Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (May 9, 2008)

 
 

BLACK COFFEE AND DAIRY QUEENS
Coffee Will Make You Black, by April Sinclair — one of my favorite coming-out and coming-of-age novels (along with its sequels Ain’t Gonna Be the Same Fool Twice and I Left My Back Door Open, which are gayer) — has been turned into a play in Los Angeles.

The play (and the novel) is about Jean “Stevie” Stevenson, "a black teenager on the brink of sexual awakening during the turbulent and politically charged late 1960s."

The play stars CeCe Antoinette, Aasha Davis, Colette Divine, Sonia Jackson, Gretchen Koerner Deon Lucas, and Diona Reasonover as Stevie.

Many of you might recognize Aasha from her role as Spencer’s gay-friendly friend on South of Nowhere.

Get more info at MySpace.com/coffeewillmakeyoublack, and be sure to buy tickets soon — the show ends its run in three weeks!

Speaking of coming-out and coming-of-age books, I recently picked up the young adult novel Dairy Queen and its sequel, The Off Season, by Catherine Murdock. (Why? Because they’re about a teenage farm girl who joins the high school football team, and my love of stories about girls excelling in sports is well-documented.)

The books were a good read overall, and I was surprised to discover halfway through Dairy Queen that one of the main supporting characters is a lesbian. (Don’t you love it when that happens?)

You can buy the first book here. The third and last book in the series is slated to be published later this year. (For those of you who don’t relish reading about a good basketball game, don’t worry, the book’s not really about sports.)

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!
Rumors are circulating online that Gossip Girl‘s Serena (Blake Lively) and Georgina (Michelle Trachtenberg) are going to be hooking up soon — just in time for May sweeps! I’m sure it’s just a coincidence. (Thanks Donna and Annica!)

The second-half of South of Nowhere‘s third (and final) season just began airing in France; Americans still have to wait until September. (Thanks CC and Elizabeth!)

Angela Robinson is going to reissue all episodes of Girltrash in a single 12-minute episode if the new official Girltrash MySpace profile MySpace.com/girltrashy gets 5,000 friends.

Out hip-hop artist Melange Lavonne has a new CD out; check out her MySpace page for more info.

After taking several wrong turns with the the lesbian relationship between Franzi and Paula, the German TV show Gute Zeiten, schlechte Zeiten (The Best of Times, The Worst of Times) has apparently decided **spoiler alert** to bring the girls back together again — only to have one of them immediately die in a fire. Maybe she found out her girlfriend was really her a sister, and decided to end it all. (Thanks to Carolin for the tip!)

Carrie McClary was the lucky winner of our recent random drawing to meet Leisha Hailey and Camila Grey of Uh Huh Her at an upcoming concert. Carrie will get to hang with the girls at their Toronto tour date later this month, and she’s promised to report back on how it went. Congrats!

Kate McKinnon will also be joining us at the AfterEllen.com NYC Meet-Up next weekend (probably not with her guitar, though). Go here for more details about the event.

There won’t be a new episode of What’s YOUR Problem? this week, or of She Made Me Watch This! on Monday (too much editing to do, not enough time!). But there will be an in-depth video interview with singer Deepa Soul tomorrow, as well as a new U People episode, and a new Retro Reviewing on Saturday (this time they tackle Better than Chocolate). And this Sunday at the Q-Me Con brunch, we’ll be announcing the winner(s) of the AfterEllen.com Web Series Contest, and we’ll be debuting the first episodes of the winning shows on the site next Tuesday and Wednesday. I think you’re going to like them! These combined with the 3Way season finale, another special guest on Liz Feldman‘s show, and another Celesbian Interview — plus more episodes from all the other vlogs you know and love — should give be more than enough to distract you from your work next week.

by Sarah Warn

That’s it for this week! Got the inside scoop on a hot new lesbian/bi actor/musician/TV show/film? Tell us at afterellentips@gmail.com. Check back next Friday for another edition of Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever.

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