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13 SIGNS OF UNCHECKED CHILDHOOD TRAUMA

The inability to deal with certain stress and emotions. That thing that causes you to feel defeated, powerless, depressed, and overwhelmed often comes from unchecked TRAUMA. And one of the most common places that trauma starts is during our childhood. Some of us can identify it and others may not. Some of us remember and some of us may not. We tend to internalize it and even give it a mind of its own. It paralyzes many of us and become a troublesome part of our lives. But what if we could do something about it? What if we recognized it and put in the work to check it and get through it. Here are 13 signs I’ve learned of Unchecked Trauma. – Maven Logik Lee, B.C.C., CMHT

INABILITY TO SET BOUNDARIES

ALWAYS SAYING YES

A PARALYZING NEED OF APPROVAL

TRYING TO FIX PEOPLE

SEEKING AND TOLERATING ABUSIVE PARTNERS

TRYING TO PLEASE EVERYONE

SOCIAL ANXIETY

PUTTING OTHERS NEEDS BEFORE YOURS

DESPERATE NEED OF EXTERNAL VALIDATION

FEAR OF ABANDONMENT

CODEPENDANCY

LOSS OF SKILLS

ADDICTIONS

DID I MISS ANY? Feel free to comment your experiences below.

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8 LGBTQ+ LEADERS THAT MAKE ME KNOW IT! : DECEMBER 2020

Throughout the country there are folx going above and beyond to make our lives better. They inspire us. They motivate us. They connect us. They empower us. They teach us. They build us up. They push us. They encourage us. They fight for us. They believe in us.

There have been so many folx throughout this unpredictable year I’ve seen and heard make impact on every level of our society. No deed is too small to be acknowledged if you ask me. So I decided to take a moment out of each month and just share the faces of 8 leaders across the country. And here are the first!

TORI COOPER

Director of Community Engagement TG Justice Initiative, Human Rights Campaign

KEITH HUGHES

HIV + Advocate, Community Liaison, and Ballroom House Leader

KENTRELE SHIPP

Entrepreneur, Ballroom House Father, Dance Instructor, and Parent

MARTEZ SMITH

HIV+ Advocate, Scholar, Sexual Health Researcher, and Social Worker

CHYNA PARKER

Senior De-Escalation Expert, Broad Street Ministry

DURRON BROWN

Outreach Specialist, WPT Cares and long time Community liaison.

TABYTHA GONZALEZ

Outreach Specialist, Housing Works & Trans Activist

EDDIE BENSON

Founder of EMOTE Inc, Ballroom House Leader and BU Program Coordinator

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6 MUSIC ARTIST TO WATCH : The December Edition

SHAI LYNN

Shai Lynn is a respect to past, existing in the present, and leads the future of R&B. Her voice is an impeccable blend of tone, flutter, variety, well placed rifts and rifts. She takes you on an emotional journey and lets you blossom with her. Check out her recent joint “Dont See It”

GIZZYY

Gizzyy is an up and coming fem-cee and songstress with a raw yet alluring sound. She beautifully blends her flow and personal sound to create a distinct Gizzyy swag. She herself is a star in the undergound ball culture that has gradually fallen over to mainstream media. With her stunning sexiness and personal music taste Gizzyy is breaking barriers. Check out her new single “Cope” !

HURRICANE

You could have spotted him around the world on tour with Rihanna flexing his unmatched danced skills. But did you know he had the music to match? Hurricane brings a fresh bop sound that isn’t overly complex and just right to make most of us music lovers move our shoulders and nod our heads. Check out his new song ” I Can Never Fall in Love”

GOLLIDAY

I must admit it takes a lot to keep me intrigued on stage. And this emerging artist always brings his performances to life. His soulful voice and fusion sound is a good addition to anyone’s playlist. Check out his newest video “Tonight”

DREA VOCALZ

A visionary to say the least. This beautiful creative has crafted some of the most eye catching visuals I’ve seen from new artist. In fact I can’t even say she is new anymore. She is a pro. She understands R&B. Her music is lyrical accurate and puts some respect on those moments in our life that we search for soundtracks too.


Matthew Jamison

This multi-instrumentalist beat master is creating a whole new chapter of groovy beats and fascinating sounds. His EP “Sorbert” caught my eye. Each song named after a different fruit magically brought each flavor to life. If you love instrumentals and bomb beats check him out.

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Maven Lee interviews HBO MAX’s new show “LEGENDARY” star Isla Ebony of Purple Crush and the House of Ebony

When and why did you start ballroom? I joined Ballroom in 2013. I started as an event promoter with Banjee Ball and it was a few months after throwing my first couple Balls (which were very pre-school Ballroom) that I got bit by the vogue bug.

What does ballroom bring to your life? Community. Purpose. I’ve been a music artist for a very long time, and the music industry was always lacking something, which is why I kept searching. I found it in Ballroom.

Your greatest life accomplishment?
In Life, creating my daughter. In Ballroom it was winning the 2017 Woman Voguer OTY in NY. The two are actually connected – I had set a goal post of winning a trophy in NY before getting pregnant. I had made my name traveling state to state walking OTA performance because at the time, other than in NY where all the Woman voguers resided, there were no Women’s performance categories. And I had some big wins. But when it came to NY, I was a last battle girl. I FINALLY won Grand Prize at the Ebony Ball in 2017 and got pregnant 4 days later. I was awarded Woman OTY the same week I announced my pregnancy.

What does the show Legendary mean to you?
For me Legendary is about the stories that are getting told. The people of Ballroom have so much to share about Love and Loss.

If you could give the whole world one message today what would it be?
Brand yourself. Figure out what it is that you LOVE to do and do it. And don’t get hung up on whether it makes you money or whether it manifests in the way you think it should manifest. If you are following your purpose the opportunities will surprise you.

How can we show you love?
Wow, this is a hard question to answer. Letting me know that I belong in Ballroom as a cisgendered white woman.

RAPID ROUND:

Favorite Voguer: Starr Revlon
Favorite Politician: Bernie Sanders
Fruit or Veggies : Raspberries
Favorite Movie : Desperately Seeking Susan
A pet peeve: Liars
Favorite song : Live to Tell by Madonna
MJ or Prince: Prince
A hidden talent: I’m a tap dancer!

