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Am I high? Sorry I have to ask. I've been in recovery for about 3 years, and I've forgotten. But Trump is a viable candidate, so I must be hallucinating.
This means we could be one ballot away from that Jersey Shore wannabe sitting in the Oval Office. There's a lot about this that makes my brain hurt, not the least of which is extremely bigoted white people posting videos of them doing extremely racist stuff and screaming "TRUUUUUUMP!!!!!!"
I saw one meme that compared all the things Hillary has done, from Bengazi to shredded emails to hijacking the primaries. Next to it was a picture of Trump with the caption, "Said mean things." Obviously, he's said some racist stuff people don't like, but, hey, he's not a criminal.
But WATCH the man. If he's elected, he'll have enough money and power to make Solomon blush, and you think that won't lead to some criminal activity? Can you honestly say a potato in a toupee drunk with power is what we really need? I don't think either of them are great candidates, but that's neither here nor there.
How the hell did we end up here? Why do we hear people talking about wanting to bring back 'the good old days'? And making America great again? Well, I'm glad you asked.
First of all, there's no such thing as 'good old days' in America if you're black, Hispanic, Jewish, Muslim, Indian, LGBTQI, a woman, poor, non-Protestant Christian, brown, Asian, etc. When I hear "bring back the good old days," what I'm really hearing is "I don't want to have to accept other people! Bring back the time when WASP was the cultural norm and no one questioned it!"
Let me tell you about the days when America's economy flourished. Before outsourcing we were doing pretty good. But companies started sending jobs overseas so they could pay workers less. Why? Because we want to be able to buy a flat screen at Walmart for $200.00. That's really it. Our economy took a sucker punch, because of us.
We kind of did this to ourselves. I'm just as guilty as anyone else. We wanted cheaper goods and services, companies listened and moved jobs overseas. Except for the auto industry. They didn't listen when we asked for better cars.
The heads of those companies had a good run for a long time with politicians in their pocket. What they hadn't counted on was that we would figure out their cars sucked, that we could get a better quality vehicle for less money and would vote with our dollars. Our free market gave them a chance to compete for a long time but they didn't want to and now they're scrambling.
But what about the -isms, like racism, sexism, etc.? What does that have to do with it? Those things hide more when we don’t see as many problems we need to blame on not-ourselves.
Basic human psychology. Like, we're all cool until Billy Bob loses his pension because everyone—Billy Bob included—buys Korean televisions instead of Billy Bob brand expensive pieces of crap. But Billy Bob won’t blame Billy Bob. Next thing you know he's opening a new chapter of the KKK in his basement.
Trump’s an asshole who says exactly what he thinks. While I don't agree with it, I must admit I respect someone with no f*cks to give who doesn't pretend to be something they're not. I think we're so used to being lied to we're almost offended when we're not. At least he says what he's thinking, mostly. Is he a bully? Yep!
But Trump is feeding Billy Bob’s delusion. There are lots of people who think the awful s**t he does and just don't say it. That doesn't mean they don't act on it, they just don't say it out loud.
If we were all cool, we wouldn't have to have things like the Fair Housing Act. But we are largely not cool. We are selfish, self-righteous ass hats. We like people who are like minded. The closer you are to agreeing with me the more you right are!
We took a wrong turn about 1,000 miles back and now here we are: Trump. Donald Trump is a viable candidate. And the establishment hates it. I'd be lying if I said I didn't like that a little bit. All these politicians scrambling and mad because their rigged system isn't system is being smashed like a tinker toy set by a Cheeto in a wig. God! It's beautiful! But also terrifying.
Trump's capturing a base in America that is frightening. Before, when the wealthy s**t on us they had some dignity. They at least pretended we mattered. Trump is like, "You suck! Did I stutter?"
Trump isn't the mean one. We are. He's fleshing out these long held resentments. We are the Dr. Frankenstein and Trump is our monster. And it's too late for a pitchfork-wielding mob.
Trump is holding up a mirror and we don't like what we see because what we see is our own pus-covered underbelly. Way back when, when we had the chance to pool all the immigrants together—the best and the brightest from around the worl—and really make this country something fantastic, what did we do? We denied black people basic human rights. We did the same with the LGBT community, and we s**t all over women's rights. So this is what we are.
After World War I and World War II, we could really have banded together and made this country the great thing that everybody thinks that used to be. But it never was to be, so here's the deal: we were never really that great. There, I said it!
Every time we have a chance to band together and become great we s**t all over everyone and each other because of race, religion, sexual orientation, or generally for being anything but a white Anglo-Saxon Protestant male from a wealthy background.
Trump didn't invent the -isms, he’s just playing them on his fiddle while Rome is burning.
