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I’d just like to take a moment and talk about how amazing the movie “Geography Club” was. And no, it is not actually about a Geography Club, that name is a way for the group to meet secretly and not have to be known it is really a LGBTQ support group.

First off, I haven’t seen a movie in a while where the relationship between two men was so pure and chemically positive I actually forgot they were even making sexuality a topic. It deals with the topic of coming out in high school and acceptance of lgbtq.

Second off, like a lot of gay-themed movies, this one does NOT make sex between the two men the main thing, in fact kissing is the farthest thing portrayed between the two, so it really is about their emotional relationship, and not the physical one (like a lot of what is in the media currently with gay characters).

The main character Russell is realistic and written beautifully, and portrayed even better. 

However, it is not just about Russell’s story, as the people he comes to know as friends have their own reasons for being a part of the Geography Club, and it turns into a journey of self-discovery and acceptance of yourself and others, and ultimately sloughing off what society will think of you.

The rest of the cast, including Justin Deeley as his romantic interest (You might know him from his role on 90210) did a superb job of portraying what high school can really be like. Being yourself is one of the hardest things that no one can teach you in life.

You should go watch this movie because it is so friggin cute, realistic, heartwarming, sad, and just all around a good movie for this generation. It is currently streaming of Netflix, so go watch it. You will not regret it!

Is it just me, or are The Knocks picking up some mad steam lately (in terms of popularity and adoration)? I still remember falling in love with The Brightside several years ago, when I first found out about The Knocks! The NYC based dance pop duo have me swooning and falling all over them again with their latest, a sexy disco original named Collect My Love, featuring glamorously soulful vocals by Alex Newell. The must-dance-to gem is the latest reveal off The Knocks’ new EP, So Classic, out April 7th.

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While anxiously awaiting original music from Glee’s Alex Newell, we’ll accept this cover of Sigma’s “Nobody To Love” (you may recognize it from Kanye’s “Bound 2” track.)

But seriously, give us his album ASAP.

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Collect My Love ft. Alex Newell by The Knocks

Collect My Love is a song that’s just basically a hunk of burning love. It’s neo disco done right, and the music and beats just won’t quit. 

The video takes place in Chinatown at an underground dance club that’s a restaurant during the day. The Knocks arrive to DJ the party, and the singer, Alex Newell prepares himself and then sings and twirls on the floor. Newell is the true star here. He shines with bubbling personality and a voice that is incredible – sumptuous, wide-ranging and piercing. 

You might remember Newell who played the transgender teen, Unique, on Glee. Newell, who is not trans, himself, nevertheless plays with gender stereotypes in the video. Not only is his voice high and sultry and easily mistaken for that of a woman’s, he also puts on makeup and wears a long flowing wig in the video. It’s almost as if Newell is the reincarnation of that paragon of disco, Sylvester, whose fabulous image had to be toned down before he found success. Today, though, there’s Unique and others on TV, and Newell is able to just do his thing.

The Knocks back Newell’s gorgeous voice with strong writing, driving beats, and stellar production. They also prove their versatility as their last hit, Classic, was a totally different affair featuring one of the current luminaries of hip hop, Fetty Wap.

The Knocks are releasing their debut album, 55, in early 2016, and I cannot wait!

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