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SassySays.com - Drag History Month - January 30, 2012 – Foxxjazell
"I don’t aim to be the best or greatest rapper. I aim to be the voice for my people ‘cause our voice is non-existent in the hip-hop community”-Foxxjazell 2007

Foxxjazell is a 5’10 hip-pop entertainer that just so happens to be transgender. However, don’t be quick to brush off this young talented rapper because of her gender. Noted as one of the first transgender artists to receive mainstream success , Foxxjazell has performed for thousands of people at the world famous Arena nightclub in Hollywood in her teen years as part of the group One20five. She also opened for the likes of Cazwell, Rupaul & Robin S. Point Blank, this kid has garned the attention of Mediatakeout, TMZ and XXL magazine just to name a few.

Foxxjazell Keva Jackson was born in Birmingham, AL to a family of hardworking hustlers. Both her mother and father worked all types of odds jobs to keep food in her mouth. At the age 6, she became influenced by the likes of Salt n Pepa, Michael Jackson and Madonna. “I would lock myself in my room and pretend I was performing in front of millions of screaming fans. my parents didn’t share the same vision that I did instead they encouraged me to pursue a career more “logical” like teaching or nursing.” By the age 17,Foxxjazell graduated from high school with honors and was looking to conquer life as an entertainer. Her influences had advanced to 2pac, DaBrat, T.I., TLC and Biggie Smalls. She took a one-way ticket to Hollywood with less than $20 in her purse and never looked back. While in Hollywood, she started off modeling with a few print ads and also booked a few music videos doing background work. She also took a few acting & dance classes. After countless auditions and dead end jobs she became discouraged and frustrated with the constant rejection of Hollywood. A change had to be made.

The change came in the form of 14 year-old Maurice Tito Lopez, a runaway kid with a big dream of making it big. The two young artists quickly teamed up and began writing and performing music together. They eventually formed a hip-hop group named One20five with two other local rappers. One20five performed at various venues through out LA and even received a few spins on LA hip-hop radio station Power 106. There was a huge buzz behind the group and everyone knew they were destined to be signed to a major label. However, due to conflicts within the group and flaky management they eventually disbanded in late 2004.

Since then, Foxxjazell has performed as the opening act in the historic Homo-revolution 2007 tour that hit cities such as San Diego,Houston, Atlanta, San Francisco, New Mexico and Phoenix. After the tour she signed to FKJ Records/Pretty Boy Empire and began working on material for her debut album.

In early 2008, she released her debut album Introducing….Foxxjazell which featured the hit singles “Feel the vibe”,”Priority” and  "Sexual thang".Her music videos were permanent fixtures on MTV,Logo,VH1, HereTV, Fuse and Qtube. "Feel the Vibe" also received moderate rotation on the radio. In addition, she was invited as a guest on the Tyra Banks show to talk about queer hip-hop and the politics of the music industry that she has had to endure. Around this time she also toured again with the Homo-revolution 08 tour and headlined the Pretty Thugz tour. Foxxjazell was also featured in XXL magazine,IN magazine and CLIK magazine. For the last single "Priority" she sought out Hollywood director Maurice Jamal (The Ski Trip, Dirty Laundry).

Frustrated with the under performance of Introducting….Foxxjazell  by mid-2009, Foxxjazell traveled to New York to work with electro-pop producer Ashley Breathe & fellow artist/writer Last Offence to create a new sound for her new project. “I wanted a new sound for this project. I’ve always been a fan of Ashley Breathe & Last O so it made sense to seek their help out on this new project. This new sound is less hip-hop and more hip-pop” Foxxjazell explains. One of the songs that made the cut was the hit lead single “Spilt Enz”. The record debuted at #41 on the Billboard Hot Single Sales chart in September 09’ and is already receiving heavy radio and club play in the America .The video has been in rotation on Canada’s BPM, MTV,Logo ,CMC (California Music Channel) Rockamerica, Promo only & VH1. The follow-up single “Ride or Die boy” has also received a fair amount of radio play as well with the accompanying video gaining much attention from the major music video networks. Her sophomore album “Boy,girl,whateva” was released in April 14, 2010 followed by 2 release parties in both NYC & LA in support of the album.

In June 2010 she headlined her first televised concert titled “The Boy-girl Homo-evolution show” in San Francisco,CA at the El rio. Special guests were Benni E.,Drew Mason,Prince Cat-Eyez,Sgt.Sass &Mack Mistress. The concert was a official SF Pride event and was well received.

