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Cardi B Claims Former Team Member Posted Transphobic Meme To Her Official Facebook

Update: Cardi B  has addressed a transphobic post made by her official Facebook account on Sunday (Sept. 16), claiming that a former associate is the one who controls that account. “It’s come to my attention that there have been offensive posts made on what used to be my Facebook page,” the rapper tweeted. “For the past year and a half a FORMER team member has been the only one with access to the account.” The Facebook post in question was still live at the time Cardi posted her claim on Twitter, and the Facebook account has actively posted promotional graphics as recently as two days ago. Cardi B posted a meme to her verified Facebook page that says, “I hope nobody see this tr—y leave my house,” followed by laughing emojis. The text is accompanied by a ...

Sofi Tukker Revitalize ‘Energia’ With the Help of Pabllo Vittar: Watch

Dance-pop linchpins Sofi Tukker have a well-documented affinity for Brazilian culture, welcoming soca and bossa nova grooves into their hooky electro-pop.    Now, they’ve revitalized last year’s “Energia” with an assist from the almighty Brazilian drag queen Pabllo Vitar. “Energia (Parte 2) was officially released Friday (Sept. 14) via Ultra Music, with an energetic visual to boot.    True to its name, “Energia (Parte 2)” is filled with live-wire energy, as a jittery, drum-and-bass production is infused with the traditional Bolivian charango. Lead singer Sophie Hawley-Weld’s insistent rallying cries for energy are balanced by Vittar, who doesn’t miss a beat on her sultry guest verse.        The heart-racing visual, directed by Scheme Engine, stays true to the ethos of “Energia,” which is s...

Tatianna Serves Sultry Kiss-Offs in ‘Cya’ Video: Watch

Tatianna unveiled the sleek music video for the trap-n-B kiss-off “Cya” Thursday (Aug. 30). “Cya” marks the Drag Race season 2 alum’s third single off her debut album T1, which debuted this May. A club-friendly jam about casual flames that have all but fizzled due to circumstance, “Cya” adds another layer to Tatianna’s distinct, decidedly assured pop star persona. “The song is mainly about explaining to a casual fling or friend with benefits that I don’t have the time in my schedule to have a full on relationship,” Tatianna tells Billboard. “Letting them know I love the time we spend together, and it could grow to be something more, but not at this moment in time.” The lusty, high-gloss video, directed by Assaad Yacoub, finds Tatianna serving high glamour amid a stable of hunks in th...

Eminem Needs to Be Held Accountable For Using Homophobic Slurs (Again)

The idea that listeners are too “soft” for critiquing the ways in which rappers weaponizes the identities of others against them ignores how hip-hop is a reflection and arbiter of culture. Late last night (Aug. 30), Eminem dropped a 13-track surprise album. The project, titled Kamikaze, set Twitter ablaze for taking shots at a long list of other artists and personalities. But amongst the barbs, chatter on social media began to center around lines directed at Tyler, the Creator, that were characterized by many as homophobic. On “The Fall,” Eminem raps “Tyler create nothin’, I see why you called yourself a f—-t, bitch / It’s not just ‘cause you lack attention, it’s ‘cause you worship D12’s balls, you’re sacrilegious.” Having bleeped out the slur f—-t from the track, he goes on. “...

Josh Wood Found Inspiration in Destiny’s Child For ‘Radio’ Music Video: Watch

For his latest single, “Radio (You and I),” San Francisco native Josh Wood enlisted a director who’s notorious for creating viral videos: Jake Wilson. While that name may not be familiar, you’ve almost certainly seen his work. Wilson is responsible for viral re-imaginations of pop music videos, including an all-male take on Dua Lipa’s “New Rules” and, most recently, a of version Troye Sivan and Ariana Grande’s collab “Dance To This” reworked with young children. The pair found inspiration in Destiny’s Child for the “Radio (You and I)” video, premiering today (Aug. 21). Throughout the clip, Wood is seen striking poses and executing choreography against bold, monochromatic backdrops, evoking the video for the girl group’s 1999 classic “Say My Name.” “Jake and I both obsess over late &#...

La Roux Calls Fox Business Using ‘Bulletproof’ in Back-to-School Segment ‘Abhorrent’

La Roux has taken Fox Business to task for using the song “Bulletproof” in a back-to-school segment promoting bulletproof school gear. A broadcast of Mornings With Maria on Monday showed a segment on back-to-school gear lined with hard ballistic plates. The segment used a clip of La Roux’s 2009 single “Bulletproof” as the lead-in track, keeping only the song’s hook (“This time, baby, I’ll be bulletproof”) intact. “It doesn’t even feel like it’s heavier than a regular backpack,” host Maria Bartiromo noted of the backpack, which is manufactured by MC Armor and costs $219. The company’s marketing manager, Carolina Ballesteros Casas, also highlighted some “fashion-forward” items, a puffer jacket and a protective tank top, the latter of which costs $1,500. “Using ‘Bulletproof,’ a so...

