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The Lesbian Socialite’s Dinah Contest

The Lesbian Socialite Contest

Are you going to Dinah Shore weekend? You wish you could get in the special events for free ninety-nine? Well, The Lesbian Socialite is looking for you to join #TeamSocialite at The Dinah!

These are the two things you have to do. First, you have to want to attend the World Famous Dinah Shore Weekend. And then you have to join #TeamSocialite and tell everyone about it. If you’re interested, let me tell you how to enter.

Stalk The Lesbian Socialite on social media. The more engaged you are, the easier it will be to see you. Basically, you have to stand out from the crowd.

Check The Lesbian Socialite on Twitter (@TheLesSocialite), Facebook (The Lesbian Socialite page), Instagram (@TheLesbianSocialite) and tumblr (@thereallesbiansocialite) are all places you can interact with The Lesbian Socialite. Then you should:

  1. Tell them why you want to join #TeamSocialite. The Lesbian Socialite parties with a purpose over here. It’s not simply about looking good and being fabulous (even though we do that). It’s about doing something good and being supportive to our community. Tell them what their motto socially active through social activity means to you.
  2. Tell them your Dinah dream. Why do you want to go The Dinah?

It’s pretty simple, huh? Get creative. Post your story on their FB page use the hashtag #TSDinah2016 if you post it on any other social media. Stay engaged. Invite your friends to make your case. Post as often as you like. They are a social bunch so they love to be engaged in a conversation.

The rules: NO NUDITY! They are somewhat dignified (at least in the public eye). Stalk The Lesbian Socialite a little. Again, figure out how to stand out. They love anything about people doing good things for the community as well as champagne, schoolate, food in general, travel, fashion and parties with a purpose.

Two (2) winners will receive the following:

The Golden Ticket: You (plus one) will get weekend passes to attend the World Famous Dinah Shore Weekend.

In addition to the passes, you will received $50 credit with OUT is in USA. You will be feature on The Lesbian Socialite website with your story about your first Dinah Shore weekend as well social media shout-outs over the weekend. Basically, you’ll be a ‘celesbian’ for the weekend. And you will get a passes to The Lesbian Socialite exclusive event at their Dinah Club House.

PLEASE NOTE: This DOES NOT include travel and/or accommodations. That is still YOUR responsibility.

CONTEST ENDS MARCH 3RD AT MIDNIGHT.

 

 

 

Why SIYA’s New Mixtape ‘What Never Happened’ is DOPE!

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I’ve continuously listened to this mixtape for about 3 days straight. All I can say is that it is dope. From her life as a dealer to her creating her own lane in the music industry SIYA takes you a rollercoaster ride of  life, love, lost, and dopeness while being true to who she is.

SIYA joined the world renowned DJ Skee to deliver the dope mixtape, What Never Happened. You are a dope if you don’t listen to this mixtape, her follow-up to “Better Late Than Never”. Every mixtape SIYA releases is a glimpse in the life of Michele Sherman (her government name). This one is no different.

In “1997” she reminisces about growing up making references to the rappers who were popular in that year like Biggie, Jay Z and Big Pun as she raps about her experiences as a dope dealer. She doesn’t glorify her life as a dope dealer, but she introspectively verses about her former life as what she knew. In “Judge Me” SIYA flows about her haters, how they don’t know her to judge her and gives you a glimpse of her struggles as an independent artist in the public eye.

But it’s her lyrical prowess laced with straightforward honest that separates SIYA from other rappers. Like MC Lyte in her highlight SIYA cannot be compared to any female mainstream rapper. Not Nicki Minaj. Not Dej Loaf. Not Iggy Azalea. SIYA is creating her own lane in this music industry. In “Industry Interlude” SIYA talks about industry rule #4080 of ‘the record company people are shady!” A sample of DMX’s discontent with the music industry plays as she flows about the hypocrisy of the music industry and how she’s circumventing the conventional way of making money by ghostwriting for other rappers and doing shows for her fans.

Yes, SIYA’s openly lesbian, but as she raps about the ups and downs of her relationships, anyone can connect with the lyrics. For her experiences are universal. In “You Know That” SIYA raps about a complicated love where she messed up and want her back. But in “Know Better” she talks about giving her all to a girl who doesn’t deserve it. In “La’Golden” she speaks about loving that special woman. We’ve all been there no matter what our sexual orientation is.

The bottomline is SIYA continues to make her lane by putting out real dope music. Even though she can be introspective and sensitive, she still shows her street side in songs, “Come Get Your Bitch” and “Real Nigga Business”. Thus, giving this mixtape a balance between mainstream and hardcore rap which is rare in today’s hip-hop music.

SIYA is definitely on a mission to be heard and be recognized beyond Sisterhood of Hip-Hop reality season. The unconventional tutelage of R&B singer-songwriter, Tank, doped SIYA up to take on the music industry. Tank has helped SIYA to navigate the music industry while being authentic to herself.

Unlike the previous mixtape Better Late Than Never which featured big stars like Chris Brown and Problem, SIYA (and her talent) is at the center of attention. You should check out this mixtape below to hear SIYA’s progression as an artist and a human being.

Blu Reine presents The Roux: A Spicy Burlesque Show

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It is the first anniversary of The Roux: A Spicy Burlesque Show. If you haven’t heard of The Roux, you’re missing out. The Roux is the brainchild of Blu Reine, a burlesque performer who decided that it was time to feature people of color. Actually, The Roux is the only burlesque show in the Gulf Coast that features a full cast of local, national and international performers of color.

Check out the performers and their bios by clicking their photos.

TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW. CLICK HERE!

