Entries in New York (15)


Neil Patrick Harris Announces Engagement to Longtime Boyfriend

Christopher Polk/Getty Images for PCA(NEW YORK) -- It didn't take long after New York state's passage of the Marriage Equality Bill Friday night for actor Neil Patrick Harris to make a big announcement of his own.

The How I Met Your Mother star says he's getting married to his boyfriend David Burtka.

Harris wrote on his Twitter page, "It PASSED. Marriage equality in NY!! Yes!! Progress!! Thank you everyone who worked so hard on this!! A historic night!"

A follower told Burtka he should "propose to his boyfriend."  Burtka, who is also co-parent to their twins, responded, "I've already proposed, he said yes! Thank god!"

Harris confirmed on Saturday, "David and I did propose to each other, but over five years ago! We've been wearing engagement rings for ages, waiting for an available date."

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Celebrities React to NY's Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage

Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- On Friday night, the New York State Senate voted in favor of legislation that will allow same-sex couples in the state to marry, and some celebrities took to Twitter to express their feelings about the passing of the bill.

Pop star Lady Gaga, who has been a vocal supporter of gay rights, was in Tokyo when the Marriage Equality Act of 2011 passed in the New York Senate, and expressed her happiness online tweeting “I can't stop crying. We did it kids.”

Lady Gaga also tweeted a picture of herself with a group of young people, with the message “The revolution is ours to fight for love, justice+equality. Rejoice NY, and propose. We did it!!!” accompanying the twitpic.

Leading up to the vote Actor Neil Patrick Harris, who is openly gay, tweeted “I'd sure love to get married. Please, NY Senate, vote in favor of marriage equality today. My family would really appreciate it.”

And after the bill was passed, Harris hopped back onto Twitter to say, “It PASSED! Marriage equality in NY!! Yes!! Progress!! Thank you everyone who worked so hard on this!! A historic night!”

Funnyman Seth Meyers, of Saturday Night Live, added some humor to the reactions on Twitter, saying “In the last 10 minutes I've had 100 missed calls from Stefon.”

SNL fans know “Stefon” as a flamboyant Correspondent character on the show.

New York joins Connecticut, Vermont, Iowa, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, as the sixth state to legalize gay marriage. Same-sex nuptials are also legal in Washington, D.C.

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Legendary Poet, Musician Gil Scott-Heron Passes Away

Anna Webber/Stringer(NEW YORK) -- Legendary composer, writer, and musician Gil Scott-Heron died on Friday at the age of 62.

Scott-Heron came to prominence with his albums "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," "Pieces of a Man," and "Winter in America" during the 1970s. He is attributed with developing the genre of hip-hop and rap, which he felt was a medium to animate the African-American community.

Scott-Heron died Friday afternoon at St. Luke's Hospital in New York City after becoming ill on tour.

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Black Eyed Peas Announce Free Concert in NYC's Central Park

Kevin Mazur/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- The Black Eyed Peas have announced a free concert in New York City's Central Park on June 9.  The show will benefit the Robin Hood Foundation, which fights poverty in New York City, and the Peas' recently-launched music academies for at-risk youth in the city.  Despite the fact that the show is free, tickets will be required.

In a statement, Fergie said, "We are thrilled to follow in the footsteps of icons such as Simon & Garfunkel and Diana Ross by performing a free concert for our fans in Central Park. But more importantly, we are performing to benefit Robin Hood's efforts to help those living in poverty in New York City and to help disadvantaged youth in New York with the launch of our Peapod Academy."

The last major free pop/rock concert in Central Park was Bon Jovi in 2008.  Others who have performed include The Dave Matthews Band, Garth Brooks and Elton John.

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Arianna Huffington's Mile-High Incident

Photo Courtesy - Joe Corrigan/Getty Images for Macy's(NEW YORK) -- Arianna Huffington, the woman behind The Huffington Post, got into a bit of trouble over the weekend when she reportedly refused to shut down her BlackBerry on a flight from Washington to New York.

A fellow passenger got very upset, especially when he learned that the phone was on after takeoff.

The argument became heated and police met the plane after landing. There were no arrests.

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