David Atlanta http://davidatlanta.com Atlanta's #1 LGBT Community Magazine Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:45:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Are You Man Enough? Final Days of Men of David Nominations http://davidatlanta.com/2015/03/are-you-man-enough-final-days-of-men-of-david-nominations/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/03/are-you-man-enough-final-days-of-men-of-david-nominations/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 04:31:07 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=133461 They can raise a voice towards togetherness, towards common-grounds, and even towards their own agenda (if they choose). The point is that being a Man of David allows contestants to be a beacon in their immediate community and beyond.  Last year Men of David raised a collective $20,000 for AID Atlanta. Our goal for this ...

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They can raise a voice towards togetherness, towards common-grounds, and even towards their own agenda (if they choose). The point is that being a Man of David allows contestants to be a beacon in their immediate community and beyond. 

Last year Men of David raised a collective $20,000 for AID Atlanta. Our goal for this year is to beat that outstanding first attempt, and to raise $25,000. You can help us to get there, and have a lot of fun along the way. Here’s what being a Man of David has meant to some of last year’s contenders.

 

Rick Twombley – MOD Winner 2014

For me, Men of David gives the opportunity for men from different facets of Atlanta’s gay community to get together and pool their resources and funnel it into a very important charity. When that happens, everyone is a winner. It’s been great to be the Man of David this past year because I got to be the symbol of that unity, and was able to use that exposure to help bring awareness to a variety of issues we as gay men face in our daily lives.

Bru Krebs

Men of David is such a positive experience. We enjoyed numerous fundraisers and events that were of such great benefit to AID Atlanta. There were so many amazing people to meet throughout the campaign that you cannot pin point just one great thing. But, for me, the sense of helping and being a part of such a remarkable project was by far the most rewarding part.

 

Tony Gowell

I’m tired of my Gay community feeling segregated, and tired of Gay people not taking responsibility for their own choices in life. You want David magazine to be “all-inclusive” of the community? Then be a fucking man, and do something about it. I did, and you should too.

Being a Man of David is about your passion for your community, your desire to lead and inspire, and your networking of like minded friends and family that believe in you. That believe, that you can be a Man of David. An annual contest that truly showcases the men of our community. They reveal the truth to AID Atlanta. That this community can’t be as strong as it is, without allowing us as men the opportunity to show that same strength in return.

Jeremy Ryan Allen

As gay males, I feel we have a social responsibility to care for what happens in our community and to raise awareness for the issues we deal with on a daily basis. I feel honored to be apart of Men of David because I try in my career and lifestyle to be the type of positive role model Men of David is looking for. This includes: living a natural/healthy lifestyle, making YouTube videos to teach people proper workouts/nutritional plans, helping my personal clients as a personal trainer to become the best they can be and being an active member in the Atlanta community.

Nominate yourself or someone you think represents your Atlanta community online at: davidatlanta.com/menofdavid by Wednesday, April 1 and become a contender in one of Atlanta’s newest traditions.

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What to do this week in Atlanta – Datebook i12 http://davidatlanta.com/2015/03/what-to-do-this-week-in-atlanta-datebook-i12/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/03/what-to-do-this-week-in-atlanta-datebook-i12/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 04:21:53 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=133453 Passion for the PAW Join the Passion for Paws fundraiser in support of Two Tailz & New England Humane Society both rescues that work to reduce the pet population in Georgia shelters. Suggested donation of $10 will get you a complimentary drink, access to the silent auction, as well as a Passion for Paws kookie ...

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Join the Passion for Paws fundraiser in support of Two Tailz & New England Humane Society both rescues that work to reduce the pet population in Georgia shelters. Suggested donation of $10 will get you a complimentary drink, access to the silent auction, as well as a Passion for Paws kookie or magnet, and some fun games. And remember, dogs are always welcome on Henry’s huge patio!

Thursday, Mar. 26 • 6 – 9 p.m. • Henry’s Midtown (132 10th St. NE) • henrysatl.com

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Jane Lynch

From humble beginnings at Chicago’s world famous Steppenwolf Theatre to the caustic, dry wit of Sue Sylvester on Glee, the multi-award winning Jane Lynch has become an icon of stage (with her 2013 debut as Miss Hannigan on Broadway) and screen, stealing every scene of every movie she’s ever been in, (from 40 Year Old Virgin to Wreck it Ralph.) Now she brings her stellar routine to stages across American, blending comedy and musical theatre, in an unforgettable performance that will have you rolling in the aisles.

