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A Shoutout To LGBTQ+ Artists Who Are Thriving In Honor Of Pride Month

As Pride Month begins to draw to a close, here’s a round-up of all our Queer Black artists in all their glory as well as all the ways that they are currently thriving.  278 Views Reported bisexual baddie Cardi B is currently dominating the industry and has proven herself to be unstoppable at this rate.…

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A Shoutout To LGBTQ+ Artists Who Are Thriving In Honor Of Pride Month

As Pride Month begins to draw to a close, here’s a round-up of all our Queer Black artists in all their glory as well as all the ways that they are currently thriving. 

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Reported bisexual baddie Cardi B is currently dominating the industry and has proven herself to be unstoppable at this rate.

The Bronx rapper recently dropped her fourth collab with Reebok on June 17th, with new kicks and limited-edition apparel in adults, kids, and toddler sizes. The collection is available in adult sizes ranging from 2XS to 2XL, priced between $75-$300 for adult sizes and $75-$50 for kids and toddlers. 

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Women’s Wear Daily reported that a second collection installment will drop sometime this summer.

While Tyler has never officially come out of the closet, he has made numerous direct references in lyrics and interviews to having had same-sex relationships or experiencing same-sex attractions. 

His Grammy-winning LP “Call Me If You Get Lost” reclaimed its No. 1 spot, the tour reportedly earned $32.6 million, and he’s got a streaming deal for the tour on Amazon Prime. He has also recently launched the  Summer 2022 collection of the streetwear brand Golf Wang, in addition to a recent collaboration he had with Converse. The launch introduced many reworked motifs, new graphics, and accessories.

In an Instagram live in early 2021, Kehlani has come out as a lesbian. In an interview with Byrdie, they have stated their preference for “they” over “she” because “something feels affirming when people say they” and that “it feels like you really see me.”

Later this summer, the singer will be going on the “Blue Water Road” from July 30 to January 31, 2023. In addition to a tour, fans can preorder limited edition signed boxsets.

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Even though Lacy himself is a relatively private person and occasionally posted on social media, and came out as bisexual via several now-deleted Tumblr posts in 2017,  he’s known for his candid and vulnerable music regarding his sexuality and mental health on his debut album “Apollo XXI”

Lacy will be sharing his first new song since 2019, and it’s titled “Mercury.” It’ll also appear on Lacy’s forthcoming sophomore album Gemini Rights, which will be out later in the summer via RCA Records.

The rapper has shared that even though she is comfortable being open about being a lesbian, she doesn’t want it to pigeonhole her as an artist, preferring instead that people focus on her music and how it makes them feel; she told Time in a 2019 interview. 

She is a known romantic, and in a recent photo posted to Instagram, Young M.A. showed off her newest relationship with the influencer Kaylah Gooden. The picture shows the two in an intimate embrace, with the caption, “Us on the regular.”

Earlier this year, Janelle Monae confirmed that she identifies as nonbinary, neither male nor female‍, in an episode of Red Table Talk. Though she might not fully identify as a woman, she has made it very clear she will always be in support of women. 

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“I’m nonbinary, so I just don’t see myself as a woman, solely,” Monae said during the interview as she describes her identity. I feel all of my energy. I feel like God is so much bigger than the ‘he’ or the ‘she.’ If I am from God, I am everything.”

As of late, publisher Harper Voyager had published Monae’s first book, a cyberpunk-themed anthology, in April 2022, The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories From Dirty Computer. A New York Times Bestseller, the book has been described as “exploring how different threads of liberation—queerness, race, gender plurality, and love—become tangled with future possibilities of memory and time in such a totalitarian landscape…and what the costs might be when trying to unravel and weave them into freedoms.” 

In addition, she is set to appear in Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, and will be premiering worldwide in late 2022. 

Bisexual Houston native Monaleo grew up in Missouri City, Texas. With her younger brother being rapper Yung Rampage, it’s clear that talent runs within the family. Recently, Monaleo worked with Tidal to create a short documentary titled RISING, discussing her creative process and her perspectives on mental health. 

When Frank Ocean came out as bisexual in an emotionally vulnerable Tumblr post in 2012, he continued to evolve into a zenith hip-hop and pop culture icon. 

As of late, Ocean will be taking on the film industry as he will be writing and directing his debut feature film with A24. 

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Openly gay and gender non-conforming rapper Saucy Santana rose to fame via Tiktok with several of his songs, such as “Walk,” “Here We Go,” and most famously “Material Gworl,” which blew up on Tik Tok.

