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Ryan Seacrest, Lucy Hale, & Billy Porter Are Hosting the New Year's Eve Special in a Nearly Empty Times Square!

The 2021 Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve special is happening live in Times Square right now with hosts Ryan Seacrest, Lucy Hale, and Billy Porter appearing in New York City!

Even though Times Square is nearly empty this year due to the pandemic, the TV shows are still broadcasting live from the historic location.

Billy, who is best known for his Emmy-winning performance in FX’s Pose and his Tony and Grammy-winning work in Broadway’s Kinky Boots, showed off his musical talents during the show. He performed twice, including a duet of “True Colors” with Cyndi Lauper.

“It was a big year for sweatpants. Decided to give my favorite pair a well-deserved break tonight. #RockinEve,” Ryan tweeted with a photo of his outfit.

If you’re wondering, the few people allowed to watch the ball drop in Times Square this year are all first responders and essential workers who were all selected to receive the special tickets.

FYI: Ryan is wearing Taft shoes. Billy is wearing a gray Rick Owens coat. He is wearing a Botter suit under the red coat.

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Billy Porter Is Making His Directorial Debut With a Coming-Of-Age Story!

Billy Porter is taking on a new role as director.

The 51-year-old Pose star will make his feature directorial debut with the coming-of-age story What If? from a screenplay by Alvaro García Lecuona for MGM’s Orion Pictures, Variety reported Wednesday (November 18).

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Here’s a plot summary: “The story centers on a high school senior posting on social media about his crush on Kelsa, a trans girl at his school, resulting in the internet encouraging him to pursue the relationship. The two then navigate a senior year relationship that neither of them could have expected.”

“I’m thrilled to be part of this new space in Hollywood for telling all types of stories from all types of people. I am grateful to be in a position to usher some of these stories into the mainstream and I am humbled that heavy hitters like Christine Vachon and Alana Mayo have entrusted and empowered me in this insane time we all find ourselves in,” Billy said in a statement.

“We couldn’t be more excited to work with Billy Porter on his feature directing debut and are privileged that he, Alvaro and the producing team behind this special film have entrusted us with their vision for this beautiful, contemporary love story. What If? is perfectly emblematic of the ambitions we have for the new Orion Pictures: To tell stories about the totality of the human experience,” said producer Alana Mayo.

Billy Porter starred in a fashion show amid the pandemic. Check it out!

See How Christian Siriano Held a Fashion Show in the Middle of a Pandemic!

Christian Siriano wasn’t able to have one of his regular fashion shows at New York Fashion Week this year due to the pandemic, but he figured out how to have one that was perfect for the times!

The fashion designer held a socially distanced runway show for his Christian Siriano Collection 37 on Thursday afternoon (September 17) at a private outdoor location in Westport, Conn.

All of the models, including a pregnant Coco Rocha, wore face masks while walking in the show and guests, including Emmy winner Billy Porter, were seated at least six feet apart from each other.

During the show, Coco took a dip in the pool while dressed in red!

Christian tapped friend and longtime muse Sarah Jessica Parker to provide footwear from the SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker line for the show.

“The collection feels romantic with touches of evening however some of our favorite pieces this season are made of a light heather gray knit for easy living – while remaining chic and elegant. Even at home, things can inspire us, and I hope this collection shows that fashion remains powerful despite the circumstances,” Christian said in a statement.

Click through the gallery for 60+ photos from the fashion show… More Here! »

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Democratic National Convention 2020 - Performers List Revealed!

John Legend and Billie Eilish will be hitting the stage.

The Chicks and Common will also be among the performers scheduled to appear next week at the 2020 Democratic National Convention, Deadline reported Friday (August 14).

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Leon Bridges, Jennifer Hudson, Billy Porter, Maggie Rogers, Prince Royce and Stephen Stills will also be performing during the convention’s four nights.

“These artists are committed to engaging with, registering and mobilizing voters to get us over the finish line in November,” Stephanie Cutter, program executive for the convention, said in a statement.

They will perform new songs and American classics. Almost all of the convention will take virtually amid the pandemic.

Youth choir members across the country will perform the National Anthem, with Commonwealth Youthchoirs arranging 57 members representing the 50 states and territories.

