The Academy Awards didn't need a host Sunday night.Instead the awards show started off rocking with Queen and Adam Lambert, and fans rocked out.Chris Evans can't resist acting like ever-courteous Captain America, even at the Academy Awards.Regina King won the Oscar for best supporting actress for If Beale Street Could Talk on Sunday night, and also won the arm of Cap helping her safely onto the stage.Tuxedos and gowns are common attire at the Academy Awards, but actor and singer Billy Porter managed to combine both.Porter wore a Christian Siriano black velvet outfit styled like a tuxedo on the top half and a wide-skirted gown on the bottom half.
Actor and singer Billy Porter stole the show at Monday's Met Gala in New York when he entered draped in gold and carried on a black velvet couch by six shirtless litter-bearers, also wearing gold.It was a memorable moment.Vogue described Porter's outfit, made by The Blonds, as, "a bejeweled catsuit outfitted with 10-foot wings, a 24-karat gold headpiece, as well as custom gold-leaf Giuseppe Zanotti shoes and fine jewels by Andreoli and Oscar Heyman."So just your everyday casual Monday wear.The look immediately lent itself to some good memes."Me entering class even knowing I'm late," one person wrote.
Oh, and the Met Gala brought camp to a mainstream audience that apparently didn't understand what camp was and maybe still doesn't understand it now.And finally, an errant coffee cup on Game of Thrones blew everyone's mind to the tune of $2.3 billion in free advertising for Starbucks—even though it wasn't a Starbucks cup.Yet Another Request for Trump's Tax ReturnsWhat Happened: For everyone who thought that a direct request from Congress might be enough to get the head of the US Department of the Treasury to actually do what was demanded of him, think again.What Really Happened: You may remember that Congress has asked the IRS to release six years' worth of President Trump's tax returns, after literally years of the president giving the same excuse for why he wouldn't share them.If this was intended as a response to the Congressional demand for the taxes that would ideally make the entire issue go away, then it definitely backfired, leading to the possibility of Mnuchin landing himself in legal hot water and getting people even more curious about what is hiding in those tax returns.
As Disney wrapped up its first upfront presentation featuring programming from ABC, Freeform and ESPN as well as newly acquired networks FX and NatGeo Tuesday night, the stars of its shows hit the red carpet to schmooze with advertisers and buyers.From Ryan Seacrest to Anthony Anderson to Pam Grier to Billy Porter, we asked why advertisers should buy time on their shows.Watch above for their answers.
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This year, some worthy contenders got nods—Watchmen! Zendaya!—but quite a few essential performances were overlooked.
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Sophie Harvey, 18, from Greater Manchester, did a double take as she walked along her local high street last month. Three, six foot rainbow letters had been erected outside Bury Town Hall, displaying the word “NHS”. Last year, the town hall hosted a similar display with towering rainbow letters. They read “Pride”.“Every time I pass the building I get more annoyed about it, especially because it’s the exact same design on both displays,” Harvey tells HuffPost UK.Since then, she’s noticed a growing number of rainbow flags displayed by shops and pubs in her area, often alongside the slogan: “Thank you, NHS.”The fact that Bury Pride was cancelled this year due to Covid-19 – along with most other nationwide Pride events – adds salt to the wound.“I first came out in 2016, and the gay flag became a huge part of my life because it was something that represented me and my struggles, and the struggles that the others in my community go through,” Harvey says.“Seeing a flag that holds so much pain and passion be used for something entirely different is heartbreaking. It’s not just a rainbow to us, it’s the story of our people and our history.”Harvey is one of many LGBTQ+ people who feel concerned, and in some cases, unsafe, due to this recent co-opting of the rainbow flag. Another vocal critic is the human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, who has been on the front line of LGBTQ+ campaigning since the 1970s.“The rainbow flag is a global symbol of the LGBTQ rights movement,” says Tatchell. “As Oscar Wilde once said: ‘Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.’ But to adopt the exact same six-colour LGBTQ rainbow flag for the NHS looks like blatant cultural appropriation.”Tatchell feels the LGBTQ+ community has been “robbed” of its symbol and is calling on the NHS to “devise their own unique symbol and flag”.Alongside its history, he believes the mixed messaging around the flag’s multiple uses is confusing – to the queer community and the wider public.“When businesses display the rainbow flag, are they celebrating the NHS or the LGBTQ community?” he says, describing corporations that have co-opted the flag as an NHS symbol as “cynical and exploitative”.Rainbows are used as a symbol of hope within other communities, such as the baby loss community, which celebrates the ‘rainbow babies’ born to parents after miscarriage or stillbirth. The issue with the NHS flags during the pandemic, says Harvey, is that they mostly feature the six-stripe rainbow.“I think a common misconception with the LGBTQ community is that we just claim anything with rainbows on it,” she says.“There’s a huge difference between any old rainbow and the six-stripe flag, as the flag’s colours have individual and very important meanings behind them – the community values, if you will.” The Pride flag dates back to 1978, and originally had eight stripes, when it was created by San Francisco-based queer artist Gilbert Baker, who purposely didn’t copyright the flag because he wanted it to be “owned by everyone”.The design evolved over time and there are many variations, seen at Pride events and LGBTQ+ venues globally. But the best-known, six-stripe version of the rainbow Pride flag is thought to have been established in 1979, with the meaning of its colours largely recognised as red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, blue for harmony and purple for spirit. READ MORE: Rainbow Trails Are Popping Up Everywhere. Here’s The Story Behind Them The association between rainbows and the NHS grew alongside the pandemic. Back in March, Kezia Roberts, 42, from Leeds, posted a “rainbow trails” idea on Facebook. The idea was to display rainbow artwork in your window as a sign of community, in the midst of lockdown. Speaking to HuffPost at the time, Roberts said she got the idea from seeing a similar project launched by mums in Italy.  