SWAZILAND, LOBAMBA : Maidens from South Africa sing and dance during the first day of the annual royal reed dance at the Ludzidzini Royal palace on August 30, 2015 in Lobamba, Swaziland. Umhlanga, or Reed Dance ceremony, is an annual Swazi cultural event where tens of thousands of Swazi girls and  travel from the various chiefdoms to the Ludzidzini Royal Village to participate in the eight-day event. A road accident in Swaziland killed several girls and seriously injured others who had been on their way to a traditional ceremony. The accident happened Friday night when their open truck smashed into a car on the road between the tiny kingdom’s two main cities, Mbabane and Manzini, en route to the traditional Reed Dance.
AFP PHOTO/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA                        

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thoughts on the vmas

First of all, I’m really proud of my boys in Twenty One Pilots, both HeavyDirtySoul and Lane Boy were perfect options to perform. A$AP Rocky did his thing and it added to the overall mood, and the shout out to their mom at the end was adorable. 

now, second of all, I’m really proud of my girls from RuPaul’s Drag Race. I know that some people may feel like Miley Cyrus just used them as props or a joke (she might have), but honestly, look at the big picture, it was such a big opportunity for these performers to appear on one of the most watched and talked about shows in America. Seeing some of my favorite queens on mainstream television made me incredibly happy tonight. I know some of you wanted them to shine more, or sing with Cyrus or something, but it was Miley’s performance, the queens were secondary characters here. Maybe with time we’ll see drag queens perform in mainstream media by themselves, but for now, this is a great step forward and it should be celebrated. 

Also some people were upset that they didn’t give them proper credit or mention who they were. We’ll here’s an informative article from MTV that mentions every single one of the performers- read here

and last, some people had the nerve to call those outfits ugly…. first of all, Pearl wears this stuff on tour all the time. and it’s the first thing I thought of when I saw the costumes. 2, BCALLA has also done stuff for Lady Gaga and Azealia Banks; he’s a queer designer that gets inspired on the club kids new york scene. 

These specific costumes were inspired by Aaahh!!! Real Monsters. like how cool is that??? Read about it here

Some of you’ll are just too bitter and take out all the fun in everything. please take a seat and enjoy watching Pearl feeling herself on camera. 

-Drops Mic-

Bob Fosse is/was the inspiration for countless dancers everywhere - especially Michael Jackson, who was clearly inspired by Fosse’s choreography and wardrobe from the film ‘The Little Prince.’ 

Also… MJ’s son was once a little Prince. Really. As in literally… cuz his name is Prince. I think he actually named one son Michael and the other one Prince, but Michael goes by Prince, and Prince goes by Blanket. But Blanket changed his name to Bigi or something…

One more thing about The Little Prince:

At Michael Jackson’s memorial, Brooke Shields said, “He was known as the King, but he reminded me of The Little Prince," and followed it with a quote from the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: “What moves me so deeply about this sleeping little prince is his loyalty to a flower–the image of a rose shining within him like a flame within a lamp, even when he’s asleep… And I realized he was even more fragile than I thought. Lamps must be protected. A gust of wind can blow them out.”