Saturday, Mar. 28 • 8 p.m. • Atlanta Symphony Hall (1280 Peachtree St. NE) • woodruffcenter.org

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RuPaul’s Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons

With Michelle Visage at the helm, this concert, cabaret and comedy extravaganza will feature, among others, reigning champion and sharp tongued comedy goddess Bianca Del Rio, Alaska 5000, Adore Delano, the divine Jinkx Monsoon, Sharon Needles, Courtney Act, Bendeladcreme, Raja and the one and only Detox!

Saturday, Mar 28 • 10 p.m. • Center Stage Theater (1374 West Peachtree St. NE) • centerstage-atlanta.com

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Panther Leather/Levi & Pledge Fundraiser

Where can you go to pick up guys as well as awesome gift baskets and silent auction underwear? It’s at the Eagle this Saturday! The Panthers are raising money for AVER (American Veterans for Equal Rights). There will great items up for auction from such local favorites as: Barking Leather, Brushstrokes, Boy Next Door, Rawhide, and Bulldog Custom Leather. Come get it while the branding iron is hot!

Saturday, Mar. 28 • 10 p.m. • Eagle (306 Ponce De Leon Ave NE) • atlantaeagle.com

Sunday Funday Benefit for Ben Hadsock

Ben Hadsock is known in our community for his generosity and determination as Individual Giving Manager for Jerusalem House, and his position on the Advisory Board for Joining Hearts. Early this month, on March 5th, Ben suffered a severe and debilitating stroke that leaves him in the hospital to this day.  This has left him with almost insurmountable hospital bills. Come out and support a benefit for a community friend that has done so much to help.

Sunday, Mar. 29 • 4 – 7 p.m. • TEN Atlanta (990 Piedmont Ave NE) • joininghearts.org

Atlanta Film Festival – Game of Thrones

You haven’t watched Game Of Thrones, until you’ve watched it with 4,500 of your closest friends! Atlanta Film Festival attendees are invited to an exclusive sneak preview of the first episode of season five of “Game Of Thrones,” two weeks before it airs on HBO. Check out Atlanta Film Festival’s website for more fantastic films to watch. Not to mention you’ll be watching this exclusive sneak peek at the Fabulous Fox Theatre!

Sunday, Mar. 29 • 7:30 p.m. • Fox Theatre (660 Peachtree Rd NE) • atlantafilmfestival.com

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David Hero: Ruby Redd http://davidatlanta.com/2015/03/david-hero-ruby-redd/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/03/david-hero-ruby-redd/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 04:14:56 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=133450 Long time Armorette and in general a super charitable bitch, Ruby Redd is known as a fixture of campy entertainment and for her off-the-cuff snarky one-liners. These days you’ll usually find her skulking amongst the patrons at the Hideaway. How long have you lived in Atlanta? Since the Civil War. Really, 20 years. What do ...

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Long time Armorette and in general a super charitable bitch, Ruby Redd is known as a fixture of campy entertainment and for her off-the-cuff snarky one-liners. These days you’ll usually find her skulking amongst the patrons at the Hideaway.

How long have you lived in Atlanta?

Since the Civil War. Really, 20 years.

What do you do for employment?

I’m the Manager of The Hideaway and stand on the corner of Ansley Mall to direct people to find The Hideaway. And believe it or not, sometimes I get paid to do drag.

What charities are you involved in right now?

The Armorettes, MISTER, Lost-n-Found Youth, AIDS Life Cycle, Reforming Arts, and Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

How did you get started on your philanthropic path?

My family was big on charity work growing up, so I got involved in giving back early on. When I first started doing drag at Red Chair a long, long time ago we started a tradition of putting out a charity bucket so drag tips would help our community, just like The Armorettes show.

What would you like to see in the future for your charities?

I always support local organizations that are based in our community and address our needs. More community involvement and direct service funding is really important to the charities I support, most of them survive because they get community support dollar by dollar. All Queens know, every dollar counts!

How can David readers help you achieve those goals?

Come out to the charity shows!!! Support Birdcage Bingo every Wednesday and The  Armorettes show every Sunday, both at The Hideaway. Come to the Mr. HSL Competition, April 18th at Jungle, I’m hosting, and Easter Drag Races at Hideaway this year! Follow local organizations on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on events. Charity should be fun – you’re going out drinking anyway, do it for charity!