Her intention was to bring local children together, rather than celebrate key  workers, but the drawings soon became a celebration of those on the frontline, with many people waving their creations during Clap for Carers on Thursday nights – and adding messages of thanks to the NHS.  It’s unclear how this morphed into the co-opting of the six-stripe flag, but one theory is that it may be linked to NHS Pride badges. Launched in 2019, these are worn by LGBTQ+ workers and allies within the NHS. Health Secretary Matt Hancock wore one at the height of the pandemic during the Downing Street daily briefings.      The conflation continued, with high profile public campaigns such as ‘Rainbows for NHS Nightingale’, which called for the public to submit photos for a display at the seven newly-built hospitals, designed to help with the pandemic. The campaign was started by members of the public, not the hospital itself. Before long, ads appeared on sites including eBay, with companies selling so-called “Thank You NHS Flags”, with no mentions of LGBTQ+ Pride.Simon Blake, 46, and based in Clapham, London, momentarily thought a new gay bar had opened in his neighbourhood when he spotted a new rainbow banner on a familiar street.He was disappointed when he realised the banner was actually for the NHS, particularly at a time when so many queer spaces are under threat of closure. Flags are a symbol of safe spaces, he adds. “We LGBT+ folk don’t often talk about, or perhaps even acknowledge to ourselves, how much of our lives are spent hyper aware of our surroundings. I have been beaten up and bottled in the past,” Blake tells HuffPost UK.“A Pride flag meant a place of sanctuary. A place that welcomed us, perhaps a place where you could hold your partners hand or kiss in public if you wanted to. It is a symbol of love and solidarity in a world that is often unsafe and unkind for LGBT+ folk, even in London, even now.”Related... Coronavirus Is Threatening LGBTQ Businesses. Here's Why It's Vital We Protect Them When contacted by HuffPost UK, an NHS spokesperson acknowledged the importance of the LGBTQ+ community and its connection with the Pride flag – but couldn’t confirm if the NHS had plans to encourage supporters to move away from using the flag or to develop an alternative symbol in future.“The rainbow has been a positive symbol of hope for a long time and was used by members of the public to send messages of support to NHS staff during the Covid-19 pandemic,” said the spokesperson, “and while it is of course possible for the rainbow and the Pride Flag to exist side by side, it is important that the significance of the Pride Flag to the LGBT+ community continues to be recognised and respected.”The statement continued: “We take pride in the diversity of our NHS workforce and the fact that our health service is there for everyone, whatever their race, gender or sexuality, and every part of our NHS must be a place where LGBT+ people are respected – including both staff and patients.”The dual use of the flag provokes mixed feelings in healthcare professionals who belong to both communities, such as trainee GP Dr Hannah Barham-Brown.“The rainbow is a symbol of inclusion, so I don’t fundamentally have a problem with it being used by the NHS, so long as the LGBTQ+ community are genuinely supported throughout the organisation,” says Dr Barham-Brown, 33 and based in Leeds. “Our community will keep using it regardless, whereas I’d expect the NHS will slowly stop using it over the coming months and years.”Dr Barham-Brown doesn’t want criticism to discourage NHS workers from wearing the rainbow badge. “The badge is so important, not just for my colleagues, but for my patients,” she adds. “We know that LGBTQ+ patients are more reluctant to seek healthcare due to negative attitudes they may encounter, and so the badge worn by NHS staff symbolises a safe space for them.”Simon Blake, who is deputy chair at Stonewall, the campaigning charity for lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, says that one solution would be the LGBTQ+ community transitioning to the ‘Progress’ flag instead of the six-stripe rainbow.This flag was created by designer Daniel Quasar, who launched a kickstarter to get his idea off the ground. The flag includes a triangle with light blue and pink stripes for trans allyship, as well as black and brown stripes to support marginalised LGBTQ+ people of colour. Use of the Progress flag would mean LGBTQ+ people could more easily identiy safe spaces, Blake suggests, especially during a period when the UK public is still widely using the six-stripe rainbow to celebrate the NHS.“I love that the rainbow flag is being used to support the NHS. The workers and the institution so deserves our full respect,” he tells HuffPost UK.“For me an inclusive anti-racist, trans inclusive LGBTQ movement now needs to adopt the Pride Progress flag. It makes more people feel included and welcome, and that for me is so important.”Amelia Vidler, 22, from Herne Bay in Kent, agrees that the Progress flag is a good idea, but doesn’t see why the queer community should have to change their flag right now just because of the NHS – but that, they should be free to change and evolve in their own time. “It’d be weird to wish for us to change instead of the newcomer in the scenario,” she says, “considering the lozenge logo was the foreground of NHS branding for years!”She adds: “It would definitely be nice if either the NHS as a whole could acknowledge the queer community whilst continuing to use the rainbow or perhaps evolve their symbol.”TV doctor, columnist and former Strictly Come Dancing contestant Dr Ranj Singh believes there may be space for both flags, provided the roots of the rainbow flag are always acknowledged.“Just as this pandemic will change people’s behaviour and outlook for some time to come, I think the rainbow will continue to be a symbol of unity, hope and thanks for a while still,” he says.