CHECK LEGENDARY OUT MAY 27th on HBO MAX !

THE DIRECTORY : The Legends & Icons of Ballroom

The whimsical world of ballroom it’s full of our own magical beings. Ones of excellence. Ones of innovation. Ones of longevity. Those that are infamous. Those that are unforgettable. Those that are consistent. Those that are enigmatic. Those that shape. Those that mold. Here is a living story book. Changing and involving by the second.

PLEASE NOTE: The acknowledging process of ballroom status has evolved by era. Some folx came from a period of self-proclamation, some deemed by governing bodies, and others by iconic figures. While there are many perspectives this list is without biases and is solely for information purposes. Folx are welcome to acknowledge whomever resonates with you. This is not a platform for shaming, discrediting, or devaluing.

*UPDATING

FEM QUEEN RUNWAY

  1. Icon Tyra Maison Margiela
  2. Icon Mariah Revlon 007
  3. Gisele Xtravaganza
  4. Eve Prada
  5. Icon Londyn Mugler 007
  6. Monica Ford
  7. Gia Tisci
  8. Morgan Ebony
  9. Karmin Revlon
  10. Aoki Revlon
  11. Icon Kierra Escada
  12. Icon Jey’nce Mizrahi
  13. Icon Alyssa Garcon
  14. Chanel Khan
  15. Nadine Milan
  16. Icon Alyssa Ebony
  17. Aja Cavalli
  18. Icon Pepper Orin Montana
  19. Icon Stephanie Ebony
  20. Amaya Revlon
  21. Jhene Ebony
  22. Electra Allure 007

DRAGS RUNWAY

  1. Kaysia 007
  2. Aaliyah DMV
  3. Deandre Garcon
  4. Serenity Escada

ALL AMERICAN RUNWAY

  1. Icon Devin Elite
  2. Icon Derrick Garcon 007
  3. Icon Kai Milan
  4. Icon Twain
  5. Jojo St.Laurent
  6. Rodney Balmain
  7. Rico Milan
  8. Sayvion “Blahnik” Balenciaga
  9. Darryl Garcon
  10. Berry Balenciaga
  11. Orlando Khan
  12. Hypnotiq Blahnik
  13. Maurice Balenciaga
  14. Maven “Logik” Margiela
  15. Courtney Chanel
  16. Zoliy Mugler
  17. Enrique St.Laurent
  18. Casanova Escada
  19. Zo Balmain
  20. Will Alain Mikli
  21. Trey Haines
  22. Kash Balenciaga
  23. Bobby Mizrahi
  24. Toney Revlon

EUROPEAN RUNWAY

  1. Gillette Oricci
  2. Icon Tony Revlon
  3. Mont Mont Ebony
  4. Ray Ray Mizrahi
  5. Donovan Infiniti
  6. Jermaine Mizrahi
  7. Swiper Mugler
  8. Lil Greg Balenciaga
  9. Econ Blahnik
  10. RJ Balenciaga
  11. Junee Milan 007
  12. Johnathan Milan West
  13. Icon Bernie Jourdan Ebony
  14. Icon Raymond Jourdan Lanvin 007
  15. Icon Alex Aura St Clair
  16. Icon Ebony Jourdan Ebony
  17. Rodney Jourdan Ebony
  18. Icon Fred Garcon
  19. Durrell Milan
  20. Stefan West
  21. Albert Evisu
  22. Caliente
  23. J’sun Mugler
  24. Markus Revlon
  25. Aliquan Balmain
  26. Boi Boi Prodigy
  27. Icon Selvin Mizrahi
  28. Giovanni West
  29. Corey Lanvin
  30. Twiggy Garcon
  31. Icon Andre Mizrahi
  32. Icon June Ebony
  33. Icon Jay Blahnik
  34. Icon Dominique Mugler
  35. Icon Keith Balenciaga
  36. Icon Warren West
  37. Tres Prodigy
  38. Mark Infiniti
  39. Iman Balenciaga
  40. Japan Balmain
  41. Jesse Infiniti
  42. Tracy Balmain
  43. Bryce Rodeo
  44. Meme West
  45. Hector Milan
  46. Oso Milan
  47. Tokeyo St.Laurent
  48. Kieth “Kiesha Cunt” 007
  49. Icon Booty Khan
  50. Tez St.Laurent
  51. Shawn “Anre” Mizrahi
  52. White Cunt 007
  53. Jeremy Blahnik 007
  54. Speedy Balmain
  55. Tim Tim Garcon
  56. Johnson Infiniti
  57. Icon Byron Garcon
  58. Icon Kyan Dumure Versailles
  59. Ronson Balenciaga

DRAGS PERFORMANCE

  1. Destynee Orrici
  2. Alanah Chanel
  3. Starr Revlon
  4. Tiny West
  5. Chloe Prodigy
  6. Chi Chi Prodigy
  7. Becky Revlon
  8. Makayla Lanvin
  9. Nik Nak Escada
  10. Remy Ma
  11. Karma Gucci

FEM QUEEN PERFORMANCE

  1. Icon Meeka Prodigy
  2. Icon Alyssa Laperla Ebony
  3. Champagne Icon
  4. Icon Sinia
  5. Icon Deja
  6. Icon Ashley Icon
  7. Shadera Prodigy
  8. Icon Kristina Richards Tsunami
  9. Icon Niambi
  10. Veronika Mugler
  11. Icon Alexis Morgan
  12. Ja’nese Zion
  13. Tamiyah 007
  14. Jazmine Prodigy
  15. Erica Kane Margiela
  16. Myah Lanvin
  17. Malaysia Ebony
  18. Vivika Mugler
  19. Vanity 007
  20. Skittles 007
  21. Paris Margelia
  22. Icon Dede West
  23. Icon Monique West
  24. Davina Icon
  25. Bella Revlon
  26. Sacoyia 007
  27. Icon Amazon Leyomi
  28. Katrina 007
  29. Barbie Makaveli
  30. Meme Prodigy
  31. Kym
  32. Icon Mariah Revlon 007
  33. Feminine Destruction Revlon
  34. Tomisha Makaveli
  35. Icon Yolanda Jourdan
  36. Tiffany Prodigy
  37. Tia Jourdan
  38. Mercedes Prodigy
  39. Icon Latisha Revlon Ebony
  40. Icon Yazmine Ferre
  41. Malaysia Ebony
  42. Dawn Dumure Versailles
  43. Vixen Dumure Versailles
  44. Alloura Zion
  45. Venus Mizrahi
  46. Rashanti 007
  47. Icon Liyah Richards Tsunami
  48. Courtney Gucci
  49. Asia West
  50. Roxy Blahnik