Silly Questions

1- Dogs or cats?

Bears.

2- Favorite TV Binge?

The Kardashians. I love Miss Bruce Jenner.

3- Favorite restaurant in Atlanta?

Cowtippers, it’s my brunch cure to late nights.

4- What do you love most about Atlanta’s gay community?

The amount of love and dedication for the charities that mean the most to me. Gay Atlanta knows how to get things done, we come together to support our community.

5- Favorite neighborhood?

Um, Midtown, my home!

6- If you could meet one person dead or alive, who would it be?

Cher.

7- Favorite song right now?

I defer to my DJ, Tittysweat: Kylie Boombox, LA Riots Remix

8- What chore do you absolutely hate doing?

Cleaning up gaybie diaper mess.

9- What would you name the autobiography of your life?

A Camp Queen: The Story of Suffrage in Midtown.

10- If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

The art of blending.

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Dear Dom http://davidatlanta.com/2015/03/dear-dom/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/03/dear-dom/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 04:09:16 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=133447 Dear Dom,  I’m crushing on a straight man. This new guy just started as a waiter at the restaurant where I work. He’s so damn fine. I melt everytime he smiles. We’re getting to be good chums. Should I tell him about my feelings? Gay Likes A Straight Stud. If you really do get weak ...

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Dear Dom, 

I’m crushing on a straight man. This new guy just started as a waiter at the restaurant where I work. He’s so damn fine. I melt everytime he smiles. We’re getting to be good chums. Should I tell him about my feelings?

Gay Likes A Straight Stud.

If you really do get weak in the knees whenever you see this dude, he can see right through you, GLASS. He already knows exactly how you feel. But, telling him could change everything.

Expressing an attraction for a coworker, regardless of gender or sexuality, is fraught with peril. At best, he’ll be flattered–and maybe even give you a chance. At worst, he’ll feel harassed and complain to a supervisor–possibly costing you a job. If you absolutely must inform this delicious dude of your affections, make it a take-out order. Do it away from the restaurant.

Dear Dom,

I’m addicted to porn. Last week, my boss caught me looking at hardcore gay websites in the office and I got fired. Every time I login to my computer I wind up at sex sites. I’d rather look at porn than go on a date with a real person these days. I can’t stop. This is ruining my life. What can I do?

Hooked On Pornics.

Maybe your internet service should be called XXXfinity, HOP. A study conducted by Dr. Maressa Orzack of the Computer Addiction Study Center at Harvard University found that 5-10% of the U.S. population has an internet dependency. This kind of reliance on artificial stimuli can lead to real life problems; including detachment, guilt, and even eating problems. Here are some hallmarks of a behavioral addiction.

  1. Negative life effects.
  1. Isolation from enjoyable activities.
  1. Compulsion to repeat the behavior.

Proving there is a 12-step group for every addiction, you ought to attend a meeting of Sexual Compulsives Anonymous. They gather every Tuesday at 7: 30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 353 Peachtree St. SE., Atlanta, GA, 404-822-9321, www.sca-recovery.org.

Dear Dom, 

I’ve always wanted to get my cock pierced. The thought of having a Prince Albert really gets my jets going. But, I fly a lot for work and am afraid of setting off the metal detectors.

Airports Looking At Ringed Men?

When is your departure, ALARM? Because nothing could be finer than watching you get strip-searched at ATL.

The fact is body piercings can, and occasionally do, set off metal detectors. However, the machines are typically calibrated so that small metallic objects are not detected. Otherwise, every wedding ring, bobby pin, or set of dentures would have alarm bells ringing.

Here’s an official statement from the Transportation Security Administration, “Certain metal body piercings may cause the machines to alarm, which will result in additional screening. If this happens, you may be asked to remove your body piercing in private as an alternative to a pat-down search.”

Personally speaking, the numerous piercings I wear, including a heavy-gauge Prince Albert, have never caused a security alert while traveling. But, I’m always happily hoping for that fateful first time.

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Community Smith: Redefining Succulence http://davidatlanta.com/2015/03/community-smith-redefining-succulence/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/03/community-smith-redefining-succulence/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 04:02:59 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=133444 From the moment I walked into the Community Smith, a neo-modern a-la-carte restaurant specializing in seasonal American fare with an evolving menu carefully crafted by executive chef Micah Willix, I knew I’d found a charming niche in Midtown where I could take a date, a group of friends, or even my mother—and enjoy every facet ...

