Andy Cohen, Bravo’s Executive Vice President of Original Programming and Development, will be the Grand Marshal of the 2011 Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade on Saturday, April 16.
Since Cohen took over the network’s current development and production slate of over two dozen shows, the network has become the home of gay viewers’ reality TV favorites, including hits such as the Emmy and James Beard award-winning “Top Chef,” “”Top Chef Masters,” “The Real Housewives” series, “Kathy Griffin My Life On the D List,” “The Millionaire Matchmaker,” “Million Dollar Listing,” “The Rachel Zoe Project,” “The Fashion Show: Ultimate Collection,” “Bethenny Ever After,” “Tabatha’s Salon Takeover” and “Flipping Out.”
In addition, Cohen is the host and Executive Producer of “Watch What Happens,” Bravo’s late night, interactive, weekly talk show that features guests from the world of entertainment, politics and pop culture. The series includes lively debates on everything from fashion, the latest Housewives drama, to what celebrity is making headlines that week.
Asked in a recent interview whether Bravo has become a “gay network,” Cohen stated, “I’m always saying we’re bi, but I think it’s kind of how I view myself being gay — it’s just one of things that I am,” he said. “So Bravo may or may not be gay, but I think there’s a lot of other things going on. I think for the gay people on Bravo, it’s one of the things that they are — they’re not on Bravo because they’re gay. The people that are gay on Bravo, like Brad on Rachel Zoe or Jeff on ‘Flipping Out,’ they’re gay but they’re also great at what they do and that’s why they’re on Bravo, and that’s important.”
In February, Cohen teamed up with British rugby player Ben Cohen to film a video for the It Gets Better Project, offering a message about acceptance and celebrating differences. He talks about his progression from being a scared teenage boy through his awakening in college and to success as an adult.
Cohen started at Bravo in 2005 as Senior Vice President of Original Programming & Development and since then he has overseen an aggressive slate of unscripted series and specials including past hits “Project Runway,” “Queer Eye,” “Work Out,” “Being Bobby Brown,” “Top Design,” “Make Me a Supermodel,” “Blow Out” and “The A List Awards”.
Cohen received an Emmy Award when season six of “Top Chef” won the Outstanding Reality Competition Program at the 2010 primetime awards and has been nominated for nine additional Emmy Awards as Executive Producer of “Project Greenlight,” “Project Runway,” “Top Chef” and “Queer Eye.” In 2005, Cohen was awarded a Peabody Award for his role as Executive Producer of the TRIO documentary “The N Word” and another Peabody in 2008 as an Executive Producer of “Project Runway.” In 2010, TV Guide Magazine named Cohen one of the “25 Most Powerful People in Television” (along with Oprah Winfrey, Simon Cowell, Tina Fey, and Jon Stewart).
Born in St. Louis, Cohen is a graduate of Boston University where he received a B.A. degree in broadcast journalism.
Cohen will lead the Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade beginning at noon on Saturday, April 16th at 5th Street and Ocean Drive. The parade continues along Ocean Drive, featuring festive floats and the inspiring LEGACY couples – couples who have been in committed relationships for 20 years or more.
Following the parade, the festivities continue at Lummus Park, between 10th Street and 14th Street, with exciting musical performances, a festival featuring LGBT-friendly vendors and businesses, refreshments and a family-friendly playzone.
For a complete schedule of Pride events and further information, please go to the Schedule page.
The wonderfull Staff at Florida’s Premier Online GLBT Entertainment portal Jumponmarkslist.com covers the first annual Mimai Beach Gay Pride. Special Thanks to Mark Haines, and Stephan R. Lang for Their continued support!
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PRESS: Several Sources Report on Ceevox & Jimmy D. Robinson’s “In the Night” Invasion of Miami Beach Gay pride
Following the Momentum of Ceevox’s Performance at SupermarketXE in London for the Filming of “In the Night” Music Video, and The Successful series of Performances during 2009’s Winter Music Conference.
Jimmy D. Robinson and Ceevox Continue to Catapult higher into the limelight with their Billboard Hit “In The Night” , By Joining International Diva’s Patti Labelle, India , Carol Jiani, Fanny Lu and More on Stage During the First Annual Miami Beach Gay Pride, Alongside Miami Based DJ Maximus 3000.
Jumping into the fire, with the hits even hotter, Robinson conjures up two more original dance tracks featuring CEEVOX to strike while the iron is hot: ‘At Midnight’ and ‘Truly Is.’ Both songs taken from the book of poetry ‘Rock the World’ written by songwriter, lyricist, poet Jimmy D Robinson, ‘At Midnight’ and ‘Truly Is’ are next in line to heat up the dance floor. Produced by Jimmy D Robinson, Kinky Roland and Mark Schneider, an international cast of remixers including Loverush UK, Jose Velez, FC Nond, Hybrid Heights, Joseph Indelicato, DJ Craig Demo, DJ Maximus 3000, Kinky Roland and many more will convoy the two new songs onto the charts.
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Miami Based DJ/Producer/Remixer , Record Label Owner and Experimental Artist DJ Maximus 3000 to Headline the inaugural Miami Beach Gay Pride Celebration as the Official DJ Alongside International Recording Artists and Celebrities Patti Labelle, India, Ceevox and Many More on Ocean Drive April 18, 2009.
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(Miami , FL) April 10, 2009 – 2009 is gearing up to be the year of change in more ways than one. With the first African American president elect in office, an undeniable air of unity and sense of community permeates throughout the country. In an even more over due precedent just 5 short months ago (November 2009), the City of Miami Beach commissioners “OK’d” the use of flying gay pride flags in gay owned and gay friendly establishments in Miami Beach, one of the country’s largest GLBT populated cities.