For those with a thirst to celebrate, Red Bull Unlocked is the key. In city after city, the most exciting bars, clubs, mixologists, performing artists, and more take over a local landmark building to showcase their signature ambiance while also collaborating for a must-see mashup. And now it's Music City’s turn to seize the spotlight, as the event brings 10 bars together in East Nashville’s Five Points neighborhood.
Fueled by the best of Nashville’s thriving music scene, Red Bull Unlocked has curated an eclectic night of show-stopping entertainment performances including a pop-up Whiskey Jam show, DJ sets, musicians, and more. The full lineup is here:
- Whiskey Jam (feat. Dozzi, Willie Shaw, and Johnny Hayes)
- A.B. Eastwood
- Daisha / Rap Girl
- Boom Bap (DJ Collective feat. DJ-Rate, Case Bloom)
- Whiskey Disco (DJ Collective feat. Coach, Jim O'Shea)
- Old Crow Medicine Show’s Jerry Pentercost (DJ Set)
- DJ Stretch
- DJ Griffin Green
- The Play Mates (Drag Show feat. Sasha, Vanity, Deception, Aura Mayari, Corlis Todd, and Carmin Triple C)
Counting down to the epic celebration, Daisha shares, “I never thought I’d have the opportunity to perform in so many of Nashville’s top spots all in the same night. Fans can expect a lot of bops and high energy. I want people to dance and have a good time.”
Ward Guenther, Whiskey Jam Founder, adds, “Red Bull has been enjoyed at Whiskey Jam since the very first night, so it's only fitting Whiskey Jam is enjoyed at Nashville's first Red Bull Unlocked. Looking forward to this!”
Red Bull Unlocked Istanbul
Photo courtesy of Red Bull
Local favorites including Pearl Diver, Tin Roof, Lipstick Lounge, White Limozeen, and more will join forces for one epic night. Full list of bars and partners below:
- The Dive Motel
- Lipstick Lounge
- Pearl Diver
- Play Dance Bar
- Rosemary & Beauty Queen
- The Stage
- Tin Roof
- Whiskey Jam
- White Limozeen
- Woolworth Theatre – Opening Fall 2022!
- Eleven Eleven - Opening 2023!
Date: August 21, 2022
Time: 6 PM – 11PM CT
Location: 1102 Forrest Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
Entrance: Ticked event
Rumble Boxing, the boxing-inspired group fitness studio, opened its doors for the first time in Nashville on June 20 at 609 Overton St, Nashville, TN. The hottest workout on the block is hosting its official grand opening from August 4th-7th with daily classes, membership specials, and prizes from local vendors. The new Rumble Boxing studio is currently offering a buy one class, get one free promotion for the Nashville community.
Rumble Boxing delivers 45-minute, 10-round, strength and conditioning group workouts, crafted around teardrop-style aqua boxing bags and high-intensity strength training circuits. This brings all fitness levels together to experience what Rumble is known for: combining the sweet science of boxing with high energy and positive vibes.
Rumble Boxing Fitness Studio
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
This boutique fitness brand offers serious benefits like increased stamina and strength, with cardio that’s actually fun. The seasoned trainers at the new studio are thrilled to serve their local community while offering this fun, new modern approach to boxing and welcome members of all fitness levels to the Rumble family.
The new Rumble Boxing studio is owned and operated by Blake Baskin and Antonio Compton. With their background in the fitness industry, this dynamic duo is excited to bring their passion for boxing and group fitness to Nashville. As business and life partners, Blake and Antonio aim to create a strong community within their new Rumble Boxing studio and share their message of non-apologetic inclusivity.
Black and Gay-Owned Business
Rumble Boxing Store with Dolly Parton Mural
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
“We own who we are, and this brand aligns with that perfectly,” said Antonio. “This is what we want to create and bring to this community: a fitness class that is designed for anyone and a place for people to be who they are. As a Black and gay-owned business, we want to help lower the division we see in the world right now. Our goal is to bring people together through Rumble, set everything aside, and have fun.”
To echo their message of acceptance and inclusion, Blake and Antonio commissioned a local Nashville artist to paint an 11 X 6-ft. mural of Nashville icon and philanthropist, Dolly Parton. The massive portrait features the country star in Rumble Boxing gear in the lobby of the studio.
The excitement and buzz around Rumble allowed Blake and Antonio to recruit top-tier trainers to head up the new studio, including Head Trainer Oronde Jones, a well-known celebrity trainer in the Nashville market.
