2017 LGBTQ Pop Culture Alphabet

By : Jeremy Williams
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It was the year of #MeToo, as this one story seemed to dominate the pop culture landscape of 2017. Victims came out saying “enough is enough” and called out their attackers and predators by name.

It was also a year of important stories being told on television and in films. We honored the voices of women, people of color and the LGBTQ community in movies like Moonlight and The Life and Death of Marsha P. Johnson, and on shows like When We Rise and Master of None. Plus we got Will & Grace back!

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JAY-Z admits his mom didn’t want to come out on ‘4:44’ album

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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JAY-Z’s mother, Gloria Carter, came out to the world as a lesbian on the track “Smile” from Jay’s “4:44” album, but the big reveal almost didn’t happen.

In an interview with Elliott Wilson and B. Dot on the Rap Radar Podcast, JAY-Z reveals he made the song without his mother’s approval. Once she heard the track she said, “Absolutely not” to its release.

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JAY-Z reveals his mom is a lesbian on new album

By : Jeremy Williams
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JAY-Z addresses several intimate topics on his 13th studio album, 4:44, released June 30. He opens up about the infamous elevator fight from 2014, his infidelity against wife Beyonce, his beef with rapper and friend Kanye West; but it’s his track which his mother, Gloria Carter, appears on that carries the biggest emotional weight.

On the track “Smile,” JAY-Z openly discusses, for the first time, his mother’s sexual identity rapping, “Mama had four kids, but she’s a lesbian / Had to pretend so long that she’s a thespian.”

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Barbra Streisand, Miley Cyrus among celebrities fanning out for Clinton

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – For television actress Busy Philipps, campaigning for Hillary Clinton isn’t always glamorous.

The star of Dawson’s Creek and Freaks and Geeks pitched in recently in Iowa. But she wasn’t addressing giant rallies or hosting big-ticket fundraisers. Instead, the exuberant blonde spoke to about 20 women in the cavernous Des Moines skywalk, encouraging them to vote early on their lunch break.

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Screened Out – Annie

By : Stephen Miller
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Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhane Wallis, Cameron Diaz, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale

Are you asking yourself why anyone would choose to update the movie musical Annie? Well, keep asking.

Even with a new streetwise patina, this dusty story is about a rapscallion child (Wallis), who keeps hoping her parents are alive. A rich tycoon wants to adopt her. In this version, Foxx plays the moneybags (his name changed from Daddy Warbucks to Mr. Staxx) – a cellphone entrepreneur running for mayor of New York City. After Foxx spits some food on a homeless man, he needs photo ops with this cute kid to get his campaign back on track.

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