Broadway star Billy Porter She has won a Tony, Grammy, or Emmy, and even has the distinction of wearing the red dress.
At the 2019 Oscars The porter changed the tone of the conversation, attending in a leather tuxedo by Christian Siriano.
He called the antebellum tuxedo gown his most important moment.
“Because he was the one who changed everything,” he told me, “Renaissance Man.”
“It was an icon. It was a moment in the zeitgeist that will forever be the thing that literally changed the face of the image forever.
“And I have to speak. And I speak without. It is true.”
of course Like other male stars, Mark Styles He embraced the clothes, but Billy was the first—and, no doubt, the most dramatic.
“Call me what you want, cheers. Call me arrogant, call me whatever,” he said, noting that the look was dangerous.
“As a black queer my whole life, sitting in the fullness of my authenticity, going to the Oscars in a ballroom could have gone terribly wrong for me.
“And I’m back in Pittsburgh teaching at my alma mater Carnegie Mellon now.”
But here he is, making waves and blazing trails across all parts of showbiz.
Most recently he choreographed in “80 for Brady”, and this month he releases a new single and introduces it to the multi-city on April 28.
“I wanted to be Whitney Houston when I was growing up. My first album, an R&B album came out in 1997,” Boy said.
“The business was very homophobic. Black gays kicked my ass. I go back on my words.
He also narrates “Black + Iconic: Gods of Style,” part of BET’s documentary series on various aspects of black culture.
“When I got the phone call, I was very excited,” he said of the appointment. “One of the most difficult things for me is to be a black queer being rejected by your person. And I am a space, happy, where to reject me and ignore me and let me go is to make you look stupid.
“Yes, there were people at BET who said, ‘You what? It is necessary that we begin to embrace our brothers and sisters.
He grew up admiring people like Lena Horne, Sammy Davis Jr., and Quincy Jones. Oprah WinfreyHouston and Gladys Knight, to name a few. But the hero is Billy’s mother.
He has a neurological condition that has “rendered him immobile”, yet he still struggles to get out of bed and “engage with the world”.
But he loves his mother most of all, because she loved him.
“I grew up in a Pentecostal church. The dogma of religion was really taught to reject me as a gay man. And she divorced him, he chose me anyway. She is what a true Christian looks like,” Boy said.
And look at the evolution. And to know because of evolution. That’s not where we started. But that you may see it, and come out on the other side beside me. I know a lot of people aren’t.”
He was also taken by another woman. His name? Rihanna
“I think it’s genius. And maybe one day he’ll see me, and maybe one day he’ll put me in one of those Wild Fenty shows,” he added.
“I think she knows that I love her. I just want to sit and have tea with the dog.”
Detroit native Jalen Rose is a member of the University of Michigan’s iconoclastic Fab Five, which rocked world circles in the early 90s. He played 13 seasons in the NBA before transitioning into an instrumental personality. Rosa is an analyst for “NBA Countdown” and “The Rise,” and co-host of “Jalen & James.” Executive producer of “The Fab 5” for ESPN’s “30 for 30” series, he is the author of the best-selling book “Got to Give the People What They Want,” a taster and co-founder of the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, a public charter school in his hometown.