LP Announces New Album, Shares New Single ‘Girls Go Wild’: Watch

After the long-overdue success that followed Laura Pergolizzi — better known as LP — after the release of her fourth album, Lost on You, the Los Angeles singer-songwriter has announced a new, as-of-now untitled album, and shared new single “Girls Go Wild.” This is the first we’ve heard from LP since Lost on You, which was released stateside May last year. Details on the upcoming album are sparse. But “Girls Go Wild,” a live favorite that Pergolizzi’s been slotting into sets since February, should tide fans over for the time being. Produced by frequent collaborator Mike Del Rio (X Ambassadors, Kylie Minogue), “Girls Go Wild” soundtracks a westward-bound trip between two partners in a relationship standing on its last legs. “Sunshine brighter than blind love/ it’s all in th...

Laverne Cox Opens Up About Contemplating Suicide: ‘Misgendering a Trans Person Is an Act of Violence’

Following a ProPublica investigation that outlined transphobic practices in police investigations, Laverne Cox took to social media to share a candid, heart-wrenching letter that sheds light on the hardships faced by trans women — and how those challenges culminated in her own thoughts of suicide. The Orange Is the New Black actress took to Instagram and Twitter to rally against police departments in Jacksonville, Florida; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Tyler, Texas, among other municipalities, that misgender and deadname trans people in investigating the murders of trans people. In her statement, Cox was frank in the occurrences of transphobia she’s faced in her daily life, how that strife created circumstances that led to her own thoughts of suicide, and how, in her suicidal ide...

Mark Kanemura Unpacks His Epic ‘Cut to the Feeling’ Dance With Carly Rae Jepsen at Outside Lands 2018

Carly Rae Jepsen‘s “Cut to the Feeling” is one of the most beloved singles in her catalog, but the pop star opted to share the spotlight during her performance of the song at Outside Lands with a dancer who’s been dancing to it — and fiercely — for a year and counting. In San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park on Friday (Aug. 10), Mark Kanemura — who wowed viewers on the fourth season of So You Think You Can Dance before he joined Lady Gaga’s touring entourage as a principal dancer — joined Jepsen and her band to close out her set and turn “Cut to the Feeling” into a full-out grand finale. In his viral videos soundtracked by “Cut to the Feeling,” Kanemura typically rocks a rainbow Speedo, rainbow cape and piles o...

Travis Scott Responds to Trans Model’s Removal From Album Art: ‘I Have Nothing But Respect for the LGBTQ Community’

Travis Scott found himself amidst controversy ahead of the release of his third studio album, Astroworld, after it became clear NYC nightlife icon and model Amanda Lepore was removed from his album artwork. On Wednesday (Aug. 1), both Scott and the artwork’s photographer, David LaChapelle, uploaded versions of the cover to their Instagram accounts, but Lepore was missing on the rapper’s version. Saturday (Aug. 4), the rapper finally addressed the controversy with a statement on Twitter, stating that “EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO ASTROWORLD!” The rapper explained that growing up, he was taught to accept everyone, “not to cast people away but bring them into your home!” He adds that he has “nothing but respect” for the LGBTQ community. “I want to use my voice to make it clear that everyone on this...

5 Things We Learned from Trixie Mattel’s ‘Larry King Now’ Interview

Ever since her debut on season 7 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Trixie Mattel has become an international phenomenon. She starred in her own web series “UNHhhh” with fellow Drag Race star Katya, which later spun out into their own television program The Trixie & Katya Show. She’s released two hit albums, Two Birds and One Stone, and she most famously took home the crown on RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3. So when Trixie sat down with world-renowned journalist Larry King for his Larry King Now interview series, the two had much to discuss. King asked Trixie about how she got her start in drag, her relationship with RuPaul, the success she’s garnered over the past few years and the current state of drag. With two icons sitting down for a conversation, new information was naturally revealed. Here ...

Asia O’Hara Resurrects Her ‘Drag Race’ Butterfly Snafu in Brisbane: Watch

Drag queens are notoriously crafty, so it shouldn’t be shocking that Drag Race season 10 finalist Asia O’Hara has devised a routine that turns her infamous butterfly snafu from the show’s season finale on its head. During a performance clip uploaded by Instagram user @fairyfernie, the Texas-based queen lip-syncs an introduction — “Right now I’d like to introduce you to some friends of mine” — before removing an oversized fur coat. The star is joined by two hunks dressed as butterflies in overalls as Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumblebee” played. The trio does a quick high-energy dance routine before one of the backup dancers falls over. O’Hara pretends to perform CPR on him as she lip-syncs the titular line of Thelma Houston’s “Don’t Leave M...