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Watch John Legend’s “You And I (Nobody In The World)” Video, Starring Chrissy Teigen And Laverne Cox

Watch John Legend's "You And I (Nobody In The World)" Video, Starring Chrissy Teigen And Laverne Cox
It's Laverne!

I’m generally pretty meh on John Legend’s music because it’s basically 24/7 lovemaking music, which is nice and all, but not really my daily jam. I am, however, really digging the new music video for his song “You And I (Nobody In The World,” which follows in the footsteps of Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful” and Beyonce’s “Pretty Hurts,” with the intention of spreading positive body image and self esteem. “You were fine in my eyes, a half and hour ago,” Legend sings. While I’m inclined to be a little irked by a dude telling women that they’re good enough, but the message is bolstered by the casting for the video, featuring women of all ages, races, body types and backgrounds, looking at themselves in the mirror and showing a wide range of emotions. Legend’s wife Chrissy Teigen is in the video too, but I was especially thrilled to see actress and trans rights activist Laverne Cox from “Orange Is The New Black.” Overall, cool stuff. [Idolator]

The Cast Of “Orange Is The New Black” Lived It Up At NYC’s Pride Parade

Yesterday, the LGBTQ community and its allies came out to celebrate Gay Pride events across the country. Not to brag or whatever, but NYC had the cast of “Orange is the New Black” in attendance, including Danielle Brooks (Tastee), Yael Stone (Morello), Samira Wiley (Poussey), Matt McGorry (Bennett) and Laverne Cox (Sophia), who was Grand Marshall for the parade. Check out a few more Instagram snaps after the jump! Keep reading »

Laverne Cox Appeared On “Fashion Police” & Joan Rivers Miraculously Behaved Herself

Laverne Cox Appeared On "Fashion Police" & Joan Rivers Miraculously Behaved Herself
"I'm the nation's premiere Black transgender shiksa."

Not gonna lie, I was a littttttle nervous when I saw that Laverne Cox from “Orange Is The New Black” was going to be on “Fashion Police” with Joan Rivers. Joan’s comedy — which I sometimes find quite funny, actually — has a tendency to tread into crass, “offensive” territory; it didn’t seem all that unlikely that Joan, in a failed bid to be funny, might make some offensive jokes about Cox being a trans woman. As it turned out, Rivers was perfectly respectful while still being funny, treating Cox just as she would any other guest, asking about her favorite red carpet moments and for the scoop on her dating life. Speaking of, Cox apparently has a thing for Jewish guys. I wonder if she does JDate? Clip above and another after the jump! Keep reading »

Laverne Cox’s Moving “It Gets Better” Video Is A Tearjerker

"Who You Are Authentically Is Alright"

Laverne Cox wasn’t always as sure of herself as she is today. Growing up in Alabama with a single mom struggling to make ends meet, she got bullied at school for being feminine and struggled with her gender identity. Hearing her talk about recognizing herself as worthy of love in her own right, rebuilding a foundation with her family and overcoming the shame she felt is incredibly inspiring. It does get better. [Refinery 29]

Katie Couric’s “Teachable” Moment With Laverne Cox Is Something I Wish We Saw More Of In Activism

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Laverne & Katie Have A Meaningful Conversation

In January, an actress from “Orange Is The New Black” appeared on Katie Couric’s daytime talk show and it made headlines for all the wrong reasons. Laverne Cox, who is transgender, appeared with trans model Carmen Carrera. Throughout the interview, Couric kept asking the two women questions about their transition, specifically their genitalia. Cox politely corrected Couric that focusing only on body parts detracts attention away from the issues that trans folks face, like lack of legal protection and violence. Couric was roundly criticized by LGBTQ advocates afterwards for her failed  interview.

Recently, Laverne Cox appeared again on “Katie” and the two women addressed the previous interview. Keep reading »

Laverne Cox: “Loving Women Is Revolutionary”

"Laverne Is Not A Woman"
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A writer for National Review goes after the transgender actress. Read More »
Q&A: Laverne Cox
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Meet Laverne Cox, the trans actress from "Orange Is The New Black." Read More »
Soapbox: Piper's Privilege
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Piper from "Orange Is The New Black" is the poster girl for white privilege. Read More »

“Everyone is a complicated human being, and everyone is strong and weak and funny and scared, and we get to have the full range of emotion experienced with these women. I don’t want to make a centralizing comment about womanhood, because I think that’s problematic from a feminist perspective, but we just see these amazingly complicated women, who are strong, and vulnerable, and scared, and want to support each other at the end of the day.

I think about #YesAllWomen and the culture of misogyny that I believe we exist in that a lot of people don’t want to acknowledge. I’ve said loving transgender people is revolutionary, but I think loving women — really loving women, is revolutionary too, in a social context that is deeply misogynistic, deeply does not celebrate women. And we have pockets of that, we do have places where we celebrate women a lot, but I think the way the culture is aligned and structured is misogynistic. It just is. So it’s really great to have a show that creates spaces that really do celebrate women and our diversity, and not just one kind of woman. That’s revolutionary.”

Transgender actress Laverne Cox spoke to ELLE about the complexity of the characters on “Orange Is The New Black” and what an impact that can have on viewers by portraying women as complicated people. I love Cox’s willingness to talk about subjects like misogyny and feminism in interviews. It’s really refreshing to have an actress on a hot show in the public eye right now who talks about those topics with candor. [ELLE]

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