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Remembering Solomon Burke; Adam Lambert protested in Malaysia; WPFW celebrates Indigenous People's Day

By Chris Richards

- R&B legend Solomon Burke died Sunday on a plane at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport. Read his Washington Post obituary here. Meantme, Rolling Stone has posted an interview with Burke from earlier this year.

- Malaysia's Islamist opposition party is protesting an upcoming concert by "American Idol" alum Adam Lambert. The Pan Malaysian Islamic Party says Lambert is promoting "gay culture."

- Washingtonians, tune in to WPFW 89.3 today at 4 p.m. for two hours of Native American music. The broadcast is part of the station's celebration of Indigenous People's Day.

By Chris Richards  | October 11, 2010; 9:30 AM ET
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Adam Lambert, Solomon Burke  
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Comments

Adam Lambert is an amazing artist that just happens to be gay. I sure hope radical right wingers in America can see the company they are keeping...

Posted by: JLM12 | October 11, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for the opportunity to show my support for Adam Lambert and to protest any and all extremist groups who use intimidation on their people to further their cause. Adam Lambert is a brilliant performer, and his Malaysian fans have waited a long time to see him. I admire that he has the strength to stand up and be counted.

Posted by: Daffylove | October 11, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

I applaud Adam Lambert's refusal to be afraid of laws in a country unlike his own. He openly respects other cultures, and his appreciation for diversity is to be admired. While I, as an openly gay American that has experienced much prejudice in my lifetime, dislike his presence in a place with such extreme laws regarding homosexuality, I am throrougly pleased that his supportive fans in Malaysia and other countries that shun Western culture will have the amazing opportunity to experience the once in a lifetime epic that is a live Adam Lambert performance.

I am concerned for his safety, and what he will endure at the hands of extremists in a country where, for all intents and purposes, his very existence is illegal. However,I respect their right to believe as they do, and I trust the judgment of Adam and his management. May he and his Malaysian fans have the time of their lives.

Posted by: ShannonB1 | October 11, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

The PAS protests many US acts, not just Adam. Beyonce, Rhianna, Avril Lavigne (Avril Lavigne???) I'd say he is in good company.

Posted by: JulieB1 | October 11, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Adam Lambert promotes - heck, practically oozes - love and tolerance of all people: straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning. He has the courage and creativity to live openly and honestly with who he is and how wonderfully God has made him. Those of lucky enough to have seen him perform live are truly enjoying the fullness of who he is and indeed the fullness of what we ourselves can be, in this great party called life. There will no doubt be haters waiting for him in Malaysia ready to chew Adam up, but I also have no doubt that there will be many tears in the audience that night as his raw compassion and honesty strikes a chord in their own lives. Adam's concerts break you open and then fill you up with energy and happiness. It's a great gift that he will be performing in such an oppressed region. Take care of him, Malaysia, and send our idol and champion safely home to us. We love you and we're so proud of you, Adam!

Posted by: 80s_and_sunny | October 11, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Adam is foremost a performer who wants to bring his GlamNation concert for all his fans to enjoy throughout the world. His concessions should be the end of this, but as we are so aware of hate and intolerance are always out there whether it be in America or elsewhere. Malaysia is one where religious groups go to extreme with their hate and intolerance and it is frightening to think that such a truly wonderful human being as Adam has to face this. The government of Malaysia just better keep Adam safe. When will this madness ever end!!!

Posted by: barbls | October 11, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Adam Lambert is my hero.

Posted by: lissa1 | October 12, 2010 1:21 AM | Report abuse

Adam must be an incredibly powerful performer if seeing him kiss his bassist could turn a whole country gay! I guess small minds think alike the whole world over. However, Adam's true message of love, self-acceptance and inclusion will not suffer from a little self-editing, and might actually change a mind or two (million).

Posted by: MoovieBassets | October 12, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

If people are that homophobic in Malaysia,
I really wish Adam wasn't performing in that
country. He is too wonderful a person to be
subjected to such little minds and threats
he may receive. Adam please be safe if you
are going to share your brillance with your
fans in Malaysia.

Posted by: jlynna | October 12, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

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