‘Green Book’ Wins Best Picture At Oscars

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Green Book won best picture at the Oscars.

The film about the Black, gay artist, Dr. Don Shirley, earned a total of five Oscar nominations.

 Mahershala Ali won the Oscar for best supporting actor for his role as Shirley.

The film also won best screenpla . 

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Adam Lambert & Queen Rock The Opening Of The Oscars: WATCH

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Rami Malek Wins Best Actor For ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

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Rami Malek, accepting the award for best actor for his portrayal of the bisexual, lead singer of the band Queen, Freddie Mercury, won the Oscar for best actor tonight.

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Spike Lee says the Knicks are ‘trying to tank’ at the Oscars

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Lee wants Zion to go with his Academy Award

Who knew the Academy Awards were sports? Thanks to Samuel L. Jackson and Spike Lee, now they are! Before presenting a pair of writing awards on Sunday night, Jackson pointed out the avid New York Knicks fan Lee in the crowd, informing him of the day’s results.

New York on Sunday beat the Spurs 130-118, the Knicks’ first home win since Dec. 1. Upon hearing the news, Lee yelled back to Jackson from the crowd, “We’re trying to tank.”

The loss snapped an 18-game home losing streak for the Knicks, and while it was the second win in their last three game overall, it was also their second win in their last 21 games. It’s been a rough season for the Knicks, who are 12-48, but that’s not the worst record in the NBA. The bottom four:

The reason Lee and Knicks fans everywhere are rooting for tanking is Duke star Zion Williamson, widely expected to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

Finishing with the worst overall record doesn’t guarantee the top pick, but does give the best chance in the draft lottery. So it’s a head start, at least.

And if Lee doesn’t get to see his beloved Knicks win the chance to draft Williamson, then at least he can enjoy his Academy Award win for Best Adapted Screenplay for ‘BlacKkKlansman.’


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Mahershala Ali Wins Best Supporting Actor For ‘Green Book’

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So far the 2019 Academy Awards are proving queer friendly with Regina King winning best supporting actress for gay, Black writer James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk and now, Mahershala Ali, of last years’ Moonlight, winning for playing musician  Don Shirley in Green Book.

Ali last was in the Black, queer meditation on love Moonlight.

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Regina King Wins Best Supporting Actress For James Baldwin’s ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

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Via Towleroad correspondent Chris Chapman: “The #oscar for #bestsupportingactress just went to the great @iamreginaking tonight, whom I had the great privilege of shooting in #losangeles last November along with the Uber talented director @bandrybarry and gorgeous up and coming actress @kikilayne . #ReginaKing ‘s performance was pretty flawless in If Beale Street Could Talk and she has been a real trailblazer for #womenofcolor in #hollywood (and God knows we don’t see enough women or poc represented at awards ceremonies like this ). When she walked in to the studio of course I had #jonimitchell on the Soundsystem , so I asked her if she had any musical requests that would make her feel more at ease ….she said that although she loved #joni, she would be grateful if I cranked up some @jamiroquaihq tunes (which is a musical staple with her and her son apparently) ….of course I obliged and we were soon both bopping away to #jaykay belting out #virtualinsanity… I snapped away while she looked fierce and fabulous ….hoping that she walks out of the auditorium tonight with a little golden man under her arm ….#fingerscrossed #ifbealestreetcouldtalk #jamesbaldwin #barryjenkins #theleftovers#theboondocks #southland #boyznthehood #jerrymaguire #ray#howstellagothergrooveback #blackrolemodel #blackhistorymonth ©Chris Chapman Photography 2019

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HBO Just Dropped New ‘Game Of Thrones’ & ‘Watchmen’ Footage: WATCH

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In a mash-up commercial that aired on ABC during their live red carpet coverage HBO dropped a two minute mash up “sizzle reel” of the much anticipated upcoming seasons of all of their programs but the stand out was new footage from season eight of Game of Thrones and the highly anticipated adaptation of Alan Moore and David Gibbon’s Watchmen series from HBO and DC Comics

Watch it below!

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3 things we learned from No. 10 Michigan State’s 77-70 upset of No. 7 Michigan

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The two Big Ten rivals will do this again in East Lansing two weeks from now.

No. 10 Michigan State snapped a three-game losing streak to rival and seventh-ranked Michigan with a 77-70 triumph over the Wolverines Sunday afternoon in Ann Arbor. The upset snapped a 22-game home winning streak for Michigan inside the Crisler Center. It also marked the first time since Feb. 20, 1986 that the Spartans have won a road game against a top 10 Michigan team.

Here are the three biggest takeaways from the first of two meetings between these Big Ten powerhouses.

