HBO Celebrates LGBTQ Community with Shea Diamond’s “I Am America”

HBO celebrates the LGBTQ community with Shea Diamond's "I Am America" Photo Courtesy of Ada Music
HBO celebrates the LGBTQ community with Shea Diamond's "I Am America" Photo Courtesy of Ada Music
HBO celebrates the LGBTQ community with Shea Diamond’s “I Am America” Photo Courtesy of Ada Music

HBO celebrates the LGBTQ community with Shea Diamond’s “I Am America and the launch of the networks new series We’re Here. To celebrate the debut of HBO’s acclaimed new unscripted series We’re Here, a star-studded music video has been released for Shea Diamond’s brand new single “I Am America.” Co-written with superstar songwriter & activist Justin Tranter and produced by Eren Cannata, the song serves as the empowering theme anthem for We’re Here starring Bob the Drag Queen, Eureka O’Hara and Shangela Laquifa Wadley. Glowing reviews for the series have poured in since it’s premiere last week: 
We’re Here Is the Ultimate Ode to the Lifesaving Power of Drag” – THEM.

Charming and engaging” – AV Club

The drag show America needs now” – Salon

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The drag show America needs now” – Salon
The day-brightening music video for “I Am America” showcases an all-star cast of friends, from FX’s American Horror Story, Angelica Ross, to HBO stars Eureka O’Hara, Bob the Drag Queen and Shangela, to Justin Tranter, Marquise Vilson, Buck Angel, Chella Man, Alok Vaid-Menon, Jacob Tobia and Shea herself. Gay Times hailed the song as “the queer celebration we need and deserve,” while Billboard called it “an uplifting LGBTQ anthem.”
Tune in for the second episode of We’re Here, airing tonight on HBO at 9PM ET/PT.

About Shea Diamond

Shea Diamond is a singer and songwriter who makes soul-rooted music of resistance and liberation. Based in New York City, she was born in Little Rock, Arkansas and spent portions of her upbringing in Memphis, Tennessee and Flint, Michigan. Repressed and marginalized throughout her childhood for not accepting her gender role, she ran away at the age of 14 and entered foster care. Upon her emancipation, she lacked the means to pay for gender reassignment surgery, committed armed robbery, and spent roughly a decade in prison. While incarcerated, she developed her powerful singing style and forthright approach to songwriting. 
Shea was released from prison in 2009 and relocated to New York. She continued to work on music and became deeply involved in the transgender rights movement. A clip of her performing an original song titled “I Am Her,” a gutbucket blues-soul anthem for outsiders, impressed hit songwriter Justin Tranter (Imagine Dragons’ “Believer,” Selena Gomez’s “Lose You To Love Me”, Justin Bieber’s “Sorry”) which led to a deal with the Warner-distributed Asylum label. She has performed at pride events and HRC galas all over the country and has fans in everyone from Sam Smith and Demi Lovato to Pete Buttigieg and Joe Biden.

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The Abaco Club Initiates Hurricane Relief Effort by Pledging $1 Million Dollars

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Patrick T. Cooper and David Southworth at Leonard M. Thompson International Airport Marsh Harbour
Patrick T. Cooper and David Southworth at Leonard M. Thompson International Airport Marsh Harbour

It is no secret that I loved meeting David Southworth and the entire staff at The Abaco Club on Winding Bay. David’s genuine humility vibrates across the property making the boutique property feel like home. While the devastation of Hurricane Dorian is significant, I love the fact that the executives of The Abaco Club on Winding Bay truly exemplify a family style of caring for guest and the entire hospitality team. @JosephDeitch, Chairman of Southworth Development, wasted no time in pledging $1 million to the relief effort, in the hope that it would inspire others to give generously, too.

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The Abaco Club on Winding Bay announced today that it has launched a fund-raising effort dedicated to providing immediate disaster relief for the residents of Great Abaco island, which incurred catastrophic damage as a result of Hurricane Dorian. “We are extremely concerned about the safety and well-being of our staff members and other residents of Abaco,” said David Southworth, Founder and CEO of Southworth Development, an affiliate of which owns The Abaco Club. “There is an urgent need for immediate assistance on Abaco, and we are moving fast to provide that assistance.” When the category 5 hurricane made landfall on Great Abaco, it caused widespread destruction. The island’s largest town, Marsh Harbour, was almost entirely destroyed. Most sadly, it appears that there was also loss of life on the island, and hundreds of homes were demolished, leaving thousands of residents without shelter.

