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Jussie Smollett And Smoldering ‘Empire’ Co-Stars Cover Essence Magazine: VIDEO

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Essence Magazine satiated Empire fans' thirst for more of actor Jussie Smollett after featuring the openly gay actor on the magazine’s cover for its June vacation issue reports Out. The magazine released four covers with one cover featuring all three of Empire's Lyons brothers together and three other separate covers with Smollet, Trai Byers (Andre) and Bryshere "Yazz" Gray (Hakeem) receiving their own individual covers.

Smollet reveals in the issue how he auditioned for the role of Jamal and how reaching out to the show’s creator, Lee Daniels, on social media helped him snag the role. Smollett also addresses his coming out earlier in the year, and why he chose to do so saying:

"If I can help someone else feel less alone, no matter what they’re going through, I’m happy to have that opportunity,"

Empire returns this fall on Fox with an 18-episode second season with nine episodes airing in the fall and the remaining nine airing in 2016.

Catch Jussie performing "You're So Beautiful" from Empire on Good Morning America, AFTER THE JUMP...

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WATCH: Toronto's LGBT Water Polo Team Strips Down And Gears Up For Stockholm Eurogames

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Toronto’s LGBT Triggerfish Water Polo team released a promo video featuring teammates in and out of their skivvies and in drag ahead of the 2015 Stockholm Eurogames on Aug. 5-9. The team, which is composed of both men and women, is set to play multiple daily matches throughout the competition, and the team intends on claiming victory.

The video, which centers around various teammates meeting up for practice, has everything you could ask for from teammates in campy drag to gratuitous shots of male players changing into speedos; the Triggerfish team has all their angles covered.

Watch the team in action, both in and out of the pool, AFTER THE JUMP...


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RuPaul's Drag Race Pit Crew Plays Dirty Charades With Oiled Up, Red-Headed New Stud Bryce: VIDEO

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The second season of RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Oh Pit Crew! debuted this week and kicked off the show by introducing new pit crew member Bryce (with comments from host Detox) to the group. RuPaul and pit crew veterans Miles and Jason welcomed Bryce to the crew with a hearty round of Dirty Charades and an ab rubdown.

Watch the redheaded stud introduce himself, along with his abs, AFTER THE JUMP

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Study Suggests Attractive Men Are More Selfish

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We've all been there: we were introduced to that really good looking guy at a party or at the club or some other social setting, and even though he was hotter than a rooster in socks the more he talked the more turned off you got as it became clear that he was kind of a self-focused ass. According to a study at Brunel University London this isn't just happenstance. Rather, attractive men as a whole tend to be more selfish.

The study, titled "Bodily Attractiveness and Egalitarianism are Negatively Related in Males" and published in Evolutionary Psychology, took 125 male and female participants, scored them on generalized attractiveness measures, and then took part in an economics experiment where they were asked to share money with someone else. The results found that men who were ranked as more attractive tended to have a bias towards selfishness. The research also found that attractiveness was at least as important as wealth when it came to attitudes of altruism and egalitarianism. Interestingly, the same was not true for women.

Lead researcher Dr. Michael Price warned against taking the findings as gospel, however, saying:

The correlation between attractiveness and selfishness was nowhere close to being perfect, and many very attractive men will also be very altruistic and egalitarian.

Additionally, these attitudes tended to be subconscious, and being made aware of their biases helped men act against them and engage in more generosity.

'Hotness,' It Turns Out, Is A Contagious Idea Rather Than A Subjective Assessment

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Here at Towleroad we’re no strangers to ogling the occasional attractive man reading a book, rapping, or just sort of pretending to be gay. We’ve got an entire tag dedicated to “HOT MEN” because hotness as a concept is both as newsworthy as it is purely objective. Right? According to new research published in Advances and Consumer Research, that logic is somewhat flawed.

Our general perceptions of what’s hot and what’s not, it turns out, have less to do with our own inherent aesthetic preferences and are heavily influenced by what we perceive to be socially acceptable. The study, entitled "Instantaneously Hotter: the Dynamic Revision of Beauty Assessment Standards,” drew upon photos and “hotness ratings” from

Participants in the study were instructed to rank other people’s photographs. Occasionally after giving a numerical score, participants would be allowed to see how other people ranked them, though not every time. As Jesse Singal writes for NY Mag’s Science of Us blog, the study focused on the ways in which people ranked others’ hotness after they were allowed to see the decisions that other people had made:

"The researchers found that when people saw ratings after making their own judgement, in subsequent judgments they got closer and closer to other people's overall average rating of that photo. In other words — and I'm making up the specific numbers — if on the first photo they ranked they were off by 2 points on a 10-point scale as compared to the average, by the 20th photo they were off by, on average, 1.25 points."

Beauty, it turns out, isn’t as in the eye of the beholder as we might think to believe. The study’s findings can be interpreted in a number of different ways, but it’s important to keep in mind the specific circumstance under which the results were found. It’s not often that you’ll have a numerical representation of the public’s hotness score of another person. Thinking that the whole of your sexual attraction to another person is entirely skewed by societal expectations is a rather depressing thought, to be sure, but this isn’t exactly the first time that this idea has been substantiated with numbers.

Sound off in the comments with your opinions.

'Hot Dudes Reading' Brings To Life The Well Read Men Of Your Dreams: PHOTOS


Let's say you're the literary type and like your men to be well-read in addition to possessing prowess in bed. Should this be the case, the Instagram account you want to follow is @HotDudesReading. The newly formed account has already racked up over 34,000 followers with just 9 posts, all of which are stalker pics of inordinately attractive men riding (or waiting for) public transportation in New York City while reading a book -- not a kindle or an iPad but an actual book. Each post comes complete with musings about what each hottie is reading, thinking about and where he's headed.

For instance, the above photo is captioned:

Spotted this scruffy prince on his morning commute. Probably to sculpture class. I'm sure he's reading a collection of post-war Russian short stories, but really thinking of how he made love to his French girlfriend this morning and the gluten free toast they shared after. #marryme #hotdudesreading

Another handsome subway rider (below) warranted a 'Dapper Dude Alert':

Dapper Dude Alert! Damn. Whatever prose he's reading cannot match the beauty of that full beard. He's like the hot English professor of my dreams, only with way better hair. #voluntarydetention#hotdudesreading - this ones for @lancebass

And yes, Lance Bass has offered his seal of approval, as Time notes, tweeting, "Hahahahaha! My new favorite IG account to follow! @HotDudesReading ."

Catch two more hot bookworms, AFTER THE JUMP...

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