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Dolly Parton Radiates At Houston Tour Stop

Dolly Parton Radiates At Houston Concert (Photo by KTRK ABC13)

Country Music Queen Dolly Parton Gave The Show Of Her Life In Houston On Monday Night Surrounded By Friends And Fans.

HOUSTON  (December 6, 2016)  As one of the first major country artists to become an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ+ rights Dolly Parton and her caravans; Dolly I, Dolly II and Dolly III (the code names for Parton’s personal tour busses) rolled into Houston to deliver some Pure & Simple  listening pleasure for thousands of Houston fans Monday evening at NRG Arena.

Pure & Simple is anything but what the country music icon furnished for her adoring fans that filled the arena for Parton’s stop on her final leg of the North American tour. Feeling more like an intimate ‘family’ gathering than a sold out concert, you could not help feeling the ‘Warmth & Love’ that Parton radiated from stage to concert goers.

With no opening act, the tour ditched the fancy mega-tour smoke and lighting, opting for a more ‘simple’ approach of echoes of cascading white elegant sheer and Parton’s personal trio of musicians; longtime band members Richard Dennison, Kent Wells and Tom Rutledge. No drummer in sight, only the tremendous harmonies of Parton filled the night.

For two blissful hours Parton filled the area with ‘Pure & Simple’ love, baring her signature headset microphone, and in a stunning red sequined dress after the intermission as she strutted from one side of the stage to another leading us on a magicial journey into her classic hits like “Islands in the Stream” and “I Will Always Love You.”

The 29-song set list was not enough for Houston fans. Parton crammed as many hits possible into her two sets. – “If I Had a Hammer” and “Blowin’ in the Wind” among them, but capturing the crowd in a show-stopping, breathtaking performance of “Little Sparrow,” left Houston hungry for more and without a doubt in anyone’s mind, Parton has not lost it. She’s still the only Dolly.

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Star-Studded List Of Presenters Announced For 2016 FACE Awards In Houston

Sarah Pepper And Lauren Kelly To Host 2016 FACE Awards

Multiple Reality Stars, An American Gladiator, Miss Texas And Local LGBTQ+ Society & Personalities Join Together For One Night To Honor LGBTQ+ Community For The 5th Annual Face Awards Presented By Avenue 360 Health & Wellness

HOUSTON — DEC 6­— It gets real this year for Houston’s LGBTQ+ FACE Awards as some of TV’s hottest reality stars and national personalities arrive in Montrose to attend the 5th annual award show that honors the LGBTQ+ community in December. The F.A.C.E. Awards presented by Avenue 360 Health & Wellness and Smirnoff Vodka is set for Monday, December 12 at South Beach the nightclub.The City of Houston has proclaimed this day to honor the LGBTQ+ community. Red carpet arrivals at 7PM and award show at 8:30PM. Hosted by Houston award winning Lauren Kelly of Mix96.5FM and Sarah Pepper of Houston’s HOT 97.5 FM. Joey Guerra, Music Critic from the Houston Chronicle and Joy Sewing, Fashion & Beauty Editor from the Houston Chronicle will host the official ‘Live From The Red Carpet’ pre-show presented by CBS Radio.

Rolling into their 5th year, the F.A.C.E. Awards kicks into true celebrity fashion to welcome celebrity reality stars for an evening that is promised to be the ‘VMA’s of Houston.’ Bravo’s hit TV show ‘Married to Medcine’ star Dr. Ashandra “Shan” Batiste  and charming TV reality husband, Richard Cumby are confirmed presenters. Miss Teen USAand Reality TV Star Nicole O’Brian Lassiter known as a former Miss Texas, and her role on CBS’ Survivor is also confirmed to present.

WEtv’s Network’s reality series Sisters In Law   Jolonda Jones will walk the red carpet and also present. Jones is no stranger to reality television. She has appeared on the hit CBS television show Survivor multiple times. But proudly, Jones is a Houstonian, and an outspoken advocate. Currently in production of a new reality show, and a full television camera crew in tow, Jones will grace the red carpet. Jones is currently filming a new reality show. WEtv’s Sisters In Law star Cherrise Traylor, will be joining the crowd that is set to honor some of Houston’s best in over twenty different categories. Traylor is a nationally known personal trainer, a former national football player for the Houston Energy, and an American Gladiator.

Doug Mason, president of Out At The Rodeo, long-time Houston LGBTQ+ legend Ray Hill, along side Lane Lewis are all confirmed to present. The FACE Awards welcomes the ACLU of Texas President Terri Burke as a presenter with Texas’ longest running Senator, Senator John Witmire.

Fran Watson, President of the GLBT Political Caucus joins ABC ReportePooja Lodhia, with Co-President of PFLAG HoustonJeffry Faircloth as presenters. Houston HOT 95.7 FM Morning Show co-hosts Ivan & Lucio, along side Paul Pettie and Joe Fuentes Jr. , Dee Dee Waters, President of Houston Pride Celebration Frankie Quijano, Houston LGBT personality Kofi, the Houston’s Ballet Harper Watters, and entertainer Morena Roas.