BUTCH QUEEN VOGUE FEM PERFORMANCE

  1. James West
  2. Icon Milan
  3. Icon Berlin Ebony
  4. Jupiter Balenciaga
  5. Rinny West
  6. Divo Ebony
  7. Monster LaBeija 007
  8. Hurricane West
  9. Pony Zion
  10. Enyce
  11. Vinii Revlon
  12. Machante 007
  13. Tiny Balenciaga
  14. Icon Elijah Ebony
  15. Raven 007
  16. Pretty
  17. Khaos 007
  18. Kevin JZ Prodigy
  19. Icon Charles West
  20. Kiddy Balenciaga
  21. Kassandra Ebony
  22. Bootz Prodigy
  23. Moo Moo 007
  24. Lollipop Oricci
  25. Baby Boy
  26. Dominique Revlon
  27. Jailo Allure 007
  28. Icon Marquis Revlon
  29. Icon Dashaun Lanvin
  30. Meme Revlon
  31. Icon Ray Ray Mizrahi
  32. Omari Oricci
  33. Angel Balmain
  34. Icon Armani Milan
  35. Hershey Gucci
  36. Vito Tisci 007
  37. Tim Tim Tisci
  38. Buffy West
  39. Lil Alex Mugler
  40. Jariya Ebony
  41. Niama Mugler
  42. Jubilee Mugler
  43. Icon Lil Kevin Prodigy
  44. Taiefa Icon
  45. Renaldo
  46. Troy Ebony
  47. Derrick Mugler
  48. Mechee 007
  49. Malachi Garcon
  50. Prince Mugler
  51. Eugene Milan
  52. Ricky Allure
  53. Terrell Ebony-Garcon
  54. Tiny Labeija Infiniti
  55. Icon Shasha Mizrahi
  56. Stacey Revlon
  57. Paul Khan
  58. Sheldon Khan
  59. Mystery Dior
  60. Antonio Milan

OLDWAY PERFORMANCE

  1. Icon Alvernian Prestige DMV
  2. Jovan Balmain
  3. Icon Jamal Milan
  4. Icon Andre Mizrahi
  5. Icon Opey 007
  6. Icon Kenny Alain Mikli
  7. Icon Dawan Milan
  8. Yannie Prodigy
  9. Spyder Ninja
  10. Mimi Dior
  11. Icon Tommy Avant Garde
  12. Icon Selvin Mizrahi
  13. Icon Stevie St. Laurent
  14. Icon Aaron Enigma
  15. Icon Princess Magnifique
  16. Icon Cabbage Ebony
  17. Icon Tanaka Prodigy
  18. Hakim Infiniti
  19. Icon Cesar Valentino
  20. Icon Fuquan essence Ebony
  21. Marina Ultra Omni
  22. Daebrian Aga
  23. Brian Balenciaga
  24. Icon Tim Princess Lanvin
  25. Muhammad Omni
  26. Icon Tony Vuitton

NEW WAY

  1. Icon Stan Milan
  2. Edwin 007

HAND PERFORMANCE

  1. Mirage
  2. Javier Ninja
  3. Jose Revlon

BEST DRESSED

  1. Icon Sebastian St. Laurent
  2. Lavell Balenciaga
  3. Icon Antae Icon
  4. Icon June Ebony
  5. Icon Simone Margiela
  6. Icon Meechie Lanvin
  7. Icon Kamaro Blahnik
  8. Icon Ron Lanvin
  9. Jermaine Mizrahi
  10. Cliff Ebony
  11. Icon Robert Allure

FOOT AND EYE

  1. Jermaine Mizrahi
  2. Gunner Tisci
  3. Icon Robert Allure
  4. Icon Goddess Rodeo
  5. Darnell Mizrahi
  6. Icon Antae Icon

FEM QUEEN FACE

  1. Icon Tempress Maison Margiela
  2. Icon Rose Margiela
  3. Lola Gucci
  4. Tati Chanel
  5. Shannon Balenciaga
  6. Icon Stasha Garcon
  7. Tennille Dupree
  8. Raquel Balenciaga
  9. Icon Octavia St. Laurant
  10. Ayanna Khan
  11. Icon Shanice Ebony
  12. Trace
  13. Icon Danielle Revlon
  14. Coco
  15. Eyricka Lanvin
  16. Chyna DuMure Versailes
  17. Onjanee
  18. Icon Tyra Margiela
  19. Cheyanne Allure
  20. Kerri
  21. Mishalae St. Laurent
  22. Porsche Milan
  23. Icon Tracy Africa
  24. Icon Lilliana Infiniti
  25. Kayla Infiniti
  26. Icon Brenda Milan
  27. Courtney Balenciaga
  28. Icon Dede Chanel Lanvin
  29. Amiyah Scott Margiela
  30. Jahaira Balenciaga
  31. Jennifer Evisu

BUTCH QUEEN FACE

  1. Icon Jacen Prodigy
  2. Legendary Exotic Mugler
  3. Icon Whitney Garcon
  4. Anthony West
  5. Earl Mizrahi
  6. Derrick Balmain
  7. Icon Stewart Ebony
  8. Emery Garcon
  9. Icon Alan Adonis
  10. Icon Luna
  11. Donald Revlon
  12. Icon Doodie Aphrodite
  13. Icon Fred Garcon
  14. Tre Margiela
  15. Ginuwine Ebony

DRAGS FACE

  1. Icon Marco Mizrahi
  2. Alyssa Garcon
  3. Mariah Balenciaga

LABELS

  1. Icon Kevin Mizrahi
  2. Icon Ayanna Balenciaga
  3. Icon Shawn Odom Escada
  4. Icon Tyra Ebony
  5. Icon Robert Allure
  6. Icon Goddess Rodeo
  7. Icon Thaddeus Allure 007
  8. Icon Shay Balenciaga
  9. Hollis Prada
  10. Icon Jon Supreme
  11. TT St. Laurent
  12. Icon Pagan Prada
  13. Icon John Moschino
  14. Icon Stephanie Milan 007
  15. Glenn Allure
  16. Icon Al Allure
  17. Labelina Milan 007

