Beyoncé & Jay-Z Honored At 30th Annual GLAAD Media

Beyoncé and Jay-Z were honored with the Vanguard Award at the 30th annual GLAAD Media Awards on Friday in Los Angeles.
Jay-Z and Beyoncé

Beyoncé and Jay-Z were honored with the Vanguard Award at the 30th annual GLAAD Media Awards on Thursday in Los Angeles.

Each year, the GLAAD Media Awards presents the Vanguard Award “to media professionals who have made a significant difference in promoting equality and acceptance of LGBTQ people.”

Before taking the stage, however, RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Shangela rocked the crowd with a lip-sync performance to a medley of Beyoncé’s hits including “Bootylicious,” “Partition,” “Single Ladies” and “Flawless.”

Bey herself gave Shangela a standing ovation.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z were introduced by Morris Singletary, Janet Mock, Ty Hunter and Lena Waithe.

And then, the royal couple appeared onstage to the roars of the crowd.

In accepting the honor, Beyoncé said, in part:

“Whether it’s our fans, or our family, the LGBTQI community has always supported us and lifted us up. We’re here to promote love for every human being, and change starts with supporting the people closest to you. So, lets tell them they are loved. Let’s remind them they are beautiful. Let’s speak out and protect them. And parents, let’s love our kids in their truest form. We would like to request that we continue to shift the stigma in this community, especially the stigmas in black families, towards accepting queer black and brown family members.”

She also paid tribute to her late uncle who died of HIV.

“‪Lastly, I want to dedicate this award to my Uncle Johnny, the most fabulous gay man that I have ever known…who helped raise me and my sister. He lived his truth. He was brave and unapologetic during a time when this country wasn’t as accepting, and witnessing his battle with HIV was one of the most painful experiences I’ve ever lived,” she said. “‪I am hopeful that his struggle served to open pathways for other young people to live more freely. LGBTQI rights are human rights. To choose who you love is your human right. How you identify and see yourself is your human right. Who you make love to and take that ass to Red Lobster is your human right.”

Jay-Z honored his mother, Gloria Carter, in his speech who came out as a lesbian via his song, “Smile.”

“Life, this journey, is filled with highs, lows, and a lot of learning. This is a momentous night. I also want to, because I didn’t get to do it last year, honor my mother, who received the award last year, and follow in her footsteps of spreading love and acceptance and her beautiful speech at the end of the song ‘Smile,’ for her allowing me to tell her story. I want everyone to acknowledge that, and her strong message of love who you love and souls that connect.”

Additionally, Sean Hayes of Will and Grace received the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, presented to him by Allison Janney, and Love, Simon was honored as Outstanding Film.

Other honorees of the night:

Outstanding Film — Wide Release: Love, Simon (20th Century Fox) [accepted by: Greg Berlanti and cast members including Nick Robinson, Josh Duhamel, Keiynan Lonsdale, and Alexandra Schipp; presented by Gwyneth Paltrow]

Outstanding Comedy Series: Vida (Starz) [accepted by: Tanya Saracho and cast members; presented by Jake Borelli and Alex Landi (Grey’s Anatomy) and Olivia Munn]

Outstanding Reality Program: Queer Eye (Netflix) [accepted by: Jonathan Van Ness, Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown; presented by Meghan Trainor and Nico Santos]

Outstanding Documentary: Believer (HBO)

Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series w/o a regular LGBTQ character): “Someplace Other Than Here,” The Guest Book (TBS)

Outstanding Kids & Family Programming: Steven Universe (Cartoon Network)

Outstanding Video Game: The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset (Bethesda Softworks)

Outstanding Comic Book: Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles, written by Mark Russell (DC Comics)

Outstanding Magazine Article: “Can a Transgender Woman Get Justice in Texas?” by Nate Blakeslee (Texas Monthly)

Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage: Variety

Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine (Spanish-Language): “Entrevista con Luis Sandoval para National Coming Out Day,” Despierta América (Univision)

Outstanding Digital Journalism (Spanish-Language): “Así pinta la televisión hispana a los personajes LGBTQ, una representación preocupante” por Daniel Shoer Roth (ElNuevoHerald.com)

Special Recognition: Nanette (Netflix)

Special Recognition: TransMilitary (Logo)

Special Recognition (Spanish-Language): House of Mamis (INTOmore.com)

Trump Slaps Back At Jay-Z For “Superbug” Racist Label

President Trump slapped back at rapper Jay-Z after the music icon described the Trumpster as a racist “superbug.”

