Central Florida Overheard: Tymisha slays as ‘Josephine!’

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Local entertainer, Tymisha Harris, often seen performing alongside Blue for VarieTEASE and various burlesque performances at The Venue, recently slayed Mama Ru (RuPaul to those who don’t know).

Josephine! began as a pet project for Orlando Fringe’s Michael Marinaccio and Harris in late 2015. They were later joined by the musical genius Tod Kimbro who helped to refine what they started. Josephine! is a musical telling of the life of bisexual performer Josephine Baker, portrayed in the show by Harris.

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RuPaul chats with Oprah about the spiritual side of drag

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Oprah sat down with RuPaul to discuss the spirituality of drag, why “RuPaul’s Drag Race” has become so popular and the lessons he’s learned from the drag world for the February issue of O, The Oprah Magazine and for her podcast “Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations.”

RuPaul shared when he first realized that life shouldn’t be taken seriously when he was a child watching TV.

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Funko announces first line of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Pop! Vinyls

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Clear some space on your shelf because Funko, the U.S. toy company known for creating toys and collectibles based on pop culture properties, announced on Twitter that the first line of Pop! Vinyl figures based on RuPaul’s Drag Race are being released.

The Drag Race series of vinyl characters will start with show namesake RuPaul, All Stars 2 winner Alaska and Trixie Mattel, who is scheduled to appear in All Stars 3.

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2017 LGBTQ Pop Culture Alphabet

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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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Hulu picks up show based on RuPaul’s life

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Hulu has picked up a TV series based on RuPaul’s life, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The project, tentatively titled “Queen,” will feature half-hour episodes based on RuPaul’s life from club kid to drag superstar. It will be set in New York City during the Reagan era.

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Jussie Smollett, Tituss Burgess keep #EyesOnChechnya in MTV advocacy video

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Jussie Smollett, Tituss Burgess and Carson Kressley, among others, have joined forces with MTV to bring awareness to the anti-gay persecution in the Russian republic of Chechnya.

“In Chechnya, gay and bisexual men have been hunted down, rounded up, and continue to be illegally detained in prison. Many have been tortured and at least three men have been murdered,” reads a post on MTV’s website. “In spite of these horrors, not enough people are aware of what’s happening or taking action.Together we can raise the volume on the public outcry, and let the world know that we have our #EyesOnChechnya.”

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RuPaul among celebs to get star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

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RuPaul, Lynda Carter and Ryan Murphy will be immortalized with stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced on Thursday the 2018 class of inductees which also includess Lin-Manuel Miranda, Simon Cowell, Jennifer Lawrence, Zoe Saldana, Jack Black, Anthony Anderson, Carrie Underwood, Snoop Dogg, Shonda Rhimes, “Weird Al” Yankovic and Mary J. Blige.

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RuPaul to guest star on ‘Broad City’ season four

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RuPaul will make a guest appearance on “Broad City” this summer, according to NewNowNext.

No details have been revealed on RuPaul’s role but show stars and co-creators, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, teased Ru’s upcoming role. Jacobson posted a photo on Instagram of an illustrated script sent to RuPaul.

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Lady Bunny brings her one-woman show, ‘Trans-Jester,’ to the Parliament House’s Footlight Theatre

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Lady Bunny is one of only a few pre-Drag Race queens whose talent has become so large that her name transcends the LGBTQ community. She is not only a world famous drag queen, but also a DJ, actress, singer/songwriter and comedienne extraordinaire.

Bunny’s latest comedy show, Trans-Jester, which she launched last year at New York’s historic Stonewall Inn, is coming to the Parliament House’s Footlight Theatre May 19 and 20. Bunny chatted with Watermark ahead of her Sunshine State visit about what we can expect to see from her show, what she thinks about the current state of drag and why she can’t stand the damn “word police.”

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RuPaul, Sarah Paulson, ‘Moonlight’ director, trans teen activist make TIME’s 100 Most Influential People list

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(Images from TIME magazine’s 100 list.)

Actress Sarah Paulson, “Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins, trans teen activist Gavin Grimm and drag superstar RuPaul are among the 100 Most Influential People, according to TIME magazine’s annual list.

The magazine breaks the list down into five categories; Pioneers, Artists, Leaders, Titans and Icons.

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