Monday, October 31, 2011

Usher Debuts New Look

Usher Debuts New Look [Photo]

usher new hair cut Usher Debuts New Look [Photo]
Usher has decided to take back a couple of years by debuting a fresh new look. The platinum selling singer shaved his beard all off reportedly for a upcoming movie role.
usher new look Usher Debuts New Look [Photo]
Usher tweeted the photos to his fans, saying “I look 18.”
“Now don’t think I’m stayin clear shaved…I dedicated to my craft but Forever Ursha Baby….I’m be back in a two weeks.”
“@SterlingGirl81 I’m reading for a very important movie role.”
“I look 18…lol. Don’t make my take my shirt off! The truth is it all starts over at 33…just look.”
“@justinbieber…I’m tellin you…it all starts over!! Now that I cut this beard off….I’m gonna harder that I ever have…Watch this!!” (Usher’s Twitter)

Rihanna Hospitalized With Flu in Sweden, Cancels Concert

Rihanna Hospitalized With Flu in Sweden, Cancels Concert

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This is turning out to be not such a happy Halloween for Rihanna (and her Swedish fans).
The "We Found Love" singer was forced to cancel her concert at the Malmo Arena in Sweden tonight after she came down with a bad case of the flu.
MORE: Coldplay-Rihanna Duet, "Princess of China," in the Wild!
Rihanna Twitter
"Sorry Malmo!!! #LOUDtour," Rihanna tweeted Monday, along with a photo of herself hooked up to an IV drip in a hospital in Sweden.
"I am sorry to everyone who was coming out to my show in Malmo, Switzerland," Rihanna said in a statement. "I was so excited to perform for you all."
MORE: Rihanna Reunites With Matt Kemp in London! Are They Back Together?
"It would have been a great time…so much better than being sick with the flu, ugh! I'm really disappointed I couldn't be there."
According to the singer's website, Live Nation is hoping to reschedule the performance with details to follow in the next few day

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Ja's anti-ould cause Britain to cut aid

Published: Sunday October 30, 2011 | 6:31 pm 64 Comments
British Prime Minister David Cameron
British Prime Minister David Cameron
Jamaica and several other Commonwealth nations that maintain anti-gay legislation could be affected by reduced financial support from Britain.

British prime minister, David Cameron has threatened to withhold British aid from governments that do not reform legislation banning homosexuality.

The BBC reports that the British prime minister raised the issue with some of the states attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Perth, Australia.

Human rights reform in the Commonwealth was one issue that leaders failed to reach an agreement on at the summit.

Mr Cameron says those receiving British aid should "adhere to proper human rights". He later told the BBC that "British aid should have more strings attached".

Mr Cameron's threat applies only to one type of bilateral aid known as general budget support and would not reduce the overall amount of aid to any one country.

Ending bans on homosexuality was one of the recommendations of an internal report into the future relevance of the Commonwealth.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


Comedy, Web Series, LGBTQ
Novo Novus Productions
Second Season
DRAMA QUEENZ is the hit comedy web series, now in its third season, about three friends and roommates dealing with life, love, & auditioning, in New York City.
Plot Outline
DRAMA QUEENZ is a hit comedy web series about three friends and roommates dealing with life, love, & auditioning in New York City.

Each webisode focuses on Jeremiah, a dreamer with ridiculously poor audition luck, Davis, a perfectionist whose hard work produces uneven results, and Preston, a realist whose inhibitions stir-up delightful “drama” for all to enjoy. Through madcap auditions, burgeoning romances, and heartbreaking realizations, the trio from Queens takes viewers on the zany roller coaster ride that is the actor’s life.
New episodes posted online monthly starting September 2011.
*Featured on GLAAD's "People to Watch"
*Austin Gay & Lesbian Film Festival - Official Selection
*Great Lakes Film Festival - Official Selection
*Featured at Queer Black Cinema Series (NYC), D.C. Black Pride, St. Louis Black Pride, & Nashville Black Pride
Dane Joseph, Kristen-Alexzander Griffith, & Troy Valjean Rucker
Directed By
Dane Joseph
Written By
Dane Joseph

Tammy Peay

Tammy Peay is known on the comedy scene as “Ms. Peay”. Growing up in a large family, Ms Peay exhibited her talent as a comedian very early. Well timed “snaps and jokes” which kept her friends and family laughing Ms. Peay has performed at some of the hottest New York venues: Don’t Tell Mamas, The Cutting Room, Comedy Cellar, Caroline’s, Gotham Comedy Club, New York Club, Stand Up New York, Brooklyn Brewery, Joe’s Pub, Boston Comedy Club, Uptown Comedy Club, Colleges,Churches and destinations all over the globe. I am very excited about participating in the HOTTEST summer and fall venues of 2011!!! I WILL BE HOSTING INFERNO DR, NUBIAN DREAMS CRUISE, OUTMUSIC AWARDS, THE ULTIMATE HALLOWEEN CARIBBEAN CRUISE, THE WHITE PARTY MOONLIGHT CRUISE, FIRE ISLAND BLACK OUT, THE DOO DIRTY SHOW. I recently finished working on my second short film and my second stage play. I enjoy acting but my true love is comedy. My comedic edge has also landed me writing and hosting gigs all over the country and internationally.

