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Link Tank #50

by Jamie Sanford on April 25, 2018

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Dita von Teese on bringing luxury into your sex life, and into your life in general, in ways that are very accessible. I’m such a huge fan of Dita, I can’t wait to get a chance to see her live.

Shablam! She’s a woman. If you aren’t watching RuPaul’s Drag Race and aren’t 1000% Team Miz Cracker, don’t talk to me. (This gif is from a Cracker instructional video on putting your wig on so it stays on while dancing etc that isn’t on YouTube any more. I am so sad it’s gone.)

14 things you didn’t know about The Crow soundtrack. Genuinely one of the best movie soundtracks EVER.

I watched the hell out of this Dawson’s Creek reunion show, because that show was EVERYTHING.

Things that plus-sized women are sick of hearing is really correct.

Inside the 2 years that shook Facebook and the world. This story from Wired is great.

The Kitchn gives you easy ways to make what you cook healthier.

That’s all for this month!

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Sights & Sounds 38

by Jamie Sanford on December 16, 2012

Sights and Sounds #38

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Random videos!

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Mariah Carey, Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, and little kids performing “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” It is fantastic.

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The latest video from How to destroy angels, for “Ice age.” This song gets stuck in your head. I love it.

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Season 5 of RuPaul’s Drag Race starts next month. Jinkx Monsoon is one of the contestants, and this video of “becoming Jinkx” is fantastic.

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YouTube makeup and hair videos are my jam. My girl Nicole Guerriero has amazing videos like this one. Check her out.

I need to work on 2012 recaps and a bigger post about what needs to happen in 2013.

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Sights & Sounds 37: Sahara Davenport Edition

by Jamie Sanford on October 2, 2012

Sights and Sounds #37: Sahara Davenport Edition

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I love drag. For anyone new to this blog, I have been going to drag shows regularly since my first one, sometime close to turning 18. I have made many friends who are queens in the last few years while attending shows in NJ and NY, and have been a crazy superfan of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

I was devastated last night to read that Sahara Davenport (Antoine Ashley as a boy) passed away earlier this week. No matter the details, the drag world has lost a gorgeous queen and wonderful performer. My heart goes out to Sahara’s family, Antoine’s family, and of course, Karl/Manila, who has been in a relationship with Sahara/Antoine for years. I wish these families all the best.

Sahara Davenport (right), with Manila Luzon.

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Realness Report: Fashion Week, Kristen Stewart, Gaga

by Jamie Sanford on September 12, 2011

New feature! I have been sucked into the term “realness” from watching too many episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race, RuPaul’s Drag U, etc.

You can see the origin of talking about realness in terms of “passing” in this clip from Paris is Burning.

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In this instance, realness I’m talking about is encapsulating a look or attitude from another person, culture, situation, etc.  It’s a broader definition, but it works for me and let’s go with it.

“Just out of the shower with a hangover” realness at the Alexander Wang Spring 2012 show at New York Fashion Week.

Kristen Stewart looks AMAZING in this month’s W Magazine, but as you can see from the picture, she is giving lots of Priscilla Presley realness.  Click here to check out the rest of the photos and an interview with Kristen.

Carnation realness from Lady Gaga.  Come on, look at that hat.  (In all seriousness though, how beautiful does Gaga look here? She looks fabulous with a pale lip and that blond hair, for about a week she looked just beautiful, without distracting from it with her fashion extremes.  I appreciate that part of Gaga too, but I really loved this look.)

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Paris is Burning (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on September 10, 2011

62. Paris is Burning (Not available for streaming via Netflix or Amazon)

I can’t find a trailer for Paris is Burning, so here’s a taste of the film.

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Paris is Burning is a documentary that showcases the drag ball scene/culture in New York City in the late 1980s. Drag balls were not just limited to the traditional drag queens, but included all sorts of categories in which one could walk.  Much like a runway – one would come to the event to compete in a category and would walk the runway, competing with one another.

Intertwined with footage from the drag balls are interviews with active members of the ball scene, including leaders as well as up-and-coming “children” in the different houses.  Some of the most interesting stories are like that of Venus Xtravaganza, pictured above, who is transgendered, transitioning from male to female.  Many of the people in the ball scene had developed their own families within their houses after many of them were disowned by their family for being gay or transgendered.

Terms still popular today are defined throughout the movie – you will learn about realness, reading and shade.

If you’ve read this blog for more than a minute, you might figure out that I am a big fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and am a proud fag hag.  Many references will be cleared up for you if you watch Paris is Burning.  I got the DVD from Netflix and would recommend watching the movie again with the commentary track, because it’s a lot of fun.

Paris is Burning is available on DVD from Amazon for $26.99.

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