Rainbows, love, some debauchery…and more rainbows! Yep, it’s PRIDE month all right! In light of the recent Prop 8 ruling, this promises to be an especially amazing and emotionally charged PRIDE. Though the actual PRIDE parade is this Sunday, June 28th at 10:30 AM there’s plenty of fabulous PRIDE related activities to keep you busy this weekend. Click here for the PRIDE official website.
For the movie-goers out there, check out the Frameline Film Festival. Filmmakers locally and from around the world converge on the Castro, Victoria and Roxie theaters to bring you some of the best LGBT independent film. Films run through Sunday, June 28th, so persuse the program guide and get your movie on.
The SF Trans March kicks off today, June 26 at 7 pm in Dolores Park. Revelry begins at 3 PM with all sorts of performances and music until the march. Where my girls at? On Saturday, June 27th get your lady crew out for the SF Dyke March: the rally and performances begin at 3 PM in Dolores Park, and the march begins at 7 PM.
And last but certainly not least…Made Me‘s Erin Magee has a musical treat she cooked up just for PRIDE; click here to get down to her PRIDE mix! Wanna show PRIDE love on your iPhone? (I mean, really who doesn’t love rainbows?) START Mobile‘s director and artist Samala has created a gallery that includes 16 PRIDE-themed wallpaper images – all for 99 cents! And the best part? 100% of all proceeds from the sale of the app will go to the Courage Campaign, a non-profit that supports progressive, grassroots politics here in California.
So, celebrate the people you love in your life this weekend – gay, lesbian, straight, trans, bi – however you identify, PRIDE is about community and supporting everyone’s right to thrive, love and be happy!
Back in March two U.S. journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, were detained by North Korean military personnel after allegedly crossing into North Korea from the People’s Republic of China. The journalists, on assignment for independent cable television network Current TV in San Francisco, were found guilty of illegal entry and plotting a ‘smear campaign‘ and in a closed trail were promptly sentenced to 12 years hard labor in a North Korean prison camp earlier this month.
“Laura and Euna are journalists who went to the China-North Korea border to do a job,” they said. “We don’t know what really happened on March 17, but if they wandered across the border without permission, we apologize on their behalf and we are certain that they have also apologized.”
CNN reported that the two women and the two unidentified men with them, were approached by North Korean military personnel after filming near the Tumen River area between the border of North Korea and China. Word has it that there is confusion as to if the journalists and their companions were actually on the Chinese side or the Korean side, because the border is not clearly marked.
“Obviously, we are deeply concerned about the length of the sentences and the fact that this trial was conducted totally in secret with no observers,” she said June 8. “And we are engaged in all possible ways, through every possible channel, to secure their release.”
The State Department reports that the United States is working with the Chinese government on the case, and is currently communicating through the Swedish Embassy located in North Korea capital Pyongyang. Sweden is representing the U.S. in this endeavor seeing as the United States does not have a diplomatic relationship with the North. As of now the Swedish ambassador has met with Ling and Lee three times, in March, May, and June 1st.
Ling, the sister of journalist Lisa Ling, and Lee a Current TV reporter, have had their families pleading for their safe return. Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton told reporters earlier this month that the U.S. is pleading with North Korea to free the journalists on humanitarian grounds.
“The families of Laura Ling and Euna Lee are grateful to the North Korean government for allowing the Swedish ambassador to visit Laura and Euna. We continue to appeal for their release on humanitarian grounds,” the statement read.
The relationship between the United States and North Korea has always been a tense one, especially with North Korea announcing is preparation to launch a missile the United States and other governments believe could be used to launch nuclear warheads. Such a launch would violate U.N. Security Council resolutions.
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Ever heard that you could pay for school but you could not buy class? Def Jam has done it again and this time not with one pop star, but four. Naomi, Lesley, Binkie, and Sarah, also known as Electrik Red, released their debut album How To Be A Lady: Vol 1 with the help of producers such as The Dream and Tricky. The four met as backup dancers on Usher’s Confessions tour, and were also featured on Ciara’s video “Like A Boy”, and you can tell if you watch the way they move!
Unafraid to flaunt the exterior sexual fantasies often created for and by men (or women), while also harmonizing about the power of the pussy and love, Electrik Red takes on the challenge of eliminating traditional double standards for the sake of many lady peers through song. It’s a clever vulgarity that rings hit because of songs of the album like “WFY”—in other words we f**k you. “Wonder if you fellas knew the truth/yall don’t f**k us n**ga we f**k you/” as well as song “Devotion” “Lock it on my body boy come in/Ima rock it like a baby in the crib/give you the whole thing not the cliff/now let me feel you under my skin/.”
According to Electrik Red’s Myspace Bio-
“I’d like people to hear four strong women who are very comfortable with their sexuality and with what we can bring to the world,” says Lesley
And if it’s the 808’s, booty shake, and baby makin’ that you want, by any means necessary, go out and get it!
Click here for free “Devotion” download
Click here for free “P is for Power” download
Click here for free “9 to 5” download