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October 2, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Antoine Ashley, better known as the drag queen Sahara Davenport who competed on the second season of "RuPaul's Drag Race," has died at age 27. " Logo is profoundly saddened by the passing of Antoine Ashley who fans around the world knew and loved as Sahara Davenport," the Logo network posted Tuesday on its Facebook page. "He was an amazing artist and entertainer who'll be deeply missed by his Logo family. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family, especially his boyfriend Karl, in their time of need.
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November 28, 2012
Performer RuPaul is hosting a Carnival cruise called "Drag Race at Sea" for 40 "RuPaul's Drag Race" winners and contenders, scheduled to depart Miami Dec. 2. After some to-ing and fro-ing, guests will be allowed to dress in drag in public areas of the ship, if they so choose  -- not just in private event rooms. And here I thought one had to wear deck shoes, not stilettos, aboard ship. [The Cut] Stella McCartney was the night's biggest winner at the British Fashion Awards on Tuesday, taking home Designer of the Year and Designer Brand of the Year titles.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
Lady Gaga is a musician first but voracious fashion fan second. What a moment, then, to see her staring out from the cover of the September issue of Vogue magazine. The year's most anticipated, thanks to its comprehensive fall fashion spread, and often largest (her issue's page count is a record-breaking 916) sees Gaga shot by photography team Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. And that double take you just did? The Lady sees the resemblance too, to another fashion iconoclast: RuPaul.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Antoine Ashley, better known as the drag queen Sahara Davenport who competed on the second season of "RuPaul's Drag Race," has died at age 27. " Logo is profoundly saddened by the passing of Antoine Ashley who fans around the world knew and loved as Sahara Davenport," the Logo network posted Tuesday on its Facebook page. "He was an amazing artist and entertainer who'll be deeply missed by his Logo family. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family, especially his boyfriend Karl, in their time of need.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2010 | By Maria Elena Fernandez >>>
Drag queens sashay down the runway, lip-syncing to RuPaul's "Main Event," escorted by their drag mothers. The mother-daughter fashion show has begun, and immediately we realize: we've never seen anything like this on TV. The mamas are only mommies for a day -- older gay men plucked out of their quiet lives to be transformed into drag queens as part of a reality show challenge. They've never worn heels, makeup or dresses. And a test it is. Heels prove a giant obstacle for a couple of "mothers" who have trouble walking in their own shoes because of disabilities.
HEALTH
September 6, 2012 | By Jessica P. Ogilvie
RuPaul became famous for his over-the-top drag performances and later, his VH1 show, "RuPaul's Drag Race. " But recently, the 51-year-old performer has turned his focus inward, embarking on a hiking regimen in his hometown of Los Angeles that, he says, has changed his life physically, emotionally and spiritually. We talked to him about what making that change was like, and the impact it's had on his life. How did you get into hiking? It started when I quit smoking. I was around 40, and I knew that I needed to get out of the house and occupy myself.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 1997 | MARC WEINGARTEN
RuPaul can't really sing, he's merely an adequate dancer, and his songs are generic dance music at best. What the pop world's most famous cross-dresser does have in abundance is sheer chutzpah, but not even that could save his lackluster set at Billboard Live on Wednesday. For an artist who revels in the trappings of glitz and glamour--just check out his outrageously over-the-top videos--RuPaul's stage show is shockingly short on pomp.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 2, 2012 | By Jamie Wetherbe, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Life's a drag, but if we're talking about Los Angeles after dark, that's a good thing. The city's drag show scene, once a closeted affair hidden in dive bars, now sells out theaters and pulls in straight crowds. During the last 20 years, female-impersonator shows in L.A. have become more than dressing like Cher and lip-syncing "Believe. " "Performers are real singers and real writers," says Jon Imparato, director of cultural arts at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center. "It's become an art form.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 1995 | IRENE LACHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
RuPaul, the darling of drag, the erstwhile Queen of Manhattan, is craning his swan-like neck to see who's lurking about West Hollywood's Argyle Hotel bar. The funny thing is, nobody's looking back, even though RuPaul is in drag. Male drag, that is. Instead of his signature Ivana-esque wig, RuPaul's shiny pate is shielded by a baseball cap, his lanky frame covered in denim and khaki. His eyes are obliterated behind sunglasses despite the failing light.
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June 21, 1995 | IRENE LACHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
RuPaul, the darling of drag, the erstwhile Queen of Manhattan, is craning his swan-like neck to see who's lurking about the Argyle Hotel bar. The funny thing is, nobody's looking back, even though RuPaul is in drag. Male drag, that is. Instead of his signature Ivana-esque wig, a baseball cap shields RuPaul's shiny pate, and his lanky frame is covered in denim and khaki. His eyes are obliterated behind sunglasses despite the failing light.
