Around midnight on Saturday, September 17th, popular Gayborhood performer Kemar Jewel arrived at Woody’s with some friends to celebrate a successful FringeArts gig he’d just finished. To his surprise, for the first time in seven years of regular patronage of the bar, he was rejected at the door — and the reason puzzled him: Jewel was told he could not enter because he was wearing Adidas trackpants and sneakers.
“The bouncer told me that they couldn’t let me in with sweatpants and sneakers because that’s their policy,” Jewel, 25, says. “I was outraged … a place that I’ve called home for years had now flipped the script on me.” Read more »
A scene from “Vogue Ball Tango.”
Philly choreographer and performer Kemar Jewel dropped a new video last week that features a hot fusion of Broadway, tango, voguing, and ballroom culture with some familiar faces. Read more »
Sometimes when we hear from our readers, we can’t help but share their good news. Today is one of those days.
Earlier this afternoon, we received the following Tweet from Kemar Jewel (@K_Jewel), celebrating his graduation from Temple University:
Mr. Jewel, a choreographer whose work has appeared on MSBNC and Huffington Post, amongst other outlets, is surely owning those silver heels #LikeABoss. Congrats on your graduation, and on working those shoes like no one else!
Check out some of his work in the clip below:
The 10-week Mr. Everything pageant came to a close last night at Tabu, and the Attic Youth Center‘s Kemar Jewel was crowned winner.
The competition, helmed by Josh Schonewolf, sought to find Philly’s best male-identified performer. Fifteen contestants competed, performing everything from pole-dancing to comedy to testosterone-forward drag in the hopes of becoming the winner. In the end, though, it was Jewel who woo’d judges with his energetic performances and gravity-defying ballroom-dancing skills.
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Local dancer and choreographer—and one of our LGBT Six-Word memoirists—Kemar Jewel just tweeted us this fab video of him and some fellow dancers voguing all over SEPTA.
He starts at Walnut and Locust on the Broad Street Line and manages to vogue all over town—in the train cars, in subway corridors, on steps—everywhere. He tells me they shot at noon one day, but somehow he managed to film it without having any passengers in the way. “Just know it was a lot of planning, patience, and prayer.”
In a statement to Huffington Post, he says he did the video to show that “anywhere can be a performance area. … I am a member of Philadelphia’s Black Gay Ballroom Scene and I wanted to showcase all of its creativity and talent. Also, since voguing and the Ballroom Scene is an ‘underground scene,’ why not put it underground, literally!”
Check out the video above, and keep in mind that it contains language that may be offensive to some viewers.
Performers and leaders from the Attic Youth Center are leading a unique “cyberqueer performance expedition” at this year’s Philly Tech Week. Led by local choreographer Marcel Williams Foster (The Jane Goodall Experience), GPS Bodies is an improvisational dance work/scavenger hunt that’s driven by audience interaction on Twitter.
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