1. Even without Langford and Ward, Michigan State is once again the team to beat in the Big Ten

For the first time since league play began all the way back in early December, there is a clear team to beat in the Big Ten.

Michigan State’s win in Ann Arbor puts the Spartans a half game ahead of Purdue in the conference standings, and a full game ahead of Michigan. Tom Izzo’s team will almost certainly be favored win each one of its final three games of the regular season — at Indiana, vs. Nebraska, and then in the return game against Michigan at home.

Michigan State and Purdue split their two regular season meetings, which means if the two teams finish tied atop the Big Ten standings, the tiebreaker will move to which one has the best record against the next-best team in the league. That team would almost certainly be Michigan. The Boilermakers lost their lone meeting against the Wolverines, meaning Michigan State is the only team in the conference that controls its own destiny when it comes to being the No. 1 seed for the Big Ten tournament in Chicago.

The conversation surrounding Sparty at the beginning of the week was how heavily they might be limping to the finish line without the injured Joshua Langford (done for the season) and Nick Ward (likely out for at least the regular season). Now, MSU once again looks like the Big Ten’s top dog.

Michigan and Michigan State will meet again two weeks from now on the final day of the regular season, March 9, in East Lansing. It seems almost more likely than not that at least a share of the league’s regular season title will be on the line for one or both of the teams.

2. Cassius Winston is the Big Ten Player of the Year

If Cassius Winston entered the weekend as the favorite to win Big Ten Player of the Year, he left it with even more space between himself and his competition.

It seems like the more Izzo asks of his star point guard, the more Winston is able to deliver. Against one of the best defensive teams in the country, and with no other real shot creators on his team, Winston was at his absolute best on Sunday. Using the high pick-and-roll as effectively as you’re ever going to see from a lead guard, Winston torched Michigan for a game-high 27 points while also dishing out a game-high eight assists. That’s two more assists than the Wolverines had as a team.

There has been some worry that without Ward and Langford, there’s simply too much on the shoulders of Winston for this Michigan State team to be a legitimate Final Four threat. Perhaps that winds up being true come March, but it certainly didn’t appear to be the case on Sunday.

3. Iggy Brazdeikis returns to form

Michigan already has a terrific NCAA tournament resume, but one of the primary concerns surrounding the Wolverines’ ability to play deep into March has been the recent play of star freshman Iggy Brazdeikis. The team’s leading scorer at 14.4 ppg, Brazdeikis hasn’t been himself over the past two weeks, and there’s been some worry that perhaps he had hit a freshman wall. Over Michigan’s last four games heading into Sunday, the Canadian import had been held to single figures in scoring twice, had shot just 12-of-33 from the field and only 5-of-16 from three.

Brazdeikis put any fears about his recent play to bed with a stellar 16-point, nine rebound effort on Sunday. He was the best player on the floor for an extended stretch at the beginning of the second half in which Michigan appeared to take control of the game. Michigan State took back that control once foul trouble sent Brazdeikis to the bench and limited his effectiveness after he returned to the floor.

Overall, four of Michigan’s five starters scored in double figures for the game. Ultimately, that wasn’t enough to overcompensate for just six bench points (all from Isaiah Livers) and a 1-for-8 shooting effort from second-leading scorer Charles Matthews.


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EXCLUSIVE: A Brief History of HIV & The Oscars From The Red Carpet: WATCH

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Karl Schmid live on the Red Carpet. (All photos are courtesy if Karl Schmid.)

When hunky ABC reporter Karl Schmid to come out as HIV-positive last year, the circumstances were refreshingly nonchalant. “There was no vicious ex threatening to out him, nor were there signs of reporters planning on breaking a story. Instead, he chose to come out by posting a now-famous photo wearing an AIDS Memorial T-shirt on Facebook,” I reported in my cover story for Plus Magazine last July

“Honestly, I just thought I looked cute in that picture,” admitted the Australian native, an on-camera reporter for ABC in Los Angeles and the former cohost of Logo’s Operation: Vacation. “I was going out to happy hour with some friends, so I threw it on. And while out I said, ‘Will you do me a favor — can you get a picture of me in this thing? Because at some point I want a post wearing it.’”

Since then the superstar celebrity journalist has become an HIV-activist bar none, whose used his celebrity status to shine a light to national audiences about what having HIV means today including Undetectable equals Untransmittable (U=U), to encouraging everyone to get tested.

His ultimate cris-de-coeur to date is the beautifully moving segment on HIV and the Oscars that he produced for the awards show that he’s sharing with our audience.

Schmid not only fronted the package but also came out again as HIV-positive to possibly the largest audience in the world: seen nationwide on ABC and in over 35 countries around the world.

