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Music Bear Tony Banks Turns Up the Static

Music Bear Tony Banks Turns Up the Static

 

Music Bear Tony Banks Turns Up the Static

(HOUSTON) – “In relationships you must have the wisdom to know when enough is enough,” says Music Bear Tony Banks, who describes himself as a gay, black man with the fun of Missy Elliot, the swag of LL Cool J and the dance moves of Heavy D.  “You gotta have the courage to make change and stand up on your own two feet and press forward. Life is too short to allow someone else’s self-destruction to bring you down.”

He sings about breaking free from static relationship cling in his new funky hip-hop track, “Static.”   It’s the first single from his upcoming album, Yes, Homo.

Along with the track, Music Bear is releasing a music video that stars Catalin Constantine as his boyfriend and features animation by wikistylista.

“Who has time to watch someone they love not love themselves?”  he continues.   He knows a thing or two about the difficulties of breaking-up.  Music Bear and his ex are in the midst of a divorce,  although their separation is not due to the level of destruction Music Bear raps about in “Static.” “Our relationship may have grown stale and staticky, to the point where we had to go our own ways, but we remain friends and that’s important,” he says.  “We still support and want the best for one another.”

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Not all of the songs Music Bear writes are about his life.  “I’m often inspired by people around me, and now and then, I’ll use their lives as subjects for songs.   For me, the power of music is about writing something I know someone out there needs to hear or feel me say.”

Still, he tries to stay true to who he is as a man and an artist. You’ll rarely if ever, hear Music Bear Tony Banks rhyming about “Popping Bottles” (he barely drinks) or “Fighting Bitches” (not his style).  In his upcoming album, “Yes Homo,” he tackles issues like love, lust, partying, the state of hip-hop and police brutality.  It’s meant to be a full depiction of what it means to be a black, gay, male, hip-hop artist in 2017.

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Music Bear Tony Banks was born in Brooklyn in the early 80’s.  He grew up during the golden era of hip-hop and believes that at its core, hip-hop is love.  It’s soulful, empowering, fun, beautiful and caring.

The music industry, however, is another monster all together. “The industry turns hip-hop into a misogynistic, homophobic creature that sells its soul for the promise of money, cars, and hoes,” he says.  “It then turns the people in it into that same image. Remember, hate is a learned behavior. No one is born homophobic but when hip-hop spreads that message to millions of people, for decades, it catches on and it’s hard to break away from.”

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The LGBT community is not much better, he contends.  “As a black, gay man of size, I sometimes feel ostracized from my gay brothers and sisters.  I  used to think that if I were a different type of gay, a more stereotypical skinny boy, and fancy dresser, I would have it easier in the community.”

But Music Bear has come to learn that being different isn’t always a bad thing.

“What I hope people who listen to my music and watch my videos take from me as an artist is: Don’t be afraid.  Embrace something different every once in a while. Break from monotony.  Cut the static.  You might just enjoy it!  In fact, I know you will.”

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Music Bear Tony Banks’  new single, “Static,” is available here. Follow Music Bear on Facebook,  Instagram, and Twitter.

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Free New York Pride Passes

 

Free New York Pride Passes

Are you heading to New York City for Pride? If So Get Your Free Pride Weekend Pass!

header_image Free New York Pride Passes(NEW YORK) – In celebration of Pride Month, party producer Jake Resnicow is launching ‘Pride With A Purpose’. He is calling for the LGBTQ community to volunteer at least eight hours of their time this month for a charitable LGBTQ cause. In exchange, he will give a free weekend pass to his Pride events in New York City, including the Matinée Main Event, a $600 value.

“The Pulse Nightclub shooting was a wake-up call,” he says. “It challenged us to consider how we can help make this world a safer place for the community.”

“It’s important that our guests understand that we have a history of being discriminated against and repressed. Violence against the LGBTQ community is on the rise. The ‘Pride With A Purpose’ program is about empowering people to do more, to donate their time and resources.”

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Those interested in participating in ‘Pride With A Purpose’ may volunteer for any LGBTQ charity, including the Ali Forney Center, the world’s largest agency that supports homeless LGBTQ youth. They serve over 150,000 meals annually, providing youth with three nutritious meals per day.

Another worthy cause is The Trevor Project, an organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ teens and young adults.

Once a volunteer has completed their eight hours, they may email documented proof to charity@matineenyc.com. They can then choose between the Ultra VIP Weekend Pass (includes admittance to Matinée, M.E.A.T., and Luvboat parties) or the Millennial Pass (includes admittance to Penthaus, U-Nite and Luvboat par- ties).

“My hope is that the initial eight hours impacts participants in such a way that they are motivated to continue volunteering,” says Resnicow.

Jake Resnicow is the leading nightlife producer behind a series of monthly mega-events in New York City, including M.E.A.T., U-NITE and VERS. In 2010, he brought the international Matinée party to the USA with events in New York, Miami, Vegas, Los Angeles and San Diego.

