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WHAT’S TEA an interview with cast from HBO MAX’s new show “LEGENDARY” : Isla Ebony

When and why did you start ballroom? I joined Ballroom in 2013. I started as an event promoter with Banjee Ball and it was a few months after throwing my first couple Balls (which were very pre-school Ballroom) that I got bit by the vogue bug.

What does ballroom bring to your life? Community. Purpose. I’ve been a music artist for a very long time, and the music industry was always lacking something, which is why I kept searching. I found it in Ballroom.

Your greatest life accomplishment?
In Life, creating my daughter. In Ballroom it was winning the 2017 Woman Voguer OTY in NY. The two are actually connected – I had set a goal post of winning a trophy in NY before getting pregnant. I had made my name traveling state to state walking OTA performance because at the time, other than in NY where all the Woman voguers resided, there were no Women’s performance categories. And I had some big wins. But when it came to NY, I was a last battle girl. I FINALLY won Grand Prize at the Ebony Ball in 2017 and got pregnant 4 days later. I was awarded Woman OTY the same week I announced my pregnancy.

What does the show Legendary mean to you?
For me Legendary is about the stories that are getting told. The people of Ballroom have so much to share about Love and Loss.

If you could give the whole world one message today what would it be?
Brand yourself. Figure out what it is that you LOVE to do and do it. And don’t get hung up on whether it makes you money or whether it manifests in the way you think it should manifest. If you are following your purpose the opportunities will surprise you.

How can we show you love?
Wow, this is a hard question to answer. Letting me know that I belong in Ballroom as a cisgendered white woman.

RAPID ROUND:

Favorite Voguer: Starr Revlon
Favorite Politician: Bernie Sanders
Fruit or Veggies : Raspberries
Favorite Movie : Desperately Seeking Susan
A pet peeve: Liars
Favorite song : Live to Tell by Madonna
MJ or Prince: Prince
A hidden talent: I’m a tap dancer!

CHECK LEGENDARY OUT MAY 27th on HBO MAX !

THANK YOU ATTITUDES for 32 years of LGBTQ+ NIGHTLIFE. ENJOY YOUR RETIREMENT you DESERVE IT!

For over 32 years folx from all walks of life have had amazing, memorable, and liberating moments at the iconic Attitudes Bar and Nightclub. People have danced, enjoy the show, threw back a few good drinks, and even had a tussle or two. For most of us that iconic club sign was The landmark that you had reached a part of the city that was welcoming to the LGBTQ+ community. And after many clubs have come and gone ATTITUDES was always there for us. So even though many folx will be sad. Some may share a tear and others may go look through the memories on social media. But I think we all appreciate the experiences and know that it couldn’t have come without a lot of hard work. This next chapter for the owners of this gift deserves all the good vibes in the world.

A MESSAGE FROM THE ICONIC ATTITUDES NIGHT CLUB:

To all our LGBTQIA+ Community in St. Louis and across the United States,

After 32 years, thousands of drinks, and wonderful times we will be closing our doors for good.

Attitudes will have it’s last call for alcohol on August 15, 2020.

Attitudes opened in August 1988 and Bonnie and I have had some of the best times of our lives at our club! We lived it, we loved it, and it was our baby.

One of my fondest memories of Attitudes will always be the nights that we would start off with only the Pub side open. It would be packed as guests waited anxiously to be let into the Club. At 10pm, we would open the Club doors with music playing, laser lights beaming and fog misting in the air. People scattered out searching for their table, for their spot that they owned for the night.

Life was Good!

But now, we are living in a time where we don’t know what the future looks like. So many businesses, especially in the hospitality industry, have been hit hard by this Pandemic. It has been rough, but we can’t thank our current staff enough for how hard they have been working during this time. They’ve worn Masks, followed CDC guidelines, and kept everyone safe! And all the while, they worked to provide some normalcy for you to enjoy a fun night out.

As many of you know our buildings have been for sale for a few years. We have accepted an offer and sold them. BUT! That is Buildings Only!

Everything IN Attitudes will be for sale. If you have any questions about the contents, you may contact us at jannbrigulio@yahoo.com. We will post more about the sale in a few days.

