Questions Raised After White Guy Wins Mr. SEXO, GALAEI Responds

Mr. SEXO 2015 Marcous Marchese with last year's winner Syfr Gavriel, Elicia Gonzales and host Cyannie Famouz. Photo by Freedom G Photography

Mr. SEXO 2015 Marcous Marchese with last year’s winner Syfr Gavriel, Elicia Gonzales and host Cyannie Famouz. Photo by Freedom G Photography

Last week I told you about the 2015 Mr. SEXO winner, Marcous Marchese, who was crowned (or, err, sashed) at Woody’s on Thursday night. I was a little surprised by the  news, considering Marchese is white and the competition was billed as a search for a “gay/queer Latino who is the epitome of sexy.”

The event, now in its second year, is sponsored by PhillyGayCalendar and Philly queer Latin social justice organization GALAEI, so I reached out to Executive Director Elicia Gonzales to see why a white dude took the prize. She told me that, “GALAEI is a queer Latin@ social justice organization. Latinadad is not who we serve but how we serve, so we treat everyone like familia. And we feel the new Mr. SEXO embodies this.”

When I shared the post on Facebook, however, a few readers voiced their opinions about the win. One commenter said, “Not to be rude … but why was a white guy even allowed to enter this competition designed specifically for the Queer Latino community? I’m confused … ”

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WATCH: Gunnar Montana’s Resurrection Room

Philly dancer/choreographer/Instinct model (but we had him first!) Gunnar Montana has released his 2014 FringeArts hit Resurrection Room online. It’s a shame if you didn’t see it in person. The electric, at times unsettling performance was, in my opinion, Montana’s best work yet. It follows a young woman (played by dancer Stephi Lyniece) as she stumbles upon “a world with no rules, no life, no death.” Along the way she meets a series of characters, like robots, demon geishas and a mohawked, hot pink-bearded Montana doing one of the most deliciously twisted pieces of choreography I’ve ever seen. (That starts at around 29:20.)

While the video, made by Nicole Patriarca, doesn’t compare to seeing all this unfold directly in front of you, it’s a worthy next-best option. Check it out above. Revel in the sexy nightmares later.

WATCH: Warwick Rowers Leave Nothing to the Imagine In NSFW Calendar Bonus Video

warwick rowers bonus film

Every year, the Warwick Rowers release a racy calendar that benefits Sport Allies, an organization that fights homophobia in sports. Filled with pages of the athletes doing various things in the nude, the page-turner is obviously a big hit in the gay world, and this year they’re doing their gay fans a solid with the release of a new behind-the-scenes video that leaves absolutely nothing to the imagination.

It’s 6-plus minutes of the guys talking about what it’s like to make the calendar—from doing naked headstands on a dock to carrying their birthday suited teammates on their shoulders. Check out the NSFW video here, then get your good-karma fix by purchasing it, here.

200 Years of African American Art Going On Display at PMA

Henry Ossawa Tanner's The Annunciation, 1898.

Henry Ossawa Tanner’s The Annunciation, 1898.

Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) will kick off 2015 by pulling from its holdings 75 pieces of artwork by African American artists. The exhibit, called “Represent: 200 Years of African American Art,” is, like its name suggests, a survey of art that spans two centuries and more than 50 artists. According to the New York Observer, some of the oldest pieces in the collection include Moses Williams silhouettes that date back to 1802, artworks by free and enslaved artists and a sculpture by David Drake.

Of the collection, PMA says, “we are mindful of the many anniversaries of the civil rights movement that have recently passed or are soon to come, and are thinking equally about the way race remains a key topic of conversation in the United States today—in politics, society, popular culture, and, of course, the arts. … This is an important moment in which to explore the historic development and continuing growth of the Museum’s collections of African American art.”

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Christmas Music 101 With Night Before On XPN Host Robert Drake

For the 22nd year in a row, WXPN host—and our 2014 Best of Philly pick for Best DJ—Robert Drake will stay up for 24 hours on Christmas Eve playing the enormous collection of holiday music he’s collected since his youth. Called The Night Before on XPN, the exhaustive set will include every type of holiday song imaginable—rare tunes, as I learned this week, that reach as far back as 1918. I caught up with him to learn more about this monster collection, how he stays awake all night and, since he’s the closest thing I know to a holiday-song expert, glean some yuletide-tune etiquette: When is it too early to start blaring “Jingle Bells?” What are the three most-own holiday albums? Is Mariah really worth the hype? He lays it all out in our chit-chat below.

Robert Drake in the studio. | Photo by Joseph Hocker

Robert Drake in the studio. | Photo by Joseph Hocker

How many songs are in your holiday music collection?
Wow, that is a hard one to answer since my collection is primarily based in CDs … but I’d say I’ve got easily 20,000 songs going back to 1918.

 You have a song from 1918?!
It’s a reading of “The Night Before Christmas.” It was on a holiday compilation I got several years ago.

What sparked your fascination with Christmas music?
As most kids, I loved hearing Christmas music since it meant Santa wasn’t far behind. As I got older, I loved the fact that, no matter what genre of music you performed, you could always produce a Christmas album. Some great, most fair and a decent amount truly awful.

Earliest Christmas song memory?
For me it’s Kate Smith performing “Silver Bells.” I’ve no idea why, but it does explain my fascination with Divine years later.

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WATCH: Chase Utley Surprises Fan With Cancer On Ellen

Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley stopped by the Ellen show recently to surprise a 23-year-old superfan with cancer.

Julie Kramer had no idea what was coming to her, she thought she was there to talk about staying positive as she struggles with a rare form of cancer, and to receive a few gifts. Ellen presented her with a check for $10,000, which brought tears to her eyes, but then her dream of dreams came true: Her favorite Phillies player Chase Utley came strutting out with a box full of Phillies gifts. Her reaction is priceless.

Utley gave her an open invitation to the Phillies any time she wants to come.

WATCH: Bill Nye Explain the Theory of Evolution Using Emojis

Bill Nye the Science Guy is just as cool and relevant as when you watched him on TV as a kid. Who else could explain the basics of evolution in less than two minutes—using emojis!?

That’s just what he’s done in a new Mashable-collaboration video that’s gone viral since it posted to YouTube on December 12th.

Check it out above, and perhaps he’ll show it tonight when he appears at the Kimmel Center in “An Evening With Bill Nye.” There are still tickets available. They can be purchased here.

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