FLOTUS: Obama Presidency ‘Changes the Bar’ For Our Youth

During a recent interview with Parade magazine, First Lady Michelle Obama said the Obama Presidency “changes the bar” for all of our youth, regardless of race, gender, or sexuality.

From the Washington Post:

“Children born in the last eight years will only know an African-American man being president of the United States,” she said. “That changes the bar for all of our children, regardless of their race, their sexual orientation, their gender.”

BET Says They Regret ‘Miscommunication’ w/ B. Scott

BET has released a statement regarding the controversy surrounding their treatment of blogger/media personality B. Scott.

According to Scott, BET forced him to completely alter his famously androgynous appearance, including the removal of makeup and high heeled shoes.

In the statement, BET says they regret the “miscommunications from both parties,” and unintentionally offending the LGBTQ community.

BET Refused to Let Blogger B. Scott Wear Heels at Awards Show

It’s not the BET Awards if something horrible didn’t pop off, right?

Well, blogger B. Scott, who hosted the BET Awards red carpet last night, confirmed that the network forced him to change his shoes:


[A]ccording to Scott, BET refused to allow him to wear heels on camera. Scott, who was initially excited for his first BET Awards hosting gig, was noticeably down when he appeared on camera for the pre-show. Afterwards, Scott took to Twitter to reveal that his sullen attitude was caused by BET forcing him to change his outfit.

New Report Sheds Light on Police Harassment of Transgender Women of Color

An article in The Village Voice is helping to bring light a report that unveils some alarming statistics about the police harassment of transgender people of color.


A new report out from the Anti-Violence Project shows that 40 percent of New York City anti-gay violence survivors polled said they had been mistreated by the police in 2012. Reports of police misconduct also spiked by a factor of 10–from eight incidents in 2011 to 78 in 2012–largely because of the AVP’s outreach to transgender and gender-nonconforming people of color, according to the organization.

Candice Glover Wins American Idol

23 year-old soul powerhouse Candice Glover was crowned the winner of American Idol last night.

Glover is the first woman – and the first black woman – to win since Jordin Sparks in 2007.

From NewsOne:

The booming 23-year-old R&B vocalist from St. Helena Island, S.C., won the Fox singing competition after auditioning a trio of times and making it to the finals this year. Glover looked stunned when “Idol” host Ryan Seacrest announced she bested soulful 22-year-old country singer Kree Harrison from Woodville, Texas.