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)
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)
Po’ 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)
Bellagio 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)
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)
Switch 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!