been on fire especially given the stinger at the conclusion of “Elseworlds” announcing the title of next year’s crossover…

In the fall of 2019 audiences will be gearing up for “Crisis on Infinite Earths”!

Although no other casting announcements have been revealed, Rose is confirmed to reprise her title role in Batwoman and given the reception the actress has received from fans, it looks like popular culture and primetime are ready to follow the adventures of DC’s newest leading lady, who is an out and proud member of the LGBTQ community. Batwoman will undoubtedly continue in the tradition of its contemporary series giving voices to gay, lesbian and transgender characters and expanding the narrative of these individuals across the spectrum of entertainment.

Batwoman is expected to premiere on The CW in spring of 2019 and will be written and produced by Caroline Dries known for her work on The Vampire Diaries and Smallville who will also be show-running the launch of the new series.

iTuneIN | BUTCH QUEEN (POSE) by Dwayne Minard

From the 80s underground and into the mainstream, thanks to a primetime hit everyone is ready to “strike a pose” and carry on to Dwayne Minard’s new single!

You can’t keep a good dance revolution down! From the ballrooms of New York City’s urban underground club scene, striking a pose on the runway was a right of passage many in the black and latino LGBTQ communities sought eagerly — their 15 minutes of fame rewarded with accolades and more importantly an undeniable sense of belonging especially among the competitive houses represented at the balls. Week after week, these dance floors were populated with any number of outcasts that had finally found a home!

The hit FX primetime series Pose starring MJ Rodriguez, Billy Porter, Evan Peters and Indya Moore and produced by Ryan Murphy reignited interest in the era defined by its indelible fashion, distinct soundtrack and inevitably legendary moves. At the core of the series, it explored the search for belonging and validation that help a community in crisis overcome prejudice and the devastation of a world that appeared to be looking the other way preferring to ignore an entire group of people.

DJ Producer and Provocateur Dwayne Minard (on Facebook @djwayneminard) celebrates the ballroom culture with the release of “Butch Queen (Pose)” the remixes of which paint a rainbow offering of contemporary sounds and harken back to the Garage-House sounds that solidified this as one of the most profound and significant moments in the dance music movement. The remix from Division 4 & Matt Consola captures the momentum of today’s dance floor crown, but still feels very much like it is derived from its House Music origins. Minard’s hard-hitting Explicit Radio track is muscly and mighty!

Don’t miss on a featured vocal from one of the ball scene’s most legendary voices when Pepper LaBeija appears to legitimize the pulse of the track anointing “Butch Queen (Pose)” like true royalty!

Take a listen to the track here on iTunes.

Thank you to SwishCraft Music for sharing.

TuneIN | LEVI KREIS “I Can’t Go for That” by RICH B

Get set for the summer circuit season with this premiere offering from dance producer Rich B once again teaming up with Levi Kreis for a cover of the hit “I Can’t Go for That” — but you will!

The Tony Award-Winning Levi Kreis has always proven his incredible versatility as a performer and on the music charts. The talented singer/songwriter has celebrated Gospel, conquered R&B and of course proved his mettle on the Broadway stage. Kreis has also maintained a proven track record in pop sounds and even delivered on innovative dance hits that worked their way across the dance circuit season.

The artist has collaborated once again with dance music impresario Rich B for an uptempo reboot of the classic Hall & Oats hit “I Can’t Go for That” which makes absolute the greatest use of Kreis vocal prowess and range, and features some endurably fantastic production by Rich B, as well as some hearty EDM and House reimagined works from Lee Harris and Division 4 with Matt Consola. A more expansive remix package is also available on iTunes.

Levi Kreis and Rich B last worked on the hit remixes for the club favorite “So Much Better” and “Love Revolution” both from his 2013 album Imagine Paradise. Check out those remixes also available on iTunes.

On his most recent work the full-length album Liberated Kreis is front on center on what he has called some of his most personal works yet. Turning his own recent emotional turmoil into art, he exercises his privilege to bring his fans into his own world, sharing songs of uplifting eloquence and introspection. Liberated benefits from a beautifully eclectic production that has elements of pop, r&b and country swooning through its 12-song setlist.

For more on Levi Kreis goto www.levikreis.com.

TuneIN :: Kim Syms “Turn It Up” (The Dirty Disco Music Remixes)

With PRIDE Season in full-effect it’s time to crown the Queen of the Summer Anthem! “Turn It Up” by Kim Syms is just top of our charts

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In the 90s Kim Syms joined a legion of artists that were climbing the pop charts as Dance and House music were securing their place in the mainstream. We all remember her hit track “Too Bling To See It” from her 1992 album of the same name. The saucy pop diva is back (not that she had gone anywhere) with a powerful new anthem “Turn It Up” which has been reimagined by the remix masters at Dirty Disco Music!

Check out the remixes here on SOUNDCLOUD and TURN IT UP!

https://soundcloud.com/dirty_disco_music/sets/kym-sims-turn-it-up-dirty-disco-remixes/s-vmxj9

 

iReview :: DC Comics Rebirth continues with TEEN TITANS #6 “The Rise of Aqualad”

The DC Comics “Rebirth” continues and Aqualad returns to TEEN TITANS and from the looks of it…just in time! The latest arc in this revamped title is shaking (or “sharking”) things up!

There were several components lost to readers when DC Comics decided to practically eradicate a good chunk of the DC Universe after the events of the publishing wide event “FlashPoint” which reestablished a new continuity on the Prime Earth (Earth-0) of the newly constituted multiverse. One of the greatest casualties lost in that reboot was the introduction of the “new” Aqualad who was introduced to readers during the “Brightest Day” arc, the aftermath of the Green Lantern’s “Darkest Night”.
The newly minted Aqualad (real name Jackson Hyde) has been reintroduced into the DC Universe in the just released Teen Titans #6 as part of the latest slow roll-out reform entitled “Rebirth” and will assume a very important place alongside the teen heroes. In the current arc “The Rise of Aqualad” Part One, Jackson is demonstrating the same metahuman abilities that fans have come to associate with the young hero — the tattoos on his arms light up and grant him the ability to control water.
While the Teen Titans reformed and under the leadership of Batman’s son Damian Wayne, the current Robin settle into their new headquarters in San Francisco (ironically their more grown-up counterparts in the Titans are moving into their digs on the opposite coast) something in the bay is attacking the local wildlife and has also taken a local newswoman prisoner! When the Titans proceed to investigate they learn that the culprit is the merciless King Shark!
Fortunately for them Jackson has just arrived, after leaving his home in the deserts of New Mexico and moving on from under the oppression of his mother who doesn’t support her son’s metahuman abilities or the fact that he’s also gay, but when Jackson shares his powers with his boyfriend Kenny — it is clear that Kenny doesn’t want to continue in this relationship — not if Jackson is going to go around flaunting his metahuman abilities.
Jackson can’t help but feel that he has a proper destiny and seeks out the Teen Titans, hoping they can answer some questions about his abilities, where they have come from and most importantly help him become a hero! Written by Benjamin Percy with pencils by Khoi Pham the introduction of Aqualad, the latest opening gay character taking the forefront in a major book for DC Comics, continues the imprint’s desire to create diverse characters that are more reflective of the real world.
The new Aqualad gained some major traction when he was aligned with the animated universe and proved a leader among the members of Young Justice. It was also revealed that he was the son of one of Aquaman’s greatest adversaries Black Manta. Whether or not the newly introduced Aqualad will also be revealed to share his predecessor’s lineage and be also related to Atlantean blood remains to be seen.