“It’s nice to be reminded of that resilience, especially for the younger ones in society, but we must never forget why and where this symbol originated and how it is different from other similar imagery.”Jade Anouka, a bisexual actor whose feature film Her & Her was part of the Last Frame Queer Womxn Fest, agrees with Peter Tatchell that it’s incongruous to conflate the values of the NHS with the queer community, even though there are parallels.“I don’t think I could trust what the flag stands for anymore,” she says. “Seeing a rainbow flag outside of a pub [was] a sign that LGBT people are welcomed there. Let’s not pretend that we are welcomed everywhere – so the rainbow flag can be really important.”Anouka has heard reports of openly homophobic people with rainbow flags outside their houses in support of the NHS, and says this makes her fearful.Her issue isn’t with the NHS, Anouka says, but with the culture of appropriation that has developed. “I have so much respect for the NHS and the NHS staff who have worked on the front line through Covid and are still doing it, putting their lives at risk to save the nation. But who decided to take the Pride flag and make it an NHS thing?” she asks.So, what next? The rainbow flag has had more exposure during the pandemic than ever before. Some are hopeful this has made the public more familiar with its use in an LGBTQ+ context, too – and that it might be creating more allies.“Because of the pandemic use of the rainbow symbol, and the positive reaction that little ones have when they see it, I think it’s lovely that they react the same way to the Pride symbol,” says Dr Ranj. “That’s got to be a good thing.”The question of the Progress flag hangs in the balance – a live issue the queer community continues to grapple with. But if we are still living through the pandemic in a year’s time, will the NHS still be associated with the vibrant multicolours of the six-stripe rainbow too?“In all probability, the use of the rainbow flag for the NHS will dissipate over time and we can fully reclaim it,” suggests Tatchell, who reckons it’s a compliment that the six-stripe rainbow has become so commonplace. “It has made the UK feel very LGBT-friendly, even if many people were displaying the flags to express solidarity with the NHS, rather than with LGBTs,” he says.“Many of them must have known that the rainbow flag is a LGBTQ symbol. So the fact they displayed it regardless suggests that they feel no embarrassment with being potentially mistaken as supporters of the LGBTQ cause. That’s progress.”READ MORE Rainbow Trails Are Popping Up Everywhere. 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The groundbreaking drama Pose is to come to an end after its third series, it has been announced.Set in the New York ballroom scene in the late 1980s and early 90s, Pose made history by assembling the largest number of trans actors ever cast on a scripted series.It also features a number of prominent transgender creatives behind the scenes, including writer and director Janet Mock and Our Lady J.On Friday afternoon, it was announced that the upcoming third series – which will begin airing in the US in May – will be the last. Executive producer Steven Canals said in a statement: “Write the TV show you want to watch. That’s what I was told in 2014 when completing my MFA in screenwriting. At the time we weren’t seeing very many Black and Latino characters – that happened to also be LGBTQ+ – populating screens.“And so I wrote the first draft of a pilot the ‘younger me’ deserved. Pose was conceived as a love letter to the underground NY ballroom community, to my beloved New York, to my queer and trans family, to myself.“I, along with my incredible collaborators, never intended on changing the TV landscape. I simply wanted to tell an honest story about family, resilience and love. How fortunate am I to have done that for three seasons.“I’m filled with gratitude to our intrepid writers, cast, crew and producers who worked tirelessly to make Pose come to life, humbled by our loyal audience, thankful to the ballroom community who trusted us to tell their story, overwhelmed by the critics who warmly embraced us and forever indebted to Ryan Murphy, FX and 20th Television for changing my life.”“we got to tell the exact story we wanted, as we wanted to tell it, and I’m incredibly honored and grateful.“—@MrRPMurphy. #posefx returns for its final season may 2, only on fx. pic.twitter.com/S5uV3fXcRY— FX Networks (@FXNetworks) March 5, 2021Hey Pose fam! We made the decision to end @PoseOnFX after 3 seasons because we reached the intended ending of our story. This experience has been life changing. THANK YOU is too small a word. And yet, it’s what is in my heart. Hope to see you in May 2nd when we debut. #PoseFXpic.twitter.com/P9fMZfrS06— Steven Canals (@StevenCanals) March 5, 2021Details about the third series are yet to be confirmed, but actor Jeremy Pope – last seen in Ryan Murphy’s Netflix show Hollywood – is thought to be joining the cast as a new love interest for the Evangelista house mother Blanca.Since its debut, Pose has been nominated for three Golden Globes and multiple Emmys, including an Emmy win for Billy Porter, who portrays ballroom emcee Praytell.His win was noteworthy as he became the first openly gay, Black winner in the Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama category.READ MORE:Emmys Criticised For Failing To Nominate Pose's Black And Latinx Trans And Non-Binary StarsPose Star Mj Rodriguez Reveals How The Show Gave Her 'The Children She Always Wanted'Billy Porter Shares The Pride Anthems That Were An 'Antidote To The Terror' Of The AIDS Crisis
It’s been an unusual awards season that has seen many ceremonies pivot to virtual or go ahead with Covid protocols, but tonight the stage is set for a much more familiar Brit Awards. British music’s biggest night is going ahead with relative normalcy as part of the government’s live event research programme, meaning there will be an audience, live performances and plenty of stars in attendance thanks to strict Covid testing. Prior to the ceremony, some of the biggest names in music and other celebrity guests will be walking the red carpet outside The O2 Arena in London to help mark the return of live music.Those expected include plenty of nominees and performers such as Dua Lipa, Little Mix, Arlo Parks, Coldplay, Olivia Rodrigo, Celeste, Sir Elton John, Olly Alexander, The Weeknd and Griff, as well as presenters like awards host Jack Whitehall, Clara Amfo and Maya Jama.We’ll be updating this gallery live as the stars begin to arrive, so keep checking back to see all the red carpet looks. 
