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Last night I was working on the upcoming zine "Dead in Hollywood: The Crucifixion of George Michael (Issue #11) when I spilled a glass of water on my laptop, frying it. I lost everything! Or so I thought. Spending three dollars a month on iCloud storage space turned out to be quite the bargain. The laptop was not so lucky. I'm still hoping to finish the issue before the L.A. Zine Fest on May 26th. I pray to George Michael that I will. "The Crucifixion of George Michael" will focus on Michael's arrest on April 8, 1998, for a "lewd act" in a public restroom in a Beverly Hills park, forcing the pop icon out of the closet. Michael's helped me come to terms with my own sexuality. At 13, my conservative, Trump-loving uncle bought me Michael's "Faith" album for Christmas. He's never really spoken to me after I came out years later in 1998. It's not just pop icons and mythical religious figures who are shunned and crucified. BTW, that uncle also introduced me to En Vogue's "Funky Divas" album on a road trip to Mexico when I was 14. Maybe I'll send him a copy of the zine when I'm finished. Maybe it'll free his mind and help heal the pain. DEAD IN HOLLYWOOD: THE CRUCIFIXION OF GEORGE MICHAEL (ISSUE #11) COMING SOON TO THE WILL ROGERS MEMORIAL PARK IN BEVERLY HILLS.

