Jillian Michaels is best known for her role as a tough but empowering trainer on the NBC hit “The Biggest Loser.” With her first live tour, she hopes to help others find success not just through losing weight, but also through “maximizing” their passions and potential.
Michaels, who just released her newest book, “Slim for Life: My Insider Secrets to Simple, Fast, and Lasting Weight Loss,” comes to Atlanta this month for her “Maximize Your Life” tour, which stops in 35 cities in the U.S. and Canada.
The tour will cover topics ranging from weight loss and workouts to increasing confidence and self-esteem, and Michaels knows of which she speaks.
She sounded a bit tired in the phone interview. Between guest starring on a hit TV show, planning her “Mother” comedy tour, singing, embracing her new passion of riding motorcycles, starring on “Drop Dead Diva,” traveling, writing her blog, and answering the same questions from reporters all day, Margaret Cho has a right to be a bit reserved when not “on” in front of an audience.
But Cho is still thrilled to be nominated for an Emmy for her guest actress appearance on “30 Rock.” She actually played a man — well, two men — to receive the Emmy nod.
“It’s great. I really love that show. It’s an honor,” Cho said of the nomination.
Girlyman, the Atlanta-based vocal harmony pop/rock quartet, performs at Eddie's Attic for two shows on May 12 before heading for several tour stops throughout Europe.
Lead vocalist Doris Muramatsu says everyone in Girlyman would fit into the category of "queer," and that she and bandmates Ty Greenstein, Nate Borofsky and newest member JJ Jones are excited to to play a duo of hometown shows before heading across the pond.
Girlyman's fifth studio album "Supernova" was released on iTunes and other digital outlets May 1. Physical copies are due in stores June 19.
When sisters Sonia Rutstein and Cindy Frank formed the band disappear fear back in the mid-1980s, Ronald Reagan was president, “trickle down economics” was the buzzword, gay couples were not allowed to marry anywhere in the United States, and there were no out pop music stars.
“On one side there was ‘Women’s Music’ (which we felt was sweet but boring) and there was rock and dance,” recalls SONiA, a Jewish lesbian who prefers to go by just her first name, complete with creative capitalization.
“Today countless singer songwriters and fans approach me and say, thank you — your strength and courage gave me the courage to be true to myself and my life,” she says, while adding, “I am glad to be the medium for such light and healing. It is not me — it just comes through me.”
The Human Rights Campaign will hit the road this Fall for a 12-week, 17 city bus tour that will see an Atlanta stop during Atlanta Pride October 7-9. The HRC are calling the tour “On the Road to Equality.”
The purpose of the tour, according to the HRC, is “educating the American public and empowering LGBT people to become advocates for themselves and their families.”
HRC's President Joe Solmonese said the time is right for the cross-country tour.
“We are in the midst of a cultural tipping point on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues and our job is to push the scale as far and as fast as we can toward fairness,” said Solmonese. “The tour will serve as a powerful visibility tool and support the work of creating real and lasting change in these communities.”