August 16, 1937
The American Federation of Radio Artists (AFRA) was organized as a part of the American Federation of Labor. On September 17, 1952, the Television Authority and AFRA merged to create a new union, the present-day American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA).
Madonna married actor Sean Penn in Malibu. She would file for divorce the following year.
Madonna started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Papa Don’t Preach.’ The singers fourth US No.1, & No.1 in the UK. Also on this day Madonna went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘True Blue’.
Aretha Franklin, “The Queen Of Soul”, passed away at the age of 76. During her career she amassed twenty Billboard R&B chart toppers, forty-five Billboard Top 40 hits and won eighteen Grammy Awards. In 1987, she became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
https://www.newyorker.com/culture/photo-booth/the-joy-and-precariousness-of-gay-life-through-the-eyes-of-sunil-guptaThe Joy and Precariousness of Gay Life, Through the Eyes of Sunil Gupta | The New YorkerWhether shooting couples in Britain or covert queer life in India, the photographer found fine distinctions of identity.www.newyorker.com
https://www.deccanchronicle.com/featured/140821/in-a-pandemic-era-words-of-a-gay-poet-as-old-as-indias-independen.htmlWords of a gay poet, as old as India’s Independence, healHoshang Merchant – a midnight’s child, as old as our independence – reflects on the coinciding evolution of the life of a poet and a nationwww.deccanchronicle.com
https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2021/aug/16/joan-rivers-and-barbra-streisand-the-myth-of-their-lesbian-playJoan Rivers and Barbra Streisand: the myth of their lesbian play | Stage | The GuardianBefore they were superstars, Joan Rivers kissed and tried to kill a young Barbra Streisand on stage – or so she claimed. Now her tall tale has inspired drama The Funny Girlswww.theguardian.com
https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/entertainment/A-man-is-a-downgrade-Singer-Temmie-reveals-why-she-is-a-lesbian-1333873A man is a downgrade – Singer Temmie reveals why she is a lesbianTemmie Ovwasa has revealed all the benefits she enjoys because she is a lesbian, adding that, that is why she cannot stop being a lesbian.www.ghanaweb.com