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  1. I too hope for some video!

    New podcast is up:

    From Wikipedia:

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    Irshad Manji (born 1968) is a Ugandan-born Canadian educator. She is the author of The Trouble with Islam Today (2004) and Allah, Liberty and Love (2011), both of which have been banned in several Muslim countries.[1][2][3] She also produced a PBS documentary in the America at a Crossroads series, titled Faith Without Fear, which was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2008.[1][4] A former journalist and television presenter, Manji is an advocate of a reformist interpretation of Islam and a critic of literalist interpretations of the Qur'an.

    Her latest book, Don't Label Me (2019), proposes methods on how to heal political, racial, and cultural divides. The ideas in the book are related to the Moral Courage Project, which Manji founded at New York University in 2008 and expanded to the University of Southern California (USC) in 2016, when she was a senior fellow at the Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy.[5] After leaving USC, she founded Moral Courage College with the goal of teaching "young people how to engage honestly about polarizing issues rather than shaming or canceling each other".[6] Manji lectures on these themes as a senior research fellow with the Oxford Initiative for Global Ethics and Human Rights.[7]

     

     

  2. https://www.ticketfairy.com/event/broadway-out-east-clay-aiken-15jul2021/

    This is for the Hampton's event.  Even at the cheapest prices, this would be an expensive evening (because you're also supposed to order dinner!).  Sounds like a great night, though.

    I was just curious....this event is part of a weekly series.  The only other star that can charge those prices is Titus Burgess (from "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmitt" -- he's fantastic!).  Everyone else is at cheaper rates, some as much as a half the ticket price of Clay. I was really surprised that Brandon Victor Dixon is part of that less expensive group.  He slayed me with his portrayal of Judas in the live TV version of "Jesus Christ Superstar" a few years ago.

    I also understand the Project's Karaoke tickets went on sale today as well....

    Welcome back Mik!

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  3. And this looks to be something different!

    Calissa Hamptons:  Broadway Out East

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    HOURS & LOCATION

    Thursday, July 15th

    First Seating: 5:00pm

    Second Seating: 7:30pm

     

    Calissa

    1020 Montauk Highway  Water Mill

    Clay Aiken

    Recording artist and legendary star of American Idol S2, Clay Aiken graces the Broadway Out East stage in his sole concert of Summer 2021. 

    Renowned for his soaring renditions of songs like “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” Clay will hold your heart in his hands as the sincerity and power of his performance washes over you. 

    It is truly rare to see Clay perform in such an intimate setting! 

    Tickets will be released in mid June.

     

     

  4. According to a poster at CV, who lives in the Pittsburgh area and gets the local newspaper, Clay is going to be part of this celebration:

    https://www.pittsburghclo.org/2021-summer

     

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    PITTSBURGH CLO'S 75th ANNIVERSARY:
    A BROADWAY MUSICAL CELEBRATION

    July 21 - 24, 2021
    Guest stars, celebrities and some well known alumni will recreate more unforgettable CLO musical memories. Including AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, DREAMGIRLS, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, THE COLOR PURPLE, IN THE HEIGHTS, THE STUDENT PRINCE, a special salute to Rodgers & Hammerstein and more.

     

     

  5. Re: the hair.  Yes, it's a shock to the system.  But, I always said "it's only hair," and I still believe that.  I think he looks good no matter his hair color.

    As for the political stuff....yeah, it does seem that he's more open to talking about this stuff again.  I think part of it is convenience, in regards to his being a celebrity who has gone through the entire political process, and it's easy for media to connect the dots to other celebrities doing the same thing.  The drag queen news thing though is new, and I like that.  To me, that's more about adding to his resume.  Hopefully, his resume will be good enough to get him a political pundit gig or two again.

  6. tmz.com

    ROCK, MCCONAUGHEY WILL BE HATED ...Political Fallout is Real!!!

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    ROCK, MCCONAUGHEY WILL BE HATED ...Political Fallout is Real!!!

    EXCLUSIVE

    6/2/2021 12:05 PM PT

    Clay Aiken knows what it's like to go from beloved celeb to despised politician -- by half of the public, at least -- and he's not sure The Rock or Matthew McConaughey are up for it ... so he's sharing his experience with political haters.

    As you may know ... the former "American Idol" sensation ran for a North Carolina Congressional seat in 2014, and though he won the Democratic primary, he got beat pretty soundly in the general election by the Republican incumbent.

    Clay joined "TMZ Live" Wednesday to share just a slice of what the experience was like, and it doesn't sound pleasant ... and definitely not something a couple of universally cherished actors would want to go through.

    Ultimately, he thinks neither Rock nor McConaughey will opt to run, like Caitlyn Jenner already has -- but Clay's adamant she's already experiencing the blowback ... just for different reasons.

    As we reported ... Bill Maher blasted the stars running for office or considering it, and though Aiken's not nearly as blistering with his take, the 2 seem to be on the same page -- just don't do it if fame's what matters.

    BTW, Clay's still taking on political and social issues ... on his podcast, 'How The Heck Are We Gonna Get Along.'

