July 9, 2020

On July 6th, New York City officially entered Phase 3 of their reopening process due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. With this new stage comes the reopening of nail salons, tanning beds, and tattoo parlors, all of which had been previously closed since March 21st. The impact of COVID-19 on the tattoo industry is unknown as parlors have been losing thousands of dollars each day. However, it is clear that now that the shops are open, people will be rushing to stores to heed their tattoo fix.

Ironically, according to the GQ, with tattoo parlors ha...

In the wake of George Floyd’s death, protests erupted over the world and opened up a slew of conversations about social justice. One such conversation that has reignited in the acting industry has been about the importance of actors representing the characters they’re portraying on screen. 

Recently, specifically in the voice acting industry, many white voice actors portraying minority characters on animated TV Series have stepped down from their roles. In a statement a weeks ago, The Simpsons has announced they will “no longer have white ac...

July 7, 2020

As businesses begin to open up due to the ever-present Coronavirus Pandemic, many places continue to stay closed due to the restricted social distance requirements. One such industry that still faces constant struggle is the movie theater industry, where the close proximity indoors has an increased risk of spreading the virus. Many films have been forced to postpone their releases in order to make a financial gain, such as “Black Widow,” while other movies have instead been released on streaming platforms. However, all is not lost, with pre...

July 6, 2020

image taken from Danielle Shoffman on Facebook 

I never played wedding with my Barbies when I was a kid (my Barbie was a spy torturing GI Joe), but if I did the possibility of two decked out brides would have entertained me for hours.

Well, during this time of endless lockdown, two little girls arranged an elaborate wedding for the Barbie dolls, and their special media savvy Mom, Danielle Shoffman, did a photoshoot which she shared with the world.

The girls created an entire wedding story with hair and make up prep shots, dress fittings and ev...

Remember when news articles reported that The Stonewall Inn, the famous New York City landmark for the LGBTQ+ community, was in financial trouble due to the coronavirus? Well, since then a GoFundMe campaign for Stonewall Inn has been posted and since last week the campaign has garnered up $250k from the Gill Foundation along with another $250k from donors.

According to Gothamist.com, “Scott Miller and Tim Gill…said… ‘Stonewall is a cornerstone of LGBTQ history and it must be protected. Queer people of color – including trans women of color l...

July 4, 2020

It’s a weird Fourth of July this year. For most of us, there are no gatherings, no BBQ’s, not even fireworks. Disney Plus has given us the gift of Lin Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton to remind us of what we once were only a few years ago.

But there’s another film we should also be watching. Magnolia Pictures released the documentary on the life of Rep. John Lewis, Good Trouble, on July 3rd, and it’s riveting in a low key way that I didn’t expect. In case you were unaware, John Lewis is the 80 year-old Congressman from Georgia who is the only survi...

July 3, 2020

As the Coronavirus Pandemic continues to keep our lives on hold, thousands of couples around the globe have been forced to cancel or postpone the day that they have looked forward to their whole lives, their wedding. The wedding industry is a $78 billion business that has been heavily impacted and hurt by the pandemic, which won’t recover until a vaccine is finally found. 

According to a study by The Knot, 96% of couples postponed their weddings, with 65% for later in 2020 and the rest undecided or scheduled for 2021. However the virus is no...

July 2, 2020

Whenever I would hear men say “What do women want?” or “I don’t understand women,” I have always said to myself, “why don’t they just read romance novels? It’s a blueprint.” So now, a group of men have started a romance book club on zoom, and author Jason Rodger, a former Olympian athlete, has written an article about in the July issue of Men’s Health to give us a bird’s eye view.  It’s a must read for any romance-reader of any gender or sexual persuasion.

Inspired by the novel The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams, which the author of t...

 Award-winning hybrid publisher Riverdale Avenue Books celebrates summer with its annual Christmas in July sale featuring 20 holiday-themed books titles at half price on the Riverdaleavebooks.com website using the promo code XMAS720. These titles will also be available at 50% off on Overdrive for sale to the nation’s libraries. Four of their LGBTQ+ titles will be offered as FREE give-aways on Erie Gay News.

Said Riverdale Avenue Publisher Lori Perkins, “This year, more than any other, we need Christmas in July as a magical escape. Since we’r...

June 30, 2020

photo by Joseph Lin Photography 

So, one of the things I do when I’m getting blue and frustrated due to the inertia that lockdown has placed upon us is find articles about interesting weddings, especially those that are taking place in this time of Coronavirus.

I thought I had hit a gold mine when I found the headline “The Indian Wedding that Stopped Traffic on Fifth Avenue” with the pull quote, “Hordes and hordes of tourists were elbowing our family out of the way to film Tyler on the horse.” As soon as I got to the article, and saw the 16 p...

June 29, 2020

On Thursday, June 25th, Disney announced that the ever-popular ride Splash Mountain would be re-imagined due to its ties to the banned, infamous 1946 Disney movie Song of the South. The log flume ride will not be shut down completely, but instead redesigned to align with the 2009 movie The Princess and the Frog, which stepped away from the traditional White princess, featuring instead the first black princess, Tiana.

According to Vox.com, the project to “completely reimagine” Splash Mountain began last year, relaunching the whole theme of th...

June 27, 2020

As we’ve promised here at Romance Daily News, we want to make sure you have all the information you need to celebrate Pride this year. We’ve written about what Pride might entail this year given the current circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic pressing on. Now, we bring to you more details on a livestream for Gay Pride TODAY.

For today, June 27th, world leaders, human rights activists, musicians and drag queens will be coming together to host a 24-hour online celebration of gay pride. There are many planned appearances for this year’s e...

June 26, 2020

A married South Jersey couple with two children bilked more than two dozen victims out of close to six million dollars in an international romance scam that used fake profiles on dating sites, federal prosecutors announced.

Martins Friday Inalegwu, 31, and Steincy Mathieu, 24, both of Maple Shade, New Jersey, were charged with conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud. The couple and their co-conspirators, including several people who live in Nigeria, operated from October 2016 through last month, prosecutors said.

The Feds identified more tha...

June 25, 2020

Image taken from First Crowdfunding campaign 

With states reopening many patrons of restaurants, bars, pubs and taverns are discovering their favorite place is struggling to keep afloat, or shutting down completely. The Stonewall Inn, a New York City city favorite and a historic landmark for LGBTQ+ community is one such place struggling financially to survive. 

According to PinkNews, the owners said: “We are reaching out because like many families and small businesses around the world, The Stonewall Inn is struggling… Even in the best of time...

June 24, 2020

President Trump’s first campaign rally has received backlash from the very beginning of his announcement. Initially, the rally was scheduled for Juneteenth, the holiday which commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States. Issues came up even further as this year is the 99th anniversary of the Tulsa Massacre, in which hundreds of Black people were murdered by a white mob, destroying and burning down what was known as a prosperous black community.. 

Due to the combination of these two events, in addition to the Black Lives Matter mov...

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