The Proud Family is going to have some brand new additions when it returns to our screens next year. Disney+ this week unveiled artwork and voice cast additions for the forthcoming reboot of the beloved animated series, which concluded its original run 16 years ago.Slated for release in 2022, The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder will star Zachary Quinto and Billy Porter as Randall and Barry Leibowitz-Jenkins.The characters are described as a mixed-race gay couple who are the adoptive parents of 14-year-old activist Maya Leibowitz-Jenkins, another new addition who will be voiced by Keke Palmer. EJ Johnson, who is the son of NBA legend Magic Johnson, is also joining the cast as Michael Collins, described in press notes as a gender-nonconforming trendsetter who serves up “fierce looks at school and on the basketball court”.Michael did appear in the original Proud Family series, when the character was voiced by Phil LaMarr.The Proud Family was hailed as a culturally inclusive milestone for children’s entertainment when it premiered on the Disney Channel in 2001, thanks to its predominantly Black cast of characters.The original series followed the adventures of 14-year-old Penny Proud (Kyla Pratt), and her eccentric family.  A holiday-themed episode in the show’s debut season won praise for exploring the traditions of Kwanzaa.Fans may also recall the show’s infectious theme song, which was performed by Destiny’s Child and Solange Knowles.  A made-for-TV feature film, The Proud Family Movie, aired in 2005 as the series finale. Last year, Disney+ announced that most of the original Proud Family cast would return for the reboot.In addition to Kyla Pratt, The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder will feature Tommy Davidson as Oscar Proud, Paula Jai Parker as Trudy Proud, Cedric the Entertainer as Uncle Bobby and Soleil Moon Frye as Zoey Howzer. In recent weeks, Zachary Quinto has been doing promo with Jim Parsons for the documentary Tennessee & Truman: An Intimate Conversation, in which the two actors provide voiceovers as writers Tennessee Williams (Quinto) and Truman Capote (Parsons).Billy Porter is currently starring in the third and final series of Pose, which began airing in the US earlier this month.Later this year, he’ll be seen as the Fab G ― a genderless fairy godparent ― in the new film adaptation of Cinderella, co-starring Camila Cabello. HuffPost may receive a share from purchases made via links on this page. Prices and availability subject to change.MORE DISNEY NEWS:Nothing To See Here, Just Harry Styles Posing Up A Storm In A Disney Princess-Inspired Photo-ShootMiley Cyrus Had A Seriously Heartfelt Reaction To Hannah Montana's 15-Year AnniversaryEmma Stone Unleashes Chaos As A Young Cruella In First Trailer For New Disney Film
Billy Porter has spoken for the first time about living with HIV for the past 14 years. In a piece for The Hollywood Reporter, the Pose actor opened up about receiving the diagnosis in 2007, saying he has been “living it and being in the shame of it for long enough”.“There’s no more stigma – let’s be done with that. It’s time,” he said.“The shame of that time compounded with the shame that had already (accumulated) in my life silenced me, and I have lived with that shame in silence for 14 years.”Billy said he told few people about his diagnosis, not even his mother, adding that he wasn’t certain if he could “have a life and a career” if “the wrong people knew”.“It would just be another way for people to discriminate against me in an already discriminatory profession,” he said. “So I tried to think about it as little as I could. I tried to block it out.”He said the Covid crisis made him confront his trauma, and he eventually “ripped the band-aid off” and told his mother on the day of filming the final episode of Pose.However, Billy used his character in Pose – ballroom emcee Pray Tell – as a proxy, saying: “I was able to say everything that I wanted to say through a surrogate.“As a Black person, particularly a Black man on this planet, you have to be perfect or you will get killed. But look at me. Yes, I am the statistic, but I’ve transcended it.”Billy also explained that his viral load is undetectable thanks to “amazing” developments in HIV medication, which also means that he cannot transmit the virus. “This is what HIV-positive looks like now. I’m going to die from something else before I die from that.“My T-cell levels are twice yours because of this medication.”He added: “I’m doing this for me. I have too much shit to do, and I don’t have any fear about it anymore.“I don’t care what anyone has to say. You’re either with me or simply move out of the way.”Billy is one of the main stars of hit US drama Pose, which depicts New York’s ballroom scene of the 1980s and ’90s against the backdrop of the HIV and AIDS crisis. The show broke fresh ground for queer representation upon its 2018 premiere by featuring television’s largest-ever cast of transgender actors in series regular roles, as well as the largest LGBTQ cast for a scripted series.In 2019, Billy also became the first gay Black man to win an Emmy for lead actor in a drama for his portrayal of Pray Tell. Earlier this year, it was announced that the third series of Pose would be the show’s last, and consist of seven episodes. Read Billy’s full piece over at The Hollywood Reporter, or in the current issue of the magazine, on sale now. READ MORE:Pose Final Season Trailer Promises Tears, Triumph And Billy PorterPose Fans Given Good News And Bad News As New Series Is AnnouncedEmmys Criticised For Failing To Nominate Pose's Black And Latinx Trans And Non-Binary Stars
