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Laverne Cox channels her inner Beyoncé on ‘Lip Sync Battle’

actress makes audience lose their breath

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(Screenshot via YouTube.)

(Screenshot via YouTube.)

Laverne Cox and Samira Wiley gave “Orange is the New Black” fans something to scream about when they took each other on in Spike’s “Lip Sync Battle” on Wednesday night.

Samira Wiley, who played Poussey Washington on the Netflix show, kicked off the final battle with her interpretation of “OPP” by Naughty By Nature. In a ’90s-inspired outfit of overalls and Timberland boots the 29-year-old actress mouthed the words complete with backup dancers.

The D.C. native was even joined by Naughty By Nature to close out her show.

Cox, 32, kept her cool throughout the performance before she took the stage as Beyoncé performing the Destiny’s Child hit “Lose My Breath.” The performance appeared to be a callback to Beyoncé’s Super Bowl half-time show earlier this year with an all black outfit. She ended the show by breaking into a split.

While Cox’s performance got the audience cheering and hosts LL Cool J and Chrissy Teigen dancing, Wiley took home the belt.

Watch below.

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PHOTOS: Capital Pride Festival and Concert

Keke Palmer, Billy Porter among entertainers

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Billy Porter performs at the 2024 Capital Pride Festival on Sunday. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The 2024 Capital Pride Festival and Concert was held along Pennsylvania Avenue in Northwest D.C. on Sunday, June 9. Performers included Sapphira Cristál, Keke Palmer, Ava Max, Billy Porter and Exposé.

(Washington Blade photos by Michael Key)

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Get ready for Baltimore Pride

Events scheduled throughout weekend

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Baltimore Pride Parade (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Baltimore Pride begins this weekend on Friday, June 14 in the heart of the city.

There will be a variety of events, the main ones being Mt. Vernon Pride on June 14 at 2 p.m. on the 200 Block of W. Read St., the Parade and Block Party on Saturday, June 15 at 3 p.m. on N. Charles St., and Pride in the Park on Sunday, June 15 at 3 p.m. at Druid Hill Park.

For more event details, visit Baltimore Pride’s website

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New film festival to spotlight LGBTQ docs

DC/DOX held in theaters throughout city

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DC/DOX, a new film festival in Washington D.C., began on Thursday, June 13 at E-Street Cinema, the U.S. Navy Memorial Burke Theatre and Eaton Cinema.

The festival is dedicated to promoting documentary as a leading art form and a series of documentaries on LGBTQ+ stories will premiere, including “Love That Dares Not,” “Sabbath Queen,” and “Familia.” 

For more information, visit DC/DOX’s website.

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