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If You're Wondering "Where My Man At?" Manila Luzon and Eureka O'Hara May Know

Fresh off the announcements of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4 and RuPaul’s and RuPaul’s Drag Race Holi-Slay Spectacular, Manila Luzon and Eureka O’Hara are hitting the charts with their collaboration with indie recording artist VELO. Released just days ago, Where My Man At Is part of VELO’s newest album OUTCAST and features a ton of notable Drag Race superstars including sexy model Pablo Hernandez.

VELO was our Instinct Insta Hottie of the Week this week because well…he’s sexy AND talented!

OUTCAST is VELO’s first bilingual album and is available for download on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and wherever popular music is sold. It’s first single and music video is “Where My Man At ft Manila Luzon & Eureka O’Hara” and the video features Rupaul’s Drag Race Alum Ginger Minj, Trinity The Tuck Taylor, Thorgie Thor & Mexico’s reality drag show “La Mas Draga’s Margaret Y Ya! Not to mention thirst traps Pablo Hernandez and Joey Diamond.

If you’re wondering where your man is at…you found him!

Check out the video for Where My Man At feat. Manila Luzon & Eureka O’Hara and see what these two performers have been up to while they wait to start their engines.

 

 

 

Rock n Roll Royalty, a Naked Olympian, and More to Guest Judge RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 4

We are about a month away from another season of RuPaul's Drag Race beginning! This time it's All Stars 4, which will premiere on December 14th at 8:00 PM on VH1.

In addition to the new season, next month promises to be a Drag Eleganza Extravaganza as we also have the RuPaul’s Drag Race Holi-slay Spectacular on December 7th at 8/7c.  It will involve eight fan favorites (Eureka O’HaraJasmine MastersKim ChiLatrice RoyaleMayhem MillerShangelaSonique, and Trixie Mattel) competing for the first ever title of America’s First “Drag Race Xmas Queen.” 

But the news about next season just keeps coming. The All Stars 4 judges have officially been revealed, and this may just be the show's most sickening guest appearances yet. It's a bevy of stars from yesteryear to today, young and old, gay, bisexual, straight, and everything in-between.

Let's break down each and I'll add the one thing that comes to mind when I see their names.

Jenifer Lewis: Shangela's impression of her on AS3

Ciara: Having naughty times with my ex while "Goodies" played in the background. 

Kacey Musgraves: Groundbreaking Country Music Artist (listen to "Follow Your Arrow" ASAP). 

Gus Kenworthy: Naked ESPN photo. 

Keiynan Lonsdale: Please marry me. 

Zoë Kravitz: That second to last scene in the first season of Big Little Lies.

Yvette Nicole Brown: Community legend. 

Cecily Strong: Criminally underrated SNL star who should be much bigger than she is. 

Rita Ora: Singer and host in her own right.

Susanne Bartsch: A needed presence on this show to educate the younger audience on what gay culture was and should still be. 

Ellen Pompeo: McDreamy vs. McSteamy. 

Frances Bean Cobain: Rock n Roll Royalty. 

Felicity Huffman: The original "Housewife". 

Jason Wu: Great designer, but I can't fit into any of his clothes. 

Erica Ash: Way prettier than me.

 

 

Who are you excited to see on All Stars 4 as a guest? 


This post was created by one of Instinct Magazine's contributing writers and does not reflect the opinions of the magazine or other contributing writers.

Here’s Why All Stars 4 Will (More Than Likely) Be Amazing

We got two separate surprises from the World of Wonder/RuPaul’s Drag Race people over the past two weeks. First they announced a special one-off episode that will crown America’s First Christmas Queen on December 7th. Then, one week later, All Stars 4 will premiere, making it the first time that two separate All Stars seasons aired within the same year (not entirely, but you get the point).

It’s clear that the hunger for more Drag Race is evident given the immensely successful year the show has had. They won a ton of Emmy’s back in September (including their first for Outstanding Reality Competition Program), had its highest ratings ever and further solidified what a force this show is to be reckoned with. And it shows no signs of slowing down soon with All Stars 4 being released before 2019 begins which will (assumedly) lead to season 11 premiering sometime in the late winter/early spring. GAG.

The promos for All Stars 4 were released on Friday morning… and they look incredible. The list of this season’s queens competing for the coveted All Stars crown has been rumored for a couple of months now and I’m thrilled that all that chatter online became a reality as I can see any of them winning.

I think this crop of girls will fare much better than All Stars 3 did, mainly because it was a season that just didn’t really work for the most part. AS3 was kind of the spinoff equivalent to season 7: great group of girls, just not intertwined with one another.

