The New Apprentice is Live

Even though the women’s team lost by a big margin, Cyndi did a great job on her first task as the project manager. It was an exciting show to see and there is much more to come. Here is a video from back scenes of the next chalenge, which will be broadcast next Sunday.


Cyndi Lauper the Queen for Pride Toronto 2010

Cyndi Lauper, one of the world’s most recognized Queer icons, comes to Toronto on Saturday, July 3 2010 for a FREE concert in Queen’s Park.

An unwavering advocate for LGBTTIQQ2SA* rights, Cyndi Lauper established herself as a household name with the 1983 single “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”, kicking off a long career which includes more than 25 million in record sales and nominations for 13 Grammy awards, 2 Emmy awards, 2 American Music Awards, 7 American Video Awards and 18 MTV awards.

Her most recent album “Bring Ya To The Brink” affirmed her international pop diva status, even more so amongst her LGBT fans, who were featured prominently in the music video for her #1 single, “Into The Nightlife”.

“It’s an honor to always have the genuine affection of the gay community,” Cyndi says. “They have never turned their back on me and I will never turn my back on them. We’ve had a long and enduring love affair.”

In 2007, Lauper created the True Colors Tour, bringing together artists like Erasure, The B-52s, the Indigo Girls, Deborah Harry and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts to raise public awareness about issues facing the LGBTTIQQ2SA* communities. A year later, she founded the True Colors Fund to inspire and engage everyone-particularly those in the straight community-to become involved in the advancement of equality.

Most recently, Lauper joined Lady Gaga as a spokesperson for the 2010 MAC Viva Glam Campaign, which was established in 1994 to support people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS around the world.

The Grammy award-winning singer and Emmy award-winning actress is currently working on her newest studio album scheduled for release in June. Lauper is also featured on the new “Celebrity Apprentice” edition on NBC starting March 14 and later this year launches her own reality show.

Lauper’s performance during Pride Week will be part of a full program of entertainment and activities in Queen’s Park; the newest addition to the ever-expanding Pride Week site which includes eight stages over more than 22 city blocks and an attendance of more than one million. Plans for the new Queen’s Park site include a beverage garden and more Pride Week Streetfair exhibitors.

“We are happy that Cyndi and her incredible team worked with us to make this happen” said Mary Zondanos, Arts & Entertainment Manager for Pride Toronto. “Her work both as a performer and an activist is an inspiration to us all. There will be tears, and I’m sure some will be mine.”

About Pride Toronto:
Pride Toronto is the not-for-profit organization that hosts Pride Week, an annual festival held during the last week of June in downtown Toronto. Pride Toronto exists to celebrate the history, courage, diversity and future of Toronto’s LGBTTIQQ2SA* communities and is one of the leading cultural events of its kind in the world with a total economic benefit in 2009 of $136 million. Toronto’s Pride Week has been named Best Festival in Canada by the Canadian Special Events Industry, is recognized as one of only Eight Signature Events in the city of Toronto, is ranked as one of the TOP 50 festivals in Ontario by Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO) and is the third largest Queer celebration in the world.

Media Contact:
Michael Ain, Marketing and Communications Manager
Tel: 416.927.7433, Ext. 226

*Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Questioning, 2-Spirited and Allies

Cyndi walking to the White House

Cyndi walking to the White House with Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese to meet President Obama and hear him talk about his signing of the Matthew Shepard & James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which is now the law of the land. Violent hate crimes against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community will now be recognized and prosecuted by the Federal government.

Cyndi Talks About Capt. Lou

“Today I found out that Capt. Lou had passed away. He passed away at home with his family beside him. I am sad for his family and I’m just sad. But I know he’s at peace now. He had been ill for a while. My heart goes out to his family.

Capt Lou and I became famous together. He always made me laugh. He made all that promotion we did so much fun. He graced me with a lot of video performances that I will always treasure. He was a great, gregarious, hilarious fellow who had this lovable presence. I was lucky to work by his side. I will always look back on our absolute hilarious times and the magical world of Wrestling he introduced me to and shared for that brief time. As he said, he took me up the charts from 10, to 5, to 4 to 1, to minus 5 back up to 1 again. And it was great fun too.

So let me just say this; I love ya Lou and I can picture you up there somewhere explaining that PEG principle to someone. Or maybe you’re having a good laugh with Freddie Blassie. But where ever you are, I am sure you are causing a hilarious rucuss. And I will be sad to miss out on that.”

