An Evening with Judy and Dennis Shepard

By : Maia Monet
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This year marks two decades since the tragic murder of Matthew Shepard and the national attention his death brought to hate crimes against LGBTQ people. The onePULSE Foundation teams up with the Matthew Shepard Foundation for this intimate conversation with Matthew Shepard’s parents, Judy and Dennis Shepard, and Pulse owner Barbara Poma. Tickets are $175 each and are available by searching the event name at Eventbrite.com.

Kirk Franklin

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For nearly two decades, Kirk Franklin has been one of the most prominent voices in gospel music. His unique way of combining hip-hop, pop, R&B and gospel has garnered him fans across multiple genres as well as critical acclaim. Don’t miss this opportunity to see him when he comes to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Thursday, June 2 at 8 pm.

Kirk Franklin has been a multi-platinum-selling purveyor of majestic fusions of gospel and contemporary music. His music has resulted in albums that consistently top both Billboard’s Gospel and Christian charts as well as ascend into the Top 10 of the R&B/Hip Hop chart.

His unprecedented penetration into the mainstream has fortified him to also become a New York Times bestseller author for The Blueprint: A Plan for Living Above Life’s Storms. Franklin is also the host and executive producer of the gospel talent show Sunday Best, the highest-rated gospel program in BET network history now heading into its fourth season.

Screened Out – Jurassic World

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Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Irfan Khan, Vincent D’Onfrio, B.D. Wong

RAAWRR!

Many of us remember how visually stunning – and how LOUD – the first Jurassic film was.

The next two films devolved into lesser, dumber animals, and now Jurassic World hopes to breathe new life into the franchise. This flick is serviceable but convoluted, built on the DNA of the original – marked by cloying teenagers and bits of subversive humor. It may not absolutely devour us like Spielberg’s beast 22 years ago, but parts of this – especially the over-the-top ending – sure are fun!

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ENDA moves forward in Senate

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WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate is moving forward on the first major bill barring workplace discrimination against gays in nearly two decades as Americans’ shifting views about homosexuality have significantly changed the political dynamic.

Seven Republicans and 54 Democrats stood together Monday and cleared the bill past its first hurdle on a 61-30 procedural vote, setting the stage for debate on Tuesday and possible passage by week’s end. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act would prohibit workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.

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