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Jonathan Cheban Builds Out The Dishh

Entrepreneur, reality TV show star and man-about-town Jonathan Cheban has known entertainment journalist David Caplan for a long time, dating back to his days as a publicist and Caplan’s work for People, Star magazine and other outlets. So when Cheban was looking to add a managing editor to his nascent entertainment and lifestyle website The Dishh, he knew Caplan was a perfect fit.

“Right now, David has got six or seven writers that he’s dealing with,” Cheban tells FishbowlNY via telephone from Miami. “Because I travel so much, I needed someone who really knows what he’s doing and can help me expand the platform, move into a TV show with it as well and do video. I’ve known David for a long time and I just love his personality.”

DishhNavBar

The Dishh, for which Cheban is partnered with technology and media company Black Ocean, is divided into four playfully titled verticals: Drooling (food), Need This (products/gadgets), Star Struck (entertainment) and Don’t Judge (lifestyle/opinion). Caplan, who started Monday, says he’s open to freelance pitches.

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Portraying Lesbian Cheerleader on Glee Wins Actress Accolades

Not so long ago, a lesbian cheerleader was the stuff of B-movie titillation, but Hollywood has clearly evolved. Actress Naya Rivera has seen her profile rise considerably since the character she plays on Glee, Santana Lopez, was revealed to be gay. In a profile of the actress, the LA Times notes:

Off the set, she’s done a gay-themed Q&A with Vanity Fair, seen her stock soar on sites like AfterEllen, a lesbian media website, and won the ultimate honor for any aspiring gay icon: a gig as host of the GLAAD Media Awards.

Rivera has also seen her on-screen time increased, as Santana’s sexual identity becomes more of a central plot point on the show. Playing gay was long viewed as career suicide, so it’s heartening to hear of it being a career boost.

Glee‘s serving up social progress in a miniskirt.