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Now Kathy Griffin Is Taking Back Her Apology For Trump Head Photo

“I am no longer sorry.”

 

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Kathy Griffin is sorry she ever said sorry.

The comedian told the Australian talk show “Sunrise” Tuesday that she’s rescinding her apology for the photo that showed her with a fake severed, bloody head made to look like that of President Donald Trump’s. Griffin lost gigs, was investigated by the Secret Service and saw a friendship with Anderson Cooper dissolve in the aftermath.

“I am no longer sorry,” she said in the segment below. “The whole outrage was BS, the whole thing got so blown out of proportion.”

“I lost everybody,” she continued in the interview to promote her October tour dates in the country. “I had Chelsea Clinton tweeting against me ... I have been through the mill.”

When host Samantha Armytage suggested that even Democrats felt the image was over the line, Griffin good-naturedly took umbrage: “You’re full of crap ― stop this,” she retorted. “... Stop acting like my little picture is more important than talking about the actual atrocities that the president of the United States is committing.”

“I’ve been talking to Australians who, for the first time, are saying, ‘We’re afraid to go to America,’” she added. “I never thought I would hear that in my lifetime.”

Once more, for emphasis, Griffin said on the show: “I don’t apologize for that photo anymore and I think the outrage is complete BS.”

Ron DickerGeneral Assignment Reporter, HuffPost

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A 23 Year Old Eric Clapton Demonstrates His Unique Guitar Playing Style In a 1968 Interview

 

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In 1968, just before the iconic “Cream Farewell Concert” at Royal Albert Hall, a 23 year old Eric Clapton explained the different functions of his electric guitar, how he achieved the sounds he wanted through different pickups and then gave a fantastic demonstration of his truly unique playing style.

 

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Farewell Concert is the live recording of the Cream’s final concert at the Royal Albert Hall on 26 November 1968. Aside from the band’s reunion concert in 2005, it is Cream’s only official full concert release on video. It was originally broadcast by the BBC on 5 January 1969. It was not released on video in the US until 1977. The opening act for the concert was future progressive rock stars Yes who were just starting out.

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A Game of Trolls': A play for that friend spreading lies about Martial Law

AGoT is not about Duterte. It could be any politician’s use of power.
Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) — in partnership with the National Historic Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), Bantayog ng mga Bayani Foundation, and DAKILA — guides the audience to the facts and perspectives they need to find their own answer. A Game of Trolls (AGoT) discussed the role of narratives in shaping not just our history, but how we perceive it.
The audience sees Martial Law through the eyes of Heck, a professional troll employed to argue fallaciously, LEAVE COMMENTS IN ALL CAPS, and sow doubt in the minds of people about what really happened during the Marcos era.
The play will run the whole of September and tickets are available at ticketworld.com.ph. –GMA News

Filipino Superstar Jessa Zaragoza Brings “I Am Me” Tour to Morongo

Zaragoza, currently starring in GMA network’s top-rated sitcom, ‘Pepito Manaloto,’ will be joined on stage by her husband, Dingdong Avanzado, and daughter, Jayda Avanzado.
Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa – Legendary singer and actress Jessa Zaragoza will bring her acclaimed ‘I Am Me’ tour to the at the Grand Ballroom of the Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa on Sunday, August 13.
The show, which received rave reviews in Manila and Oahu, Hawaii, coincides with Zaragoza’s 20th year in the music industry. She will be joined onstage by her husband, Dingdong Avanzado, and her daughter, Jayda Avanzado.
“The concert at Morongo offers a rare opportunity to see the astounding Jessa Zaragoza perform in the U.S. as she celebrates 20 years in entertainment with her fans,” said Simon Farmer, Morongo’s executive director of marketing. “Ms. Zaragoza is an enduring talent as a singer and actress, and we are thrilled to be hosting her and her family.”
“I Am Me: Jessa Zaragoza” earned nominations from the 29th Annual Aliw Awards, which recognizes achievements in live entertainment. Zaragoza was nominated for Best Female Performance in a Concert while her daughter, Jayda Avanzado, was nominated for the Best New Female Artist. Her husband, Dingdong Avanzado, was nominated for the Best Concert Stage Direction.
In 2014, Zaragoza was chosen as an interpreter in ABS-CBN’s Himig Handog songwriting contest and won the Star Music Listener’s Choice award for the SJ Gandia’s song “Bumabalik ang Nagdaan.” She currently stars in GMA network’s top-rating sitcom Pepito Manaloto.
Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and the Morongo Box Office for $35 and $55. Doors open at 4 PM. Showtime starts at 5 PM.
About the Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa
The 4-Diamond Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa is located along the 10 Freeway near Palm Springs, Calif. Owned and operated by the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, the Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa offers the hottest slots and an array of table and high-limit gaming at one of the largest tribal gaming centers in the United States. The towering 27-story resort features five top-rated restaurants, a stunning swimming pool with private cabanas, a world-class spa, popular nightclub, legendary live entertainment and, nearby, the 36-hole championship Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon. For more information, visit morongocasinoresort.com.

