Radio Show: Talking Day One Of 2016 Republican National Convention

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Last night marked the kickoff of the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Speakers included 80s actors Scott Baio and Antonio Sabato Jr., former NYC Mayor Rudy Guiliani, and many more.

Plus, Melania Trump spoke – with some controversy – about her husband, Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee. Comparisons with Michelle Obama’s Democratic National Convention speech in 2008 show many similarities.

I have my opinion about what happened, and I’d love to hear yours.

Radio Show: Political Activist Aaron Baldwin On The Current Presidential Campaigns

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Aaron Baldwin, San Francisco based LGBT/political activist, joins Randy to talk about the current state of the 2016 presidential campaigns and more.

While Donald Trump has the GOP nomination in hand, there are a few state primaries left for the Democrats including delegate-rich California and New Jersey on June 7th.

Currently leading in the polls for those states, when will Hillary Clinton finally close out the Democratic nomination?

What new twist will Donald Trump throw in the mix?

Aaron doesn’t hold back when sharing what he thinks, so tune in to hear his thoughts on this unpredictable presidential race.

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Radio Show: LGBT Activist Aaron Baldwin Talks Presidential Primaries

Check out my latest BlogTalkRadio episode with San Francisco based LGBT activist Aaron Baldwin, who joins me to talk about the current state of the Democratic and Republican presidential campaigns.

With the Ohio, Florida, Illinois and North Carolina primaries coming up on Tuesday, and the past Michigan/Mississippi primaries behind us, there’s a lot to talk out.

Will Marco Rubio win his home state of Florida? Will John Kasich win his home state of Ohio?

What new twist will Donald Trump throw in the mix?

Hit play below to hear what Aaron thinks of this unpredictable election season.

Radio Show: Looking Back At The Wild Week In Politics

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This episode I look back on the week’s biggest political campaign stories – from the Nevada Caucuses to the South Carolina Primaries to the upcoming Super Tuesday.

Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump both had big weeks but what’s going to happen on Super Tuesday? I take a look at the most recent polls and offer what I think could happen.

And don’t forget that “rock ’em sock ’em” Republican debate this week
where Wolf Blizter basically lost control of the debate and the shouting
was really something to see. Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz went full-court press on The Donald. Will it work? Too little too late?

And – Donald Trump refuses to disavow being endorsed by a former Ku Klux Klan leader. Will his supporters care? (Answer: no)

Radio Show: Carl Siciliano Of The Ali Forney Center Talks Homeless LGBT Youth

Carl Siciliano, founder/Executive Director of The Ali Forney Center

With the Ali Forney Center‘s funding raising effort continuing in hopes of purchasing the anti-gay ATLAH Church in Harlem, I wanted to share my radio show interview with founder and Executive Director Carl Siciliano.

I’m really proud of this interview from my companion  radio show – The Randy Report on BlogTalkRadio.

Carl Siciliano talks with me about the current #HarlemNoHate Campaign which aims to raise funds to help the Center purchase a church in Harlem to expand it’s services for homeless LGBT youth.

The poetic irony is that the pastor of the church, Rev. James Manning, has spent years spewing vitriolic hate speech towards the LGBT community in Harlem.

Pastor Manning is notorious for signage at the church with messages such as “Jesus would stone homos” and that all supporters of LGBT people should be cursed with cancer, HIV, madness, and eternal damnation.

“The biggest reason our youths are driven from their homes is because of homophobic and transphobic religious beliefs of their parents. If we are able to obtain the space it would truly be a triumph of love over hatred,” says Siciliano.

The church is being put up for auction due to unpaid bills and tax liens on February 24th. The goal of the #HarlemNoHate campaign is to purchase the church and make what was once a place that put religious-based hate on broad display, and turn it into a safe haven for young LGBT.

The Ali Forney Center is the largest and most comprehensive organization in the nation dedicated to housing LGBT youth. AFC serves youth aged 16-24, and provides emergency and transitional housing, street outreach, a drop-in center, medical and mental health treatment, a vocational/educational program, and a counseling project for the families of LGBT youth.

Listen as we talk about the difficulties homeless LGBT youth face and how you can help.

You can donate to the #HarlemNoHate campaign by clicking here.

Radio Show: Jeb Havens Shares His New Album HOME BASE

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Jeb Havens is an international recording artist and songwriter based in Los Angeles, and one of my favorite out musicians.

His music is a blend of catchy pop and raw emotional therapy. His YouTube channel, featuring his popular “Closet Covers” series has over 650,000 views, and captured the attention of Reddit, BuzzFeed, and the TV show “Right This Minute”.

Jeb Havens recording a session for his “Closet Covers” series

Jeb’s new album, HOME BASE, produced by Grammy-winning producer Andy Zulla, is being released today and you can find it on all digital download vendors.