“We haven’t even been able to ascertain whether all of our staff members are safe yet,” said Southworth. “Communications systems are still down, power is out, roads are flooded or blocked by fallen trees. It’s a humanitarian disaster on an almost unimaginable scale.” “The people of Abaco are more than just our friends and neighbors,” said Deitch. “They’re like family to us. Both David and I have homes on the island and we cherish our relationships with the people of Abaco. What happened there is a tragedy, and we’re going to do all we can to help.” Contributions to this GoFundMe campaign will be distributed by the Abaco-Winding Bay Relief Fund, a charitable organization created expressly for this effort with 501(c)3 status applied for and pending. All funds received will be used to provide assistance specifically to the people of Abaco in the form of food, shelter, medical aid and supplies, and assistance in the clean-up and rebuilding efforts.

ABOUT THE ABACO CLUB ON WINDING BAY

The Abaco Club on Winding Bay is a private, international sporting club and residential community located on Great Abaco Island in The Bahamas. For more information visit www.theabacoclub.com.

Cool Libations at The Abaco Club Winding Bay The Bahamas
Cool Libations at The Abaco Club Winding Bay The Bahamas
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ABOUT SOUTHWORTH DEVELOPMENT LLC

Southworth Development is a privately held company that specializes in the development of residential resort and amenitized real estate communities.  Through wholly owned subsidiaries Southworth Golf and Southworth Europe, Southworth is also a leader in the international golf community, having served as owner, manager, consultant or construction manager to dozens of properties throughout the United States, Scotland, The Bahamas, Puerto Rico and The Dominican Republic. Located in Newton, Massachusetts, USA, Southworth was founded in 1991 and currently owns and operates private clubs and residential communities in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Virginia, Scotland and The Bahamas. The properties include: Willowbend on Cape Cod, Mass.; Renaissance on Boston’s North Shore; Meredith Bay on New Hampshire’s famed Lake Winnipesaukee, Creighton Farms in Aldie, Va. 35 minutes west of Washington, DC; The Village at Machrihanish Dunes in Argyll, Scotland; and The Abaco Club, located on Great Abaco Island in The Bahamas.

Abaco WInding Bay Hurricane Relief Fund
Abaco WInding Bay Hurricane Relief Fund

Megan Thee Stallion snd Beyonce Give Back to Houston Texas

Megan Thee Stallion just released an epic “Savage” remix, featuring Beyoncé Photo Courtesy Roc Nation

Megan Thee Stallion just released an epic “Savage” remix, featuring Beyoncé, and the artists are donating their share of proceeds to benefit their hometown, Houston, Texas, through Bread of Life, Inc. 

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Female strength, and empowerment shine through on this surprise release from the Houston powerhouses, and many affected by the coronavirus pandemic will receive some much needed help.

Female strength, and empowerment shine through on this surprise release from the Houston powerhouses, and many affected by the coronavirus pandemic will receive some much needed help.

The Bread of Life, Inc. was founded in September 1992 with the serving of hot meals to homeless men and women in the sanctuary of St. John’s United Methodist Church in downtown Houston, Texas. Since then, The Bread of Life, Inc. has responded to crises and disaster, including Hurricane Karina and most recently, Hurricane Harvey. 

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From the start of the corona pandemic, Bread of Life, Inc. services have spanned distributing 14 tons of produce, shelf-stable food, and other supplies to 500 families each week via a drive-through distribution process, delivering food to 100 homebound seniors each week, to working on hiring social workers and telehealth program for high-risk individuals to access help, and so much more.

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The “Savage” remix is the follow up to Megan Thee Stallion’s hit international phenom, “Savage,” from her recent project release, Suga.
For Information on how to support Bread of Life, Inc., click here:https://breadoflifeinc.org/

Rock Quintet Off Road Minivan Releases Swan Dive

Rock quintet Off Road Minivan releases debut album Swan Dive Photo Courtesy Tooth and Nail
Rock quintet Off Road Minivan releases debut album Swan Dive Photo Courtesy Tooth and Nail
Rock quintet Off Road Minivan releases debut album Swan Dive Photo Courtesy Tooth and Nail

Rock quintet Off Road Minivan is gearing up for the release of their debut full-length album, Swan Dive. Set to be released on May 15th via Tooth & Nail Records, fans can get their first taste of Swan Dive with recent singles “Vampire” and “Supernova,” streaming now on Spotify.

