Wednesday, May 30, 2012

COP 24/7 Unleashed and Unabashed

With summer rolling up on us with a quickness, so does the PRIDE season which comes in as many colors as the rainbow flag itself. On the local front their are the usual moves being brought to the table such as Mr. & Miss Pride.  Alright here's a pop quiz, "can you name last year's Mr & Miss Pride? O.K. maybe you can, but as the weeks details firm up, we will continue bringing you our special brand of news, links, updates and more of what you've been asking for. Keep it locked and loaded to COP 24/7 for the latest.

ALL Hail Queen
Latifah Comes OUT....Sorta

Well tongues are wagging and have been for some time as gaydars have been in overdrive about Queen Latifahs allegedly "coming out" show during the Long Beach Pride festival a couple of weeks ago. I've read the reports and did all manner of parsing exactly "what did she say" and "what did folks think they  heard" and I"m not sure if Latifahs actually came out or inched closer to "outing" herself. According to news accounts the award winning star seem to say something about "my people and conquer hate with love" during her concert appearance. 

The Inquistor covered the event with comment from Co-President of the festival stating that, Pat Crosby could barely contain her excitement, saying, “From hip to R&B, pop to standards, Queen Latifah is the voice of our generation, and her concert here will be phenomenal, for her to make her worldwide Pride debut here in Long Beach is a tremendous testament to the popularity of our celebration and to the strength of our community.” I've don't spend much time trying to figure out "who is and who ain't" gay personally but obviously there are those who spend much time in hot pursuit of subjects to present front and center for all the world to know. The coming out process is so personal and has to done at the discretion of the individual that I don't why popular culture is so obsessed with knowing. I agree that role models are necessary but I can wait till whomever decides whenever to share that info. Nothing changed for me when Ricky Martin decided to tell us about his "bon-bon" or did I do a face slap when Clay Ackins mused on about his decision nor was I wowed when Wanda Sykes announced her love for french kisses from her French born wife. All I need is the list of who is not gay so that I can move on with being concerned about world peace.

Meanwhile, this informal announcement comes off the heels of her rumored relationship with a choreographer. Doesn't everyone have a choreographer or manager that's secretly their love interest? In the past Latifah maintained a long term relationship with the president of Hollywood Trainer, Jeanette Jenkins. The two split ways in 2011. If you need more and maybe some of you do, then here's a link to fill that need.


The 9th Annual Conway Pride Parade & Festival

Sunday June 3, 2012
Sponsored by John Schenck and Robert Loyd
Line up is at 1 pm at the Pink House, 1605 Robinson, Conway
Parade begins at 2 pm. Prize for best float
Festival with vendors and entertainers will be at Simon Park after the parade
Vendor slots still available:

COP 24/7 Announces
This forum is always moving and grooving in some fashion or another. Therefore when we get involved in certain projects or events I just love to share it. Well, let's just say that we've got some big news to share but you'll have to stay tuned just a bit. COP 24/7 is all about community building and outreach. Its been that way since our inception some six years ago when I came to the digital world to share my world view and then some. Since that time, I've been about it and will do what I can to keep putting it out their until I'm over it. Therefore, watch this forum for that breaking news.!!

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