HEALTH
September 6, 2012 | By Jessica P. Ogilvie
RuPaul became famous for his over-the-top drag performances and later, his VH1 show, "RuPaul's Drag Race. " But recently, the 51-year-old performer has turned his focus inward, embarking on a hiking regimen in his hometown of Los Angeles that, he says, has changed his life physically, emotionally and spiritually. We talked to him about what making that change was like, and the impact it's had on his life. How did you get into hiking? It started when I quit smoking. I was around 40, and I knew that I needed to get out of the house and occupy myself.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
Lady Gaga is a musician first but voracious fashion fan second. What a moment, then, to see her staring out from the cover of the September issue of Vogue magazine. The year's most anticipated, thanks to its comprehensive fall fashion spread, and often largest (her issue's page count is a record-breaking 916) sees Gaga shot by photography team Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. And that double take you just did? The Lady sees the resemblance too, to another fashion iconoclast: RuPaul.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 30, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
"RuPaul's Drag Race"is crossing its Season 4 finish line, honey, with the reality competition arguably at the height of its popularity.   To close the show's splashiest and most twist-laden season yet, RuPaul's pack of drag queens reunited last week in North Hollywood, where a special live taping awaited along with the crowning of "America's next drag superstar. " The Ministry was on site for the taping (the finale airs Monday night on Logo), and Ru and his girls didn't disappoint.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 2, 2012 | By Jamie Wetherbe, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Life's a drag, but if we're talking about Los Angeles after dark, that's a good thing. The city's drag show scene, once a closeted affair hidden in dive bars, now sells out theaters and pulls in straight crowds. During the last 20 years, female-impersonator shows in L.A. have become more than dressing like Cher and lip-syncing "Believe. " "Performers are real singers and real writers," says Jon Imparato, director of cultural arts at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center. "It's become an art form.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 2011
Still not ready to let Simon Cowell go? Talk about "Oprah Presents Master Class: Simon Cowell. " It's been less than a week, guys! But if you're not impressed with the new "American Idol" lineup, don't fret. Get your fix of the snarky Brit when he shares his stories and lessons. Let's hope Steven Tyler and J-Lo are watching. (Sunday) Sashay and chante ? and talk about "RuPaul's Drag Race. " The time has come for you to lip-sync for your life! The (man) ladies are back on LOGOTV.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 2010
STAGE Time may have softened the edges of the punk rock icon's aggro stance at the mike — gone are the days of club riots, LAPD raids and endless van hauls across the country — yet Henry Rollins still seethes with a bemused intensity and an endless flow of words and opinions on seemingly everything under the sun, from RuPaul to BP to Bad Brains. Rollins' Frequent Flyer Tour touches down for a three-night stand at Largo at the Coronet, 336 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A. Fri.-Sun.
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February 5, 1993 | HEIDI SIEGMUND, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"I moved to New York from Atlanta with a pair of high heels and a dream . . . and look at the bitch now." What the dance-music world is looking at is a bouffant vision in diamonds and chiffon named RuPaul, who stands seven feet tall when you include the stiletto heels and platinum wig. RuPaul is the first transvestite to enter dance music's top ranks since Sylvester in the late '70s, thanks to his lively dance-chart hit "Supermodel."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 2011
Still not ready to let Simon Cowell go? Talk about "Oprah Presents Master Class: Simon Cowell. " It's been less than a week, guys! But if you're not impressed with the new "American Idol" lineup, don't fret. Get your fix of the snarky Brit when he shares his stories and lessons. Let's hope Steven Tyler and J-Lo are watching. (Sunday) Sashay and chante ? and talk about "RuPaul's Drag Race. " The time has come for you to lip-sync for your life! The (man) ladies are back on LOGOTV.
OPINION
March 12, 2010
Parade: A March 6 editorial said the principal of Wadsworth Avenue Elementary School was off campus during a Black History Month event in which children carried pictures of O.J. Simpson, Dennis Rodman and RuPaul. She was on campus.
OPINION
March 6, 2010
Adrag queen, a professional bad boy and a disgraced football star serving time for a botched robbery. These were the high-profile African American figures that three white teachers at a South Los Angeles elementary school apparently chose as worthy of study for their young charges as part of Black History Month. The children solemnly marched in the school parade carrying pictures of the three men -- RuPaul (wearing one of his signature blond wigs), Dennis Rodman and O.J. Simpson -- while their schoolmates honored the likes of President Obama and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. As usual when things go awry in the Los Angeles Unified School District, the fiasco was a conflation of silly, smaller mishaps and oversights.
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