I would like to say thank you with all my heart to my business partner, Bonnie. She is the backbone of Attitudes. Bonnie worked tirelessly, decorating and cooking for all our special events. She did it all – and while wearing high heels!

If a fight broke out (and they did), Bonnie would kick off her heels and be right in it! Even in her 70’s she is still wearing her high heels! As we retire, and slow down a bit, I look forward to our future together. I’m not sure what it looks like in this world of uncertainty, but I bet it includes high heels!

Please stop by and see us and our staff. We will be open for 2 more weeks! We hope you have fond memories of Attitudes. As years go by and you want to share them with us and others we have created a Kudoboard where anyone can upload photos and videos to share their
memories of Attitudes.

https://www.kudoboard.com/boards/xoo1hNRr

Attitudes was a special space and became an iconic place for so many. Remember what we said as you left for the night, “You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here!” Now is the time we will all leave and take our memories with us.

We sincerely thank each of you! It has been our pleasure to serve you for the last 32 years!

Much love to all,
Bonnie and Jann

BUILDING BLACK BUSINESS: Supporting upstart catering company 27 TABLES


27 TABLES is an upstart catering company founded by Steve Townsend. This Young yet seasoned food-master from the Midwest has gradually elevated himself throughout his time in the food and hospitality industry. As a chef and cook at several restaurants overtime he manifested that he would soon have his own company. And he manifested with dedication and effort however no one could’ve foreseen is monumental 2020. This pandemic was mean and brutal and because of it the start up of 27 Tables was halted. And just like most challenges there are ways to overcome it. As I give you more about the foundation for this new company I also provide you with a link to help fund this worthy black owned business.

This fund seeks to provide start up cost to ensure that the vision comes to fruition.

The dining table has always been a symbol of many things at 27 Tables it symbolizes our values:

•Of honoring tradition, while embracing personal authenticity
•Of growing the community through educating the next generation
•Sharing love through hospitality.

We wanted to create a catering company to  provide an enriching unique dining and fellowship experience that nourishes through knowledge, celebrates and supports community while creating lifelong memories.

LETS BRING THIS BUSINESS INTO 2021

https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-a-black-own-business

OFFICIAL FACEBOOK:

https://www.facebook.com/27Tables/

NIGERIAN MAN creates Virtual Classroom for Students … will other countries follow ?

Innovator Otto Orondaam is the founder of Slum2Schoool. This innovative alternative during the coronavirus pandemic has made it possible for 948 children to learn remotely. Otto is stopping at 948 he said his goal is to reach 10,000 kids this school year. And for him “Impossible is really nothing“.

R&B Singer and The Voice Standout AVERY WILSON officially comes out as Bisexual … he said on His Terms

As you can see via his official Twitter young R&B artist first known to the public stage as a contestant on the hit show NBC’s The Voice has officially came out as Bisexual. Avery appeared on the show 2012. Wilson has had a list of regional hits throughout the East Coast. He is currently signed to RCA Records with Clive Davis.

Over the years Avery Wilson has had many folks speculating and often times assuming they knew his sexual orientation. Of course to some folks this may not be a surprise. But the truth is sometimes it’s nothing better than doing things on your terms, on your time, in your own way.

Congratulations Mr. Wilson and hopefully this adds value to your story and career as an artist and entertainer. We know that there are tons of LGBTQ+ Male artist in R&B, Gospel, and soul Music who feel incapable of coming out so let’s hope you help crack the door for them.

RAVEN SYMONE shocks the world with her new WIFE! That’s right the young entertainment legend is MARRIED!

In a straight forward Instagram post the Disney star revealed that she is indeed happy and married. She declares her wife as Mrs. Pearman-Maday.

This comes as a shock to folks that believed Raven’s queer admission a few years ago was merely a phase. And was a few weeks ago that an Instagram live with Da Baby sparked further doubt that the actress was still interested in women. During the live he (Da Baby) made various flirtatious gestures to the Cosby show actress. During the exchange she laughed, smiled, and even dashed a bit of I’m a boss at him. To some folks it seemed like Raven was going to take him up on the date offer. But it looks like it was just simple conversation.