Sunday, October 23, 2011


Snapped and Caught: MACHO

I have said it before, and I will say it again... I am always flattered when people ask me for advice.   As of lately, I have met numerous aspiring models all wanti ng to know my thoughts about their careers.  What makes these individuals differ from others I have met in the past is that they appear to have a bit more drive.  A couple of months ago, I was approached by a  young man interested in my thoughts on the images he was planning to use on his comp card.  I gave my input and he accepted with great appreciation.  Never trying to piss on anyones dreams, especially on with potential, I decided to get past the amazing  brawn with this piece, and learn more about this individual. 

   For starters, I had to ask the question that some of you may be asking as well.  Why the name Macho?   I mean how arrogant can a person be?  Well, I quickly learned that this wasnt a nick or stage name...In fact, its his birth name.  WOW!!!  

Now I know that when most of you stumbled across this segment on Macho, the first thing that you see, or notice is this mans amazing body.  But let me say this... Just because a person has an incredible body, doesn't mean that one can be a model. Hell, that is an obvious requirement that you have one.  Now I'm not suggesting that this was the reason he chose this field, but I AM curious to know how it all got started.    

During a movie night in Harlem, Macho (along with his girlfriend)surrounded himself around friends.  Things seemed to be going smoothly until he noticed he was receiving odd looks from a guy who was amongst the group.  Finally reaching his boiling point, Macho found the proper opportunity to ask him what his deal was without causing a scene.  Apologizing, the guy responding by saying, "you have a very good look.  Like you can be a model or something."  This world is full of cons... you never can tell ones intent.  

"There can be alot of lies and deceit that goes on in the industry, it can be really hard to find good natured people... especially those who would like to help you climb to the top faster, " Macho explains. 

   Suprisingly enough, the guy was legit.  In fact, he is a well known stylist.
  Going  home with the guys business card in hand, Macho marinated on the situation for two weeks before deciding to take him up on his offer for a test shoot.

Having possible potential in one persons eyes, doesn't mean that the rest of the world was quite ready for him, in fact after doing a few shoots, he was told that he is very stiff.  Recognizing that he is new to this field, and wanting to make himself better, Macho went out and bought a ditigital camera to take pictures of himself.  He also worked on his posing in front of the mirror. 
When it comes to any career, it is good to remain true to yourself, but at the same time, it doesn't hurt to have a role model or two, or even more.  Fashion Forward Men asked Macho who some of his idols in the business were, and he gave us some very impressive names.  Heavy hitters like Tyson Beckford, Chad White, Marcus Schenkenberg, Naomi Campbell(minus the attitude I hope), and Mathius Laurdensen  were named.  And lets not forget about Salieu Jalloh, who is ALWAYS working, and is also one of this sites favorites.  

Being a model and attempting to become a household name won't be easy to achieve, and to be honest, chances will be much more slim for Macho due to the fact that he is a man of color.  Currently, unsigned to an agency, Macho is optimistic that he will be picked up very soon.  Don't be to sad for the newbie though, Macho actually walked in 3 shows during Fashion Week this month.  As in any profession, knowone ever said it would be easy...  So what is it about this field that he enjoys, we ask. 

"I love the lifestyle of a model, but unfortunately, the biggest challenge right now is that models who are not the thinest, or are overly muscular aren't considered to be in style."

He may be young, but Macho has definitely done his research.  At one point, male models were much more muscular than they are now.  Just like fashion, even models themselves are like trends, right down to their physiques.  Though it may be tough for many finding representation, the goods almost always out weigh the bad.  First there's the travel, then the networking, and being exposed to so many things your average Joe wouldn't necessarily be exposed to.  And lastly there's the clothes.  The wonderful wonderful clothes that he will get to wear, and sometimes keep.

