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7 Things That Are Everything This Week


Our entertainment and events highlights this week include a look at being gay and black in the church, laughing with Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds, and the suave British super spy James Bond. 

Watch, party, read, listen, go, and yaaaaas with the 7 things that are everything this week.


Holler if You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church has released a stirring new documentary, Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church. Directed and produced by journalist Clay Cane, the film shows the experience of being black and LGBT in Atlanta's religious community, and gives voice to the struggles of those torn between faith and sexuality. Watch the full documentary below.


Palm Springs Pride

It may be November, but it will still be hot in more ways than one this weekend at Palm Springs Pride in Southern California's Mojave Desert. Events include a block party Saturday, the parade Sunday, a festival throughout the weekend, a dyke march, women's dance, fashion show, pool party, and much, much more. Among performers scheduled to appear are 10,000 Maniacs, Erika Jayne, and international celebrity grand marshal Ruby Murry. Singers Bill Ramirez, Chris Lomeli, and the drag troupe FlamBOYance will also perform in front of the Hyatt Palm Springs HooDoo Lounge. Get all the details here.


Make 'Em Laugh by Debbie Reynolds

Debbie Reynolds may have always played the good girl on-screen, but in real life she can dish with the best of them. In Make 'Em Laugh, which takes its title from a song in her great movie Singin' in the Rain, Reynolds shares anecdotes about Greta Garbo, Bette Davis, Judy Garland, Gary Cooper, Johnny Carson, Frank Sinatra, and many other Hollywood icons, plus some juicy bits about her sex life and her drama-ridden family -- she's the mother of Carrie Fisher, after all. The book comes out Tuesday; preorder here or support your local bookstore next week.


Sia, "Bird Set Free"
Pop singers Sia and Adele are two songwriters of the highest caliber, so it's no surprise the two tunes they've penned together are pretty special -- even if they didn't make it on to Adele's upcoming 25 album. The good news is Sia will include both songs, the previously shared "Alive" and, now, "Bird Set Free," on her next album, This Is Acting, a collection of songs she wrote with and for her peers. Listen to Sia singing "Bird Set Free" below.


Los Angeles LGBT Center's Vanguard Awards

Jane Fonda and Ron Nyswaner already have Oscars, but they'll add to their honors Saturday when they receive the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Vanguard Awards in a gala ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. None other than Nine to Five and Grace and Frankie costar Lily Tomlin will present Fonda's award, and the much-revered Frances McDormand will present Nyswaner's. Along with the ceremony, there'll be cocktails, dinner, a silent auction, entetainment by Glee's Alex Newell, and an after-party with DJ Asha. The proceeds support the center's vital work. Get your tickets here for what promises to be a starry night.



Having already made a strong international debut ($80.4 million and climbing), Spectre is locked and loaded to surpass Skyfall as the highest-grossing 007 film of all time. Opening today across the U.S., the film features out gay actor Ben Whishaw as Q and Ralph Fiennes taking over as M after Judi Dench departed the series with the last instalment. Lea Seydoux, Naomie Harris, and Monica Bellucci all bring the fierce as the latest in the tradition of Bond girls, while hunky daddy Daniel Craig serves a slice of 007 that leaves audiences feeling shaken and stirred. Oh, and then there's that haunting theme song from Sam Smith...


Master of None

Aziz Ansari, one of the stars of Parks and Recreation, and Alan Yang, one of the NBC show's writers, have joined forces to create a new Netflix series, Master of None. In the show, Ansari plays a 30-year-old man trying to make it as an Indian-American actor in New York while combating racial stereotypes in his work and private life. The series, which has received wide critical acclaim, also stars Lena Waithe, one of the honorees of The Advocate's 40 Under 40, who was lauded by AfterEllenfor playing a "three-dimensional black lesbian character." Watch the show on Netflix today, and see the trailer below.

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