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MNEK Rises

AT THE AGE OF 21, UZO EMENIKE AKA MNEK HAS ALREADY COWRITTEN TWO NUMBER ONE HITS AND SHARED STUDIO TIME WITH MADONNA AND BEYONCé. NOW HE REVEALS HOW HE’S GETTING READY TO WELCOME US INTO HIS WORLD.

While promoting his single The Rhythm in March 2015, MNEK described himself in an interview as “not exactly conventional”. As a “tall black gay man singing about the rhythm”, MNEK explained, he felt less accessible to the music-streaming public than “someone else in a suit singing relatable songs”.

A year or so later, does this super-talented singer-songwriter-producer still feel the same way? “Absolutely! I feel like that. But also, the times have changed. I’m this big person who looks different from everyone else on TV and getting played on the radio. But now I get to be the person I want to see on TV, and the person I want to look up to. I’m not of a norm and now I see it as a positive thing. I’m excited to show the world that.”

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GT is getting it's fash mag slag on this month with our world gay press exclusive coverage of the new Absolutely Fabulous movie. There are interviews with all the main cast members: Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Jane Horrocks, Julia Sawalha, June Whitfield. Plus we created a Race to Harvey Nicks game and Catriona (Helen Lederer) popped in to give some advice to our readers. Cheers, sweeties! Names, names names in this issue: Bob the Drag Queen. 20 years of Beautiful Thing. Lawson's Ryan Fletcher. Homophobia vs free speech. Pixie Lott. Summer festival guide. Evan Williams. Phyll Opoku-Gyimah. Robert John Godfrey. Travel: Lausanne and Ibiza. And don't forget all the regular features we chanted for: Fitness with Charlie King with Chris Jones. Date night dining with Edd Kimber and the Gastro Gays. The Guyliner. Ask Aled. Michelle Visage. Benjamin Cohen. Wentworth Diary. Modern Family. PJ Brennan. Sex with Josh Sabarra. Property tips. Plus so much more, darling...
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