BUTCH QUEEN BODY

  1. Icon Cory St. Laurent
  2. Icon Lowell Khanh

FEM QUEEN SEX SIREN

  1. Bionca Lanvin
  2. Shydna Lanvin
  3. Icon Angel Revlon
  4. Ayanna Revlon
  5. Paris Balenciaga
  6. Shauna Balenciaga
  7. Danielle Icon
  8. Rhonda Icon
  9. Alisha Ebony

BUTCH QUEEN SEX SIREN

  1. Corey Mugler
  2. Antwan Blahnik
  3. George Mizrahi
  4. Tank Mugler

WOMENS SEX SIREN

  1. Icon Lady West
  2. Angel Mizrahi

DRAGS REALNESS

  1. Icon Tyanna Ebony
  2. Afrika West
  3. Milaysia Revlon
  4. Keysha Escada

FEM QUEEN REALNESS

  1. Toya Ebony
  2. Jahaira Balenciaga
  3. Kema 007
  4. Persia Ebony
  5. Loreal Lanvin
  6. Alexis Balmain
  7. Sidney Star Escada
  8. Ayreon Hipps Escada
  9. Icon Stefany

BIZARRE

  1. Icon Eric Christian Bazzar
  2. Wally Infiniti
  3. Icon Ross Infiniti
  4. Icon Baron Milan
  5. Yoyo Milan 007
  6. Oso Milan
  7. Johnson Infiniti
  8. Icon Jojo Ebony
  9. Icon Solomon Infiniti
  10. Andre Mizrahi
  11. Maurice Balenciaga
  12. Icon Power Infiniti

DJ’S

  • Icon DJ Vjuan Allure
  • DJ Kevin Brock Omni
  • DJ Mike Q
  • DJ Angel X
  • DJ Lucky
  • Icon DJ Calton
  • Icon DJ Sedric
  • PumpdaBeat

REALNESS WITH A TWIST

  1. Sodah Pop Chanel
  2. Indigo Ebony
  3. Icon Boogie Revlon Makaveli
  4. Icon Champ “Ken” Revlon
  5. Man Man Prodigy
  6. Pooda Lanvin
  7. Charles Ebony
  8. Blaque “Waki” Mizrahi
  9. Hydro Garcon
  10. Joseph Ebony
  11. Kevin Balenciaga
  12. Tygier Oricci
  13. Juan Laperla
  14. Jamari Balmain
  15. Pooh Chanel
  16. Jerome Christian Bazaar
  17. DJ Prodigy
  18. Taran Mizrahi
  19. Dekatur Garcon
  20. Black Milan
  21. Ski Prodigy
  22. Kentrelle Gucci
  23. Verrell 007
  24. Cassio Lanvin
  25. Fats West
  26. Gee Prodigy
  27. Lil Dre Aga
  28. Jymeek Ebony
  29. Cam Cam Prodigy
  30. Nash West
  31. Lil Meech Ebony
  32. Jamari Balmain
  33. Lamont West
  34. Bubby Revlon
  35. Tracey Revlon
  36. Hank Prodigy
  37. Gee Prodigy
  38. Nelly West
  39. Deandre Aga
  40. Anthony “twin” Aga
  41. Andre “twin” Aga
  42. Asa Chanel 007

WOMENS FACE

  1. Icon Jaimee Balenciaga
  2. Gee Gee Chanel
  3. Tiffany West
  4. Angel Mizrahi
  5. Icon Terry Revlon Ebony
  6. Iyesha Prodigy
  7. Icon Theresa Randolph
  8. Icon Elinanea A Lewis

WOMENS RUNWAY

  1. Diva Davonna
  2. Fujiko Ninja
  3. Venus Balenciaga

WOMENS PERFORMANCE

  1. Icon Monet Ebony
  2. Koppi Mizrahi
  3. Danielle Ninja
  4. Inxi Prodigy
  5. Angel Mizrahi
  6. Aishah Murray
  7. Tiny Tunes Mizrahi

EXECUTIVE REALNESS

  1. JD Balmain
  2. Chris Balenciaga
  3. Icon Clint Lanvin
  4. Damon Prodigy
  5. Derrick Chanel
  6. Banks Ebony
  7. Icon Harold Balenciaga
  8. Rucka Revlon
  9. Kai Milan
  10. Trent Balenciaga
  11. Darrlye Revlon

TRANSMAN REALNESS

  1. Icon Shady PradaIcon
  2. Marquise Balenciaga
  3. Sean Ebony
  4. Icon Chill Ebony
  5. Icon Chin Ebony
  6. Icon Markel
  7. Javon
  8. Kweli Balenciaga

SCHOOLBOY REALNESS

  1. Malcolm Balenciaga
  2. Blu Balenciaga
  3. Maine Escada Milan
  4. Vinny Maison Margiela
  5. Tone Balenciaga
  6. TJ Mizrahi Ebony
  7. Lil Ant 007
  8. Xavier Gucci
  9. Lawrence Garcon
  10. Markise Prodigy
  11. Lil Rah Balenciaga
  12. Rich Balenciaga
  13. Icon Pampers Tisci
  14. Jay Khan West
  15. Nelly West
  16. Tygier Oricci

WOMEN’S BODY

  1. Icon Lady West
  2. Joi Prodigy

FEM QUEEN BODY

  1. Latoya West
  2. Bionca Lanvin
  3. Icon Angel Revlon

THUG REALNESS

  1. Icon Face Ebony
  2. Neal 007
  3. Andre Ebony
  4. Fatty Prodigy
  5. Tree 007
  6. Twan Ebony
  7. Icon Brandon Lanvin
  8. Icon Rodney Balmain
  9. Kidd Lanvin
  10. Icon James Burrell
  11. Kenny Revlon
  12. Tic Tic 007
  13. Dread Milan
  14. Icon Bam Ebony
  15. David Revlon
  16. Terrance Blahnik
  17. Magnum Balenciaga
  18. Icon Larry Ebony
  19. Icon Ray Ebony
  20. Twin West
  21. Sin Lanvin
  22. Rico Balenciaga
  23. Icon Dray Ebony
  24. Rasta Garcon