    For the full interview with the former 'Idol' star, check your local listings for Wednesday's "TMZ Live."

     

     

  7. I've never done karaoke in my life.  But....I honestly think I'd try this if I could afford it.  Sadly, I can't afford it at this time.

    I think part of the appeal of karaoke is the idea that most people who try it know full well they can't sing all that well.  They can probably carry a tune, but aren't going to be trying for a career in music any time soon.  Those who think they can make a career usually end up on "The Voice" or "American Idol."  LOL!

  8. screenrant.com

     American Idol: Clay Aiken To Produce New Drag Queen-Led Daily News Show

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    American Idol: Clay Aiken To Produce New Drag Queen-Led Daily News Show

    Clay Aiken is coming out with NewsBeat, a daily news show featuring Bianca Del Rio and more RuPaul's Drag Race alum as anchors and correspondents.

    BY MAGGIE MEAD

    PUBLISHED 14 HOURS AGO

    In the wake of COVID-19, it seems there are many new and unique shows in production, including a daily news show produced by American Idol alum Clay Aiken. The memorable season two contestant is tapping into the RuPaul’s Drag Race fandom for his new show by featuring drag queen commentators and correspondents. Aiken is seeking to get more people engaged in current events by creating a news show as entertaining as it is informative. Based on the lineup of drag queens involved in the project, he has achieved his goal.

    Aiken was a contestant on the early days of American Idol on one of the show’s best seasons. Though he came in second to winner Ruben Studdard, Aiken’s popularity was undeniable. He has had a successful recording and Broadway career, but in recent years has become an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and political activism. Aiken has even gotten involved in politics personally and ran for the House of Representatives in 2014, though he lost to his Republican opponent. But Aiken isn’t done with the entertainment world yet, and his new show sounds like a hit in the making.

    According to Deadline, Aiken is an executive producer on the new show NewsBeat. The show will feature RPDR season six winner Bianca Del Rio and RPDR alum Nina West as anchors and political analysts tackling news topics and issues of the day. Drag queens Lady Bunny, Delta Work, and Lyle will also serve as correspondents who will interview politicians and newsmakers in pre-taped segments. Deadline reports the pilot episode will include interviews with James Carville, Touré, and Scottie Nell-Hughes.

    Aiken commented that it was important for him to find a way to make politics and current events something that captivated viewers while also presenting a serious news show. “We wanted to find a way to keep people really informed—give them important news and objective information—and still keep it entertaining and engaging. We wanted to make the news appointment TV again without needing to sensationalize it or scare or depress folks. NewsBeat is really about facts first, but it is also about making the news interesting again.”

    The American Idol alum’s new project certainly sounds like something viewers would take a shine to, and with the help of a few talented drag queens, NewsBeat is shaping up to be a news show that’s as enjoyable as it is informative. Many RuPaul’s Drag Race queens have been branching out with their own shows, and Aiken’s news show looks like a novel way to keep drag fans up-to-date on current events. Aiken has come a long way from the singing sensation he was on season two, and his show is his most recent in a long line of hits.

     

     

  9. And one more, this one about the show.  Still no network, but it's going to be daily.  I'm thinking it may be syndicated.

    American Idol: Clay Aiken To Produce New Drag Queen-Led Daily News Show

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    American Idol: Clay Aiken To Produce New Drag Queen-Led Daily News Show

    Clay Aiken is coming out with NewsBeat, a daily news show featuring Bianca Del Rio and more RuPaul's Drag Race alum as anchors and correspondents.

    BY MAGGIE MEAD

    PUBLISHED 14 HOURS AGO

    In the wake of COVID-19, it seems there are many new and unique shows in production, including a daily news show produced by American Idol alum Clay Aiken. The memorable season two contestant is tapping into the RuPaul’s Drag Race fandom for his new show by featuring drag queen commentators and correspondents. Aiken is seeking to get more people engaged in current events by creating a news show as entertaining as it is informative. Based on the lineup of drag queens involved in the project, he has achieved his goal.

    Aiken was a contestant on the early days of American Idol on one of the show’s best seasons. Though he came in second to winner Ruben Studdard, Aiken’s popularity was undeniable. He has had a successful recording and Broadway career, but in recent years has become an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and political activism. Aiken has even gotten involved in politics personally and ran for the House of Representatives in 2014, though he lost to his Republican opponent. But Aiken isn’t done with the entertainment world yet, and his new show sounds like a hit in the making.

    According to Deadline, Aiken is an executive producer on the new show NewsBeat. The show will feature RPDR season six winner Bianca Del Rio and RPDR alum Nina West as anchors and political analysts tackling news topics and issues of the day. Drag queens Lady Bunny, Delta Work, and Lyle will also serve as correspondents who will interview politicians and newsmakers in pre-taped segments. Deadline reports the pilot episode will include interviews with James Carville, Touré, and Scottie Nell-Hughes.

    Aiken commented that it was important for him to find a way to make politics and current events something that captivated viewers while also presenting a serious news show. “We wanted to find a way to keep people really informed—give them important news and objective information—and still keep it entertaining and engaging. We wanted to make the news appointment TV again without needing to sensationalize it or scare or depress folks. NewsBeat is really about facts first, but it is also about making the news interesting again.”

