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Inside Tegan And Sara’s Grassroots Fight For LBGTQ Women & Girls

Since their debut in 1998, twin sisters Tegan and Sara Quin have advocated for LGBTQ and gender equality amid a recording career that has sold over 1 million albums, earned three Juno Awards and one Grammy nomination. The Vancouver-based duo — who in 2019 released a memoir, High School, and a new album, Hey, I’m…

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Inside Tegan And Sara’s Grassroots Fight For LBGTQ Women & Girls

Since their debut in 1998, twin sisters Tegan and Sara Quin have advocated for LGBTQ and gender equality amid a recording career that has sold over 1 million albums, earned three Juno Awards and one Grammy nomination. The Vancouver-based duo — who in 2019 released a memoir, High School, and a new album, Hey, I’m Just Like You — launched the Tegan and Sara Foundation in 2016 to improve the lives of fellow LGBTQ women and girls.

In March, TSF established a series of community grants to meet the immediate needs created by the coronavirus pandemic among LGBTQ people, who are particularly vulnerable to the virus due to factors including “compromised immune systems, higher rates of tobacco use and provider discrimination,” according to TSF.
The program provided $29,000 to grassroots organizations in North America through microgrants worth between $500 and $1,000 in its first round; the foundation is currently funding another round to benefit black-led organizations. Previously, TSF primarily funded what Tegan calls “shared spaces,” including LGBTQ summer camps and gay-straight alliances (GSAs) in high schools. Tegan explains why the work of TSF (which accepts donations at teganandsarafoundation.org/donate-to-tsf) is so crucial.
 
 
For 23 years, Sara and I have been playing music and meeting fans, and a massive part of our audience is female or queer-identifying. But progressively over the past few years, we started to hear stories that didn’t sound like ours anymore. Young queer people we talked to still felt an enormous amount of pressure and shame around their identity, and they were not accepted or having struggles at work or with family and friends. Those stories sparked us to want to do more and fund programs to increase positive representation.

In launching the foundation, we started a whole other business which involved grant writing, funding and social media. There was so much we didn’t know, and it has been so much harder to raise money than we thought. Major corporations love to throw money behind Pride, but with [events] being shut down this year, all of the physical spaces and money dried up. A lot of the organizations we were interested in helping didn’t have the power or staff to apply for grants, so we tried to make our process simple and easy. We didn’t make people jump through hoops, but we were also incredibly cautious about who we were supporting. All of the organizations [selected in the first round] are small and doing necessary work.
To have this foundation is incredibly satisfying, gratifying and empowering, but it also hurts a lot. We’ve raised over $1 million, but it took three years. I wish more people cared about trans women of color. I wish that people didn’t think that because we got marriage equality, the fight is over. We’re growing and learning, and the social justice community has embraced us, but it can be hard to pull back the curtain and see how the hot dogs are made.
A version of this article originally appeared in the June 13, 2020 issue of Billboard.

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DaBaby Talks Finding a ‘Middle Ground’ Between Comfort & Style Ahead of BoohooMAN Collaboration

“I love me some mutually beneficial partnerships,” DaBaby tells Billboard of the fun new team up. “It’s always a blessing, so them wanting to work with me made things pretty easy. Them giving me the opportunity and creative input on the designs and what was going on with everything — that definitely made it a silky smooth…

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DaBaby Talks Finding a ‘Middle Ground’ Between Comfort & Style Ahead of BoohooMAN Collaboration

“I love me some mutually beneficial partnerships,” DaBaby tells Billboard of the fun new team up. “It’s always a blessing, so them wanting to work with me made things pretty easy. Them giving me the opportunity and creative input on the designs and what was going on with everything — that definitely made it a silky smooth collaboration.”The boohooMAN x DaBaby collection, which includes everything from relaxed yet sleek track sets, tees and statement graphics to loud and expressive fits in matte satins and paisleys, was inspired by the effortlessly cool lifestyle led by the star. “I love being comfortable when I dress because I do so much moving around,” DaBaby says of his mindset while designing the collection. “But I also like looking good while being comfortable, so I like to find a middle ground with making clothes that you can still move around in but at the same time, they’re still very expressive and give some sense of style.”As for his favorite style in the collection, DaBaby loves the “all white shorts set with the white shirt and daisy dukes” pictured in the campaign image above.”I feel free when I wear it,” he reveals. “It’s all white, nice and clean. I feel like that’s to move for the summertime. If it had nothing to do with me, I would still buy it.”While DaBaby has no problem rocking iced-out chains and fashion-forward fits, he knows that finding your own sense of style can be intimidating. “Just be yourself, that’s what fashion is,” he advises those interested in fashion. “Expressing yourself. If you’re being yourself, you can’t go wrong.”Ahead of the June 30 launch, shop boohooMAN’s range of summer styles here.