It may come as a surprise to those who watched We Are Who We Are in 2020, but the show was actually teen actor Jordan Kristine Seamón’s first major acting role.Jordan won widespread praise for her performance as Caitlyn – a character she later said inspired her to explore her own gender identity – holding her own against the likes of Chloë Sevigny, Kid Cudi and even her frequent scene partner Jack Dylan Grazer, who already had a number of big-screen credits to his name when filming began.But as well as being a talented star on the rise in the acting world, the 18-year-old is also a budding musician, releasing her material for fans over her YouTube channel.For our Over The Rainbow series, we spoke to Jordan about how We Are Who We Are gave her the Pride experience she’s still yet to have, and the joy she feels at being part of a new wave of queer Black talent making waves in the entertainment industry.What is your favourite Pride memory?I came out when I was 16, and immediately afterwards I booked We Are Who We Are, and then Covid hit. So I’m so devastated, that I’ve never had the chance to go to Pride.I am going to hang out with some friends at the end of this month, like a little get together of around 10 people. A small Pride. We’re all going to just chill and be gay and be happy.And I had a bunch of fun [filming in Italy]. It really helped being on a show that was generally just so queer, and having a lot of fellow actors that were really open and honest about their experiences and their sexualities and everything. I felt really, really loved and accepted on set – and I learned so much about myself during the shooting process. Even though I didn’t get to go to Pride I’m glad I still got to have the experience of We Are Who We Are.Hopefully, with things slowly opening up and happening I’ll be able to go to Pride next year. And next year, I’m going to go insane. People aren’t going to recognise me at all, I’m going to be crazy, it’s going to be a blast.Who is your LGBTQ hero?Clearly I love and respect and am so grateful for the icons that paved the way for my generation and generations coming up like Marsha P Johnson, James Baldwin and Gilbert Baker.But a lot of the more recent people that I look up to now, especially people in the industry, would be Lena Waithe, Laverne Cox, Billy Porter, Indya Moore, Hunter Schafer... I have a whole list.Of those people I just mentioned, I think Indya Moore is – well, first of all, really beautiful – but they’re also really, really talented and their work ethic is just so impressive. And they really stand for a lot of good things. I really, really appreciate everything they do within the community, and how inspiring they are, and all of the work that they do.Sadly, when I was growing up, I didn’t have that many people that I felt I could look up to in the LGBTQ+ community that looked similar to me. So it makes me really happy to see so many other actors coming out and being open and being themselves, so a lot of younger people can see that and grow up with that, and have a gay icon or LGBTQ+ hero in their lives. What is your go-to Pride anthem?Younger Jordan would say Girls Like Girls by Hayley Kiyoko. Jordan now would probably say We Fell In Love In October by Girl In Red.Girl In Red has become such a trailblazing [figure] for, like, the lesbian, women-loving-women community. Now it’s, like, a thing – if you want to know if someone is… you just ask them, “do you listen to Girl In Red?”. And that’s not something that I had when I was younger.We Fell In Love In October is so catchy and so cute. I’m so happy to have a young, gay female artist out there creating music for these young people to listen to and fall in love to. What is your favourite LGBTQ film?One of my new favourites is The Boys In The Band. I just watched that on Netflix. The storyline was so interesting and I loved how it just stayed solely in one place, for almost the entire movie. I don’t know when they shot it – but I feel like I could really relate to that, given the pandemic and how we were all cooped up inside and everything.I loved that you saw the ups and downs in the relationships that each and every one of them deals with, and how you just see the dynamic between all of them. It was so beautiful and moving, and I feel it really shone a light onto some of the sadder history that a lot of people don’t understand within the LGBTQ+ community. We know about it, but when you see a story and you see the more personal side of the story, it really makes you appreciate and be thankful for the people that paved the way for you to just be out and proud and be happy and have Pride and all those other things. These people did that for you.And that movie made me cry, I was in tears by the end of it. It was so beautiful. What was an LGBTQ TV show or TV moment that made you feel represented?There wasn’t a lot for me, growing up. I mean, there were queer TV shows around, little bits here and there, but there wasn’t a lot that made me personally feel represented. I didn’t see a lot of young, gay Black females, that just wasn’t something that was on my radar. And unfortunately, it wasn’t a big thing within the industry, so it wasn’t talked about.I would say the earliest thing that I remember that made me feel represented would probably be Naya Rivera’s character in Glee, Santana Lopez. That character was the love of my life when I was younger, but also, I think that was one of the first times I’d seen a woman of colour that was also queer.It’s such a shame that it took that long, and that it was one of the first and only experiences I can think of that really represented me. But I’m happy that I had it, and I’m thankful for Naya, that she was able to bring such life to the character. And wherever she is, I hope she knows that she helped a lot of young gay girls understand and love themselves a little bit more by being such an iconic and amazing character.But I’m happy now that there are a lot more characters that other young queer people can see and resonate with. They’re not going to have to go through the same thing as me trying to find a single character to represent them.Who would be your ultimate queer icon?Definitely Freddie Mercury. I love him so much. So talented, so effortlessly amazing. I’m a diehard fan. He’s like the ultimate queer icon in my eyes. When I think “icon”, I think Freddie.I became a fan when I first started studying music in school. Around seventh grade is when I finally got a music teacher that introduced us to all different genres, and that led me to Queen. The college I’m hoping that I go to is actually the college that he went to, the London School Of Music.I just think he was so cool, and I just wish I could have had two minutes to talk to him, because he seems like he was such an amazing person.And being a musician as well, I understand that it’s already difficult to make music in general, but to add on top of that being queer and, for me, being Black – there’s a lot of fear that comes with just being a creative in general, and I respect how he handled it and just the vibe that he gave of: “This is who I am, and if you don’t like it, screw you.” I like that a lot, and I want that.What is your message for young LGBTQ people this Pride month?I have so many things I would want to say to them. I just want them to be happy and safe!Whether you’re a baby gay who’s just come out, you’ve been out for a long time or you’re still trying to figure yourself out, just know that you’re valid and you’re loved, and you’re good enough. And that you’ll be OK!I know times might seem tough, things are all over the place, and you might feel like it might not be worth it, but I promise you, in the end, everything will be good.This interview has been edited for clarity and length.Jordan Kristine Seamón’s album Identity Crisis is out now to download and stream. Listen to the track Good & Bad below:READ MORE:L Devine: 'Pride Is Going To Come Back With A Bang Next Year'Will Young Shines A Light On His 'Unsung Heroes' Of The Queer Community This Pride MonthDotty: 'The Perfect Pride Soundtrack Is About Overcoming Challenges And Loving Loudly'
