Arts and Entertainment

Relentless Speaking About Music.- February 2016 edition

published: February, 11, 2016 Categories // DJ Relentless, African, Caribbean and Black, Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Music, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Toronto’s DJ Relentless aka Alphonso King Jr is living with HIV and also doubles as drag artist Jade Elektra. Here’s Alphonso’s review of recent hits and misses in the music world

Relentless Speaking About Music.- February 2016 edition

It's Black History Month in the year 2016. The entertainment world is heading into the Oscars with a boycott hanging over it with no black actors being nominated in any of the major categories. We just finished Superbowl weekend and FOX News has declared war on Beyonce for her politically charged pro-black lyrics in her new track, "Foundation" that she dropped the day before the big event. And in this presidential election year where the top Republican candidates do not seem to be concerned

Becoming Jade

published: February, 08, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // DJ Relentless, Arts and Entertainment, Photography, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

A fascinating contribution from Toronto-based designer/photographer/film maker Kristy Boyce detailing the transformation of PositiveLite.com’s Alphonso King Jr. to drag artist Jade Elektra, aka DJ Relentless

Becoming Jade

In December I started a typological photography project exploring the process that drag queens go through when transforming themselves from "man on the street" into the epic glamazons we see performing in bars and on TV.  My first participant was the lovely Jade Elektra, I couldn't have asked for a better model to start the project with, Jade even did a write up about mental shift that takes place as Jade comes to be through each layer of makeup. Becoming Jade The process of becoming Jade

I Watched Charlie Sheen on The Dr. Oz Show So You Don't Have To

published: January, 22, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Mark S. King

Mark S King on the crazy on-off-on HIV treatment history of our least favourite HIV poster boy Charlie Sheen . . “might be the worst thing to ever happen to AIDS cure research, or at least the most irresponsible reporting about it.”

I Watched Charlie Sheen on The Dr. Oz Show So You Don't Have To

Dr. Oz has a very strange verbal compulsion. He can't stop making lame metaphors.  When taking an early morning jog with Charlie Sheen, in the first of their two-part interview for The Dr. Oz Show, the doctor sees metaphors everywhere. "You have to look down so you don't see how steep the hill is," he says as they putter upwards. "It's sort of like life, isn't it?" Descending the hill sparks another metaphoric burst from the talk show physician.  "It's always easier going downhill," he say

What do dirty stories, a rabbi and Syrian refugees have in common?

published: January, 21, 2016 Categories // Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Fundraisers, Events, Spirituality, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Brian Finch

Brian Finch and the night his rabbi unexpectedly drops in on Brian’s deep dish, risqué storytelling event

What do dirty stories, a  rabbi and Syrian refugees have in common?

I’ve known my rabbi, Rabbi Ben, now for five years. He’s a little older than I am. A petit man, short buzzed grey hair with a small frame. Religiously he’s conservative and socially liberal. Like, be gay, but just be gay with a with nice Jewish boy. When I first met him I’d have to visit him once a month while I was on my path to conversion. I’d always feel awkward with him. He’s super nice and a smart guy. I’ll chalk it up to the “rabbi effect.” My friend’s husband is lik

A gay cultural treat

published: January, 11, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Community Events, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Editor Bob Leahy reviews The Gay History Project, an important and enjoyable romp through all things gay, playing at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Toronto until January 31

A gay cultural treat

If the title of the play now running for a second time at Toronto's Buddies in Bad Times Theatre this month prior to its national tour, sounds dull or scholarly, don’t be deterred - because the show is anything but dull. True, it has elements of a tutorial on our cultural heritage but presented in a way that is fresh, entertaining and often downright hilarious. If only history lessons were always this fun.  Three likeable young actors – Damien Atkins, Paul Dunn and Andrew Kushnir  - tak

HIV movies through new eyes - The Normal Heart

published: December, 21, 2015 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Television, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Rob Olver - Editor

Rob Olver reviews the highly regarded movie adaption of Larry Kramer’s story of activism in New York in the early days of the epidemic, The Normal Heart.

HIV movies through new eyes - The Normal Heart

The Normal Heart is a 2014 HBO film written by Larry Kramer based on his 1985 play of that name and directed by Ryan Murphy. The cast includes Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Alfred Molina, Jonathan Groff and also Joe Mantello, who starred in the original theatre production.  The movie portrays the rise of the AIDS epidemic in New York between 1981 and 1984 and rages against the forces that failed to act or even speak up during the epidemic’s early years. A generation of young gay

Relentlessly speaking about music (December 2015 edition)

published: December, 15, 2015 Categories // DJ Relentless, Arts and Entertainment, Music

Toronto’s DJ Relentless aka jade Elektra with his reviews of new music tracks – from the hits to the train wrecks.

Relentlessly speaking about music (December 2015 edition)

New music We are almost done with 2015 and in my opinion….good riddance! I call this period in music the "Rip Off Era". I can't believe all these producers and DJs who are blatantly stealing vocals or making covers of older songs and then changing the titles to pass them off as "new music". Now…don't get me wrong. There are a few new songs out there.  First up…let's talk about "Focus" by Ariana Grande. I kind of wish that her label would decide what they really want to do with this yo

Stigma in full-force

published: November, 25, 2015 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, Television, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Toronto guy Josh reacts to the Charlie Sheen affair and addresses those hurtful reactions we all read. “I want you to know that your mean comments about Charlie Sheen impacted a person living with HIV” he says.

