Tymisha Harris brings legendary entertainer Josephine Baker to the Central Florida stage

By : Jeremy Williams
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Tymisha Harris had a tour de force year in 2018 with her show, “JOSEPHINE, a burlesque cabaret dream play.” Harris—who co-created the one-woman show with director-producer Michael Marinaccio and playwright-musical director Tod Kimbro—debuted “JOSEPHINE” in 2016 where it won “Outstanding Solo Performance” and “Best Show” at the San Diego Fringe Festival.

The show was a hit playing here in Orlando and across North America, but Harris and crew took “JOSEPHINE” to another level with a four-week Off-Broadway run in New York last year.

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WATCH: Netflix releases season five trailer for ‘Grace and Frankie’

By : Abigail Brashear
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What do you get when you mix Netflix Original “Grace and Frankie” and RuPaul? Apparently, “a Fruedian nightmare with a special guest star,” according to the newly released season five trailer.

On Tuesday, Netflix released the first official trailer for the comedy’s newest season and highlighted the appearance of RuPaul, who will be joining Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in their wild adventures.

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The LGBTQ impact on movies, music, television, sports and fashion in 2018

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From groundbreaking television to record-setting events, this year in LGBTQ pop culture has been explosive. Legends were remembered, new icons were formed and history was made—one certain gay athlete even became America’s new sweetheart.

Here we have compiled just a snippet of the LGBTQ impact on movies, music, television, sports and fashion in 2018 with our annual LGBTQ Pop Culture, A-Z.

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Ryan Murphy to get star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the national LGBT media association
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Ryan Murphy can add one more item to his long list of accomplishments. The award-winning showrunner will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Murphy has become a trailblazer in television as the showrunner of “Glee,” Nip/Tuck,” “American Horror Story,” “American Crime Story, “Pose” and “9-1-1.”

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ will crown a Christmas queen on holiday special

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“RuPaul’s Drag Race” will return to crown the first “Drag Race Christmas Queen” on a special holiday episode, according to Vulture.

Previous contestants from past seasons will come back to battle it out for a mini all-star competition. Returning queens include Kim Chi, Trixie Mattel, Mayhem Miller, Jasmine Masters, Eureka O’Hara, Latrice Royale, Shangela and Sonique.

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RuPaul and ‘Drag Race’ winner Raja to guest star on ‘The Simpsons’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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RuPaul and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season three winner Raja will make guest appearances on “The Simpsons.”

Ru will play a character called Queen Chante and Raja will voice a cartoon version of herself. They both made the big reveals on their Instagrams.

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race,’ ‘Versace’ win big for LGBT TV at Emmys

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The 70th annual Primetime Emmy Awards honored the best in television on Monday night including a few wins for LGBT TV.

The biggest night in television kicked off with an opening dance number led by “Saturday Night Live” cast members Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson. The bit jokingly celebrated Hollywood finally finding a solution to its diversity problem. McKinnon and Thompson were later joined on stage by other TV stars such as “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” star Tituss Burgess and RuPaul.

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RuPaul, Ellen DeGeneres and Ryan Murphy among 2018 Emmy nominations

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ABOVE: RuPaul and Jane Lynch at the 2016 Emmy Awards. Photo courtesy of Emmys.com.

The 70th Primetime Emmy Award nominations were announced July 12.

After 18 years of leading the pack with the most nominations, HBO —which received 108 — was unseated by Netflix with its 112 nominations. Among those 112 nominations include one for the “Queer Eye” reboot for Best Structured Reality Program, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s” Tituss Burgess for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and “Grace and Frankie’s” Lily Tomlin for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

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RuPaul lands daytime talk show pilot

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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RuPaul is filming a pilot for a daytime talk show.

According to Variety, the pilot is for Telepictures, which is a part of Warner Bros. Television. Telepictures is behind popular shows such as “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “The Real” and “TMZ Live.”

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“Hollywood Medium” Tyler Henry on communicating with celebrities and “the other side”

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Tyler Henry came out twice: first as gay and second as a spiritual medium, the latter of which he says was harder.

At 22, Henry says his sixth sense, not to be confused with the film of the same name, allows him to communicate “messages from the other side,” something that began at just 10 years old. It’s a claim that’s led to his memoir “Between Two Worlds,” multiple seasons of E!’s “Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry” and “5 Life Lessons I’ve Learned from the Departed,” his national tour.

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Bob The Drag Queen drags Azealia Banks in diss track

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Bob The Drag Queen has responded to the Azealia Banks controversy with a read on the controversial rapper.

Banks, who is bisexual, accused RuPaul of plagiarizing her song “The Big Big Beat” in his song “Call Me Mother.” She also ranted against “white gays” and the LGBTQ community.

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Netflix drops trailer for animated drag series ‘Super Drags’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Netflix has dropped the first look at its new drag animated series “Super Drags.”

“During the day, they work in a department store and deal with their uptight bitchy boss. By night, they tighten up their corsets and transform into the baddest SUPER DRAGS in town, ready to combat shade and rescue the world’s glitter from the evil villains. Get ready, because the SUPER DRAGS are going deeper than you think,” the YouTube description reads.

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