Earlier this month, Saucy Santana shared a new single that collaborates with Latto titled “Booty.”

In 2019, the “Montero” rapper took to Twitter to come out as gay.  In an interview with Zane Lowe, he credited LGBTQ artists Frank Ocean and Tyler, the Creator as inspirations and for “making it easier for me to be where I am, comfortably,” 

On June 17, 2022, Lil Nas X made his single, “Late to the Party” featuring NBA Youngboy available for pre-sale and will be going on his Montero tour for September 2022.

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Aevum is a local Georgia creative who writes and draws in their spare time while also enjoying animation, video games, politics, government, etc. Their favorite artists are Amine, Doechii, Whitney Houston, Kota the Friend, Doja Cat, Eminem, Lil Nas X, etc.


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How long do Valorant’s Acts last? Answered

Image via Riot Acts in Valorant are akin to seasons in games like Fortnite, Apex Legends, or Destiny 2. Every Act introduces new content to the game, such as agents or maps, alongside an Act-exclusive battle pass featuring 55 tiers of cosmetics to unlock. However, you’ll need to ensure you finish your battle pass before…

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How long do Valorant’s Acts last? Answered

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Acts in Valorant are akin to seasons in games like Fortnite, Apex Legends, or Destiny 2. Every Act introduces new content to the game, such as agents or maps, alongside an Act-exclusive battle pass featuring 55 tiers of cosmetics to unlock. However, you’ll need to ensure you finish your battle pass before an Act ends if you want to reap all of its rewards. But how long do Acts last?

How long are Valorant’s Acts?

Valorant’s Acts tend to last around two months each, give or take a few weeks. Looking at Valorant’s past Acts, most have typically ended roughly two months after launch, with some clocking in at just under two months. Additionally, some Acts — such as Ignition Act 3 — have lasted for about three months, so there’s always a possibility that an Act might be a bit longer than expected.

Related: All Valorant Episode 5 Act 1 Battle Pass content: skins, tiers, and rewards

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Like most other popular online games, you will not be able to redeem battle pass rewards for a particular Act after the Act ends. If you’re considering purchasing Valorant’s battle pass, it’s always worth checking how long an Act has been out to evaluate if you’ll have enough time to unlock the current Act’s rewards before it comes to an end. However, other content introduced in an Act, like agents and maps, will carry over into the next Act.

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You’ll work through battle pass tiers by leveling up. If you’re looking to level up quickly, we recommend you pay close attention to your daily and weekly missions, which both reward you with a good deal of XP.

Some of the cosmetics you’ll unlock from an Act’s battle pass can be quite stylish. If you’re looking to flaunt your fashion on the battlefield, check out our coverage on the best Operator and Spectre skins.

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Man gets early morning shock as car crashes into his house

GEORGE TOWN: A homeowner in Penang got a shock on Saturday (June 25) morning when a car rammed into his home at about 7am. “I heard a bang outside and rushed out. I saw that a car had crashed into the front of my house and the empty house next door that had been used…

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Man gets early morning shock as car crashes into his house

GEORGE TOWN: A homeowner in Penang got a shock on Saturday (June 25) morning when a car rammed into his home at about 7am.

“I heard a bang outside and rushed out. I saw that a car had crashed into the front of my house and the empty house next door that had been used as a welding workshop,” said 52-year-old Hasbullah Mohd Khalid.

News portal Berita Harian Online reported that Hasbullah was boiling water while his three children were in another room when the incident happened.

“I was confused for a moment when I saw the damage to the front of the house as it was just a few meters from the place where I was boiling water. It was only separated by a wooden wall,” he said to the portal.

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Hasbullah said the damage to his house was estimated at RM50,000.

He did not have time to meet the man who was driving the vehicle because he was taken away by his friend.

It is understood that the case has been handed over to the police for further action.

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Norway terror alert raised after deadly mass shooting

OSLO: The Norwegian security service PST has raised its terror alert to the highest level after a mass shooting left two people dead and many wounded during Pride week in Oslo. Acting PST chief Roger Berg called the shootings an “extreme Islamist terror act.” He said the gunman, who was arrested shortly after the shootings,…

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OSLO: The Norwegian security service PST has raised its terror alert to the highest level after a mass shooting left two people dead and many wounded during Pride week in Oslo.

Acting PST chief Roger Berg called the shootings an “extreme Islamist terror act.”

He said the gunman, who was arrested shortly after the shootings, had a “long history of violence and threats.”