Speaking of clothes, how does this Fashion Forward -It Guy sees his own style?
"My personal style is very simplistic, but with a twist.  I dont't like wearing a bunch of layers, but I dont have a problem wearing color.  Due to the different types of jobs I do (he is a trainer as well), I'm usually in jeans and t-shirts, but I don't mind dressing up when its called for," he explains. 

(Though he may keep it simple when it comes to his own style, Macho confesses that he appreciates clothing from Giorgio Armani, Bsixtee6, and D Squared.)

Not just a human hanger, Macho, like so many other models have other interest unrelated to the fashion world.  SHOCKING!!!! But its true folks.  So many times they are are required to sit and look pretty/handsome, and because of this, they come off as being (not going to sugar coat this) DUMB.  And for that reason, Fashion Forward Men does its best to allow those often unheard voices be heard. 

 When not modeling, the Fashion Forward It-Guy enjoys working out, playing sports, dining out, and going to clubs and bars.   He also enjoys to watch fashion shows.  On a more more serious note, when Macho grows tired of fashion, he plans on moving into radio, and or hosting a show regarding sports.  So see people there is a back up plan to his ideals. 

We will keep up with this ambitious man and see what lies ahead for him.  No matter what you choose, Macho, Fashion Forward Men wishes you well.

In memory of PM David Thompson

That’s my fondest wish for Barbadians. That we use adversity to refocus our energies on what’s best for Barbados and that we wrap our actions and our utterances in the national flag and the furtherance of this great nation we call home. That’s my challenge to you. Unite and love. David John Howard Thompson, QC, MP (25 December 1961 – 23 October 2010), the Sixth Prime Minister of Barbados

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Stanley Etoty NOT FROM barbados

well independence is coming and i seem to see this photo cropping up alot. its on my bbm chat groups now its one a few more blogs i visit. 

July 1, 1985
Stanley Etoty was born in Chicago, IL bred in the Midwest but seasoned in the East Coast. Stanley ended up in Baltimore, where he was introduced to fashion & hair shows. He's passion for modeling began to grow as of 2009 when he relocated to NYC for screenwriting at the New York Film Academy. Everything didn't go according to plan so he shift gears and decided to pursue modeling professionally. Stanley has been modeling for 4 years and has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry. He has be on several covers and featured in magazines such as Swerv & Krave. He's BET's Rip the Runway in 2010 & 2011. He is also currently the cover model for Lee Hayes new novel "Bad Seed". There's plenty more to come fro this young model/ actor
After the first English settlement at Holetown in 1627, Barbados remained a British colony until achieving independence from Britain on November 30th 1966. That first independence ceremony was accompanied by the raising of the Barbados National Flag, and playing of the National Anthem for the first time. November 30th is celebrated as Independence Day and is a national holiday in Barbados.
Independence celebrations run throughout November and include sports competitions, fairs, community events and religious services.


found this picture and thins is one of the few reasons i would have watched west indies cricket. the poor choices being made now has destroied or once great name as the best in the west. but hey at least they look good.  

Tino la Bertram Best (born 26 August 1981) is a West Indian cricketer.
Short in stature, Tino Best is a fast and aggressive bowler with a bowling average of 48.67 in Test cricket.
He made six appearances for a small cricket club in Shropshire (Madeley Salop Cricket Club) where his express pace was extremely successful. His stay was cut short by his call up to West Indies A for their tour of England in the summer of 2002.
In the West Indies 2004 tour of England, Best played in the Lord's Test and was stumped off Ashley Giles' bowling after some banter from Andrew Flintoff wound him up sufficiently to try to slog the ball into the windows at Lord's.
In the Second Test against Pakistan in 2005, after a wicketless first innings - where he had Kamran Akmal caught off a no ball - and a second innings spell of 5-0-30-0, Best took four wickets in 11 balls, as Pakistan faltered from 223 for 4 to 309 all out. However, it was not enough to give West Indies the win.
Best was dropped from the Test side after the July 2005 tour of Sri Lanka, with his only ODI appearance since that tour being a May 2006 match against Zimbabwe.
In 2007, Best agreed to play for a small village side playing in the T. Rippon Mid Essex Cricket Premier League called High Roding. However at an EGM called by fellow club Springfield it was voted that Best could not play in the league. The official ruling was that "no player that has played first class cricket in the previous 24 months can play in the league."1
Despite successful performances for Barbados in domestic cricket he has not been part of the West Indies side since 2005 and, in February 2008, signed with the rebel Indian Cricket League for three years, putting his future international career in doubt.
In April 2010, Yorkshire County Cricket Club signed Best, who said "Signing for Yorkshire starts a new chapter in my career, I think I can take some wickets...but I am a little scared of the cold weather". Tim Bresnan has indicated that Tino is settling into County cricket life well, "He (Tino) already feels like part of the furniture, heck, he can almost eat as many yorkshire puddings as me!". Best was dismissed by Yorkshire in July 2010.

