Get ready to serve face because it has been announced that the queen of all queens, RuPaul, is teaming up with Mally Beauty, a US-based beauty company, to launch a new collection of makeup products.
The cosmetics line will consist of “around to 10 to 12 products.”
“Ru has always stayed true to who he is and unapologetically puts himself out there. He exemplifies self-acceptance and has inspired and taught millions of people to love themselves,” founder Mally Roncal said in a press release announcing the collaboration.
“This seamlessly blends with Mally Beauty’s mantra: What makes you different makes you beautiful! I feel blessed to have the honor of working with RuPaul and have him connected to my brand.”
This isn’t the first time that Ru has collaborated with a beauty company. In 1994 the glamazon became the face of and first spokesperson for MAC cosmetics.
At the moment there aren’t any additional details about the Ru-Mally collaboration, but we have a feeling that we will be seeing a lot of Mally Beauty in the workroom on the next season of Drag Race.
“I love Mally. Her approach to make-up is exemplified by her personality; smart, sexy, fun, and beautiful. I really dig this woman,” Ru said in a statement.
What are you dying to get your hands on? A RuPaul lipstick or some kitty girl mascara? All we know is that with this sickening line of makeup coming down the runway your face better be ready to get beat for the gods.
Swedish superstar DJ Avicii made millions dance with his catchy hits, flashing lights and soulful collaborations.
But despite a life of jam-packed arenas and screaming fans, he constantly struggled with fame and health issues. So much so, two years before he died, he took a break from touring and the exhausting lifestyle that comes with it.
In messages posted on social media, Avicii, whose real name is Tim Bergling, said stress, anxiety and illness were a factor in his decision.
Avicii was one of the most successful touring DJs in the industry, working with artists such as Madonna and Chris Martin. He had a crossover pop hit in 2013 with "Wake Me Up," and was a big name in the electronic dance music genre known as EDM.
In August 2016, he said goodbye to his fans in what he described as his last live show. The decision to retire from touring was tough, he said, but he needed to step away and pursue other interests.
"Creating music is what makes me happy and I have gotten to know so many great people in my days of touring, seen so many amazing places and created endless of good memories," he posted on social media at the time.
"The decision I made might seem odd to some but everyone is different and for me this was the right one."
Avicii said his more than 800 shows had taken a toll on him, added to his anxiety and drawn him to a life of partying. He also had several health scares, including acute pancreatitis, which he blamed on excessive drinking.
"Yeah I was drinking way too much, partying in general way too much," he said. "Then I got a pancreatitis attack [at 21], which is very rare. So that forced me to do a 180 and stop drinking."
Fans left him supportive messages on Facebook after he stopped touring, with some expressing regret that they did not get a chance to see him live.
He reassured them that he'll continue making music -- in the studio.
And in August 2017, a year after his last tour date, he announced that he was releasing a new album.
"Really excited to be back with music once again, it has been a long time since I released anything," he posted on social media.
"My focus on this first EP of the album was to get a mix of new and old songs, some that fans have been asking about/waiting for mixed with brand new songs that they haven't heard before."
Avicii, 28, was found dead Friday in Muscat, Oman. The cause of death has not been released.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have added aiding LGBTQ issues to their list of commitments.
On Wednesday (18 April), they met with delegates from the Commonwealth Youth Forum.
The event was part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. LGBTQ issues have been at the forefront of it, thanks to All Out’s project on the first day. They projected messages calling for the decriminalization of homosexuality in Commonwealth nations on prominent London buildings.
It helped prompt British Prime Minister Theresa May to apologize for these harmful laws and call for reform.
A matter of human rights
While speaking to Jacob Thomas, who won a Queen’s Young Leaders award for helping to reduce the LGBTQ suicide rate in Australia, Markle was nothing but supportive.
Thomas recalled: ‘Miss Markle said, and these were her exact words, “This is a basic human rights issue, not one about sexuality.”‘
According to reports, Prince Harry echoed her sentiments.
‘Prince Harry said that what was so amazing was that 10 or so years ago, we wouldn’t have been having this conversation and how incredible it was that we now were,’ Thomas concluded.
The couple also told him they wanted to prioritize LGBTQ issues following their May wedding.
Barbara Bush’s nickname was The Enforcer, and it’s easy to see why. While husband George came across as easy going, Barbara was known for dressing down reporters and aides whose performance failed to impress her.
The American public got a glimpse of the steel behind the pearls when Barbara called Geraldine Ferraro, her husband’s opponent for vice president in 1984, “I can’t say it, but it rhymes with rich.”
But Barbara Bush’s death is a reminder that the Republican party once had a more socially liberal side. Even though her husband extended Ronald Reagan’s legacy of cultural conservatism, there were signs that Barbara was a sometime dissenter.
The most famous instance came in 1990, when then-PFLAG President Paulette Goodman sent First Lady Bush a request for a letter of support. Whether Goodman seriously expected a reply is unclear, but amazingly enough, Barbara Bush sent a personal response.
“I firmly believe that we cannot tolerate discrimination against any individuals or groups in our country,” Bush wrote. “Such treatment always brings with it pain and perpetuates intolerance.”
Somehow the statement found its way to the Associated Press, which published it. The right-wing predictably blew a gasket, as the statement confirmed its fears that President Bush was never a true believer.
Of course, there was reason to believe that beyond the PFLAG statement. The Bushes were supporters of Planned Parenthood before they made a sharp right turn to join the Reagan White House. And the Bushes were official witnesses at a same-sex wedding in 2013, at a time when the Republican party was fighting tooth and nail to prevent marriage equality from becoming the law of the land.
Of course, those gestures have to be balanced with the ongoing homophobic drift of the Republican party while Bush was at the helm. Bush’s attempt to ride the tiger ultimately resulted in his being a one-term president.
He was better about the AIDS crisis than Reagan was, although he and Barbara prefered to put the spotlight on babies and straight women. But as his wife’s passing reminds us, at one time Republicans could afford to say something nice about LGBT people. Unfortunately, that was nearly 30 years ago.
A novel about an aging gay man’s adventures abroad has won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Literature.
Andrew Sean Greer’s Less chronicles the life of Arthur Less, a failed novelist on the cusp of turning 50. When Arthur skips town to avoid his ex-boyfriend’s wedding it leads to a life-changing trip around the world.
Greer’s sixth novel, it was published by Lee Boudreaux Books in July 2017 and made “best of the year” lists from The New York Times, Washington Post and Paris Review. LGBT advocates were quick to congratulate the openly gay author and sing the book’s praises.
The 47-year-old novelist wasn’t the only LGBT writer to win a Pulitzer: Ronan Farrow’s in-depth coverage of the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal for The New Yorker was honored with the Pulitzer Prize in Public Service.
Earlier this month, Farrow received a Courage Award from The Point Foundation. In his acceptance speech he thanked the LGBT community “which recognized that reporting I was doing early on and elevated it. ”
The staff of The Washington Post won the Pulitzer for Investigative Reporting for its investigation into sexual assault allegations against homophobic Alabama politician Roy Moore. And Kendrick Lamar became the first rapper to win a Pulitzer, for his album Damn.