PRETTYBOY REALNESS

  1. Kash Gucci
  2. Dominic Ebony
  3. Kountry Chanel Prodigy
  4. Amari West
  5. Daunte Balenciaga
  6. Rich Mugler
  7. Smylez Margiela
  8. Brian Ebony
  9. Poppa Balenciaga
  10. Shawn Milan
  11. Junior exBlahnik
  12. Bijon Ebony
  13. Buddah Balenciaga
  14. Rob Balenciaga
  15. Dante Escada

BUTCH PERFORMANCE

  1. Quentin Moore

STREETWEAR

  1. Gunner Tisci
  2. Markis West
  3. Kamaro Blahnik
  4. Mook Lanvin
  5. Marlon Gucci
  6. Christian Lanvin
  7. Taurence West
  8. Lucy Lou Khan
  9. Eric King Milan
  10. Neal Prodigy
  11. Prince Red
  12. Antae Icon

SNEAKER VS SNEAKER

  1. Markis West
  2. Gunner Tisci

BUTCH REALNESS

  1. Icon Kim Tuscany
  2. Icon Reese Beanie Tuscany
  3. Icon Dee Tuscany Ebony

COMMENTATORS

  1. Icon Jack Gorgeous Gucci
  2. Icon Selvin Mizrahi
  3. Icon Junior Labeija
  4. Eric Christian Bazaar
  5. Icon Elijah Ebony
  6. Kevin JZ Prodigy
  7. Icon Nieman Marcus Escada
  8. Norman Ebony
  9. Meko Ebony
  10. Icon Jay Blahnik

BANGY VOGUE

  1. Icon Mann Prodigy
  2. Icon Toney Revlon

MOTHER VS MOTHER

  1. Icon Pepper Labeija
  2. Avis Pendavis
  3. Icon Dorian Corey

MORE LEGENDS TO BE LISTED INCLUDING :

  1. Icon Pepper Lolita Labeija Las Vegas Mother vs Mother,
  2. Avis Pendavis Las Vegas Mother vs Mother
  3. Icon Dorian Corey Las Vegas Mother vs Mother
  4. Icon Paris Dupree- Bq In Drags and Futuristic Bazaar
  5. Icon Anjie Xtravaganza FQ Runway
  6. Icon Will Ninja New Way Performance
  7. Icon Sandy Apollonia Ninja Fem Queen Face/Fem Queen Runway
  8. Icon Milton Ninja Old Way and New Way Performance
  9. Icon Kevin Ultra Omni, BQ Face, Best Dressed, Face with Performance
  10. Icon Brian Ultra Omni Face With Performance
  11. Icon Alexis Lords Big Boys Runway, Executive Realness
  12. Icon Angel Infiniti BQ Runway, Mc, Arms Control
  13. Icon Power Infiniti Bazaar
  14. Legendary Arbert Evisu Big Boys Runway
  15. Legendary Danny Tiberius Ninja aka Chastity Old Way Performance, BQ in Drags Realness and FQ Realness
  16. Icon Modayvia Labeija FQ Performance, Fq Face, Fq Realness
  17. Legendary Big Dennis Corey Bazaar
  18. Legendary Banji Anji Infiniti – FQ Realness
  19. Legendary Hershey Ebony Old Way Performance
  20. Legendary Jose Infiniti Old Way, BQ Body, BQ Realness, Arms Control
  21. Icon Kim Pendavis Designers Delight
  22. Icon Dr Sol Pendavis Military Realness
  23. Icon Tenay Pendavis Fq Realness, Fq Face
  24. Legendary Miraj Ninja New Way
  25. Icon Lilliana Infiniti fq face, fq Body, Fq Realness
  26. Legendary Vladimir Blahnik Bq Vogue Fem
  27. Legendary Labelina Milan 007 Bq Labels
  28. Legendary TP Lords- Bazaar
  29. Legendary Vicky Ninja Fq Realness
  30. Icon Danni Xtravaganza Punk Rock
  31. Icon Princess Magnifique Old way Performance
  32. Icon Cesar Valentino Old Way Performance
  33. Legendary Hakim Infiniti Old Way Performance
  34. Icon Kaduma Ebony Old Way Performance
  35. Icon Derrick Pop Dip Spin Labeija Old Way Performance
  36. Icon Moodey Avante Garde Old Way Performance
  37. Ruby Ninja, Fem Queen Realness
  38. Legendary Keisha Ebony Fem Queen Realness
  39. Icon Jojo Janetta Ebony FQ Realness
  40. Legendary Jessica Poochie Ebony FQ Realness,
  41. Icon Jose Stiffy Revlon New Way Performance
  42. Legendary Orlando Infiniti Ninja Bq Big Boys Runway
  43. Ova Nova Ninja Bq Bazaar
  44. Legendary Mimi Ninja Bq Runway, BQ New Way and Bq in Drags Realness
  45. Icon Freddie Powell Labeija- Bazaar
  46. Legendary Vanessa Mizrahi Zion Fq Face
  47. Legendary Brian Infiniti BQ Face
  48. Legendary Barbara B Fuji Ninja Womans Face
  49. Icon Michael Princess Bq Face
  50. Icon Erkskine Christian Bq Face
  51. Icon Michael Dupree Bq Face w Performance
  52. Icon Robbie St Laurent
  53. Legendary Amy Xtravaganza Woman’s Performance
  54. Icon Jose Gutierrez Xtravaganza New Way Performance
  55. Icon Luis Camacho Xtravaganza Old Way Performance
  56. Icon Carmen Imaculada Xtravaganza FQ Face, Fq body
  57. Icon Nichelle Continental a k a Miss Taxi FQ face, FQ realness
  58. Legendary Melissa Xtravaganza Fq performance
  59. DJ Alex Infiniti
  60. Legendary Brenda Revlon Fem Queen Realness
  61. Icon Jazmine Perez Revlon – Fem Queen Realness
  62. Legendary Dennis Revlon Big Boys Performance
  63. Zoomie Milan Big Boys Performance
  64. Dippy Brownlee Ebony Mc, Drags Performance, Drags Realness
  65. Johnny Pink Lady Milan Mc, Hands Performance
  66. Poison Ivy Lords FQ Face

WE can do BOTH ! Yes DMX was iconic and he was also Problematic AF

As most may know by now one of the most iconic and recognizable rappers of an era has passed. The “Ruff Ryders” Anthem MC who crossed all the way over to the human sea of Woodstock fans suffered an apparent overdose and unfortunately was unable to recover.

