Friday, May 29, 2015

Falling Forward Part 2

Private Dancer Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Tina Turner‘s last concert ever was May 5, 2009 in Sheffield, England. The show marked the end of her 6-month, 90-date, 50th Anniversary Tour. The tour was Tina’s first tour in 8 years, and saw her sold-out arenas across Europe and North America. Of course that was the "farewell" tour that all the iconic divas get to do one last time and then we learn that maybe its not quite the last of them.

And now with the release of her special anniversary edition of Private Dancer comes the rumors of a possible 2016 year end tour.

The forthcoming album includes the original tracks re-mastered along with a second disc of 12” mixes, b-sides and three non-album singles, plus the duet with Bryan Adams ‘It’s Only Love’. The collection also features the track ‘Ball Of Confusion’ (That’s What The World Is Today) (with B.E.F.) recorded with Martin Ware from Heaven 17, and which later lead to him producing the lead single from the album ‘Let’s Stay Together’ – a single that soon became the biggest selling 12” record in American history.

While checking in on "all things Tina," including her own blog page, COP 24/7 discovered that she's been busy with numerous projects around her spiritual journey in Buddhism. Also Turner teamed with good friends Regula Curti and Tibetan singer Dechen Shak-Dagsay on what would become the first ‘Beyond’ album followed two years later by ‘Children Beyond’ and a 2014 opus entitled ‘Beyond: Love Within. There's also an update about "Mrs. Edwin Bach as she and husband Erwin enjoy life at Chateau Algonquin where the couple was married in July 2013. As news is released, COP 24/7 will get it to you as fast as you can last "farewell Tour 2.!"

Patrick Smith wins International Mr. Leather 2015

Patrick Smith, Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2015, was named International Mr. Leather 2015 at the 37th annual IML Competition in Chicago Sunday, May 24.

Over 2,000 leather enthusiasts packed The Harris Theatre for the annual competition. The night began with a speech from International Mr. Leather (IML) founder and producer Chuck Renslow, 75.
Renslow spoke in support of the Rainbow Railroad, a group that provides refuge to LGBT individuals living under constant threat of violence and death. A collection was taken to support the cause.

Over the past 37 years, nearly 2,000 men have competed for the title of International Mr. Leather. On Sunday, Smith became the 37th person to claim the coveted leather title. There was no contestant
from Arkansas. The last contestant from this area was Mr. Michael Kaplan (pictured right), representing the Mr. Heartland title in 2014.
Hailing from Los Angeles, Smith bested a field of 52 contestants from 5 countries. Participants were judged on stage presence and personality ("pecs and personality"), leather image, presentation skills, and physical appearance.

The new International Mr. Leather was also congratulated by his mother, who hugged and kissed him on stage.

Kevin Murphy, Mr. Leather Ireland 2015, was named 1st runner-up, and 2nd runner-up was Brian Donner, Mr. TriState Leather 2014.

Representing Chicago, Luis Tipantasig, Mr. Chicago Leather 2015, made it into the top 20 finalists round. Bamm-Bamm from Phoenix was named International Mr. Bootblack 2015.

The OUT 50 in Arkansas?

COP 24/7 in conjunction with The READ will be seeking nominations for our very own first OUT 50 in Arkansas showcasing individuals who have been influential and dedicated to making a difference in the LGBTQ construct. If you would like to nominate person for consideration, please submit your choice by email at  A select panel will review all submissions and make the final choices of our first OUT 50 inaugural list! Get those submissions in now!

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