"Hookup"(Off the hookremix) ft.Ashley Breathe was released to radio in October of 2010 followed by the music video two months later. The song has already made it’s radio rounds on SiriusXM’s BPM,QnationFM & various other radio stations.The song was also being featured in record pools such as www.my12inch.com,Gbrp top 50 dance chart, mymp3pool.com,& Starfleet music pool

On May 21, 2011 Foxxjazell gave a 45 minute concert at Long Beach Pride which was sponsored by LA’s Kday 93.5 radio station. Two days later she performed at the 7th annual Outmusic Awards & was nominated for Outstanding hip-hop song of the year for “Ride or die boy”(Pride remix). The award show will be airing on MTV and LOGO.

More: www.FoxxJazell.com

SassySays.com - Drag History Month - January 30, 2012 – Foxxjazell

"I don’t aim to be the best or greatest rapper. I aim to be the voice for my people ‘cause our voice is non-existent in the hip-hop community”-Foxxjazell 2007

Foxxjazell is a 5’10 hip-pop entertainer that just so happens to be transgender. However, don’t be quick to brush off this young talented rapper because of her gender. Noted as one of the first transgender artists to receive mainstream success , Foxxjazell has performed for thousands of people at the world famous Arena nightclub in Hollywood in her teen years as part of the group One20five. She also opened for the likes of Cazwell, Rupaul & Robin S. Point Blank, this kid has garned the attention of Mediatakeout, TMZ and XXL magazine just to name a few.

Foxxjazell Keva Jackson was born in Birmingham, AL to a family of hardworking hustlers. Both her mother and father worked all types of odds jobs to keep food in her mouth. At the age 6, she became influenced by the likes of Salt n Pepa, Michael Jackson and Madonna. “I would lock myself in my room and pretend I was performing in front of millions of screaming fans. my parents didn’t share the same vision that I did instead they encouraged me to pursue a career more “logical” like teaching or nursing.” By the age 17,Foxxjazell graduated from high school with honors and was looking to conquer life as an entertainer. Her influences had advanced to 2pac, DaBrat, T.I., TLC and Biggie Smalls. She took a one-way ticket to Hollywood with less than $20 in her purse and never looked back. While in Hollywood, she started off modeling with a few print ads and also booked a few music videos doing background work. She also took a few acting & dance classes. After countless auditions and dead end jobs she became discouraged and frustrated with the constant rejection of Hollywood. A change had to be made.

The change came in the form of 14 year-old Maurice Tito Lopez, a runaway kid with a big dream of making it big. The two young artists quickly teamed up and began writing and performing music together. They eventually formed a hip-hop group named One20five with two other local rappers. One20five performed at various venues through out LA and even received a few spins on LA hip-hop radio station Power 106. There was a huge buzz behind the group and everyone knew they were destined to be signed to a major label. However, due to conflicts within the group and flaky management they eventually disbanded in late 2004.

Since then, Foxxjazell has performed as the opening act in the historic Homo-revolution 2007 tour that hit cities such as San Diego,Houston, Atlanta, San Francisco, New Mexico and Phoenix. After the tour she signed to FKJ Records/Pretty Boy Empire and began working on material for her debut album.

In early 2008, she released her debut album Introducing….Foxxjazell which featured the hit singles “Feel the vibe”,”Priority” and  "Sexual thang".Her music videos were permanent fixtures on MTV,Logo,VH1, HereTV, Fuse and Qtube. "Feel the Vibe" also received moderate rotation on the radio. In addition, she was invited as a guest on the Tyra Banks show to talk about queer hip-hop and the politics of the music industry that she has had to endure. Around this time she also toured again with the Homo-revolution 08 tour and headlined the Pretty Thugz tour. Foxxjazell was also featured in XXL magazine,IN magazine and CLIK magazine. For the last single "Priority" she sought out Hollywood director Maurice Jamal (The Ski Trip, Dirty Laundry).

Frustrated with the under performance of Introducting….Foxxjazell  by mid-2009, Foxxjazell traveled to New York to work with electro-pop producer Ashley Breathe & fellow artist/writer Last Offence to create a new sound for her new project. “I wanted a new sound for this project. I’ve always been a fan of Ashley Breathe & Last O so it made sense to seek their help out on this new project. This new sound is less hip-hop and more hip-pop” Foxxjazell explains. One of the songs that made the cut was the hit lead single “Spilt Enz”. The record debuted at #41 on the Billboard Hot Single Sales chart in September 09’ and is already receiving heavy radio and club play in the America .The video has been in rotation on Canada’s BPM, MTV,Logo ,CMC (California Music Channel) Rockamerica, Promo only & VH1. The follow-up single “Ride or Die boy” has also received a fair amount of radio play as well with the accompanying video gaining much attention from the major music video networks. Her sophomore album “Boy,girl,whateva” was released in April 14, 2010 followed by 2 release parties in both NYC & LA in support of the album.

