Morning Brew – Tue. August 7: Monifah comes out on “R&B Divas,” Whitney and Sara talk tattoos

Good morning! Can you believe that US vs. Canada soccer match yesterday? I was sweating just watching it.

On the sports tip, this music video includes the following: Lesbians, vests, guitars and softball.

Singer Monifah is coming out publicly in the new reality show R&B Divas. Best known for her hit “Touch It,” Monifah looks as if she’s happy with her partner but will have to deal with an unsupportive daughter, as seen in this trailer.

Monifah told Essence, however, that she doesn’t see it as “coming out,” per se.

I hate the term because I’ve never been anything but who I am, and I’ve lived my authentic life.

R&B Divas premieres on TV One on August 20.

Ludacris throws a house party Whitney Mixter would be proud of in his new video for “Jingalin.” Not only are there girls bikini-watermelon-wrestling, but several of them are making out with each other. Partayyyy.

I’m so ready to see Jane Lynch host The Roast of Roseanne on Comedy Central this weekend. Here’s a brief clip from her gig.

If you want to read a story about lesbians on TV (of course you do!), check out this piece Emma Teitel interviewed me for. I love talking gay chicks on the boob tube.

This week on The Real L Word, Romi and Rose are eating.

Meanwhile, Sara and Whitney are showing off their tattoos in Inked. Here’s what they say about their ink.

Mixter: My first tattoo was done when I was about 14 by a homemade gun in my friend’s living room. You definitely don’t make the best decisions when you’re that age and knowing what I know now I would’ve paused on the impulse decision, but hey, I guess you live and learn. My favorite tattoo I believe is also my most recent tattoo, which is a large Ganesh on my back. I’m planning on getting my back colored in and extended all the way down to my thigh this fall so I’m siked[sic] for that.

Bettencourt: My first tattoo was a Koi fish on my hip area. My last tattoo, interestingly enough, was actually Whitney’s name on the back of my calf/ankle area above a heart with a banner through it; it is a work in progress. My favorite tattoo would have to be my entire sleeve on my right arm that was done by the extremely talented artist Adam Barton. I have two traditional roses that say mom and dad in Portuguese and above that I have a Gypsy/fortune teller holding a snake. Then above that I have a vintage Ginger sewing machine with a lot of detail incorporated throughout it all. My inner wrist reads True and above that I have Bjork’s emblem because I love her!

Today in Lesbianish TV: *The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Talking Liberally with Stephanie Miller (Current 9 a.m.), *Baby’s First Day (TLC 9:30 a.m.), Curb Appeal: The Block (HGTV 10 a.m.), Illegal Love (Logo 11:30 a.m.), The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS 1:30 p.m.), *The Talk (CBS 2 p.m.), Secrets of a Restaurant Chef (Food Network 2 p.m.), Black Swan (MMAX 5:45 p.m.), Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family 8 p.m.), The Shipping News (Starz Cinema 8 p.m.), The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC 9 p.m.), HGTV Design Star All Stars (HGTV 9 p.m.), Chasing Amy (TMC Xtra 9 p.m.), Degrassi (TeenNick 10 p.m.), *True Blood (HBO2 10 p.m.), *Boardwalk Empire (HBO Signature 10 p.m.), *The Real L Word (Showtime2 11 p.m.), Big Brother After Dark (Showtime2 midnight), True Blood (HBO midnight), *White Collar (USA midnight) and *The Real L Word (Showtime 12:30 a.m.) (Thanks Roni!)