Early on Saturday (June 25), the gunman opened fire in Oslo’s night-life district, killing two people and leaving 10 seriously wounded in what police are investigating as a possible terrorist attack during the Norwegian capital’s annual Pride festival.

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Investigators said the suspect, identified as a 42-year-old Norwegian citizen originally from Iran, was arrested after opening fire at three locations in downtown Oslo.

While the motive was unclear, organizers of Oslo Pride cancelled a parade that was set for Saturday as the highlight of a weeklong festival. One of the shootings happened outside the London Pub, a bar popular with the city’s LGBTQ community, just hours before the parade was set to begin.

Police attorney Christian Hatlo said the suspect was being held on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and terrorism, based on the number of people targeted at multiple locations.

“Our overall assessment is that there are grounds to believe that he wanted to cause grave fear in the population,” Hatlo said.

Hatlo said the suspect’s mental health was also being investigated.

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“We need to go through his medical history, if he has any. It’s not something that we’re aware of now,” he said.

The shootings happened around 1am local time, sending panicked revellers fleeing into the streets or trying to hide from the gunman.

Olav Roenneberg, a journalist from Norwegian public broadcaster NRK, said he witnessed the shooting.

“I saw a man arrive at the site with a bag. He picked up a weapon and started shooting,” Roenneberg told NRK.

“First I thought it was an air gun. Then the glass of the bar next door was shattered and I understood I had to run for cover.”

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Another witness, Marcus Nybakken, 46, said he was alerted to the incident by a commotion in the area.

“When I walked into Cesar’s bar there were a lot of people starting to run and there was a lot of screaming. I thought it was a fight out there, so I pulled out. But then I heard that it was a shooting and that there was someone shooting with a submachine gun,” Nybakken told Norwegian broadcaster TV2.

Police inspector Tore Soldal said two of the shooting victims died and 10 people were being treated for serious injuries, but none of them was believed to be life-threatening.

Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere said in a Facebook post that “the shooting outside London Pub in Oslo tonight was a cruel and deeply shocking attack on innocent people.”

He said that while the motive was unclear, the shooting had caused fear and grief in the LGBTQ community.

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“We all stand by you,” Gahr Stoere wrote.

King Harald V also offered condolences and said he and Norway’s royal family were “horrified by the night’s shooting tragedy.”

“We sympathize with all relatives and affected and send warm thoughts to all who are now scared, restless and in grief,” the Norwegian monarch said in a statement.

“We must stand together to defend our values: freedom, diversity and respect for each other. We must continue to stand up for all people to feel safe.”

Christian Bredeli, who was at the bar, told Norwegian newspaper VG that he hid on the fourth floor with a group of about 10 people until he was told it was safe to come out.

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“Many were fearing for their lives,” he said.

“On our way out we saw several injured people, so we understood that something serious had happened.”

Norwegian broadcaster TV2 showed footage of people running down Oslo streets in panic as shots rang out in the background.

Investigators said the suspect was known to police, as well as to Norway’s security police, but not for any major violent crimes. His criminal record included a narcotics offence and a weapons offense for carrying a knife, Hatlo said.

Hatlo said police seized two weapons after the attack: a handgun and an automatic weapon, both of which he described as “not modern” without giving details.

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He said the suspect had not made any statement to the police and was in contact with a defence lawyer.

Hatlo said it was too early to say whether the gunman specifically targeted members of the LGBTQ community.

“We have to look closer at that, we don’t know yet,” he said.

Still, police advised organizers of the Pride festival to cancel the parade Saturday.

“Oslo Pride therefore urges everyone who planned to participate or watch the parade to not show up. All events in connection with Oslo Prides are cancelled,” organizers said on the official Facebook page of the event.

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Inge Alexander Gjestvang, leader of FRI, the Norwegian organisation for sexual and gender diversity, said the shooting has shaken the Nordic country’s gay community.

“It’s tough for the queer movement to experience this,” he was quoted by TV2 as saying.

“We encourage everyone to stand together, take care of each other. We’ll be back later, proud, visible but right now it’s not the time for that.”

Norway has a relatively low crime rate but has experienced violent attacks by right-wing extremists, including one of the worst mass shootings in Europe in 2011, when a gunman killed 69 people on the island of Utoya after setting off a bomb in Oslo that left eight dead.

In 2019, another right-wing extremist killed his stepsister and then opened fire in a mosque but was overpowered before anyone there was injured. – AP

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