WATCH: Gay N. Texas native among finalists for magazine’s Entrepreneur of 2011 Award

Maneesh Goyal, a gay North Texas native who chairs MKG, the marketing event management company he started in 2001, is one of five finalists for Entrepreneur Magazine’s Entrepreneur of 2011 Award.

Goyal, born and raised in the Dallas area, graduated from Plano High School in 1993 before attending Duke and Yale universities. He now lives in New York, where he serves on the board of the Empire State Pride Agenda, the statewide LGBT advocacy group. Goyal is also active with his partner in the Hetrick-Martin Institute, home to the Harvey Milk School.

Goyal’s company, MKG, is described as “an experiential marketing and branding agency” that “develops live events and experiences that ultimately create meaningful, lasting connections between people and brands.” The company has 38 full-time employees and recorded $10 million in sales in 2010. Its clients include Delta Air Lines, Coca-Cola, Google, Ralph Lauren and American Express..

To vote for Goyal for Entrepreneur of 2011, go here. Watch Goyal talk about MKG in the video below.

—  John Wright

Music Bytes: Erasure re-records ‘Respect’ for charity; Ricky Martin talks to Larry King

Ricky Martin appeared on Larry King Live on Tuesday and knocked it out of the park with his eloquent responses to King’s questions about coming out and what’s to follow. In this clip, he discusses his desire to get married in his country along with raising his two sons with his partner. Longer clips can also be found on YouTube.

He’s also the cover story for the December/January issue of People en Espanol. The story pretty much covers the same territory Larry King did, but fairly well done. Of course, you have to be able to read in Spanish. For more, check that out here.

On Erasure’s website, the band posted the news they will re-record “A Little Respect” with the youth chorus from the Hetrick-Martin Institute which houses the Harvey Milk High School. Proceeds from the download will go toward the institute and the True Colors Fund founded by Cyndi Lauper. Erasure performed on the True Colors tour back in 2007.

According to the site, “in the wake of the tragic gay bullying incidents and related suicides across the country, Andy Bell was motivated to take action. As one of popular music’s first openly-gay celebrities Bell felt compelled to get involved. ‘I am honored and moved beyond words to serve as an Ambassador to the The Hetrick-Martin Institute. Every opportunity we have to spread tolerance and compassion must be seized and I will take special pride in doing so on HMI’s behalf.'”

The single is slated for a mid-December release. In the meantime, here’s the original which we all probably know so well.

—  Rich Lopez