Dark Man X was more than just a rapper he was also a breakout star on the screen. From Romeo Must Die to Belly. X was an unexpected phenomenon after the passing of Tupac & Biggie. And he would go on have a signature sound of rough and gruff that became embedded into pop culture.

But there was also a multitude of problematic behavior and unbecoming antics from him as well. And for some reason folx never want to really talk about it.

There’s this idea that we can’t talk about the totality of people when they transition.

It seems like an unwritten rule particularly in certain cultures that when a person dies somehow all of the bad things, the hurtful things, the problematic things that they’ve done are washed away.

DMX was well known to include anti-LGBTQ statements, rape, and misogyny in his lyrics.

Or this vulgar line about raping a 15 year old girl…

While these things don’t define him in his totality they are a part of it.

The father of 15 leaves his children and a complicated legacy behind. And it is OK to talk about it and it’s fullness.

We can celebrate the artistry of amazing artists and also hold them accountable for their problematic and hurtful behaviors. But what we cannot do is continue to normalize the Misogynistic and objectifying actions towards women in hip-hop music. We can’t sweep homophobia and hip-hop under the rug. We can’t demonize Lil Nas X For his creative expression and glorify DMX without question.

We can do BOTH!

They were NEVER INVISIBLE, you just needed to Open your Eyes & Believe them! – Maven Lee

They say today is Trans day of Visibility…..

And I get that.

But for me… at least in the greatest days of my life they are valuable everyday. I see them. I love them. I appreciate them. And I’m inspired by them.

These womxn and men of Trans experiences have completely reshaped how I see and view the world. They’ve rearranged my idea of what courage looks like.

I remember growing up with transwomxn in my late teens, early twenties. Kaarmen, Blanca, and Jhene were their names. They all were vastly different but each one made me feel seen. Each one had something about them that was fascinating and fearless. They became my life long sisters. How they made me feel seen, loved, and appreciated has been the shared experience ever since.

I remember the day I meet Marquise… Blahnik at the time. This man was so fine admittedly so and the glow he exuding was enamoring. He was strong. He was a gentleman. He was ambitious. He was casually yet boldly standing in his blackness. I saw a strong black man. In fact … he was “if strong black man” was a person for me. And I recall being told (not from him) … “ you know he is Trans”. For reason I felt a way about how they said that to me. I can’t tell you how much that moment lives on with me. Marquise was seen before anyone told me anything. I meet the man that mattered.

I remember meeting Vanessa Frost. And no I’m not talking about times before but the day I saw her eyes glisten. She was a flower blooming right in front of my eyes. Those days she would go to school and change clothes before the day started. The don’t tell my parent’s road trips to find her truth. I was seeing a girl becoming a young lady right in front of me. In those moments I became a big brother. A protector when I use to struggle to protect myself. And she just like those before her made me feel seen.

I remember meeting Sayer Johnson. Seeing him reach his arms out to others without hesitation. You could feel his heart. You became a witness to his integrity.

I remember meeting Tori Cooper. This strong black womxn. She embodies radiance and independence. You could see your mother. You could hear your aunt. And I felt safe.

I remember meeting Adonis Margiela. Focused. Driven. Honest. The brother I needed. Hearing him speak truth to power. Being fascinated by his dedication to not only visibility but respect.

I remember meeting Miyonnee Hickman. That voice. Musically connected and instantly attached. That angelic voice rings. The one who never closed her doors to anyone.

It’s the hugs from Jahaira that were full of unconditional love. The tough love of Amaya. The we will get through it sibling arguments with Giselle. The dedication of Toni Bryce. The passion of Gabrielle. The heart of Mariah. The strength of Jazelle. The love of Teiona. The fierceness of Laverne. The boldness of Tyra. The creativity of Jay Alexander. The elegance of Trace. And so on and so much more that make these men and womxn so important to me.

Because of them I see the world differently. Understanding how truly fluid and diverse the world really is. How it’s bigger than some of the biblical boxes I was taught to stay in. How it transcends the heteronormative society I was born into. The way gender is far more nuanced than body parts. To see folx exactly as there are in front of my face and love the unconditionally for it.

THE REINTRODUCTION OF MICHAEL REVLON : “My de-transition changed my life” A brief sit down with ballroom Legend Michael Revlon

I’m enamored by the transparency and bravery of this man. Gender expression and identity to some people is always more challenging than it supposed to be. It’s disappointingly difficult for some to allow folx to live their truths. And this is especially true for those that we assume it’s our business to understand in order to respect. All transitions can be tough. And for this superhuman to navigate two different transitions that both come with questions, opinions, and acts of bravery I am empowered. So from one legend to another I am proud, inspired, and privileged to share this space with you. Let’s go! – Maven Lee Margiela

1. MAVEN: I’m excited so excited to chat with you today! So before I start what name am I using? Mike or Michael?

MIKE: Mike Lowery is just my Facebook name. My birth name is Michael. Mike it’s just a cute nickname but Michael Allen is the person my mom gave birth to. Call me Mike today!

2. MAVEN: Who was Feminine Destruction/Amori ?

MIKE: Ciani Amori was a character I created to feel beautiful. It made feel like I mattered. I felt like I had life to live when I transformed into that character. As a young boy I didn’t feel special or attractive and I felt totally awkward . As Ciani people gave me compliments and credit for things pre-Ciani I felt invisible for.

3. MAVEN : What was the moment like when you decided to make this transition?

MIKE: It happened kinda randomly nothing was wrong really. As I grew older I just felt more and more incomplete and unfulfilled. What began as an escape started becoming a lie. I had a lot of shoulda , coulda , wouldas.

Because I rushed through my transition in the beginning I doubted I could do it. I wondered how I would be as a man. I went from a teenage boy to a female … it was tough.

4. MAVEN: What would you say to your Trans sisters as Mike?

MIKE : To my trans sisters, I love you. I respect you. I admire you. I know the path you are on. I know the struggle. Keep being you. Keep listening to that voice you heard that led you to being trans in the beginning. Let your heart guide you. If you are happy and comfortable in your transition that is great but if by chance you have any other feelings it’s ok to follow those to!

