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7 Things That Are Everything This Week

7 Things That Are Everything This Week

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Our entertainment and events highlights this week include an eye-opening look at being LGBT in the Middle East, the return of Stephen Colbert, and the world tour of Miss Jackson.

7-things-633x375-2Listen, yaaaas, go, read, watch, and wherq with the seven things that are everything this week.

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Nick Jonas, "Levels"
Nick Jonas has a tire-ing new video, in the best possible sense. The 22-year-old singer crawls through a sea of tires and gyrates with models in a warehouse for the music video of his song "Levels." Jonas debuted the video at MTV's Video Music Awards last weekend. It's the latest in a line of hit videos, including "Chains," in which he gets tied up in metal bondage. Watch the breathtaking new video below.

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The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert has been our friend and ally for a long time, so we're jazzed for his debut as host of The Late Show on CBS. He won't be using the faux right-wing pundit persona that served him so well on The Colbert Report, but we have faith he will still be hilarious and hold politicians' (and others') feet to the fire. Evidence: When presidential hopeful Jeb Bush, who'll be a guest on Colbert's premiere episode Tuesday, decided to raffle off a VIP ticket to the taping as a fundraiser for his campaign -- without consulting Colbert -- the host set up his own raffle, with proceeds going to the Yellow Ribbon Fund, which helps injured veterans. George Clooney will also be a guest on the premiere, and the lineup for the remainder of the first week includes Scarlett Johansson, Amy Schumer, Stephen King, and Vice President Joe Biden. Catch Colbert on CBS weeknights at 11:35 p.m. Eastern, 10:35 p.m. Central.

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Janet Jackson, Unbreakable World Tour
One of the biggest icons of the MTV generation returns to the spot her star shines brightest -- the stage! Miss Jackson's Unbreakable World Tour is in full swing and is not to be missed. The show balances new tracks from her upcoming album (also titled Unbreakable and scheduled to drop October 2) and hits from every era of her career, including "Nasty," "Miss You Much, "Escapade," "Rhythm Nation," "Together Again," and many others. Many dates have already sold out, so snag tickets for the dates Janet is set to jam in your town before it's too late.

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The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle
We all know the LGBT movement has come far in recent years, and we all know we're standing on the shoulders of those who came before us. But too many of us don't know much about those folks and exactly what they went through. You can educate yourself, though, with Lillian Faderman's new history, The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle, out Tuesday. Faderman, an accomplished author and former university professor, interviewed more than 150 people to trace the trajectory of the movement from the repressed 1950s through the revolutionary 1960s and '70s, the AIDS-shadowed '80s, and on to the present day. It's "an epic yet remarkably intimate work that belongs among the most definitive civil rights titles," says Booklist.Order here or visit your local bookseller.

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Empire Cast, "No Doubt About It"
Empire has released a new cast recording in advance of its upcoming season. The track, "No Doubt About It," features the vocal talents of out singer and actor Jussie Smollett, who plays gay musical scion Jamal on the show, alongside Pitbull. Listen to it below, and don't miss the premiere of Empire's second season September 23.

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Troye Sivan, Wild
Internet sensation and rising pop star Troye Sivan has served up a sweet new piece of ear candy with his sophomore EP, Wild (released today), and his latest music video of the same name pushes LGBT visibility forward in new ways. In the video -- which Sivan says is the first of a trilogy -- two young boys begin to develop what the singer describes as a "puppy crush" at a time in their lives before they learn about negative attitudes toward same-sex romance.

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A Sinner in Mecca
A gay Muslim filmmaker comes to term with his sexuality and his religion in A Sinner in Mecca. In this documentary, Parvez Sharma embarks on a Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, where it is not only a crime to be gay, it is punishable by death. It is also forbidden to film in Mecca, making Sharma's film an unprecedented view into a place and culture off-limits to most of the world. Catch a glimpse of A Sinner in Mecca, which comes out in select theaters this weekend, below.

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