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"Pose" star Billy Porter, right, dragged American Vogue magazine for featuring "straight" singer Harry Styles on a cover wearing a dress.

In an in-depth interview with The Sunday Times magazine, Porter criticized Vogue for not recognizing him as the trailblazer for men wearing dresses.

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"I changed the whole game," Porter said.

"I. Personally. Changed. The. Whole. Game. And that is not ego, that is just fact. I was the first one doing it and now everybody is doing it."

Porter, who plays a fairy godmother in Amazon Studios' woke remake of "Cinderella", added:

"I feel like the fashion industry has accepted me because they have to. I'm not necessarily convinced and here is why. I created the conversation [about men wearing dresses] and yet Vogue still put Harry Styles, a straight white man, in a dress on their cover for the first time."


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Porter continued:

"I'm not dragging Harry Styles, but he is the one you're going to try and use to represent this new conversation?"

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Styles, 27, has never publicly labeled his sexuality. But it's a well-known fact that he is ghey-for-pay -- pretending to be LGBT+ for clout.

"He doesn't care," Porter said, "he's just doing it because it's the thing to do."

"This is politics for me. This is my life. I had to fight my entire life to get to the place where I could wear a dress to the Oscars and not be gunned now. All he has to do is be white and straight."

The 52-year-old actor and singer, who released a single last week titled "Children", admitted he never dreamed he'd be so successful, "because I'm gay."

"I was told my queerness would be a liability and I would never have the kind of success that I have. And the naysayers were right for a very long time, until they weren't."

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Katie Couric's bombshell memoir, "Going There," has been banned on CBS for its hateful and vindictive content.

For decades Couric's bubbly personality and professional demeanor endeared her to millions of television viewers.

However, critics say her new memoir exposes her as a vengeful narcissist with a mean attitude toward female colleagues.

According to the New York Post, Couric's girl-next-door demeanor was just an act.

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Couric was booked to promote her memoir on "CBS This Morning" with Gayle King -- until CBS News execs and producers read the memoir and canned her interview.

"Nobody can understand why Katie did this," a senior news producer told The NY Post. "She's ruining her legacy."

In her memoir, Couric shredded her competition and cast herself as an enemy of professional women.

She drops names and drags her female colleagues, while claiming to be blissfully unaware of rumors about Harvey Weinstein or Fox News CEO Roger Ailes.

Couric claims she never heard a thing about Weinstein, while feigning ignorance about Roger Ailes: "Who knew he was a monster?"

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Similarly, she handled sexual predator Matt Lauer with kid gloves, claiming she "heard the whispers" about Lauer from women "he damaged."

"I knew Matt loved beautiful women... he could charm the pants (as it were) off any celebrity," she wrote.

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On the day Matt Lauer was fired, Couric texted him, "I am crushed, I love you, and care about you deeply."

She removed her kid gloves for her female competition.

Couric was so desperate to top Diane Sawyer's morning TV ratings that she fumed, "That woman must be stopped!"

"I loved that I was getting under Diane's skin," she writes of her former rival.

Couric claims Sawyer exploited the late pop icon Whitney Houston in an exclusive interview.

"There was a very fine line between a revealing interview and the exploitation of troubled, often traumatized people in service of tawdry tidbits and sensational sound bites (e.g., Diane bearing down on an agitated Whitney Houston about eating disorders and drug use, which yielded the memorable comeback 'crack is whack')."

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Studio singer Beyonce Knowles-Carter is almost unrecognizable on the current cover of Harper's Bazaar magazine.

Many Twitter users confused the 40-year-old singer's photos for her mother, 67-year-old Tina Lawson.

Beyonce posed in denim pieces from her new Ivy Park x Adidas line. In another photo she wore a black cowboy-inspired outfit complete with a cowboy hat and boots.

When asked how she occupied her time on lockdown, the "Formation" star revealed that she's "been in the studio for a year and a half" working on new music.

"With all the isolation and injustice over the past year, I think we are all ready to escape, travel, love, and laugh again. I feel a renaissance emerging, and I want to be part of nurturing that escape in any way possible."

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Explaining her creative process, Beyonce continued:

"Sometimes it takes a year for me to personally search through thousands of sounds to find just the right kick or snare. One chorus can have up to 200 stacked harmonies.

"Still, there's nothing like the amount of love, passion, and healing that I feel in the recording studio. After 31 years, it feels just as exciting as it did when I was nine years old."

The "Halo" singer, who recently told Destiny's Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams she's been "cooking" tracks during lockdown, added: "Yes, the music is coming!"

