09.05.19 Central Florida Bureau Chief’s Desk

By : Jeremy Williams
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Sheryl Crow has a special place in my heart. She found her way there when I was in high school and I heard her belting out “If It Makes You Happy” from the car radio for the first time.

She had a huge hit in “All I Wanna Do” two years prior but that song did not have the same punch the first single from her second album had on me.

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Ladyfingers: I am 28, going on 29

By : Sabrina Ambra
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I’m a day late [on my deadline] and another year older [in exactly one week]. I have a lot to reflect on and even more to look forward to. First and foremost, I want to give a shout-out to my anxiety for being consistent AF this past year. With that, I have to give “mad props” (are we still using that phrase?) to my girlfriend for consistently dealing with the aforementioned anxiety and constantly reminding me of how incredibly lucky I am. Another shout-out goes to my cats, Luna and Celine-Dion, who continue to keep my heart warm and occasionally give it palpitations.

The last year of my twenties is on the horizon, my friends. Any advice? Because 28 was a bit of a doozy. Don’t get me wrong, it definitely had some solid highlights: I went to my 10-year high school reunion, I celebrated three years of doing “it” with the love of my life (“it” being love AND the sex,) and I performed a Beyonce song with three of my favorite human beings in front of over 1,000 other humans I’m not completely familiar with yet … just to name a few. On the other hand, I did lose some friends. They didn’t die, but they must be under the impression that I have. Alas, I have not, but the lesson hath been learned. The old friends are still invited to my funeral, of course. I’d like them to be pallbearers so they can let me down one last time.

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Classical singer Jackie Evancho talks about love of music, movies and her transgender sister

By : Gregg Shapiro
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Singer Jackie Evancho may be just shy of her 19th birthday but she’s already had enough of a performance career to last a lifetime. A young woman with a soaring operatic range, Evancho began participating in talent competitions when she was still in the single digits.

Evancho’s big break and greatest exposure came when she placed second during season five of NBC’s hit reality competition show, “America’s Got Talent.” From there Evancho became a popular classical crossover artist, releasing EPs and full-length albums, including 2017’s “Two Hearts” and the upcoming “The Debut,” out in April 2019.

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The LGBTQ impact on movies, music, television, sports and fashion in 2018

By : Jeremy Williams
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From groundbreaking television to record-setting events, this year in LGBTQ pop culture has been explosive. Legends were remembered, new icons were formed and history was made—one certain gay athlete even became America’s new sweetheart.

Here we have compiled just a snippet of the LGBTQ impact on movies, music, television, sports and fashion in 2018 with our annual LGBTQ Pop Culture, A-Z.

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Celine Dion partners with Nununu for new genderneutral, kids clothing line

By : Melanie Ararat
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Céline Dion is partnering with children’s retailer Nununu to create her new genderneutral clothing line for kids called Celinununu. According to the clothing line’s website, the mission was to use fashion to shape people’s minds and inspire children to find their own individuality through fashion.

This was displayed in the new ad Dion put out to promote the clothing line. In the ad, Dion sneaks into a nursery and sees the infants are predictably wearing blue and pink onesies. The songstress decides to break the stereotype by using fairy dust to change the infants’ onesies to black-and-white ensembles.

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Watch: James Corden carries Ariana Grande into Starbucks on ‘Carpool Karaoke’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Ariana Grande joined James Corden for the latest segment of his wildly popular “Carpool Karaoke” segment on “The Late Late Show with James Corden.”

Grande and Corden sang some of Grande’s hits including “Dangerous Woman”, “God is a Woman”, “Side to Side” and “No Tears Left to Cry.” Grande also breaks out a Celine Dion impression to the delight of Corden.

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Janet Jackson will receive Icon Award at 2018 Billboard Music Awards

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Janet Jackson will receive the Icon Award at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards.

“Can’t wait! Thank u @bbmas,” Jackson posted on Instagram.

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