Actress and activist Laverne Cox delivered an emotional keynote address at the opening of Creating Change 2014 on Thursday. More than 4,000 LGBT activists and allies have gathered in Houston for the annual conference sponsored by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
The Orange is the New Black star spoke passionately on social justice, equality and the challenges faced by many trans women. "When a trans woman is called a man that is an act of violence," said Cox. "But loving trans people is a revolutionary act."
Absolutely brilliant. Television and film producer/directors and R20 friends Deondray Gossett and Quincy LeNear were among the 34 gay and straight couples married live last night during the 56th Grammy Awards television broadcast.
Queen Latifah officiated and Madonna also performed during the ceremony during Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ song "Same Love". Macklemore and Lewis won four Grammy Awards including Best New Artist.
Gossett and LeNear have been together for 18 years and are also producing partners. The GLAAD Media Award winning producers are best known for the cable series The DL Chronicles and the Youtube hit The Chadwick Journals. The duo has also produced MTV's Americas Best Dance Crew ABC Family's Dance Off.
Behind-the-scenes photos of Quincy and Deondray and watch video of the performance WHEN YOU JUMP ...
Yaasss! The fabulous Ms. Jenifer Lewis will star and executive produce in "Ventura Boulevard" to be directed by Debbie Allen and produced by Nathan H. Williams, reports IndieWire's Shadow and Act.
[The script is] penned by Mark Alton Brown and Dee LaDuke, the same writing team behind Lewis' cult classic Jackie’s Back!. The 1999 comedy directed by Robert Townsend chronicles the life and career of an R&B diva, who, after several years of toiling away in obscurity, decides to organize a comeback.
Ventura Boulevard is described as a darkly comedic homage to the 1950 Billy Wilder classic Sunset Boulevard, starring Lewis as a self-deluded queen of 1970’s blaxpoitation movies who uses her guile, money and sex to manipulate a young white scriptwriter into creating her comeback part.
"I am taking things into my own hands by producing Ventura Boulevard," said Jenifer Lewis, who promises a film that touches on hot social issues, like aging, race and deception. "The Hollywood establishment isn’t going to finance a movie about a middle aged African-American diva who deceives and beds a young white man."
"It's a comedy classic in the making," director Maurice Jamal told R20 after the news was announced Friday. Jamal directed the 2006 drama Dirty Laundry which featured Lewis, Rockmond Dunbar and Loretta Devine. That project was also produced by Nathan H. Williams.
"It is going to be amazing," Williams told R20. "And, as Jenifer said yesterday, Ms. Debbie Allen is already going surgical on the script and production. Hope y'all are ready!"
Allen is currently directing episodes of several television series including Shonda Rhimes' Grey's Anatomy and Scandal. Allen will become the second Black female director of the hit series that stars the amazing Kerry Washington. Middle of Nowhere director Ava DuVernay directed a critically-acclaimed and highly-watched episode of the popular series earlier this season.
I am soooo here for Ms. Jenifer Lewis. Bravo and congratulations to Lewis, Debbie Allen, Nathan Hale Williams—"Haaay"—and the entire Ventura Blvd team. Watch the trailer to the cult classic Jackie's Back! and Lewis' brilliant advice to aspiring actors at the premiere of Baggage ClaimAFTER THE JUMP ...
12 Years a Slave co-star Lupita Nyong'o picked up the "Best Supporting Actress" award at the 2014 Critics’ Choice Awards on Thursday evening ... only hours after being nominated for an Academy Award.
The Kenyan actress—wearing a custom white silk crepe bandeau Calvin Klein dress—delivered an emotional acceptance speech. "Being a part of 12 Years a Slave has been one of the most profound experiences of my life," she said. "I could not be standing here had it not been for Solomon Northup and his love and passion for freedom and of course, the incredible, incredible Steve McQueen."
12 Years a Slave also won "Best Picture" and "Best Adapted Screenplay" in addition to "Best Supporting Actress."
Rolley was named one of the "Hottest Men Alive" by DNA, the Australian beefcake magazine. J.R. Rolley co-starred in the web series Christopher Street, indie films A Four Letter Word and Violent Tendencies, as well as the film adaptation of Lee Hayes' anthology Flesh to Flesh.
Rolley also costars in BAIT, the upcoming short thriller created by author and director Hayes. The crowdfunded short film focuses on the men who use a location-based mobile dating app similar to Grindr. Watch the new trailer AFTER THE JUMP ...
Now for something completely different: Bruno Mars debuted a smooth, upbeat and entirely improvised cover of Janet Jackson's 1993 hit "That's the Way Love Goes" on December 29th at The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas. Bruno has covered Michael Jackson songs previously and performed two of them in Vegas—"Billie Jean" and "Dirty Diana"—but this is the very first time he has covered Janet.
It's a clever and cute arrangement ... and I love the significance of a male pop star covering a dance hit by a female pop icon. Watch the performance AFTER THE JUMP ...
Dressed in red and white Santa sweaters and snug white shorts, the four young men performed a routine that entailed a combination of sharp thrusts, swaying and elaborate hip movements. Each member also sported pristine make-up.
Within hours, members of the community in Semmes called parade organizers and posted on social media, most of them in shock. At least one woman demanded an apology, saying she had "never been so insulted" in her life. Others wrote that they were disgusted and children should not have been exposed to the dancers.
[Karen] McDuffie, who is on the board of directors of the Friends of Semmes, the group that created the parade, said the Prancing Elites' moves were "vulgar" and "not appropriate for a children's Christmas parade," before apologizing on behalf of the organization.
"I was outraged and appalled," added another resident who attended the event with her daughter.
The Prancing Elites have appeared on The Real and been interviewed on the The Tom Joyner Morning Show. Some of their videos have gone viral across the web. Troupe leader Kentrell Collins said the group was invited to perform and thought the organizers were familiar with their style. Collins makes an excellent point on gender presentation and traditional theories on masculinity.
"We are no different than any team out there dancing. We want people to stop looking at gender and focus on the talent," said the 26-year-old Collins. "It's OK for a woman to put on tights and play football, but when a man wants to put on a leotard and tights, it's a problem."
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It's not officially Christmas until one of the greatest traditions in late night television occurs each holiday season on Late Night With David Letterman: The oh-so-fabulous Darlene Love performs "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" accompanied by a strings, horns, back-up singers and an incredible saxophone accompaniment.
The late night tradition began in 1986. Friday night was Ms. Love's 27th annual appearance to sing the Phil Spector holiday classic. This year's performance by the 70-year-old Ms. Love was powerful and a tremendous joy to experience. Watch this weekend's fantastic concert and a mash-up of her best performances AFTER THE JUMP ...