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Pride Groove of the Day/Various Artists/”Hands”(A Song For Orlando)

Today just isn’t a sad day for the LGBTQ community, but for all of us as one year ago today we lost 49 of our brothers and sisters in the deadliest mass shooting in American history that occurred at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, which also injured 58 others. 

If you’ll also remember, it was right around this time that nearly two-dozen entertainers including Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani, Meghan Trainor, Juanes, Pink and Britney Spears came together to record “Hands,” a powerful ballad in which funds from the charity project went directly to benefit the families affected during the shooting and also helped cover medical costs and counseling efforts for those in need. 

Written by incredible songwriter Justin Tranter (Adele, Kelly Clarkson), as well as Julia Michaels, BloodPop, with production by Mark Ronson, “Hands” not only sends all of our rainbow love and beyond to those we lost during that horrific night, but it also sends the message that hatred and resentment will never, ever, ever god dam win…and it’s up to us to make that happen. 

Of course, another goal in mind with “Hands” is that Tranter wanted to make sure that everyone wouldn’t forget that this wasn’t just an attack on the LGBTQ community, but one of color being that the massacre took place during Pulse’s popular Latin Night. “I’m not educated enough to speak on the political details,” Tranter spilled to Billboard last year (which you can read more of right here), ‘I’m a songwriter, not a politician. It could have been a million things but clearly, 100 percent, this was an attack on the LGBT community and people of color.”

With that being said, today also kicks off Philly’s Gay Pride week……so before you plot out who to throw shade at, block on social media, which bars you plan on getting wasted at this weekend and plan your truly meaningless headless torso photo shoot to update your gay “dating”apps, take a moment to please, please remember what it’s all about here….the fight to end the fucking hate that seems to be never-ending these days. 

So, respect ya damn life, others and the great ones we lost on June 12th, 2016...as it’s the only way we’re gonna get shit done around here.

Let’s rainbow. 

Cover photo courtesy of Miami Herald

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Groove of the Evening/DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince/”Summertime”

“Summer, summer, summertime
Time to sit back and unwind

Here it is the groove slightly transformed
Just a bit of a break from the norm
Just a little somethin’ to break the monotony
Of all that hardcore dance that has gotten to be
A little bit out of control it’s cool to dance
But what about the groove that soothes that moves romance
Give me a soft subtle mix
And if ain’t broke then don’t try to fix it
And think of the summers of the past
Adjust the bass and let the alpine blast
Pop in my CD and let me run a rhyme
And put your car on cruise and lay back cause this is summertime

Chorus

School is out and it’s a sort of a buzz
But back then I didn’t really know what it was
But now I see what happened is
The way that people respond to summer madness
The weather is hot and girls are dressing less
And checking out the fellas to tell ’em who’s best
Riding around in your jeep or your Benzos
Or in your Nissan sitting on lorenzos
Back in Philly we’d be out in the park
A place called the plateau is where everybody goes
Guys out hunting and girls doing likewise
Honking at the honey in front of you with the light eyes
She turns around to see what you beeping at
It’s like the summer’s a natural aphrodisiac
And with a pen and pad I compose this rhyme
To hit you and get you equipped for the summer time

Chorus

It’s late in the day and I ain’t been on the court yet
Hustle to the mall to get me a short set
Yeah I got on sneaks but I need a new pair
Cause basketball courts in the summer got girls there
The temperature’s about 88
Hop in the water plug just for old times sake
Break to ya crib change your clothes once more
Cause you’re invited to a barbeque that’s starting at 4
Sitting with your friends cause y’all remincise
About the days growing up and the first person you kiss
And as I think back makes me wonder how
The smell from a girl could spark up nostalgia
All the kids playing out front
Little boys messin round with the girls playing double-dutch
While the DJ’s spinning a tune as the old folks dance at your family
Reunion
Then six o’clock rolls around
You just finished wiping your car down
It’s time to cruise so you go to the summertime hangout
It looks like a car show
Everybody come lookin real fine
Fresh from the barber shop or fly from the beauty salon
Every moment frontin’ and maxin’
Chillin in the car they spent all day waxin’
Leanin’ to the side but you can’t speed through
Two miles an hour so everybody sees you
There’s an air of love and of happiness
And this is the Fresh Prince’s new definition of summer madness” 

Enough said. 

Lyrics to “Summertime” provided by Lyrics Freak