I'm sure you've already seen this, but WTF, JUST WATCH IT AGAIN! Because it combines my favorite things: Broadway, Neil Patrick Harris, and Lin-Manuel Miranda.



Lyrics written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Tommy Kail:

Tomorrow, if anyone asks you what happened at the Tonys, you can say this:
We straightened things out in the opening number,
Ellen Barkin and John Benjamin Hickey took home awards for their hilarious performances in The Normal Heart.
Daniel Radcliffe kicked some butt, and we were so elated
Even Voldemort was sad he wasn't nominated
Norbert Leo Butz has won the Tony Award for best actor in a musicalNorbert Leo Butz sang and danced and tried to catch ya, comin' atcha
Chasing Trey and Casey 'cause they nabbed a Tony statue
Commencing in the Chattanooga station
From the grand imagination of the Kander-Ebb collaboration
It takes a lot for a recipient to humble me
But everybody cried for gorgeous Nikki James, the bumblebee
Andrew Rannells sang I Believe and he landed it
So well now he's Mitt Romney's VP candidate
All across the country, from the north and to the south
They're saying Brooke's a hottie with a crazy potty mouth
John Larroquette brought an eloquent mood to the room
I'm still imagining him at home in his Fruit-of-the-Looms
Spider-Man and Mary-Jane gave us perspective here
They sang a ballad, we didn't need protective gear
Patina Miller's nun sang Raise Your Voice with cheer
And Memphis is relentless, they're performing every year
The Normal Heart won, Larry Kramer made us weep
And War Horse dazzled us with a theatrical sweep
Sutton Foster never lost her knack
For talking smack
And tapping a full-on assault attack
I'm awesome, Hugh Jackman, take that
Go ahead and roll the credits if you need to
I'm out of control, I'm on a roll, this is my Tonys speed-through
Anything Goes took the best revival prize in stride
We didn't see it, we were singing Side By Side By Side
McDormand loves her job, Sutton Foster won again
Paul Shaffer sang and suddenly it started raining men
Mark Rylance runs at fences, he's won the Tony twice
That guy can do it all, his follow-up is Fanny Bryce
Norbert Butz and Mormon swept the floor
Won even more awards than War Horse
Par for the course,
Someone get a car for the horse
And in the final analysis, what survives tonight?
Theater, because it's what we live, we're changing some lives tonight
And theater thrives because we live to give it, so to speak
This ain't reality TV, this is eight shows a week
Every chorus member that you saw tonight tappin'
Had to make miracles happen
For a chance to see you clappin'
And applauding in the audience. What's next? Who knows?
Anything goes. Now go see a mother [expletive] Broadway show.
Thank you, good night.

By now, you may have already seen Baratunde's response to Obama releasing his birth certificate. If you haven't you really must watch it, and if you have, it wouldn't hurt to watch it again. I myself have seen it three times now, simply because it's so moving and so honest and reflects what a lot of people feel but can't quite express in words. Here's the video, and I've included the transcript (by Numol Bites) below.