It was just… confusing. You had two quitters (BenDeLaCreme and Chi Chi DeVayne was bursting at the seams to get off that set), two somewhat delusional competitors (Milk and Bebe Zahara Benet), two queens who are amazing in real life but aren’t cut out for the Drag Race gameplay (Thorgy Thor and Morgan McMichaels) and the rest were really there for the right reasons and to win in the end (Aja, Trixie Mattel, Shangela, Kennedy Davenport).

In the end the twists and turns that this show provides once again got f***ed up and Trixie won due to the popular vote from the eliminated queens and not what was right in presumably Ru (and many other eyes) for Shangela to win. It’s nothing against Trixie, but her track record paled greatly in comparison to Shangela and it really was a head scratcher as to how she won in the end when she never won a single competition in both her seasons. So yeah, meh, bad season.

Perhaps All Stars seasons do better as even numbers, given how electrifying AS2 was and how god awful AS1 was. It appears as if this show has listened to the fans and maybe figured out a formula that will actually work this time around so that in the end they crown the deserved queen.

The group itself consists of girls that are extremely real, blunt and will keep it that way throughout. Farrah Moan and Naomi Smalls may seem like the reserved ones from the bunch but based on their promos I think they are trying to overcome that. For as much hate as Valentina gets, she’s held her own, especially during the S9 reunion when everyone was coming at her for winning Miss Congeniality.

Then you have those bold personalities that are some of the most loved to this day. Latrice Royale and Monet X Change are the other two Miss Congeniality’s competing in AS4 where its hard to find anyone who really has anything bad to say about them. I’ll throw Manila Luzon and Monique Heart in there are they are also beloved in their own ways and will be fun to watch all over again.

The wild cards to me for this will be Jasmine Masters, Trinity Taylor and Gia Gunn. Trinity is someone who I would not want to mess with, yet she’s in a group of girls who won’t put up with her mouth for one second just like some of the S9 queens did like Charlie Hides. Jasmine and Gia went out very early in their seasons and are more known for being catchphrase queens (“No tea, no shade no pink lemonade,” “ABSOLUTELYYYY”) than anything else. They are two very smart choices as it gives them a second chance to show the Drag Race fandom a hopefully elongated side to them that they didn’t really show the first time around.

This grouping just feels more cohesive and not a hodgepodge like AS3 was. There’s a lot of pressure moving forward for this show to be good, given how popular it has gotten, and I really think that they have developed the right formula for AS4. Here’s hoping that it will be everything and more when it premieres December 14th on VH1… henny.

 

This post was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject.

It's A Great Week For RPDR's Latrice Royale!

This has been a great week for RuPaul’s Drag Race star Latrice Royale.

This morning, Royale was announced as part of the cast for the upcoming 4th season of RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars.

But it was the voters in Florida on Tuesday night that really put the cherry on top of Royale’s sundae.

Approved by 65% of voters, Amendment 4, which restores voting rights to convicted felons as, was passed by the Sunshine State voters. 

The Amendment only applies to those who have completed their sentences and does not cover those convicted of murder or sexual offenses.

According to reports, this will affect nearly 1.5 million Floridians, including Royale.

Back in 2001, Royale (real name Timothy Wilcots) was busted for carrying both marijuana and Klonopin. Possessing the tranquilizer without a valid prescription is a felony in Florida.

Royale served a year in prison for his mistake.

But upon release, he found he could no longer vote as Florida had a lifetime ban for convicted felons. In other states, folks who serve time have their voting rights restored after being released from prison.

Now, to be technical, felons who completed their time in Florida could go through a very long. complicated procedure that included a five year wait, then have to petition for consideration, and then wait up to a decade to be approved for a hearing.

Before voting began on Tuesday, Royale took to social media imploring those in Florida to vote because he could not.

He wrote, in part, “I made a mistake! I paid for my crime! I pay my taxes! I spread #Love not #Hate I am my #Best self to date! I DON’T HAVE MY RIGHT TO VOTE! I urge ALL THAT HAVE A VOICE, PLEASE VOTE! Speak for people like me who can’t!”

 

And then came the results on Tuesday night.

Royale shared his elation on Twitter: 

 

 

Royale told NewNowNext today, “It’s been unfair.”

“People say after you pay your debt, you can go back and become a productive member of society, but none of that happens,” he continued. “No one helps you get back on your feet, and now you can vote.”

The former ‘Miss Congeniality’ from RPDR Season 4 also thinks that different crimes should carry different consequences.

“I’m a nonviolent offender, not a child molester, or a pedophile,” said Royale. “I wasn’t standing in front of schools targeting kids.” 

