Five Black Drag Kings You Ought to Know…!

In honor of Black History Month, I wanted to take a few minutes to pay homage to some of the amazing POC drag kings that I’ve come across doing their thing across the US.

Miles Long (East Los Angeles, CA)

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Photo Credit: Carrie Strong

Miles Long is a pageant-winning West Coast king who performs regularly at Landon Cider’s Drag King Explosion in Los Angeles, CA. He is Mister Oklahoma USofA MI 2016 and was featured in the drag king documentary The Making of a King. Follow him on Instagram at @the_mileslong and add him on Facebook here.

 

 

 

 

Po’ Chop (Chicago, IL)

12109079_894025937312424_5716734996649008404_nPo’ Chop is a burlesque king hailing from Chicago who is renowned for his provocative, political drag. A trained dancer, Po’ Chop is a festival veteran, the recipient of the 2015 Chances Dances Mark Aguhar Memorial Grant and a performer residency at Links Hall, and a board member of Jeezy’s Juke Joint, now in its sixth year as a showcase of some of the best in black burlesque from across the US. You can view more of his work on his official website, www.itspochop.com, and on Facebook.

 

Bellagio Showers (New Orleans, LA)

13900056_1769769483306374_8259439313384751533_nBellagio Showers is a product of cycle 4 of Vinsantos’ Drag Workshop who, despite being a relatively new king, has made a name for himself in the New Orleans scene. He has performed alongside Big Freedia and was recommended to me by a college friend as her “favorite drag king of all time.” (Of all time!)  Check out his work on Facebook here.

 

 

 

 

Alexander Cameron (Cincinnati, OH)

16651943_704916653015266_1146418127_n This dapper Cincinnati-based gentleman is a dynamic costumer, a charming performer, and super nice guy. He has been selected for both the 2015 and 2016 Austin International Drag Festival and will appear later this year as part of the Fierce! Queer International Burlesque Festival. In regards to being a POC and drag king, Alexander says, “In our current social climate, being a queer, female, POC makes every day a stressful one. Thankfully, this community has come together in solidarity, fully supportive of the disenfranchised.” You can view his work on Facebook and Instagram at @alexcameronmi.

 

 

Switch the Boi Wonder (Chicago, IL)

16298546_1528324917196829_443783792006391227_nSwitch the Boi Wonder has been performing as a drag king for over a decade. Also a regular featured performer at Jeezy’s Juke Joint, Switch is a smooth ladies’ man who challenges notions of masculinity and femininity with his gender-bending burlesque routines. Find him on Facebook here.

 

 

Is there anyone I’ve forgotten? Any black drag kings that you feel deserve the spotlight? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Black History Month!

 

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8 thoughts on “Five Black Drag Kings You Ought to Know…!

  1. Good start but you need to look up the following on Facebook and add them to the list.

    Rocky Valentino, Mystical Jackson, Ivory Onyx, Teddy Michaels….just to name a few

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