From The New York Daily News:

The “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)” rapper blasted Trump a day earlier for allegedly referring to Haiti and some African nations as “shithole countries” during a meeting on immigration.

“Everyone feels anger, but after the anger it’s really hurtful because he’s looking down on a whole population of people and he’s so misinformed because these places have beautiful people,” he told CNN’s “The Van Jones Show” in an interview that aired Saturday.

Trump allegedly made the comments to a group of senators during a meeting earlier this month to fix the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

“You don’t take the trash out,” he said during his CNN interview. “You keep spraying whatever over it to make it acceptable and then, you know, as those things grow, then you create a superbug.”

“And then now we have Donald Trump, the superbug.”

But he then took a softer tone on his fellow New York native, saying the President “is a human being, too.”

“Somewhere along his lineage, something happened to him,” he said. “And he’s in pain and he’s expressing it in this sort of way.”

In an attempt to punch back at Jay-Z, Trump tweeted, “Somebody please inform Jay-Z that because of my policies, Black Unemployment has just been reported to be at the LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!”

Van Jones had asked Jay-Z about the black unemployment figures and whether or not more jobs made up for the hurtful Trump rhetoric aimed at blacks.

Jay-Z said no “because it’s not about money at the end of the day. Money doesn’t equate to happiness. It doesn’t. That’s missing the whole point.”

While it is true that unemployment for black Americans, currently at 6.8%, is at the lowest rate in many years, it’s disingenuous for Trump to take all the credit.

The unemployment numbers for black Americans has steadily declined since early 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s years before Trump arrived at the White House.

Grammy nominees speak out for same-sex marriage

Kelly Clarkson – Nominated for 4 Grammys, including Record of the Year (“Stronger”), Song of the Year (Stronger), Best Pop Solo Performance, and Best Pop Vocal Album

Jay-Z – Nominated for 6 Grammys, including Best Rap Performance, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, Best Rap Song, and Best Short Form Music Video

Pink – Nominated for a Grammy: Best Pop Vocal Album (The Truth About Love)

Michael Buble – Nominated for a Grammy: Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album (Christmas)

Check out more Grammy nominees who support marriage equality at FreedomToMarry.org

Rapper Ice Cube is cool with gay marriage

Ice Cube agrees with Jay-Z: He’s cool with gay marriage.

“I’ve had people in my family, myself and a lot of my ancestors have
been victims of discrimination. So I don’t want to discriminate on
nobody,” the hip-hop star, actor and Coors Light pitchman told Ad Age
today in a wide-ranging interview. “And I’m not worried about what
people do in their bedrooms.”

“I’m cool with it. I’m already married, so I ain’t worried about too many other people, what they’re doing.”

The rapper’s comments come after Jay-Z earlier this week told CNN that
he supported President Barack Obama’s decision to back same-sex
marriage. “I’ve always thought it as something that was still, um,
holding the country back,” Jay-Z told CNN. “What people do in their own home is their business, and you can choose to love whoever you love.”

More at Creativity Online

Jay Z supports President Obama and marriage equality

Jay-Z has thrown his support behind President Obama’s marriage equality stance, CNN Political Ticker reports.

In a CNN interview, the hip-hop mogul said of the issue:

“I’ve always thought it as something that was still holding the country back,” Jay Z told Poppy. “What people do in their own homes is their business and you can choose to love whoever you love. That’s their business. It’s no different than discriminating against blacks. It’s discrimination plain and simple.”

When asked if he is worried that the endorsement will cost President Obama votes, Jay Z issues an eloquent response.  “I think it’s the right thing to do, so whether it costs him votes or not…again, it’s not about votes. It’s about people. It’s the right thing to do as a human being.”
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