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Queer Indie Label FutureHood Is Here To Turn Hip-Hop On Its Ear

WERK.

Mister Wallace is here to f**k it up. He's released his first EP Faggot on the very first record label specifically for queer and transgender people of color, FutureHood, which he and partner Anthony Pabey created.

The Chicago-born, Brooklyn-based rapper isn't interested in assimilating into mainstream culture or gaining acceptance from major record labels. "Instead of waiting to be found or discovered or had or accepted, we decided no, let’s really tell the story we want to tell and put it out ourselves," he says in an interview with the Advocate. “FutureHood and Faggot [exists] to resist the [hetero]normativity and to redefine what’s normal," he told the magazine. "It’s about redefining and creating a visual representation or a physical manifestation in the world that allows people to be like, 'Oh, yeah, that’s where I am."

Pabey's motivation for creating FutureHood came out of his time in Boystown, a neighborhood of predominately white upper-middle class gay men. "We saw for ourselves that there was this community out there that was ready for this kind of music. I really feel like the queer rappers are the purest form of what rap is and what hip-hop is.

"They didn’t give Sylvia Rivera the [mic] back in the day, and she screamed and let those motherfuckers have it,” he also adds in the interview. “That’s still us. We’re still here."

FutureHood's conception is especially pertinent in the wake of the Orlando shooting, in which 50 people, mostly Latinx and black, were killed in the queer nightclub, Pulse, on June 12. With the recent killings of black transgender women Deeniquia Dodds in Washington D.C., last month, and the murder of Skye Mockabee in Cleveland, two days ago, queer representation in the entertainment industry becomes increasingly relevant for queer millennials.

In 2014, Wallace wrote, "It Girl," a record influenced by the current movement in the United States for racial justice. "It became clear to me that before I could realize any dream of being a successful artist, I was more likely to become world famous for being gunned down by a racist cop under the protection of the law. I started to imagine how my image would be used by the media to perpetuate this horrific narrative to younger people and it sent me over the edge," Wallace commented in Fader. "'It Girl' became my anthem and it kept me alive at a time when lovers and employers felt my blackness and my queerness had gone too far from what's acceptable to mainstream society. My hope is that this song, my truth, gives you LIFE and inspires you to appreciate the lives of those who look and feel like me."

Kaycee Ortiz, a black transgender woman from Alabama, is on FutureHood's growing roster. After Ortiz moved to Chicago, she initially worked as a health counselor and a supply systems manager in the air force. Due to the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy, she was discharged early, and then moved to Atlanta to pursue a music career. "To have to live that lie everyday became so overbearing. It became such a burden to wake up every day and have to pretend to be something I wasn’t […] It was scary getting out, but I felt like I just wanted to be myself."

Her debut mixtape, Beach Street, is dedicated to her grandmother who purchased her first home on Beach Street in Mobile, Alabama.

FutureHood's artists aren't here for respectability, cisnormativity, or white supremacy—and continue to use the arts for practices of queer liberation. The future of hip-hop is finally here?

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Christina Milian Provides All The Feels In Trailer For Netflix Romcom 'Falling Inn Love'

Netflix is keeping up their strong rollout of Romcoms with Falling Inn Love an artisanal love story of sorts starring Christina Milian.

Milian stars as San Francisco city girl (Gabriella Diaz) who finds her self at the bottom of her wine glass after her design firm folds. On a whim she finds herself entering a New Zealand countryside "Win an Inn" contest. It is just her luck when she is thousands of feet in the air and arriving in thigh-high boots and designer duds as the winner to The Bellbird Valley Farm neighborhood Inn.

She becomes seemingly disappointed that the advertised Inn has a deteriorating exterior, overgrown weeds, useless appliances, and a meddling goat that prances throughout the place. Trying to adjust to her new life, the Cali-girl is quickly introduced to a Kiwi heartthrob, contractor, and volunteer firefighter Jake Taylor (Adam Demos).

Eager to sell the property Diaz immediately teams with Taylor to renovate the space but once it is fixed and flipped,  she finds herself hesitant to leave the Inn she has taken pride in, her newfound beau, and the inviting community that stood by her side.

The Roger Kumble directed film is set to premiere on Netflix (Aug. 29) also staring the likes of Anna Jullienne, Claire Chitham, Blair Strang, Jonathan Martin, William Walker, Daniel Watterson, and Simone Walker.

The film continues their push in romcoms. Some notable Netflix gems in love include Someone Great (Gina Rogriguez, LaKeith Stanfield), To All The Boys I've Loved Before (Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Janel Parrish) and the hilarious Always Be My Maybe with Ali Wong, Randall Park and Keanu Reeves.

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Selena Mural To Be Placed In Late Singer's Texas Neighborhood

A new mural of Selena was unveiled in the late singer’s neighborhood of Molina in Corpus Christi, Texas, The Corpus Christi Caller Times reports. The artwork was made by New York-based artist San Singueza and covers an original mural painted by students of nearby West Oso High School in 1995.

The revamped mural features three different images of the late singer, each painted in watercolors with the phrase, “The goal isn’t to live forever … the goal is to create something that will,” alongside Selena’s signature. This project was reportedly financed by the singer's family.

 

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The old painting, which featured a picture of the singer with the phrase, “Always In Our Hearts,” began to show signs of discoloration. Residents of the area pointed out that the 23-year-old portrait needed a makeover.

“Having to see it wear down after all the years,” said Eric Lee Tunchez, a resident who lives around the corner where Selena grew up. “It saddened me and made me want to do something about it.”

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Mario Lopez Issues Apology For Remarks About Parenting Transgender Kids

Mario Lopez has apologized for his comments towards the parenting skills of transgender children, calling them ignorant and insensitive.

On Wednesday (July 31) the former Extra co-host released a statement to Variety and People, how he now has a deeper understanding of his comments. “The comments I made were ignorant and insensitive, and I now have a deeper understanding of how hurtful they were,” he said. “I have been and always will be an ardent supporter of the LGBTQ community, and I am going to use this opportunity to better educate myself. Moving forward I will be more informed and thoughtful.”

Lopez appeared on The Candace Owens Show where they talked about a so-called trend of celebrities allowing their children to "pick their gender." Both were against the idea of it with Lopez calling the line of parenting "dangerous" and "weird," and cited a three-year-old as an example.

“Look, I’m never one to tell anyone how to parent their kids, obviously, and I think if you come from a place of love, you really can’t go wrong,” he said. “But at the same time, my God, if you’re 3 years old and you’re saying you’re feeling a certain way, or you think you’re a boy or a girl or whatever the case may be, I just think it’s dangerous as a parent to make that determination then — ‘Okay, well then you’re going to be a boy or a girl,’ whatever the case may be. It’s sort of alarming and my gosh, I just think about the repercussions later on.”

Many have urged Lopez and many others to inquire education about transgender children as well as understanding the difference between sexuality and gender.

"Medical and psychological experts and parents of children who are transgender have long discredited the ideas that Mario Lopez shared last month,” GLAAD told PEOPLE in a statement. “The real ‘dangerous action’ is when someone with a public platform uses bad science to speak against a marginalized and vulnerable group of children. We spoke with Extra and it is clear that the showrunners do not support or share his view. They will address this issue on the show tonight. Lopez clearly needs a primer on trans issues. We reached out to his team to see if and how he will correct the record.”

Medical and psychological experts, and parents of children who are transgender, have long discredited the ideas that @MarioLopezExtra shared. The real dangerous action is when someone with a public platform uses bad science to speak against a vulnerable group of children. https://t.co/kz2pEMWTBm

— GLAAD (@glaad) July 31, 2019

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