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Kim Kardashian’s metric keeps dropping while Britney drops a pound

An Instagram ‘influencer’ comes out, gay comedy ’Trick’ gets sequel

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Tyson Beckford has worked Kim Kardashian’s last nerve. (Photo courtesy of Facebook)

“First of all, it’s totally hogwash.  My sister would never, ever have done anything to do any harm to any child, especially within our family.  And for those lies to be perpetuated in this so-called documentary film, I think it’s evil.  I will never, and I mean this, ever forgive those who perpetuated this insanity.” – Dionne Warwick addresses claims that her sister Dee Dee sexually molested Whitney Houston and her brother Gary.  I gotta give props to anyone who still uses the word hogwash!

Last week, a 23-year-old male model came out as gay.  No, not someone on “The Bachelorette.”  This is Derek Chadwick, who is described as an “influencer”  — which begs the question, how much influence does someone no one ever heard of have?  Eh, he’s happy, I’m happy.  And he’s hot enough to post photos of on BillyMasters.com.

Speaking of male models, four are coming out claiming they were allegedly sexually assaulted by photographer Rick Day.  And, because you know how I like to tie things together, two of those models say that when they were assaulted, they were virgins!  The first, Barrett Pall, claims that Day “robbed him” of his virginity by — again, I couldn’t make this up — masturbating him and urging him to ejaculate on his face! The second model, Kai Braden, says Day pinned him against the wall and asked if he had ever had sex with another guy.  Kai said he never had sex period, so Day backed off.  Twins Michael and Zach Zakar say they were sexually assaulted separately. Michael says Day tried to push his head down as the photographer pulled out his penis.  According to Zach, Day said, “I’m going to shoot you, then you’re going to make me shoot.”  I smell a pattern – or is that the twins?

There’s a dispute a-brewin’ between Kim Kardashian and Tyson Beckford.  It all started when Beckford commented on a photo of Kim where one hip looks significantly larger than the other (I assumed it was sloppy photoshopping).  “Sorry I don’t care for it personally.  She is not real, doctor fucked up on her right hip.”  Kim wasted no time in clapping back (and from the looks of her derriere, she could cause a standing ovation): “Sis we all know why you don’t care for it,” with an emoji of a frog, a steaming cup of coffee (or, more likely, tea), and a nail being painted.  Suddenly I feel SO old – I thought she was asking Tyson to get together for a manicure over coffee and frog legs!  I guess “Sis” should have clued me in that she was implying Tyson is gay – and apparently getting his nails done, drinking tea and doing something unspeakable with a frog!  Tyson responded, “Train 5-6 days a wk, weights Martial Arts and Firearms and I defend those who can’t defend themselves!  I support LGBTQ, even though I’m not Gay.  It’s just the Human thing to do.”  Then TMZ caught up with matriarch Kris Jenner and asked what she thought.  She amped up the ridiculous factor by saying, “Who’s Tyson?”  Like there’s a Jenner/Kardashian woman who is unaware of a hot black man within 100 feet!

Poor Britney.  Prior to performing at Brighton (U.K.) Pride last weekend, Spears released a Pride edition of her perfume, Fantasy.  She even donated one pound (British currency) from every purchase to GLAAD.  Now, that sounds good until you do the math.  The perfume costs 40 pounds, so her donation is roughly 2.5 percent of sales — which I still think is OK.  But many people feel it isn’t enough.  One critic said, “Can you not afford to donate more and also to a U.K. based charity, you are after all celebrating love and equality here in the U.K.”  In other words, the optics are bad.  I suspect Spears’ heart is in the right place, but she’s really not what I’d call a numbers person.  She thinks, “Blah-blah-blah, I’m doing a good thing.” So give the girl a break. And perhaps a calculator.

Can you believe it’s been almost 20 years since “Trick” came out?  The film that introduced us to Christian Campbell, J.P. Pitoc, Miss Coco Peru and the comedic talents of Tori Spelling was released in 1999.  Apparently people have been clamoring for a sequel – but enough about Miss Spelling. 

