Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its new class of nominees on Tuesday, which includes Janet Jackson. This marks Jackson’s third nomination for the prestigious recognition. She was also nominated in 2016 and 2017.

The rest of the nominees include Def Leppard, Devo, John Prine, Kraftwerk, LL Cool J, MC5, Rage Against the Machine, Roxy Music, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Stevie Nicks, The Cure, The Zombies and Todd Rundgren.

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PHOTOS: Janet Jackson gives Tampa Bay the ‘State of the World’

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TAMPA | Unbreakable musical icon Janet Jackson and her Tampa Bay fans came together again at the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre Aug. 7 for the LGBTQ ally’s “State of the World” tour.

Jackson, as well known for her choreography as she is her vocals, didn’t disappoint the arena on either front. The show featured eight backup dancers and a wide-array of the singer’s staples, with the 52-year-old artist lamenting that she’d written some of the music at 19.

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Watermark Giveaway: A pair of tickets to see Janet Jackson in concert

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Does the thought of free Janet Jackson tickets make you want to ‘Scream’ with excitement?! Then look no further!

Watermark is giving away two free tickets to the Janet Jackson concert on Tuesday, August 7, at the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds.

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ crowns winning queen in season 10 finale

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SPOILERS: The article below contains spoilers from the season 10 finale of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and reveals last night’s winner.

If you haven’t watched yet DO NOT continue pass the jump.

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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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Britney Spears to be honored with Vanguard Award at GLAAD Media Awards

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Britney Spears will receive recognition for her support of the LGBT community with the Vanguard Award at the 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards.

According to GLAAD, the Vanguard Award “is presented to media professionals who have made a significant difference in promoting equality and acceptance of LGBTQ people.”

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Ellen coming out picked as one of the most influential pop culture moments by Entertainment Weekly

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Ellen DeGeneres’ coming out episode on the ABC series Ellen is one of the most influential pop culture moments of the last 25 years, according to Entertainment Weekly.

The unofficial bible to many who worship pop culture turns 25 this year, and to celebrate this milestone, EW is releasing a 25th anniversary issue listing the 10 most influential pop culture moments since 1990.

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Overheard in Tampa Bay: Janet Jackson, a Ybor City impostor and Santa’s little helpers

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Janet Jackson came to Tampa and all she got was this T-shirt, and she could not have been more excited about it. While performing on stage at the Amalie Arena during her “Unbreakable World Tour,” a fan threw a T-shirt on stage. Now gifts being thrown on stage by adoring fans are nothing new to Ms. Jackson, but this one left her visibly giddy as she opened up the shirt, and it read Penny-Charlene-Cleo-Justice, those being the first names of her iconic characters from Good Times, Diff’rent Strokes, Fame and Poetic Justice. The T-shirt was designed by St. Petersburg artist Chad Mize, who was unable to attend the concert, and was tossed on stage by his friend Ryan Prado. The T-shirt design, which lists four similar people, places or things, is becoming quite iconic itself with the World Tour shirt (Paris-London-Tokyo-St. Pete) being all the rage last year. The design even made appearances at this year’s TIGLFF events with the Sundance-Cannes-Toronto-TIGLFF t-shirts. HIGH FASHION!

Can the real Ybor City please stand up?
Hollywood is coming to Ybor… well, sort of. The rights to Tampa Bay writer Dennis Lehane’s novel, Live by Night, were bought by Oscar-winning writer/director/actor/producer/Batman Ben Affleck who will turn it into his next project. The story is set in Ybor City during the 1920s and ‘30s and is about a Boston thief’s rise to power as a Gulf Coast rum runner. Don’t dust off those acting chops just yet though my local performers. While the story takes place in the bay area, the lack of state tax incentives for movie productions has caused Mr. Affleck to head north some 270 miles to Brunswick, Georgia where he is building a fake Ybor City for the film. If you build it, they will come and come he will. The set designers have been busy building since early September preparing for Batman Ben’s arrival to begin shooting the first week of November. Sorry real Ybor and thanks Obama… oops, we mean thanks Rick Scott!

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