Musicality - Broadway Cares, Keke Palmer, Deadmau5, Childish Gambino

Broadway’s Carols for a Cure 2016 – Vol. 18 (Rock-It Science)

Need something to get you in the holiday mood? If you’re a fan of musicals, look no further than this album of performers from various Broadway shows singing a mix of classic and original holiday songs. I’m always a Scrooge when it comes to the holidays, but this is too nice. I was hooked at the second song – “I Can See the Light” by the cast of Hamilton, which has that Hamilton marching style. I came into this CD without any experience as to what it was, and I’m absolutely delighted by it. What a way to warm this Grinch’s heart. I can’t hate the song “Love Is Christmas” by the people of Waitress. It almost makes me angry at how undetestable this entire CD is. The proceeds also go to a good cause: Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The best part of this album is how each song has the style of the musical that the performers represent. It’s a magical way to compose an album like this. There was even a song that I liked so much it made me cry. I will never say which one it was, but I will say it wasn’t “A Jellicle Christmas” by the Cats cast. My favorite songs, though, are “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” by the Holiday Inn cast and “Angels We Have Heard on High,” by the Aladdin cast. Nothing will prepare you for this album.

Keke Palmer

Lauren (Island)

Rhythm and blues lovers, I hope you’re paying attention to Keke Palmer. She’s just 23, but she is legitimate. I first started paying attention to Palmer when she released the saucy music video “I Don’t Belong to You,” featuring a surprise lesbian ending. My respect for her grew when she amazed and dazzled many as Marty Maraschino in Grease Live. She has range, and this five-song visual EP shows it. Every video is so different from the one before it in both music style and the video itself. She quickly gets serious, but then she gets silly without taking away from the depth of the first song. It shows that she is versatile. She can go slow, and she can do a more rhythmic and danceable style song. My favorite songs are “Doubtful” and “Hands Free.”

Deadmau5

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Electronics fans rejoice: Deadmau5 is back. This album comes about a year after Joel Thomas Zimmerman, the producer who performs as Deadmau5, announced he was suffering from depression. The first song, “4ware,” is somber, but the album’s pace really picks up in the middle of the second track, “2448.” That’s probably going to be where most electronica fans will really begin enjoying it. I like the song “Cat Thruster,” which has an ’80s to early ’90s video game feel to it. This album isn’t over the top; it’s actually rather calming for techno, which is a welcome shift from the dramatics of most electronic music. I don’t think this album will sway the opinion of people who hate electronica, but if you are one of those people, I would suggest “Imaginary Friends,” “Three Pound Chicken Wing,” and “Whelk Then.”

Childish Gambino

Awaken, My Love! (Glassnote)

This is a funky, soulful delight. Actor, writer and musician Donald Glover, known musically as Childish Gambino, stuns, as always, on his third full-length album. Glover doesn’t include as much rap on this album as he has previously, but I have to say I’m a fan of his vocals here. He has made himself sound vastly different from track to track, impressing me with his vocal range. But Glover amazes me most as a composer. He arranges this music beautifully, with many unexpected turns and time changes. Don’t expect the same old soul that modern days have gotten us used to. This is much deeper than that. This gorgeous album simultaneously feels nostalgic and modern. My favorite songs are “Zombies,” “Redbone” and “The Night Me and Your Mama Met.”

Photo courtesy of Jose Cuervo

2023 Reserva de la Familia Limited Edition Terceerunquinto

On January 10, 2023, Reserva de la Familia, Jose Cuervo’s ultra-premium collection of artisanal small-batch tequilas and Mexico’s crown jewel, announced its 2023 collector’s box, designed by artists Rolando Flores and Gabriel Cázares of the Mexico-based Tercerunquinto Collective. The piece of custom art, titled “Structuring a Landscape”, features a geometric abstraction of the landscape of Tequila, Mexico and will adorn the 2023 limited-release collector’s box of Reserva de la Familia Extra Añejo.

Since 1995, Jose Cuervo has worked with internationally recognized artists with roots in Mexico to design the box artwork for Reserva de la Familia Extra Añejo. Each box is an authentic collector’s item, with a limited quantity produced annually before a new artist is chosen. Previous artists include Gonzalo Lebrija, Pedro Friedeberg, Carlos Aguirre, Ricardo Pinto and many more. Every artist is selected by a team of art curators including 11th generation Cuervo family member and CEO of Jose Cuervo, Juan Domingo Beckmann, Executive Director of El Museo del Barrio in New York City, Patrick Charpenel and founder of Zona Maco, Mexico’s number one art fair, Zélika García.

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Velvet Ibiza

Every year, Ibiza is home to Europe’s very epic queer woman’s party, Velvet Ibiza, which is celebrating its 7th anniversary and promises to be next level. Velvet Ibiza is an all-inclusive 5-day and 5-night party and includes transportation from the airport, a bungalow, 3 meals, and activities and parties day and night, and drinks until around 10:30 pm.

This year, international crowds of LGBTQ+ women will be attending Velvet Ibiza on May 2 - 7 to celebrate life, belonging, and freedom. Event organizers have rented an entire resort in order to build a community vibe and allow queer women to connect so there’s no reason to go anywhere unless of course, you want to go shopping, head to the beach, or explore the island.

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Financial Planning for the LGBTQ+ community

The new year has arrived. For many people, that means making resolutions and thinking of ways they can do better in the coming year and beyond. Money management and financial planning are often very popular resolutions and goals, but most financial advice tends to be aimed at heterosexual couples who want to grow their family and raise children.

But, what if your life goals are different? What if you don’t receive the same protection under the current laws as hetero couples?
What if you don’t want to have kids?

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