This year, he has made a name for himself as a party-giving philanthropist. As the producer behind the annual TrevorLive After-Party, a fundraiser for the Ali Forney Center and the It Gets Better Project, Resnicow has helped raise over $2 million for charitable causes. Most recently, he was tapped to produce the Official After-Party spectacle at Life Ball — Europe’s Grandest Philanthropic Event for HIV/AIDS.

“We can make a living by what we receive, but we make a life by what we give, “ he says.

The Pentaus rooftop party takes place Friday, June 23 11pm – 4am at Copa (268 W 47th St, NYC); Matinee Main Event is Friday, June 23 11:30 pm – 6 am at Stage 48 (605 W 48th St, NYC); U-Nite takes place Saturday, June 24 11 pm – 6 am at Stage 48 (605 W 48th St, NYC); M.E.A.T takes place Saturday, June 24 11:30 pm – 6:30 am at King (237 W 42nd St, NYC); and Luvboat takes place Sun- day, June 25 6 pm – 11 pm at Hornblower (Pier 40, NYC).

For more information, visit the ‘Pride With A Purpose’ website.

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Cazwell Sports ‘Loose Wrists’ and Lacey Shorts

Cazwell Sports 'Loose Wrists' and Lacey Shorts

Cazwell Sports ‘Loose Wrists’ and Lacey Shorts

(NEW YORK) – Cazwell’s latest jam, “Loose Wrists,” is old-school hip-hop with a beat that is purposely simple and bass driven and a message that is crystal clear: he aims to make America Femme again.

“It’s about time we all embrace femme,” says Cazwell.  “Whether we are gay or straight when men get in touch with their feminine sides, it gives a real sense of empowerment.”

It’s especially important now, he feels, because “we have a President that wants to take us off of the census and a Vice President that believes shock therapy will cure gayness.  At the end of last year, I vowed to be as gay as possible with my music and videos. We have to be more visible than ever and I hope I inspire that.”

Along with the track, Cazwell has released a music video for “Loose Wrists” that stirred a social media frenzy last week when he posted the above photo to his Instagram.  The photo features Cazwell and his male dancers in pastel-colored lace shorts by designer Hoza Rodriguez of Hologram City.

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“I was surprised by the reaction because the outfits are way more conservative than the shirtless guys in Speedo’s and jockstraps I typically have in my videos.”

Teen Vogue, Maxim and Allure Magazines all wrote features about Cazwell’s Lacey Shorts for Men.  He says he intends to wear them out in public, too.

“Hell yeah, I’m going to wear them all summer! You’ll probably find me at the corner deli at four in the morning wearing a pair with a matching speedo underneath. “

He won’t be the only one either.  Cazwell says, “Hoza has even been contacted by girls wanting to buy the shorts for their boyfriends.  I’m not surprised. I could see Pharrell sporting lace on The Voice.”

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The shorts were originally planned to be jogging suits.  “I wanted five pastel velour jogging suits for the video but we couldn’t get them to look the way we wanted,” explains Cazwell. “I was really stressed out about it so I took a nap and when I woke up, I called Hoza up and said, ‘Lace. Let’s just use lace and have the guys in white briefs.’”

It turns out lace is much easier to work with than velour.  Hoza was able to whip up the outfits quickly.

Cazwell’s career started in downtown New York with songs like ‘Ice Cream Truck,’  ‘No Selfie Control’ and ‘Rice & Beans’.  Cazwell has amassed more than 10 million views on Youtube and over 1 million digital streams and downloads.

His last full-length album, Hard 2 B Fresh, was released in 2015 on the Brooklyn indie label, Peace Bisquit.  “Loose Wrists” is the first single off Cazwell’s new music label, Snow Cone.

Lacey Shorts aren’t his first foray in fashion, either. Last year Cazwell debuted his ‘Ice Cream Truck’ underwear with design collaborator Geoffrey Mac.  The collection sold out entirely in its first month.

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For more information, visit Cazwell’s website and PeaceBisquit.com.

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LeAnn Rimes Headlines Houston Pride Fest 2017

The Internationally Acclaimed Country- Pop Singer Will Headline The Houston Pride Festival Stage On June 24, 2017.

(HOUSTON) — County and Pop Superstar LeAnn Rimes will headline Houston’s Pride Festival in downtown Houston on Saturday, June 24, Pride Houston Inc. has announced.

The LGBTQ community is family to me,” Rimes released in a statement. “My music wouldn’t be the same without the love, and inspiration.

Rimes, on a current whirlwind of Pride performances and spreading love, hits the festival stage in Houston at 3 PM. Her new single ‘Love Is Love Is Love,’ will surely be a hit amongst Houston’s LGBTQ+ community.

The free concert and festival is open to the public and will be located in the plaza in front of City Hall downtown. There is no age limit to attend, and no tickets needed. Gates are expected to open at 12:00 PM.

Immediately following the Houston Pride Festival, the attentions turns to the Houston Pride Parade. The annual parade has an attendance of over 700,000 people every year from all over the world.

Pride Houston 2017 will be a musical one indeed—in addition to Rimes, Pride Houston has promised an amazing entertainment line-up and show stopping parade.

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