In a Historic and monumental decision ,The city of Miami Beach, The Most famous sandbar in the world, will join the ranks of world class cities like Sao Paulo, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, and Madrid that officially Honor the gay & Lesbian Community by hosting it’s first city Supported pride Event April 18, 2009, Thanks to Miami Beach Mayor Matti Bower.
Bower States, “It is hard to believe a city as diverse and as inclusive of the GLBT community as our city has not had an official Miami Beach Gay Pride in the past”. She adds, “I am very Proud to be a part of such a historical event in our community and will make every effort to ensure that Miami Beach Gay Pride 2009 will be a success.”
In the spirit of inclusiveness and community it is no less monumental that DJ Maximus 3000, has been chosen to provide the Main stages “T-Dance” musical selections as the one and only official DJ. Heralded as a Crowd pleaser amongst His fan base; DJ Maximus 3000 is known for playing a barrage of “mashups” and “open Format” beats from Dance, Rock, Pop and more, with ease, alongside his signature nostalgic Electro-house Sets ( A very groundbreaking move for a Gay Pride celebration when the main stage is usually reserved for the well-established Circuit DJ).
The Theme of this years Miami Beach Gay Pride Celebration is to “Come show your pride side”, a testament that the GLBT Community comes from all walks of Life, now more prevalent than ever. DJ Maximus 3000’s musical background and tastes in music is as diverse as the stellar lineup that will be gracing the Main Stage as this years Headlining Acts, and the community that composes the Miami Beach , Greater Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach GLBT Community; creating a sense of one-ness ,stronger than ever. In a Rocky economy, Everyone wants to have a good time, and providing quality diverse and entertaining music was of the utmost importance.
In DJ Maximus 3000’s current bio and in a quote earlier this year he states, “One of my goals in the next few upcoming months is to take a more active part in the world around me through my sphere of influence and ties to the music industry”. That being said, Maximus has Already participated in several high profile City Sanctioned events such as official DJ to The 35th Annual Coldwell banker Miami Beach festival of the Arts, Official DJ to Art Explosion 2009 Festival of Miami and Fort Lauderdale Dance Party, to one of the featured DJs at The 17th annual National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Winter Party , with several upcoming appearances including the internationally recognized Sleepless Nights Festival in November of 2009 ; it’s no wonder this diversity has garnered him the momentous and historic slot on the decks for the pinnacle of this years festivities.
On Saturday April 18, 2009 you can Join DJ Maximus 3000 & 40,000 expected fellow “Humans” in celebrating the GLBT community, Their Friends and Family On Ocean Drive 12 Street , Free of Cost.
More about DJ Maximus 3000: Maximus’ Latest endeavors include a heart stopping series of showcase appearances during Miami’s Winter Music Conference alongside Tania Mashay (His Co-producer, Co-writer and signed artist to 8025 Alliance Music Group, Maximus’s Imprint) where audiences lost all control. He’s had 2 Recent remix productions chart on the billboard’s Hot Club Play Charts (India’s “I Can’t Get No Sleep” (Angel Eyes Music Group) # 3 , and amberRose Marie’s “Wanna Be A DJ” (Catz Entertainment) , at # 14). He has several Remix Projects already lined up for the second quarter of 2009 including work for Carol Jiani, Ceevox, and All new Original Material for Tania Mashay. His coveted Residency at Fort Lauderdale’s Living Room Nightclub “Liquid Fridays” (Nominated Best Nightclub by the Broward New Times) has become a groundbreaking and trendsetting weekly gathering, where an average of 2500 – 3000 partygoers revel in the uplifting and vivacious beats provided by Maximus 3000. DJ Maximus 3000 is currently in the studio insatiably producing his first solo Ep due out sometime this year, featuring a cross section of vocalists whom hes worked with in recent times.
On Stage Headlining:
India, Fanny Lu, Carol Jiani, Jeri, Ceevox, along with Miami Men’s Gay Chorus. Grand Marshalls: Patti Labelle & Richie Rich Along with Special Celebrity appearances.
India: a noted Grammy Award – and Latin Grammy Award – nominated singer of salsa. She began her career in the freestyle era singing Billboard dance hits like “Dancing On The Fire” and “The Lover Who Rocks You” then became known as the “Princess of Salsa”, a name given by her godmother Cuban Legend Celia Cruz. She recorded “Love And Happiness” a worldwide hit with former husband Dj Little “Louie” Vega, recently India has had several dance hits including The #1 remix to “I Can’t Get No Sleep” and The DJ Roger Sanchez produced “Music Is My Life”.
Fanny Lu: Latin Grammy nominated singer and songwriter from Colombia. Her recent hits include “No Te Pido Flores”, “Y Si Te Digo” and the Billboard Latin #1 “No Eres Para Mi”.
Ceevox: Known for her many Billboard Dance Hits this soulful house-music singer has gone international, working with the top producers and remixers in songs like “My Imagination” and her recent smash “In The Night”.
Carol Jiani: Nigerian-Canadian singer based in England best known for her early 1980’s classic hit “Hit N Run Lover”.
Miami Gay Men’s Chorus: an inclusive, community-based organization of gay men and gay-supporting people that inspires and changes lives through the power of music.
Patty LaBelle: Grammy winner, American R&B and soul singer-songwriter and actress. Known for her passionate stage performances, wide vocal range and distinctive high-octave belting. Some of her biggest hits include “Lady Marmalade” and “On My Own”.
Richie Rich: American fashion designer and celebutante. Today he is part of the fashion duo known as Heatherette (together with Traver Rains). Richie released an album called “Celebutante” on October 21st, 2008 on record label Defend Music. The album is a compilation of songs including tracks from Lily Allen, Mya, Scissor Sisters, Blondie, and one from Richie himself, also titled “Celebutante.”