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πšƒπš˜πš—πš’πšπš‘πš 𝚠𝚊𝚜 πš–πš’ πšπš’πš›πšœπš πšπš’πš–πšŽ πš‘πš˜πš•πšπš’πš—πš 𝚊 πš‘πšŠπš›πš πšŒπš˜πš™πš’ 𝚘𝚏 "π™³πšŽπšŠπš πš’πš— π™·πš˜πš•πš•πš’πš πš˜πš˜πš: π™³πš˜πš›πš˜πšπš‘πš’ π™³πšŠπš—πšπš›πš’πšπšπšŽ π™»πš’πšŸπšŽπšœ π™·πšŽπš›πšŽ." 𝙸 πšŒπšŠπš—'𝚝 πš‹πšŽπšπš’πš— 𝚝𝚘 πšπšŽπšœπšŒπš›πš’πš‹πšŽ πš‘πš˜πš  𝚐𝚘𝚘𝚍 πšπš‘πšŠπš πšπšŽπšŽπš•πšœ πšŠπšπšπšŽπš› πšœπš™πšŽπš—πšπš’πš—πš πš–πš˜πš—πšπš‘πšœ πš πš˜πš›πš”πš’πš—πš πš˜πš— πš’πš πšπš’πšπš’πšπšŠπš•πš•πš’. 𝙸 πšœπš™πšŽπš—πš 𝚊 πš•πš˜πš 𝚘𝚏 πšπš’πš–πšŽ πš˜πš— πšπš‘πš’πšœ πš’πšœπšœπšžπšŽ. π™Έπš'𝚜 πš™πš›πš˜πš‹πšŠπš‹πš•πš’ πš–πš’ πšπšŠπšŸπš˜πš›πš’πšπšŽ πš˜πš—πšŽ 𝚒𝚎𝚝. πš‚πš˜πš–πšŽ πšœπšπš˜πš›πš’πšŽπšœ πšœπšŽπšŽπš– 𝚝𝚘 πšœπšπš’πšŒπš” πš πš’πšπš‘ πš–πšŽ πš•πš˜πš—πšπšŽπš›. π™³πšŠπš—πšπš›πš’πšπšπšŽ'𝚜 𝚠𝚊𝚜 πš˜πš—πšŽ 𝚘𝚏 πšπš‘πš˜πšœπšŽ πšœπšπš˜πš›πš’πšŽπšœ πšπš‘πšŠπš 𝙸 πšŒπšŠπš—'𝚝 πšœπšŽπšŽπš– 𝚝𝚘 πšœπš‘πšŠπš”πšŽ. π™·πšŽπš› πšœπšπš˜πš›πš’ πš’πšœ πš˜πš—πšŽ 𝚘𝚏 πšπš›πš’πšžπš–πš™πš‘ πš’πš— πšπš‘πšŽ 𝚏𝚊𝚌𝚎 𝚘𝚏 πšŒπš˜πš—πšœπšπšŠπš—πš πšŠπšπšŸπšŽπš›πšœπš’πšπš’. 𝙸 πšœπš‘πšŠπš›πšŽ 𝚊 πš—πšžπš–πš‹πšŽπš› 𝚘𝚏 πš™πšŽπš›πšœπš˜πš—πšŠπš• πšœπšπš˜πš›πš’πšŽπšœ πšŠπš‹πš˜πšžπš πš–πšŽ πš–πš˜πšŸπš’πš—πš 𝚝𝚘 𝙻.𝙰. πšŠπš—πš πšπš’πšœπšŒπš˜πšŸπšŽπš›πš’πš—πš π™³πšŠπš—πšπš›πš’πšπšπšŽ πš’πš— 𝚊 πšπš’πšπš πšœπš‘πš˜πš™ πš—πš˜πš πšπšŠπš› πšπš›πš˜πš– πš πš‘πšŽπš›πšŽ πšœπš‘πšŽ πšπš’πšŽπš. π™΄πš•πšœπšŽπš πš‘πšŽπš›πšŽ πš’πš— πšπš‘πšŽ πš’πšœπšœπšžπšŽ, 𝙸 πšœπš‘πšŠπš›πšŽ 𝚊 πš‹πšžπš—πšŒπš‘ 𝚘𝚏 πš™πš‘πš˜πšπš˜πšπš›πšŠπš™πš‘πšœ 𝙸 πšπš˜πš˜πš” πšπš‘πš’πšœ πš™πšŠπšœπš πš πš’πš—πšπšŽπš› 𝚘𝚏 πš‘πšŽπš› πšπšŽπšŠπšπš‘ πšŠπšπšπš›πšŽπšœπšœ - 𝚊 πš‹πšŽπšŠπšžπšπš’πšπšžπš• πšŠπš™πšŠπš›πšπš–πšŽπš—πš πš‹πšžπš’πš•πšπš’πš—πš πš˜πš— π™΅πš˜πšžπš—πšπšŠπš’πš— π™°πšŸπšŽ. πš’πš— πš†πšŽπšœπš π™·πš˜πš•πš•πš’πš πš˜πš˜πš. π™Ώπš’πšŒπš” πšžπš™ 𝚊 πšŒπš˜πš™πš’ HERE πš˜πš› πš’πš 𝚒𝚘𝚞'πš›πšŽ πš’πš— π™»πš˜πš—πš π™±πšŽπšŠπšŒπš‘ πšπš˜πš–πš˜πš›πš›πš˜πš , πšœπšπš˜πš™ πš‹πš’ πšπš‘πšŽ π™ΌπšžπšœπšŽπšžπš– 𝚘𝚏 π™»πšŠπšπš’πš— π™°πš–πšŽπš›πš’πšŒπšŠπš— π™°πš›πš πšŠπš—πš πš™πš’πšŒπš” πšžπš™ 𝚊 πšŒπš˜πš™πš’. πš†πšŽ'πš•πš• πš‹πšŽ πšπšŠπš‹πš•πš’πš—πš πšπš˜πš–πš˜πš›πš›πš˜πš  πšπš›πš˜πš– πŸ·πŸ·π™°π™Ό - πŸ»π™Ώπ™Ό (𝙼𝙾𝙻𝙰𝙰 - 𝟼𝟸𝟾 π™°πš•πšŠπš–πš’πšπš˜πšœ π™°πšŸπšŽ, π™»πš˜πš—πš π™±πšŽπšŠπšŒπš‘, 𝙲𝙰 𝟿𝟢𝟾𝟢𝟸).  I


The Dandridge Sisters: Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls

The Dandridge Sisters are an all black girl singing trio in the 1930's whose most famous member, Dorothy Dandridge, will go on to be the first black woman nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award in 1955 for her role in "Carmen Jones." The Dandridge Sisters are comprised of Dorothy and her older sister Vivian and their friend Etta Jones - not to be confused with the well-known jazz vocalist, Etta James. You'd be surprised how many articles incorrectly list James as a member of this trio. The Dandridge Sisters find success on radio shows and in Los Angeles nightclubs. It was in one of these nightclubs that they are invited to perform at the iconic Harlem nightclub, the Cotton Club. The Sisters are so popular at the Cotton Club that they are given a regular spot in the show. They are only 14-years-old at the time.