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From the moment I walked into the Community Smith, a neo-modern a-la-carte restaurant specializing in seasonal American fare with an evolving menu carefully crafted by executive chef Micah Willix, I knew I’d found a charming niche in Midtown where I could take a date, a group of friends, or even my mother—and enjoy every facet of the experience.

I was greeted by friendly, knowledgeable staff, and the restaurant’s sleek architectural lines, soft lighting, and intimate seating created an ambiance which helped me enjoy a meal that I can only describe as orgasmic. After scouring the menu filled with mouthwatering options ranging from simple yeast rolls and cultured butter, to crispy squid with smoked paprika, tahini and green olives, I went with the management’s recommendation’s—and was nothing short of impressed.

Dinner was preceded by Community Smith’s specialty drinks, crafted as they were in the pre-prohibition era, with house made bitters to boot. There was the Mezarita, a lovely take on the margarita, with mezcal, Blanco tequila, Grand Marnier, and agave. Then The Last Word—a delightful drink for lovers of gin, made with Hendricks, Green Chartreuse, Luxardo and lime—pleased my palate with piney juniper berries and sweet candied black licorice undertones. This was followed by the creamiest whiskey sour that’s ever passed through my lips.

Then the food arrived…remember now, ORGASMIC food. Beyond delicious. First came the rendered oxtail on piri toast covered in shaved gouda—tenderness similar to prime rib, delectable beef on crisped bread with an ample amount of tangy cheese! Next was the piquant and tender smoked short rib that was perfectly complimented by sweet mashed parsnips and shallots. After that, my taste buds ignited in summery passion with the delicate cut of beef bavette topped with locally sourced herb cilantro salsa and creamy house made queso. Of course there were the veggies: Rosemary Elote, Community Smith’s sweet and crisp charred corn shaved from the cob and smothered in creamy parmesan elote sauce; and braised carrots, crisp on the outside and tender in the center, topped with sinfully sweet brown butter streusel.

And lastly, my absolute favorite of the evening, the to-die-for Porchetta: slow cooked pork belly topped with sweet pepper relish! Thick, delicate, and mouthwatering like a fillet mignon, each bite tasted like expertly seasoned bacon that melted on my tongue and left my mouth salivating for more.

Just when I thought it was all over, jacket in hand and thoroughly satisfied, dessert that can only be described as devilishly delightful arrived at the table! Gluten free bourbon chocolate torté—decadent yet light and fluffy; and the house specialty, popcorn ice cream (yes, you read that correctly: it’s handmade from popcorn and sweet cream), served atop gooey caramel confection and coated with a fine layer of sea salt—it was like I’d died and arrived in culinary paradise.

Bottom line: the dining experience at Community Smith, a restaurant named for someone who’s mastered their craft and actively gives back to the community, left me pleasantly satiated and feeling better than when I’d arrived. The staff, each dressed in their own style, explained that they’re planning to open a terrace on March 20th, called the Community Garden, where they’ll be serving menu fare along with locally brewed beers on tap, and I can’t wait to come back and check it out.

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Executive Director of Atlanta Pride Resigns to Get Wed in London http://davidatlanta.com/2015/03/executive-director-of-atlanta-pride-resigns-to-get-wed-in-london/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/03/executive-director-of-atlanta-pride-resigns-to-get-wed-in-london/#comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 18:04:50 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=133441 Executive Director, Buck Cook announced today that he will resign his position as of July 9. The Atlanta Pride Committee already has a solid plan in place to ensure a seamless transition as they move forward. They will open up the search for his replacement on or about March 24. Both Buck Cook and the ...

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Executive Director, Buck Cook announced today that he will resign his position as of July 9. The Atlanta Pride Committee already has a solid plan in place to ensure a seamless transition as they move forward. They will open up the search for his replacement on or about March 24. Both Buck Cook and the APC are confident that with Cook’s exit plan, everything will be handled efficiently and effectively.

Cook’s tenure has brought the APC unprecedented growth in their organization, including the expansion of Stonewall Week to Stonewall Month.  They has also seen an increase in their year-round programming. Additionally, we could never forget the escalation of talent and performances at the annual festival that this year included rising superstar, Meghan Trainor.