5. MAVEN: What motivated you to share your de-Transitioning experience with the world ?

MIKE: Had I have meet a person who had detransitioned before I transitioned I would have had a better outlook on things . At 17 I wanted to be a girl never thinking about my future, my health or anything long term I just thought for the moment ! Also I feel like the few people who I heard that detransitioned disappeared and lived a private life. It’s almost like they dropped of the face of the earth. I wanna be the one you see grow and be happy , productive and free! People need to see it’s possible . And I’m going to take on the challenge.

6. MAVEN: How has your de-transition affected your relationships with friends and family?

MIKE: It made them all better. Everyone who knew me really already knew how unique and different I was.

7. MAVEN: Does this change your ballroom experience?

MIKE : Mentally Detransitioning does change things a little with me in ballroom because Michael wasn’t there for all that. Michael is this quiet shy guy who got caught up in ballroom. He experienced the good, bad, and everything in-between. I still haven’t found the formula to balance my masculine and feminine energy yet and I don’t wanna be labeled. Until I figure that out I just laying low. And that’s why I haven’t really done much in ballroom since to be honest. But nothing can take away what I’ve done in ballroom and the positive benefits I reaped from it. I’ve traveled the entire country. I’ve met some of the best people. I gained a confidence that I may have never had. I had the strength of a warrior. And I’m still the Legendary one.

8. MAVEN: Do you feel supported In this process? And if so is it the Kiki or Mainstream ball scene that encourages more?

MIKE: I do l! Everyone has made this extremely easy for me. The love and support was epic . Way more easier than I thought it would in 2016 when I planned this detransition

9. MAVEN: What would you say to others who may have felt pressured into transitioning and are afraid to de-transition?

MIKE: It’s ok it happens to the best of us , but let’s move on from here. Transitioning is mental…. so let’s start by owning your own gender and not caring what others see or think of you as! It’s ok to have a change of heart and mind! It’s a very brave choice to do what’s best for you. People will try an push you in certain directions for other reasons than the right one for you. Go with your heart. Even if it means de-transition.

10. MAVEN: Is there something you’d like to share that we left out ? What wisdom can you share with us ?

MIKE : I’m here to listen to anyone. To talk to anyone. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you need to talk ! There was no one for me to reach out to and I had to do it all alone. That was tough. That was hard.

Now that I made it to the other side of a scary decision I am extremely happy with myself! I am proud of my scars and my journey. I have little regrets because transition and detransition made me into this super human individual who is built for anything !

Follow MICHAEL REVLON on Instagram

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LIL NAS X we deem you The Iconic King Nas X by Maven Lee

Last night will go down in history as the day a black queer man successfully empowered, changed, slapped, and said HELLO to the world all at once.

We were privileged to a short film shorter than a short film. And we still got everything we needed. A storyline from start to finish. And oh was it a story. The story than many LGBTQ folx know all to well.

But his story isn’t just about queerness but it’s the intersection of so many identities. It broke down barriers untouched by anyone else before him. He was a brown skin man. A young man. A masculine man. A feminine man. A queer man. A gay man. He spoke to his fears and took control of his mental wellness. He willed himself.

And with all the social and cultural impact there’s still more that makes it amazing !

Aside from the fact his sex appeal certainly resonated with men, women, and everyone in between. Dare I say he also blurred the lines of sexual orientation … because some of my heterosexual friends both male and female thought twice. He brought the creative genius to the Max.

Many of us have compared him to a male version of Missy or a gay version of Busta Rhymes. I challenged it. While it’s clear he’s been inspired he is now simply Lil Nas X In a lane of his own.

He used his creativity to challenge some of the toxic ideals of religion and heteronormative culture. And in the world like this boldness is how you get their attention.

As someone in the LGBT ballscene I can tell you he’s about to inspire us creatively for years to come.

Shared from his Instagram and Twitter

I can go on and on about how historic and iconic this is but this letter to himself says so much more.

Introducing the Iconic King Nas X!

Entrepreneur Maven Lee creates new Ballroom Experience for St. Louis

For some folks August 21st isn’t coming fast enough. The people in the city are excited for the new ball experience called ONE NIGHT ONLY .

This is one of the biggest balls the city has seen in years. There will be everything from food vendors to community organizations setting up tables. The event hopes to be an interactive and innovative experience like never before.

Maven Lee now a member of the Haus of Margiela is pulling out all the stops by putting all his energy into this sure to be wonderful experience.

St.Louis has flourished in the past and many folks believe it’s time to revitalize and rebuild. After years of being dormant and many not getting to reach their full potential its only right to put the feet to the fire.

With more information coming soon just know this ball is giving out over $3000 and bringing in some big names from around the country. Stay tuned for updated details and don’t be afraid to find the event : https://fb.me/e/5wTqf0Zee

THINGS TO DO WHEN LIVING SINGLE !

THINGS TO DO WHEN LIVING SINGLE 🌻

• Learn Yourself
• Explore More
• Get creative
• Make Mistakes
• Love your own company
• Learn accountability
• Create personal stability
• Release the spirit of Chasing Folx
• Develop, maintain, & protect standards
• Become the energy you want to attract
• Frame the focus on Haves not Have nots
• Set, reinforce, & appreciate boundaries
• Explore relationship alternatives
• Enjoy Yourself
• Travel the world
• Eat well, Eat good, Eat safe
• Find your special friends
• Be kind but never dumb

📷 : Chrys Willis Photography

A year in Review Part 1: BALLROOM 2020 The Jukeboxx’s HOT 50

1. Chi Chi Prodigy

2. West Runway Squad ( Meme, Zimmy, & Giovanni)

3. Jovan Balmain

4. Vanessa Frost

5. The West Vogue Line Up

Make no mistake Pusscee was the quarterback so to speak of the team this year but there were many team players. Rather it was Tae, James, Amor, Shy, Destiny and so on.

