A unique dance form created within the Black Ballroom community in the early 1970s, Vogue created safe spaces for queer POC and went on to ignite pop artists, contemporary dancers, and admirers alike. Guests will include Hector Xtravaganza, Leggoh LaBeija, Dashaun Wesley, and Brielle "Tati" Rheames, and Michael Roberson will moderate. Special guest emcee to be announced. This discussion and interactive demonstration will examine the history of the art form, its absorption into mainstream culture, and the ways in which contemporary LGBTQ communities are re-radicalizing it to claim space in defiance of continued violence and oppression.
Presented in collaboration with Slay TV.
Michael Roberson is a public health practitioner, advocate, activist, artist, curator and leader within the LGBTQ community, as well as an Adjunct Professor at The New School University/Lang College, NYC and Union Theological Seminary NYC. He is an international art and politics consultant and a member of the international sound art collective entitled “Ultra-red”. Michael has two Master degrees from Union Theological Seminary and as such is the Senior Scholar in Residence for the Center for Race, Religion and Economic Democracy. Additionally, Michael is also a consultant with Ryan Murphy Productions and Fox Studios working with the writers and casting of a new television project about 1980’s NYC Ballroom and Club cultures. The project is being produced by Ryan Murphy the creator of such television series as Glee, American Horror Story, American Crime and The People vs OJ.
SLAY TV founded in 2016, is a global media network that creates and curates queer and trans content. Inspired by the diversity of the queer and trans community, SLAY TV features one-of-a-kind personalities, shows, specials, and unique stories across television, digital and social platforms.
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