RIP: Pete Seeger

By: Tuesday January 28, 2014 8:00 pm

Pete Seeger, folk singer and activist whose music and straight talk inspired generations of musicians and activists, has died. He was 94. Known for songs like “If I Had a Hammer,” “Turn, Turn, Turn,” and “Where Have All the Flowers Gone”, Seeger–who joined the Young Communist League (YCL) in 1936 and the Communist Party USA in 1942, eventually drifting away from them in the early 1950s–performed for troops in the South Pacific during World War II. He was convicted of contempt of Congress after refusing to answer questions at the House Un-American Activities Committee.

So Long, Pete & Toshi Seeger, It’s Been Amazingly Great to Know You

By: Tuesday January 28, 2014 11:18 am

Toshi and Pete Seeger defy description except through the sheer joy and honor it was to know them, however briefly.

Macklemore & Lewis’s Grammy performance inspires our children

By: Monday January 27, 2014 7:15 pm

Without question, the most memorable moment last night at the Grammys was Macklemore & Lewis’s performance of “Same Love” (accompanied by Mary Lambert, Queen Latifah, and Madonna) when 34 gay and heterosexual couples were married. Never mind what the anti-gay right will say. Their outrage is predictable.

But some folks on our side have whined about “publicity stunts” and such. I say “hush up already.” Now usually, I’m one for condemning the seemingly mixture of lgbt culture and the fascination with celebrity.

Grammys: Queen Latifah to Perform 34 Weddings During Macklemore’s Set

By: Sunday January 26, 2014 1:05 pm

Macklemore’s Grammy performance of “Same Love,” which became this year’s anthem for marriage equality, was already sounding pretty fabulous: hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with guest appearance by Madonna and Mary Lambert, but now it has really turned into an amazing event!

Late Night: Leveling Out

By: Saturday January 25, 2014 8:00 pm

I get a kick out of this video, main dancer Richie Greenfield did the choreography. What are you listening to?

Late Night: Wicked Game

By: Sunday January 19, 2014 8:00 pm

Because I’m feeling wicked this evening.

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