6. Vance Chanel

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7. Spirit Ebony

8. Jeremy Revlon

9. Jourden Lanvin

10. Lanvin cast from “Legendary”

11. Heidi Labeiji

12.Marcus Balmain

13. Rodney, Jamari and the House of Balmain Legendary Team

14. The Balmain MF Realness Line Up

The combination of Mitch, Hitman, JD, Shady, Meeko, Mekhi, Khaos, Rodney, JT and so on have blazed through BQ Realness. Rather its the far in end of Thug realness or getting down to business with Executive.

15. Precious 007

16. Karma Gucci

17. Logik 007

18. The M&M Garcon Girls

This dynamic duo is the new era of FF Runway. They are fierce, fashion forward, charismatic, and down right OVAH. Rather its popping out on social media or strutting on the floor this was definitely and M&M kind of year.

19. The Continued Rise of All American Runway

While All American Runway is no stranger to ballroom the category created by Devin Elite has certainly grown over the years. With folx from all regions crossing over and showing the world different styles and characters in the category. This year we’ve seen Xman West, Shady Balmain, Saint Mugler, Zo Balmain, Jay Moscow, CJ Lanvin, Berry Aga, Mekhi Balmain, Logik 007, Brodie Mugler, Zodiac Chanel, and many more setting up a AA Runway revolution.

20. Bianca Balmain

21. Bleu Balenciaga

22. Layla & Jamiyah Balmain

23. Lolita 007 & Honey Legendary Team

24. Jarrel Gucci and the House of Gucci

25. Medusa Balenciaga

26. The Raise of Virtual Ballroom

2020 brought us The Virtual Ball Scene. Innovative folks like Isla Ebony and Precious 007 took us to another place. Mother Toya Ebony & Father Kentrelle Gucci even gave us a major ball on 2 different platforms. Rather on Zoom or Bigo folx really participated and made the best of it. New personalities were created and a new day I the scene has begun.

27. The year of the New Houses and New Generation Legends

Several new houses made this list but there are so many more that flourished. For example the beautiful house of Margiela turned heads. Not only for the “We not going to go there moment” but for having one of the most well dressed houses in the scene.

And what about Legends like Barbie Makaveli and her new house. And even the houses that didn’t get to debut yet. Its a new day in ballroom and it’s amazing to see the generational stranglehold being broken.

28. Jerel West

29. JT Balmain

30. All members from The RWT Team performance teams

31. Khaos Ebony

32. The Raise of Ballroom Content & Media Creators

Throughout 2020 a plethora of innovative content creatives and videographers arose including Jay Garcon, Ball Voyeurs, Ballroom Reacts, Chronicle Images, Vogue Tip, Chris Got Footage, Just BallroomTV, and KB Vogue Clips

33. House REVAMPS

This year we saw the Houses of Revlon, Chanel, Khan, and Mizrahi revamp with new leadership and folx from the younger generation being part of the conversation. Leaders like Piggi & Jeremy Revlon, Taurus Khan, George Mizrahi, Derrick & Gee Gee Chanel and so on.

35. Prodigy Vogue Line Up

Man Man, Ty, Blu, Chi Chi and more! They completely captivated this year. Though there weren’t many balls to receive that live and in person energy they made every moment count. Man Man and Ty demolished every time that hit the floor. Its no doubt that Prodigy was in the conversation.

36. All cast members and special guest of HBO’s Legendary

37. Ballroom meets Only Fans

38. Continued resurgence of Detroit Ballroom Scene

39. The Larry’s

Lil Man & Larry Ebony

40. Leggoh Johvera & OTA Weekly

41. Legendary Omari & The House of Oricci

42. Miyah & Natasha Ebony

43. Gunner Tisci

44. Simone Margiela

45. Lanvin Runway Squad

46. Corey Lanvin

47. Lil James, Anthony & The House of West

48. THE YEAR OF THE COMMENTATORS:

Snookie West, Paris Blahnik, Chazzi West, Tree Ebony, Norman Ebony, Buddah Ebony, Lloyd Ebony & More

49. Shocka 007

50. Novah Balmain

The Juice with Maven Lee : “From Bars to Ballroom”-an interview with with Vance Margiela

In your own words WHO IS VANCE and how did your story began in Ballroom? I grew up as a poor kid on the south side of Chicago. I was the oldest of 4. I struggled very early taking care of my younger siblings, because my parents were drug addicts. At roughly 16, I met the “Gay Community”. Subsequently, I was invited to a ball to walk School Boy realness! However, I fell in love with RUNWAY! It was when I met Milan Christopher, who showed me how to provide for myself, and I Officially became a Ball Kid! Years later, I was imprisoned, when someone who I looked at as family, lied on me, and cooperated with the feds, to give me up, so she wouldn’t do any time! I served 7 years. And, when I got out, I felt forgotten about. So I told myself you have to PUSH! And That is what my motivation is! DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME!

What are your Goals MOVING FORWARD in Ballroom? My goal moving forward is to become a House Parent. I want to be able to cultivate talent and preserve the “Old Ballroom” essence. And of course to be Legendary! I want to Beat the Unbeatable!

Coming back to ballroom years later.. what are your favorite moments? My favorite moments are coming off the stairway from heaven at Back To Basics, Studio 54 Edition. Even though I got chopped for missing my cat the building went up. Another would be winning Tag Team Runway in St. Louis with Japan. Coming in on those boards was so dope! And of course coming in on the Helicopter. I can say I made history.

What inspires you in Ballroom? The ability to shine, when we as a community didn’t have one! We took what we had, and made what we wanted; the opportunity to be proud of our talents.

THE HISTORICAL HELICOPTER RUNWAY

What advice do you have for the next generation of Ballroom? Listen it is an abyss of uncertainties. You can easily become engulfed in the world of Ballroom. Before jumping off in, make sure you have anchors in your life that care enough about you to keep you grounded. Lofty dreams and a desire to be “That Bitch” will have you scamming, turning tricks, and compromising your ethics and morals to be on top. Though Ballroom has become much more than a Fantasy Island, if you steer clear of drama, focus on your goal, and stay on track, you can be a Ballroom great! You can find the gems of success and opportunity. Ballroom is producing some real stars! You can be a REAL STAR!

How does Ballroom connect to your present life? It’s keeping me polished! I came up in Ballroom when image was everything! And ballroom has shaped my idea of what I think about Image and Talent. There is a healthy amount of shade in Ballroom! That “healthy shade” pushes you to be better. And Ballroom pushes me to be what I know I can be.