it’s been a very difficult morning for me. um, got the news that President Obama released his long-form birth certificate, um, due to the increasing media circus surrounding claims that he is not one of us, that he is not an American. and it comes at an interesting time for many reasons — one of which is that it’s April 27th, 2011, and *this just happened*, so that’s… really interesting, to me. also, because i’m reading, right now, a book by Manning Marable — it’s called “Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention”, and he unearths a lot of amazing detail and correspondence around this exceptional American, and through this book, you also get a window into the Civil Rights Movement throughout this country’s history, especially in the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s. and you are reminded, if you read this book — or see a documentary special, or know anything about the history of the United States — you’re reminded of the extraordinary level of sacrifice that has been involved in allowing all Americans to exist as, be treated as, participate as *Americans*, to *be that which they are* [laughs, shakes head]. a *lot* of *work*, a lot of tears, a lot of pain, a lot of death. there were people who dropped out of their ordinary lives — sacrificed their personal safety, their reputation, their ability to earn money — to intervene on behalf of those who they also saw as American. they got on buses in Freedom Rides, they sat in, they *died* in waves and waves of domestic terrorism, so that someone like me could go to a voting booth and not be asked by some racist poll worker to pay a tax, or prove that my grandfather wasn’t a slave, or pass a literacy test which got increasingly difficult the more i might pass it. [pause] and today, the *President of the United States* had to prove that he was an American to the satisfaction of the 75% of Iowa republicans who doubt that, or the 43% of national republicans who doubt that, or the one *heinous, low-class individual* who took credit for it after: Donald Trump. a man who was given every advantage, who inherited millions and lost it all twice, but *had that opportunity* because no one’s ever had to ask him to prove *anything*. a man who lacks intelligence, compassion, common sense, respect, decency, or an understanding of what the *fuck* it means to be an American, that he would come out moments after *the President of the United States* — and i stress that, *the President* — released his long-form birth certificate, and Donald Trump comes out moments later and says, “i’m really proud of myself, *but*… shouldn’t have taken so long. i wanna see the birth certificate for myself. i wanna test it for *authenticity*. i don’t want the press asking me about birth certificates anymore.” [pause] i find it hard to… summarize, in mere words, the amount of pain and rage this incident has caused. it’s… *humiliating* — not just to Barack Obama, not just to the office of the President, not just to black Americans who died and those who supported our quest for freedom… it’s embarassing to the *entire nation*, that we would sit and *let this happen*. [shaking his head] we have *all* been debased by this incident — by a charlatan, by a con man, by a mere *promoter of himself*. and for him to take credit for this, and for him to *revel in it*, and yet… and still not be satisfied, makes him no better than a klansman, no better than a Bull Connor, no better than an anonymous privileged white man in the 1950s who — regardless of his position in society — knew his position was higher than that of a common nigger. and that is what the fuck Donald Trump has done… to the *President of the United States*. to the *office* of the President of the United States. to me, and to you. i am *disgusted*, i have cried, because i know my ancestors paid a very high price, and never… would never have imagined that we might have the President that we do. but certainly part of their joy, in the ancestral celestial skies right now, has been greatly diminished by what has happened here today. i hope that eventually — not just in the post-mortal world of karma and spiritual justice — Mr. Trump pays an exceptional price. i hope that price comes during his life. [pause] to then be able to walk around a super-free, super-white, super-privileged man, lording over all who would pay attention — which is far too many — at what you have done… has got to cost you something in this life as well. [shaking his head and laughing] i don’t wanna hear about “The Apprentice”, i don’t wanna hear about your new cologne, i don’t wanna hear about the new tower you’re building in whatever fucking town. [pauses, shaking his head] that cologne smells of racism, that tower is built on the blood of disrespected slaves and freedom fighters, and that show is merely a showcase… for the dishonor you have brought upon anyone who would call themselves an American. [pause] my name is Baratunde Thurston and… i’m *heartbroken* over this. [shakes his head and rests his face on his hand as video ends]

In J. Holiday's song Bed (lyrics below), it sounds so pretty and slow and people I know love/hate it because it's all the wonderful lovey things he's going to do with this woman. It's all "love is war, I'm your soldier" and "love you 'til your eyes roll back" and "my angel [...] thanks for letting me bless you."

But it's really all about him.

What is wrong with you, J. Holiday? Can't even just love a woman and sex her up without having her put on the lingerie YOU like and giving YOU a back rub? And, really, why does she have to give you a back rub before you guys have sex? That's your foreplay? Really?! You want to be a sex god but your foreplay is all about your pleasure?

Morning thought done.

What's on your mind today?

J. Holiday, Bed

[J. Holiday: speaking]
Aye, Aye, Aye, Aye, Aye, Aye, Aye (repeat 8x times)
Put you to the bed, bed, bed
Put you to the bed, bed, bed
Aye,Aye, Aye, Aye

[Verse 1:]
Girl, change into that Victoria Secret thing that I like
Alright
Ok, tonight your having me your way
Perfume, spray it there
Put our love in the air
Now put me right next to you
Fittin to raise the temp in the room
First rub my back like you do
Right there, uh-uh, right there uh
You touch me like you care
Now Stop
And let me repay you for the week that you've been thru
Working that 9-5 and staying cute, like you do
oh, oh, oh

