My friend Danielle sent me a video the other night via Facebook. She and I tend to pass over musical clips or links that are particularly yummy. They come in handy if either of us are having a stressful day. She is an avid music fan with excellent taste. Danielle was the gal who introduced me to Robin Thicke who I'm particularly fond of now. He is amazing. Well, on Sunday, she sent me the video below. It's an old school track by the incredible George Michael. The song has been stuck in my head ever since. It's the track called AS which features the stunning vocals by George &Mary J. Blige. I won't blabber on any longer but rather let you enjoy this amazingly exceptional song. Thanks D - I appreciate the musical high five and you as a friend.x.
More photos have been released for the Fall Louis Vuitton campaign. Madonna is showing the world once again that she is the reigning Queen of Pop photoshop. It's so overly manipulated and doctored that neither Madonna nor the LV products are really the star. I'm not really sure what I'm looking at. Ah well - It's not my favorite campaign but it's certainly eye catching. My fave shot is the last one below - the pink gloves, the pink bag. Yum. Check 'em out, loves. xx.
The Stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations against a police raid that took place in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969 at the Stonewall Inn, in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City. They are frequently cited as the first instance in American history when gays and lesbians fought back against a government-sponsored system that persecuted homosexuals, and they have become the defining event that marked the start of the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world.
American gays and lesbians in the 1950s and 1960s faced a legal system more anti-homosexual than those of some Warsaw Pact countries. Early homophile groups in the U.S. sought to prove that gay people could be assimilated into society, and they favored non-confrontational education for homosexuals and heterosexuals alike. The last years of the 1960s, however, were very contentious, as many social movements were active, including the African American Civil Rights Movement, the Counterculture of the 1960s, and antiwar demonstrations. These influences, along with the liberal environment of Greenwich Village, served as catalysts for the Stonewall riots.
Very few establishments welcomed openly gay people in the 1950s and 1960s. Those that did were often bars, although bar owners and managers were rarely gay. The Stonewall Inn, at the time, was owned by the Mafia. It catered to an assortment of patrons, but it was known to be popular with the most marginalized people in the gay community: transvestites, effeminate young men, hustlers, and homeless youth. Police raids on gay bars were routine in the 1960s, but officers quickly lost control of the situation at the Stonewall Inn, and attracted a crowd that was incited to riot. Tensions between New York City police and gay residents of Greenwich Village erupted into more protests the next evening, and again several nights later. Within weeks, Village residents quickly organized into activist groups to concentrate efforts on establishing places for gays and lesbians to be open about their sexual orientation without fear of being arrested.
After the Stonewall riots, gays and lesbians in New York City faced gender, class, and generational obstacles to becoming a cohesive community. Within six months, two gay activist organizations were formed in New York, concentrating on confrontational tactics, and three newspapers were established to promote rights for gays and lesbians. Within a few years, gay rights organizations were founded across the U.S. and the world. On June 28, 1970, the first Gay Pride marches took place in Los Angeles and New York commemorating the anniversary of the riots. Similar marches were organized in other cities; today Gay Pride events are held annually throughout the world toward the end of June to mark the Stonewall riots.
I'm not usually a fan of the Absolut ads although some of them catch my eye however I love this one. Now if I could only afford to visit there! It's been since January that I've been there and I wanna go back! Expedia gods - I'm in need of a cheap ass flight miracle. xx.
I would say that I'm fortunate for many reasons. I'm fortunate because I have a Dad that always looked out for me. I'm fortunate because I have a Dad that never stopped loving me no matter what I was born to become. I'm fortunate because I have a Dad that loves his family more than himself. I'm fortunate because I'm named after him. I'm a Junior. My Dad will always have those who speak fondly when they hear his name. I hope I can carry on the name and make him proud each and every day.