Black children perform poorly at school because ‘academic success is seen as gay’

Adolph Cameron said boys are more interested in “hustle culture” than academic success and that the issue is affecting children in both England and Jamaica.
Mr Cameron told BBC News: “That notion of masculinity says that if as a male you aspire to perform highly it means you are feminine, even to the extent of saying you are gay.
“But in the context of Jamaica, which is so homophobic, male students don’t want to be categorised in that way so that they would deliberately underperform in order that they are not.”
African-Caribbean boys are one of the poorest-performing groups in British schools. Last year, 40 per cent attained five good GCSEs including English and maths, compared with the national average of 58.5 per cent.
Speaking at a lecture in Bristol aimed at promoting academic success among young black men, Mr Cameron blamed traditional notions of masculinity.
According to BBC News, he said: “Education … takes second place to notions of entrepreneurship as, predominantly our young men, get involved in the informality of what University of the West Indies academics have called a ‘hustle culture’.”
He added: “I would not be surprised if here in England the same or similar things occur in terms of how they feel about themselves and how the respond to and with respect to the society around them.
“Boys are more interested in hustling, which is a quick way of making a living, rather than making the commitment to study. This is a supposed to be a street thing which is a male thing.
“The influence of this attitude towards masculinity seems to be having a tremendous impact on how well African-Caribbean and Jamaican males do.
“There’s a fear of being categorised as gay in a society where homophobia is so strong.”