Rochelle Pangilinan’s gorgeous Michael Cinco wedding dress

Rochelle Pangilinan and Arthur Solinap tied the knot on Tuesday in Tagaytay. It was a star-studded event with her EB Dabarkads and Sex Bomb Girls in full attendance.
But no star could outshine the radiant bride. Her inner glow was enhanced further by her gorgeous MichaelCinco wedding dress.
On Instagram, the Dubai-based designer shared with everybody the intricate and amazing work that went behindRochelle’s bridal gown. According to Cinco, the dress came with a three-meter, fully embroidered and Swarovski studded cape.

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Elvis’ spirit lives on 40 years after death

This Aug. 16, 2002 file photo shows an image of Elvis Presley singing as his band plays below at the start of the Elvis Presley 25th Anniversary Concert in Memphis, Tenn. The red Elvis sign is from the 1968 Elvis ‘comeback tour.” Friends and fans of late singer and actor Elvis Presley are descending on Memphis, Tennessee, for Elvis Week, the annual celebration of his life and career. It coincides with the 40th anniversary of the passing of Presley, who died on Aug. 16, 1977. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)


MEMPHIS, Tennessee — Pilgrims come all day every day, filing past in silence, fighting back tears as they place mementos at Elvis Presley’s gravesite, pausing to reflect, take pictures or say a prayer.
More than 600,000 fans visit each year, paying tribute to the icon of popular culture, the once rebellious sex symbol turned family entertainer of whom John Lennon said “before Elvis there was nothing.”
Forty years after his tragic death in 1977 at age 42, floral tributes from around the world still line the Meditation Garden, where the king of rock ’n’ roll is buried at his Graceland home in Memphis.
On Tuesday, thousands, if not tens of thousands, are expected to attend this year’s candlelight vigil to mark the anniversary of Elvis’ death.
Lisa Bseiso will be one of them. She had what she calls a “very spiritual, deep encounter” with Presley’s spirit when she first visited Graceland with her husband in August 2014.

“He was sitting in a chair,” remembers the 36-year-old daughter of a Palestinian father and Colombian mother, born and raised in Qatar.
“He had tears coming down his eyes and he said, ‘Don’t forget me, spread my legacy in your part of the world,’” she recalls.
So she went home and set up The Official Elvis Presley Fan Club of Qatar, which she now plans to expand to Dubai, Bahrain and Kuwait.
“He’s a gift from God to all of us,” she tells Agence France-Presse (AFP) at Graceland, where she is visiting with her Palestinian-Jordanian husband, Colombian mother and friends. “God took him back home, but he’s still here.”
‘Quasi-messianic’
A lifelong fan, listening to his music helped her recover from a car accident in 1999 that left her in a coma for two weeks, she says.
The idea that Presley’s spirit lives on is central to his fans of all ages, from all countries, who find his music soothing in times of trouble and are moved by his rags-to-riches story and legendary generosity.
Presley is far more than just another poster child for the American dream or even a man whose looks matched the Greek definition of classical beauty, says British author Ted Harrison.
“The Elvis known today is not the real Elvis, but a mythological figure millions can relate to in their own way,” says the author of “The Death and Resurrection of Elvis Presley.”
“For some fans he also now fills a spiritual and religious vacuum in modern secular society. He is given a semidivine, quasi-messianic status and mystical stories are told about his life,” he says.
Thousands have shrines to Presley in their homes, consider visits to Graceland a pilgrimage, write prayers on the wall outside and some even go so far as to confuse him with Jesus, Harrison says.
Bseiso does not elevate Presley to the status of prophet or biblical figure, but has found in him a higher calling as she seeks to spread his music and challenge stereotypes about Arabs or the Middle East.
‘God stamped him’
“I think when he was born God stamped him to be able to influence people and touch people,” she says. “His music talks to you … it has a spiritual meaning in his words.”
A 10-minute drive from Graceland, the guide at Sun Studio tells fans they are on “sacred and hallowed” ground in the basement studio where Presley recorded his first song, “That’s All Right,” in 1954.
Ecstatic fans jostle to stand on the exact spot where he stood, and cradle and croon into the microphone he used, manically snapping photographs and tingling with delight.
“It’s heaven!” sighs Daniela Soto-Cuadra, a 42-year-old lawyer and mother of two from Chile, getting married at Graceland on Monday to a man she’s been dating only a month.
“I actually have goose bumps,” says Tessa Bruns, 40, an anesthetist from Wisconsin bursting with happiness under her baseball cap.
“Being a somewhat religious person and a Catholic,” she says, “I would say Elvis is a religion, the blues, the rhythm, his legacy.”
So what would she have told Presley had she ever met him?
“I would say I think I worship the ground you walk on,” she says.

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