The Blend: Tony Nominations, Robin Roberts Is Full O’Truth, Laverne Cox On MTV And More!

Jonathan Groff, Hugh Jackman, Lucy Liu (CBS)

The 2014 Tony Award Nominations were announced earlier this week and, no surprise, there was no shortage of LGBT talent and shows that will all hope to win during the June 8th ceremony at Radio City Music Hall in New York City (and televisied on CBS). Hugh Jackman (pictured above with Jonathan Groff and Lucy Liu during the nomination announcement) will return as host this year.

Of course, there was no shock that “Hegwig and the Angry Inch” walked away with 8 nominations including Best Actor nominee Neil Patrick Harris, Best Actress In A Featured Role nominee Lena Hall, director Michael Mayer and, also, Best Revival of a Musical.

Over with the plays, Terrence McNally’s “Mothers & Sons,” which focuses on a mother (Tyne Daly, earned a nominated in the Best Actress category) reaches out to the lover (Frederick Weller) of her dead son. Harvey Fierstein‘s play “Casa Valentina” was also nominated for Best Play with Best Actor and Actress in a Featured Role nominees Reed Birney and Mare Winningham. Out multiple Tony winner Cherry Jones was nominated for the revival of Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie,”

Rosie O’Donnell will receive the Isabelle Stevenson Award. Yet with all those great nominations, one big oversight is Alan Cumming, who was shut out for his performance in the revival of “Cabaret.” Boo.

Speaking of Rosie...she’s back on “The Fosters!”  After appearing on several episodes in the first season, Rosie O’Donnell will return to her role of Rita Henricks on the ABC Family drama. In the series, O’Donnell’s Rita works in the foster system and grows close to Calllie (Maia Mitchell), helping her by offering support and guidance that helps the troubled teen . O’Donnell will return for two episodes that will air in August. “The Fosters” won the Oustanding Drama award last month at the GLAAD Media Awards.

Toronto wants you to come visit for its inaugural World Pride event from June 20-29th. Here’s a fantastic video that just dropped:

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“Glee” Drama Behind The Scenes: Depending on which news outlet you’re reading, you either heard that Naya Rivera was fired from the Fox hist series due to a feud with co-star Lea Michele, that Rivera was not fired but won’t be in the season finale, as originally planned OR that the feud started because Michele slept with Rivera’s fiance, Big Sean. For now, it’s all speculation and there has been no official word from the network or studio.  What do you think is going on over there are what could be a very un-gleeful set?

MTV and Laverne Cox are teaming up for a documentary called “Trans Teen: The Documentary,” which will air simultaneously on MTV and Logo this fall. Hosted by Cox, who is also an Executive Producer, the film will follow four trans youths ranging in age from 14-24 and from diverse backgrounds as they navigate the world as trans. As the press release for the project stated, “This isn’t a story about being an “other” – it’s about being human.”

Living Her TruthWe’re used to seeing Robin Roberts on our televisions early in the day with “Good Morning America” but she also can be found in your local bookstore now that her memoir, “Everybody’s Got Something,”  The full interview can be found over and, also, here’s a clip from her appearance earlier this week on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show:”

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MTV’s “Look Different” Initiative: It was announced earlier this week in a press release that MTV, “in partnership with a coalition including the Anti-Defamation League, NAACP, National Council of La Raza, National Partnership for Women & Families, The Trevor Project and many others, launched “Look Different,” a multi-year campaign empowering America’s youth to better counter the hidden racial, gender and anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) biases all around us.  The campaign reflects Millennials’ deep commitment to the principles of equality and fairness, while inviting them to look differently at subjects like privilege, prejudice and “colorblindness.”

Original research MTV conducted over the last year shows that a commitment to fairness, coupled with lack of historical perspective, can result in a clouded view; as an example, half of white Millennials now believe discrimination against whites has become as big a problem as discrimination against people of color. Look Different will help young people better recognize and respond to bias – which most encounter on a daily basis and most find difficult to discuss openly – by leveraging MTV’s core assets, including on-air programming, social media reach, innovative digital tools, celebrity engagement and much more.”

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