Talk about unlikely pairings. This beet-infused vodka cocktail is the creation of Master NYC mixologist (and out lesbian!) Julie Reiner. Part of the new seasonal cocktail menu at New York’s highest rooftop bar, the Brighton Beets is one of 17 libations offered this winter Bar 54 at the Hyatt Times Square. Sip it as you take in the unbeetable views from 54 stories above Manhattan.
Julie brings over 20 years of mixology experience to the Hyatt, and operates the Clover Club, her own gourmet cocktail lounge in Brooklyn.
1 oz Beet infused Vodka
1 oz Tanqueray gin
.5 oz lemon juice
.5 oz Cointreau
.5 oz Fonsecca ruby port
.5 simple syrup
Combine ingredients in a shaker and strain over crushed ice into tall glass. Garnish with a lemon twist and sprig of mint.
Gigi Hadid has some serious shoes to fill. On the Lip Sync Battle one-hour Holiday Special, heartthrob Joseph Gordon-Levitt went up against his The Night Before co-star Anthony Mackie with a rendition of Janet Jackson’s iconic 1989 smash hit, “Rhythm Nation,” that has left the world in awe.
JGL did Janet to a T, sporting a black, military-style ensemble, a beat mug with red lips, and the now-iconic black pony tail peaking out of a black baseball cap. But what really stunned was his on-point dance moves, which left his co-stars, and Lip Sync Battle host LL Cool J, in utter disbelief.
Is there anything he can’t do? Watch Joseph Gordon-Levitt put Anthony Mackie to shame in their heart-stopping lip sync battle, below. Fast forward to 2:08 to watch Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s performance from the beginning.
Star of the stage and screen Nathan Lane has tied the knot with his longtime boyfriend Devlin Elliott. According to PEOPLE, the 18-year couple married in New York. “Nathan and Devlin were married in a small ceremony in New York City this week. Everyone is extremely happy.” The two have most recently collaborated on a children’s book called Naughty Mabel.
This boy’s reaction to the Paris attacks just may restore your faith in humanity. It is so heartfelt and moving to hear a young child talk about the these tragic events and to somehow find hope.
View the video on the next page…
Twitter has taken a bold stance in opposition to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s lifetime ban on gay and bisexual blood donors by putting a formal end to on-site company blood drives.
“We made the choice to take a company stand against some of our employees being turned away from donating blood and will channel our efforts into education about this issue until this unnecessary and discriminatory policy is changed,” Brian Schipper, Twitter’s vice president of human resources, told The International Business Times on Wednesday.
Since 1983, The FDA’s policy has barred all men who have ever had sex with another man — since 1977 — from donating blood. A potential amendment could see the policy diminish to a one-year period of abstinence for gay and bisexual donors, but activists agree the change would not suffice.
“We strongly urge the FDA to reconsider this draft rule, remove the restrictions on donations from MSM [men who have sex with men], and redraft safety regulations that are based on legitimate behavioral risk factors,” Colin Crowell, Twitter’s vice president of global policy, wrote in a letter to the FDA back in July.
Today marks Transgender Day of Remembrance. The day was started in response to the murders, violence, and hate crimes that the transgender community faces each day (an emotional list of those who we have lost this year alone). It honors both those who have been tragically lost as well as those who continue the fight against transphobia. To end the violence, discrimination, and bullying, we must continue to educate, empower, and unite behind this important cause.
First, Japan saw their first lesbian kiss air on television, and now India’s population set their eyes on a steamy romance between two characters on the popular show The Big F with Gautam Gulati. The stand-alone episode, which focused on the characters’ fantasies, had fashion student Sharmishta and her new-found model friend Madhurima lock lips.
The set-up involves Sharmishta getting teased for not having a boyfriend and her apparent lack of interest in them. But before her graduation, she needs to find models to sport her designs, and when she meets Madhurima sparks begin to fly.
European/Indian readers can watch the episode after the jump, it’s not available, yet, in the US…. Read more…
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and for those who grew up with a television on in the morning this means the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is too!
This annual holiday event, with its traditional and contemporary take on floats and balloons, brings festive cheer to those big and small.
Throughout the parades history, celebrities of all kinds have come together to perform and enliven the crowds along 6th Avenue and Central Park West.
New to the long line of floats this year is KFC and Ocean Spray. In a homage to their first KFC store ever and the journey of the company, the restaurant chain has created a 17-foot Cadillac that represents the trip from Kentucky to New York City. Ocean Spray is decking their float out in true Thanksgiving spirit with cranberries, a goose and a turkey; on which the band Train will be performing.
Mega-singer Mariah Carey will be gracing the public with her power-house vocals on Hallmark’s Christmas-at-home themed float. And of course we can’t forget a crowd-favorite, Charlie Brown, whose participation will mark the TV show’s 50th anniversary.
Be sure to tune in on Thursday morning for the 89th annual Macy’s Day Parade! For more information check out Macy’s parade website.
Be sure to check out Macy’s just-released Black Friday commercial featuring Ariana Grande, Thalia, Martha Stewart, Ryan Seacrest, Heidi Klum, and Jessica Simpson…
Vlogger Aydian Dowling, a transgender male blogger, rightfully won Men’s Health Ultimate Guy search when he won the most votes in an online contest. The 27-year-old, though, never won his prize of becoming the first-ever transman on the cover of the magazine.
Dowling earned 72,672 votes compared with only 23,572 for the runner-up. But editors of the magazine chose the overall winner, and they went with Tim Boniface, a firefighter from Kentucky who can be seen posing by himself on this month’s regular cover.
So despite being the clear choice of the voters, Aydian was relegated to a special “collector’s edition,” where he appears with a group of men, off to the side: half of his body in shown in profile near the fold.
The day has arrived where the world gets a glimpse into what digital culture has made of our varying languages. According to the Wall Street Journal, Oxford Dictionary has released its Word of the Year for 2015: “An emoji depicting the face with tears of joy.” Oxford Dictionaries have said that the global explosion of “emoji culture” led them to recognize this expanding form of communication.
Casper Grathwohl, the President of Oxford Dictionaries said in a statement: “ You can see how traditional alphabet scripts have been struggling to meet the rapid-fire, visually focused demands of the 21st century communication. Its not surprising that a pictographic script like emoji has stepped in to fill those gaps- it’s flexible, immediate, and infuses tone beautifully. As a result emoji are becoming an increasingly rich form of communication, one that transcends linguistic borders.”