“For us, this album touches on the sounds that made us want to play in the first place – an alternative rock landscape from early 00’s emo to grunge influence,” the band shares. “We aren’t here to teach any defining life lesson, just trying to sing about the ones we’ve experienced.” 

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Alternative rock band Off Road Minivan -made up of Melvin BrinsonDave TrimboliMiles SweenyEvan Garcia-Renart, and Ryan Tuck O’leary (of Fit For A King) – is the direct result of decade-long friendships and a collective passion for 90’s grunge.

They began the project in 2018 and released their debut EP, Spiral Gaze, on Tooth & Nail Records later that year. Their ability to harness nostalgia in both lyric and tone revealed a band that not only appreciated, but embodied the emo genre. Their newest album amplifies that appreciation all the more. 

Swan Dive, their first full-length, tells stories centered around characters they knew in their Hudson Valley hometown. The record immortalizes the memories often felt but rarely discussed, from the pain of missed opportunity to the grief of suicide. It includes the band’s hardest and softest instrumentation yet, proving they’re as dynamic in skill as they are in sentiment. Off Road Minivan will release their debut full-length album, Swan Dive, on Friday, May 15th via Tooth & Nail Records. 

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How To Get a $10,000 Stimulus for Gay Filmmakers

Are you a queer creative? Ever wonder, how to get a $10,00 stimulus for gay filmmakers.
Are you a queer creative? Ever wonder, how to get a $10,00 stimulus for gay filmmakers.
Are you a queer creative? Ever wonder, how to get a $10,00 stimulus for gay filmmakers.

Here is how to get a $10,000 stimulus for a gay filmmaker. First, are you a queer creative? Ever wonder, how to get your project seen. Well here is your chance. Dekkoo wants to see your creativity. In this time of global hardship, Dekkoo is committed to giving back and inspiring creativity.  To help creators, Dekkoo is launching a one-week short film challenge. Creators could win a cut of $10,000.00 in prizes!


The pandemic has put a spotlight on our relationships with others and ourselves.  What do relationships in the time of quarantine look like?  How do they function?  Therefore the theme of the competition is Love and Distance.  Possibilities:  Dating from a distance.  Home alone and loving it.  Dealing with romance and heartbreak while social distancing. Far-away flirting.

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Shoot and submit a 5-minute maximum length short film telling a queer story that deals with love and distance. It can be funny, sad, romantic, sexy – anything.

PRIZES
The Dekkoo Jury Award

  • One film will be selected.  The winning film will be decided by the Dekkoo staff based on artistic merit.  The winner will receive a cash award of $2,500.00 and the opportunity to direct a Dekkoo-original short film with a production budget of $5,000.00.

Audience Favorites 

  • Four films will be selected.  The four films that receive the most comments on that films page on Dekkoo.com will win $1,000.00 each!  Filmmakers are encouraged to ask fans to comment often!

Voting will be tallied through May 18th. Winners will be announced May 20th.

Guidelines:

  • All films should be 1920×1080 or higher, H.264, preferably no vertical video.  All submissions uploaded to Dropbox should be clearly labeled with the film title and director (ex: Avengers_Whedon.mp4)
  • All languages are welcome, but non-English submissions must have English subtitles.
  • Submissions must be no more than 5-minutes in length and submitted via Dekkoo’s Dropbox Folder or a password-protected URL between Monday, May 4 and Sunday, May 10, 2020.  All submissions are due no later than Sunday, May 10 at 11:59pm Eastern.
  • It is FREE to submit your film. There is no entrance fee!  
  • As an added bonus, all filmmakers who submit a film to the challenge (as long as it is accepted by Dekkoo) will receive a free 6-month Dekkoo-subscription.
Dekkoo is launching a one-week short film challenge. Creators could win a cut of $10,000.00 in prizes!

About Dekkoo

Dekkoo (pronounced “DECK-koo”) is the premiere subscription-based streaming service dedicated to gay men, providing the largest streaming collection of gay-centric entertainment available.  Dekkoo is available internationally via iTunes, Google Play, Xbox, AppleTV, Xfinity X1 and Roku.  In the U.S. and U.K., Dekkoo is also available via Prime Channels.  Dekkoo original series include “The Third”, “Feral” and “I’m Fine.”