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When talking about early 2000s style trends, you’d be remiss not to mention the reign of “jeans and a going-out top.”This outfit staple allowed people to show off designer jeans while experimenting with a variety of tops from fast-fashion retailers. But a related trend brought this two-piece look to another level: dresses over jeans. Between 2002 and 2005 in particular, celebrities paired an array of dresses with denim during public appearances. The dresses ranged from colorful halters to neutral minis to those classic strapless terrycloth numbers from Juicy Couture. In 2019, actor Jessica Alba poked fun at the look when she posted a Instagram roundup of photos of herself wearing it, writing in the caption, “In the early 2000s - Apparently, I loved to wear dresses w jeans ... you’re welcome.”Turns out, this type of outfit is more of a throwback than you might think. It goes far back in history and even has roots in the women’s rights movement.The appeal of the comboAs is often the case with style trends, the dress-over-jeans look wasn’t confined to red carpets. Non-celebrities embraced this pairing for their everyday lives in the early aughts as well.“That was definitely one of my go-to looks when I was in high school. I can remember wearing sneakers and bootcut jeans with knee-length frilly dresses, which were often embellished with lace and glitter,” said Sara Idacavage, a fashion historian and researcher in the textiles, merchandising and interiors department at the University of Georgia.“I think I was attracted to this style because it allowed me to be dressy, but not too dressy,” she added. “I loved wearing party dresses to school, but I don’t think it would have been seen as ‘appropriate’ without the jeans underneath. The dress-and-jean combo helped me look like I wasn’t trying too hard, which is actually why I think the look was popular with female celebrities at the time.”Besides balancing between dressy and casual, the juxtaposition of super feminine dresses with denim also offered “a cheeky way of playing with gender norms,” Idacavage said, adding that the trend coincided nicely with the third-wave feminist movement and allowed women to channel a little rebellious spirit.On a practical level, wearing a dress over jeans allowed for more freedom of movement since it erased fears of accidental flashing or Marilyn moments. It also allowed Disney stars such as Ashley Tisdale and Miley Cyrus give their outfits a more wholesome vibe at the time.The history of the lookToday, we might chuckle at old photos of celebrities wearing dresses over trousers — but back in the mid-19th century, this combo was downright scandalous.“In 1850s America, women’s rights activists such as Amelia Jenks Bloomer and Elizabeth Cady Stanton horrified polite society with their controversial pairing of what at that time were two distinctively gendered garments,” said Cassidy Zachary, a fashion historian and co-creator of the podcast “Dressed: The History of Fashion.”The dress reform movement, aka the rational dress movement, took off in the United States and parts of Europe during the Victorian era when women wore heavy dresses and restrictive corsets, which led to overheating, difficulty breathing, tripping down the stairs, crushed organs and other medical issues. The goal was to liberate women from attire that directly harmed their health and limited their freedom.“These early suffragists intended their adoption of a calf-length dress worn over a pair of loose-fitting ‘Turkish trousers’ or ‘pantaloons’  to be a comfortable and practical alternative to the cumbersome floor-length skirts then in vogue,” Zachary said, adding that the controversial choice was perceived as a direct assault on the strict gender norms that divided women from men and regulated their lives. “Dress-and-pant-wearing women became the subject of international ridicule, with innumerable satirical prints mocking a farcical world where gender roleswere reversed: Women smoked cigars and proposed to men who stayed home, cooked, and took care of the children,” she continued. “It is amazing to consider how many social anxieties were embodied in this one garment.”The ensemble of trousers gathered at the ankle under a loose dress was often referred to as a “bloomer” costume, named for the aforementioned activist, who popularised the look with her enthusiastic articles on its benefits in her newspaper, The Lily.“Bloomer costumes echoed the full silhouette that was popular in Western fashion at the time, but allowed for greater comfort and ease of movement by swapping layers of heavy petticoats for loose pants,” Idacavage said. “Aside from the obvious differences in materials and silhouettes, I think the bloomer costume is actually quite similar to the dress-over-jeans look of the early 2000s!”Ultimately, the hoopla around this ensemble made activists like Bloomer concerned that their bid for comfortable attire was distracting from the bigger cause of women’s rights, so they eased away from the rational dress aspect of the movement. While the dresses-with-trousers trend was a notable moment in the West during the mid-19th century, women were actually wearing dresses and tunics over trousers long before that era and in many other parts of the world.