Thursday, October 20, 2011

BA flight 77 passengers haunted by last cries of dying man

BA flight 77 passengers haunted by last cries of dying man

Scotland Yard is investigating the final 50 minutes in the life of Angolan deportee Jimmy Mubenga – and the private guards who restrained him on the plane that was set to deport him
    Jimmy Mubenga
    Witnesses say Jimmy Mubenga had said he was unable to breathe before he died. Photograph: Guardian
    The passengers queuing for British Airways flight 77 from Heathrow comprised the clientele that might be expected to board a flight bound for a mineral-rich African country. Many of those waiting at Terminal 5's Gate A18 at 7.40pm on Tuesday night were expatriates – including British, Canadian and American engineers heading out to work in Angola's lucrative oil fields. Only one passenger, Jimmy Mubenga, was dreading his arrival at Luanda airport. Within 50 minutes, his muscular 6ft body would be laid out along an aisle at the rear of the plane, seemingly lifeless, as the aircraft was diverted from the runway and returned to the stand, where paramedics were waiting. Mubenga's last 50 minutes alive were tonight under investigation by detectives from Scotland Yard's homicide squad. The death of the Angolan father of five while he was being deported, after losing a legal appeal to remain in the UK in August, is being treated as unexplained. The police investigation is likely to focus on the actions of three private security guards who attempted to restrain Mubenga, an apparently healthy 46-year-old judo enthusiast. Detectives have already questioned passengers on the flight, four of whom have given detailed accounts to the Guardian. While some were reluctant to give their full names, fearing for their safety in Angola, they have described how Mubenga began resisting his deportation, prompting the guards to restrain him. In apparent distress, he was heard to say: "I can't breathe, I can't breathe" for about 10 minutes before passing out. Two witnesses recalled him saying: "They're going to kill me." "For the rest of my life I'm always going to have that at the back of my mind – could I have done something? That is going to bother me every time I go to sleep," said Michael, 51, a US citizen. "I didn't get involved because I was scared I would get kicked off the flight and lose my job. But that man paid a higher price than I would have." Details about the chronology of events on BA flight 77, which had been scheduled to depart at 8pm, are incomplete. What is clear is that when Mubenga received a call from his wife, Makenda Kambana, at 7.30pm, he appeared calm. He was sitting at the rear of the aircraft, between two guards, with a third in the seat in front of him. The guards worked for G4S, a private security firm contracted to escort deportees for the Home Office, which has declined to comment on the case or answer detailed questions put to it by the Guardian. Makenda had talked to her husband earlier, while he was in transit to the airport around 3pm, and he had appeared to be calm and getting on with his guards. "He was friendly with them. They did not put him in handcuffs because he was good to them. I heard them asking him how are the children." When she received his call from the aircraft, Mubenga sounded dispirited but calm. She recalled: "He was saying: 'I don't know what I am going to do, I don't know what I am going to do'. Then he said 'OK just hang up and I will call you back'." Shortly after that call, a confrontation broke out with the guards. Witnesses said Mubenga was shouting that he did not want to go home. He was physically and resisting deportation. His security escorts are likely to have known that in 2006 Mubenga was convicted of actual bodily harm after a brawl in a nightclub, for which he served a two-year prison sentence. Passengers who entered the aircraft around 7.40pm were met with the sight of four brawling men – some presumed the guards were police or air marshalls. They then described seeing the guards "on top" of Mubenga, forcing him on to or under his seat for anything between 10 and 45 minutes. Ben, a 29-year-old engineer, saw one guard reach for his handcuffs to restrain Mubenga. Michael, standing nearby, said: "The first thing I saw was the stewardesses running forward. One of them was almost in spasms she was shaking that bad … I saw three men trying to pull [Mubenga] down below the seats. All I could see was his head sticking up above the seats and he was hollering out: 'Help me'." Passengers were moved away from the rear of the aircraft, and into first class. "You could hear the guy [Mubenga] screaming at the back of the plane," said Ben. "He was saying: 'They are going to kill me'." BA stewards are understood to have moved two women sitting in the row of seats adjacent to those occupied by Mubenga and the guards. The vacated seats were taken up by Kevin Wallis, a 58-year-old engineer, who claims to have had a full view of the ensuing confrontation just a few feet away. As Mubenga resisted, Wallis heard one guard say: "He'll be alright once we get him in the air." It was around this time – 7.50pm – that Wallis took at call from his wife at his home in North Yorkshire, who said the commotion in the background "sounds really nasty". Wallis told his wife it was a deportation, and put the phone down. Wallis said he listened to Mubenga repeatedly complain that he was unable to breathe "for 10 minutes, at least" before he went silent. "They [the guards] checked his neck pulse and his wrist pulse," said Wallis. "That is when they looked a bit worried." Andrew, a 44-year-old from Eastern Europe sitting in row 28, recalled seeing two men pushing down on Mubenga, who was consistently calling for help. Andrew heard cries of "don't do this" and "they are trying to kill me". He added: "In the beginning his voice was strong and loud, but with the time passing by the voice was losing its strength." Michael had a similar account, recalling Mubenga was saying "help me, help me" while three security guards were on top of him. "And then it went kind of quiet," he said. "The last thing we heard the man say was he couldn't breathe." It is unclear how much of this information was being conveyed to the cockpit. Some time after 8pm, the pilot commanding BA flight 77 headed for the runway. But his aircraft would never get into the air. At 8.25pm, police and paramedics were called to a man unwell on the aircraft, which was returned to the terminal. The Guardian's four witnesses did not recall a PA announcement asking if a doctor was on board. "They left him in his seat until the paramedics came," said Wallis. "I'm not sure he got any attention from anybody until the medics got there and that was 15, 20 minutes after everything went quiet," added Michael. "Maybe somebody could have revived him if they had been asked. I can give CPR."

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Former British colonies will be asked to repeal gay laws

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Leaders of former British Empire countries that continue to outlaw homosexuality will be asked next week to reverse their bans in a bid to reduce their disproportionately high HIV infection rates, an official said Tuesday.

Leaders of 53 countries will meet in the western Australian city of Perth for three days in the biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

The meeting's agenda will include a recommendation to legalize homosexuality, said Michael Kirby, Australia's representative in the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group.

Of those countries attending, 42 still outlaw homosexuality, including Malaysia, which is prosecuting its opposition leader, and many African and Caribbean countries. Host Australia and Britain itself long ago repealed their own bans on gay sex.

Kirby, an openly gay retired High Court judge, blamed the British influence on former colonies for high rates of HIV-AIDS. Most of these countries outlaw homosexual practices, which the rival French Empire legalized in 1791.

"It's a very special British problem, and the problem is it makes it very difficult to get messages about HIV out," Kirby told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio.

"You need to remove the criminal laws. That is what the Eminent Persons Group is suggesting at the ... meeting next week," he added.

The Malaysia-chaired 11-member advisory group was established at the last summit in 2009 to make recommendations to reform the Commonwealth's institutions. The representatives express personal views that do not necessarily reflect the views of any government.

Malaysia's law banning sodomy is the basis for prosecuting opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, who faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of sodomizing a 26-year-old male former aide. He denies the charge.

Australian Federation of AIDS Organizations executive director Rob Lake said the Commonwealth forum represents 30 percent of the world's population but more than 60 percent of HIV-AIDS cases.

He said there is evidence in Africa and elsewhere that laws against homosexuality drive gay men underground and out of reach of sexual health campaigns.

