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Donna Summer

EDM Goes Back to the Future. Gaga and Today's Dance Divas Are the Future

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 11.09.2015 | Gay Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

Unlike much of what came to be lumped under E.D.M. -- frequently playing to feelings like anger and alienation -- dance-pop was, like disco itself, meant to evoke happy, fun, cathartic feelings.

Déjà Vu: Chatting With Giorgio Moroder and Doraemon's Yoshihiko Shinoda, Plus Hy Brasil, Adham Shaikh, Owl and Old Man Luedecke Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 07.15.2015 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

When you look at current technologies, are there moments for you as a producer when you look back at your earlier records with Donna Summer, Blondie or David Bowie and others and say, "I wish we'd had this technology back then"?

Wheelchair Wisdom: Dance With Me!

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 06.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Linda Noble Topf

Living with MS, a progressive illness, has forced me to accept sudden changes in life that are not always easy or pleasant to deal with. Accepting and loving myself -- overcoming fear, embarrassment and self-consciousness -- was a significant milestone for me.

Jim Parsons Carries "An Act of God," Broadway's Latest Laugh-Out-Loud Comedy

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 05.29.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

Studio 54 boasts a legacy of irreverence. The opera house turned television studio turned disco club became one of the sexiest venues in New York City during the '70s, kenneling the coolest cats in the country.

Dim All the Lights for Donna Summer: My Personal Memories of One of the All-Time Great Singers

David Munk | Posted 05.27.2015 | Gay Voices
David Munk

Paul sat me right next to Donna, who treated me immediately like an old friend. In that very moment I stopped caring about what my boss would say, because in that second, and perhaps for the first time in my life, I felt exponentially less terrible about being me.

Why Barbra Streisand Is The World's Last Great Superstar

Richard Pérez-Feria | Posted 04.04.2015 | Fifty
Richard Pérez-Feria

I've been thinking a lot about Barbra Streisand lately as -- incredibly -- the legend is once again in the thick of today's conversation of current pop culture. Here's where I'll happily go out on a limb: Barbra Streisand is the world's last superstar still with us.

O-Kern-Homa, Where the Hate Comes Sweepin' Down the Plain

Domenick Scudera | Posted 03.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

Oklahoma State Representative Sally Kern (R) has introduced a bill to officially change the name of the state from Oklahoma to Okernhoma. Kern stated, "By putting my name in the state's name, the people in our great state will be reminded that my opinions are more important than any one person's individual rights."

Robert Risko: The World's Greatest Celebrity Illustrator Opens Up As Never Before

Richard Pérez-Feria | Posted 12.17.2014 | Fifty
Richard Pérez-Feria

It seems like there are more people to draw now than ever. There's an endless stream of people who want to claim icon status today and that's more difficult now because there are so many forums to be considered famous in.

Donna Summer + Slasher Flicks = Killer of a Good Time at Silver Lake's Cavern Club

Xaque Gruber | Posted 07.05.2014 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

What do Donna Summer classics like Bad Girls, I Feel Love and MacArthur Park have to do with 90s horror movies like Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer?

Meet Music's Hottest New Husband and Wife Duo, Johnnyswim

JustLuxe | Posted 07.05.2014 | Entertainment

A mixture of folk, pop and soul, Johnnyswim can't be neatly packaged into one genre of music. But their sound has been compared to bands such as The Civil Wars (their earlier, happy days, of course), and it may even be suggested that their vocals closely resemble what Lauryn Hill and John Mayer might sound like if they recorded together.

Watch What Happens When 'Home' Comes On the Radio

Kristi York Wooten | Posted 07.02.2014 | Entertainment
Kristi York Wooten

Music critics are often wary of happiness. How could a song be both well-written and emotionally complete without angst involved? Artists must suffer for their art, right?

Watch Out, Lorde and Ed Sheeran: Johnnyswim Are the Real Stars of VH1's 'You Oughta Know'

Kristi York Wooten | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment
Kristi York Wooten

So, who are Johnnyswim? Great songwriters, for one. Their EP's title track and "Home" are sweetly intense his-and-hers stories set to grooves which are not easily pigeonholed.

Shyboy's Water on Mars Is the Debut Pop Album of 2013

Xaque Gruber | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

If Nick Drake, Alan Parsons Project and M83 spawned a child raised on a healthy diet of Prince, Alfred Hitchcock, and classic science fiction films, it would be something resembling Shyboy.

Barbra, Donna, Piper and Me

Robin Amos Kahn | Posted 10.05.2013 | Media
Robin Amos Kahn

Maybe the reason I'm wanting to channel my inner Donna Summer is that I've been on a week-long marathon of Orange Is the New Black. It's so thrilling to watch women chew up the scenery and be funny and crazy and silly and insane and wild and tough and every freaking shade a woman can be.

Spoleto Serves Up a Sweet (and Spicy) Summer Serenade

Kristi York Wooten | Posted 08.06.2013 | Arts
Kristi York Wooten

Everything about Charleston's Spoleto Festival spells summer to a born-and-bred South Carolinian like me: Seersucker. Symphonies. Sopranos. Sweat!

PHOTO: The Sparkly Jumpsuit Strikes Again!

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 04.19.2013 | Black Voices

The sparkly jumpsuit strikes again! This time Jennifer Hudson dazzled in the body-con design at the 28th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction C...

"Low Budget": A Rather Sad Soundtrack For Sequestration

David Wild | Posted 04.30.2013 | Entertainment
David Wild

"Sequester" sounds significantly sexier than it is. As in, "Sequester"? I don't even know 'er. See, I was right.

Whatever Happened To The Grammy Category: Best Female Rock Vocal Performance?

Xaque Gruber | Posted 04.06.2013 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

While an official confirmation of the category's retirement was never announced by NARAS, we pray for its return as rock women have NEVER gone away nor are they vanishing anytime soon.

Why We'll Always Remember The 'Queen of Disco'

The Huffington Post | Dana Oliver | Posted 12.28.2012 | Style

Curls, boas and sequins galore!

Remembering the One and Only Donna Summer

Xaque Gruber | Posted 02.25.2013 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

A unique trailblazer that defied categorization, Donna Summer had a great voice that mattered. While her anthems remain pop culture staples, there's a world of her music that most may not be familiar with. Here are 20 of her best singles that missed the Billboard Top 10.

Rush, Public Enemy Among Rock Hall Of Fame Noms

AP | CHRIS TALBOTT | Posted 09.30.2013 | Entertainment

-- Rush, Deep Purple, Public Enemy and N.W.A. are among the group of first-time nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They join returnees Hea...

Controversial Donna Summer Letter Unearthed After 23 Years

Posted 06.13.2012 | Gay Voices

With her danceable music and glamorous style, Donna Summer became an instant icon for the gay community during her 1970s heyday. So when she allegedly...

WATCH: 9 Divas Who Sing Both Gospel And R&B

Posted 06.03.2013 | Religion

Some church folk claim that artists who started singing Gospel in the church and then crossed over to R&B and pop have abandoned the faith. But these...

Bad Day for Disco

Carrie White | Posted 07.29.2012 | Entertainment
Carrie White

I've been telling all my friends that when I die, I want to be cremated, my ashes put in a disco ball that can be bounced and passed around the room during my funeral while Donna Summer's "Last Dance" is blaring over the loudspeaker.

Prima Donna

Domenick Scudera | Posted 07.25.2012 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

For gay men of a certain age, the passing of Donna Summer last week was a significant loss. Those of us in our late 40s and 50s remember this disco diva in her 1970s prime. Upon hearing the news of her death, all the memories attached to that time have come flooding back.