The mom-of-three and stepmother of two is best known for Emo songs such as "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," "Drunk in Love" and "Crazy in Love."
 
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Tameka Foster Raymond is set to publish her new memoir titled Here I Stand . . . in a Beautiful State.

The memoir covers Tameka's career, her marriage to pop singer Usher Raymond, her divorce, her son Kile Ishmael Glover's death in 2012, and dealing with Instagram stalkers.

According to Eurweb.com, Tameka decided to document her life story after speaking with three women on a beach in Bali.

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Tameka was surprised when they insisted there was no way she could be Usher's ex-wife because his wife had died.

The title of the book is inspired by Usher's fifth studio album, Here I Stand (2008).

The album was followed up by Usher's 6th studio release, Raymond v. Raymond, which was recorded in 2009 amid their contentious divorce.

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Usher married Tameka, his former stylist, in 2007 after dating for two years. They share two sons, Usher "Cinco" Raymond V, 13, and Naviyd Ely Raymond, 12.

Usher filed for divorce in June 2009 in Atlanta.

Tameka said her book will clear up many misconceptions about her life after divorce.

She said the book's title is "a double-entendre. Here I stand after going through all the media crap, the divorce, the loss, the grief."

Here I Stand ... in a Beautiful State is available for pre-order beginning July 25, 2021, online at https://www.tamekaraymond.com. Hardback copies retail for $26.00 and paperback copies retail for $21.00.
 

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A former Secret Service agent was honored to serve as Michelle Obama's protector, but one aspect of her job troubled her.

Evy Poumpouras told Insider that she "could do nothing" when witnessing racist comments or signs targeting the former first lady.

Poumpouras served as Mrs. Obama's Secret Service agent during Michelle and Barack Obama's time at the White House. She also protected George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George H.W. Bush during her 12 years in the secret service, according to Insider.

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In her 2020 memoir, "Becoming Bulletproof," Poumpouras recalled feeling "outraged" when people hurled racist slurs or directed a racist sign at the former first lady.

"As the first Black First Lady of the United States, Mrs. Obama had to withstand certain kinds of disparagement that none of her predecessors ever faced," Poumpouras wrote. "I was on her protective detail when we were driving to a school to deliver a speech; we passed someone on a bridge holding up a shockingly racist sign directed at her."

"I remember feeling outraged -- after all, it was part of our job to protect the first family mentally as well as physically. But if the First Lady saw the sign, she gave no indication of it," she added.

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Poumpouras told Insider there was "no protocol" in place to deal with Americans who expressed their freedom of speech.

"I could do nothing," she told Insider. "There's freedom of speech in the United States, and even if I personally feel that speech is wrong, the law doesn't give me the power to take that person's speech away."

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A new study recently published by a college professor finds that the American media portrayal of Black men "perpetuates many of the same, negative patterns that are common in popular culture."

Armon Perry, a professor of social work at the University of Louisville, spent two decades reviewing research on Black men and families.

The research falls into one of two categories: many Black men are "disproportionately low income," and "poor Black men reject monogamous romantic relationships in favor of a hypersexual masculinity to overcompensate for their inability to fulfill the traditional breadwinner role."

Other studies found that Black males desire intimacy and companionship in stable relationships. But the economic disparities they face in every day American society is one of the factors in their struggles to maintain stable monogamous relationships.

In his 4 year study, Perry followed 33 Black men from Louisville, Kentucky. He found that "the near-exclusive focus on low-income Black men in research related to the family skews perceptions of these men."

He found that the skewed perceptions of low income men reinforce negative stereotypes that portray Black males as dangerous and predatory.

Many of the Black men Perry interviewed credited their partners with making them better husbands, fathers and men.

According to one of the participants, "I always tell her that I couldn't have become who I am without her. Meeting the right person... is probably the most important decision I've made in my life."

Perry's findings, which counter the popular image that society holds of Black men, are published in his book: "Black Love Matters: Authentic Men's Voices on Marriage and Romantic Relationships."

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Barack Obama's new book broke records for his book publisher Penguin Random House. The news comes as supporters of the former U.S. president celebrate his "third term in office."

Obama's new book, A Promised Land, released on Nov. 17, sold 1.7 million units in all formats and editions in the U.S. and Canada to date.

The first week sales of 887,000 units is a first-day record for the book publishing house.

The first-week sales stand as the largest one-week total for any book ever released by Penguin Random House.

Obama promoted the book with an interview on Power 105.1's Breakfast Club last week. Co-host Charlamagne tha god held Obama's feet to the fire by demanding to know why he didn't do more for Black people in his first 2 terms in office.

