This week read about Karine Jean-Pierre becoming press secretary in the Biden administration, how Lady Gaga wins two Grammy nominations, and Madison Bailey sharing her coming out story.
Black Lesbian Named Deputy Press Secretary in Biden Administration
Jean-Pierre is no stranger to political affairs. Her experience ranges from “presidential campaigns to grassroots activism, to local politics, to working in the White House,” according to her website. She currently serves as the chief public affairs officer for MoveOn.org and as a political analyst for MSNBC and NBC.
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris announced that Jean-Pierre would be her new chief of staff back in August and she has recently been named principal deputy press secretary in the White House. “She will be part of an all-woman senior communications team,” said Trudy Ring in an article for the Advocate.
This will be the first time that the White House communications staff will be run exclusively by women. Jean-Pierre will be the first Black woman and first gay woman to take on this role in the White House. This is her second time making history, her first being when she became the first Black woman to become chief of staff to a vice-presidential candidate.
Lady Gaga Nabs Two Grammy Nominations
Lady Gaga. Photo via Facebook.
Though Lady Gaga was not nominated in any of the top Grammy categories, she secured nominations in two: Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album. Her duet with Ariana Grande, “Rain On Me” was the song nominated for Best Pop Duo and her album “Chromatica” was the work nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album.
“Rain On Me” has accumulated over 452 million streams on Spotify as of Nov. 30 and the music video currently has over 254 million views. The Guardian has even declared it “the best song of 2020.” Gaga and Grande performed the song live for MTV at the 2020 Video Music Awards and it was later posted to YouTube and has gotten over 25 million views as of Nov. 30.
“Chromatica” was released on May 29 of this year and brought a whole new era for Gaga. The album “is a return to Gaga’s dance-pop days,” according to a review written by Katherine St. Asaph for Pitchfork. While the sound is similar to her debut album, “The Fame,” the lyrics are powerful and cover intense issues such as PTSD and sexual assault.
‘Outer Banks’ Beauty Shares How It Felt to Come Out
Madison Bailey. Photo via Instagram.
Madison Bailey, star of Netflix’s hit drama series “Outer Banks,” came out as pansexual on TikTok earlier this year. During an Instagram Live, Bailey shared that “being open and honest feels so good.” The 21-year-old actress said that coming out was “worth it” and that she “feel[s] lighter [and] happier.” She said that her family and friends were very accepting along with the industry she works in.
Though her character, Kiara, in “Outer Banks” is caught between boys, Bailey certainly is not. She is in a relationship with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte basketball player Mariah Linney. The two ladies share affectionate Instagram posts frequently, which always bring in supportive comments.
Bailey said, “If you’re gay, tell everybody that you’re gay. It’s worth it.”
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