“As the term ‘Turkish trousers’ suggests, women in pants found precedent well beyond Euro-American society, including in nomadic horse cultures of Central Asia,” Zachary said. Similarly, Idacavage pointed to the salwar kameez in Central and South Asia. Back in the West, American and European women wore trousers with dresses to costume parties for many years before suffragists adopted the combo for their everyday wardrobes. “You can find fashion plates from the 1810s that depict women wearing full trousers called ‘pantalets’ or ‘pantaloons’ underneath calf-length dresses. The style wasn’t extremely popular or considered appropriate for daily dress, but it did exist,” Idacavage said.The historian added that 19th-century childrenswear for both boys and girls often consisted of short dresses over pantalets as well. Additionally, American women often wore pant-and-skirt ensembles at swimming and water-cure establishments.“Dresses over pants were also worn by women living in certain religious and utopian communities in the US. long before Amelia Bloomer popularised the look,” she continued. “It was also accepted as proper attire for women participating in sports throughout the 19th century, although wearing it outside of gymnasiums is a very different story!”The future of dresses over trousersAs with the “going-out top” and other early 2000s style trends, the dresses-over-jeans look faded over time. But it seems this pairing may be making a comeback in the 2020s.Lately, many runway shows and style influencers have sported long tunics and dresses over trousers, including jeans. But these looks have an updated vibe with long shirt dresses unbuttoned at the bottom, monochrome combos, minis with volume, layered looks and more.But Zachary believes the more pertinent conversation right now is less about the way women style their dresses with trousers and more about how those who don’t identify as female might do the same.“My question is this: With women flaunting their right to wear both garments by the 2000s, when will the same be said of her male or nongender-conforming peers?” Zachary said.“It’s 2021, and while the pant has inarguably lost its gendered status, the same cannot be said of the skirt and dress, although we are seeing promising strides,” she added. “From actor Billie Porter’s crinoline tux gown at the 2019 Oscars to nongender-conforming artist and activist Alok Vaid-Menon’s #DeGenderFashion movement, I hope the next resurgence of the dress-pant trend will be one worn and enjoyed by all.”Related...'I Lost The Lyrics So Had To Write It Again From Scratch': Shaznay Lewis On All Saints’ Pure ShoresAll The Elements Of Spice Girls Style We're Still Channelling20 Things You Didn't Know About S Club 7's Reach, As The Pop Classic Turns 20
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Pose star Mj Rodriguez has earned her first Emmy Award nomination, making history as the first transgender actor to earn a nomination for a leading role.On Tuesday, the 30-year-old earned a nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Drama Series ahead of the 2021 Emmys broadcast later this year.Mj has been widely lauded for her role as Blanca Evangelista on the hit FX series.The evocative series finale, which aired in the US earlier this year, had Mj’s Blanca delivering a powerhouse performance rife with emotion and even a rendition of Ain’t No Mountain High Enough. The Emmys received plenty of backlash last year for overlooking Mj’s performance on Pose.While fellow star Billy Porter received his second Emmy nod for his role on the show in 2020, BuzzFeed noted in July 2020 that “none of the women and non-binary actors on the show got that same honour.”“Without Miss Blanca at the helm, Pose just wouldn’t be what it is today,” the outlet stressed.Later in 2020, Mj penned an op-ed for Emmys.com about being a trans, Afro-Latina woman “held in a box for so long” and not seeing herself properly represented within the film and television communities.“There’s just not enough being done within the Black and Latino communities as far as representation is concerned, behind and in front of the cameras,” she wrote, imploring the Academy to “make change.”“Diversity has always been pushed in my household so not seeing it fully exhibited and embraced breaks my heart. I do feel like there’s a lot of exposure around our identities as people of colour, but there’s still much that needs to be done.” READ MORE:Pose Final Season Trailer Promises Tears, Triumph And Billy PorterPose Is The Life-Affirming Boxset That's Nothing Short Of 'Legendary'Billy Porter's Historic Emmys Win Proves What We Already Knew – He's A Force To Be Reckoned With
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Michaela Coel, Regé-Jean Page, Olivia Colman, Emma Corrin and Josh O’Connor are among the British stars who have been nominated for an Emmy Award this year. Michaela and her hit BBC and HBO series I May Destroy You have scored a combined total of nine nominations, which were were announced on Tuesday afternoon. They include a nod for Michaela in the category for outstanding lead actress in a limited series or movie, where she will face competition from Kate Winslet, Cynthia Erivo, Anya Taylor-Joy and Elizabeth Olsen.She is also up for best director and writer for a limited series.Olivia Colman, who plays the Queen in The Crown, will be up against co-star Emma Corrin, who won critical acclaim for her portrayal of a young Diana, Princess of Wales, for outstanding lead actress in a drama series.Josh O’Connor has been nominated in the male equivalent category for his portrayal of the Prince of Wales.He will be up against Regé-Jean Page, who played the dashing Duke of Hastings in Bridgerton, another of Netflix’s dramas.Both The Crown and Bridgerton are up for the prestigious outstanding drama series Emmy, alongside The Boys, The Handmaid’s Tale, This Is Us, Pose, The Mandalorian and Lovecraft Country. Pose star Mj Rodriguez has earned her first Emmy nomination, making history as the first transgender person to receive a lead acting nod.She was nominated for best leading actress in a drama series for her widely-lauded for her role as Blanca Evangelista. Meanwhile, Queer Eye, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Black-Ish and The Flight Attendant are among the other shows that have received nominations. The 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on 19 September in Los Angeles.Take a look at the full list of nominations below...Outstanding Drama Series“The Crown”“The Mandalorian”“Pose”“This Is Us” “The Boys”“Bridgerton”“The Handmaid’s Tale”“Lovecraft Country” Outstanding Comedy Series“Black-ish”“Cobra Kai”“Emily In Paris”“Hacks”“The Flight Attendant”“The Kominsky Method” “PEN15”“Ted Lasso” Outstanding Limited Series“Mare of