FROM Fenton Bailey
Televangelists and Unlikely Gay and Drag Icons Jan Crouch and her late husband Paul collaborated with the late Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker when Trinity Broadcasting Network began four decades ago. And despite their pious preachiness, the two televangelist wives ended up inspiring many a drag queen thanks to their tarantula lashes, painted-on brows, and melodramatic altar-call performances. In fact, the women have reached icon status in the drag and gay community. How and why did these two preachy Christian ladies come to be embraced by the gay and drag communities?
Robert Mapplethorpe The photographer Robert Mapplethorpe is infamous for his provocative photographs, but his work was actually very diverse. Now, the scope of that diversity is on display in two shows running at LACMA and the Getty. Mapplethorpe is also the subject of a new documentary that premieres on HBO tonight called “Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures.” (This is a rebroadcast of an interview Madeleine recorded with the filmmakers at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.)
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyoncé take a stand against the clichés of the dominant culture.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?