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Spike Lee Says Obama Will Be The Last Black President For Some Time

"Blackness" And The Morgan Freeman Thing

Many of us know that actor and Academy Award-winner Morgan Freeman was recently quoted as saying that Barack Obama is not the first black President, but rather the first mixed-race President. An interesting discussion went on in our comments over the nature of race and how we understand (and misunderstand) it in America. Oscar-nominated Director Spike Lee has now come out (in an interview unrelated to the conversation with Morgan Freeman) and declared that, should Obama lose, it will be the last time this country sees a black President for quite some time. I thought his statements worked in an interesting way alongside Freeman‘s. Check out bits of his interview with Vulture inside.
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Congressman Barney Frank & Jim Ready Got Hitched!

Congrats!!

Congratulations are in order for US congressman Barney Frank today because he got married to his fiancée Jim Ready yesterday … becoming the first US congressperson to be same-sex married. Frank will retire from Congress later this year but before he does so, he wanted to get married to the love of his life. Click below to see a photo of the just married newlyweds snapped at their Massachusetts wedding yesterday and read more about the happy couple’s nuptials. More »

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‘Coming Out’ As An Abstract Art

On Frank Ocean, Anderson Cooper, And Other Heros

PITNB’s NEW popCULTURE CLUB: theoretically putting the “culture” back in “pop culture,” one post at a time… This week Trent and Shannon talk about the art of coming out in pop culture. Is there a way it should– or should not– be done, and what do misunderstand most about this important moment?
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Brad Pitt’s Mother Speaks Out Against Gays And Obama In A Local Newspaper

Oh, Mama Pitt!

Jane Pitt, Brad Pitt‘s Mama, has penned an interesting letter that was printed yesterday in The Springfield News-Leader. Mama Pitt urged fellow-Christians to vote for Mitt Romney, rather than that liberal who supports gay marriage and “the killing of unborn babies” — AKA Barack Obama. Well, that’s gotta be a little awkward for Brangelina. Read more from the letter inside.
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PITNB Relives And Re-Lurves The Top 10 Celebrity Romances Of 2012

Lurve Is In The Air

PITNBrs, a helluva lot went down in celeb romance this year and it wasn’t all very pretty. Before we celebrate the celeb couples who are still going strong, we pay our respects to those couples we lost this year. Rest peacefully TomKat, Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis, The Arquettes, J-Lo and Marc Anthony, Heidi and Seal, Adam Levine and Anne V, Jennie Garth & Peter Facinelli and Zooey Deschanel & Ben Gibbard. Our hearts will go on. And perhaps, the following 10 celeb couples who are currently going strong will help us heal.
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Singer Frank Ocean Of Odd Future Comes Out As Gay

"I don't have any secrets I need kept anymore"

It is a Happy Independence Day for R&B singer Frank Ocean, of the music collective Odd Future, because today he is celebrating the freedom to be himself by coming out publicly as a gay man. Last night, Ocean posted a poignant and poetic letter on his official website making very clear that he is a gay man. Other outlets are suggesting Ocean‘s letter shows him to be bisexual but that is not at all the interpretation that I get from the letter. Like many gay men, Ocean tried to have romantic relationships with women (in order to try and fit in with convention) but, as his letter makes clear, those relationships were not fulfilling … not like the first love he felt for another man. Just because he attempted relationships with women does not, necessarily, make him bisexual. Click below to learn more about Frank Ocean‘s brave coming out and read the text of his beautiful letter in full. More »

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Anderson Cooper Thanks His Twitter Followers For Their Support

Appreciation

Yesterday, CNN reporter and talk show host Anderson Cooper came out publicly as a gay man. In the wake of the outpouring of support that he received on Twitter, Anderson posted a short but sweet tweet in appreciation of all of the messages he received. It should come as no surprise that Cooper is off on assignment this week so he’s a bit bizzy to be tweeting up a storm but he did take the time to share a quick message with fans, which you can read in full below. More »

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Facebook Founder Chris Hughes Gets Hitched To His Fiancée Sean Eldridge

Relationship Status: Married

Back in May Mark Zuckerberg married his longtime girlfriend/fiancée Priscilla Chan but over the weekend, another Facebook founder got himself hitched. Chris Hughes, who founded Facebook alongside Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin and Dustin Moskovitz, got himself hitched to his longtime boyfriend/fiancée Sean Eldridge at their home in Garrison, NY. Click below to see a couple of adorable wedding photos of the happy grooms and read some deets about their relationship and wedding. More »

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Anderson Cooper Comes Out As Gay

"The fact is, I'm gay, always have been, always will be"

Um, you guys, Anderson Cooper just came out as a gay man. Andrew Sullivan, one of Anderson‘s good friends and writer for The Daily Beast, published a lengthy email written by Cooper that plainly states that he is a gay man. His email statement sounds genuine and could be, perhaps, the only way that Anderson Cooper felt comfortable coming out with his sexuality (ie. because he is a newscaster, maybe Anderson feels it would be more appropriate for someone else to share his news for him). Click below to read Anderson Cooper‘s statement in full and see what you think. More »

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France Promises Marriage Equality By 2013

"Within a year, people of the same sex will be able to marry ..."

Gay Pride Month may have just ended here in the US but that doesn’t mean there isn’t cause for celebration elsewhere in the world. This Spring, France elected Francois Hollande as their new president partly because he ran on a campaign that promised the advancement of marriage equality in that country. Today we learn that Hollande‘s administration has announced the amazing news that they plan to legalize same-sex marriage nationally in France sometime next year. More »

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