Its clear 2020 has been a really heavy year. We have had one after another even to break our spirits. We long for happy moments and good news. So for Symone to give us a little sprinkle of joy its worth the party. Its Pride and a revolution for Black and brown Americans. There is hope when you see one of the most recognized black entertainers apologetically living in their truth.

Congrats Raven Symone!

BREAKING NEWS TODAY 6/15/20 for LGBTQ+ community: THE SUPREME COURT rules that you can not fire someone for being Gay or Transgender

Today the US Supreme Court has ruled that LGBTQ+ workers cannot be fired for being LGBTQ. The Supreme court says that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which makes it illegal for employers to discriminate based of of a person’s sex also includes gender identity and sexual orientation.

For many years folks have been fired and let go for their sexual orientation and gender identities. While some have been subtle others have been bold. While some employers have tried to cloak the dismissals with other things other employers have outright been clear.

Yes many folks live in states were they are seemingly protected by local laws. But we all know even then jobs have found ways to work around them.
It was only necessary but in this time where oppression cannot be tolerated that a federal law was made to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

While this doesn’t excuse or dismiss Trump’s recent attack on trans-women’s rights The Supreme Court has give the country a step in the right direction.

A federal law will hopefully make it far more difficult to discriminate against LGBTQ+ people in the workplace.

Pride Month during a Black Revolution | 47 BLACK LGBTQ+ FOLK YOU SHOULD KNOW: FROM ANGELA DAVIS TO LIL NAS X

ANGELA DAVIS

Political Activist, Philosopher, and Author of over 10 books on class and feminism. She is widely regarded as one of the most influential civil right leaders in history.

LIL NAS X

Grammy winning Rapper, Singer, and Songwriter and 1st openly gay rapper nominated for top honors at the Grammys and 1st Openly gay artist to win a Country Music Association Award. With one of the most successful single in music history.

JASON COLLINS

Former NBA Star who played 13 seasons. An all-American from Stanford University. He was Featured in Time Magazines 100 Most Influential People in the World.

ISIS KING

Isis is actress, supermodel, and fashion designer. She was the 1st transwomen to compete on America’s Next Top Model. She currently stars in “When They See Us”

LUTHER VANDROSS

Luther is Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter, and record producer. He was also know as one of the most in-demand background vocalist in music history across multiple genres. He his regarded by many as one of the best male voices in music history.

JOHN AMAECHI

Amaechi is a Psychologist, consultant, and former international Basketball star who played in France, Italy, Greece, the UK, and most notably in the United States’s NBA. He was on the Orlando Magic, Utah Jazz, and the Cleveland Cavs.

TAYLOR BENNETT

Bennett is rapper, singer, and songwriter from Chicago. Although he is widely known as the brother of Chance The Rapper, Bennett created his own fanbase. Taylor has opened for Nas, continues a indie Hip Hop favorite, and sell out shows.

LITTLE RICHARD

The architect of Rock and Roll and perhaps one of the most unappreciated singers of All-time. Little Richard was apart of many music icons starts. Many were in his band or doing musical covers of him including James Brown, Otis Redding and Jimi Hendrix. He was instrumental in the early success of iconic band The Beetles.

JAMES BALDWIN

James Arthur Baldwin was an American novelist, playwright, essayist, poet, and activist. His essays, as collected in Notes of a Native Son, explore intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western societies, but most notably in the mid-20th-century United States

LEE DANIELS

This Oscar winning writer Daniels is an American film and television writer, director, and producer. He produced Monster’s Ball, Empire, and Star. Lee also directed The Butler and Precious which won two awards.

RAVEN SYMONE

Symone is Black TV Icon having starred in many iconic shows such as The Cosby Show, Thats So Raven, and Hanging with Mr. Cooper. She is an Award winning actress, singer, rapper, model, and producer. She is also a former host of long running talk show The View.

BAYARD RUSTIN

Civil Rights Leader who organized the Iconic MARCH ON WASHINGTON. Rustin was also a known Gay activist and right hand to Martin Luther King Jr.

LANGSTON HUGHES

Author, Poet, Social Activist, Novelist, and Playwright. Hughes was one of the prominent leaders of the Harlem Renaissance.