In June 2010 she headlined her first televised concert titled “The Boy-girl Homo-evolution show” in San Francisco,CA at the El rio. Special guests were Benni E.,Drew Mason,Prince Cat-Eyez,Sgt.Sass &Mack Mistress. The concert was a official SF Pride event and was well received.

"Hookup"(Off the hookremix) ft.Ashley Breathe was released to radio in October of 2010 followed by the music video two months later. The song has already made it’s radio rounds on SiriusXM’s BPM,QnationFM & various other radio stations.The song was also being featured in record pools such as www.my12inch.com,Gbrp top 50 dance chart, mymp3pool.com,& Starfleet music pool

On May 21, 2011 Foxxjazell gave a 45 minute concert at Long Beach Pride which was sponsored by LA’s Kday 93.5 radio station. Two days later she performed at the 7th annual Outmusic Awards & was nominated for Outstanding hip-hop song of the year for “Ride or die boy”(Pride remix). The award show will be airing on MTV and LOGO.

More: www.FoxxJazell.com

SassySays.com - Drag History Month - January 27, 2012 – Tula

Caroline “Tula” Cossey (born 31 August 1954) is an English model. She is one of the world’s most well known transsexual women, having appeared in a James Bond film and been the first to pose for Playboy. Since being outed by British tabloid News of the World, Cossey has fought for her right to legally marry and to be recognized by the law as a woman.
Cossey was born Barry Kenneth Cossey in Brooke, Norfolk, and raised as male. Through puberty, Cossey was distinctly feminine in appearance due to an intersex condition known as Klinefelter’s syndrome, where, instead of having the XY male chromosome pattern, she possesses the genotype XXXY. In Cossey’s autobiography My Story, she describes an unhappy childhood, where she suffered confusing feelings and bullying by peers due to her femininity. At sixteen she moved to London and worked at a variety of low-wage jobs.
Cossey started transitioning after befriending a post-operative transsexual woman. By seventeen, Cossey was receiving hormone therapy, living full-time in a female gender role and had begun a career as a showgirl at a London nightclub. Despite initial shock, Cossey’s parents were eventually supportive.Following breast augmentation surgery, Cossey worked as a showgirl in Paris and as a topless dancer in Rome to save up for sex reassignment surgery (SRS). After years of hormonal and psychological treatment, and legally changing her name, Cossey had her final surgery on 31 December 1974 at Charing Cross Hospital, London.
Cossey now began an active social life as a woman, concealing her past as a male. Asked about her dating life, Cossey replied, “I’m afraid I went a little wild”. She told tabloids she had a romance with Des Lynam, though Lynam says he does not recall it. Cossey worked as a model under the name “Tula”. She appeared in top magazines such as the Australian Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, and worked extensively as a glamour model. She was a Page Three Girl for the British tabloid The Sun and appeared in Playboy in 1981.
In 1978, Cossey won a part on the British game show 3-2-1. A tabloid journalist then contacted her, revealing he had discovered she was transsexual, and planned to write about it. Other journalists researched her past, attempting to interview her family members. Cossey dropped out of the show, convincing the producers to release her from her contract. After this incident, Cossey maintained a lower profile, accepting only smaller assignments.
Cossey was cast as an extra in the 1981 James Bond film For Your Eyes Only. Shortly after the film’s release, the tabloid News of the World came out with a front page headline that read “James Bond Girl Was a Boy.” By her own accounts, Cossey was so upset she contemplated suicide. However, she continued her modelling career. Cossey responded by releasing I Am a Woman, her first autobiography.

Cossey became engaged to Count Glauco Lasinio, an Italian advertising executive, who was the first man to date her knowing of her past. He encouraged her to petition for changes in the British law concerning transsexuals. The engagement ended, but her legal efforts continued for seven years, eventually reaching the European Court of Human Rights.
In 1985, Cossey appeared extensively in the video for The Power Station’s “Some Like It Hot”. After breaking up with Lasinio, Cossey met Elias Fattal, a Jewish businessman, who was unaware of her history until he proposed marriage on Valentine’s Day 1988. When she told him, rather than rejecting her, he merely asked if she would convert to Judaism. She agreed. They were married on 21 May 1989, just weeks after the European Court of Human Rights decided legally to recognize Cossey as a woman. They returned from their honeymoon to find that The News of the World had published a story on their wedding. Fattal’s family was angry and persuaded him to have the marriage annulled.
On 27 September 1990, the European Court overturned their decision on a British government appeal. (Later, the Gender Recognition Act 2004 was passed, giving transgender people in the United Kingdom means to change their legal sex.) Cossey returned to modeling, which she had given up for four years
In 1991, Cossey released My Story, her second autobiography. In it she gave details of her transition and her unsuccessful battle with the European Commission. She was featured in the September 1991 issue of Playboy, in a pictorial, “The Transformation Of Tula”, as an acknowledged transsexual.
Cossey married Canadian David Finch in 1992. They live together in Kennesaw, Georgia near Atlanta.

