The Last Page: Samantha Ponzillo, photographer / filmmaker

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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The Last Page is dedicated to individuals who are making a positive impact on the LGBTQ community in Central Florida and Tampa Bay.

This issue, we check in with Samantha Ponzillo Media owner and #HashtagLunchbag Sarasota co-organizer Samantha Ponzillo. Keep an eye on this space to learn more about the movers and shakers of your community.

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Stephen King criticized for comments on diversity

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ABOVE: Stephen King, photo via King’s Facebook page.

NEW YORK (AP) | Stephen King says he cares only about “quality,” not “diversity” when deciding on awards. Some are asking why he thinks the two must be different.

“I would never consider diversity in matters of art. Only quality,” King tweeted this week. “It seems to me that to do otherwise would be wrong.”

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Billy Porter, Megan Rapinoe and Baby Yoda are among AP’s top TV moments of 2019

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NEW YORK (AP) | Many have noticed how fragmented our TV viewing is, with multiple competing streaming services and dozens of channels pulling us in different directions. But the year also saw some jaw-dropping moments that found huge audiences, whether it was a royal interview or a viral alien.

The Associated Press has put together a list of the best TV moments in 2019.

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Samira Wiley, Gloria Carter, ‘CMBYN,’ honored at GLAAD Media Awards

By : Maia Monet
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ABOVE: Samira Wiley accepting the Vito Russo Award at the GLAAD Media Awards. Image is screenshot via YouTube

The 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards continued in New York City on Saturday hosted by Ross Matthews.

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Screened Out – Whiplash

By : Stephen Miller
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J.K. Simmons, Miles Teller, Paul Reiser, Melissa Benoist

With a killer score, fierce editing, and electrifying performances, Whiplash has been landing on several “best of” lists. Five minutes into this tight, tense movie and you’ll understand why.

Simmons – an old-school character actor who you’ve seen everywhere (Spiderman, Juno, Up in the Air, and the Farmers Insurance commercials) – finally gets his due. He’s the clear front-runner for Best Supporting Actor this year, playing a manipulative, maniacal jazz teacher and conductor.

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Screened Out – Selma

By : Stephen Miller
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David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tom Wilkinson, Oprah Winfrey, Allesandro Nivoli, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Giovanni Ribisi, Common, Tessa Thompson, Nigel Thatch

Like all fights for equality – and we in the LGBT community should know – history is fraught with politics, personalities, sacrifices, compromises, calculated losses, secret deals, and trade-offs. Selma shows all of this. It also makes so many smart choices that it should be a lesson to other biopics.

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