“What people need to understand is that we’re not all hardened or career criminals,” shared the 46-year-old. “I completed my sentencing, paid my debt to society, completed by parole, I’m doing better than I ever imagined I would, I’m inspiring people, and up until this week, I still couldn’t vote."

"I hope the people who have their voting rights restored exercise them and I hope activists, politicians, and all citizens educate themselves on this issue," he concluded.

Be sure to catch Royale and all the queens on RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars Season 4 beginning December 14 at 8/7c on VH1.

 

(h/t NewNowNext)

The Wait is Over, Kittens! RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Cast is About to be RuVealed!

The wait is over, kittens! On Friday, November 9th you’ll know the cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 4. Who/What/Where/When/Why/How? I know those are all the questions.

Today on the official RuPaul’s Drag Race Twitter account, reigning All Star queen Trixie Mattel shared that she will be spilling the tea and the names of the queens who will be returning to fight for the All Star crown. The announcement will be a part of a streaming special called Trixie’s Playhouse and will feature UNHhhh co-star Katya and Drag Race alum Detox.

Any guesses on who will be a part of the All Stars cast? Find out Friday, November 9th at 10 AM EST on all the RuPaul’s Drag Race Social Media accounts.

You can schedule to watch the VH1 RuVeal video below:

h/t: RuPaul’s Drag Race

EXCLUSIVE: Shangela Talks Lessons Learned from AS3, A Star Is Born and Her Booming Career

Shangela has had one hell of a year in 2018… arguably bigger than any other RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant or drag queen themselves.

It’s hard to figure out where to begin in terms of her successes over the past 11 months. Conquering All Stars 3 (and almost winning), voicing an upcoming animated series on Netflix, going on tour around the world in over 100 cities. Is that it? Oh wait… and starring in the blockbuster film A Star is Born alongside Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga.

The Texas native is proof that hard work pays off and how you yourself are responsible for getting in the door and making things work. She’s one of many stars from the show to capitalize from their appearance on the Emmy winning program and has taken it to a level that many would kill for.  When all is said and done she still remains humble, kind and aware of where she came from and who she is today.

To me, and to many others, Shangela is a gay icon and its thrilling to pick up our series dedicated to these figures for the first time in months after showcasing others we have chosen including Kathy Griffin and Belinda Carlisle.

I chatted with Shangela earlier this week about her phenomenal year, thoughts on losing All Stars 3 and so much more that is going on in her hectic life. Take a look.

Your 2018, at least from a fan’s point of view like mine, has been extraordinary. Has there been one moment that has stuck out to you more than the rest?

Well I will tell you that would have to be in London for the Star is Born premiere there. I’ve always dreamed of being an actor and now to be in a film with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper… and you know my mom got to join me at the premiere. That was her first time seeing me on the big screen in a film like this, so it was unforgettable.

This may be far-fetched, but have you thrown yourself into any categories for the upcoming award ceremonies?

(Laughter). Well, no, I haven’t thrown myself into them but I’m Shangela! You’ll never know where I’ll pop up.

What was your reaction to people being so angry about you not winning All Stars 3?

I’m just thankful that we have so many great fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race who are so passionate about the show and all that. I was disappointed to not be able to lip sync in the final two, but the thing I learned in that moment is that life is going to sometimes throw some curveballs at you… but you never give up. I think that’s always been my journey. I’ve been to Drag Race many times, honey, ain’t never once been crowned but I always say said you don’t have to have a crown to be a queen. You have to continue to think positively and move yourself forward, and that’s what I’m doing.

You have so much coming up! I wanted to ask you about the RuPaul’s Drag Race Holi-Slay Spectacular airing December 7th on VH1. Can you tell us a little more about it?

Well, I can only say that it will be a holiday spectacular like no other for the Drag Race fandom. I am a Christmas queen, y’all know that already, so I am coming to holi-slay!

A lot of the guys from The Pit Crew are popular with Instinct Magazine. Are you close with any of them in really life?

I keep in touch with several, but Jason Carter is the one that I’m closest to. He was actually in my “Working Girl” music video way back in 2012, so we’ve been friends for a while.

Tell us more about the Netflix animated show Super Drags that you are part of.

It’s so awesome to be part of an animated series that is hilarious but also embracing drag and putting us out there as some great heroes.

You were also at the Vogue CFDA Fall Fashion Fund event in NYC on Monday. How was that?

Oh my god, pinch me honey, I’m still dreaming from it. Come on… Anna Wintour was sitting in the audience where I EMERGED dressed in Christian Cowan. And then I got to perform for her, which was fantastic.

