BeBe Zahara Benet Shares Beauty Tips for Black Drag Queens, Talks New Album, and More
Types of “Friends” You Need to Get Rid Of. Now.
Why Your Friends Get More “Likes” On Their Facebook Statuses
When Is It Time to Say “I Don’t Love You”?

NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell Questions Whether Gay Athletes Can Actually Play

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According to NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell, the struggle for gay athletes to find their place in the sporting industry echoes the same struggles black athletes faced in the 1960s.

Russell, the winner of 11 NBA championships with the Boston Celtics, spoke Wednesday about whether gay athletes made good teammates or if their sexuality causes too much controversy in the locker rooms. According to him, these same questions were asked about black athletes in the 60s, when college and professional leagues turned their noses up at the idea of assimilating white and black players.

“It seems to me, a lot of questions about gay athletes, were the same questions they used to ask about us,” Russell said during a panel discussion at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, which is hosting a summit celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.

However, Russell’s main concern is whether gay athletes can play or not. These concerns follow UMass’ Derrick Gordon’s decision to come out, making him the first openly gay player in Division I men’s basketball. <Source>

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Damani Nkosi New Video “Free Dumb (Chains Off)”

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The second single from Damani Nkosi “Free Dumb (Chains Off)”, taken from upcoming album Thoughtful King, finds the Ingelwood rapper amidst German graffiti culture and Picasso paintings at Kunsthalle Art Museum in Hamburg, while urging his peers to divest from material binds. 

Executive produced by Warryn Campbell (Mary Mary, Luther Vandross, Brandy) the album takes listeners on a journey through the soul of a man on a mission to make his mark on hip-hop by speaking truth to power. The album flaunts a muted live instrumentation aesthetic melded with break beats and guest vocalists, resulting in an expansive jazzy affair with an undeniable hip-hop edge. 
Ready to check out the visual? Peep it below!

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Reasons Why Every Man Should Have At Least One Sex Toy

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It is very common to find women using sex toys to enhance their sexual experience, is it as common for men to have their own sex toys?

It is becoming more and more common for men to have some sort of sex toy, in fact more sex toys are now offering an entire range of sex toys just for men.

There are several reasons why men should have at least one sex toy, below are the most common (Disclaimer: Graphic Content Discussing Sexual Stimulation Below!):

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RuPaul Responds to Transphobia Claims

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“RuPaul’s Drag Race” came under fire for the use of what some are claiming to be transphobic slurs.

During one of the mini-challenges titled “Female or She-male,” the queens were asked to identify whether a photo displayed a cisgender (non trans) woman or former “Drag Race” contestant based off a certain part of the photo. Transgender activists are claiming the segment and the regularly usage of the term “she-male” promotes transphobia within the LGBT community.

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“The Unspeakable”: Homophobia In the Gay Community

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Let’s go there. Homophobia isn’t just a “straight people problem”. It exists in the LGBT community as well.

At some point within the gay male community, especially in the black gay male sub-community, many of the female characteristics of womanhood that are carried over into male behavior are looked down upon. To be feminine is to be considered a “sissy” who is weak, spineless, and someone who has given up their claim to manhood by acting like a woman. He makes other self-respecting, discreet gay men look bad by association because he lives up to the stereotype that gay men are devoid of masculinity and are simply females disguised as men.

The intense dislike of these feminine gay men by “straight-acting” men is a form of self-loathing that is not unlike the homophobia commonly seen between heterosexual and homosexual individuals. These sentiments include: believing “boys should act like boys” and “girls should act like girls”, the fear of being perceived as gay (not just feminine), and using slang terms such as “fag” or “queer” to describe gay men who appear to fit into a negative stereotype.

This also carries over into relationships among gay men. There is no room in the dating sphere for anyone who is feminine unless you’re “into doing fem boys”. Femininity is reduced to a fetish. Non-masculine gay men become outcasts among outcasts who are not meant to be in serious relationships.

Self-loathing gay men display almost the exact same characteristics as homophobic straight men. That is, attitudes and behaviors that show disdain towards stereotypical feminine gay men as a result of insecurities about their own sexuality. In many ways, the self-loathing gay man helps us understand the mindset of the homophobic straight man.