SassySays.com - Drag History Month - January 27, 2012 – Tula

Caroline “Tula” Cossey (born 31 August 1954) is an English model. She is one of the world’s most well known transsexual women, having appeared in a James Bond film and been the first to pose for Playboy. Since being outed by British tabloid News of the World, Cossey has fought for her right to legally marry and to be recognized by the law as a woman.

Cossey was born Barry Kenneth Cossey in Brooke, Norfolk, and raised as male. Through puberty, Cossey was distinctly feminine in appearance due to an intersex condition known as Klinefelter’s syndrome, where, instead of having the XY male chromosome pattern, she possesses the genotype XXXY. In Cossey’s autobiography My Story, she describes an unhappy childhood, where she suffered confusing feelings and bullying by peers due to her femininity. At sixteen she moved to London and worked at a variety of low-wage jobs.

Cossey started transitioning after befriending a post-operative transsexual woman. By seventeen, Cossey was receiving hormone therapy, living full-time in a female gender role and had begun a career as a showgirl at a London nightclub. Despite initial shock, Cossey’s parents were eventually supportive.Following breast augmentation surgery, Cossey worked as a showgirl in Paris and as a topless dancer in Rome to save up for sex reassignment surgery (SRS). After years of hormonal and psychological treatment, and legally changing her name, Cossey had her final surgery on 31 December 1974 at Charing Cross Hospital, London.

Cossey now began an active social life as a woman, concealing her past as a male. Asked about her dating life, Cossey replied, “I’m afraid I went a little wild”. She told tabloids she had a romance with Des Lynam, though Lynam says he does not recall it. Cossey worked as a model under the name “Tula”. She appeared in top magazines such as the Australian Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, and worked extensively as a glamour model. She was a Page Three Girl for the British tabloid The Sun and appeared in Playboy in 1981.

In 1978, Cossey won a part on the British game show 3-2-1. A tabloid journalist then contacted her, revealing he had discovered she was transsexual, and planned to write about it. Other journalists researched her past, attempting to interview her family members. Cossey dropped out of the show, convincing the producers to release her from her contract. After this incident, Cossey maintained a lower profile, accepting only smaller assignments.

Cossey was cast as an extra in the 1981 James Bond film For Your Eyes Only. Shortly after the film’s release, the tabloid News of the World came out with a front page headline that read “James Bond Girl Was a Boy.” By her own accounts, Cossey was so upset she contemplated suicide. However, she continued her modelling career. Cossey responded by releasing I Am a Woman, her first autobiography.

Cossey became engaged to Count Glauco Lasinio, an Italian advertising executive, who was the first man to date her knowing of her past. He encouraged her to petition for changes in the British law concerning transsexuals. The engagement ended, but her legal efforts continued for seven years, eventually reaching the European Court of Human Rights.

In 1985, Cossey appeared extensively in the video for The Power Station’s “Some Like It Hot”. After breaking up with Lasinio, Cossey met Elias Fattal, a Jewish businessman, who was unaware of her history until he proposed marriage on Valentine’s Day 1988. When she told him, rather than rejecting her, he merely asked if she would convert to Judaism. She agreed. They were married on 21 May 1989, just weeks after the European Court of Human Rights decided legally to recognize Cossey as a woman. They returned from their honeymoon to find that The News of the World had published a story on their wedding. Fattal’s family was angry and persuaded him to have the marriage annulled.

On 27 September 1990, the European Court overturned their decision on a British government appeal. (Later, the Gender Recognition Act 2004 was passed, giving transgender people in the United Kingdom means to change their legal sex.) Cossey returned to modeling, which she had given up for four years

In 1991, Cossey released My Story, her second autobiography. In it she gave details of her transition and her unsuccessful battle with the European Commission. She was featured in the September 1991 issue of Playboy, in a pictorial, “The Transformation Of Tula”, as an acknowledged transsexual.

Cossey married Canadian David Finch in 1992. They live together in Kennesaw, Georgia near Atlanta.

SassySays.com - Drag History Month - January 26, 2012 - Jamie Clayton


Jamie Clayton Is a transgender model turned television actress. This year Jamie can be seen playing “Kyla” on Season 3 of the hit HBO series “HUNG” alongside Thomas Jane.
 
In 2010 Jamie co-hosted and was the on screen Makeup Artist on Vh1′s first makeover show, “TRANSform Me”.
The show quickly became a breakout hit and was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award. 
 
For More: www.jamieclayton.net

SassySays.com - Drag History Month - January 26, 2012 - Jamie Clayton

Jamie Clayton Is a transgender model turned television actress. This year Jamie can be seen playing “Kyla” on Season 3 of the hit HBO series “HUNG” alongside Thomas Jane.

