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Transgender Comment Ignites Controversy For Houston Whatever Festival Founder

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Houston Whatever Festival Organizer Makes Questionable Transgender Post On Social Media Resulting In Headlining Acts To Cancel Appearances.

HOUSTONFEB 27 — Several bands and artists have canceled their appearances at the upcoming Houston Whatever Fest after the organizer + founder posted a questionable photo with a comment on social media that has sparked controversy within the LGBT and Transgender community.

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Local act Giant Kitty announced on Sunday their appearance at the festival would be canceled. Other acts like Genesis Blu, Rose Ette, Roky Moon & BOLT and SoBe Lash have also canceled their engagements with the Houston festival. In a statement released by the act’s record label in part stated the cancelations were ‘in solidarity,’ and the ‘transphobic comments’ were hateful and heartbreaking.

Houston Whatever Festival founder Jason Price last week, in a Las Vegas Airport published a social media post depicting a person in a dress, waiting for TSA. “I mean, I know it’s Vegas and anything can happen here and does, but he should really be wearing some more clothes going through security at the airport. Yes, I did say HE.”

“I mean, I know it’s Vegas and anything can happen here and does, but he should really be wearing some more clothes going through security at the airport. Yes, I did say HE.”

The post has since been removed from social media after provoking feedback. Price issued an apology Friday evening in part apologizing for his post and adding, “I have nothing but love in my heart and never want to see anybody uselessly hurt. Words are powerful folks. Life is full of lessons and I guess I’m still in class.”

The Houston Whatever Fest website describes the festival as the ‘City’s most eclectic street festival‘ that has more than 80 acts on 5 stages and features diverse mix music genres, top-tier comedy acts and a variety of art experiences.

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Dessie’s Drag Race Crowns Season 9 Winner!

Regina Thorne DuBois Dessie Drag Race Winner

10 Grueling Weeks Filled With Spectacular Performances, Costumes, And Drag Queens Has Crowned A New Houston Diva!

(HOUSTON) – Season 9 is a wrap for Dessie’s Drag Race, a ten-week competition for drag performers at Michael’s Outpost created by Miss Gay Texas, Dessie Love Blake.  Landing the Season 9 ‘Crown’ is Houston’s Regina Thorne-Dubois.

Winner Regina Thorne-Dubois admits she has only three short years in the Houston drag scene, but has used inspiration from idols Dessie Love Blake, Chloe Knox , friends and family to take her to the top. Regina mixed her background in theatre and her true love for the stage. That combination was unstoppable, and she knew Season 9 was hers for the taking.

“Dropping out was never an option for me once I made the decision to do drag race,” Regina explained in an interview with About News. She recalls thinking it was a ‘horrible joke,’ after she was announced winner.

Over the history of D.D.R. the audience has seen many members of the Dubois family come up one step shy. Not this season, as two members of Dubois family dynasty landed in the finals.

 “Regina was a front runner from the beginning,” show founder Dessie Love Blake expressed. “She proved week after week she had the goods to go to the end.” As the winner, Regina will become the host at Michael’s Outpost on Monday nights with her new show, A Broads Way: A Broadway Musical Revue.

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Raph Solo Releases New Music Video Titled Love Lives

Artist Raph Solo Releases New Music Video Titled Love Lives

(NEW YORK) Artist Raph Solo has released a brand new music video that shows a different side to the out artist.   He dances! “It’s all very tongue-and cheek,” he laughs. “I hope fans like the choreography and chutzpah.”

In “Love Lives”, Raph Solo boldly declares that he is no less equal than any other person for who he is or who he loves.

“I have worked very hard to gain the self-respect and acceptance I enjoy today,” he explains.  “It’s been a difficult journey but I’m finally at a point where I know that I don’t need anyone’s approval to feel comfortable in my own skin.”

Just a few years ago, Raph admits he fought his feelings for men and even underwent reparative therapy in an attempt to cure himself of his homosexuality.  In the end, it was even more damaging to Solo and his self-esteem.   “It made me feel like a failure because no matter how hard I tried, I could not change my feelings.”

“Love Lives”  was written and produced by Raph.  The song is an R&B, modern pop groove; melodic with an edgy tech feel.  He says he wasn’t originally planning to release the song.  He recorded it on his birthday as a special gift to himself.  Ultimately, however, Raph felt its message was an important one and that it  reflected his current state of artistry.   “I wanted to take my sound onto the streets and into the clubs,” he says.

Born to Lebanese/Chilean parents on the Gulf of Guinea in Nigeria, West Africa, Raph Solo is a singer, songwriter and music producer.  He has released three full-length albums, including last summer’s THE ANONYMOUS ICON, featuring “Star” and “Good Morning London”.

Today, Raph is a proud gay man in a loving relationship with an English man from the East Midlands who shares his core values and beliefs.

Raph Solo’s “Love Lives” is being released globally through Angel King Musique and is available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon as well all other online retail outlets. Visit his website.  Follow Raph Solo on Twitter and Facebook.

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Suspect Arrested In Montrose Attack

Suspect Vince A. Dancer accused in the assault of Houston Dr. Stephen D. Brown.

Details are still emerging, but according to Houston Police Department, charges have been filed against Vincent Asher Dancer (w/m, 20) in the assault of Steve Brown that occurred around 4:30 a.m. on Saturday (July 9) at the home of Brown.

Court documents indicate the two were in a ‘dating relationship’ and Dancer resided with Brown at his townhome on the upper west side of Montrose. (Sul Ross near Shepard Drive)

“Officers responded to an assault in-progress call at the above address and were flagged down by a citizen who directed them to the residence,” stated HPD Homicide Division Sergeant B. Harris. “Officers found Dancer who stated he had assaulted Mr. Brown with a glass globe and that he believed he had killed him.”

Dancer was arrested at the scene and charged with Aggravated Assault of a Family Member in the 183rd District Court. His bond has been set at $30,000.00 and is currently in jail.

The Harris County District Attorney’s office filed for an ‘Emergency Protective Order’ on July 11 on behalf of Brown. The order prohibits Dancer from any contact with Brown.

The victim,  was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital in critical condition with head trauma. A friend of Brown’s spoke with About News on the condition of anonymity stating, “Steve is still listed in critical condition and in ICU.”

Dancer is set to appear in court again on August 10, 2016.

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