Calvin Harris Drops New Music Video "Promises" Feat. Sam Smith

As we come off our post-Pose withdrawal, Calvin Harris comes to the rescue with his latest dance track, “Promises,” featuring Sam Smith, which celebrates the world of LGBTQ ball culture.

The new Vogue-themed video opens with dancers describing the allure of the ball scene and the freedom that comes with it.

“It’s fantasy,” says one dancer. “One hundred percent fantasy.”

“Growing up in the Bronx you have to carry this tough skin,” says another. “Finding “Vogue,” it allowed me to express myself in a way that I couldn’t express myself anywhere else.”

“Find that ‘inner person’ and you just kinda let it out.”

“You really can do anything, in that world, and be accepted,” extols another dancer before adding, “Be celebrated - not just accepted - be celebrated.”

The music video continues with Smith singing as several dancers spin, live, vogue and pose for their lives on the ball scene runway.

Along the way you may recognize Kevin Stea, who twirled for Madonna on her Blond Ambition tour.

If you miss Pose (and we sure do), or just want to escape into your own vogue for a few minutes, check out the new video below.



New Vogue Issue Shows Beyoncé Opening Up In A Personal Essay

Vogue’s September issue is here and we are loving it!

Beyoncé was given unprecedented control over the September issue by US Vogue editor Anna Wintour.

Not only did the singer get to organize the photo shoot (and make sure very little make-up and hair extensions were used), but she also switched out a traditional sit-down interview for a more narrative essay piece with the help of writer Clover Hope.

In the piece, Beyoncé shared how she wants to open doors for other Black talent. She also gave us an example of that by recruiting 23-year-old photographer Tyler Mitchell, who’s now the first black photographer in the magazine’s 126-years of publication.

"When I first started, 21 years ago, I was told that it was hard for me to get onto covers of magazines because black people did not sell," Beyoncé told the magazine. "Clearly that has been proven a myth. Not only is an African-American on the cover of the most important month for Vogue, this is the first-ever Vogue cover shot by an African American photographer."

The singer also opened up about how she wants the same opportunities and greatness for her own children.

“As the mother of two girls, it’s important to me that they see themselves too—in books, films, and on runways. It’s important to me that they see themselves as CEOs, as bosses, and that they know they can write the script for their own lives—that they can speak their minds and they have no ceiling,” she said.

In addition, Beyoncé shared that she wants the world for her son, Sir, as well.

“I want him to know that he can be strong and brave but that he can also be sensitive and kind. I want my son to have a high emotional IQ where he is free to be caring, truthful, and honest,” she wrote.

“It’s everything a woman wants in a man, and yet we don’t teach it to our boys.”

Going further, Beyoncé opened up and revealed for the first time how taxing giving birth and motherhood were for her.

First, Beyoncé shared that she had to go through a caesarian section to give birth to her twins.

“My health and my babies’ health were in danger, so I had an emergency C-section. We spent many weeks in the NICU (intensive care unit),” she wrote.

“I was in survival mode and did not grasp it all until months later. Today I have a connection to any parent who has been through such an experience.”

As if that wasn’t hard enough, the singer adds that she still had to worry about her body image.

When she gave birth to her first child, Blue Ivy, back in 2012, Beyoncé forced herself to lose weight in three months and went on a mini-tour to force herself into it.

She then decided to take her time to recover after giving birth to her twins. Of course, the C-section saw to that. That then led her to thinking about her body image and appreciating it more.

“To this day my arms, shoulders, breasts, and thighs are fuller. I have a little mommy pouch, and I’m in no rush to get rid of it. I think it’s real,” the singer wrote.

That didn’t stop her from working hard to be a performer however, as six months later she got on stage at Coachella. To prepare for that, she temporarily became a vegan while giving up alcohol, coffee, and sweet drinks.

While Beyoncé is a loving and dedicated mother/wife, she’s also a world-class performer who’s driven to pursue her craft.

Even now, she’s out on the On the Run II tour with her husband Jay-Z, which will end on October 4 in Seattle.

Madonna Graces the Cover of Vogue Italia, and the Photos Are Gorgeous

There’s a lot of excitement buzzing around amongst Madonna fans right now. The Queen of Pop has been teasing new music for months, and she’s about to turn 60 in mid-August.

Well, it’s time to get even more stoked, because Madge is gracing the cover of this month's Vogue Italia. The first sneak peek at the photos is stunning.



MADONNA by night for @vogueitalia #mertandmarcus #vogueeyewear

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High fashion photographer Mert Atlas shared a glimpse at what’s to come, including several gorgeous shots of Madonna living a country life with her children in Portugal, and savoring the local nightlife.

Madonna moved to Lisbon last year along with her six children. She lives a slower-paced life there—in a palace.

The cover of the mag features Madonna in a black shoulder-less dress and hat gazing at the sky. The title of the issue is “Just One Day Out of Life,” quoting one of the Queen’s most iconic hits. The caption of this image on Instagram reads:

"Countdown to release of our August issue! #JustOneDayOutOfLife We celebrate a legend Madonna Find out about the new life in Lisbon of the Queen of Pop, through #mertandmarcus @mertatkas @macpiggott 's exclusive photographs and an interview by @xercxescook.” 



M A D O N N A #mertandmarcus @madonna

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M A D O N N A #mertandmarcus

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Another image shows Madonna vogue-ing in a sundress in a field of flowers.



She always gives a good face @madonna #mertandmarcus #lisbon

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There’s also an adorable pic of Madonna running through some kind of a garden with her adopted daughters Mercy James, Stella and Esther.



Girls day out MADONNA and the family FOR @vogueItalia

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And then there’s a dark image of Madonna with a horse, calling to mind the imagery of the first “Equestrian” act of the Confessions Tour.



M A D N N A #mertandmarcus my inspiration, my friend LOVE YOU @madonna

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For more of the pics, visit Atlas on Instagram.

h/t: Billboard


Sweaty and Out of Breath--These Gay Bears Are Living for the Art of Voguing

Nothing makes me feel heavier and bigger than going to the club. Whenever I’m there I realize how putting on some pounds over the last few years has essentially made me more lethargic and with an inability to move to my favorite songs. I use to slay on the dance floor! Now I just STAY at the bar—and watch from afar.

I live for the queens who can vogue or duck walk across the floor, but while I admire it, I don’t think I’d try because I’d just fall over. But then I witness some drag queens, who are possibly a little thicker and juicier than I am who have wigs on wigs on wigs and are padded and snatched for the GAWDS who struggle, but turn out a good voguing and dancing number. It makes me want to learn!

Like these guys—three bears who took a class on voguing and learned a thing or two about unleashing your inner fierceness through figure eights, voguing, cat walks, and duck walks. They broke a sweat, to say the least, I am sore just watching them.

Watch these beefy boys bring it to the runway in this video. Category is: Bear Ballroom!