 

In 2010 Jamie co-hosted and was the on screen Makeup Artist on Vh1′s first makeover show, “TRANSform Me”.

The show quickly became a breakout hit and was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award. 

 

For More: www.jamieclayton.net

SassySays.com - Drag History Month - January 23, 2012 - Jimmy James
Jimmy James. UNABASHED. UNASHAMED. OUTRAGEOUS.All can be accurately used to describe the persona of one Jimmy James. For years, Jimmy James has delivered one of the most unique experiences on the entertainment scene, but you knew that right? Well just in case, maybe a little history lesson is in order. OK, let’s make one thing clear: history is one thing Jimmy has plenty of. Who else could boast of talents that have been called upon to perform for major celebrities such as Elton John, Whoopi Goldberg, Patti LaBelle, David LaChappelle, Luther Vandross, Debbie Harry, Boy George, Cyndi Lauper, Desmond Child and more? Jimmy James can make that claim….loved and revered for his unique impersonation talents the world over. But yet still, a yearning..
Yes, Jimmy’s talents have always been recognized by his peers and audiences alike, and for that he is grateful. Who wouldn’t be? Yet, deep inside this talented man was a desire to be seen differently, a desire to deliver a different entertainment experience than that for which he had become so well known and adored. A desire to share with the whole world the musical calling that has been burning up inside of him. Call it… a yearning.
Enter top-shelf producer Markus Moser, world-renowned himself for his many dance/pop hits and chart topping records. Markus meets Jimmy, Markus studies Jimmy and Markus gets Jimmy. Oh don’t get it twisted, everybody gets Jimmy for what he does. But Markus gets Jimmy for what he is yet to do, what is his destiny, what is his… yearning.
Together Markus and Jimmy tackle that desire head on to create a musical collaboration with JAMESTOWN that transcends all of the repetitive and recycled sounds of todays dance/pop scene. An amazing culmination that can only happen when talent and desire meets opportunity and vision, when a yearning becomes a reality.



 


Warming things up for the   clubs, first single FASHIONISTA teased dance floors across the world. Is that   the same Jimmy James they asked? And a funny thing happened with a song that   was meant solely as an introduction - a Billboard Club Chart smash.
Now comes the full-length   release of JAMESTOWN that finally showcases Jimmy James stunning vocal   prowess and performance abilities. With an uncanny ability to transform   himself visually and vocally into many different persona’s, James is set to   establish himself as a dance and pop icon.
As Billboard Magazine recently   stated, “Jimmy James is so damn clever, it is hard not to offer a   howling squeal of approval before clicking replay again and again.”
No longer just… a yearning.
 
For More: www.JimmyJames.com

SassySays.com - Drag History Month - January 23, 2012 - Jimmy James

Jimmy James. UNABASHED. UNASHAMED. OUTRAGEOUS.All can be accurately used to describe the persona of one Jimmy James. For years, Jimmy James has delivered one of the most unique experiences on the entertainment scene, but you knew that right? Well just in case, maybe a little history lesson is in order. OK, let’s make one thing clear: history is one thing Jimmy has plenty of. Who else could boast of talents that have been called upon to perform for major celebrities such as Elton John, Whoopi Goldberg, Patti LaBelle, David LaChappelle, Luther Vandross, Debbie Harry, Boy George, Cyndi Lauper, Desmond Child and more? Jimmy James can make that claim….loved and revered for his unique impersonation talents the world over. But yet still, a yearning..

Yes, Jimmy’s talents have always been recognized by his peers and audiences alike, and for that he is grateful. Who wouldn’t be? Yet, deep inside this talented man was a desire to be seen differently, a desire to deliver a different entertainment experience than that for which he had become so well known and adored. A desire to share with the whole world the musical calling that has been burning up inside of him. Call it… a yearning.

Enter top-shelf producer Markus Moser, world-renowned himself for his many dance/pop hits and chart topping records. Markus meets Jimmy, Markus studies Jimmy and Markus gets Jimmy. Oh don’t get it twisted, everybody gets Jimmy for what he does. But Markus gets Jimmy for what he is yet to do, what is his destiny, what is his… yearning.

Together Markus and Jimmy tackle that desire head on to create a musical collaboration with JAMESTOWN that transcends all of the repetitive and recycled sounds of todays dance/pop scene. An amazing culmination that can only happen when talent and desire meets opportunity and vision, when a yearning becomes a reality.

Warming things up for the clubs, first single FASHIONISTA teased dance floors across the world. Is that the same Jimmy James they asked? And a funny thing happened with a song that was meant solely as an introduction - a Billboard Club Chart smash.

Now comes the full-length release of JAMESTOWN that finally showcases Jimmy James stunning vocal prowess and performance abilities. With an uncanny ability to transform himself visually and vocally into many different persona’s, James is set to establish himself as a dance and pop icon.

