KD’s Fashion Police: BET Awards 2015

Hey guys, its John Oceans again. Since my last post, I have met a guy, fallen in love, cheated on him and gotten dumped. So, I’m back on the market again. Any takers? *side eyeing PP*

Anyway, it was the BET awards last Sunday, and I was kinda, sorta disappointed with the Red Carpet. There was no Wow factor, nothing very breathtaking – like perhaps, a Kardashian getting a PhD. So, here’s my judgment of the Red Carpet. Check on it, and either send out arrest warrants for the offenders you agree with me or bail money for those you don’t.

THE GOOD

BET ZendayaZendaya Coleman

One word – Flawless, Amazing! Oh shoot, that’s two. Zendaya was all shades of fabulous in this dress. Yes, it’s a bit too short, but the former Patchouli-Oil-And-Weed starlet pulled it off!

BET RihannaRihanna

This girl is a star after my fashion heart – a style savant. What is amazing about Riri is that clothes that other women would look trashy in leave her looking classy. She can show up naked at an event and still look classy – Oh that’s right, she already did that. She is a star! Continue reading

That Piece About Trans Being the Flavor of the Moment

Laverne-Cox-and-Caitlyn-Jenner-MainOriginally published on out.com

Trans people are hot right now. They’re fabulous, they’re chic, and they’re the toast of the media. Isn’t that great? What could be more swellegant than that?

Well, kindly excuse me for a second while I choke on my metaphorical martini olive. I actually get a little bit nervous when large groups of oppressed people are suddenly swept up by the mainstream and declared OK. First of all, they were always OK. I’ve written about trans people since I started my journalism career in the 1970s, but now that they’ve been deemed trendy, we’re supposed to suddenly sit up and notice them? Furthermore, the mania to brand them as really cool accessories du jour is rather disturbing since a lot of the people jumping on the trans bandwagon would never have gone near anyone openly LGBT for years, not until they signified some kind of cachet in the commercial marketplace. Furthermore, they’re mostly picking up on flashy, famous trans people, not environmentally challenged trans teens, trans people in professions other than show biz, and those who don’t seek the spotlight at all. Continue reading

Bruce Jenner Made Contact With Laverne Cox

1429933270_laverne-cox-jenner-reaction-interview_1Former Olympian-turned-Reality TV Personality Bruce Jenner has been in contact with Transgender Actress Laverne Cox for help and advice about his decision to transition from a man to a woman.

Jenner went public with his much-speculated transition during a candid interview with U.S. newswoman Diane Sawyer on Friday (24Apr15), and during the TV chat he admitted he has always identified more as a female.

He has since started hormone therapy again, after previously taking the estrogen medication for five years back in the 1980s, and he has reached out to Cox to learn more about what to expect from his journey as he embarks on his new life as a woman. Continue reading

Laverne Cox Is One Of People’s Most Beautiful Women

1E0A07BCIt’s hard to remember a time before Laverne Cox, but it’s actually been less than two years since she first wowed audiences the world over with her portrayal of Sophia in Orange Is the New Black. In that time, she’s risen to icon status, raising awareness and understanding of transgender issues with poise and eloquence, and dazzling us with her beauty and talent. It was just over a year ago that she became the first trans women to grace the cover of a mainstream publication with TIME’s ‘The Transgender Tipping Point,’ and now she’s been named one of the ‘World’s Most Beautiful Women’ by People. Continue reading

Laverne Cox Snags Lead Role In CBS Pilot

Cox_Laverne_03_xret-croppedMany of us were introduced to her as a firefighter-turned-convicted-felon, but now we’ll get to see Laverne Cox on the other side of the law.

According to People, the ‘Orange is the New Black’ star has snagged a lead role in CBS legal pilot, Doubt.

Cox will be playing Cameron Wirth, a transgender Ivy League-educated defense attorney who is described as “competitive as she is compassionate. She’s fierce, funny and the fact that she’s experienced injustice first hand makes her fight all the harder for her clients.”

The script will be written by Grey’s Anatomy producers Joan Rater and Tony Phelan. They will also step in as executive producers alongside Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman.

This game-changing casting decision makes Cox the first transgender lead character in the history of network television. Of course, this isn’t the first time the 30-year-old has made history. Last year, she became the first transgender actress to be nominated for an Emmy for her role as Litchfield Correctional Facility inmate Sophia Burset.

“I feel so blessed to be a vessel for this moment,” she said of her 2014 nomination. “It’s wild because there’s a lot of haters out there, but there’s been so much love … I’ve been really lucky that people have been connecting with me and my story as well.”

We’re pretty thrilled about how diversified network television is becoming. Does “Doubt” sound a series you’ll be interested in checking out?