Easttown”“The Queen’s Gambit” “The Underground Railroad”“I May Destroy You”“WandaVision” Outstanding Television Movie“Uncle Frank”“Sylvie’s Love”“Oslo”“Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia”“Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square” Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesUzo Aduba, “In Treatment”Olivia Colman, “The Crown” Emma Corrin, “The Crown” Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”Mj Rodriguez, “Pose”Jurnee Smollett, “Lovecraft Country” Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesSterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”Jonathan Majors, “Lovecraft Country”Josh O’Connor, “The Crown”Rege-Jean Page, “Bridgerton”Billy Porter, “Pose”Matthew Rhys, “Perry Mason” Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesAunjanue Ellis, “Lovecraft Country”Emerald Fennell, “The Crown”Helena Bonham Carter, “The Crown” Gillian Anderson, “The Crown”Yvonne Strahovski, “The Handmaid’s Tale”Samira Wiley, “The Handmaid’s Tale”Madeline Brewer, “The Handmaid’s Tale”Ann Dowd, “The Handmaid’s Tale” Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesMichael K. Williams, “Lovecraft Country”Tobias Menzies, “The Crown”Giancarlo Esposito, “The Mandalorian”John Lithgow, “Perry Mason”O-T Fagbenle, “The Handmaid’s Tale”Max Minghella, “The Handmaid’s Tale”Bradley Whitford, “The Handmaid’s Tale”Chris Sullivan, “This Is Us”   Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesKaley Cuoco, “The Flight Attendant” Tracee Ellis Ross, “Black-ish”Jean Smart, “Hacks” Aidy Bryant, “Shrill” Allison Janney, “Mom” Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesAnthony Anderson, “Black-ish”Michael Douglas, “The Kominsky Method”  Kenan Thompson, “Kenan”William H. Macy, “Shameless”Jason Sudeikis, “Ted Lasso” Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesKate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live”Cecily Strong, “Saturday Night Live”Hannah Waddingham, “Ted Lasso”Hannah Einbinder, “Hacks”Aidy Bryant, “Saturday Night Live”Juno Temple, “Ted Lasso”Rosie Perez, “The Flight Attendant” Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesBowen Yang, “Saturday Night Live”Kenan Thompson, “Saturday Night Live”Carl Clemons-Hopkins, “Hacks”Brett Goldstein, “Ted Lasso” Brendan Hunt, “Ted Lasso” Nick Mohammed, “Ted Lasso” Paul Reiser, “The Kominsky Method”Jeremy Swift, “Ted Lasso”   Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or MovieKate Winslet, “Mare Of Easttown”Michaela Coel, “I May Destroy You”Cynthia Erivo, “Genius: Aretha”Anya Taylor-Joy, “The Queen’s Gambit” Elizabeth Olsen, “WandaVision” Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or MoviePaul Bettany, “WandaVision”Hugh Grant, “The Undoing”Ewan McGregor, “Halston”Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Hamilton”Leslie Odom, Jr., “Hamilton” Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or MovieJean Smart, “Mare of Easttown”Julianne Nicholson, “Mare of Easttown”Kathryn Hahn, “WandaVision”Phillipa Soo, “Hamilton”Renee Elise Goldsberry, “Hamilton”Moses Ingram, “The Queen’s Gambit” Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or MovieDaveed Diigs, “Hamilton”Jonathan Groff, “Hamilton”Anthony Ramos, “Hamilton”Thomas Brodie-Sangster, “The Queen’s Gambit”Evan Peters, “Mare of Easttown”Paapa Essiedu, “I May Destroy You” Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesAlexis Bledel, “The Handmaid’s Tale”Mckenna Grace, “The Handmaid’s Tale”Claire Foy, “The Crown”Phylicia Rashad, “This Is Us”Sophie Okonedo, “Ratched” Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama SeriesCourtney B. Vance, “Lovecraft Country”Charles Dance, “The Crown”Don Cheadle, “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”Timothy Olyphant, “The Mandalorian”Carl Weathers, “The Mandalorian” Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy SeriesMaya Rudolph, “Saturday Night Live”Kristen Wiig, “Saturday Night Live”Issa Rae, “A Black Lady Sketch Show”Jane Adams, “Hacks”Bernadette Peters, “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”Yvette Nicole Brown, “A Black Lady Sketch Show” Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy SeriesChris Rock, “Saturday Night Live”Dave Chappelle, “Saturday Night Live”Daniel Kaluuya, “Saturday Night Live”Dan Levy, “Saturday Night Live”Morgan Freeman, “The Kominsky Method” Outstanding Directing for a Drama SeriesBenjamin Caron, “The Crown” Jessica Hobbs, “The Crown”Julie Anne Robinson, “Bridgerton”Steven Canals, “Pose”Jon Favreau, “The Mandalorian”Liz Garbus, “The Handmaid’s Tale” Outstanding Writing For A Drama SeriesMisha Green, “Lovecraft Country”Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Steven Canals, Janet Mock, Our Lady J, “Pose”Rebecca Sonnenshine, “The Boys” Peter Morgan, “The Crown”Yahlin Chang, “The Handmaid’s Tale”Dave Filoni, “The Mandalorian”Jon Favreau, “The Mandalorian” Outstanding Directing for a Comedy SeriesJames Burrows, “B Positive”Lucia Aniello, “Hacks”James Widdoes, “Mom”Zach Braff, “Ted Lasso”MJ Delaney, “Ted Lasso”Declan Lowney, “Ted Lasso”Susanna Fogel, “The Flight Attendant” Outstanding Writing For A Comedy SeriesMeredith Scardino, “Girls5eva” Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs, Jen Statsky, “Hacks”Maya Erskine, “PEN15” Jason Sudeikis, Brendan Hunt, Joe Kelly, “Ted Lasso”Jason Sudeikis, Bill Lawrence, Brendan Hunt, Joe Kelly, “Ted Lasso”Steve Yockey, “The Flight Attendant”  Outstanding Variety Talk Series“Conan”“The Daily Show with Trevor Noah”“Jimmy Kimmel Live”“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Outstanding Variety Sketch Series″ A Black Lady Sketch Show”“Saturday Night Live” Outstanding Competition Programme“The Amazing Race”“Nailed It” “RuPaul’s Drag Race”“Top Chef” “The Voice”  Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition ProgrammeRuPaul, “RuPaul’s Drag Race”Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski and Jonathan Van Ness, “Queer Eye”Nicole Byer, “Nailed It!”Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio, and Gail Simmons, “Top Chef”Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John, and Kevin O’Leary, “Shark Tank”This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.READ MORE:Michaela Coel Wins Big At The TV Baftas – Here's The Full Winners ListBBC Reveals Michaela Coel's Follow-Up To I May Destroy You Is Officially In The WorksBridgerton Producer Shonda Rhimes Speaks Out Amid Speculation Over Regé-Jean Page Exit
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