Back in 2014, director Jim Fall said he was open to the idea.  Tori pitched her scenario: “I always saw her still wedging her way into Gabe’s relationship – even offering to be a surrogate for them while she does a one-woman musical on ‘Mommie Dearest’. That’s my fantasy.”  J.P. had his own view.  “I always like the happily ever after thing.  And I think that they would stay together and they’d have kids.”  Fall said, “It’ll never be like anything you just said.”  I guess we’ll find out soon enough. 

Fall says he’s written the script, is planning a reading with the cast, is starting to raise the money and hopes to have the film released next year to coincide with the 20th anniversary.  He better hurry.

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First Trans Amazon introduced by DC Comics In ‘Wonder Woman’

DC Comics-Warner Brothers became more LGBTQ+ inclusive with the introduction of the character of Bia, a Black trans woman

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BURBANK – The world of DC Comics-Warner Brothers became more LGBTQ+ inclusive this weekend as the venerable comic book franchise of Wonder Woman expanded with the introduction of the character of Bia, a Black trans woman, in the first issue of the series Nubia & The Amazons.

Earlier this month on National Coming Out Day, the canon of the Superman series changed for the life of Jon Kent, the Superman of Earth and son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane, taking a bold new direction. After initially striking up a friendship with reporter Jay Nakamura, he and Jon become romantically involved, making Kent an Out bisexual character.

In this latest offering, Stephanie Williams and Vita Ayala, writers and creators confirmed that Bia is a Black Trans woman. They stressed that she “isn’t a box to tick … [she] is important to her community. Just as Black trans women are important to us in real life.” 

Of special significance to the introduction of the character in the DC Comic worlds was the endorsement of actress Lynda Carter who played the title role of Wonder Woman on television based on the comic book superheroine, which aired on ABC and later on CBS from 1975 to 1979. Earlier in the week Carter tweeted her support of Trans women;

Writing for the DC Comics-Warner Brothers website blog, co-creator Stephanie Williams said;

It’s been a dream to work with the likes of Vita Ayala, a non-binary Afro-Latinx comic writer who has been making quite a name for themselves. And then there is the illustrious and widely talented and dedicated Afro-Latina artist Alitha Martinez who is already in the comic hall of fame for all-time greats. Her passion for Nubia is unmatched. It shows in every cover and panel from Nubia’s Future State story written by L.L. McKinney, her Infinite Frontier #0 story written by Becky Cloonan and Michael Conrad, and now the Nubia and the Amazons miniseries written by myself and Vita Ayala.”

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I’m so excited about the history we’re creating, adding to, and remixing. The foundation has always been there, but needed some TLC. As Nubia embarks on this new journey as Queen of Themyscira, I hope her rebirth will be met with open arms and the desire to keep her always at the forefront. Nubia, now being queen, is poetic in so many ways, but one that stays on my mind is the very personal connection I feel. As I help to add to her legacy, she’s opened the door wider to my own,” Williams said adding:

Long may Queen Nubia reign, forever and always.”

Nubia and the Amazons #1 by Stephanie Williams, Vita Ayala and Alitha Martinez is now available in print and as a digital comic book.

Along with co-writing Nubia and the Amazons, Stephanie Williams writes about comics, TV and movies for DCComics.com. Check out more of her work on Den of Geek, What To Watch, Nerdist and SYFY Wire and be sure to follow her on both Twitter and Instagram at @steph_I_will.

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Ebony Power 100: Deputy White House Press Sec. Karine Jean-Pierre

Her position is historic as the first Black Lesbian who is speaking for the nation’s chief executive as Deputy Press Secretary

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Deputy White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre courtesy of EBONY Magazine Power 100 awards

BEVERLY HILLS – Ebony Magazines’ iconic annual Power 100 awards ceremony, honoring those individuals who have had a positive impact on the African-American community is making its 2021 post coronavirus pandemic return airing Saturday, October 23 from Los Angeles and hosted by Wayne Brady.

