TRANSITIONS: Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin was born Aretha Louise Franklin on March 25, 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee. She grew up in Detroit Michigan. Aretha was known world-wide as the undisputed “Queen of Soul”. After a long battle with pancreatic cancer, Aretha Franklin transitioned Thursday, August 16, 2018, in her Detroit, Michigan home. She was 76.

Although Aretha and I have never met, my entire life was filled with listening to both her gospel and her secular music. As such, I came to love her voice, her singing style, and of course, her music.

Aretha Franklin-1 (RFX- edit)Aretha Franklin was indeed an icon, a legend, a musical genius, and a musical goddess, if you will. She was also a humanitarian – real person in terms of her character, her down-to-earth attitude, and her common touch with her community. Although Aretha will sorely and surely be missed by me and by millions of people the world over, her legacy will live on.

I am grateful and thankful for Aretha Franklin and for her countless yet selfless contributions to the entertainment and music industries, most especially to the [U.S.] Civil Rights movement, and to human society overall. I love you.

– RobFather

 

Aretha Franklin and the Reality of Life

Many people – and supposedly even Aretha Franklin herself, are/have been asking for prayers for her reportedly gravely ill health. The fact is, prayers do not work and will not work to change her situation. There is zero evidence of prayers ever being answered on the supernatural or so-called “divine” level. Only the science of medicine, Aretha’s physical ability to heal, and her own will power to live can ever have a hope of improved health. It is, has always been, and will always be the same as anyone else in any ill or poor health situation.

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As much as I may love and respect Aretha Franklin and much of her work, I only understand and can accept one fact that’s based on the reality of life: when it’s Aretha’s time to transition (i.e., die) it will simply happen. While some readers may consider my words to be “cruel and insensitive” (which isn’t at all my intent), it doesn’t change the truth of the matter; one which awaits us all someday.

– RobFather X

TRANSITIONS: George Michael

George Michael – English singer, songwriter and record producer transitioned on Sunday, December 25, 2016.george-michael-faces-robfathers-edit

George Michael was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou on June 25, 1963 in East Finchley, north London, UK.

george-michael-andrew-ridgeley-of-whamKnown professionally as ‘George Michael’, Michael rose to fame with his school friend Andrew Ridgeley in the 1980s after forming in 1981 one half of the pop music duo Wham! (The duo/group was briefly known as Wham! UK in the United States due to a naming conflict with an American band.) Wham! would enjoy success until their breakup in 1986.

Michael was best known in the 1980s and 1990s with his style of post-disco dance-pop and had been characterized as a blue-eyed soul singer before going solo. Much of his material however drew more from middle-of-the-road pop than it did from R&B/soul music.

george-michael_faith-1987The release of George Michael’s multi-million selling solo albums, Faith (1987), the follow-up Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 (1990) and Older (1996) were – and remain  three of my often-played personal favorites from his solo efforts. As a solo artist, Michael sang music duets with such great R&B/soul music recording artists like Aretha Franklin (“I Knew You Were Waiting (for Me)”), [the late] Whitney Houston (“If I Told You That) and sang with fellow English singer-songwriter, musician and composer Sir Elton John in a 1991 live concert performance covering John’s popular 1974 hit Don’t Let The Sun Go Down on Me. Additionally, Michael contributed background vocals to David Cassidy’s 1985 hit The Last Kiss”, as well as to Elton John’s 1985 successes Nikita and Wrap Her Up.

Michael sang on the original anti-famine charity super-group Band Aids 1984 recording of Do They Know It’s Christmas? – which became a UK Christmas number one single. He donated the profits from Wham! songs Last Christmas and Everything She Wantsto charity.

george-michael_listen-without-prejudice-vol_1-1990George Michael sold more than 100 million record albums worldwide throughout a career spanning almost four decades. He would win numerous music awards throughout his 35-year career, including three Brit Awards – winning Best British Male twice, four MTV Video Music Awards, four Ivor Novello Awards, three American Music Awards and two Grammy Awards from eight nominations. He garnered seven number one singles in the UK and eight number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. In 2008, Billboard Magazine ranked Michael the 40th most successful artist on the Billboard Hot 100 Top All Time Artists list.

As of this writing, many qualified news sources have reported – and Michael’s publicist has stated, that singer George Michael died peacefully at his home property in Goring, Oxfordshire, England, Sunday afternoon on December 25, 2016. He was 53.

Thank you, George Michael for sharing your wonderful talents and for your great contributions to the music industry. Rest in peace, my good man. We’ll greatly miss you but your music and contributions to society shall live on.

(Note: Excerpts of this transition bio were adapted from various sources.)

– RobFather X

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Sexy Lenny Kravitz Keeps It Moving!

I get off work late last evening, check Facebook and find all kinds of posts and comments about one of my favorite rock stars, Lenny Kravitz having “suffered” a “wardrobe malfunction”. *sigh* Poor choice of words used by those reporting the story. I fail to see what the big deal is over that simple clothing accident which happened in Stockholm, Sweden where the 51 year-old music recording artist, producer and actor was performing. Stranger things have happened by and to many other music stars at public concerts, you know.