As Billboard Magazine recently stated, “Jimmy James is so damn clever, it is hard not to offer a howling squeal of approval before clicking replay again and again.”

No longer just… a yearning.

 

For More: www.JimmyJames.com

SassySays.com - Drag History Month - January 22, 2012 - Brini Maxwell
   
Described as part Donna Reed, part Mary Tyler Moore, Maxwell makes kitsch feel classy through her unparalleled personal flair for home design, entertaining and savvy household tips. Inspired by a divine thrift shop purchase of 1950’s nesting bowls, she first began sharing her vintage/classic know-how with other Manhattanites in 1998 through her self-titled cable access television show. With an emphasis on uncompromising fabulousness, Brini quickly garnered a devoted fan base and established herself as the go-to-girl on vintage fashion and mid-century modern treasures. After five years on the local airwaves her show was picked up by the Style Network. The subsequent series has been called a delightful success and has attracted a diverse audience thorough its national platform.
Brini was born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised there and the Midwest. She was a child prodigy in the area of domestic science, piping perfect mashed potatoes at the age of five and redesigning the rumpus room in her family home by age 10. At the Fashion Institute of Technology, between spontaneous bouts of cleaning and organizing the student union she achieved a bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design. She worked in the fashion industry for 5 years, never finding fulfillment until she started developing her television show.
Brini still lives in the same tiny intricately apportioned New York City apartment used as the set for the original television show. She spends her time between shooting the television show and making personal appearances, doing needlepoint, shopping for inspiration in thrift shops and vintage stores and spending time with friends. She’s currently shopping for a second home in Palm Springs California and looking wistfully at vintage 1960’s convertibles on eBay Motors. 
 For More: www.BriniMaxwell.com

SassySays.com - Drag History Month - January 22, 2012 - Brini Maxwell

Described as part Donna Reed, part Mary Tyler Moore, Maxwell makes kitsch feel classy through her unparalleled personal flair for home design, entertaining and savvy household tips. Inspired by a divine thrift shop purchase of 1950’s nesting bowls, she first began sharing her vintage/classic know-how with other Manhattanites in 1998 through her self-titled cable access television show. With an emphasis on uncompromising fabulousness, Brini quickly garnered a devoted fan base and established herself as the go-to-girl on vintage fashion and mid-century modern treasures. After five years on the local airwaves her show was picked up by the Style Network. The subsequent series has been called a delightful success and has attracted a diverse audience thorough its national platform.

Brini was born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised there and the Midwest. She was a child prodigy in the area of domestic science, piping perfect mashed potatoes at the age of five and redesigning the rumpus room in her family home by age 10. At the Fashion Institute of Technology, between spontaneous bouts of cleaning and organizing the student union she achieved a bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design. She worked in the fashion industry for 5 years, never finding fulfillment until she started developing her television show.

Brini still lives in the same tiny intricately apportioned New York City apartment used as the set for the original television show. She spends her time between shooting the television show and making personal appearances, doing needlepoint, shopping for inspiration in thrift shops and vintage stores and spending time with friends. She’s currently shopping for a second home in Palm Springs California and looking wistfully at vintage 1960’s convertibles on eBay Motors.

 For More: www.BriniMaxwell.com

SassySays.com - Drag History Month - January 20, 2012 - Sweetie
    
   
Sweetie, an accomplished entertainer, hostess, and whore, Sweetie is New York’s “big-titted honkey soul momma.” A daughter of the unforgettable drag houses Pyramid and Boy Bar, she has enjoyed success as an iconic club performer, cable television star, stage and motion picture actress, and mother of the infamous tranny fest QUEEN BEE. 


Sweetie gained notoriety at JACKIE 60 as a writer and actress for her irreverent portrayals of tragic billionairess Christina Onassis, social outcast Big Sue, Appalachian earth mother Vernell Puckett, and 1980s fag-hag Heather Peleshock. As a golfclub-wielding “Patsy Ramsey” in the Jackie’s Playhouse presentation of Daddy’s Little Prostitute, Sweetie was seen by millions on the sensational tabloid news program Hard Copy (footage smuggled out by reporters with live cameras in their baseball caps.) As well as live theatre pieces, Sweetie is also touted as one of New York’s most heart-wrenching lip sync artists.

 


Sweetie has appeared in the Motion Pictures: Too Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything Julie NewMar and Starrbooty. As well as the television series “Faking It” and “Project Runway.”
She is the hostess for the Off-Broadway hit show: The Ultimate Drag-Off.

