Taylor Swift Becomes Winningest Billboard Music Awards Artist

Taylor Swift at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards. | Shutterstock.com

Taylor Swift at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards. | Shutterstock.com

Wyomissing-born pop sweetheart Taylor Swift owned the Billboard Music Awards (BMA) last night—from the show’s opening, when she debuted her new music video/short film “Bad Blood,” to the moment she beat country superstar Garth Brooks to become the winningest artist in the history of the BMAs. She now has 20 total awards to Brooks’s 19.

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WATCH: Jim Kenney Sings “Pennies From Heaven” at Tavern on Camac

Democratic mayoral candidate Jim Kenney joined the Liberty City LGBT Democrats (LCLD) last night on a bar crawl through the Gayborhood. During the third stop, at piano bar Tavern on Camac, he stepped up to the stage to sing “Pennies From Heaven” with the pianist.

The song was first recorded by Bing Crosby in 1936, and later covered by everyone from Billie Holiday and Dinah Washington to Frank Sinatra. How do you think Kenney did? I’m told it took some convincing to get him up there, but he really picks it up during the chorus—encouraged, no doubt, by the crowd shouting things like, “You better work!”

Check out the video above, sent by LCLD’s Stephanie Haynes. And below, photos of other LCLD-endorsed candidates who joined the crawl, like openly gay City Council hopefuls Paul Steinke and Sherrie Cohen.



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Bradley Cooper Coming to TV in Limitless [UPDATED WITH TRAILER]

UPDATE [5/15/2015, 3:43 pm: The first trailer for Limitless was released today, showing Cooper in the first seconds of the clip—up close and person, baby blues and all—encouraging the protagonist Brian Finch (Jake McDorman) to take the brain-boosting drug NZT. Check it out above. Limitless is slated for a fall 2015 release on CBS.

ORIGINAL: Bradley Cooper is set to play a recurring character in Limitless, the upcoming television series based on his 2011 film of the same name. Deadline reports that he will play sidekick to the character he played in the film, which is now portrayed by Jake McDorman. More on the plot:

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Real Housewife Countess LuAnn Hosting a Shoe Auction in Philly Next Month

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Real Housewives of New York glamour puss Countess LuAnn de Lesseps is coming to Philadelphia next month to host Stilettos & Sneakers. The event is a “celebrity shoe auction” and dinner that benefits the Wish Upon a Hero Foundation, the local nonprofit that “encourages local students to engage in philanthropy on a local level.”

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The Welcoming Committee to Take Over Center City!

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Photo from The Welcoming Committee Facebook Page

The Welcoming Committee has taken over all kinds of straight bars since they started in Philly a few years ago, and they’ve even done sold-out runs at the Phillies stadium. But in June they’re going for something a little bigger: Center City!

On June 20th, they’ll set out for an afternoon of day-drinking and glitter-spreading on their Center City Bar Crawl, which will begin at Ladder 15 on 15th and Sansom and conclude at Woody’s, because, well, that’s where the booty’s at.

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PHOTOS: Game of Thrones’s The Mountain Crushes Skulls and Takes Names at Devil’s Den

Icelandic actor Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, who plays The Mountain on HBO’s Game of Thrones, is in town this week to play King Thor at the Renaissance Faire in Fairmount on Saturday and Sunday. To get prepared, he must eat like the monster he is, so he’s been sampling devouring some Philly grub. 

Photographer James Zeleniak tells me that Chef Caitlin Mateo delivered him some grub from Square 1682 yesterday afternoon when he visited the Philadelphia Weekly offices, and last night he moved on to South Philly to put away some grub and pal around with fans at Devil’s Den. I’m told he enjoyed a large portion of chicken wings with Korean BBQ that chef Eric Wallace “kicked up a notch.” For his second course, he had a house-blend burger. “Björnsson did not partake in the special Game of Thrones brews from Barren Hill Brewery nor Ommegang‘s Three Eye’d Raven. He drank orange juice,” Zeleniak says.

Zeleniak sent some photos of the 6 foot 9 inch, 400 pound mammoth in action. Ladies, feel free to swoon.



Philanthropy Friday: AIDS FUND

Every Friday we spotlight a local LGBT nonprofit in Philadelphia. This week: AIDS Fund, whose “mission is to raise awareness about the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic in our communities and to provide funds to HIV/AIDS service providers.”

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AIDS Fund Executive Director Robb Reichard

Who are you? Robb Reichard, executive director of AIDS Fund

When was AIDS Fund founded? AIDS Fund’s roots go back to 1987, when the first AIDS Walk in Philadelphia was produced by Penguin Place, the predecessor of the William Way Community Center. We were incorporated as an independent organization two years later.

The organization’s shining moment, to date? In 2011, to mark the 30th year of the epidemic, and the 25th annual AIDS Walk Philly, we produced “1981 – Until It’s Over … ” a multimedia exhibit of the local history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. It was very rewarding to present both the struggles and advances we have experienced as a community. The positive responses we received from individuals who were a part of that history were particularly gratifying. The project then took on a life of its own with the development of the “1981-Until It’s Over … ” Timeline, a walk through history of the AIDS epidemic. We display The Timeline at community events and at high schools, colleges and universities throughout the region.

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WATCH: Bill Cosby’s Baffling Response to Rape Allegations

Bill Cosby was on Good Morning America today to promote his charity work with the Black Belt Foundation, an organization that works to fund underserved schools in the South. In a move we haven’t seen on TV, the reporter questioned him about the numerous rape allegations against him.

“If a young person comes up to you and says, ‘My mom says you’ve done some bad things,’ how will you answer? … Are the allegations true?” she asks. What came next was the kind of bizarre Bill Cosby appearance we’ve come to expect from his talk-show gigs. Except this time, it’s not quite so funny. His response:

“I am prepared to tell this young person about life … I’m not sure that they will come like that. I think that many of them say, ‘Well you’re a hypocrite, you say one thing, you say the other.’ My point is, ‘OK, listen to me carefully: I’m telling you where the road is out. I’m telling you where, as you’re driving you’re going to go into water and it looks like it might only be three inches deep, but you and your car are going to go down. Now, you want to go here or you want to be concerned about who’s giving you the message?’”

Check out the clip above.

(h/t The Hollywood Reporter)

 

PHOTOS: May QOTA at Palladino’s

It was the warmest QOTA (Queers of the Avenue) of the year, and folks came from all over the city to mingle and sample one of East Passyunk’s newest eateries, Palladino’s, which was hosting the event. Chef Luke Palladino played quite the gracious host with a spread of nibbles and cocktails, wine and beer for guests, which included America’s Next Top Model alum Cory Wade, Director of Administrative Services for the City of Philadelphia Office of the Managing Director David Torres, and local techie Andrew Madonna.

Society Hill Films sent some photos of the the evening. Check them out below:



 

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