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Black gay vampire story comes to Brushstrokes/Mixx on Thursday

Atlanta author K. Murry Johnson

What happens when a high school senior takes a university writing class and falls in love with a fellow student who just happens to be a vampire? Find out as Brushstrokes hosts Atlanta author K. Murry Johnson reading his debut novel, "Image of Emeralds and Chocolate," at Mixx on Thursday night.

Johnson spent years writing the gay vampire love story while also pursuing his technology career. He chatted with GA Voice about the writing process, what makes vampires so compelling, and how two greats of black gay literature helped inspire him.

Your novel, “Image of Emeralds and Chocolate,” was years in the making. What is it like to finally have the book in the hands of readers?

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[Video] Live from SNL — the first openly lesbian cast member

Finally, right?

Lesbian comedian Kate McKinnon has been hired as a feature player for "Saturday Night Live" and may debut as soon as this Saturday, April 7, when the voluptous and sex Sofia Vergara hosts. Lesbian heads around the country could very well explode.

McKinnon, who has appeared on Logo's "Big Gay Sketch Show" has a pretty impressive and funny resume. Let's check out some of her work, shall we? And, oh yeah, like any good lesbian, she has a mom who wants her to wear a dress and comb her hair more often.

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[Video] Bravo’s ‘Tabatha Takes Over’ makes over Atlanta salon and gay manager gets, uh, schooled

Tabatha Coffey is known for her no-nonsense approach to business especially when it comes to making over a salon that is simply going down the drain along with color and clippings.

In the March 20 episode of Bravo's hit show "Tabatha Takes Over," the dominatrix of deep-conditioning  visits Sweetgrass Salon located in the hippy neighborhood of Little Five Points.

The episode prominently features openly gay manager Brian Baj, who Tabatha doesn't take kindly to, including calling him a "shit stirrer" and "annoying." He says she is a real bitch. She says he has a lot of aggression. He stresses she is a real bitch. She calls him a "fuckweed." (The F-word is bleeped, but we can read lips.)

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Red carpet stylist Brad Goreski unveils a new book, and possibly a new brand of Bravolebrity

Brad Goreski

The Bravo network’s roster of reality programming, including the “Real Housewives” franchise, Tabatha Coffey’s takeover series, and “Millionaire Matchmaker,” has become so ubiquitous that it’s coined its own term: Bravolebrity. The network embraced this image wholeheartedly, launching a promotional campaign depicting its reality menagerie at summer camp together, with a solid emphasis on the “camp.”

Critics hold the Bravolebrity up as the prime example of “famous for being famous,” as the casual viewer would struggle to identify what most of these people actually do for a living. They have job titles most of us never encounter in real life: Fashionista. Lifestyle expert. Home staging consultant.

Too often, they are more clearly defined by their general lack of self-awareness, and a tendency toward throwing drinks in faces or overturning tables at the slightest provocation.

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Why ‘Downton Abbey’ is history’s gayest British export

Downton Abbey

I don't like to take a lot of advice from my Twitter friends, but when the right combination of folks hashtag things I've never heard of, I get the feeling I'm missing the boat.

And this time, it was a boat straight to English gay hell: "Downton Abbey."

I recognized Maggie Smith's cold blank stare on ads oddly running on MARTA buses and the occasional stops along my Midtown route to work. It was her and two other fancy white ladies in period costumes. As if you'd see Maggie Smith doing anything else.

"What's this DownTOWN Abbey stuff I keep seeing?" I asked by boyfriend.

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Reality series aims to show a diverse slice of Atlanta lesbian life

Other Women in America

If producers Angela Laster-King and Tina Crittenden have their way, a reality series featuring Atlanta-area lesbians will soon be on television.

“The Other Women of America” is a potential lesbian reality series envisioned by the two women, who have been a couple for almost a decade. They have been working on the project for two and a half years and got the idea while watching “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” and realizing there wasn’t the balance they would like. 

“Most reality series are either all white or all black,” says Crittenden.  “Everyone looks alike.”

King feels the same way.