JANELLE MONAE

Janelle is a Billboard and MTV Award winning singer, rapper, actress, songwriter, and producer. She starred in the record making Moonlight and the storytelling movies such as Hidden Figures and Harriet.

J AUGUST RICHARDS

Richards is an Emmy nominated actor who starred in WB’s Angel and Marvels’s Agents of Sheild. He now stars in ground breaking TV Show “Council of Dads”.

BARBARA JORDAN

The 1st African American women elected to the House of Representatives and 1st and so far only Black women Governor of Texas as she was sworn in for one day.

JANET MOCK

Janet is the first black trans-women to host a television host. She is also writer, director, producer, activist, and actress. Mock most successful piece of written work is the best selling book “Redefining Realness”.

DON LEMON

He is journalist with his on show on CNN. Lemon is one of the most unapologetic and bold political commentators on television.

BESSIE SMITH

The most popular female blues singer of the 1920’s and 30’s. She is known as the Empress of the Blues.

AUDRE LORDE

Lorde was a feminist, civil rights activist, writer, and womanist. She was fierce poet who spoke to racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, and homophibia.

TESSA THOMPSON

Thompson is singer and actress. She is well known for here strong role as Valkyrie in the Marvel Universe. She has starred on many wide regarded projects including Dear White People, Selma, and Creed. She had a lead role in the Men In Black comeback film and now stars in Westworld.

MARSHA P. JOHNSON

Marsha P. Johnson was an American gay liberation activist and self-identified drag queen. Known as an outspoken advocate for gay rights, Johnson was one of the prominent figures in the Stonewall uprising of 1969

ALICE WALKER

Walker is an American novelist, short story writer, poet, and social activist. In 1982, she wrote the novel The Color Purple, for which she won the National Book Award for hardcover fiction, and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

TRACY CHAPMAN

Chapman is an American singer-songwriter, known for her hits “Fast Car” and “Give Me One Reason”, along with other singles “Talkin’ ’bout a Revolution”, “Baby Can I Hold You”, “Crossroads”, “New Beginning”, and “Telling Stories”. She is a multi-platinum and four-time Grammy Award–winning artist.

SHERYL SWOPES

Sheryl is an American former professional basketball player. She was the first player to be signed in the WNBA, is a three-time WNBA MVP, and was named one of the league’s Top 15 Players of All Time at the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game.

WANDA SYKES

Wanda Yvette Sykes is an American actress, comedian, and writer. She was first recognized for her work as a writer on The Chris Rock Show, for which she won a Primetime Emmy Award in 1999. In 2004, Entertainment Weekly named Sykes as one of the 25 funniest people in America.

AMANDLA STENBERG

is an American actress and singer. Stenberg’s work includes roles in feature films such as The Hungar Games and The Hate U Give. Stenberg was included in Time’s list of Most Influential Teens and Oprah’s Supersoal 100 list.

LENA WAITHE

This Emmy winning screenwriter, producer, and actress is constantly building her legacy. Creator of The Chi, Boomerang series, and Twenties. Lena wrote and produced the cultural hit Queen & Slim. Currently Waithe has a recurring role on popular HBO show Westworld.

KEITH BOYKIN

Keith Boykin is a broadcaster, journalist, author, and political commentator. He was editor of The Daily Voice, a CNBC contributor, a CNN political commentator, and a co-host of the BET TV talk show My Two Cents.

RUPAUL

RuPaul is the World’s most famous drag queen, an actor, model, singer, songwriter, and television personality. He created the smash hit series RuPaul’s Drag Race, for which he has received six Primetime Emmy Awards. He had his own successful talk show, Netflix series, and appeared in countless films.

KEKE PALMER

Emmy nominated Keke is a singer, songwriter, actress, and television host. She has appeared in films such as the classic Akeelah and the Bee. She had her own talk show before currently becoming a co-host on ABC’s Strahan, Sara, and Keke. Palmar is also know for her rolls in Scream Queens, Madea’s Family Reunion, and Scream.

TONEX/BSLADE

B Slade is a Steller Award winner singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, rapper, producer, former Pastor, and activist. He is crosses many genres and his album “Out the Box” has been considered one of the best gospel albums of all time.

