Morning Brew – Tuesday, Dec. 27: Rachel Maddow opens up to Slate, Dee Rees on what comes after “Pariah”

Happy Tuesday! I am back from the Midwest and ready to stop eating everything in sight. I hope you got everything you wanted.

the xx has released a new demo called “Open Eyes.” It is kind of Mazzy Star-esque.

Rachel Maddow sat down to have a conversation with Slate and it’s in five parts. I’ll share one with you and then go to Slate and watch the rest immediately.

Check out this new video of “Domino” from Jessie J. She wants it to save your terrible, no good good, very bad day.

The Guardian has compiled The Top 10 Lesbian Kisses of All Time, but I am pretty sure they haven’t been to some of the same parties I have — or the Dinah.

NPR did a piece on how many triumphs we’ve had as a community this year. It’s a good reminder of our progress.

Another day, another female celebrity’s girl crush! This time, it’s Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor, who apparently crushes on someone with the same last name as her: Kareena Kapoor. Sonam told a reporter:

She is very pretty. She has a family, so I hope she will never mind me saying that.

Pariah filmmaker Dee Rees shared her coming out story with Salon. And she told Collider about her upcoming projects, which sound so cool:

I actually just finished another script for Focus Features, called Bolo. I’m really excited about that. It’s a thriller, set in the South. And then, I’m also working on a TV series with HBO and Viola Davis that I’m excited about. And, I also finished another feature script, called Large Print, which is about this 50-something insurance adjustor, and it talks about how to redefine happiness for yourself and agism. I’m always excited about stories that allow me to explore a character and create interesting stories and worlds that we haven’t seen before.

Dee Rees, so glad to have you in Hollywood!

Sandra Bernhard talked with Blackbook about her career and upcoming New Year’s show at Joe’s Pub in New York. One of my favorite quips:

I mean, listen, I’m post-feminist, I’m post-gay liberation. I’ve kind of come through all of those movements and be able to blend in the political and the emotional aftermath of all of them and put them into a new context. Certainly my friendships with people are all over the place, and I have friends in a million different places and directions. I guess that’s just my life in general. I enjoy people who are smart and funny and provocative.

And that’s why people enjoy you, Miss Bernhard.

Amy Ray is releasing her new solo album, Lung of Love, on February 28. Guests on the CD include Julie Wolf, Melissa York, Kaia Wilson, Brandi Carlile and Lindsay Fuller. Sounds pretty rad.

Syd tha Kid told The Huffington Post that her being part of Odd Future hasn’t silenced any critics of the rap group’s homophobia. She said:

…but whatever. Some people just need something to be mad about.

She also said she doesn’t see the controversial video for “Cocaine” as any different from Black Swan.

To be honest, when the concept was created, none of us expected that this many people would see it, or that it would cause any controversy. After all, what was so different about Black Swan? Also, I wasn’t supposed to be in the video until three days before the shoot. It was supposed to be another girl, but we couldn’t really find anyone who fit the role.

The difference is, Syd, that Black Swan was about someone who is cray cray and imagining things. You straight up gave a girl drugs and pushed her out of your car for passing out.

A Brooklyn woman who was killed in a tragic hit-and-run this weekend left behind a wish-list of things she wanted to do in her lifetime, which included marrying her partner and opening up a home for homeless LGBT teens. R.I.P. Donna Fountain.

Today in Lesbianish TV: *The Ellen DeGeneres Show, *Roseanne (MyTV 10:30 a.m.), The Kids Are All Right (HBO Signature 10:45 a.m.), *The Talk (CBS 2 p.m.), *Tabatha’s Salon Takeover marathon (Bravo 4 p.m.), *The Rosie Show (OWN 7 p.m.), *Glee (Fox 8 p.m.), *What Would You Do? (OWN 8 p.m.), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (AMAX 8 p.m.), The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC 9 p.m.), *Hot in Cleveland (TV Land 10 p.m.), The Kids Are All Right (HBO Signature 10 p.m.) (Thanks Roni!)