Big Brother's Frankie Grande seems to be always be 'on' in the house. He is constantly performing and has dozens of characters he pulls out to entertain his fellow house guests. In these images, Frankie proves he is not the only Grande who belongs on the stage. Here is Frankie in 2008's, Broadway Bares 18. Frankie not only performed, he was the highest individual fundraiser, bringing in $14,161.00 at the pre show's strip-a-thons!
It has been far too long since I featured the work of artist Byron Motley. Whenever I see one Byron's images I am always struck by how Byron views, and chooses to capture his models. No matter what is in front of us, we view and process what we're seeing through our own lens of experience and emotions. Byron's images have a sophisticated erotic quality, unique to how he as an artist, see's the world.
Byron is an photographer, artist, singer and writer and you can see and feel each of these passions in his work. Some photographers shoot bodies, other shoot the human's within them. Byron knows the cover of a book is only useful to grab one's attention. Byron goes beyond just the cover in his work, unveiling deeper layers within his subjects that make you want to know and see more.
When viewing these images of model Keith Allain you can see clearly he has a great look. Keith has an incredible body, clearly the result of hours of hard work, stamina and dedication. Keith also has a great face and eyes that tell you clearly and loudly there is more to him than just the body. Keith's gaze into the camera is not only powerful but even challenging, forcing the viewer looking back to give him both attention, and respect.
It might be some of those qualities that had Byron Motley decide to sign Keith as his first ever model to his new Motley Model Management Group. Byron first met Keith at a model competition in New York back in 2012 called IMTA (International Model and Talent Association). They later reconnected when Byron was traveling on the east coast and Byron continued to be impressed with the Keith's desire to become a world class model.
Check out much more of Byron's work on his website HERE:
One morning last spring, I got up and did what I do most mornings. After checking my phone, shoving down my Oatmeal and banana and dealing with the menagerie, I sat down with my computer to check my e-mail and facebook. On that particular morning I was wonderfully welcomed into the day by the incredible image above of actor, dancer and model Mark MacKillop.
'Surprisingly, traveling with 30 cast members and a 30-piece orchestra left me feeling, at times, incredibly isolated and lonely.'
I had to save the image. With his background in dance, Mark is able to glide into the most beautiful and elegant poses. This image in particular, with the natural light from the window behind glistening over his incredible body had me virtually joining him, if only for a brief moment of fantasy, in Rm. XIV. I have been following Mark's career, as both a model and actor, on FH since 2009 and this self-portrait was without a doubt one of my favorite images of hm.
Over the next few months, Mark continued to share similar images. Mark was on an international tour of West Side Story, playing Riff. The musical took him to major cites across Europe and Israel. Each town or city, meant a new temporary home, a hotel room to both decompress and re-energize in between performances. Rather than a written diary, MacKillop chronicled his downtime with an iPhone camera, taking over 80 high-quality, expertly composed black-and-white/color self-portraits in various hotel rooms (and very little clothing).
The response from friends, fans and followers was overwhelming and they were united in wanting to see more! Mark eventually decided to publish a coffee table book, where the entirety of his portraiture could find a tangible home. Entitled “Rm. XIV,” the collection will host an introduction by Broadway performer, pop singer, film and television actor Billy Porter, winner of the 2013 Tony Award® for Best Actor in a Musical for his star turn as Lola in Kinky Boots. And a foreword by renowned New York artist Robert W. Richards, who in May completed a curation of 20th-Century erotic illustrations at Manhattan’s Leslie-Lohman Museum.
A portion of the proceeds from each book are being donated to Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids. For information about this amazing organization visit broadwaycares.org
You too can join Mark in Rm. XIV by checking out his site and pre-ordering your own copy HERE:
It took me awhile to really start enjoying Orange Is The New Black. I watched the first couple of episodes last year, but stopped. I liked it, but it did not hook me in those first two episodes. Then, last month, after reading all the hype the last few months, I gave it another go. Episode 3, Lesbian Request Denied was the episode that drew me in.
The Jodie Foster directed episode featured the back story of inmate Sophia Burset and the circumstances that brought her to prison. Laverne Cox is incredible as Sophia and equally powerful is the performance of actress Tanya Wright as her wife Crystal. It was this storyline that emotionally connected me to the show and has been working my way through the remainder of the season.
There are so many actors who get to stand out on the series, I especially love some of the older women who get to shine from time to time. It has been great to dive into the lives of the supporting cast as the some of them main cast members, Taylor Schilling, Jason Biggs and Laura Prepon, don't really cut for me. All talented for sure, but Prepon for some reason especially annoys me. I loved her on That 70's Show, but have not like even one of her scenes thus far on Orange.
Out of the male cast members my favorite has to be the face, and body of actor Matt McGorry. Matt, a former professional trainer and body builder is a nice contrast to all the other male characters. Although he is not making the best choices, most of the other male characters are idiots, so it is nice to have a guy, especially one as adorable as Matt, to root for.
Orange Is The New Black is Matt's first role of note and many besides myself have taken notice. This fall, Matt is going to play double duty, juggling his role on Orange, with a role opposite Viola Davis on the new Shonda Rhimes series, How To Get Away With Murder.