With so many Black trans and queer women flourishing in entertainment, ELIXHER decided to bring you a weekly round up. Every weekend, you can find out what’s happening on television, in music and everywhere in between. This week’s installment features Nitty Scott, Raven-Symoné, and more.
Rapper Nitty Scott Talks Feminism, Owning Her Sexuality, and Being Bisexual
Rapper Nitty Scott, dubbed hip hop’s “latest heavy hitter” by Latina magazine, recently sat down with HOT 97 to talk about embracing her sexy despite people telling her to tone it down. “Covering up to gain appeal is the same thing,” she explains about her epiphany and being her true self. On top of dismissing respectability politics, the half-Puerto Rican, half-African American artist talks about being bisexual and previously being prohibited from discussing her sexual orientation. Being bi was one of the other “parts of [her] identity that was silenced.” Tune in to the entire interview below (she talks her love of women at the 20:30 mark).
Raven-Symoné Talks New Role on Empire
[Spoiler alert.] Yes, we were happy-dancing when we heard both Raven-Symoné and her girlfriend AzMarie would be on FOX’s hit drama Empire. We’ve been eagerly tuning in each week to get more than a glimpse of these ladies. Finally, Raven made her debut in last week’s episode as Olivia, the mother to gay singer Jamal’s supposed child. Raven’s character will no doubt bring the drama and hopefully a healthy conversation about sexuality. Here’s what she had to say about the role in a recent interview with Vulture.com (they asked what she thought of the twist):
I wasn’t impressed or surprised because we live in a culture where people have to hide who they truly love from the beginning. You’ll see a man married to a woman or a woman married to a man, but after 15, 25, or 30 years get divorced and then say, “I’m gay.” It’s just because of the hatred that comes in our society; people don’t understand. So, it didn’t surprise me. What does surprise me is the outcome of the situation at the end of the next episode you see me in. But him being with a woman or having a kid, in that sense, doesn’t surprise me at all. It happens every day.
Raven-Symoné Set to Guest Star on the Disney Channel
Looks like Raven’s on a roll. The former That’s So Raven star will be returning to the Disney channel. She announced on Facebook that she would be starring in at least two episodes of KC Undercover with her gal pal Zendaya, reports The Fab Femme. Raven posted a photo donning a gray beard with the caption: “That moment when you say… Yes this is my life and yes I do this for a living… Come get it!!! @Zendaya having a great time”.
Laverne Cox Cast in CBS Pilot Doubt
Actress Laverne Cox has been cast in a pilot for a new CBS series, Doubt. The legal drama is competing for a slot on CBS’s fall schedule and, if picked up, would be the first series to feature a regular trans character played by a trans actor on a prime-time show on that network, reports Advocate.
Cox will play the role of Cameron Wirth, a transgender, Ivy League-educated defense attorney who has had to fight for her rights.
Congrats, Laverne! Keep shining.
Bevy Smith & Miss J Talk Diversity in Fashion on Janet Mock’s #SoPOPular
So Popular! host Janet Mock sits down with the two fashion legends to talk diversity and the history of the industry, celebrity clothing lines, and watch for the meme-worthy moment: “Sips tea.”