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'Pose' Season 3 Will Likely Look Different Because of COVID-19 Restrictions

The third season of the groundbreaking FX series Pose was in the middle of production when the COVID-19 pandemic shut things down.

Now, when things pick up again and the show is allowed to resume filming, you can expect the show to look a little different.

“‘Things like kissing — we will likely forgo those moments,” show creator Steven Canals said in a new interview with Variety. “The place on our show where the biggest impact will be felt will be the ball scenes: Those scenes have 125 to 150 background actors. That’s tricky, because that’s such an important and critical part of our show and the narrative. We’re just, only now, having conversations of ‘Is there a world where we forgo these things?’”

Those that watch the series will know that that ballroom scenes are an integral part of the show, so hopefully they’ll be able to work it into the program somehow!

The show’s star Billy Porter spoke up for the black LGBTQ+ community in a new video on Instagram.

Billy Porter Speaks Up For Black LGBTQ+ Community In Passionate Instagram Video

Billy Porter is raising his voice high in the Black Lives Matter movement, and is also calling them out for lack of support for Black LGBTQ lives.

“LGBTQ+ black folks are black people, too!” the Pose star shared in his new Instagram. “Our lives matter, too! So this is my response to those of y’all who don’t understand that: F— you! And, yes, I am cussing. It’s time for cussing.”

Billy referenced Iyanna Dior, a black trans woman who was attacked by a group of cisgender men while a group of black cisgender people did nothing.

“My basic human rights have been up for legislation every single day that I have had breath in my body from all sides—and by that I mean that the black community’s relationship with the LGBTQ+ community is appalling at best and eerily similar to that of white supremacists versus black folk,” Billy said. “Hear me, black people, and hear me well. I’m calling you out right here and right now. You cannot expect our demands of equality to be met with any real legislative policy and change when y’all turn around and inflict the same kind of hate and oppression on us.”

He went on, “The tragic reality here is that black trans, as well as gender non-conforming, women and men are being killed in the United States by cis black men to such a degree that it is nearly the worst emergency for trans women on the planet.”

“To all my homophobic and transphobic brothers and sisters, get your f—ing houses in order.”

Billy added that “as Black people, we risk our lives every time we leave our homes. As queer people of color that risk is doubled. We move about our days sucking it up, hiding our pain and terror from the world, trying to make ourselves small, so white people and straight people feel comfortable.”

“Our parents try to prepare us for the realities of this world: the fact that the playing field is not leveled, the laws that protect white people do not do the same for us, and that we have to be at least 10 times better at anything we choose to do in life to simply get in the rooms where things happen.”

Watch his video below and check out a full list of resources on how you can contribute and support BLM here!

Billy Porter Releases Politically Charged Single 'For What It's Worth'

Pose star Billy Porter just released his new single, a cover of Stephen Stills’ “For What It’s Worth,” as performed by Buffalo Springfield.

Here’s what the 50-year-old Grammy/Emmy/Tony winner shared:

On deciding his new single: :I wanted to have my art and my music matter, make a difference. I’ve always been a political person. I come from the generation where the music reflected what was going on in the world, in the day. The song was written and performed sort of during the Civil Rights Era, the Vietnam War, it was protest music and I wanted to have a hand in bringing that back and speaking truth directly to power.”

On reflecting during quarantine: “One of the heartening things that I’ve seen during the Coronavirus outbreak is how we’ve all banded together. Everyone doing their part, checking on each other, using technology to connect with one another. I think the messages in ‘For What It’s Worth’ are so relevant now. It’s a song about unifying and coming together to make a change.”

On leaning into the November 2020 Presidential elections: “While we’re all stuck at home, now is a great time to make sure you’re registered to vote. The election is comin,’ y’all. Let’s get ready and stay ready… I hope people are inspired to not give up, to continue to have hope, and to understand that the only way change comes is for the people to come together and demand it.”(Register to vote here.)

Last week, Billy appeared in the virtual Seder celebration to raise funds for the CDC Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund.

Stream Billy Porter‘s rendition of “For What It’s Worth” below!

Billy Porter Releases Politically Charged Single ‘For What It’s Worth’