RuPaul’s Life Story Is Becoming A TV Show

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To be produced by J.J. Abrams

The age of Peak TV continues with the news that J.J. Abrams will produce a TV series based on the life of RuPaul. The show, which is being called a dramedy, will be set primarily in ‘80s-era New York and dramatize RuPaul’s ascent, from nightlife personality to famous drag queen to worldwide gay icon. Lest you think the show will be exploitative and unauthorized, RuPaul himself is serving as executive producer alongside Abrams.

Most millennials know RuPaul as the host of RuPaul’s Drag Race, which is going into its ninth season. But before he became the host of the hit reality show, the 56-year-old, whose real name is RuPaul Andre Charles, was responsible for bringing drag into the mainstream. And while the show is said to be set during the Reagan years, RuPaul didn’t actually move to New York City until the early ‘90s, where he became a fixture at legendary nightspots like the Pyramid Club and Limelight (where he met his now-husband, George LeBar). It wasn’t until 1993, with the release of RuPaul’s dance album Supermodel of the World—and the hit single “Supermodel (You Better Work)”—that he started to become a household name. Since then, RuPaul has been a constant presence on television, in ad campaigns, and on music charts. The show does not have a network yet and is currently being shopped around. Our guess is it should be picked up sooner rather than later. 

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While the song should serve as a reminder to your exes

Just a day after dropping new single "Nunya," featuring Dom Kennedy, Kehlani has released the winter-wonderland visuals to go along with. The singer, NYLON November cover star, and mother-to-be rocks some of the best winter 'fits I've seen in a while, including a glorious puffer jacket that could double as a down comforter that I absolutely need in my life right now.

Kehlani is clearly living her best life up in some snow-filled forest hideaway, vibing on the beach at sunset and sipping on something bubbly as she coolly reminds nosy exes that who she's with is "nunya business." There's not much of a story line (unlike her recent "Nights Like This" video); the main takeaway is that Kehlani is busy dancing through a forest, missing no one and chilling amongst people who are clearly not the subjects of the song.

Kehlani is only two short months away from bringing baby Adeya into the world, who she thanked for helping her get through the video process. "Shot that 7 months pregnant in da snow..." Kehlani wrote on Twitter, adding, "thank u baby for da motivation, mommy was FROZE."

Even from the womb, Adeya has been hustling hard alongside her momma. Twitter user @ODtheMC pointed out that this is already her second music video appearance, and she's not even been born.

Get some mulled wine ready and escape into Kehlani's winter getaway, below. Stay tuned for her forthcoming mixtape, While We Wait, out on February 22.

Kehlani - Nunya (feat. Dom Kennedy) [Official Music Video]



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As in Black Panther Political Party leader

It's been a running joke that the Black parents/grandparents of millennials were really confused about all of the Black Panther hoopla ahead of its 2018 release. Many of them were anticipating a movie about members of the Black Panther Political Party and didn't know who the hell T'Challa was. Well, those people are about to have their moment, and we're about to have another one.

Variety is reporting that Fred Hampton, the Black Panther leader at the center of the upcoming biopic Jesus Was My Homeboy, could be played by none other than Daniel Kaluuya. Apparently, he is in negotiations for the role. And he's not the only Black Panther alum in the mix. The Warner Bros. project is being produced by Black Panther director, Ryan Coogler. The same article reports that the forever swoon-worthy Lakeith Stanfield—who appeared with Kaluuya in Jordan Peele's Get Out—is also in negotiations, to play William O'Neal, an FBI informant who infiltrated the Black Panther Party.

Coogler and Charles King are putting together a dream cast to tell a difficult story. Hampton was killed by the Chicago Police Department, while his pregnant girlfriend lay next to him, thanks in part to information they received from O'Neal. Whenever it's out, I strongly recommend having Black Panther queued up as a palate cleanser.