Janet Jackson takes control on new era

Nearly 30 years after the release of a career-defining album, Janet Jackson once again finds herself in control—this time, of a comeback strategy that should send her pop contemporaries scrambling...
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Outspoken: Jason Alexander, JC Penney, Queen Latifah and more…

“As JC Penney focuses on becoming America’s favorite store, we want to be a store for all Americans. In celebration of Father’s Day, we’re proud that our June book honors men from diverse backgrounds who all share the joy of fatherhood.”

Joey Thomas, JC Penney media relations manager, on the inclusion of two gay dads in the department store’s new catalog. JC Penney previously outraged anti-gay groups by selecting Ellen DeGeneres  as its new spokesperson and featuring a lesbian couple in its May catalog. (MyFox8.com, June 3)

“’Truth’ is our small chance to ask that you try and understand someone who lives their life in a way that is a little bit different from yours, even though all of our hearts are the same. We want to stop the hate and find understanding.”

— Music star Janet Jackson on why she is serving as executive director for “Truth,” a documentary about transgender people and their fight for equality. (Advocate.com, June 4)

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Is radio gayer than it’s ever been?

It seems like every time I turn on my radio there's a gay-affirming song blaring from the speakers.

Even though I'm not a fan of the repetition — even good songs can be worn out — we're lucky to live in a time where we are inundated with positive messages thinly veiled (or not) by pop pulp.

Maybe I'm leaving a song out, but a look at Billboard's radio charts shows that celebrating individuality, and in some cases our sexuality, is very en vogue, especially for straight performers.