You’ve hung around some big A-list stars outside of Gaga and Bradley Cooper. Who has been the biggest surprise celeb Drag Race fan that you’ve met so far?

I would have to say Sarah Jessica Parker. I will never forget, I got a small booking once on Glee. SJP was also on the same episode. I remember in the rehearsal I turned to her and I was like “I just want to say, Ms. Parker, I’m a huge fan of yours and I love you so much,” and she looked to me and said, “Oh I know who you are Shangela!” And I was like “WHAT!?!?” That was phenomenal.

What’s your biggest goal for 2019? Do you want to continue with this booming acting thing you have going on?

Well truly I do. I will say that right now I am very thankful to be on a 181-city tour around the world. This is the largest, single person tour of any Drag Race contestant. Next year I’m hoping to put more of a focus on working as an actor. I’ve done a lot of solid roles but now with A Star is Born I’m hoping I can continue working with some great people. There are so many great stories out that need to be told and I want to be part of that storytelling.

Last question: what’s it like being a gay icon?

That’s awesome that you would say that. I don’t consider myself an icon. I consider myself, like my song, a working girl. I’m out here pounding the pavement.  What I consider an icon is someone who inspires others to do the best with their life. And that’s what I’m out here doing so I hope other people can draw inspiration for that.

For more information on Shangela, please check out her official website.

Tempest DuJour Throws Election Day Shade At Trixie Mattel

It’s pretty much par for the course for drag queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race to throw shade at one another. Sometimes it’s in good fun, sometimes it’s hella serious, and sometimes it revolves around convincing their followers to go out and vote in a very funny way.

Tempest DuJour, who competed on RPDR season 7, decided to take the opportunity to throw some serious shade at All Stars 3 winner Trixie Mattel on Election Day, November 6th.

It had to do with the fellow s7 contestant and Unhhhh cohost winning AS3 over fellow competitor Shangela, which became very controversial as many people thought the latter should’ve won over the former.

“Voting is important @trixiemattel, even if the wrong people win,” was the tweet that included a photo of Shangela from her AS3 promo. OUCH!

Trixie clearly wasn’t having it, and responded with “I will tear your other leg off you whore.” One of her legs was actually torn off and reattached in 2013 after a horrific car accident. OOH HONEY!

Tempest shot back with “Bring it on Trixie Dahmer”… in reference to Jeffrey Dahmer, who well, enjoyed feasting in his own way.

Happy voting everyone!

The 10 Sexiest RPDR Queens Out of Drag

Something that has become glaringly obvious about RuPaul’s Drag Race (outside of the talent, catchphrases and Michelle Visage and Ross Matthews arguing every episode) is just how darn hot the contestants really are out of drag!

Yes, the Pit Crew is always fun to look at, as they barely wear anything clothing, but many of the queens look simply scrumptious when all their makeup is off and they are back to their boy form (some can even get it in drag, okurrr???)

Take a look at ten that this writer thinks is a tasty snack, both on and off the best damn reality show on television.

Milk: Season 6 and All Stars 3

Naomi Smalls: Season 8

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Proud homo forever and always #nationalcomingoutday

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Mayhem Miller: Season 10

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I love romper moments #summertime #rupaulsdragrace #itsmillertime #manbehindthemakeup

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Katya: Season 7 and All Stars 2

Phi Phi O’Hara: Season 4 and All Stars 2

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

With the Mom-n-awe! @beautyismee

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Vanessa Vanjie Mateo: Season 10

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

duffel bag girl

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Manila Luzon: L Season 3 and All Stars 1

Raja: Season 3

Kameron Michaels: Season 10

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I think I’m a little late, but Happy Birthday angel! @farrahrized

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Lineysha Sparkx: Season 5

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

¿Me escuchan? ¿Me oyen? ¿Me sienteeeeeeen? Saludos y besos a mis Latinos!

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Is RuPaul's Christmas Special Just for Shangela to Win?

RuPaul’s Drag Race fans got an early holiday gift courtesy of Ru and World of Wonder when it was announced this week that they will be airing a special called A RuPaul’s Drag Race Holi-slay Spectacular. It is set to air December 7th on VH1. 

Essentially the show is bringing back 8 legendary Drag Race contestants who will compete for the title of America’s First Drag Race Christmas Queen. This could also mean that they will announce the premiere dates of either All Stars 4 or season 11 of RPDR… but I might be getting ahead of myself here.

I was all excited to hear about this very fun event, as at this point I’ll pretty much watch Victoria “Porkchop” Parker downing a pork chop herself as long as it relates to the show (I’m a super fan as you can tell). When I found out who the 8 queens were that will be part of the special, however, my excitement paused.