Ruby Rose Is Coming to Litchfield Federal Correctional Facility

Orange Is The New Black fans have to wait a few months for the season 3. June 12th is the day we can binge watch our favorite show. You can check out a new cast member, Ruby Rose in a new video promoting the new season.

Who is Ruby Rose? Ruby Rose is an Australian model, DJ and actress. In 2002 Rose gained notoriety when she was runner-up in the Australian teen magazine Girlfriend model search. She went on to become a MTV VJ in Australia. But it’s this role of playing new inmate Stella Carlin on Orange Is The New Black season 3 that will get her noticed. We cannot wait until we can check her out.

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The Roux: Part Deux

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Editor-in-chief A. Kenyatta Parks finally caught up with Blu Reine, producer of The Roux: A Spicy Brown Burlesque Show as she prepares for her second event at Cafe Istanbul. We appreciate Blu Reine for taking the time out of her busy schedule to answer our questions.

TGR: Why is it important to you to present burlesque performance of/by people of color?

BR: I feel they (we) are highly underrepresented. It seems everyday I find another performer of color packed with talent that just doesn’t get the publicity that their counterparts do.

TGR: What drew you to burlesque?

BR: Dance and performance are ultimately the things that make burlesque a highlight for me. I also love that it’s such a sensual and liberating art.

TGR: Why is it important for people of color to see and support your show, The Roux?

BR: It’s important for everyone to see my show.  The Roux has a beautifully diverse audience and following.

TGR: Your first show sold out. Do you expect the same enthusiasm for this show? Why or why not? How can you keep the interest up for The Roux?

BR: My expectations for The Roux are even higher now as I didn’t expect that that turn out for the first show. My feedback from the crowd was that they had an amazing experience. I hope to keep interest up by continuing to draw the creatives needed for the show.

TGR: Where do you see The Roux in five years?

BR: Time will tell but I’m excited to have created something that I can grow with.

Well, there you have it, ladies and gentlewoman. Support Blu Reine and this special performance of The Roux on March 14, 2015 at Cafe Istanbul, New Orleans, LA.

TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW, CLICK HERE.

Get a preview here as Blu Reine sat down with JonGunnar Gylfason for the latest exclusive OffBeat video.

Empire: To Watch or Not to Watch?

Empire - Lyon Family Fox’s new television series “Empire” jumps out as the “Glee” of the hip-hop world. Yes, “Glee”. While there are not many cheerleaders, football players and cheerleader coach from hell with incredible voices, cliches run amok in “Empire”. The characters particularly Jamal and Hakeem break out into song every few scenes. And yes, power, sex, drugs, violence and homophobia are all central plot. Yes, all hip-hop stereotypes. But there are a few bright spots to the show.

Fox’s new hip-hop drama, Empire begins with Cookie Lyon (played by Taraji P. Henson), a mother of three who has spent 17 years in jail coming home to reclaim what is hers. Cookie took the fall for then-husband Luscious Lyon, a drug dealer turned rapper Luscious Cookieturned successful music mogul. Cookie wants a piece of the company that her imprisonment built. Luscious Lyon (played by Terrence Howard), driven by his mortality as he’s dying from ALS, wants the brothers to compete for the company.

The oldest son, Andre (played by Trai Byers) devoted his life to his father’s company. He interned as a kid while earning an MBA from Stanford. But he’s a business man not a musician. Luscious has apprehensions about giving the company to one that is not a musician. Jamal (played by Jussie Smollett), the middle son is a talented songwriter, arranger and singer and also gay. While he’s out to his family, he’s not out publicly. Hakeem (played by Bryshere Gray), the youngest son, while talented is lazy and only cares about ‘money, hoes and clothes,’ the hip-hop way.

But Hakeem is his father’s favorite son. Knowing this Andre and his wife devise a scheme that would pit his brothers against each other to ultimately be named the winner. Luscious as Hakeem’s manager and Cookie as Jamal’s manager sets a stage for a all-out war between the parents and the brothers even though they are best friends and supportive of each others’ careers.

Most are heralding that the show has a gay central character, but LGBT characters on prime time aren’t new. But a black one is. The dialogue is often crass, but it’s honest especially in the black community. While Cookie accepts her son as is, Luscious Empireis the stereotypical homophobic Alpha male. In a flashback Jamal walks in the living room with high heels and scarf on his head. Sending his father into a rage, he grabs Jamal and throws him a garbage can. Cookie grabs him out while hollering and kicking at Luscious.

While she loves Jamal unconditionally, her love for her other two sons are in question. Maybe as a mother she feels she has to protect Jamal from his father or the society-at-large. Her competition with Luscious is overshadowing her love for her family (or at least all of her sons). But it’s Henson’s portrayal of Cookie Lyon that shows emotional depth. Maybe there’s more to Cookie than meets the eye. Her confrontational exchanges with Luscious’s new wife, Anika Calhoun (played by Grace Gealey) is both hilarious and tragic. 

And Empire is definitely politically incorrect. Cookie and Luscious both use the words faggot and sissy in reference to Jamal and/or his boyfriend, Michael. Upon meeting Michael, Cookie calls him a ‘lil Mexican’. And in another episode she calls him Michelle instead of Michael. While Lee Daniels thinks it is okay for Cookie to use these words because of her unconditional love for Jamal, others may object. Words still hurt. Instead of going to war with Luscious, maybe Cookie should focus bringing her family together.

And after seeing a few episodes Lee Daniels is making it his crusade to expose homophobia in the black community. Yes, there’s homophobia in the black community, but there’s homophobia in every community. We disagree that this is taught in most African-American and Latino households. There are black families that are on the other side of that spectrum. Since Lee Daniels has this vendetta against homophobia in the black community, maybe next season he will focus on the racism in the LGBTQ community.