Jeb shares many of the songs from HOME BASE, and talks about the creative process involved in creating the new album.

Jeb will host and perform at a record release party at Rockwell in Los Angeles tonight. Plus, it’s his birthday, so much celebrating to do!

Find Jeb’s new album on iTunes here.

“Seriously, someone get this guy a record deal already.” –BuzzFeed

Check out my radio show interview with the talented (and easy on the eyes) Jeb Havens below.

You can find all my radio shows for The Randy Report by clicking here.

Don’t Forget The Randy Report Radio Show!

Just a friendly reminder that I recently launched a companion online radio show for The Randy Report where I cover many of the same issues (pop culture, politics and entertainment) as I do here daily on the blog.

The shows are archived immediately after I end an episode, so you don’t have to listen live  – although it’s fun to interact with callers during the show 🙂

Plus, you can download episodes for free via iTunes’ Podcast section.

Below is a handy-dandy player that allows you to check out some of my recent shows.

Radio Show: Internet Sensation Brandon Skeie Drops New Single “So Bad”

YouTube music sensation Brandon Skeie releases his new single "So Bad"
Brandon Skeie releases his new single “So Bad”

I really enjoyed talking with internet music sensation Brandon Skeie last night on my online radio show, The Randy Report.

Brandon Skeie (SHAY-AH) is an LA based singer-songwriter/artist with a strong presence among the industry’s creative community.

At the age of 22, Brandon Skeie has been featured in Billboard, Ryan Seacrest and MTV, over 3M SoundCloud plays, an active online fan base of 350K+ followers, a 15 week synch on E! and more.

After developing a huge following on his YouTube channel (almost 9 million views) including his spectacular cover versions of songs like Adele’s “Hello,” Brandon is poised for a strong 2016 with the release of original music, beginning with his new single “So Bad”.

I spoke with Brandon about his creative process in the recording studio, his amazing vocal range, and how he views being an out musician in today’s musical landscape.

I’m a fan of the new song, so I asked about where the inspiration for the song came from. Brandon’s response:

Basically, “So Bad” is based on a previous relationship of mine. I had met a person. It was actually my first love, which made it a little bit more interesting. I was deeply, deeply in love with this person, but around six, seven months into the relationship, it just became evident that love wasn’t enough.

We had many, many differences. We didn’t get along a lot of the time. It just created this feeling like, “Man, I just want you so bad all the time, but I can’t.” It’s just you falling so in love with somebody or the idea of somebody, and then you really get to know them, your personalities clash, and there’s nothing you can do, except for that feeling that lingers. Wanting somebody so bad, but knowing it’s not the right time or the right place.

That’s basically the full inspiration behind it. The same situation actually was going on with my co-writer Hillary Bernstein at the same time. Both of us were going through this really rough relationship period and just came up with this concept. It just flew out of us really quickly.

After listening to the show below, make sure you check out Brandon’s new single “So Bad” here.

You can follow Brandon on Instagram here, Facebook here, and Twitter here.

Brandon Skeie in the recording studio
Brandon Skeie

Radio Show: The Week In Review

Check out my latest radio show where I recap the past week’s important news stories regarding entertainment, pop culture and politics of interest to the LGBT community.

From the constantly shifting GOP clown car to the most recent polls watching the upcoming Iowa and New Hampshire contests.

I talk on the current Donald Trump/Ted Cruz rivalry, and Jeb Bush attacking his former protege Marco Rubio.

Plus, thoughts on the recently announced Oscar nominations, the passing of rock music legend David Bowie, and my “Favorite Thing Today.”

It’s always a circus, so bring your popcorn!

Radio Show: “Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016”

Here’s my latest radio show, which aired last night on BlogTalkRadio, where I share my “Best of 2015” lists of movies, music, pop culture and politics.

Just a sample of my “Best Of:”

Music artists Kelly Clarkson, Mika, Adele, Madonna, Steve Grand and Janet Jackson make my “Top Albums of 2015.”

Top LGBT films include The Danish Girl, Seashore, Carol, Drown and I Am Michael.

Political highlights for the LGBT community including (obviously) the historic ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on marriage equality, County Clerk Kim Davis’ opposition to issuing marriage licenses, and the Boy Scouts lifting (mostly) of it’s ban on gay scouts.

Coming out stories of Olympian Gus Kenworthy, British rugby player Keegan Hirst, actress Holland Taylor and Caitlyn Jenner. And the LGBT inclusive storylines on TV shows Empire, Transparent, The Fosters and How To Get Away With Murder.

Plus, I make my predictions for what’s ahead in 2016 regarding LGBT rights and the race for the White House.