ALICIA GARZA

Alicia is an editorial writer and civil rights activist. She know widely for being one the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter Movement

DABRAT

Harris is a Grammy nominated rapper, actress, and theater star. She’s sold over 2 million records and is one of the most influential women in Hip Hop history.

JOSEPHINE BAKER

The ICONIC Jospehine Baker was gem. This American born French entertainer was also a civil rights Activist and French Resistance Agent. She was the 1st African American to star in a Major Motion Picture.

MICHAEL SAM

The ESPY award winning Sam was an All American football standout that played for both the NFL and CFL and GQ Man of the Year. He currently travels around the world as a motivational speaker and author. Sam also competed on a season of Dancing with The Stars.

LZ GRANDERSON

LZ is a journalist, actor , and senior writer for ESPN’s The Magazine. He is also a co-host on SportsNation, Mornings with Keyshawn, and LZ and Travis on ESPN. Granderson is also a occasional commentator for CNN.

WILLOW SMITH

Willow is a singer, songwriter, producer, actress and co-host of hit show Red Table Talk. She is the Daughter of Iconic couple Will and Jada Smith and sister to Trey and often queer cited Jaden.

FRANK OCEAN

The Grammy and Brit award winning Ocean is a singer, songwriter, record producer, and photographer. His album “Blonde” debuted at #1 and was certified Platinum.

JAMEELA JAMIL

She is a actress, writer, radio presenter, model, competition show judge, producer and activist. She was the star of the popular series The Good Place and now serves as executive for the HBO Max series Legendary.

LAVERN COX

The Emmy winning producer Lavern is also an actress and LGBTQ+ Activist. She was the 1st transgender actress nominated for an acting Emmy. She is the first Trans-women to appear on the cover of Cosmopolitan.

RYAN RUSSELL

Ryan is a former NFL defensive end who played for the Dallas Cowboys, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Buffalo Bills.

SYD THE KID

LA born Grammy nominated singer and songwriter and founding member of the hit group “The Internet”. Syd is also a former member of the super group collective Odd Future with the likes of Frank Ocean, Tyler the Creator, and others.

RASHAAN PATTERSON

Patterson is BET award winning singer, songwriter, and actor. He is cherished song writer with credits included “Baby” by Brandy and “Momma” by Kendrick Lamar. He is also known for his time on hit show Kids Incoprated w/ Fergie, Mario Lopez, and Shanice. He is one of the first openly gay male soul/R&B singers.

YOUNG MA

MA is rapper and entrepreneur. She rose to fame with the quadruple platinum single “Ooouuu”. Young MA is also the founder of KWEENZ Foundation for those experiencing grief and trauma.

GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER

Carver was the most prominent black scientist of the early 20th century. He was also an inventor and widely known for his discovery of the many uses of the peanut.

GLEN BURKE

Burke was the 1st openly gay MLB player in history. He and player Dusty Baker are widely created for inventing the HIGH FIVE. He played for the Oakland Athletics and LA Dodgers.

6 Music Artist to Watch : Special June Edition | Celebrating Men with MELANIN 🌻

TRE4RMDC – RODNEY DOUGLAS JR – ELLAE REID – BUGZ GUTTA – MOOKIE TOLLIVER – ELI CAPELLA


1. ELI CAPELLA

Eli an creative MC and innovative Singer forged in the fires of Philadelphia. His fresh and eclectic energy is the perfect vibe for current times. His Soundcloud is a treasure and Quarantine Dreams is a must listen. You’ll find yourself drifted into a music oasis.

IG : @eliacapella9 | Soundcloud : https://soundcloud.com/elicapella

2. MOOKIE TOLLIVER

Mookie is a St.Louis breed R&B/Soul artist with a whole lot of drive and ambition. He has a clean, new sound yet still gives us glimpses of 2000’s R&B. He is able to succeed while giving life to the new generation and those before them. Tolliver’s music is a reminder that R&B is still alive and evolving. This well done duet with So So Def’s Dondria is a sweet song and great preview of his vibe.

