Sam Smith announces new pronouns of ‘they’ and ‘them’

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ABOVE: Sam Smith, photo courtesy Smith’s Facebook page.

NEW YORK (AP) | Sam Smith has declared the pronouns of “they/them” on social media after coming out as non-binary in what the pop star called a “lifetime of being at war with my gender.”

The English “Too Good at Goodbyes” singer was met with thousands of mostly supportive comments, along with some detractors questioned the need to change pronouns, an increasingly common practice both within and outside of the LGBTQ community.

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‘Dear Evan Hansen’ star Ben Levi Ross talks living authentically and launching a national tour

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Since its world premiere in 2015 and its Broadway debut the following year, “Dear Evan Hansen” has captivated audiences with its contemporary and cautionary tale of a high school student waving through a window and yearning to be found.

The megahit musical—which features a book by Tony Award winner Steven Levenson, direction by Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (“Rent”) and a score by Grammy, Tony and Academy Award winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (“La La Land” and “The Greatest Showman”)—quickly became a household name. In 2017, it was nominated for nine Tony Awards and won six, including Best Musical. The following year, its original Broadway cast recording won the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.

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Pioneering transgender singer Jackie Shane dead at 78

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) | Jackie Shane, a black transgender soul singer who became a pioneering musician in Toronto where she packed out nightclubs in the 1960s, has died. She was 78.

Record label Numero Group, which produced a Grammy-nominated album about Shane that brought her back out into the spotlight, confirmed Feb. 22 that she died in Nashville, Tennessee. The exact date and cause of death were not provided.

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Todrick Hall opens up his forbidden side for his new album and tour

By : Randa Griffin
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Todrick Hall’s rise to fame has not slowed down since he first appeared on season 9 of “American Idol,” where he made it all the way to the semi-finals. He has established himself as an influential force in every aspect of performing, showcasing his talents for singing, dancing, theater and choreography on his YouTube channel—which currently has nearly 3 million subscribers—and his sold-out performances around the world.

Hall released his latest album “Forbidden” in March and is taking his talent back on the road in his new show “Todrick Hall American: The Forbidden Tour.” Watermark spoke to Hall about his rapidly changing career, his impact on his LGBTQ fans and his plans to win a “grand slam,” in show business.

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Watermark Giveaway: Dave Koz Christmas Tour 2016 at Ruth Eckerd Hall

By : Jeremy Williams
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Multi-GRAMMY nominee and saxophonist extraordinaire Dave Koz returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Tuesday, November 29 at 7:30 pm with the must-see show of the holiday season and we want to send you and a guest to see him for free.

The Dave Koz Christmas Tour 2016 will feature Koz along with three special guests; the irrepressible Jonathan Butler, GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Kenny Lattimore and acclaimed vocalist Valerie Simpson. Together, the four musicians will put fresh spins on holiday classics as well as other selections that beautifully capture the spirit of the season.

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