Cyndi Lauper

Especial: Cyndi Lauper Newsweek 1985

cyndi-newsweekIf you listen to the radio, you’ve heard them. If you watch TV, you’ve certainly seen them. An electrified cartoon of a red careering through a kooky party. A tarted-up floozy flirting in a gondola. Dressed in lingerie or lace or in regal gypsy regalia, singing in a girlish peep or a banshee wail, they’re the new women of rock and roll. Cyndi Lauper and Madonna are setting the pace. But they’ve got a lot of company: Chaka Khan and Donna Summer, Sheila E. and Apollonia Kotero, Joan Jett and Pat Benatar, Sheena Easton and the Go-Go’s, Teena Marie and Laura Branigan, Chrissie Hynde and Annie Lennox and -perhaps the godmother of them all- the great Tina Turner.

Rarely have so many women performing rock had so many hit records on the charts. Never have so many women with such strong images so dominated the music videos shown on MTV, the rock-and-roll cable network. Madonna’s new album, “Like A Virgin” (Sire), recently No. 1 for three weeks, is already “triple platinium”. In 14 weeks, it’s sold some 3.5 million copies -a staggering amount,particularly since her first tour doesn’t start until April. Turner, the Pointer Sisters, Pat Benatar and Chaka Khan all have current albums, that have topped the million mark. And after 63 weeks, Cyndi Lauper’s album, “She’s So Unusual” (Portrait), is still charted in the Top 30, with nearly 4 million copies sold. Lauper’s recordings have earned five Grammy nominations and her album has produced four Top Five Singles – a new record for female singers.

As one of the most influential strongholds of knee-jerk misogyny, the rock scene has long cried out for women with power, ideas and an independent sense of style. Now, it seems, they’re emerging one after another. Many of the new women rockers do a lot more than sing. They play their own instruments, write their own songs, control their own careers. Musically, they run the gamut: they’re into funk and soul, pop and new wave, even heavy metal. With their costumes and come-ons, their thoughtfulness and their wit, their dopey hairdos and varied musical styles, they’re turning old ideas about pop’s feminine mystique inside out and upside down.

The current upsurge, however, has many different and even contradictory facets. Striking figures like Cyndi Lauper -whose anthem, “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”, offers a funny, subversive image of the liberated woman as screwball -flourish beside much more traditional starlets like Madonna. In her new hit, “Material Girl”, Madonna exploits her feminine wiles like a determined gold digger: “The boy with the cold hard cash is always Mr. Right”.

Some insiders point to Madonna’s steamy image and argue that little has really changed for women in rock and roll since the days of “girl groups” like the Ronettes. Citing her own experience -and rejecting vehemently any patronizing talk of “woman rock”- Joan Jett, perhaps the hardest rocker of them all, says that sexism runs rampant in “every facet of the music industry, starting with the audience”.

Some insiders point to Madonna’s steamy image and argue that little has really changed for women in rock and roll since the days of “girl groups” like the Ronettes. Citing her own experience -and rejecting vehemently any patronizing talk of “woman rock”- Joan Jett, perhaps the hardest rocker of them all, says that sexism runs rampant in “every facet of the music industry, starting with the audience”.

But others think that a real revolution is under way. To Pat Benatar, a veteran hard rocker like Jett, the most striking change has been in her fan mail: “Most of my letters used to be from girls saying how glad they were that we emerged because it really helped them with their boyfriends. Now when i get letters, the girls aspire for themselves.”

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Cyndi Lauper in The Celebrity Apprentice

It has now been confirmed that Cyndi Lauper will be part of the new upcoming TV show “The Celebrity Apprentice”. Cyndi will be competing with other celebrities in the business oriented show.

The cast includes Cyndi Lauper, Rod Blagojevich, Sharon Osbourne, Bret Michaels, Darryl Strawberry and Sinbad.

All the money raised will be donate to the charities choosen by the artist. The show will be broadcast by NBC and will be aired in January 2010.


Captain Lou Albano Died

Albano and Cyndi LauperCaptain Lou Albano, who became one of the most recognized professional wrestlers of the 1980s after appearing in Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” music video, died Wednesday. He was 76.

Louis Vincent Albano, died in Westchester County in suburban New York of natural causes.

World Wrestling Entertainment called him one of the company’s “most popular and charismatic legends.”

Albano later had a role in the music video for Lauper’s 1984 song “Time After Time,” and “Goonies R Good Enough”.

Cyndi Lauper Dolls

The Brazilian artist named Marcus Baby is well known for replicating several famous artists in small shapes. Currently one of his latest addition to his collection is a doll of Cyndi Lauper in the Hey Now style. The artist had also previously created two others in the She’s So Unusual and True Colors forms.

Cyndi Lauper Dolls
Cyndi Lauper Dolls

Above a picture of the three models. The most recent addition to his collection is the “Hey Now” version. If you want to find out more about his work please visit his personal blog in portuguese Bonecos do Baby