Rumble Boxing Fitness Studio
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
“Compared to other fitness classes, Rumble is a class you can truly get lost in for 45 minutes. With the dark room, you don’t have to worry if anyone is paying attention to you. The music is awesome and inspiring, and the beat drops right when you need it the most. Also, with boxing being a sport you can never truly master, you’re always improving and crafting your skill. On the floor, you’re consistently doing something new, which prevents you from ever hitting a plateau.” Said Oronde Jones about his favorite part of Rumble.
Rumble has massive brand loyalty and widespread appeal, partly thanks to attracting top names like Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Kendall Jenner, Hailey Baldwin, Jason Derulo, David Beckham, and Kevin Hart to its studios.
About Rumble Boxing
Founded in New York City in 2017, Rumble is a group fitness concept delivering a mix (or combination) of boxing-inspired circuits and the transformative power of resistance training. Pro and amateur fighters glove up together, no matter their fitness level or skill, to reveal their inner fighter. The experience is a 45-minute, 10-round, full-body cardio and strength workout crafted around specially designed water-filled, teardrop-style boxing bags. Rumble was founded by Noah Neiman (former Barry’s Bootcamp Master Trainer, and cast member of Bravo’s Work Out New York), Eugene Remm (Co-Founder of Catch Hospitality Group (Catch Restaurants, CATCH STEAK, Lexington Brass), Andy Stenzler (Co-Founder Cosí, Kidville), and Anthony DiMarco (13-time IRONMAN, former Managing Director, Google).
Who would have thought that we would have to get through a pandemic in order to appreciate the small things we have, such as the ability to simply pack our bags and hit the road?
For two years, there’s been nothing left for us travel junkies to do but sit at home and try to find new destinations that we will conquer once we defeat what appears to be the biggest villain of the 21st century. But once that happens, hold your bags tight because we will be up for some of the most interesting travel experiences. Take a look at some ideas for your post-COVID traveling plans:
A Gay Cruise
One of the best options to have in mind when all of this passes is a good, nice and long (pun intended) gay cruise. Or cruise in general, for that matter. Bear in mind, social distancing will still be a thing in the post-COVID world. But COVID-19 likely doesn’t mean that cruises will cease to exist. On the contrary, though cruise ships will probably keep the number of passengers smaller than before, it is believed that they will become an even bigger hit in the following period, especially because they are all going to go a lot more environmentally-friendly. On the bright side, is there any better way of celebrating the end of the pandemic than by cruising around some magnificent seas, stopping by at great cities and having romantic dinner nights at nice restaurants?
A getaway in nature
On the other hand, there is always the option of stepping away from the hustle and bustle of large cities, and spending some time in a place that’s not only healthy, but also beautiful. Some of the destinations that plenty of people will look for are the ones that can cater for both peace of mind and amazing things to see or do. One such destination is New Zealand, one of the greenest countries on Earth right now. Not only will you be visiting the magnificent country that gave us the beautiful Shire from Lord of the Rings; this is also a destination that’s excellent for everyone who prefers relaxing to partying. If you’re up for some partying, you will be able to hit Auckland, while if you’re for something calmer, there’s plenty of amazing places that you can see and visit.
Dancing Around at Pride
Pride parades are also events that you want to have in mind for the post-COVID world. Such events have always been quite important, but it seems that they are now more important than ever. The virus has canceled more than 75 Pride parades all around the world, which is one of the reasons why we must support the ones that will see the light of day once the pandemic stops. Truth be told, the upcoming Prides will perhaps be the best Prides ever organized. Give the gays a couple of weeks of quarantine, then let them outside and see what kind of party they are able to throw!
A road trip
If you’re, as well, waiting for the day to wake up and say “long gone are the days when we were not allowed to go wherever we wanted?”, and if staying at one place gave you a lot to think about, then your first post-COVID travel experience should definitely be a nice road trip. You can practically choose which country you want to tour, and you can either take your own car (you have probably missed it so much), or rent one at your destination. Australia is an amazing country for this, though, as it offers the possibility of seeing the Great Ocean Road, which is an amazing thing to see and experience. On the other hand, if you do not want or cannot leave your country, you can also choose to go on a domestic road trip – there are amazing things to see in your vicinity as well.
Holiday for a single guy
If you’re single, or you’re traveling someplace with another single friend, then you should definitely organize a nice vacation for yourself or for you and your single friend, and hit one of the best European cities. Europe has been greatly affected by the virus, which means that now it’s time to pay it back and get it back on its feet by traveling there and seeing all the amazing things it offers. Any city you choose in Europe – you will not make a mistake. Apart from being able to see great landmarks, you will also have the chance to have a drink at great gay clubs and pubs, and join unforgettable gay parties. And if the gay scenery is not your forte, worry not, as Europe indeed has to offer so many different and magnificent things.