Atlanta Pride Committee Executive Director, Buck Cooke, said of the development,  “Atlanta has been my home for over 15 years and Atlanta Pride has played a huge role in my time here as a festival attendee and community member, as a volunteer, and on staff. Serving as the Executive Director of the Atlanta Pride Committee has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, but there comes a time when one must follow a new path. For me, my new path leads me to London to build a new life with my fiancé, Mark McCabe. I am thrilled to be married in August and begin a new adventure and will always look back fondly on my time with Atlanta Pride.”

Cooke continued, “In the coming months, I will work with our talented volunteers, staff, board of directors, contractors, and community partners to ensure Atlanta Pride’s service to the community remains our priority through our programming, community outreach, and the festival.”

APC Board Chair, Trisha Clymore stated, “On behalf of the board of directors we are very sad to see Buck leave, but wish him all the happiness in the world with his move to London and his upcoming wedding.”

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Jasmine Masters No T, No Shade, No Pink Lemonade http://davidatlanta.com/2015/03/jasmine-masters-no-t-no-shade-no-pink-lemonade/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/03/jasmine-masters-no-t-no-shade-no-pink-lemonade/#comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 16:16:55 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=133438 By Jonathan Bugg As the third member of season 7 RPDR sashays away, we caught up with Miss Jasmine Masters to learn what happened to make her lose her edge in episode 3, and how it all was sparked by Aria Grande and her brother Frankie. David Atlanta: How are you feeling today? Jasmine Masters: ...

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By Jonathan Bugg

Jasmine MastersAs the third member of season 7 RPDR sashays away, we caught up with Miss Jasmine Masters to learn what happened to make her lose her edge in episode 3, and how it all was sparked by Aria Grande and her brother Frankie.

David Atlanta: How are you feeling today?

Jasmine Masters: I’m feeling good actually. I mean I’m still alive, got some money in the bank. I’m just excited. I’ve wanted to be on the show for so long. I got to live my dream and participate in the show.

DA: Oh good, so it’s safe to say that you enjoyed your experience then.

JM: Oh yes.

DA: What was your favorite moment on the show?

JM: Meeting Kennedy Davenport!

DA: You were a big fan of her beforehand.

JM: Yes, a big fan.

DA: What didn’t you like about being on the show?

JM: The only thing that I didn’t like was the part when it really hit me that I could not call my family, or they couldn’t call me if something bad happened. I was watching this thing on E! Entertainment where Ariana Grande’s brother Frankie who was on Big Brother. She couldn’t tell him that their grandfather had passed away. So I couldn’t stop thinking about my family, and what if something like that was going on right then. So after I had seen that I didn’t have no sleep at all. I also don’t think the editing was right.

DA: You don’t think the editing was fair?

JM: Hell no! They show me saying things, but they didn’t show why I said them things. I understand it’s TV, but it’s like for (for my fans) to know who I am through my videos, and then to see me like that on the show. They should have made me out like on my videos, instead of taking my going off-the-bat, and not knowing why I’m going off-the-bat.

DA: You got into some hot water because of one of your YouTube videos trashing transexuals, and then you made an 11 minute apology video. Is people taking what you say out of context something that you’re getting used to now with being in the spotlight?

JM: When I made that video it came out of a lot of anger towards the girls and transgender girls in my own area. A lot of them moved from different places to California. They were under the impression that I was a girl, like I was a trans-girl, when I was just a showgirl. But when they realized that I was a guy in drag is when we had problems…they just didn’t like that I was one of the girls, but I was just in drag.

So they called me a boy in a dress….when they were going around living as ‘women’ but saying things like they were going to ‘bust this man up in his ass’ and stuff like that. So it was all of that, and it came out in the video. Before I knew it people were sounding out against it. I never once came out against transgender women. 90% of the drag queens in my Masters family are transexuals. I have no problem at all with transsexuals. It was anger towards those specific trans. I didn’t mean to go after everyone. That’s why I made the apology video.

DA: Again a matter of connotation, but you went back and cleared it up. You auditioned for RuPaul for previous seasons. What was different about this year? Why did you get cast?

JM: My personality. I had no personality at all in my previous videos. I was going through my computer looking at previous videos and my boyfriend was like, ‘I know why you didn’t get picked…none of these videos show who you are. I don’t see none of this in your videos. If I gave you a cup of coffee, you’d be bouncing off the walls being crazy. That’s what you need to be in your videos.’ So that night I made a video just being me, and they said, ‘come on!’ So that’s great. I finally got on the show for being who I am.

