Deborah Cox leads powerhouse performances at St. Pete Pride’s SP2 concert

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It’s a good thing St. Pete Pride’s SP2 concert was outdoors because any roof overtop these ladies would have been blown off.

Deborah Cox – along with local performers Jennifer Real, Karmic Tattoo and Jami Gee – rocked the crowed in St. Pete’s Grand Central District June 24.

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Ahead of tonight’s Pulse benefit concert, 4 questions for Wayne Sermon of Imagine Dragons

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imagine dragonsWayne Sermon is the guitarist of the band “Imagine Dragons,” who will be playing in a benefit concert at the Hard Rock Live with Nate Ruess and Samantha Ronson for the OneOrlando Fund. Watermark editor Billy Manes, along with Joey Fatone (among others), will emcee the event, which starts at 8:30 p.m.

Sermon took a few minutes to answer four questions from Watermark.

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Girls Night Out: Deborah Cox leads all-female line-up for Pride’s SP2 concert

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Cemented as an integral piece in the total St. Pete Pride package, the SP2 Concert kicks down the door to Pride weekend every year and raises the excitement decibels that carry the energy through the parade and festival.

The all-female line-up, which will take the stage June 24 at 26thand Central, will be headlined by legendary dance diva Deborah Cox, and she will be joined that night by St. Pete’s own soulful, powerhouse voice Jennifer Real and the rocking goddesses of Karmic Tattoo.

Cox took a few moments from her busy schedule to speak with Watermark about her upcoming music and theater projects, as well as why she has so much pride for the community.

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Melissa Etheridge pens song for Pulse victims

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Melissa Etheridge, Elton John and Ricky Martin are among the gay artists using their voices to respond to the mass shooting at a Florida nightclub.

Singer-songwriter Etheridge responded by writing a song titled “Pulse,” after the name of the club where 49 people were killed and dozens more injured.

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Screened Out – Popstar

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Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, Akiva Shaffer, Chris Redd, Tim Meadows, Sarah Silverman, Maya Rudolph, Joan Cusack, Imogen Poots, Bill Hader, Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake, Will Arnett, Mike Birbiglia, Usher, Pink, Seal, Pharrell Williams, Snoop Dog, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Justin Bieber, Danger Mouse, Carrie Underwood, Nas, 50 Cent, Michael Bolton, Ringo Starr, Simon Cowell, Akon, Mariah Carrie, Adam Levine, A$AP Rocky, Mario Lopez

Popstar is three or four brilliantly stupid songs in an album full of filler. Go for the concert footage; fall asleep in between.

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is Andy Samberg’s baby. After his Saturday Night live stint – where he and Justin Timberlake perfected musical numbers like “Dick in a Box” – Samberg’s career has had highs and lows. His series Brooklyn Nine-Nine just finished its third season on Fox. However, every so often, Samberg has also been stuck in crappy Adam Sandler flicks. One of his amazing – but less well-known – side projects is a great spoof band called The Lonely Island; here he and his band mates get to show that off. It’s the best part of this pop mockumentary.

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Dixie Chick: Cyndi Lauper on fame, going country and her dream to be in ‘What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?’ with Madonna

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It’s not just about having fun anymore.

For Cyndi Lauper, music runs deeper than her ‘80s-era eccentricities may have seemed to suggest. A collection of classics from the Great American Songbook, deep Memphis-based blues, the feel-good Broadway romp Kinky Boots, which won her a Tony in 2013 for best score – Lauper changes musical guises like she changes dye jobs.

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Christian singer Trey Pearson comes out

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trey pearsonColumbus, Ohio (AP) — Christian rock star Trey Pearson has come out as gay in a magazine interview.

Pearson is the lead singer of Everyday Sunday. In a letter published online by Ohio-based (614) Magazine, Pearson writes that he has come to be able to admit to himself and his family that he’s gay even though he “never wanted to be.”

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Idina Menzel responds to fan petition to give Frozen’s queen a girlfriend

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frozen 2Twitter is not going to let it go.

When a Disney fan tweeted to the House of Mouse’s official Twitter page asking for them to give Elsa, the lead character in the Disney animated film Frozen, a female love interest in the upcoming sequel; it stirred up social media. The original message has been re-tweeted more than 2,200 times and sent the hashtag #GiveElsaAGirlfriend to Twitter’s trending list.

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Demi Lovato shows transgender solidarity at Billboard Music Awards

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Image via the It Gets Better Project’s Twitter account.

Couture with a cause! Demi Lovato’s shirt at the Billboard Music Awards was as a show of support for the transgender community.

The shirt featured the silhouette of a person as on a bathroom sign, but with one half of the person styled as a male and the other half styled as a female with a skirt. The Billboard Music Awards aired on ABC May 22.

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Maroon 5 protest anti-transgender policies in North Carolina

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Raleigh, N.C. (AP) – The pop group Maroon 5 on May 20 joined the list of entertainers canceling appearances in North Carolina because of its law that denies anti-discrimination protections and dictates which restrooms transgender people can use.

“This was a difficult decision for us to make as a band. We don’t want to penalize our fans in North Carolina by not performing for them, but in the end it comes down to what we feel is morally right,” the group said on its website.

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GLAAD honors the best in LGBT media

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Mariah Carey is no stranger to honors and awards, but the pop star said that her GLAAD Ally Award, which she received at the annual event May 14 in New York, was something more.

“Some awards are about statistics and things like that, and some are about like something a little more real. Do you know what I mean?” Carey said on the red carpet. “This feels like one of those moments, so I think it’s great.”

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TiK ToK, Kesha’s coming out of the dark and into your Big Gay Weekend

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So, it was rumored, then retracted, then rumored and finally now it has been confirmed: Kesha is coming to Central Florida for One Magical Weekend on Saturday, June 4. KESHA, PEOPLE! NOT EVEN KE$HA, BUT KESHA! You may have heard that she’s been through a bit lately, mostly due to a public spout – OK, we’ll just call it a sexual-harassment spout – with producer and writer Dr. Luke. She recently performed Lady GaGa’s “Til It Happens to You,” bringing awareness to the issue. She’s releasing a new record soon, preceded by the single “True Colors.” Hint: It has nothing to do with Cyndi Lauper.

At any rate, it’s a big get for OMW, and we’re super excited. Here’s the presser followed by a wobbly performance of the GaGa track:

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