Family, this is your favorite queer radio personality Anna DeShawn with our queer news for today. If you enjoy what you hear rate & review us inside your fav podcasting app, okay. Now for the news.
The Chicago Therapy Collective shared the visitation, funeral and reception service information for our beloved Elise Malary, a celebration of life took place for the Andre Leon Talley on Friday & Ellen has filmed her final episode after an epic 20 year run.
Our leading story for today is an update about Elise Malary. You all know I covered her story so closely and losing her has impacted the Chicago LGBTQ community in a profound way. The Chicago Therapy Collective where Elise did so much of her work announced on social media that there will be a visitation, funeral and reception services for Elise this week. The visitation will be Thursday May 5, 4-8pm at Drake & Sons Funeral Home located at 5303 N Western Ave. The funeral will be Friday May 6, 9am at St. Mary’s located at 1012 Lake St – Evanston, IL and the reception will follow at the Holiday Inn in Skokie at 5300 Touhy Ave. I’ve included the details in the show notes for you as well. It is still so hard to believe that Elise is no longer with us. What do I always say: family, here today, gone today. I don’t know what idea you’re sitting on or what you’ve been putting off but don’t. Don’t put it off another day. There is no time like the present.
I also have to report on the celebration of life for the Andre’ Leon Talley that took place on Friday at his home church in Harlem, Abyssinian Baptist Church. After doing a little research this church is a Harlem staple and a number of celebrities call it home. The pictures from Andre’s services truly tell the story and it appeared to be as beautiful and ornate and over top just as he would have wanted it. Of course the stars were there; Naomi Campbell, Anna Wintour, Marc Jacobs, Gayle King and Kimore Lee Simmons to name a few. There was a musical tribute by Valerie Simpson who is of course half of the famed Ashford & Simpson as well as the Abyssinian choir. During his life Andre danced with Diana, styled Michele, keke’d with Whoopi, and was a godfather to Naomi & Tyra & so many others. He was a larger than life stylist, author, fashion reporter, fashion icon and the first Black man to be the editor of Vogue. As a 6’6 black man who described his fashion as extravagant flamboyance. He broke ceilings every time he walked into a room and he worked behind the scenes to bring more people of color along for the ride. Well done André. Continue taking your rest. Well done.
And for our last story, Ellen filmed her final episode of her show yesterday. It will air on May 26th but she shared this on Instagram. “When we started this show in 2003, the iPhone didn’t exist. Social Media didn’t exist. Gay marriage wasn’t legal. We watched the world change, sometimes for the better, sometimes not. But whatever was happening, my goal was always for the show to be a place where we could all come together and laugh for an hour. Being invited into your lives has been the greatest privilege of my life and has brought me incredible joy. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.” No one would have thought that Ellen would have a 20 year run. Y’all know how hard daytime TV is? How many have you seen come and go over the years? Queen Latifah, Tyra, Rosie, Wayne Brady, to name a few. So 20 years is significant and we all know in 2020 things took a turn when former employees accused her of being rude and a terrible boss. Others shared they lost their jobs for taking medial leave and for being targeted for sexual harassment by certain producers of the show. Said producers resigned but so much of the damage was done. Ratings tanked and then Ellen announced her retirement from the show. It’s such an unfortunate ending to a truly historic run. She made us laugh and dance and her show has put lots of others on. There’s no doubt about that. Ellen did what people thought was impossible and I’m sure all she wants to do now is rest a bit.
Now let’s close out the podcast with a word from the Andre’ Leon Talley himself. He said, “Luxury is…to be able to take control of one’s life, health, and the pursuit of happiness in a way that is joyful.” So family, go find your luxury. Till tomorrow, peace