Adam Rippon slays ‘Sissy That Walk’ performance on ‘DWTS’

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ABOVE: Jenna Johnson and Adam Rippon dancing to ‘Sissy That Walk’ on ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ Screenshot via YouTube.

Adam Rippon and his dance pro partner Jenna Johnson skyrocketed to the top of the leaderboard with their cha cha performance of “Sissy That Walk” by RuPaul.

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RuPaul will soon launch a makeup line with Mally Beauty

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RuPaul is collaborating with cosmetics brand Mally Beauty to create his own makeup line.

The collection will feature ten to twelve products curated by Ru himself. It’s set to launch early next year.

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RuPaul apologizes for controversial transgender drag queen comments

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RuPaul has apologized for controversial statements he made regarding the place of transgender individuals in the drag community.

Ru stated he would “probably not” allow a transitioning transgender person compete on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and explained Peppermint was an exception because she had not fully transitioned.

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RuPaul would ‘probably not’ allow transitioning queens on ‘Drag Race’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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RuPaul doesn’t think he would allow transitioning transgender contestants on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

Speaking with the Guardian, RuPaul explains that to him the purpose of drag would be lost if “bio queens,” cis-gender women who participate in the art of drag, were on the show.

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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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