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Authoress, actress, activist, and asshole Divine Grace has been entertaining crowds with her scathing humor and poignant heart-tugging across the country for more than 20 years. She can currently be found writing hilarious new obscenities, chanting obscenities at a rally, or screaming obscenities onstage while fulfilling an hour of her court-appointed community service. She is currently unable to appear anywhere within a 100 yard distance of Tyson Beckford.
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I'm FABULOUS! I sleep four hours a night and I like to dance. I never stop talking. I have a radio show and I write a weekly column for NY Press's Bash Compactor, covering events, parties, and the arts. Maybe YOU. I try to swim every day and do yoga. My favorite word is "motherfucker."
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heather_Leigh_West Early life and education Born into a theater family in New York City, West was always surrounded by creative talent. A graduate of Manhattan's La Guardia High School of Music and the Arts - Vocal Department, she developed her style as a member of the school's Gospel Choir. Career West has written and recorded songs for herself as well as other artists of many genres including: Soul, R&B, Funk, Hip-Hop, Gospel, Dance and House. West's commercial debut came as the featured vocalist, credited under the moniker "She," on the 1995 Urban Discharge release Drop a House. The release peaked at number twenty-one, spending eleven weeks on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Chart and secured its place as a legendary club anthem. Despite the song's huge club success, Drop a House was unable to cross over to the airplay charts because it contained lyrics that were at the time considered explicit. Not credited by name, and later incorrectly credited as someone else on a subsequent vocal version, West would spend the next decade working to prove who "She" was. Further releases In 2000, West teamed up with Eddie X for the release of Vibe the Underground. The project was later featured on The Circuit Party Volume 1 compilation. In association with German music producer Da Hool in late 2003, West wrote and recorded Set the Stakes High for Germany's Kosmo Records. The single's early success in Europe led to its inclusion on numerous compilations worldwide. Soon after, Set the Stakes High saw its domestic debut on the American dance label Robbins Entertainment in 2004 where the release climbed to number twenty-one on the Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales Chart. In 2004, West was asked to take part in a project with FIGJAM Records to benefit the ACLU Foundationâ€™s Lesbian & Gay Rights and AIDS Projects. The album, a double-disc set titled Marry Me, with individual discs dubbed Ceremony and Reception, included West's single Eres Tu, produced by the Bodega Boys. Marry Me, which also included, among others, music by RuPaul and Ari Gold, was celebrated on November 16, 2004 at a record release gala held at XL in New York's Chelsea neighborhood. In 2005, West partnered with New York based producer DJ Dove for her next single, Lift Me. The track, written by West, was released on Catch 22 Recordings and featured additional mixes by DJ Disciple. Though still nurturing her career in dance music, West made a departure of sorts from the genre when she began work on her first full length record in late 2005 with New York based music producer Valentino LaRosa. The album, a marriage of organic instruments, the synthetic sounds familiar to her dance music fans, is perhaps best described as Alternative/Soul. Appropriately titled, One (Valentino's Heather) the records name not only marks the first of many to come, but more importantly is a reference to unity. Forever striving to do something different from what she has before, West decided to reproduce the same material with a more laid back musical vibe to create a double release with One Extra Chilled - HLW On the Rocks. The album is currently available for preview as digital release on iTunes and is planned for official release on CD later in the year. West released a darkly artistic music video for the albums first single Fall Away. The video is available to view on the popular video sharing website, YouTube. In late 2007 West returned the studio with music producer DJ Dove to record a new dance single, Closer, co-written by West and fellow songwriters. The much anticipated single will be her first commercially available dance release since 2005. A big room house anthem, Closer beckoning all to "venga mas cerca (Come closer)," was released digitally through beatport.com on October 26, 2008. Commercial Releases Singles 1995 - Drop a House by Urban Discharge featuring She 1999 - Vibe the Underground by Eddie X presents Heather Leigh West 2003 - Set the Stakes High by Da Hool featuring Heather Leigh West 2004 - Eres Tu by The Bodega Boys featuring Heather Leigh West 2005 - Lift Me by DJ Dove featuring Heather Leigh West 2008 - Closer by DJ Dove featuring Heather Leigh West (Tendenzia Records, Italy) 2009 - Drop a House by Dj DeMarko featuring Heather Leigh West (Tommyboy Entertainment, USA) Albums (digital release) 2008 - One (Valentino's Heather) & One Extra Chilled - HLW On the Rocks Albums (CD) TBD - One (Valentino's Heather) & One Extra Chilled - HLW On the Rocks
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my family-thanks for making me who I am today. the perfection of a YSL trouser, the utter decadence of exotic skins, the bartenders at nobu57, because I can, literature, water and the occasional diet coke, weddings - what's more fun than a great party and free booze, let's go to scores, taxi narcolepsy, pervy mustaches, sunglasses because they make me think that no one can see me (especially if I'm hung over), Barcelona, the tres euro ingenuity of Nicholas Ghesquiere and Stefano Pilati, Karl's mad genius, a good scotch buzz, Coco's cooking, Kathy: when our stars are aligned, sexito, bolita, capturing life on a digital camera, my (4th pair of) new ray bans, my tacones, wishing for domestic help, eating out vs. cooking for myself, Barneys, select don't settle, l'amour est un oiseau rebelle (Carmen), Hanes V-necks, my blackberry: the greatest invention ever, iâ™¥short shorts, John Singer Sargent's Madame X, Terry Richardson's photography, trying to guess what's next on my ipod, my netflix queue, lots of gold jewelry, toe-ing the line between stylish and tacky, vests, cashmere scarves, diptyque tuberose candles, my adorable nephew dylan, the quiet splendor of the astor court, karaoke, crossword puzzles (so i'm a dork), orangina, translating spanish sayings into english, y los popis?, the convenience of liquor stores that deliver, the ballet, i'm mad about purple, and on the seventh day god created brunch, the flaming passion of flamenco, the majesty of the temple of dendur, confidence is sexy, abuelas, the languor and luminosity of el greco, the flawed perfection of marilyn minter's art, nostalgia as seen through the eyes of kidrobot, remy, paris is magic, dries van noten's quirky designs, taxis with credit card machines, virgin megastore's $10 cds and dvds (RIP Union Square), my empty fridge and my overflowing closet, if i were rich i would hire only a chauffeur a cleaning lady and a chef, the magic flute, itunes, Sharon Stone in Casino, Julie Christie in Shampoo, Sunday brunch at La Bottega (alone or in bad company), fluorescent yellow, my topsiders, Burt's Bees lip balm, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, Henry Cavill, David Barton Astor Place.