So what happened?
Lenny’s tight leather pants split open in the inner thigh/groin area when he squatted during a performance move on stage. When that happened, Lenny’s dick and balls simply obeyed gravity. It’s what happens when a man’s junk isn’t supported by wearing a jock strap or some other genital support item such as underwear briefs or boxers. Yet being the professional that he is and Lenny Kravtiz_nude cock ringalways has been, Lenny kept it moving in completing that music set…right on up to his show break which allowed him to change trousers. Now the public has been made aware (and it has been confirmed for many of Kravitz’s fans who wanted to know) that Lenny Kravitz ‘freeballs’ or likes to go commando – which simply means, the man doesn’t wear underwear – at least not with certain trousers, if at all. To this I say: So whatSteve Tyler tweet Lenny Kravitz (penisgate-04AUG2015)Lenny Kravitz is no different from hundreds, if not thousands of other men – including me, or from any number of other male performers (like Steven Tyler of the rock band Aerosmith) who sometimes or perhaps all the time, prefer not to wear underwear. I know of nothing which says a male must wear underwear beneath his trousers. In fact, I fully support any dude who knows how – and when to freeball/go commando. Yes reader; there’s an art to a dude freeballing/going commando. It’s a subject I’ve been meaning to blog about for years simply because factually, not every teenage boy or adult male can successfully pull it off at first, second or third try. But I digress.

About that cock ring:
People who watched the uncensored version of the video
clip seemed fascinated over Lenny Kravitz having a cock ring. They should face the fact that jewelry on one’s genitals isn’t a big deal (though it may be to people who are prudes or who have little to no appreciation of body art, like tattoos and body piercings). It isn’t anyone’s fuckin’ business whether Lenny Kravitz – or any other man for that matter, wears or doesn’t wear jewelry on his genitals. First and foremost, Lenny Kravitz is male and is supposed to come equipped with a penis and testicles. Duh! Second, Lenny is an adult individual; one free to adorn his groin area – which would include his penis and/or balls or scrotum sack with jewelry if he wants to do that. No one should give a fuck about it. It’s not as if Lenny’s whole genital package is coming home to any of us to inspect, wash, care for or give pleasure!

Lenny Kravitz's pierced groin (1998 photo by Mark Seliger)I’ll clear up another piece of confusion. Long floating around on the Internet is this [hot] seventeen year-old photo of Lenny Kravitz wearing a cock ring. The photo was taken in 1998 by photographer Mark Seliger. In the photo, one can see that the piercing does not appear to be directly on or along the penis shaft. It’s the same cock ring shown above in Lenny’s concert photo. This is not a Prince Albert or PA genital piercing as I’ve seen a few on Facebook mistakenly say. A Prince Albert (PA), one of the more common (and controversial) male genital piercings, is a ring-style piercing that extends along the underside of the glans of the penis – from the urethral opening to where the glans meets the shaft – more accurately on the head or “helmet” of the penis. Click “Prince Albert genital piercing” for a NSFW photo description. As far as anyone knows (and can see in the circulated uncensored version of the concert video), Lenny’s dick head is not pierced. The cock ring Lenny wears is actually a pubic mound piercing – located right above if not partially on the penis shaft. (See concert photo) It’s a piercing which Lenny Kravitz has had for at least a few decades. It should be noted that Lenny Kravitz – who has many other body piercings, has never shied away from talking about that particular pierced area. Mark Seliger’s 1998 photo of Lenny has been on the web for years. In an interview in 2004, Lenny said: “I’ve never taken it [the cock ring] out”. “It’s a hoop about the size of a quarter. It hits the lady where she likes it and, because it swings, it can be effective in any position.” Now you know.

A final word:

When it comes to celebrities, I don’t understand why some people behave or act as if they’ve never before seen genitals such as a flaccid penis – or in Lenny’s case, a flaccid Black man’s penis. I think back to a similar situation back in February 2004 after Super Bowl XXXVIII (38) aired. During that game’s halftime break, music recording artist Janet Jackson‘s breast, adorned with a nipple shield, was exposed by fellow recording artist Justin Timberlake for about half a second during their on stage duet performance. Shortly after, the incident (often referred to as ‘nipplegate’) and other accidental (?) exposure of one’s private parts, would be forever referred to as a “wardrobe malfunction“. That’s why the term was used all over the media when Lenny’s genital junk was exposed (which some have been calling ‘penisgate‘) – also for about a second or less, in his concert. I think it’s a bit pathetic when people get prudish, offended, disturbed and/or lustfully stupid over and about the dumbest things whenever there’s an exposure of natural human body parts of any person.

Everyone needs to get a mature grip. A celebrity’s genitals, breasts, buttocks or Lenny Kravtiz_nude (1)some other hidden human body part is no different – by general human design – from any non-celebrity person. I guess it’ll be several days before social media calms the fuck down and stop sensationalizing this… “story” and related video and photos about Lenny Kravitz’s dick.
Let’s move on.

Keepin’ It…REAL!