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πšƒπš‘πšŽ πšπš’πšŸπšŽπš› π™Ήπš˜πš—πš—πš’ πš’πšœ 𝚊 πšπš’πšŒπšπš’πš˜πš—πšŠπš• πš£πš’πš—πšŽ πšŠπš‹πš˜πšžπš πšŠπš— πšŠπšœπš™πš’πš›πš’πš—πš πšŠπšŒπšπš˜πš› πš—πšŠπš–πšŽπš π™Ήπš˜πš—πš—πš’ πš πš‘πš˜ πš‹πšŽπšŠπš›πšœ 𝚊 πš™πšŠπšœπšœπš’πš—πš πš›πšŽπšœπšŽπš–πš‹πš•πšŠπš—πšŒπšŽ 𝚝𝚘 πšπš’πšŸπšŽπš› π™Ώπš‘πš˜πšŽπš—πš’πš‘. π™³πšŽπšŠπš πš’πš— π™·πš˜πš•πš•πš’πš πš˜πš˜πš πšƒπš˜πšžπš›πšœ πš‘πš’πš›πšŽπšœ π™Ήπš˜πš—πš—πš’ 𝚝𝚘 πš›πšŽ-πšŽπš—πšŠπšŒπš π™Ώπš‘πš˜πšŽπš—πš’πš‘'𝚜 πšπšŽπšŠπšπš‘ 𝚊𝚝 πšπš‘πšŽ πš…πš’πš™πšŽπš› πšπš˜πš˜πš– πšπš˜πš› πšžπš—πšœπšžπšœπš™πšŽπšŒπšπš’πš—πš πšπš˜πšžπš›πš’πšœπšπšœ - πšœπš˜πš–πšŽπšπš’πš–πšŽπšœ πšžπš™ 𝚝𝚘 πšœπš’πš‘ πšπš’πš–πšŽπšœ 𝚊 𝚍𝚊𝚒! "πš†πš‘πš’ πš‹πšŽ πš’πš˜πšžπš›πšœπšŽπš•πš πš πš‘πšŽπš— 𝚒𝚘𝚞 πšŒπšŠπš— πš‹πšŽ πšœπš˜πš–πšŽπš˜πš—πšŽ πšŽπš•πšœπšŽ, πšœπš˜πš–πšŽπš πš‘πšŽπš›πšŽ πšŽπš•πšœπšŽ? 𝚈𝚘𝚞 πš”πš—πš˜πš  πš πš‘πšŠπš 𝙸 πš–πšŽπšŠπš—?" - π™Ήπš˜πš—πš—πš’ 

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Deathiversary: River Phoenix (October 31, 1993)

𝟸𝟻 πš’πšŽπšŠπš›πšœ 𝚊𝚐𝚘 πšπš˜πš—πš’πšπš‘πš, πšπš’πšŸπšŽπš› π™Ώπš‘πš˜πšŽπš—πš’πš‘ πš’πšœ πšŒπšŠπš›πš›πš’πšŽπš 𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚘𝚏 πšπš‘πšŽ πšπšŠπš›πš”πšŽπš—πšŽπš πš›πšŽπšŒπšŽπšœπšœπšŽπšœ 𝚘𝚏 πšπš‘πšŽ πš…πš’πš™πšŽπš› πšπš˜πš˜πš– πš—πš’πšπš‘πšπšŒπš•πšžπš‹ πš’πš— πšπš‘πšŽ πšŽπšŠπš›πš•πš’ πš‘πš˜πšžπš›πšœ 𝚘𝚏 π™·πšŠπš•πš•πš˜πš πšŽπšŽπš—. π™·πšŽ πšπš’πšŽπšœ πš˜πš— πšπš‘πšŽ πšœπš’πšπšŽπš πšŠπš•πš” πš πš‘πšŽπš›πšŽ πš‘πšŽ πšŒπš˜πš•πš•πšŠπš™πšœπšŽπšœ, 𝚊 πšŸπš’πšŒπšπš’πš– 𝚘𝚏 πš–πšŽπšπšŠπš‹πš˜πš•πš’πš£πšŽπš πš‘πšŽπš›πš˜πš’πš—, πšŒπš˜πšŒπšŠπš’πš—πšŽ πšŠπš—πš π™·πš˜πš•πš•πš’πš πš˜πš˜πš 𝚎𝚑𝚌𝚎𝚜𝚜. π™·πšŽ πš’πšœ 𝟸𝟹. (πš†πšŠπšœπš‘πš’πš—πšπšπš˜πš— π™Ώπš˜πšœπš) 

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