"They create a stigmatizing environment in which gay men hide what they do and who they are so they don't access diagnosis for HIV, treatment or preventative measures" such as condoms, Lake said.

The Australian government forced the repeal of the last state laws against gay sex in 1997.

All countries represented at next week's forum are former British colonies except for Mozambique and Rwanda.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The BB FashionWeek Team

The BB FashionWeek Team

Dress Desined by Christian Siriano (Season 4 Project Runway winner)
Barbados becomes the Fashion Capital of the Caribbean from October 28th-30th as fashionistas gather form around the world for a weekend of spectacular runway shows and glamorous fashion parties. BB Fashion Week is pleased to announce the Schedule of Events.

Friday 28th October 2011
  • Opening Night of Runway Shows 8:00pm -10:00pm - Courtyard Marriott's
  • Wearable Art Competition Fashion Show Opening 8:00pm-8:15pm -Courtyard Marriott's
  • Fashion Party/Launch Showing By Simon Peter 2012 Collection Preview 10:30pm -2:00am -Cin Cin- West Coast Free with Ticket.
Saturday 29th October 2011
Fashion is our Passion Workshop 10:00am-2:00pm- Conference Room- Courtyard Marriott's Cost to Attend $20.00BBD.

Christian Siriano (Season 4 Project Runway winner)
Christian Siriano - Season 4 Project Runway Winner
Jacqueline Benn Schuppe - Avery J Consultants NY-
Elizabeth Morgan - Country Manager - First Citizen Investment Services Barbados Ltd
· Elite Model World- Elite Model Look Casting- 1:00pm-4:00pm - Courtyard Marriott's No Charge
Runway Shows
· Runway 2 Caribbean Designers -7:00pm-9:30pm- Courtyard Marriott's

Dress Designed by Christian Siriano (Season 4 Project Runway winner)
Sunday 30th October 2011- Final Event
· The First Citizens Toast to Fashion Gala -Dress For It Event-Courtyard By Marriott's
· Featuring Season 4 Project Runway Winner Christian Siriano as he shows his 2012 Ready to wear collection. This event is a VIP event. Entertainment by Barbadian Songstress Ria Borman and her Band to entertain you for the evening.
Special Thanks to our sponsors: Frist Citizens Investment Services Barbados Ltd, SBI Distribution Inc, Tremme , Simple , U By Kotex, SHE Caribbean, Aswan Fitness, Digicel Barbados Ltd and Courtyard by Marriott’s.
Tickets are now available from: Bedazzle Boutique in Mall International-Praxis in Coconut Walk Hastings – Armani Exchange Limegroove.
For more information visit

A tall order for even the most fashionable of gentlemen: High heels for men are on the rise

By Daisy Dumas

It's the last bastion of women's outerwear that hasn't been appropriated by the more fashionable men out there - until now.
High heels are, apparently, de rigueur for men.
To the possible chagrin of some more traditional males, those with a fashionable eye and an eccentric sensibility are taking the women's power dressing weapon of choice and making it their own.

Suits you, sir: Mark Cramer, left, and Coy Barton choose to wear heels as they find the conventional offerings for men so dull. Far from drag, men are choosing heels for the same reason as women - to feel good
Suits you, sir: Mark Cramer, left, and Coy Barton choose to wear heels as they find the conventional offerings for men so dull. Far from drag, men are choosing heels for the same reason as women - to feel good
And the resulting looks are far from the Priscilla Queen of the Desert-esque drag styles that are so often associated with men in heels.
Luke Nero, a promoter at Mr Black club in LA, told the New York Times: 'I went to a loft party yesterday, and there was a guy in normal shorts, normal tank and really hot red pumps. That’s it! Everyone was like, "Oh my God, I love those shoes!"'
At the club, Coy Barton, 24, and Mark Cramer, 25, paired their black heels with relatively conservative trousers and shirts.
Mr Barton said to the paper: 'I’m in Steve Madden, he’s in Chinese Laundry... These were $115. Mine were, like, $170.'
It's not the first time the fashion has rolled around - the Seventies saw many a platform shoe with chunky high heel attached adorn the feet of men - a style immortalised by the likes of John Travolta's Tony Manero in Saturday night Fever.

Louis XIV, in his inimitable ostentatious bent, is said to have worn four-inch heels made by Nicholas Lestage in the 1660s, his exquisite designs hailed a 'miracle' at the time.

While it is no secret that the vertically challenged are prone to the odd heel boost - perhaps most famously (and continuing in the French vein) à la Nicolas Sarkozy and, of course, Tom Cruise - these heels are altogether more brazen.
Sean Wagner, 23, from LA told the paper: 'I never leave the house with less than eight inches on my feet... It helps you see over the cattle.'