Towleroad spoke to Schmid from the red carpet.

TLRD: What was the impetus for the creation of this clip?

The Academy decided this year to include two nominees for the top acting prizes who portrayed characters living with HIV. Rami Malek is up for Best Actor and Richard E. Grant is a nominee for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Jack Hock in Can You Ever Forgive Me. With that in mind, I wanted to look back and see how the Academy has or has not included HIV in the awards in the past. The documentary Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt won the Best Documentary Feature Oscar back in 1990 and of course we all remember Tom Hanks winning Best Actor for his Performance in Philadelphia – which just celebrated its 25th anniversary. Since then there have been nominations for How To Survive A Plague for best documentary feature in 2012 as well as Yesterday which was up for Best Foreign Language Film in 2005. More recently both Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto picked up the top acting prizes for their work in Dallas Buyers Club.

Whether
or not you agree with the messaging these films represent, the fact that they
focus and feature HIV characters and themes, putting them into the main stream
means HIV is on our radar. It means people hear about it and talk about it. And
as far as I’m concerned, the more we can talk about HIV the more we can
“normalize” those three letters and a symbol  – all of this is a win when
it comes to tackling stigma.

Has your coming out with your status helped make these kind of segments more important?

I think so. Certainly for me it has. And how lucky am I to have the support of ABC, not just in my every day efforts, but on a platform as big as the Oscars red carpet pre-show?! ABC is the broadcast home of the Oscars, and these telecasts, starting from early on Sunday morning and continuing after the award show has finished, are flagship broadcasts for the network – seen by millions around the US and in something like 34 countries. For K-ABC in Los Angeles and the network to get behind me and support this important messaging is huge – not just for me personally, but for everyone here in the US and around the world who see our broadcast living with HIV. As I’ve said many times, the more we can talk about it, the more “normal” it becomes and thus the ridiculous and dangerous stigma HIV-positive people face slowly gets chiseled away.

I’m beyond grateful to ABC for giving us this platform, allowing us to highlight HIV and also to the Academy who continue to show love and support for films that include HIV.

Watch the clip below and read the full ABC article here

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Street Artist Erects Statue of Kevin Hart Holding LGBTQ Pride Flag Near Oscars Venue

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The street artist Plastic Jesus (you may recall he put Donald Trump’s Walk of Fame star behind bars last September) has struck again, mocking deposed Oscars host Kevin Hart with a gold life-size statue in his likeness, holding an LGBTQ Pride flag.

Hart is depicted standing on a pedestal that bears the words “Hollow Apology”. The statue was erected at La Brea Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard, blocks from the theatre where the Academy Awards are to take place on Sunday night.

Said Plastic Jesus of the statue: “Sadly, this year with the current feeling and rhetoric within the US, it seems that it’s now acceptable again to hate someone because of their sexual orientation. We all know many people in Hollywood and the entertainment industry who are LGBTQ, and we should be celebrating diversity, not attacking it like it’s the 1970s again.”

The statue was a collaboration with the artist Joshua “Ginger” Monroe.

Hart stepped down as host of the Oscars in December after past homophobic tweets surfaced online.

Tweeted Hart: “I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscar’s….this is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past…I’m sorry that I hurt people.. I am evolving and want to continue to do so. My goal is to bring people together not tear us apart. Much love & appreciation to the Academy. I hope we can meet again.”

A few days before stepping down, Hart had posted an Instagram video in which he said that he had received a call from the Academy who told him to apologize or lose the hosting gig. Hart said he would “stand [his] ground” and see what happened.

The controversy began after a gay son ‘comedy’ bit from a 2010 stand-up comedy special resurfaced on Twitter.

In the bit, Hart makes a “joke” about not wanting a gay son, saying, “One of my biggest fears is my son growing up and being gay. That’s a fear. Keep in mind, I’m not homophobic. I have nothing against gay people. Be happy. Do what you want to do. But me, being a heterosexual male, if I can prevent my son from being gay, I will.”

Hart continued, telling the audience he’s worried about “handling his son’s first gay moment correctly,” saying that when your kid has his “first gay moment…you gotta nip it in the bud right then.”

“Hey, stop! That’s gay! Quit it!”, says Hart, to gales of laughter. Hart then goes on to describe seeing another boy “grinding on [his] son’s ass,” telling the audience that he “panicked” and “knocked them both down.”

Several homophobic tweets from Hart resurfaced as well, including one which read: “Yo if my son comes home & try’s 2 play with my daughters doll house I’m going 2 break it over his head & say n my voice ‘stop that’s gay’.”