Brady, a television personality, comedian, actor, and singer, will also give a special performance during the broadcast, and he is slated to receive Ebony’s Vanguard Award for his decades-plus career “as a consummate, all-around entertainer and performer.” 

Included in the distinguished list of honorees is principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, who is listed in the magazine’s category of ‘Ceiling Breakers.’ As the principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Jean-Pierre conducts the daily press briefing in the Brady Press Room in the West Wing standing in as needed for White House Press Secretary Jennifer Psaki and also she conducts what are referred to as ‘gaggles.’

“Gaggles” refers to informal briefings a White House press secretary conducts with the daily press pool rather than the entire White House press corps.

President Joe Biden’s selection of Jean-Pierre was a first in the history of presidential administrations. Her position is seen as historic from the perspective of being the first Black Lesbian to hold forth behind the podium of the James S. Brady Press room in the West Wing speaking for the nation’s chief executive.

Jean-Pierre has been with the Biden administration since she joined the Biden-Harris campaign in May of 2020 and then accepted the position of Chief of Staff to Senator Harris in August. In late November of 2020, then President-elect Joe Biden named seven women to his incoming White House Communications Team to include naming Jean-Pierre as the Deputy White House Press Secretary.

The daughter of immigrant parents from Haiti, Jean-Pierre was born in Martinique and later raised in Queens, a borough of New York City. A longtime activist and communications specialist, she has a Master’s in Public Affairs conferred on her by New York’s Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, where she has taught as an adjunct professor and lecturer in international and public affairs since 2014.

During the first Obama admkistartion term, Jean-Pierre, 43, served as the regional political director for the White House Office of Political Affairs.

Speaking with the Advocate magazine in June of 2011 Jean-Pierre reflected on her tenure working for the Obama Administration as an openly LGBT staffer. “What’s been wonderful is that I was not the only; I was one of many. President Obama didn’t hire LGBT staffers, he hired experienced individuals who happen to be LGBT,” she told the Advocate. “Serving and working for President Obama where you can be openly gay has been an amazing honor. It felt incredible to be a part of an administration that prioritizes LGBT issues.”

Speaking with NBC News journalist Tim Fitzsimons; “The sun was setting and the lights got much more prominent,” she said, referring to late June 2015, when she watched the White House lit in rainbow colors to mark the historic Supreme Court Obergefell v. Hodges ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. “People had signs and people were crying, and there was just so much joy.”

“I remember thinking how proud I was of this administration, that I had worked for that,” Jean-Pierre, said. “It really brought together, in that one moment, how important LGBTQ rights were and how much that administration fought for our rights.”

In 2016 after her White House stint, Jean-Pierre served as a Senior Advisor and National Spokesperson for Washington D.C. based MoveOn, a progressive non-profit public policy advocacy group and political action committee. Her primary portfolio at the non-profit was addressing President Trump’s rhetoric and platform of hate, violence, racism, immigrant-bashing, and women-bashing.

She also served as the deputy campaign manager for former Democratic Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s 2016 campaign run for the Oval Office.

Jean-Pierre received national recognition after a June 1, 2019 incident during the MoveOn Big Ideas Forum she was moderating in San Francisco, when 24 year-old Aidan Cook, a member of the animal right activist organization Direct Action Everywhere (DxE), rushed the stage grabbing the microphone out of then California U.S. Senator Kamala Harris’s hand. The Senator was a candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination at the time of the incident.

Jean-Pierre, who had jumped in between Cook and the Senator after he took the microphone kept the activist away from Harris until security arrived and removed him. At the time of the incident, Harris, like most other candidates in early stages of the primary process, didn’t have a U.S. Secret Service detail for protection.

Jean-Pierre, her partner, CNN correspondent Suzanne Malveaux, and their daughter reside in Washington D.C.

The EBONY Power 100 ceremony also is marking the culmination of Ebonys 75th anniversary year. 

For the complete list of honorees please head over to here. (Link)

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West Hollywood Halloween Events 2021

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Courtesy of the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce

WEST HOLLYWOOD – The West Hollywood Chamber of commerce has released its annual Halloween events guide available here.

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