Co-host DJ Envy also pressed Obama to explain why he uplifted LGBT+ people over Black people who have suffered for 200 years.

Obama said he was confident that he did more for Black people than current President Donald Trump.

He also blamed Republicans for blocking his attempts to pass laws for Black people. But Democrats held the majority in both the House and the Senate in Obama's first 2 years in office.

Obama was asked to name his specific pro-Black laws that Congress blocked, but he danced around the answer.
 

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Tracey Davis, daughter of Sammy Davis Jr., has died, her ex-husband Guy Garner confirmed to the Associated Press.

Garner said Tracey died in Franklin, Tennessee, on November 2, following a short illness. An official cause of death was not revealed.

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Tracey was born on July 5, 1961 to Davis and his second wife, Swedish actress May Britt Ringquist (who divorced him in 1968 after his affair with actress Lola Falana).

In her 2014 book, titled Sammy Davis Jr.: A Personal Journey With My Father, Tracey revealed that her parents' interracial marriage led to President John F. Kennedy refusing to allow Davis to perform at his Inauguration.

Davis was a registered Democrat who supported Kennedy's 1960 campaign for president. Davis died from complications of throat cancer in 1990 at age 64.

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Tracey used her life experiences to pen her 1996 book Sammy Davis Jr.: My Father, in which she shared personal recollections about getting to know her dad as an adult. She said his busy career kept him on the road for much of her childhood.

Last month, MGM announced they were using the book to develop a Sammy Davis Jr. biopic, to which Tracey said in a statement: "I am thrilled to know my father’s life, both private and public, will be brought to the big screen with this team of storytellers.

"He and my mother May Britt took on the world, choosing love and compassion over hatred and bigotry, and I am a product of that decision."

Tracey is survived by her mother, her four children, her half-brother Manny and her two adopted brothers, Mark and Jeff.

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Oprah Winfrey's O magazine will cease monthly printing after 20 years. The news comes amid reports that Hearst Magazines' president quit amid sexual abuse allegations.

According to Business of Fashion, the staff of Oprah's magazine were informed of the decision on Friday, July 24.

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The magazine was a joint venture between Oprah, 66, Harpo, Inc. and Hearst Magazines, and is known for its Oprah-centered content, the book of the month club and the annual Oprah's Favorite Things gift guide.

The magazine's readership -- mostly white women -- speculate that the magazine folded due to allegations of sexual misconduct against Troy Young, who resigned as president of Hearst magazines.

The announcement of Young's resignation came a day after the New York Times reported the 52-year-old's "bullying or harassing" behavior which include making indecent remarks to female employees.

In one case, he reportedly sent unsolicited p0rnography to an editor. Young, who was named editor in 2018, sent a note to staffers saying he was "sorry" for the comments he made and he never realized how offensive they were.

"I am sorry and I'm committed to the work I need to do here," he said in his note, which was published by the New York Times.

Hearst president and CEO Steven R. Swartz said the magazine isn't going away completely. It will become "digital-centric" with more emphasis on the O magazine website run by a smaller staff.

"This is a natural next step for the brand, which has grown to an online audience of 8 million, extending its voice and vision with video and social content," a spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter. "We will continue to invest in this platform as the brand grows and evolves into one that is more digitally centric."

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Stephen Curry's wife, Ayesha, launched her new lifestyle magazine, titled Sweet July.

The premier issue is packed with articles on beauty tips, fashion, recipes, love and relationships, decorating, and profiles on social media influencers.

"I'm so nervous and excited about it," she tells PEOPLE. "This first issue is all about presence and gratitude, which I think is so important, not only in life, but especially right now. I just hope that people find a sense of peace from it."

Ayesha, referred to as "AC" in the magazine, shares photos from "an Epic Ladies Brunch," attended by her mother, Carol, grandmother, Gwendolyn, Stephen's mother, Sonya, and her sister, Maria.

Three generations of Ayesha's family are seen locked in a warm embrace in the "Community" column, and Carol, a mixed-race Jamaican, has her own column where she shares her "wisdom and unique point of view" with Ayesha's readers.

The "Connected" column, accompanied by a photo of AC in bed with her husband, Stephen, features an emotional conversation about love -- whether it's important to say it with words or actions.

And in the "Ask Mom Anything" feature, Ayesha tackles questions from her daughters Riley, 7, Ryan, 4. 1-year-old son, Canon, is featured in adorable photos.

The cover price is $9.99 USD, and the magazine is available via Amazon, Apple News+, Zinio, and the Barnes & Noble Nook.
 

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