He chooses to have many of his shoes especially made, but there is a brisk trade in designer heels for men, too.

Tara Nash-King of, a site that sells on never- or very gently-used second-hand designer labels, specialising in shoes and handbags, told MailOnline that she has a market for Louboutin shoes for male clients - running to size 10.
X-factor, indeed: Dexter Haygood is partial to a heel on his performances on X-Factor U.S. His unusual style choice seems to be bang on trend
X-factor, indeed: Dexter Haygood is partial to a heel on his performances on X-Factor U.S. His unusual style choice seems to be bang on trend
Indeed, according to the Times, Gregory Alexander, 26, spends thousands on high-end designer shoes, wearing them to clubs such as Mr Black.
'I love the height... It helps when you’re in a club. I’ve bought Louis Vuitton. I’ve bought Gucci,' he said. 'But a lot of designers don’t go high enough for me. I found a company in Arizona that will do 15-inch heels for $3,000.'

He has a pair of Yves Saint Laurent’s $1,395 Imperiale platform stiletto ankle boots, telling the paper they were 'a Valentine’s present to myself. I had them engrave a card for me, too.'

'It’s a power thing. You’re higher than everybody else. You walk a different way. It makes your legs look better'
Elsewhere, the unorthodox entertainer Dexter Haygood continues to wow X-Factor audiences with his anachronistic singing style - and vertiginous Seventies platform shoes.

While much of it is, of course, associated with show-boating, the trend also has its roots in a general boredom with the choices on offer for men.

Mr Barton said: 'I literally look at girls and think, you have so many options. You have jumpers, you have skirts, you have dresses, you have pants, you have shorts. Boys have pants and shorts. Or suits and a shirt.'
But in the end, the reasons for choosing a heel over a flat boils down to a lot more than style and comfort.

'It’s a power thing. You’re higher than everybody else. You make more sound. You walk a different way. It makes your legs look better,' said Mr Alexander.
Which is what women - and a certain type of man including Louis XIV and Mr Haygood - have known for centuries.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Suriname holds first gay rights march

Reuters | 12 October, 2011 07:01
Brazilians and Surinamese members of the LGBT community participate in the first International Coming Out Day in Paramaribo
Brazilians and Surinamese members of the LGBT community participate in the first International Coming Out Day, and the launcing of the "Say No to Hate" (symbolized by N2H8) campaign in Paramaribo.

Suriname’s first gay rights march in the capital on Tuesday drew a small peaceful crowd to protest in part a legislator’s insistence that homosexuality “should be completely eradicated.”

Approximately 120 people marched for 15 minutes from Independence Square to a restaurant in this tiny Latin American nation’s capital wearing pink shirts and waving rainbow flags.
Gay, bisexual and transgender groups organized the “National Coming Out Day” aimed at outlawing discrimination.
“This is an eye opener for both the government and the people who have not yet come out,” said Marciano Zaalman, 29, a member of one of the organizing groups.
The march was organized after legislator Ronny Asabina launched a tirade against homosexuality in July, describing it as a “disease and a mental disorder.”
The march ended with speeches, followed by dancing to music blaring from a party bus supplied by the sizable Brazilian community. Men in drag mixed with families and children who participated in the event.
Suriname, with a population of about 500 000, is a former Dutch colony sandwiched between French Guyana and Guyana, with Brazil to the South. It won its independence from the Netherlands in 1975.
“Generally speaking, people are not willing to talk about sexuality, let alone homosexuality,” said Boris Dittrich, advocacy director of Human Rights Watch’s gay rights program.
President Desire Bouterse did not participate in the march, which wound its way past his office.
Harish Monorath, was one of two members of parliament to take part. “The taboo still exists,” he said. “Too many members of parliament are still having a retarded attitude toward homosexuality.”
Dutch politicians have waded into the debate by sending letters to ministers in Suriname asking for comment on Asabina’s tirade and whether his views were supported by the governing coalition.
Bouterse has refused to enter the debate. “I believe gay people are nice guys. Everyone has their own preference,” he told a news conference on Monday.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Confusing Interview with Chris Brown's Alleged "Gay Lover"


Do you have about six or seven minutes? You really owe it to yourself to listen to this bizarre and confusing radio interview with the singer at the center of the Chris Brown gay rumors.
2011_10_12_MARTYNNew singer-songwriter Martyn has previously claimed on Twitter and via representatives that the rumors of a "down low" relationship with Chris Brown were indeed true. Over the course of seven minutes, Martyn reaffirms this, then denies it, then claims he "was just repeating what other people were saying" and ultimately says is was "sarcasm."
"But some of it is true!" adds Martyn. "But most of it is not! We had a twitter conversation ... but it was changed!"
Martyn implies that he may have been "paid" to keep quiet. Oh and no comment on Trey Songz.