DA: In the last episode, we saw last night, you seemed a little darker and weren’t holding back comments towards the younger queens. Why were you having such issues with the younger girls?

JM: Things build up. You can only be nice to people until you had enough. Even if I’m not talking to you directly, I don’t want to hear your comments in the background behind me. There’s no reason for that. I don’t start mess, but I defend myself. There should be a reason for a person to have that much anger for someone they don’t even know.

DA: Did you feel on the defensive?

JM: I don’t know. I didn’t come in like that. I came in ready to meet some new sisters. I’d made it on the show, so I had made my point already. I didn’t even feel like it was a competition.

DA: No? Why is that?

JM: I knew what it was, but I was excited because I had made it on the show, and I was about to have some new sisters. I was starting a new chapter in my life. I just went in there like open hearted. I was finally on the show. I’m living in my moment. I got some good sisters I can call. I feel like I got some friends for life.

DA: That’s a unique way of thinking about it.

JM: Sometimes when you lose, you really win. And sometimes when you win, you really lose. It’s all about how you take the ride.

DA: What did you learn on the show?

JM: I can’t be away from my family and not talk to them.

DA: In the rehearsals for the ShakesQueer challenge you were originally cast as Mac Bitch. Then you and Violet were switched. Now you were the ‘Ghetto Bitch’. Was the lack of rehearsal a problem?

JM: Yes, that was a big part of the group’s problems. We just didn’t have enough time to learn our parts, and to know the line in front of us. Everything just fell apart.

DA: Do you wish you’d done another dry run before going onstage?

JM: As far as myself, my mind was so gone. The night before is when I was watching that thing on E! about Ariana and Frankie. So I stayed up all night…worrying about that. So my mind wasn’t there. I couldn’t focus on anything else because I was so worried about my family.

I never told anybody this in an interview, but I even offered one of the [assistant/PA] girls there money to just call my family and make sure everybody was okay. And that girl would not! I gave her the cash money on me, and the pin to my credit card, I tried everything just to make that little call. She wanted to, but she could not do it. I won’t say her name though. So after that I just kind of knew I was going home.

DA: Who are your favorite girls to win this season?

JM: Kennedy [Davenport], Ginger [Minj], and one more, I would have to go with Trixie [Mattel].

DA: Violet Chachki is from Atlanta, what do you think about Violet?

JM: I like Violet. I just don’t think Violet likes me.

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LOGO “RU-NEWS” HIT SERIES “RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE” FOR EIGHTH SEASON http://davidatlanta.com/2015/03/logo-ru-news-hit-series-rupauls-drag-race-for-eighth-season/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/03/logo-ru-news-hit-series-rupauls-drag-race-for-eighth-season/#comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 16:08:49 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=133435 Seventh Season Premiere Delivers One of the Highest in The Franchise’s History with Double Digit Ratings Growth   NEW YORK, NY – March 20, 2015 – Hot off the heels of the seventh season premiere of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Logo today announced the greenlight for an eighth season. The recent season premiere saw a ratings spike of nearly 20% ...

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Seventh Season Premiere Delivers One of the Highest in The Franchise’s History with Double Digit Ratings Growth  

NEW YORK, NY – March 20, 2015 – Hot off the heels of the seventh season premiere of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Logo today announced the greenlight for an eighth season. The recent season premiere saw a ratings spike of nearly 20% from last season’s kickoff among P18-49 and now ranks as one of the most watched debuts in the show’s history. Continuing the upward trajectory, the second episode of the season outpaced the premiere by double digits. Production on the new season kicks off today with a nationwide casting call to seek out the fiercest queens across the land to compete in this genre-defining, battle royale of drag.

This success comes as Logo heads into its 10-year anniversary ranked as one of the fastest growing cable networks. After finishing 2014 with its most watched and highest rated year to date, this year is shaping up to shatter even more records with this current quarter pacing to be the network’s highest rated in its history.

“Logo is like the Jay Z to my Beyonce,” said Executive Producer, RuPaul. “I was a star before we met, but together we have raised the bar to new heights, and created a brand that has taken over the world.”

“After a record breaking year of ratings and viewership, its only fitting we would continue to rise with our first lady, RuPaul” said Chris McCarthy, GM of MTV2 and Logo TV. “From the cultural phenomenon of Drag Race, our partnership with the visionary Russell T. Davies, and the creation of a new documentary division, we are making Logo TV the home of today’s most innovative storytellers.”

