Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill to Play Hot 97’s Summer Jam


Hot 97 has released the lineup for its’s 2015 Summer Jam, which will take place on June 7th at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Kendrick Lamar is set to headline the main stage, with Philly rapper Meek Mill performing there earlier in the day. Other acts include Big Sean, Fabolous, Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Omarion, Childish Gambino, B.o.B., and Teyana Taylor.

For more information go here. To jump straight to Ticketmaster to buy your tickets, click here.

GALAEI Gets a New Home in North Philly

GALAEI's new home at 149 West Susquehanna Avenue.

GALAEI’s new home at 149 West Susquehanna Avenue. | Photo from Google Street View.

Later this spring, GALAEI, the only organization for Philly (and all of Pennsylvania)’s gay and lesbian Latino community, will move from its digs on Chestnut Street in the Gayborhood to a new space in North Philadelphia. The new location was the former home of the Norris Square Civic Association and, according to Executive Director Elicia Gonzales, it will situate them in an area that will allow them to reach more of the nonprofit’s constituents.

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8 Philly Area Transgender People Named to National Trans 100 List

It’s a big year for Philadelphia and its surrounding regions on the third-annual Trans 100 list. Eight (8!)  folks with local ties have been recognized by national groups This Is H.O.W. and We Happy Trans for their achievements in advocacy and progressing transgender rights in our city and beyond.

The 100 honorees were announced Sunday evening at a live-streamed event in Chicago. The names were then shared on Twitter, one by one, which is where I culled my list of 8 locals:

Dr. Rachel Levine

Dr. Rachel Levine

It was just announced that Governor Tom Wolf named Dr. Rachel Levine the first transgender Acting Physician General for PA. The Middletown, Pa. resident is also a Professor at the Penn State College of Medicine, where she serves as chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine and Eating Disorders, a program she created on her own. She has also worked actively with the school’s Office of Diversity, mentoring LGBT students, faculty and staff, and she sits on the board of Equality PA.

Andrea Bowen, our go-getting sister across the Delaware, is the recently instated Executive Director of Garden State Equality (GSE). Bowen comes to GSE from Washington D.C., where she worked as the social policy organizer with the D.C. Trans Coalition, and policy expert for the National Center for Transgender Equality. In these roles she played an integral part in getting key legislation passed for the LGBT community, including a bill that allows transgender people to change their birth certificates and names, and she helped spearhead a movement that ensured D.C. health insurance policies covered many trans-specific health care needs. Learn more about what she’s got in store for GSE here.

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WATCH: Martha Stewart Roast Kevin Hart

Videos from the Justin Bieber roast on Comedy Central are surfacing online, and this one finds the queen of all things domestic roasting the you-know-what out of the show’s host Kevin Hart. In the most deadpan way possible, she takes the Philly-bred comedian to task for blowing a chunk of his first big paycheck on a watch. “I forget the term for that … it’s not African American rich. It’ll come to me,” she says.

Later she shows her vulgar side when she tells Ludacris, a father of three by three different women, to “try pulling out sometime and finishing on some fine, highly absorbent Martha Stewart bed linens.” Check out the quick clip above.

Council Candidate Sherrie Cohen Calls for Boycott of City-Sponsored Travel to Indiana

Sherrie Cohen | Photo via Cohen's Facebook

Sherrie Cohen | Photo via Cohen’s Facebook

The gay rights movement backtracked several years last week when, in Indiana, Governor Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which effectively legalized discrimination against LGBT people. The action spurred several advocates to take a stand, including San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee, who signed an executive order that stated: “Effective immediately, I am directing City Departments under my authority to bar any publicly-funded City employee travel to the State of Indiana that is not absolutely essential to public health and safety.”

Today Philadelphia City Council At-Large candidate Sherrie Cohen is following his lead, by asking Mayor Nutter to sign an executive order boycotting city-sponsored travel to Indiana. Her wishes were made clear in an email sent out this afternoon. You can read it below:

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TICKET: Madonna and Taylor Swift Duet on iHeartRadio Music Awards

Last night, on the iHeartRadio Music Awards, Madonna surprised the audience during her performance of her new single “Ghosttown” by bringing out Taylor Swift to play backup guitar on the track. The song started intimate, both music icons resting on schools for an almost Lilith Fair-harkening moment before moving in to a more upbeat, get-on-your feet finale.

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Democratic Party to Endorse Openly Gay Council Candidate for the First Time Ever

Sherrie Cohen | Photo via Cohen's Facebook

Sherrie Cohen | Photo via Cohen’s Facebook

It looks like history will soon be made in the upcoming election for City Council. Our sister blog Citified writes that Philly’s Democratic party is expected to endorse City Council At-Large candidate Sherrie Cohen. This would be the first time in Philadelphia’s history that an openly LGBT council candidate will win the Democratic party’s endorsement. More from Citified.

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City Council Bill Seeks to Make Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs a Permanent Thing

blondell reynods brown

Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown.

This afternoon Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown introduced a bill in City Council that would make permanent the Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs. The move is co-sponsored by all Councilmembers.

“Philadelphia has an international reputation as a City that both celebrates diversity and has no tolerance for intolerance.  This bill offers the LGBT community a permanent seat and voice at the table,” Reynolds Brown said in a press release sent out this afternoon. “To a community who too often faces discrimination, it is imperative for them to have a direct line to the Mayor and City Council. Making this office permanent sends a continued message that, while we have more work to do, we are absolutely up to the challenge.”

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Disney Channel is Developing a Movie About Mo’ne Davis

Mo'ne Davis

Deadline reports that the Disney Channel is in the process of developing a film based on Philadelphia Taney Dragons star pitcher Mo’ne Davis. Throw Like Mo will portray Davis’s rise to fame following the Little League World series last summer, covering some of her biggest accomplishments, like becoming the first Little League player to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated.

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