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May 23, 2015

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Memorial Day Weekend: 4 Events In Brooklyn Black Culture Will Be Flourishing

Memorial Day weekend is in full swing and Brooklyn has you covered if you are looking to be around some beautiful black culture. If you still don't have any plans check out some of these events where the melanin will definitely be on fleek.

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The feisty cross-dressing hairdresser, stylist and singer will host a segment titled 'Spilling the Tea With Miss Lawrence,' providing entertainment tidbits, celebrity gossip, red carpet commentary and fashion/beauty critiques.

"I'm so excited," Lawrence said about the opportunity, adding, "I've found the chemistry and talent between us to be really natural."

"I'll be 'Spilling the Tea' on all the latest who's who, something Miss Lawrence loves to do! Talking music, entertainment, beauty and fashion is so me, honey! They picked the right girl for this one, and it's ALWAYS tastefully done!"

Miss Lawrence is legally known as Lawrence Washington, a resident of Atlanta, Ga., and owner and operator of the successful Lawrence Washington Atlanta salon. Last year, he released the song 'Closet Freak,' produced with Grammy Award-winner Kandi Burruss, which has become an underground sensation. He is currently in the studio working on a debut opus.

'The Steve Harvey Project' provides new and longtime fans a behind-the-scenes glimpse of his top-rated daily syndicated radio show. The hour-long series is filmed daily and airs Monday through Friday.

'Spilling the Tea' is scheduled to air Tuesdays and Thursdays on 'The Steve Harvey Project.'





The Gender Benders

The Gender Benders
BlackVoices.com takes an up-close and intimate look at how androgyny has crossed into mainstream entertainment culture via the work and depictions of transgendered people, transvestites, transsexuals, cross-dressers and gay icons. Sometimes dramatic, sometimes comedic, and oftentimes jarring, these gender-bending images leave a lasting impression on all who bore witness. Take a gander.

Name: Flip Wilson
Profession: Actor/Comedian
Gender Bender: As the strong-looking, colorfully dressed, flirtatious and outspoken Geraldine Jones, Wilson is credited with negotiating race and class bias by positively characterizing the average, working-class black female.
Claim to Fame: After being featured on shows such as 'Laugh-In,' 'The Ed Sullivan Show' and 'The Tonight Show,' he landed his very own sketch variety show, which debuted on NBC in 1970.
Factoid: Flip Wilson was born Clerow Wilson, Jr., in Jersey City, N.J. on Dec. 8, 1933. On Nov. 25, 1998, he succumbed to complications of liver cancer.

Name: Milton Berle
Profession: Actor/Comedian
Gender Bender: During his television heyday, "Uncle Miltie" (as many referred to him) donned wigs and dresses during his slapstick comedy antics.
Claim to Fame: In 1948, NBC brought 'Texaco Star Theater' from radio to television, later naming Berle as the permanent host. The vaudevillian-styled show became a ratings hit, winning Emmy Awards after its first season.
Factoid: Milton Berle was born Mendel Berlinger in New York City on July 12, 1908. He passed away at the age of 93 on March 27, 2002.

Name: RuPaul
Profession: Singer/Actor/Drag Performer/Former Talk Show Host
Gender Bender: RuPaul, born RuPaul Andre Charles, became not only the first drag queen supermodel after signing a contract with M.A.C. Cosmetics, but he was also the first drag queen to have his own talk show.
Claim to Fame: At the height of the supermodel era, RuPaul released a dance/house album called 'Supermodel of the World' led by the hit single 'Supermodel (You Better Work).' It became an MTV hit and topped the dance charts.
Factoid: On his 'Foxy Lady' album, he covered Diana Ross's 'Work That Body' and also appeared on her music video for the single 'I Will Survive.'

Name: Wesley Snipes
Profession: Actor
Gender Bender: Snipes's character, Noxeema Jackson, in 'To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, is a drag queen who, along with fellow drag queens Vida Boheme and Chi-Chi, who set off on a road trip to Los Angeles only to have their car break down along the way.
Claim to Fame: Though his first movie was 'Wildcats' with Goldie Hawn, Snipes, made a name for himself in two popular black films of the early '90s, playing Nino Brown in 'New Jack City' and as Shadow Henderson in Spike Lee's 'Mo' Betta Blues.'
Factoid: Snipes holds a fifth degree black belt and also practices Capoeira, a Brazilian martial arts.

Name: Boy George
Profession: Singer/Songwriter
Gender Bender: Influenced by David Bowie and Iggy Pop, Boy George's androgynous look made him a standout in his group Culture Club.
Claim to Fame: Culture Club's 1983 debut, 'Kissing to Be Clever,' included the #1 song 'Do You Really Want to Hurt Me.'
Factoid: Boy George, whose real name is George Alan O'Dowd, later confessed to being bisexual and dating his Culture Club drummer Jon Moss for whom he wrote a great deal of his hit songs for.

Name: Sylvester
Profession: Musician/Drag Performer
Gender Bender: Sylvester got his start performing with a group of transvestites called The Cockettes in San Francisco. Record label pressure to reshape his image resulted in his reportedly showing up to meetings in full-on drag.
Claim to Fame: His first solo album, 'Step II,' which was released in 1978, earned him the name "The Queen of Disco," following the success of two disco classics 'You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)' and 'Dance (Disco Heat).'
Factoid: Before he passed away from complications due to AIDS, Sylvester (real name: Sylvester James) lived out one of his dreams, singing backup for his idol Aretha Franklin on her album 'Who's Zoomin' Who?'

Name: Felicity Huffman
Profession: Actress
Gender Bender: As "Bree" in 'Transamerica,' Huffman plays a man-to-woman preoperative transsexual who finds out that she has a son before her final surgical operation.
Claim to Fame: Huffman has gained popularity as the character Lynette Scavo on ABC's 'Desperate Housewives.'
Factoid: In 2005, Oprah Winfrey granted Felicity's "Wildest Dream" when she got to sing backup for her idol Tina Turner on Winfrey's talk show.

Name: Grace Jones
Profession: Model/Actress/Singer
Gender Bender: On the cover of her 1981 album 'Nightclubbing,' Jones flaunted an androgynous look, with square-cut hair and a padded suit jacket, cigarette in mouth. Her height and overall new look was said to have influenced the cross-dressing movement of the 1980s.
Claim to Fame: Jones began her career as a model in New York and was once a muse to Andy Warhol. Her disco recordings were welcomed by a loyal gay following. Jones also appeared in 'Boomerang' as Helen Strangé.
Factoid: Jones was born in Spanish Town, Jamaica.

Name: Dustin Hoffman
Profession: Actor
Gender Bender: In 'Tootsie,' Hoffman played Michael Dorsey, an unemployed actor, who takes on the role of Dorothy Michaels, a female soap opera actress, and later falls in love with the show's leading actress.
Claim to Fame: Dustin Hoffman's first memorable role was in the 1967 film 'The Graduate' as a young college grad named Benjamin Braddock who gets himself into a messy situation by having an affair with a married woman and falling in love with her teenage daughter.
Factoid: In 1982, he reportedly wanted to play the title role in 'Gandhi,' but ended up signing up for 'Tootsie.' Oddly enough, he lost the Oscar for 'Tootsie' to Ben Kingsley who played Gandhi.

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