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‘The Voice’ Ties With ‘The Masked Singer’ at 2021 Critics Choice Real TV Awards

RuPaul’s Drag Race was the only series to take home multiple awards. It also won for best ensemble cast in an unscripted series.1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything (Apple TV+) won for best limited documentary series.The late Jeopardy host Alex Trebek was honored posthumously with this year’s Impact Award, which recognizes an individual for…

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‘The Voice’ Ties With ‘The Masked Singer’ at 2021 Critics Choice Real TV Awards

RuPaul’s Drag Race was the only series to take home multiple awards. It also won for best ensemble cast in an unscripted series.1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything (Apple TV+) won for best limited documentary series.The late Jeopardy host Alex Trebek was honored posthumously with this year’s Impact Award, which recognizes an individual for career excellence in the world of nonfiction content. Trebek’s children Matthew and Emily Trebek accepted the award on his behalf. Their speeches can be viewed here.Netflix, which led the networks in nominations, also led in wins, with a total of six.Though this year’s ceremony wasn’t held in person due to the pandemic, acceptance videos from the winners can be viewed or downloaded here.Bob Bain and Joey Berlin served as executive producers for the Critics Choice Real TV Awards. Michelle Van Kempen was executive producer for NPACT, the trade organization which was formed in 2017 through the merger of the Nonfiction Producers Association (NPA) and PactUS.Here’s a partial list of winners for the third annual Critics Choice Real TV Awards.Best competition series (tie): RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1), The Great British Baking Show (Netflix)Best competition series: talent/variety (tie): The Masked Singer (Fox), The Voice (NBC)Best structured series (tie): Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (Food Network), The Oprah Conversation (Apple TV+)Best business show: Shark Tank (ABC)Best ongoing documentary series: Frontline (PBS)Best limited documentary series: 1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything (Apple TV+)Best short form series: Issa Rae Teaches Creating Outside the Lines (MasterClass)Best live show: Dancing with the Stars (ABC)Best game show: Jeopardy! (CBS Television/Syndicated)Best lifestyle: fashion/beauty show: Queer Eye (Netflix)Best ensemble cast in an unscripted series: RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)Best show host: John Oliver – Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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Vivendi’s Universal Music to Sell 10 Percent Stake to Bill Ackman SPAC, Valuing Label at $40B

“As you can see from PSTH’s announcement, this investment represents a strong validation of UMG, our strategy, our people, our legendary catalog and our amazing roster of artists and songwriters,” UMG CEO Lucian Grainge wrote in a staff memo on Sunday. “And the fact that we now have, in addition to Vivendi, two committed investors…

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Vivendi’s Universal Music to Sell 10 Percent Stake to Bill Ackman SPAC, Valuing Label at $40B

“As you can see from PSTH’s announcement, this investment represents a strong validation of UMG, our strategy, our people, our legendary catalog and our amazing roster of artists and songwriters,” UMG CEO Lucian Grainge wrote in a staff memo on Sunday. “And the fact that we now have, in addition to Vivendi, two committed investors — the consortium led by Tencent, as well as PSTH — is as powerful an endorsement as one could imagine from the investment and technology communities.”Grainge added, “On Tuesday, at Vivendi’s General Shareholders’ Meeting, shareholders will consider Vivendi’s proposal to distribute 60% of the UMG share capital and list UMG’s shares on the Euronext Amsterdam stock exchange. I will keep you updated on all these developments.”Vivendi previously sold a 20 percent stake in UMG to a consortium led by Chinese online giant Tencent. It has said it plans to distribute 60 percent of UMG, while retaining the remaining 10 percent for a minimum period of two years.UMG is the world’s biggest music label and follows Warner Music to the public markets. Warner Music IPOd in 2020, with a $15 billion valuation. it is currently valued at just under $18 billion. The rise of streaming services like Spotify and social platforms like TikTok have significantly bolstered the music business in recent years.Blank check companies, or Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs), take over privately held firms and usually take them public in an alternative to a traditional IPO. Over the past year-plus, Wall Street has seen a big number of SPAC IPOs.This deal would be different, however, with UMG still set to go public via an IPO in the third quarter of 2021. Instead, Pershing Square Tontine said it will have about $1.5 billion left over after the UMG deal is complete, which it will use to try and find another company to take public. The company will also create what it calls a “SPARC,” which will be given to shareholders, trade separately and which will also seek to merge with another private company.The deal is subject to the authorization of the plan to take UMG public by Vivendi shareholders at a shareholder meeting on June 22. The transaction would be the largest SPAC deal on record, according to Dealogic data.Vivendi, led by CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine, has previously said: “In addition, the Pershing Square funds and their affiliates have indicated that they may acquire additional economic exposure to UMG by acquiring Vivendi securities and/or by acquiring UMG securities following the distribution of UMG shares by Vivendi.”Alex Weprin contributed to this report.This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.

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