 

SassySays.com - Drag History Month - January 20, 2012 - Sweetie

Sweetie, an accomplished entertainer, hostess, and whore, Sweetie is New York’s “big-titted honkey soul momma.” A daughter of the unforgettable drag houses Pyramid and Boy Bar, she has enjoyed success as an iconic club performer, cable television star, stage and motion picture actress, and mother of the infamous tranny fest QUEEN BEE.

Sweetie gained notoriety at JACKIE 60 as a writer and actress for her irreverent portrayals of tragic billionairess Christina Onassis, social outcast Big Sue, Appalachian earth mother Vernell Puckett, and 1980s fag-hag Heather Peleshock. As a golfclub-wielding “Patsy Ramsey” in the Jackie’s Playhouse presentation of Daddy’s Little Prostitute, Sweetie was seen by millions on the sensational tabloid news program Hard Copy (footage smuggled out by reporters with live cameras in their baseball caps.) As well as live theatre pieces, Sweetie is also touted as one of New York’s most heart-wrenching lip sync artists.

 

Sweetie has appeared in the Motion Pictures: Too Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything Julie NewMar and Starrbooty. As well as the television series “Faking It” and “Project Runway.”

She is the hostess for the Off-Broadway hit show: The Ultimate Drag-Off.

 

SassySays.com - Drag History Month - January 19, 2012 - Chi Chi LaRue 

@DJChiChiLaRue

Sassy & Samara interview Chi Chi LaRue in New York City


SassySays.com - Drag History Month - January 19, 2012 - Chi Chi LaRue 
Chi Chi LaRue  Born Larry David Paciotti ( November 8, 1959) is an American film director of gay, bisexual and straight pornography. He is best known in his drag persona as Chi Chi LaRue and has also directed under the names “Lawrence David” and “Taylor Hudson”.
Director and DJ, Paciotti, mainly acting under his drag diva persona, Chi Chi LaRue, is one of the most recognizable names and faces in the adult film industry. His fame far surpassing that of most superstars he created over the past decades. Beginning in the press department for Catalina Video, a label he now owns under his company Channel 1 Releasing, it wasn’t long before Chi Chi LaRue’s creative spark set afire. He was soon directing some of the highest selling releases of all time. Multi-award winning and an GayVN Award Hall of Fame inductee, Chi Chi has branded his name and image creating everything sex toys to candles to Chi Chi LaRue water, all sold at his adult boutique, Chi Chi LaRue’s, on Santa Monica Blvd. in the heart of West Hollywood. In 2005, Chi Chi LaRue became a DJ and now tours with porn stars from his movies, selling out nights in clubs all over the world. In 2007 LaRue was chosen as one of Out (magazine)'s Top 50 most influential people in the GLBT community.
LaRue’s drag persona began upon moving to the Twin Cities area where Chi Chi began performing in drag as one-half of “The Weather Gals”, a “hag drag” revue.
He later moved to California with a friend and was hired by Catalina Video as an administrative assistant and publicist because of his knowledge of porn and the workings of the porn industry. 
LaRue worked at Catalina in the late 1980s, in which many of the producers and directors in the gay porn industry were falling ill or dying.
In 2001 LaRue made a Cameo appearance in the U.S. independent film The Fluffer, a triangular story of obsessive love set against the backdrop of the adult film industry.
LaRue has directed hundreds of gay porn films since 1988. In 2003, he began to direct straight porn for Vivid Video, where he became a favorite among female stars, particularly Jenna Jameson. For some time, LaRue divided his attention between Vivid Video and his own Rascal Video for Channel 1 Releasing. 
In 2006, LaRue announced that she would no longer produce films for Vivid Video because they were featuring actors and actresses having sex without condoms.
In August 2008, he directed the controversial bisexual film titled Shifting Gears. LaRue coined the term Straight-for-pay (a play on word for Gay-for-pay), to reference performer Blake Riley's first encounter with a woman, Shy Love, and liking it.
LaRue and partner, Channel 1 Releasing opened their first company store, Chi Chi LaRue’s, in West Hollywood in 2008. The store offers the entire Channel 1 catalog of more than 2,000 titles and products. An exclusive arrangement has also been made with One Condoms to provide all the protective barrier products for the store.

For More: www.chichilarues.com

SassySays.com - Drag History Month - January 19, 2012 - Chi Chi LaRue 

Chi Chi LaRue  Born Larry David Paciotti ( November 8, 1959) is an American film director of gay, bisexual and straight pornography. He is best known in his drag persona as Chi Chi LaRue and has also directed under the names “Lawrence David” and “Taylor Hudson”.