    The American Idol alum’s new project certainly sounds like something viewers would take a shine to, and with the help of a few talented drag queens, NewsBeat is shaping up to be a news show that’s as enjoyable as it is informative. Many RuPaul’s Drag Race queens have been branching out with their own shows, and Aiken’s news show looks like a novel way to keep drag fans up-to-date on current events. Aiken has come a long way from the singing sensation he was on season two, and his show is his most recent in a long line of hits.

     

     

  10. Just being a post-ho here....from the National Inclusion Project website.

    Karaoke for Inclusion

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    KARAOKE FOR INCLUSION

    Saturday, Sept 11, 2021 @ 6pm

    Join us in Durham, NC on The Roof at The Durham Hotel for a night of fun, food, fellowship and karaoke! Sit back and enjoy dinner, drinks, exciting performances, the lovely outdoor venue and even get in on the action at the first Karaoke for Inclusion night hosted by National Inclusion Project (NIP) Co-Founder Clay Aiken. Prizes will be awarded for best singer, best entertainer and even Clay’s favorite! All proceeds will support NIP’s mission of ensuring that no child is left on the sidelines.

    Make it a full day by joining an intimate lunch gathering of NIP supporters for an Aiken style cookout hosted by Faye (Clay’s Mom) in her backyard in Raleigh. Listen to our Co-Founders Clay and Diane tell a few old stories, catch up with old friends, learn more about the future of NIP and enjoy some good old fashioned NC BBQ with all the fixin’s. We plan on starting the fun around 11:00am on Saturday.

    Tickets

    Karaoke Only Ticket - $500

    60 available

    Karaoke for Inclusion

    Dinner & Drinks included

    Includes a $350 tax deductible donation

    Combo Ticket - $2,500

    25 available

    Karaoke for Inclusion & Cookout at Faye's

    Dinner & Drinks included at both events

    Includes a $2300 tax deductible donation

    Registration

    Registration opens June 9th at 12noon ET. (A link will pop up on this page in multiple places.) The first ones to register for each ticket will receive an email from NIP within 24 hours giving them information on how to pay. The others will be added to the waitlist. If payment is not received by the specified date in email confirmation (with 1 reminder), we will contact the next person on the waitlist to offer them the ticket, so on and so forth until all tickets are claimed.

    Credit card and check payments will be accepted. Payment must be received within a few weeks after registration. Receipts will go to the person who pays for each ticket. Each person can register for up to 2 people (they can pay separately).

    Location and Hotel Info

    Karaoke for Inclusion will be held at The Roof restaurant at the top of The Durham Hotel. It is located at 315 E. Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701. This local boutique hotel has been gracious enough to offer our guests a special hotel room rate of $169+taxes and fees until Thursday, August 26, 2021. 

    Click Here for reservations, enter your stay dates between Thursday, September 9 – Sunday, September 12, 2021, select your room type and a confirmation will be sent to you upon completion of your reservation, or contact the hotel directly at 919-768-8830 and request a reservation under the National Inclusion Project room block. 

    If you'd rather not stay at The Durham or they run out of rooms, there are plenty of other hotels in the area. The ones closest to the venue (within 1 block) are the Durham Marriott City Center and Unscripted Durham. Check out the Visitor's Center for more info.

    For those joining us at Faye’s, her location will be sent directly to ticket holders prior to the event.

    Singers Wanted!

    Do you have the voice of an angel? How about the personality of an Idol? Now is your chance to show us (and CLAY) what you’ve got! Singers must have a ticket to the event to hit the stage and Karaoke for Inclusion. Interested as an individual, duet or group? Let us know when you make your payment. Or email TonyaGillham@inclusionproject.org.

     

     

  11. Also from the same email, the Gala is postponed until Spring 2022.

     

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    For those wondering about the Founders' Gala...

     

    The Gala Committee has been hard at work putting together a wonderful Gala weekend full of inspiration, memory-making, and fun. To make it easier for everyone to participate, we have decided that Spring 2022 is the best time for us to have our long-awaited reunion. At that time, we hope to hold the type of Gala we've all come to love without restrictions and worry. Be on the lookout for more details this fall. 

     

    In the meantime, come join us outdoors in Durham on Sept 11th! We can't wait to see you!

     

     

  12. Email from the National Inclusion Project.  Sounds like a fun evening!

     

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    Karaoke for Inclusion

    Saturday, Sept 11, 2021 @ 6pm

     

    Join us in Durham, NC on The Roof at The Durham Hotel for a night of fun, food, fellowship and karaoke hosted by Clay Aiken! Sit back and enjoy dinner, drinks, exciting performances, the beautiful venue and even get in on the action! Prizes will be awarded for best singer, best entertainer and even Clay’s favorite. All proceeds will support NIP’s mission of ensuring that no child is left on the sidelines.

     

    Registration opens June 9th at 12noon ET. Seats are limited so don't miss your chance for the first ever Karaoke for Inclusion! Learn ALL the details by clicking the button below...

     

     

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