My own favorite early season is the third one. In retrospect, I loved how former America’s Next Top Model makeup artist Raja, along with Carmen Carrera (who has since come out as a trans woman), Manila Luzon, and Delta Work created their own legendary clique, the Heathers. The grouping of Latinx and Asian American queens was more like a parody of a white girl clique than an actual one. (It was also different than the “mean girls” in-fighting or homosocial bro battles that constitute most cis-hetero reality television rivalries and that have derailed other reality brands.) … [Read more...] about “Drag Race” Brought A Piece Of Queer Culture To Middle America. Now What?
Because, despite her missteps, she still has a fanbase that’s rooting for her, flaws and all. And that’s largely because she is a rare and proud reminder that Latinx culture exists and thrives, despite the powers that would erase us. Her drag is a performance of emotional memory, a radical embrace of femme, queer Latinidad in one of the most terrifying political moments for femmes, queer people, and Latinxs. She unabashedly summons our mothers into queer spaces in celebration of Latinx culture, refusing to assimilate her work to the relentless onslaught of high-turnover pop trends, focused on holding on to what is timeless and constantly in danger of being forgotten or erased. She does her drag for us: Latinx immigrants, first-generation outcasts, workers in the margins, brown and queer targets, people caught between identities. All our lives we’ve heard “You can have it all if you just work hard for it.” But hard work and a smile can never prepare us for … [Read more...] about Valentina’s Downfall On “Rupaul’s Drag Race” Revealed Some Ugly Truths About The Show
Corie Mattie, another Los Angeles artist, was keen to paint an image of herself as a dealer in a trenchcoat parceling out symbols of hope (rather than something illicit) during this crisis. She found an available wall at a shopping mall in West Hollywood through Beautify. Within 24 hours of contacting the owner, Matthew Lavi, in late March, Mattie completed her mural “Cancel Plans Not Humanity.” … [Read more...] about Coronavirus pandemic | Murals send a message of hope in grim times
“That’s absolutely inaccurate. I will tell you right now that I’m not the loudest person in the room, and I don’t think you have to be to get results, especially in Harrisburg,” said Ravenstahl. … [Read more...] about Pa. House Representative Adam Ravenstahl Faces Democratic Challenger Emily Kinkead In Race For 20th District Seat