VER SINCE D'Angelo's infamous Untitled (How Does It Feel) video, singers have been stripping off in an effort to get attention, sell records and boost egos. But, as we know from the disastrous effect the Untitled video had on D'Angelo, getting naked isn't always good for the artist. And, as the music video has slowly but surely tipped over into the arena of softcore pornography, it might be worth asking is naked good for music?
The latest singer to pay homage to Untitled is up-and-coming hottie Luke James, in the sizzling promo for Dancing In The Dark. We're very excited about Luke here at kaos. He's the man we've been waiting for since we lost D'Angelo all those years ago. But in terms of music, Dancing In The Dark owes more to that other tragic, lost great, Ephraim Lewis, than to D'Angelo.
Let's hope Luke sticks around for longer than those other lost boys.
> The naked Italians in Barcelona are a sad reflection on modern tourism. "You can’t just have fun any more. You have to be seen to be having fun, whether touring central London dressed as an animal, or taking all of your clothes off."
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< This is eight-year-old Gabriel Fernandez. He died after he was "beaten, doused with pepper spray, forced to eat his own vomit and locked in a cabinet with a sock in his mouth to muffle his screams", all because he "acted gay". His mother Pearl Fernandez (right) - and her boyfriend Isauro Aguirre - are in jail awaiting trial.
< Seattle man Ali Muhammad Brown has confessed to the June murder of gay couple Ahmed Said and Dwone Anderson-Young, which he said was "vengeance" for Iraq, Syria.
| Ferguson unrest: Demonstrators confront police during demonstrations in Ferguson, whilst looters took advantage of the chaos to raid local businesses, 16th August 2014. Two brothers light candles at a memorial for Michael Brown, and on 19th August 2014, children on a school bus chant, "Hands up, don't shoot":
< England: Why I hate Notting Hill carnival. "The massed bodies, awful clothes, stilted behaviour, slightly ashamed body language, the piss, the arrests, the weather, the traffic, the concrete, the white Rastafarians, fat jolly policemen being twerked on by big black women... No black people live in Notting Hill or Ladbroke Grove now. People from Huntingdonshire do."
| Liberia: This (below) is 10-year-old Saah Exco. On 16th August, he was left destitute after fleeing from a centre for people suspected of contracting Ebola, which was overrun by looters. His mother and brother died of suspected Ebola virus. Despite being very ill, a local clinic refused to treat him. In the last picture, taken on the 19th August 2014, Saah is asleep in an alley, still desperately ill. Saah didn't make it.
< Talking to publisher James Jenkins about republishing lost gay classics. | John R. Gordon's writer's diary: Work is a sort of choice. > Forthcoming anthology Black & Gay In The UK, edited by John R. Gordon, to feature work by Bisi Alimi (right), Dean Atta, Leee John, David McAlmont, Cyril Nri, Jimmy Akingbola, Rogue Scott, and more. The book is due out in October.
| Videos: Do not miss out singer/songwriter Doug Locke's incredible #ThisCouldBeUs; MDNGHT is back with Breeze; Kele Okereke releases Doubt, a teaser from his sophomore solo album, Trick; andout news anchor Don Lemon has an awkward interview with rapper Talib Kweli.
> Well, Lucas Entertainment's latest bareback orgy is a sizzling fantasy of what gay sex would be like in a world without HIV. It stars (amongst others) Tomas Brand, Fernando Torres, Fabio Lopez, and beautiful newcomer Joey Pele.
< Lots of behind-the-scenes pictures from, amongst others, Hot House, Tim Tales, Titan Men, Falcon Studios, Randy Blue, Corbin Fisher, and Raw Fuck Club.
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