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Justin Samuels graduated from Cornell University with a BA in History. He worked in financial services for three years. After then he decided to pursue more creative endeavors. He has written articles for Yahoo! and the WGAe blog. He also writes screenplays. Justin can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Ken Hunt is an AFI-certified trainer and owner of Steel Gym in New York City. Kenâ€™s articles have been featured in The New York Times, Compete, Horizon Barcelona, LaCosmopolatina, Dignity, Men's Fitness, Genre, HX, Stonewall News and EXIT South Africa, and heâ€™s a frequent guest on Sirius OutQ Radio. Ken also travels the country lecturing on physical fitness and sharing his work-out secrets. He is currently finishing his new book â€œ The Hunt for Fitness,â€ working an a new cable TV project. Steel Gym has been named one of the top 5 gyms in the U.S. by Muscle and Fitness Magazine. Steel is also ranked as the "#1 Gym in New York" by the American Fitness Institute for "cost, cleanliness, equipment and service," and has been called "the last real gym left in New York" by famed bodybuilder Victor Martinez. For the second year in a row Steel was awarded both the Talk Of The Town Award for outstanding customer service, and received the New York Award for Physical Fitness. The gym is located at 146 W. 23rd St, New York, NY 212.352.9876 http://www.steelgym.com Steel Gym has been named one of the top 5 gyms in the U.S. by Muscle and Fitness Magazine. Steel is also ranked as the "#1 Gym in New York" by the American Fitness Institute for "cost, cleanliness, equipment and service," and has been called "the last real gym left in New York" by famed bodybuilder Victor Martinez. For the second year in a row Steel was awarded both the Talk Of The Town Award for outstanding customer service, and received the New York Award for Physical Fitness. Steel Gym is located at 146 W. 23rd St, New York, NY http://steelgym.com
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Matthew Stetson has made a name for himself with his innovative approach to beauty. As a result of his background in design, he believes that the face and body are yet another outlet for expressing personal creativity. Whether its creative flawless beauty or something more avant-garde, pushing the limits of glamour, fashion, and art are goals for each and every project. With ties to fashion, art, and nightlife in New York City, look for cutting edge beauty and cosmetic treatments like you have never experienced. Matthew also manages the successful beauty blog, Stetson Creative (http://stetsoncreative.blogspot.com) and is currently producing the world's first couture makeup runway show, Giving Face (www.givingface.com), which will premiere in during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in September 2011. For bookings, contact Matthew by email at email@example.com or by phone at 860-748-8474.
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Michael Malone is everyone's Aunt Barbara, he holds a BA in Classical Archaeology & Civilizations, is a self-admitted adult groupie & music geek. He is a sharp dancer & snazzy dresser. He's attended 50+ B-52s concerts and has spent the better part of the last 15 years working in advertising & media.
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Mike Diamond is a writer, comedian and television personality based in New York City. He has hosted the Logo networkâ€™s â€˜PopLabâ€™ program, and also does video reporting for various web sites including 365Gay, TripOut, and EDGE. Mike was born in the bathroom of the Crisco Disco in 1973, is two inches taller than he appears on television, and has no gag reflex.
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Seth Clark Silberman (PhDJ) is a NYC DJ and writer. For almost two years, he was Sherry Vine's DJ at the now-closed DTox in the East Village. His first NYC residency was at Boys Room, where he DJ'ed for Amanda Lepore, Cazwell and Gio Black Peter. He has also spun at The Cock, Eastern Bloc, Posh, Vlada, Arrow Bar, Lucky Cheng's and Formika's F Word party when it was at Club Rebel. Seth was the first junior faculty hired to teach lesbian and gay studies at Yale University. He has been widely published on literature and popular culture. His writing about music has been include in VIBE and Paste magazines as well as Creative Loafing Atlanta. Seth also goes by his photographer alter ego, Richard Appedon. https://soundcloud.com/phdjsco
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THE KIKI TWINS are fraternal fashion twins, LT & AC. This twin-sational duo have been a staple in the NYC Underground scene, having performed at notable hot spots including Irving Plaza, Santos Party House, Crowbar, CBGB, Roxy, Knitting Factory, Splash, to name a few. They earned notable success as former members of the underground rap sensation, DaLipstyxx. They are known to never take themselves too seriously while having fun wherever they go.
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Walt Cessna is a writer, photographer and former fashion designer who started his career in fashion as a Vogue obsessed thirteen year old eventually working with the likes of knockoff king and dress mogul Jack "Fast Jack" Mulqueen, and designer Norma Kamali. in the years to come he established himself as a fashion designer with his much acclaimed don casual label, designing and self-producing a line of men's and women's sportswear. over the years his short stories have appeared in various magazines such as Paper as well as numerous blogs. his photography work can be found virtually anywhere on the internet as well as in his published photography collections Fukt 2 Start Wit and Wolfpack! he currently lives in New York City.
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