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Blame It On Bianca Del Rio: The Drag Queen Says It All

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If you’ve never heard of RuPaul’s Drag Race, you’ve been living under a rock. Roy Haylock, also known as Bianca Del Rio, is the comedian and drag queen who not only won the sixth season of Drag Race, but has starred in several feature films (Hurricane Bianca: From Russia With Hate just came out), television series, and is now embarking on a third solo comedy tour that’s going all over the world. In addition to all of that, Bianca Del Rio also has a new advice book, Blame It On Bianca Del Rio: The Expert On Nothing, With An Opinion On Everything.  The book is divided into different categories, so readers will get to read the insane questions she gets asked and responds to…

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Jenny Slate is Winning with a New Commercial and Collection of Feminist Fables

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Actress and comedian Jenny Slate has been winning! She had us all in stitches on Parks and Recreation as Mona-Lisa Saperstein and since then, she’s starred in a variety of shows and movies like Lady Dynamite, Zootopia, and Girls. Last week, Slate not only debuted an Old Navy holiday ad, she also announced that she is writing her first book: a collection of feminist essays and fables. Though she’s a very funny lady on-screen, Slate has always been very serious, and outspoken on her opinions about feminism and womanhood. Slate clearly defines herself as a woman who’s life and success are her own, even responding to queries that her relationship with actor Chris Evans may be a benefit of fame. “There are so many women spoken…

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Jenifer Lewis: The ‘Mother of Black Hollywood’ Gets Down and Dirty in New Memoir

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If Jenifer Lewis can’t make you laugh, then you just don’t have a sense of humor. Lewis’ career spans nearly four decades and she has played mother to almost every major African-American character in television and film, earning her the moniker, “The Mother of Black Hollywood.” In an NPR interview, Lewis discussed that title with pride. “I played Tupac’s mama, Tina Turner’s mama, Whitney Houston’s mama, and the list goes on and on.” Her credits are very diverse and include: The Preacher’s Wife, What’s Love Got to Do With It and Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, Poetic Justice, Sister Act, Beaches, Jackie’s Back, The Temptations, A Different World, Think Like a Man, Think Like a Man, Too and most recently, Black-ish.  I always said…

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Who Run the World?! 7 Books for Women’s Equality Day

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First thing’s first – here’s the soundtrack for this article:   On this glorious day, August 26, in the glorious year of 1920, the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was certified as law. For anyone not up on their Constitutional Amendments (YOU SHOULD BE), that’s the one that gave women the right to vote. So, to commemorate the date, we have Women’s Equality Day, a holiday that celebrates ladies getting a right we should have had from the very beginning. Women’s Equality Day is a well-intentioned holiday that’s still a bit touchy, mainly because the subject of women’s equality is still about as frustrating and divisive as it was in 1920. The gender wage gap is still a…

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Amy Schumer Continues World Domination with ‘The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo’

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Happy Hump Day, book lovers! Since it’s mid-week, and we’re all most likely looking for a pick me up, I thought it would be fun to chat about one of the most influential figures in the entertainment industry… no, not Lin-Manuel Miranda, although, you can catch me singing Hamilton the Musical probably any and every day of the week—no, we’re here to chat about actress and comedian Amy Schumer (aka my favorite human being on the planet). She launched the book tour for her collection of personal essays yesterday and let’s just say she’s definitely got me booked—I mean, hooked. In the book, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo (Gallery Books, August 16, 2016), she delves into some very personal…

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Comedian Paul Church Shares His Story of Healing Thanks to a Tattoo

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With the help of Pen & Ink by Wendy MacNaughton and Isaac Fitzgerald, we realized that every tattoo—good or bad, funny or tragic—has a story to tell. In our Personal Ink column, we connect you with artists, their tattoos and the unique stories behind them. This month, we’re hearing from comedian Paul Church. Church is a Vermont based comedian and the producer of the podcast, The Other Day with Paul Church, where he interviews his fellow comedians about local food spots. In his own words, here’s the story behind Church’s gingko leaf tattoo: When someone asks me about my tattoo (which is rare as the tattoo sits on my thigh where neither sunlight or the gaze of strangers often reach) the…

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Remembering Robin Williams: the genie who brought books to life

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The news of Robin Williams’ passing generated near-palpable shock across social media, television, and around the world Monday. Fans lost a brilliant and gentle (if troubled) soul who delighted countless millions across five decades with a brand of comedy that was unique in its tenor and unparalleled in its inspired lunacy. Williams was all four Marx Brothers squeezed into one pair of pants, a cyclone of comedic energy made up of equal parts childlike innocence and late-night Vegas-strip bawdiness. Williams’ rocket-fueled brand of comedy, however, sometimes eclipsed his formidable talents as a serious dramatic actor. In his youth he was granted a full scholarship to study theatre at the prestigious Julliard School at the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts in…

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Live Interview with Rob Delaney: Mother, Wife, Sister, Human, Warrior, Falcon, Yardstick, Turban, Cabbage?

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Welcome to Booktrib’s Live Chat with ROB DELANEY, father, husband, comedian and writer of his debut novel Mother, Wife, Sister, Human, Warrior, Falcon, Yardstick, Turban, Cabbage? He discusses his new book, and the hilarious and heartbreaking true stories inside of them.   Who is that hairy guy in the green Speedo?   He is the author of an endless stream of beautiful, insane jokes on Twitter. He is sober. He is sometimes brave. He speaks French. He loves women with abundant pubic hair and saggy naturals. He has bungee jumped off of the Manhattan Bridge. He enjoys antagonizing political figures. He listens to metal while he works out. He likes to fart. He broke into an abandoned mental hospital with his…

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