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The 3 Most Charming Bed and Breakfasts in Natchez Mississippi

Natchez River Boat Natchez, Mississippi Photo Courtesy of Patrick T Cooper
Natchez River Boat Natchez, Mississippi Photo Courtesy of Patrick T Cooper
Natchez River Boat Natchez, Mississippi Photo Courtesy of Patrick T Cooper

Charm and old-world sophistication describe Natchez, Mississippi. Honestly, I did not know what to expect of this meridional city. Here is your quick study to the 3 Most Charming Bed and Breakfasts in Natchez, Mississippi. Like most of the southern United States civil rights made for tense environments in years past.

Where ” Yall Means All

This community is where “Yall Means All.” No one is a stranger. Global citizens are welcomed with smiles. Undeniable history, architecture, story-telling, and authenticity lives here. Natchez is one of a kind. From, the thrill of Madam Nellie Jackson to Samuel Sloan’s Longwood octagonal mansion, Natchez will deliver explicit style. Pack your bags to restore your peace of mind.

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The 3 Most Charming Bed and Breakfasts

Dunleith Historic Inn

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The graveled driveways and front door make Dunlieth Inn majestic. Furthermore, the Greek revival columns and original horse stables make beautiful decor. Larger than life thresholds and baby grand pianos celebrate the past lives on these grounds. Marvel at this antebellum mansion, wonder the acreage, and gasp at the vast views. https://www.visitnatchez.org/business/dunleith-historic-inn


Concord Quarters

Magnolia flanked gardens will capture you at Concord Quarters. See how African Americans endured hardship amidst this phenomenal landscape. Concord Quarters is an 1820’s original slave quarters. The property represents whats remains of beautiful Concord, the first mansion built in Natchez circa 1789.

Deborah Cosey Owner of Concord Quarters talks Natchez, Mississippi Video Courtesy of Patrick T Cooper

Ironically, this institution serves as a swanky and soulful celebration of mankind. Guest can lather in natures beauty. Owner, Deborah Cosey is a thrilling historian and story teller. Today, Concord Quarters reflects history, dignity and a pursuit to educate visitors.

https://www.concordquarters.com/

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More Charming Bed and Breakfasts

Sunnyside

A celebration of interior design makes this destination unique. Resulting, in something sweet about this cottage.

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Owner, Colleen Wilkins makes some of the most delicate and delectable deserts known to man daily. A plethora of treats paired with unique spirits will have your heart determined not to depart. Lastly, readers will delight as Sunnyside is the largest public library in Natchez.

https://www.sunnysidenatchez.com/

How Delta Airlines Is Working to Clean Aircrafts of Covid 19

Delta Airlines Clean of Covid 19 Update Atlanta, Georgia Headquarters Photo Courtesy of Mance Cooper

Delta Airlines Clean of Covid 19 Update Atlanta, Georgia Headquarters Photo Courtesy of Mance Cooper
Delta Airlines Clean of Covid 19 Update Atlanta, Georgia Headquarters Photo Courtesy of Mance Cooper

Travel Update! Here’s how Delta Airlines is working to clean aircrafts of Covid 19. As an avid traveling fogging of planes is something that I have seen on numerous occasions traveling abroad. However, rest assured our home town airline is stepping up to insure your safety during and after this pandemic. Be sure to check out the video below. Let’s keep climbing. I don’t know about you but I am sure am eager to return to the friendly skies. Who else is on the medallion hunt. Stay tuned we will be sure to share more travel updates as they come our way at The Fashioneer!

Delta has elevated its cleaning measures with the same rigor and focus we have on safety and on-time performance.

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From fogging aircraft interiors with high-grade EPA-registered disinfectant to sanitizing surfaces throughout our aircraft touch points, travel with Delta is cleaner than ever.

Beginning April 1, we are expanding our new Delta Clean practices to all flights for the long term because we believe the highest levels of clean should not be reserved for times of crisis. Watch the video to see the new cleaning measures we’re taking to ensure your travelers feel safe and confident, now and always. Thank you for your continued support and partnership.  

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Now that we have the urgent updates clarified. Who is ready to travel and where will your next journey take you? We look forward to hearing more of your questions and concerns about travel. We are here to answer any and all of your questions. Don’t hesitate to ask your questions. If we do not know the answer our travel partners will. Let’s continue to travel the world together!