Black Lives Matter’s Ashton Woods will proudly present at the 2016 FACE Awards, the award show is geared around equality, and presenting honors to the LGBTQ+ community for the past year.

The F.A.C.E. Awards (First Achievers in Community Excellence) will honor people of the LGBTQ+ community in the following categories: Volunteer Of The Year, Activist Of The Year, Non-Profit Of The Year, Entertainer Of The Year, Bartender Of The Year, Event Of The Year, Business Of The Year, Barista Of The Year, Social Media Personality Of The Year, 10. Employer Of The Year, Politician Of The Year, Nightclub Of The Year, DJ Of The Year, Creative Artist Of The Year, Journalist Of The Year, Community Personality of The Year, Personal Trainer of The Year, Real Estate Agent of The Year, and Philanthropist of The Year.

 Avenue 360 Health And Wellness has been named the title sponsor for the 2016 F.A.C.E. Awards. Smirnoff® Vodka will lend their award-winning name as the official presenting sponsor. Corporate CBS Radio has been crowned title media partner for the Fifth annual award show.

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South Beach Nightclub Does Mannequin Challenge

South Beach Nightclub Does Mannequin Challenge
South Beach Nightclub Does Mannequin Challenge

The Mannequin Challenge landed in one of Houston’s LGBTQ+ nightclubs over the weekend.

The viral Internet video trend where people remain frozen in action like mannequins invaded South Beach Nightclub on Thursday night just in time for the weekly event ‘So You Think You Can Drag.’

The video shoot by Houston personality Morena Roas features many LGBTQ+ personalities and the community like Kofi, handsome gay couples, hetro couples kissing, and South Beach employees, all in a state of frozen, on the dance floor of the mega club.

Funny remark at 0:26 time stamp as the videographer apparently says “Oh Shit.” Shorty after, ‘So You Think You Can Drag’ host Kofi breaks the silence and the crowd cheers.

It is believed that the phenomenon was started by students in Jacksonville, Florida on October 12, 2016 according to Wikipedia. The initial posting has inspired works by other groups, especially professional athletes and sports teams that have posted increasingly complex and elaborate videos.

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Reality TV Stars And American Gladiator Set To Walk Red Carpet At 2016 FACE Awards

Married to Medicine's Dr. Ashandra Batiste(L)and Sisters In Law's Jolonda Jones (R)
Married to Medicine's Dr. Ashandra Batiste(L)and Sisters In Law's Jolonda Jones (R)

WE TV’s ‘Sisters In Law’ Jolonda Jones, Cherrise Traylor, and Bravo’s ‘Married To Medicine’ Dr. Ashandra Batiste Set To Attend Houston’s LGBTQ+ FACE Awards To Honor The Community!

HOUSTONNOV 26 — It gets real as in ‘real’ilty this year on the red carpet for Houston’s LGBTQ+ FACE Awards as some of TV’s hottest reality stars come to Montrose for the 5th annual award show that honors the LGBTQ+ community in December presented by Avenue 360 Health & Wellness and Smirnoff Vodka. Set for Monday, December 12 in Montrose at South Beach. Red carpet arrivals at 7PM and award show at 8:30PM.silcastphoto Reality TV Stars And American Gladiator Set To Walk Red Carpet At 2016 FACE Awards

Rolling into their 5th year, the F.A.C.E. Awards swings out their fabulous red carpet in true celebrity fashion to welcome celebrity reality stars into Montrose for an evening that is promised to be the ‘VMA’s of Houston.’

Bravo’s hit TV show ‘Married to Medcine’ star Dr. Ashandra “Shan” Batiste will stroll down the magical red carpet that will be hosted by the Houston Chronicle’s Joey Guerra along with a special unnamed guest. Batiste, a Houston dental surgeon; is one of the stars of the new reality show that is currently being filmed in Houston. Batiste will also be a presenter. Bravo has long capitalized on the formula of revulsion + curiosity = good television.

2016-FACE-AWARDS-1024x256 Reality TV Stars And American Gladiator Set To Walk Red Carpet At 2016 FACE Awards

WEtv’s Network’s reality series Sisters In Law  Jolonda Jones will be in attendance. Jones is no stranger to reality television. She has appeared on the hit CBS television show Survivor multiple times. But proudly, Jones is a Houstonian, and an outspoken advocate. Currently in production of a new reality show, and a full television camera crew in tow, Jones will grace the red carpet. Jones is currently filming a new reality show.

WEtv’s Sisters In Law star Cherrise Traylor, will be joining the crowd that is set to honor some of Houston’s best in over twenty different categories. Traylor is a nationally known personal trainer, a national football player for the Houston Energy, and an American Gladiator.

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