I literally just stumbled across the greatest thing, EVER, during a routine Sunday night Google search. And what do I see? A picture of some of my faves together. Big Freedia, a legendary New Orleans Bounce artist and Kassandra Ebony and Leiomy Mizrahi, also two legendary figures of the infamous Ballroom/Vogue Scene. The beautiful thing about this is that, NOLA Bounce and the Ballroom Scene are worlds apart in artistic comparison, but so very similar in cultural form. And to see that people of both communities have come together is very monumental, on so many levels. Kind of makes me feel emotional.
The picture is from a Masquerade Ball that occurred in early May centered around bringing together artists and dancers from these two distinctive emerging cultures to showcase their talent in an artistic exchange through a competition. Our good people at OkayPlayer were lucky enough to document this night of splendor and miraculous fun, and you could just sense the majesticness of the event in the video. So Avant-Garde, dark and raw. I also love the historical and personal commentary given by Mother Jack Mizrahi and the way in which everything gelled together within this mini-documentary.
I refuse to say anything else, but that I am so happy to see two former underground cultures created by people of color in America rise to the forefront of American culture and be acknowledged the way it has been in the new millennium. History was made this night and it is continually being made, the more we share and accept the diversity amongst each other, the more profound our experience of life will be. All in the name of art. Do yourself a favor and watch the video below, prepare to be blown away. #Magical