[Pre-Chorus:]
I love it (I love it)
You love it (You love it)
Everytime (Everytime)
We touchin (We touchin)
I want it (I want it)
You want it (You want it)
I'll see you (see you)
In the morning (In the morning)

[Chorus:]
I wanna put my fingers thru your hair
Wrap me up in your legs
And love you till your eyes roll back
I'm tryin to put you to bed, bed, bed
I'mma put you to bed, bed, bed
Then I'ma rock your body
Turn you over
Love is war
I'm your soldier
Touching you like it's our first time
I'mma put you to bed, bed, bed
I'ma put you to bed, bed, bed

[Verse 2:]
I'm staring at you while your sleep
You replaced it for beauty
Put my face up in your neck and breathe (aww, breathe)
Take you into my senses
Wake up, it's time to finish
Round two, It's round two
Matter of fact it's closer to three
She like, "how long I been sleep?"
Shorty, kisses turn into the sweetest dreams
Like give it to me
And I can feel her tell me
My angel this is wonderful
Thanks, for letting me bless ya
Come down, fly, right, drift back into heaven
Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh

[Pre-Chorus:]
I love it (I love it)
You love it (You love it)
Everytime (Everytime)
We touchin (We touchin)
I want it (I want it)
You want it (You want it)
I'll see you (see you)
In the morning (In the morning)

[Chorus:]
I wanna put my fingers thru your hair
Wrap me up in your legs
And love you till your eyes roll back
I'm tryin to put you to bed, bed, bed
I'mma put you to bed, bed, bed
Then I'ma rock your body
Turn you over
Love is war
I'm your soldier
Touching you like it's our first time
I'mma put you to bed, bed, bed
I'ma put you to bed, bed, bed

[Bridge:]
Watch the sunlight peak over the horizons
Ou-Ou, Ou-Ou, Ou-Ou, Ou-Ou
Sun ain't the only thing that's shining
Ou-Ou, Ou-Ou, Ou-Ou, Ou-Ou
Now, I'mma send you out into the world with my love
Tell everybody aye, aye, aye [x10]

[Chorus:]
I wanna put my fingers thru your hair
Wrap me up in your legs
And love you till your eyes roll back
I'm tryin to put you to bed, bed, bed
I'mma put you to bed, bed, bed
Then I'ma rock your body
Turn you over
Love is war
I'm your soldier
Touching you like it's our first time
I'mma put you to bed, bed, bed
I'ma put you to bed, bed, bed

It's International Women's Day, y'all! HOORAY! Here are a few things I found to celebrate:

Change.org is featuring several campaigns that can improve the lives of women around the world by labeling them with the IWD logo.

The Guardian has a list of their top 100 women. Now, I find it somewhat problematic (some of their choices seem random, if not completely ridonk), but as I learned more about some women I'd practically never heard of and by the end I was all "we can do it!" so I guess that says something.

Equality Now has a 100 Steps to Equality campaign with facts and action steps. (There's also a PDF with all 100 steps.)

Even Google is getting in on the fun by promoting the Join Women on the Bridge event they're co-hosting with Women for Women International at the Millenium Bridge, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Golden Gate Bridge. They've also got links to some really great orgs (they want you to donate, but you could just as easily click through to simply learn more or take action).

There are countless others, so please promote your org/cause/event/whatever of choice in the comments. I'll also try to update this if/when I can.

Everyone! Don't panic! I'm still alive!

After a roller coaster of a year in 2010 and a hectic start to 2011, I'm finally gearing up to write again. My return will be awesome, I assure you, but in the meantime, I want to remind everyone that it's Women's History Month. I say remind because I forgot myself until I saw it trending earlier today and that sort of what snapped me back to reality.

I have to say that things have been looking grim for women as of late (though, do they ever look so hot?), what with Lara Logan, the Pence Amendment killing Planned Parenthood, the bill in Georgia, and now this fetus testifying in court...

I took a step back from things a while ago when I simply couldn't handle it anymore. But now what I simply can't handle is sitting back and watching everything fall apart around us.

Which is to say: celebrate WHM this month in a way that really counts. I'm starting now. It's good to be back.


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