Director and DJ, Paciotti, mainly acting under his drag diva persona, Chi Chi LaRue, is one of the most recognizable names and faces in the adult film industry. His fame far surpassing that of most superstars he created over the past decades. Beginning in the press department for Catalina Video, a label he now owns under his company Channel 1 Releasing, it wasn’t long before Chi Chi LaRue’s creative spark set afire. He was soon directing some of the highest selling releases of all time. Multi-award winning and an GayVN Award Hall of Fame inductee, Chi Chi has branded his name and image creating everything sex toys to candles to Chi Chi LaRue water, all sold at his adult boutique, Chi Chi LaRue’s, on Santa Monica Blvd. in the heart of West Hollywood. In 2005, Chi Chi LaRue became a DJ and now tours with porn stars from his movies, selling out nights in clubs all over the world. In 2007 LaRue was chosen as one of Out (magazine)'s Top 50 most influential people in the GLBT community.

LaRue’s drag persona began upon moving to the Twin Cities area where Chi Chi began performing in drag as one-half of “The Weather Gals”, a “hag drag” revue.

He later moved to California with a friend and was hired by Catalina Video as an administrative assistant and publicist because of his knowledge of porn and the workings of the porn industry.

LaRue worked at Catalina in the late 1980s, in which many of the producers and directors in the gay porn industry were falling ill or dying.

In 2001 LaRue made a Cameo appearance in the U.S. independent film The Fluffer, a triangular story of obsessive love set against the backdrop of the adult film industry.

LaRue has directed hundreds of gay porn films since 1988. In 2003, he began to direct straight porn for Vivid Video, where he became a favorite among female stars, particularly Jenna Jameson. For some time, LaRue divided his attention between Vivid Video and his own Rascal Video for Channel 1 Releasing.

In 2006, LaRue announced that she would no longer produce films for Vivid Video because they were featuring actors and actresses having sex without condoms.

In August 2008, he directed the controversial bisexual film titled Shifting Gears. LaRue coined the term Straight-for-pay (a play on word for Gay-for-pay), to reference performer Blake Riley's first encounter with a woman, Shy Love, and liking it.

LaRue and partner, Channel 1 Releasing opened their first company store, Chi Chi LaRue’s, in West Hollywood in 2008. The store offers the entire Channel 1 catalog of more than 2,000 titles and products. An exclusive arrangement has also been made with One Condoms to provide all the protective barrier products for the store.

For More: www.chichilarues.com

SassySays.com - Drag History Month - January 18, 2012 - Jim Bailey

Jim Bailey loves to perform and has done so for many years. He made his debut in the Las Vegas entertainment scene in 1970. He is a character actor who sings, and is still going strong thirty years later!

Jim Bailey, internationally acclaimed singer, character actor, comedian, has been spellbinding audiences for years. He has appeared in the world’s top venues including New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Palladium, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, and over sixteen main showrooms in the top casinos in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Mr. Bailey has elevated the art of character acting to heights never seen previously or since.

An accomplished singer (with an operatic background from Philadelphia Conservatory of Music), as well as a brilliant make-up artist, Mr. Bailey spends numerous hours preparing for each show. In doing so, he is able to recreate the visual presence and vocal techniques of the legendary ladies he brings to the stage. His acting skill, combined with his mastery of voice, make-up, and costumes, put him in a class all his own. The many high points of Mr. Bailey’s career include command performances for Prince Charles and Princess Diana (December 1992), H.M. Queen Elizabeth, and four U.S. Presidents. Mr. Bailey performed, in the very special recreation of the Mother and Daughter Concert, as Judy Garland alongside Liza Minnelli. Minnelli stated in the introduction that, “Angels gave [Jim] a special talent…” Another highlight includes Mr. Bailey’s performance as Barbra Streisand for Barbra Streisand, in which she led the standing ovation at the conclusion of the performance.

He has also appeared in motion pictures including, “Vultures In Paradise”, “Blind Rage”, “The Surrogate” and Woody Allen’s “Zelig”. Mr. Bailey has two best selling albums, “Jim Bailey Live At Carnegie Hall” and “Voices” which showcase his vocal talents. Mr. Bailey’s theatrical work include “Tallulah & Tennessee”, “Me And Jezebel”, “Mae West At The Club El Fey”, “Nightclub Confidential”, “Jeffrey”, “The Boyfriend”, “The Diary Of Anne Frank”, “Bells Are Ringing”, “The Cave Dwellers” and “Fragile Fire” (directed by Paul Winfield). From 1998 to 1999, Mr. Bailey performed in his theater (The Jim Bailey Theater) in Palm Springs.

Jim Bailey has received numerous awards for his artistry. These include the Peoples Choice Award, Las Vegas Performer of the Year (five time recipient), the International Press Association Award (two time recipient), the Variety Club Award, and numerous other theater awards and honors. Mr. Bailey’s charitable work includes benefits for the American Cancer Society, the Heart Fund, Multiple Sclerosis, Handicapped Children and AIDS organizations throughout the world.

 

For More on Jim: www.jimbaileyweb.com