In a Reddit AMA in 2014, Hart was asked, “You find a lot of comedy in male insecurities, including a famous bit where you express fear that your son will be gay. You praised Frank Ocean at the MTV VMAs in 2012 for having the courage to come out, and recently said in an interview that you don’t do jokes any more about gays. What changed your mind on this subject of humor?”

He replied:  “It’s just a sensitive topic and I respect people of all orientations. So, it’s just best left alone.”

He later told Rolling Stone: “It’s about my fear. I’m thinking about what I did as a dad, did I do something wrong, and if I did, what was it? Not that I’m not gonna love my son or think about him any differently. The funny thing within that joke is it’s me getting mad at my son because of my own insecurities — I panicked. It has nothing to do with him, it’s about me. That’s the difference between bringing a joke across that’s well thought-out and saying something just to ruffle feathers. I wouldn’t tell that joke today, because when I said it, the times weren’t as sensitive as they are now. I think we love to make big deals out of things that aren’t necessarily big deals, because we can. These things become public spectacles. So why set yourself up for failure?”

In 2015, Hart said he would never play a gay role  because of his own insecurities, revealing that he turned down a spot in 2008’s Tropic Thunder because the role was for a “flagrant” gay character.

Said Hart: “Not because I have any ill will or disrespect, it’s because I feel like I can’t do that because I don’t think I’m really going to dive into that role 100%. Because of the insecurities about myself trying to play that part. Like, would I think people are going to think while I’m trying to do this is going to stop me from playing that part the way that I’m supposed to. ”

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Arkansas softball player hits the Home Run Cycle … in 4 innings

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WHAT?!

Hitting the cycle is impressive, but hitting the home run cycle? Well, that’s another thing entirely, a feat that has only been achieved once in professional baseball history, and just one other time in DI softball. Now, what if I told you Arkansas’ Danielle Gibson hit the home run cycle, in four innings.

Gibson kicked things off with a two-run homer, than a three-run, then a grand slam and finished it all off with a solo home run in Arkansas’ 15-3 win over SIU-E on Saturday afternoon.

The Home Run Cycle has only been achieved once in professional baseball, dating back to Tyrone Horne for the (funnily enough) Arkansas Travelers in 1998. It’s never been done in MLB, and a couple of recorded times in NCAA baseball, and just once in softball before Saturday. But nobody, nobody has ever hit the home run cycle this quickly.

Gibson’s final stat line on the day: 4-4, 4 H, 10 RBI, 4 HR.

Not a bad day at the ballpark.


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Nike’s incredible new ‘Just Do It’ campaign gives women the spotlight

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This ad is wonderful.

Nike’s new “Just Do It” campaign will air during the Oscars on Sunday night with an ad titled “Dream Crazier,” narrated by Serena Williams.

The campaign focuses on the pejoratives lobbed at women in the world of sports. Passion becomes unhinged, angry becomes hysterical and daring to be different is “crazy.” Told through 24 different women, the ad spans the sports landscape to show us the athletes who are daring to do what people thought impossible.

In the order of their appearance the athletes are:

  • Sarah Reinertsen – paratriathlete
  • Victoria Azarenka – Tennis
  • Sam Gordon – Football
  • Alex Morgan, Julie Ertz, Alyssa Naeher- USWNT Soccer
  • Megan Rapinoe – USWNT Soccer
  • Li Na – Tennis
  • Sue Bird — WNBA
  • Caster Semenya -Track & Field
  • Diana Taurasi – Basketball
  • Cheryl Reeve – Basketball coach
  • Simona Halep – Tennis
  • Marlen Esparza – Boxing
  • Lisa Leslie – WNBA
  • Becky Hammon – NBA coach
  • Ibtihaj Mohammad – fencing
  • Simone Manuel – Swim
  • Chloe Kim – Snowboarding
  • Serena Williams – Tennis
  • Sam Kerr – Soccer
  • Tatyana McFadden – Paralympics
  • Sky Brown – Skate
  • Simone Biles – Gymnastics
  • Olivia Moultrie – Soccer

These images are definitely going to be on kids walls.







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Jussie Smollett: The Lifetime Movie, A Trevor Noah Parody: WATCH

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As a birthday present to himself, The Daily Show host, Trevor Noah had his staff make a parody trailer for a Lifetime movie about the Jussie Smollet case.

Featuring openly gay and Black cast member Jaboukie Young-White as Smollett, it’s hysterical.

Read: Jaboukie Young-White’s story here.

Young-White has been skeptical of the Smollett story from the beginning, telling Noah, “This story has been weird for me, Trevor. As a gay person, I’m used to speaking on gay issues. As a black person, I’m used to speaking on black issues. But I’m not used to them intercepting. The only other scenario he could imagine is if RuPaul robbed a bank.”

Watch the parody below.

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