Stigma in full-force

Many of you have likely heard the announcement from Charlie Sheen that he is HIV-positive.  When I first saw #CharlieSheen as a top trend on Twitter, I immediately wondered what ridiculous statement he had made this time. When I clicked the hashtag and saw the news, I immediately felt two things: first, compassion. It’s not easy news to get, and it’s certainly not easy news to share. Second, I felt a sense of panic; I felt panicked because this is what people will be talking about. The w

The Charlie Sheen interview with TODAY's Matt Lauer

published: November, 17, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Features and Interviews, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

For those who haven’t seen it, the news officially broke this morning in this interview that Charlie Sheen is HIV-positive

The Charlie Sheen interview with TODAY's Matt Lauer

“I’m not really the good poster man for this but I won’t shun away from responsibilities and opportunities that draw me to helping others.”  “I’m gonna ride this wave of support. If there’s one guy on this planet to contract this that’s going to deliver a cure, it’s me. Seriously." Part one  Part two  Part three  An open letter from Charlie Sheen: Roughly four years ago, I suddenly found myself in the throws of a seismic and debilitating three-day cluster-migraine-l

HIV movies through new eyes - Longtime Companion

published: November, 12, 2015 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Rob Olver - Editor

Rob Olver reviews the early AIDS film Longtime Companion (1989) and says “I can’t recommend this movie highly enough.”

HIV movies through new eyes - Longtime Companion

Although AIDS cut a devastating swath in the creative professions throughout the 80’s it is perhaps surprising that, released in 1989, Longtime Companion was the first wide-release film to relate what life was like in the early years of the AIDS epidemic in America. It was preceded only by the TV movie, “An Early Frost” and the excellent but obscure, “Parting Glances”. Written by Craig Lucas and directed by Norman Rene, the film follows events over eight years in the lives of a grou

Reality check

published: November, 03, 2015 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Theatre, Philip Minaker

Philip Minaker on drag sensation Roy Haylock, better known as his stage persona, Bianca Del Rio.

Reality check

“If Phyllis Diller and Don Rickles had a love child it more than likely would have been Roy Haylock” .  Try as you might, it is difficult to name more than a dozen that have participated in a talent based reality TV show that have managed to attain staying power and international acclaim in the last ten years. Granted, there are many that have capitalized on their exposure and taken a huge giant step forward in their given field but stardom in the true sense of the word has eluded most

Relentlessly speaking about music (October 2015 edition)

published: October, 22, 2015 Categories // DJ Relentless, African, Caribbean and Black, Arts and Entertainment, Music, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Another blog by DJ Relentless that explores the hits and misses of the current month

Relentlessly speaking about music (October 2015 edition)

It's October and it must be the season of the Drake…..literally. Canada has artists dominating the Billboard charts right now and Drake is leading the pack with 14 songs on the Top 100 singles chart. He's joined by The Weeknd and Justin Bieber who seem to be battling for the number one spots. And meanwhile back in the US, Janet Jackson has dropped a great dance tune, Rihanna prepares to release yet another album and a social media whore tries buying her way into the dance charts with over 26

The Danny Pintauro Interview

published: October, 22, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Revolving Door, Television, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

For eight years, he played Jonathan Bower on televisions "Who's the Boss". He starred in Stephen King's "Cujo". For twelve years, Danny Pintauro had a secret. Danny is HIV positive. Now Joe Lethbridge interviews him for PositiveLite.com

The Danny Pintauro Interview

Seeing clips of Danny Pintauro on "The View" and hearing holier than thou, judgemental comments from clueless host Candace Bure , I knew HIV still had stigma surrounding it. Danny kept his cool. He carried himself with grace and kept his head held high. Not only openly gay, but publicly open with his HIV status, I wanted to know how someone in the public eye could face scrutinity  and be judged unfairly. I wanted to know more about the man, rather than the entertainer or "former child star"

HIV movies through new eyes - Parting Glances

published: October, 19, 2015 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Newly Diagnosed, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Rob Olver - Editor

Rob Olver reviews the ground-breaking 1984 movie, one of the earliest films to address HIV and AIDS, and says “ I recommend it to anyone interested in gay or HIV-related cinema.”

HIV movies through new eyes - Parting Glances

I was really looking forward to seeing this one. An American independent film directed by Bill Sherwood, Parting Glances was shot in 1984 and released in 1986. It’s widely considered a landmark of gay cinema and is one of the earliest films to address HIV and AIDS. Robert (John Bolger) works for an international aid organization and is about to leave on a work assignment in Africa. He’ll be leaving behind his partner, a freelance editor named Michael (Richard Ganoung). Michael meanwhile s

How do we solve a problem like Pintauro?

published: October, 15, 2015 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, Television, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Mark S. King

Mark S. King on the shaky coming out of poz guy Danny Pintauro from TV’s “Who’s the Boss?”

How do we solve a problem like Pintauro?

My discomfort began as I sat in front of my web cam, waiting to join Danny Pintauro in a segment on Huffington Post Live. Danny had recently announced on an Oprah special that he was living with HIV, which was big news for fans of “Who’s the Boss?” and those who loved the precocious little boy Danny played. Before my virtual entrance, Danny was telling host Nancy Redd how he was infected with HIV.  He wanted to explore “rougher sides” of his sexuality, he explained. And wouldn’t

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