This guy vogued for a history class project and he slayed

Queso vogue ball

A guy slayed his Afro Latino studies project with a voguing performance his classmates will remember forever.

Queso, a writer and filmmaker from the Bronx according to his Tumblr bio, posted a video on Twitter that went viral.

Jaw-dropping voguing

‘for my Afro Latino history class, we had to share a project that displayed a creative outlet & I decided to vogue.. the n***as in the room were not ready,’ non-binary Queso wrote.

Vogue is a dancing style popular during the 1980s queer ballroom scene. Its fame skyrocketed when Madonna’s video Vogue featured a vogue choreography in 1990. Moreover, 1990 much-loved documentary Paris Is Burning also helped popularize the style, now at the center of FX’s series Pose.

Queso’s video is an incredible voguing performance in front of rather unimpressed classmates. Despite the tough crowd, Queso rocked short shorts and a cropped white top with a rainbow and gave his all in the nearly empty classroom.

LGBTI celebrities love voguing

American gay figure skater Adam Rippon commented the video alongside YouTuber and activist Tyler Oakley.

‘your classmates don’t deserve you!!’ Oakley said.

RuPaul’s Drag Race queen BenDeLaCreme also liked the video.

‘You get an A+ forever,’ he wrote, adding two heart emojis.

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Paris is Burning returns to movie theaters this summer

Paris Is Burning selected for preservation by National Film Registry

Paris is Burning is set to return to movie theaters in the US this summer.

The acclaimed and much-loved documentary first hit theater screens in August 1990. In 2016, the US Library of Congress chose it as one of the few movies deserving of preservation in the United States National Film Registry. It deemed the documentary ‘culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.’

Following a number of Latinx and African American participants, Paris is Burning documents the queer ballroom scene in New York in the late 1980s.

The movie is widely credited with bringing the ballroom scene and vogueing to worldwide attention. In recent years, the period has enjoyed a renewed interest following the success of the Ryan Murphy-produced show, Pose.

Paris is Burning stars

Among those to feature in Paris is Burning were Willi Ninja, Pepper LaBeija, Dorian Corey, and Venus Xtravaganza, along with their associated ‘houses’. Houses are composed of friends who take part in ballroom contests together and support one another.

Several of those featured have since died. The movie was made at a time when HIV and AIDS cut a swathe through LGBTI communities.

Director Jennie Livingston has overseen a digital restoration of the movie. She began shooting the movie when still a film student at New York University.

According to a press release from Janus Films, the movie will return to Film Forum in NYC on 14 June for a two-week run, before rolling out to selected theaters nationwide.

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New York mayor marks Hector Xtravaganza Day in honor of ballroom icon

Hector Xtravaganza at a Q&Q at the Bronx Museum earlier this year

Hector Xtravaganza, the legendary ballroom voguer and HIV activist, was memorialized in an event on Saturday in New York City.

At the event, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio sent a message officially declaring 9 March as Hector Xtravaganza Day, according to

Attendees at El Museo Del Barrio stood-up and applauded the announcement.

‘Trailblazing New Yorker’

De Blaiso praised Xtravaganza’s ‘boundless creativity.’

His message said: ‘I am pleased to join in paying tribute to this trailblazing New Yorker who exemplified the diversity, inclusivity and spirit of generosity of our great city.’

Attendees included trans Pose actress Dominique Jackson, longtime NYC musician Kevin Aviance and Paris is Burning director Jennie Livingston.

His legacy

Xtravaganza passed away last year, aged 60.

Furthermore, the House of Xtravaganza confirmed the leading ball figure’s death on Facebook.

‘It is with profound sadness the House of Xtravaganza family announce the passing of our beloved Grandfather Hector,’ House of Xtravaganza posted on Facebook.

‘He was a friend to everyone he met, a source of inspiration for all who knew him, and a cornerstone of our House family.’

Who was Hector Xtravaganza?

Born Hector Crespo, by 14, he was skipping school and taking a PATH train to the Christopher Street piers, then a mecca for black and Latinx queer a youth. 

Xtravaganza did not posses the popping and locking abilities possessed by his friend Willi Ninja who danced for Queen Latifah.

Neither were sparkling gowns and saucer-shaped headdresses – the kind that earned Pepper LaBeija 10s across the board.

Instead, Xtravaganza worked the ball circuit for over 40 years. 

From Manhattan to Brooklyn 

Thrown out of his house after telling his mother he was gay, Xxtravaganza sashayed back onto the Christopher Street piers in the late 70s, in search of kinship and community.

He found it. And after doing so, triumphed over racism, HIV and homophobia.

While he shares the name with the house, Hector Valle founded House of Xtravaganza.

Moreover, Valle conceived it on a PATH train platform in 1982, which became the first Latino house in NYC’s ball scene.

Xtravaganza ruled as the father of the House of Extravaganza from 1993 to 2003. he was afterwards made grandfather.

He provided financial assistance and shelter to his chosen children.

Across his sequinned life, he featured in the ground-breaking ball culture documentary, Paris is Burning, in 1991.

More recently, he worked as consultant for FX’s critically acclaimed drama Pose.

But with a 20-foot-long runway, elevated two feet off the ground, running through the living room, Xtravaganza lived in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, for the last two decades of his life.

He didn’t even have furniture, just a runway and a chaise lounge.

Paris is Burning

From ‘read’ to ‘shade,’ Paris is Burning brought the patois of ball culture to public attention.

The documentary tracked the daily lives of three houses: Ebony, Ninja, and, of course, Xtravaganza.

Xtravaganza called Paradise Garage, an after-hours joint on King Street in SoHo, their home.

Furthermore, it acted as an escape hatch for QTPOC kids, holding balls in which members were judged on their voguing and costume skills.

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