By Glennisha Morgan
With so many Black queer women flourishing in entertainment, ELIXHER decided to bring you a weekly round up. Every Saturday, you can find out what’s happening on television, in music and everywhere in between. This week’s installment features actress, producer and trans advocate Laverne Cox, singer Estelle, Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black, The Game’s Yana, and more.
Laverne Cox Sheds Tears Backstage of GLAAD Awards
During the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles actress, producer and trans advocate Laverne Cox was overjoyed by the surprise of her mother being flown in from Alabama to see her accept her award. During a backstage interview with Access Hollywood, the Orange Is the New Black star began to shed tears while sharing about her mother’s journey to acceptance. Check out the clip below.
Estelle Features Lesbian Couple In New Sexy Video (NSFW)
Clearly the British Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter is championing diversity in her new video “Make Her Say (Beat It Up).” This week, Estelle released the sexually liberating video, which featured a myriad of interracial couples and even a lesbian couple (not featured in the beginning interviews). The video begins with testimonials from the couples on how exactly they met and follows up with steamy bedroom activity. In addition to touching upon diversity, body positivity was also a factor in the video. The video ends with the tongue-in-cheek message, “No retouchers were hurt in the filming of this video. Everyone is still imperfectly perfect.” Check it out below.
Laverne Cox Bumps Justin Bieber’s Spot On Time 100 Reader Poll
On April 18, Laverne Cox shared a screenshot of a tweet from Time stating that Canadian singer Justin Bieber lost the top spot to the actress on their Time 100 reader poll. The votes are still coming in. Let’s help get Cox to the top. Vote here.
Not sure how long this will last but this is crazy to me. So I had to screen capture this tweet. Wow!… http://t.co/uKzoj2AZWJ
— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) April 18, 2014
KOKUMO Makes Bold Statement With Her Underground Railroad Tour
Recently the soulful singer announced her “Underground Railroad Tour” as an answer to post-racialism, abuse, transphobia and a myriad of other isms. The tour is Black, trans and queer invite only. Dates are below.
1st Stop: Detroit, MI- 04/20/14
2nd Stop: Columbus, OH- 04/27/14
3rd Stop: Dallas, TX- 05/02/14
4th Stop: New Orleans, LA- 05/11/14
5th Stop: Atlanta, GA- 05/18/14
6th Stop: Washington, DC- 06/08/14
7th Stop: Philadelphia, PA- 06/15/14
8th Stop: Baltimore, MD- 06/22/14
9th Stop: Brooklyn, NY- 06/29/14
10th Stop: Chicago, IL- 07/13/14
The Game’s Yana Sleeps with Malik Wright
Last week, it was revealed that The Game’s athletic trainer Yana (played by Danielle Nicolet) was bisexual, while she grappled with the break up from her girlfriend Shawnna. This week, on the show Yana decided to get it over with and have sex with Malik since he can’t have platonic friendships with women. This was extremely odd being that in previous episodes Yana shot down all of Malik’s advances. While it was great seeing a bisexual character on the BET show, this episode was lackluster because it’s extremely typical to have queer and bisexual women characters sleep with men on television shows. It would have been nice to see Yana used as someone who could continue to challenge Malik and perhaps help him change his sexist and misogynistic ways.
Netflix Releases Orange Is the New Black Season Two Trailer
This week, the trailer for season two of Netflix’s highly praised show Orange Is the New Black hit the web. It looks as if things will definitely be heating up this season. Check out the trailer below and don’t forget to mark your calendars. The new season airs on June 6.
Filmmaker Selena Blake Reveals Jamaican Taboo In New Film
Producer and director Selena Blake is officially releasing her full-length documentary Taboo…Yardies for an American audience. The film tackles homophobia and transphobia in Jamaica and it features our beloved activist and writer Staceyann Chin.The controversial film is scheduled for a 4-day-run at the Faison Firehouse Theater in New York City (Harlem) May 1-May 4, 2014. Watch the trailer below.
Glennisha Morgan serves as ELIXHER’s Entertainment Editor. She is the founder of The Fembassy (a blog that is solely dedicated to women MCs), a multimedia journalist, photographer and filmmaker. During her career she has interviewed people like Russell Simmons, La La Anthony, MC Lyte, Brendon Ayanbadejo, Laverne Cox, and Marsha Ambrosius. In 2010, Glennisha was featured in BET’s first original music documentary, ‘My Mic Sounds Nice.’