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Desi Arnaz: A Pioneer of the Television Sitcom
Discover how the I Love Lucy star changed TV
Desi Arnaz was a Cuban-born American actor, musician, and TV producer. He is best known for his role as Ricky Ricardo in the cult classic American TV sitcom I Love Lucy. Co-starring alongside his then-wife Lucille Ball, the pair are credited as the inventors of the syndicated rerun as they were more than just actors in the show – they were key in making it into such a success. The show ran from 1951-1957 and spanned six seasons with 180 half-hour episodes in total, which was previously unheard of for a TV show.
Arnaz became part of one of the USA’s most watched shows, but his life wasn’t always glitz and glam, even if it might have seemed that way in the beginning. Born into a prominent Cuban family in Santiago in 1917, Arnaz’s father, Desiderio Arnaz II, was mayor of Santiago, the original capital of Cuba. His mother, Dolores de Acha, was the daughter of one of the founders of the Bacardi Rum Company. If that wasn’t enough of a claim to fame, Arnaz’s grandfather, Don Desiderio, was a physician who accompanied Theodore Roosevelt and the Rough Riders at the Battle of San Juan Hill in 1898.
Arts and Culture
Gus Kenworthy says what you have to do to have sex with him
Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy had a funny way of telling his fans to vote yesterday.
Homophobe slammed girl's Halloween costume and got totally owned by her dad
Surely little kids can dress as whatever they want for Halloween?
Well, one homophobe didn’t think so.
A six-year-old picked her favorite Marvel superhero, Thor, to dress as this 31 October.
Writing in the Marvel forum on Reddit, her dad wrote: ‘My youngest daughter as Thor, her favorite superhero.’
Gay Star News
'My heart melted': Woman captures the sweet moment a man cradles a mother's sleeping baby in a doctor's waiting room so she can fill out paperwork
This the touching moment a man helped a mother in the waiting room of an Alabama doctor's office by cradling her baby boy so she could fill out some paperwork.
Jade West carried her sleeping son Jayce into the doctor's office in Florence, north of Birmingham, last week.
She was struggling to work out how to hold her baby and fill out the paperwork when Joe Hale stepped in to offer his assistance.
CHRIS EVANS SLAMS DONALD TRUMP IN MOCKING TWEET: ‘NO ONE HAS EVER BEEN TREATED SO UNFAIRLY’
“There’s nothing more maddening than debating someone who doesn’t know history, doesn’t read books, and frames their myopia as virtue,” Evans tweeted. “The level of unapologetic conjecture I’ve encountered lately isn’t just frustrating, it’s retrogressive, unprecedented and absolutely terrifying.”
Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds Donates $50,000 at GLAAD Benefit Concert
During a recent interview with The San Diego Tribune, Reynolds spoke about his stance on politics in music. "I think the whole reason for art, for music, for a voice, is to speak to the truth and to fight for what you believe," he declared. "Whether it’s injustices being done or just a simple song about love and what your beliefs on love are, I think every artist, if they’re not speaking their truth and not standing up for what they believe in — not just in (song), but in interviews — they aren’t deserving of that platform and it should be given to someone else who will make use of it."
Detroit Pistons’ Reggie Bullock donates $25,000 to GLAAD in memory of his sister and goes purple with the NBA and WNBA for Spirit Day
Today, Detroit Pistons player Reggie Bullock announced his participation in GLAAD’s Spirit Day and anti-bullying campaign, sending a message of acceptance to all LGBTQ people. Bullock has been an outspoken, brave, and true ally to LGBTQ people, and especially transgender women of color, since he lost his transgender sister, Mia Henderson, in 2014.
Dwayne Johnson Lets His Daughter Paint His Nails, 'Cause He Has "Papa Bear Priorities"
Dwayne Johnson is a busy man, but that doesn't stop him from making time for his three daughters. The 46-year-old actor recently shared a photo on Instagram, from when he was on the way out the door for work and his 2-year-old daughter Jasmine insisted he "really needed" his nails painted. Dwayne, ever the dutiful dad, couldn't say no when she looked up at him with "her mama's gorgeous blue eyes." Aw!
DAVID HARBOUR OFFICIATES FAN'S WEDDING DRESSED AS 'STRANGER THINGS' CHARACTER JIM HOPPER
Stranger Things’ David Harbour followed through with a promise he made in January to officiate a fan’s wedding Saturday.
“Hey internet. I know it’s been a while. I retreated. Needed some space. You probably get it,” the actor wrote on Twitter. “But I’ve been thinking about ya in the interim. And all your retweets. And, so, me and some fun folks in Springfield, Illinois, made good on our promise we made all those months ago.”
He attached a photo to the post showing he dressed as his character from Stranger Things, Chief of Police Jim Hopper, for the ceremony.
“@DavidKHarbour was so awesome yesterday,” the fan wrote Sunday. “We had such a great time!!! Thank you so, so much!!”
HERO SHIELDED WOMAN FROM MACHETE-WIELDING MAN AT CALIFORNIA STARBUCKS: 'I COULDN'T JUST LET HER DIE'
When he saw a woman fearing for her life while being chased and slashed by a machete-wielding man -- he didn’t flinch.
Blaine Hodge, 27, a private security guard and musician, endured several machete gashes when he leaped into action to shield the woman while she was being stabbed by the woman’s alleged ex-boyfriend.
The machete-wielding suspect was identified as 31-year-old Robert Rivas, 31, who reportedly stalked his victim into the Starbucks located at the Stockdale Fashion Center in Bakersfield, California at around Noon on Sunday and tried to assault his ex-girlfriend by ambushing her.
Hodge threw himself between the man and the woman and managed to spare her of what may have been certain death.
Read the full transcript of Obama’s fiery anti-Trump speech
Barack Obama is done holding back.
The former president unloaded on President Trump — by name — and Republicans in Congress during a blistering speech at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign on Friday, urging students in the audience to vote in an election he called a turning point.
“It did not start with Donald Trump,” Obama said. “He is a symptom, not the cause.” But he went on to criticize Trump and Republicans in Congress at length, calling out coziness with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Trump’s tweets about the Justice Department investigating Republicans, the president’s reluctance to criticize Nazi sympathizers after the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and more.
“Republicans who know better in Congress — and they’re there, they’re quoted saying, Yeah, we know this is kind of crazy — are still bending over backward to shield this behavior from scrutiny or accountability,” he said.
A rush transcript of Obama’s remarks is below...
These two gay Kenyan runners hope to bring ‘gay games’ back with them
Kevin Mwachiro was overcome with emotion hours before the Gay Games Opening Ceremony. Walking into the registration hall, he and his fellow Kenyan runner, Kelvin Washiko, came upon a wall created by Paris 2018 organizers that listed the names of every single Gay Games athlete competing in Paris this week.
Mwachiro had overcome much to reach the Gay Games. A battle with cancer. Unwelcoming attitudes from the Nairobi government. A sports world in Kenya he never felt he could be a part of.
When he found his name on that wall, along with the other 10,000 Gay Games 2018 competitors, tears welled in his eyes.
“I had now became part of a sporting community,” he said.
Sammy Davis Jr. - "The Rhythm of Life" (Sweet Charity 1969) 05-Aug-2018