Sad To Be Gay (BBC2)

Sad To Be Gay (BBC2)

David Akinsanya, a gay BBC journalist, travels to the USA in order to undergo "ex-gay" therapy at the controversial evangelical Christian organisation 'Love In Action', a ministry in Memphis, TN, which claims to allow gay men and lesbians "find freedom in Jesus Christ" and become straight.

Director:Kathryn Park

"Coming Out

Full Coming Out Summary

"Coming Out" is a one hour documentary special that weaves together the personal journeys of Rachael, a 21 year-old lesbian living in Sacramento, CA, coming out to her estranged father; and Nevin, a 20 year-old African American collegiate all star athlete in Ohio, coming out to his college rugby team.

The special reveals the anxiety, pain, and exhilaration of the coming out process as Rachael and Nevin proudly stand up for who they are, even if it ultimately puts those relationships in jeopardy

Human Rights Court for all

Human Rights Court for all Senator Haynesley Benn (left) with Sir Richard Cheltenham, QC, during a reception after the formal opening of the court. (Picture by Nigel Browne.)

By Trevor Yearwood | Tue, October 11, 2011 - 12:08 AM

Chief Justice Marston Gibson says Barbadians need to see the Inter-American Court of Human Rights as more than an institution that deals with death penalty cases.
He made the comment during the formal opening of the 44th Extraordinary Period of Sessions of the court in Bridgetown yesterday evening.
He said while Barbados was part of the important hemispheric system, Barbadians usually heard about it when it was “juxtaposed to the death penalty”.
Over the years, a number of Barbadians sentenced to death have turned to the court to get their sentences overturned. In 2007, the court found that the mandatory death sentence imposed on all those convicted of murder violated the right to life as it was arbitrary and failed to limit the application of the death penalty to the most serious crimes.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Barbados has one of the oldest Constitutions in the Commonwealth. The office of Governor and a Council were introduced in 1627, and a House of Assembly was constituted in 1639. An Executive Committee, created in 1881, evolved functions similar to those of ministerial government. From 1938, the Barbados Labour Party developed from within the trade union movement a campaign for political rights. The franchise was widened in 1944 and other political parties existed by 1946. Universal adult suffrage followed in 1951, a full ministerial system in 1954, and Cabinet government in 1958.

Thus, by 1958, Barbados had virtual self-government, a status formally recognised in 1961. Nominated members ceased to sit on Executive Committee, and the Governor became bound to accept the decisions of this Committee.

In 1964, Executive Committee was abolished and its remaining duties were transferred to the Cabinet. The Legislative Council was replaced by a Senate.

Barbados was a member of the Federation of The West Indies, set up in 1958. After the Federation was dissolved in 1962, the Barbados Government first pursued negotiations for a smaller federation and then resolved to seek independence alone. Arrangements were agreed at a constitutional conference in London, and Barbados became an independent sovereign state within the Commonwealth on 30th November, 1966.

The legal system is based on English law. There is a High Court and a Court of Appeal. In certain cases, appeal may be made to the Judicial Committee of Her Majesty’s Privy Council. In Febuary 2001, Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community signed an agreement for a Caribbean Court of Justice to replace the Judicial Committee. The Chief Justice and other judges are appointed by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Prime Minister after consultation with the Leader of the Opposition. There is a network of Magistrates Courts.

Friday, October 7, 2011

FIRST LOOK: Porn Gods Phat Daddy, Hotrod and Angyl Valentino by Slava Mogutin for FLAUNT

FIRST LOOK: Porn Gods Phat Daddy, Hotrod and Angyl Valentino by Slava Mogutin for FLAUNT

Your first look at tatted thugporn fantasies Phat Daddy, Hotrod (nsfw) and Angyl Valentino as they transform into sex sirens and fetish slash haute couture models for fashion bible  FLAUNT. The editors have kindly provided Rod 2.0 with an exclusive preview for readers.
The editorial was lensed by New York City-based fashion photographer Slava Mogutin. FLAUNT Style Director Long Nguyen creates some brilliant imagery with Marc Jacobs (on Phat Daddy above), Versace, Gaultier, Armani (on Hotrod, second below), DSquared2 and others.
One more of Phat Daddy and a peek at Angyl Valentino's assets