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arsenio hall returned to late-night tv last month after an almost 20-year hiatus.  his first run was in many ways groundbreaking, featuring moments like a soon-to-be president clinton playing the sax and in the video above, arsenio taking on members of the gay rights group queer nation.  i just saw the latter for the first time recently.  it was an interesting (and welcome) departure from the usual late-night show vibe.  it also shows how some aspects of the gay rights convo have changed and while others have remained the same.

watch the clip and let me know what you think.  to catch arsenio’s new show, check your local listings (or just click here).

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video: arsenio hall responds to gay rights activists

10/30/13 1 Comment

frank ocean “bad religion”

the buzz around frank ocean surrounded his coming out of the closet.  this week, he’ll stay in the headlines due to his debut album channel orange.  the cd brings a lot of what you loved on his earlier projects i.e. smooth sounds and introspective lyrics.  on “bad religion,” he struggles with reconciling a love that’s both unrequited and in some circles, forbidden.  lyrics below via rapgenius.

[Verse 1]

Taxi driver
You’re my shrink for the hour

Leave the meter running
It’s rush hour
So take the streets if you wanna
Just outrun the demons, could you?

He said “allahu akbar“, I told him don’t curse me
“But boy you need prayer”, I guess it couldn’t hurt me
If it brings me to my knees
It’s a bad religion

[Chorus]
This unrequited love
To me it’s nothing but
A one-man cult
And cyanide in my styrofoam cup
I could never make him love me
Never make him love me
Love
Love

[Verse 2]
Taxi driver
I swear I’ve got three lives
Balanced on my head like steak knives

I can’t tell you the truth about my disguise
I can’t trust no one
And you say “allahu akbar”, I told him don’t curse me
“But boy you need prayer”, I guess it couldn’t hurt me
If it brings me to my knees
It’s a bad religion

[Chorus]

[Outro]
It’s a bad religion
To be in love with someone
Who could never love you

I know
Only bad religion
Could have me feeling the way I do

07/10/12

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