Instagram : @mookietolliver | https://music.apple.com/us/artist/mookie-tolliver/854658416

3. RODNEY DOUGLAS JR.

While we’ve never including a Gospel artist we decided to make a no question addition this time around. You see Douglas’s sound is a breath of fresh air. A coming of age sound by someone you can feel is coming into their own. Like every genre even gospel must evolve. And with artist such as Leandria Johnson and Jonathan McReynolds bringing vulnerability and transparency to the genre it makes room for artist like Rodney to come right behind. This new wave of gospel is getting new, younger, and lost listeners to tune in. Check out his new single “I’ll Worship You”

Instagram : @rodney.douglasjr_

4. TRE4RMDC

This vocal beast will take you across the world and back with his vocal acrobatics. His melodic sound, creative rifts and intricate runs are distinct and carefully crafted. Tre has an ear almost like the vocal bible herself Brandy. When he sings live its an experience you’ll never forget. His single “Up 2 You” is a soothing and balanced tune that raises patiently and hits you with beautiful background vocals to make you want to sing along.

Instagram : @tre4rmdc

5. ELLAE REID

Ellae (L.A) Reid is a singer, MC, and songwriter in Dallas, Texas. His sound is a blend of R&B Soul and Indie Hip Hop. Reid’s music is vulnerable, lyrically intriguing, and can take you on a genre roller-coaster. His new song ” Myselfish” is a surprising anthem for self care and accountability.

Instagram : @ellae_reid https://www.ellaereid.com/

6. BUGZ GUTTA

Gutta is an example of how art changes things. This rapper has seen some intense things growing up in Virginia. He himself spent many years in and out of prison. Since returning home he his devoted his self to the music and creative lane. Now his music may not be for the PG ears or those that cringe with certain words but if you can handle it this is som good stuff. His visuals are mad crazy, hip, fun, and fascinating. There’s plenty of music to choose from and plenty of videos to tease your mind.

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/bugzgutta | Instagram : @bugz_gutta

“GAME OVER NOW” is what police said before opening fire on local Gay Bar in Carolina giving water to protesters

In a shocking video being circulated online a local LGBTQ+ bar owner and staff seem to be unnecessarily shot at by local police for attempting to support protesters.
The local LGBT+ bar was passing out water, snacks, and even set up a first aid station for protestors.

The day before this incident transpired the local bar was vandalized with a white supremacist symbol and broken windows. So the owner and staff decided to stay Sunday and perhaps prevent folks from doing more harm to the business.

So while at the building to ensure no additional vandalism they also extended support to protesters. According to Lemuel they had been there for almost 7 hours, before police came.

We the police arrive according to what we see in the video posted the officers can be heard shouting “Move!”

After the police shout you then hear “This is my business, I rent this place.” From bar owner Lemuel

The officer responds again with : You’ve been told. I don’t care where you go, you gotta go.”

And shortly after things seem to take a completely irrational and unnecessary turn.

The officer yells … “ The game is over. Get out!” and proceeds with what seems to be to shots, from what it looks like a shot gun.

The name of the bar is Ruby Deluxe, a bar catering to LGBTQ people on South Salisbury Street, partly to deter vandals. Let’s show our love and support!

While thing an develop we keep you updated.

SO THIS HAPPENED: Actor Hill Harper goes out of his way to plug a book by purposely misgendering 13 year old Zaya Wade…yes Really

So yesterday as the 13 year old was celebrating their birthday Stepmother Gabrielle Union makes a post … and then this happens :

Harper repeatedly emphasizes he/him vibes. He starts with Young man proceeds to instruct Zaya to read a book called “Letters to a Young Brother”

I don’t know about you but that was a lot of WTF in just a few little words.
There’s so much to unpack.

First of all … how old are you ?

I asked that because do you feel like you want to hear somebody whether they agree or not come at you like that when you were 13? On the one day that children and teens are always anxious and excited for? Probably not.

And secondly who are you and why do you feel like you have the space to do this?

And you didn’t just play it safe. You could’ve just referred to her as Zaya. You could’ve even used neutral pronouns. But you specifically and intentionally didn’t.

I heard that you were friends with Barack Obama and I hope that he’s giving you a real nice WTF talk right now.

Stay in your lane and allow Zaya to grow and blossom however they see fit. Stay in your lane and let Dwayne & Gabrielle raise their children.

Now let’s get into some of the folks who showed up for Zaya :