The “RuPaul’s Drag Race” premiere was followed by a special sneak peek of limited series “Cucumber” and “Banana,” two scripted interconnected dramas from “Queer As Folk” and “Doctor Who’ creator Russell T Davies, which garnered Logo’s highest-rated premiere new series premiere in nearly two years. The two series will premiere on April 13 at 9pm and 10pm ET/PT.

Think you have what it takes to be “America’s Next Drag Superstar?” Head HERE to start your application today.  Good luck, and don’t f*$k it up! 

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” is produced by World of Wonder Productions with Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Mandy Salangsang, Steven Corfe and RuPaul Charles serving as Executive Producers. Chris McCarthy, Pamela Post and Tim Palazzola serve as Executive Producers for Logo.

For more information on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and sneak preview clips, go to LogoTV.com.  For up-to-date “RuPaul’s Drag Race” news and exclusives, join the “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Facebook page or follow #DragRace conversation on Twitter at @RuPaulsDragRace. Follow along with live gifs from the show on Tumblr and additional content on the show’s Instagram page.

Source: Nielsen; Live +3 premiere increase, Live +SD second episode; P18-49 unless otherwise noted, Nielsen Social Guide

ABOUT LOGO

Logo TV is a leading entertainment brand inspired by the LGBT community and reflects the creative class across television, digital and social platforms.  Logo features one-of-a-kind personalities, shows, specials, and unique stories.  Logo is part of MTV’s network of brands including MTV, MTV2, MTV.com, mtvU, MTV Hits and MTV Jams.

ABOUT WORLD OF WONDER

Innovative production company World of Wonder is behind such entertaining hit series as “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (Logo), “Million Dollar Listing” (Bravo), “#CandidlyNicole” (Vh1), “Big Freedia” (Fuse), “Friends to Lovers” (Bravo), and “Island Hunters” (HGTV). “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (Logo) won the 2014 TCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming. “Big Freedia” (Fuse) won the 2014 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Reality Program, and “Million Dollar Listing NY” (Bravo) was a 2014 Emmy® Award nominee for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program. World of Wonder has also created award-winning films and documentaries such as Inside Deep ThroatThe Eyes of Tammy FayeWishful DrinkingMonica in Black and White, and The Last Beekeeper, which won an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Nature Programming. Seven of their films have premiered at the Sundance Film festival including Becoming Chaz and Party Monster, the documentary and feature film starring Macaulay Culkin. Their most recent feature “I Am Britney Jean” (E!) offers an intimate look at Britney Spears’ journey into residency in Las Vegas. World of Wonder has created a substantial digital footprint with its YouTube channel WOWPresents, along with an award-winning blog, The WOW Report. Co-founders Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey authored The World According to Wonder, celebrating 21 years of production, which can be found online at http://worldofwonder.net/. Randy and Fenton will be honored with the IDA Pioneer Award in December 5th, 2014, celebrating exceptional achievement, leadership, and vision in the nonfiction and documentary community.

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Dolce & Gabbana Word Vomit Continues, Calling Elton John “Unintelligent” And “Ignorant” http://davidatlanta.com/2015/03/dolce-gabbana-word-vomit-continues-calling-elton-john-unintelligent-and-ignorant/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/03/dolce-gabbana-word-vomit-continues-calling-elton-john-unintelligent-and-ignorant/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 11:47:24 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=133431 Like that looming cyclone barreling through Dorothy Gale’s Kansas, the outcry over controversial remarks made by designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana continues to gust thanks to new remarks made earlier today by Gabbana. The story first picked up steam late last week when The New Civil Rights Movementreleased a transcription of a recent interview the duo ...

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Like that looming cyclone barreling through Dorothy Gale’s Kansas, the outcry over controversial remarks made by designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana continues to gust thanks to new remarks made earlier today by Gabbana.

The story first picked up steam late last week when The New Civil Rights Movementreleased a transcription of a recent interview the duo gave in which they were quoted as saying, “The only family is the traditional one. No chemical offsprings and rented uterus: life has a natural flow, there are things that should not be changed.”

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David Atlanta Latest Volume 18 Issue 11 http://davidatlanta.com/2015/03/david-atlanta-latest-volume-18-issue-11/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/03/david-atlanta-latest-volume-18-issue-11/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 23:43:11 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=133428 David Atlanta Volume 18 Issue 11  

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