The issue is that, as a society, our culture is still battling against the idea that femininity is an inferior trait to have. To be perceived as feminine, whether you’re a gay male, straight male, or even a woman is to be perceived as lesser.

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BeBe Zahara Benet Shares Beauty Tips for Black Drag Queens, Talks New Album, and More

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When it comes to being bold, BeBe Zahara Benet already has it down. The 28-year-old exotic drag beauty knows what it takes to make it in this business. She wasn’t the first winner of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” for nothing, after all.

Bold & Sugar had the pleasure of speaking with the “Cameroon” visionary regarding her recent cabaret showcase, “Vanity”, as well as her upcoming album and beauty tips for black drag queens.

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Ben Carson: Gay People “Don’t Get Extra Rights”

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Conservative Ben Carson didn’t hold his opinions on same-sex marriage on hold during his CPAC speech on Saturday.

“As you know, I am not a fan of political correctness. I still believe that marriage is between a man and a woman.”

He went on to say that, while he believes gay individuals deserve their rights, the line should be drawn when it comes to the traditional view of marriage.

“Of course gay people should have the same rights as everyone else, but they don’t get extra rights. They don’t get to redefine marriage.”

In April 2013, Carson stepped down as commencement speaker for Johns Hopkins University’s School of Medicine after sparking outrage with his less-than-supportive comments regarding gay marriage.

At the time, he told Fox News “It’s a well-established, fundamental pillar of society, and no group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in bestiality — it doesn’t matter what they are — they don’t get to change the definition.” <Source>

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Beyonce, Jane Lynch & More “Ban Bossy” to Empower Women

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Beyonce, joined by other non-Beyonce stars like Jane Lynch and Jennifer Garner, are doing there part to help encourage young women to speak their minds and take on leadership roles without the fear of being labelled “bossy”. To them, the word “bossy” should be banned altogether.

Important female figures such as Condoleezza RiceDiane Von Furstenberg, Nascar champion Jimmie Johnson, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA Anna Maria Chavez, and Facebook COOSheryl Sandberg detail how girls are “less interested in leadership” by the time they reach middle school, “and that’s because they worry about being called ‘bossy.’”

The women want girls to “be ambitious,” to “encourage girls to lead,” to “listen to your own voice,” to “dare to be you,” and to “change the world.”

“Be brave. Be you,” says Beyonce. She also sums up the #banbossy campaign quite well, saying, “I’m not bossy. I’m the boss.” <Source>

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Former Miss Kentucky Djuan Trent Comes Out As Gay

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Former Miss Kentucky beauty queen Djuan Trent brought her sexuality to the forefront.

Having struggled with coming out for years, the beauty queen voiced personal and “social responsibility” to live out loud at a recent Human Rights Campaign. Trent shared her personal voyage on a blog post last month discussing how she grappled with praying to the God she believed “made me wrong”.

“I believe that my sexuality is my own … and this is not kindergarten, so I don’t have to share it with anyone if I don’t want to. But it’s nice when you share, right? I would love to one day live in a society where coming out is no longer necessary because we don’t make assumptions about one another’s sexuality and homophobia is laid to rest. For now, that is more of an ideal than it is a reality. But if you want see that ideal become a reality and you have the courage to change history.”

Last week, Trent thanked everyone for the outpouring of support. Many in the LGBT community, most notably the recently outed Ellen Page, poured in their support.

Trent’s decision to come out rides on the heels of Kentucky now recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states and countries.

Djuan Trent scored her title in 2010 and landed in the top 10 in the Miss America competition in 2011. <Source>

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Why Your Friends Get More “Likes” On Their Facebook Statuses

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We’re all about equality right? So, why is it that when you post a picture of you shaking the president’s hand it only gets 52 likes, while Jim the Slacker’s picture of his new pickup truck parked outside of his parents’ house gets close to 1,000? You’re just as interesting as he is, right? Plus, you moved out when you were 18. You’re amazing, right?

So why do some of our friends seem more “likable” than others on Facebook? Here’s a few reasons:

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