Here are the 8 listed:

Eureka O’Hara (Seasons 9 & 10)

Shangela (Seasons 2 & 3 and All Stars 3)

Jasmine Masters (Season 7)

Kim Chi (Season 8)

Mayhem Miller (Season 10)

Latrice Royale (Season 4, All Stars 1)

Sonique (Season 2)

Trixie Mattel (Season 7, All Stars 3 Winner)

This is actually a very fun group, and it makes me think that the date for All Stars 4 will be released first instead of season 11 (just like they did this year) as Latrice and Jasmine are on the rumored list of queens competing.

It’s fairly obvious, from a diehard fan like mine’s POV, that Shangela will win. I really don’t think they would put her through something for a fourth time only for her to lose.

Let’s break down Shangela’s time on this show. Season 2 she was out first against her late friend Sahara Davenport. Did she deserve to go that soon? Arguable, but we may not have her as the star she is today if she made it further into the competition.

Season 3 emerged a much more confident and ballsy Shangela. She took on anyone who came in her path, got rid of not one but two of the “Heathers” clique and made her way all the way to the top 5.

All Stars 3 was a different ball game for her. She was already an All Star in the real world having scored major acting gigs and becoming one of the most recognizable names the industry has seen in years. Not to mention this was before word got out that she and Willam were in A Star is Born, which is poised to take home several Oscars next year.

She made it to the final four alongside Trixie, Kennedy Davenport and Bebe Zahara Benet, only to lose due to the eliminated queens not voting for her to make it to the final two. It confused Ru, the judges and everyone else at home who felt that she not only belonged in the top two but should have easily won over her three competitors.

Was this Holiday Spectacular specifically made just for her to win? A lot of comments on social media seem to think so, and to be honest it would be nice to see someone as talented and amazing as Shangela finally take home a crown she should’ve won this year. Then again… you never know.

This post was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject.

5 Things I Want to See Happen on RPDR Season 11

The 2018 calendar year is ending, which means we have the holidays to look forward to, the ability to gain a couple of pounds and hide it in some bulky sweaters, and the inevitability of a new year beginning. Oh, and another season of RuPaul’s Drag Race starting.

Several RPDR fans got super excited this week when it was announced that they are doing a holiday spectacular that will air on VH1 in the beginning of December. Does this also mean that they will reveal when season 11 of RPDR will air in 2019… as well as All Stars 4? It seems like that might happen, but who knows as the schedule for both is still unknown.

Regardless of which show premieres first, we are in for another wild ride of Drag Race that will happen over the course of several months (just like it did in 2018). I am an avid watcher and lover of this show and have been following it since it began way back in 2009. Several elements of it has changed since then, but the core of what the Emmy-winning program is has remained the same: to discover the next big group of girls who will become global superstars.

There are 5 things I need to see happen for season 11 that will help make it that much more incredible. Take a look at what needs to happen in order for RPDR to score another Emmy next year.

1. LEARN TO SEW. A staple of RPDR revolves around at least one challenge per season where the queens have to create an outfit from scratch. Not knowing how to sew at this stage of the game should really require an easy disqualification as the eye rolls can be felt around the world when a later season queen (Naysha Lopez, Kandy Ho, etc) claims that they don’t know how to. NEXT!

2. No More Separation of Big and Skinny Girls. Weight is something that is often brought up on the show, especially when it comes to the girls that are deemed “big”. A couple of them have fought against the stereotype (Delta Work), some have used it for their comedic abilities (Eureka), and others have become fierce contenders for the crown for simply being talented (Ginger Minj, Kim Chi). The hope is that this is a non-discussion in the future and everyone who goes on Drag Race is seen as equal.

3. Edit Snatch Game Better. Snatch Game is the episode we all wait for every season. It’s the one that separates the front runners from the girls who will leave shortly, yet for the most part it is heavily edited down to where we barely see several of the queen’s answers. If this is such an important episode for the fans to see, why not make it 90 minutes so that we can get a better judgment of their impressions overall?

4. Fellow Drag Queen on the Panel? Am I the only one who realizes that the show has never had another drag queen on its panel since the beginning? This may be a RuPaul kind of decision, however it would be nice to have another opinion from a legendary queen like Coco Peru or Lady Bunny as opposed to the tragic and boring ones from other celebs who have already made an appearance (Vanessa Hudgens, anyone)?

5. Culinary challenge? There’s been so many acting and singing challenges that it makes me wonder why the show hasn’t done a culinary one yet. The puns would be amazing like, America’s Next Top Vers Bottom Drag Queen Chef or something.

This post was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject.

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