I AM...

I am whatever YOU think I am until YOU get to KNOW me. This is true for everyone else too, of course.. so don't make assumptions about anyone or pass judgment; ask questions. You might just make a new friend.


Monday, April 18, 2011


Ever notice how the world suffers from turmoil because of ignorance? Ever notice how big the turmoil is because of the ‘straight’ male obliviousness? Well I’ve seen the turmoil ‘straight’ men cause and it was in full action @ work the other day. There are some guys that wash cars weekly in the parking lot so I decided to get my car washed; and I was pleasantly surprised to see a few minutes later that the person cleaning my car was a female. Upon seeing this, I showed this to a co-worker of mine and IMMEDIATELY his ‘straight’ witlessness came flying through. His reaction was one of disgust with him labeling her a ‘NIGGA BITCH’. He went onto say ‘I bet her girlfriend is a pie and she is wasting her time with a wannabe man instead of getting the real thing.’ Doesn’t he make you think that some men are just lumps of flesh hanging from a dick?

He is the man that has lesbian fantasies, thinking it is HOT for two women to hook up. So why does he fear the nigga bitch? I'll tell you why: because he loves lesbians, as long as they're straight. I realize a straight lesbian is an oxymoron, but what I mean is, he doesn’t mind girls getting drunk and making out with each other, because @ the end of the day, those same girls are still in the market for him. Meaning he thinks he still has a chance to have sex with them. But as this lady who is washing my car removes the ‘do-ability factor’, the hope that he might have a chance @ getting her and her girlfriend in bed disappears. Amazing how such a woman can strike a ‘straight’ man’s ego by showing him she could be more man than he is. How pitiful that he thinks his competition has to have an actual penis and NOT a strap on one.

What will it take for a man like him to understand that it is NOT about him? Is his anger understandable/acceptable? His anger like most things, is a double edged sword; a sword that is used for destructive means. The thoughts in his mind are like those bug lights that are used to keep flies away. He has a closed mind and the mind that is closed, is the mind that traps the bugs of the world to clog the senses of his reasoning. He shows me that it is far easier to occupy oneself throughout life with feeding the desires of the narcissistic imagination than to open the shades of the mind to let the light of reason in. How can he remain tethered to the prison of the clogged mind? Should I tell him that belief is not truth, and his inability to see the lady washing my car as a unique individual is ill-informed? I doubt it would matter because he like most ‘straight’ men LOVE ownership and he takes pride in owning his ‘manhood’ by owning the women of this world. No wonder he is afraid because individuality is out to get him, as the NIGGA BITCH is out to play with his mind.



Just about two and a half months ago, 13 drag queens began the Race to become America’s Next Drag Superstar. And over 11 episodes, we watched as the bewigged ranks lost all of the exciting big girls from this season and, last week, were pared down to just four glamorous contestants: Puerto Rican wacko Yara Sofia; the curvy (and also Puerto Rican) Alexis Mateo; the sassy Filipino Manila Luzon; and the ever-exotic Raja. Last night, we watched as —SPOILER ALERT — Yara Sofia bit the dust (remember, she was saved before!), revealing a finale-competing trio of Alexis, Manila, and Raja. (See: the photo for the trifecta’s final looks from last night. Dresses made from dollars!)
The offing of Yara, while totally one of my faves amongst the remaining queens, wasn’t surprising: Despite winning last night’s mini challenge with her Pop-It-On hair pieces, Yara was sort of a mess this week (err, every week?), when you consider her runway looks: Her entry in the Swimsuit Body Beautiful area was fine, but her Cocktail Attire After 5 looked like she was going to “Liberace’s funeral,” remarked one judge (so true), and her Evening Gown Eleganza was fittingly summed up by Raja like this: “If she were to sit down in it, it would look like a pile of garbage.” I dare say it looked kind of like one even standing up.
Still, it was sad to see Yara go. Not only because she has such much personality, of course, and that crying jag from Alexis when the news came down, as well as her take-off-my-clothes, lie-on-the-floor, near give-up while lip-syncing to LaToya Jackson’s “I Wanna Dance.” But also because of her plea near the end of the hour, which found her (and the rest of the queens) explaining why she should be America’s Next Drag Superstar, that made her so endearing: “I’m so broke,” Yara said. “I don’t have anything in my bank.” I mean, you wanna talk about serving realness? That’s realness for you. And why Yara’s presence was so beloved on this competition.
The other gals were less blunt and emotional: Raja made an appeal for wanting to be a role model for young boys who don’t know how to express themselves; Manila offered that she’d be perfect since she was “the product of a loving and supportive family”; and Alexis talked of her “desire to continue” to become America’s Next Drag Superstar. Raja’s speech, natch, seemed to touch the judges the most, especially Mike Ruiz, who identified with Raja’s feelings.
But, alas, it wasn’t Raja who won the “Make Dat Money” challenge: Manila, increasingly a saucy competitor, took home the top prize for the second week in a row. But truly, she deserved it, if only for her Cocktail Attire After 5 outfit, which was slingy and a delightful mix ofMahogany and Studio 54 style. (I want my girlfriends to wear this look when we go out.) Her crumpled-dollar look for the Evening Gown Eleganza was beautiful, too, but truly, not as beautiful as Raja’s singular delight. And Alexis’? Hers was so — well — her, but it just was so not competitive with the other two. So it really came down to Raja and Manila.
I’ve said this before, but having Manila win so much here near the end of the season makes me think that the crown will ultimately go to Raja. It’d be no fun if Raja took home the final couple challenges and then also the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar, too. It’s pretty clear that, despite her truly winning personality, Alexis will not win (especially after that breakdown and her “quitting” the competition for a few minutes last night). The show has all but set up a Raja vs. Manila cage match for the finale. Right? Right.
Oh, and just a note, but the finale doesn’t air next week, but instead on April 25. Next week, we’ll be treated to “RuPaul Rewind,” which is described as a “look back at the highlights, ‘low-lights,’ and previously unseen footage from the first 12 episodes as we race toward the climactic grand finale!” Read: filler! But it’ll probably be a blast to watch, still.
But this is where I throw it to you, faithful Drag Racers: I’ve given you my thoughts on who will likely win, but who do you think should win?


  • Guest Judges: LaToya Jackson and Gigi Levangie Grazer

  • Mini-Challenge: Create a marketable drag product and deliver a sales pitch for it on fictitious home shopping network "RuVC"

  • Mini-Challenge Winner: Yara Sofia

  • Main Challenge: Perform wearing dresses made out of money

  • Group Lip Synch Song: "Just Wanna Dance" by LaToya Jackson

  • Challenge Winner: Manila Luzon

  • Bottom Two: Alexis Mateo & Yara Sofia

  • Lip Synch Song: "I Think About You" by Patti LaBelle

  • Eliminated: Yara Sofia

  • Farewell Message:


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