The Flea presents in partnership with the Black and Brown Equity Coalition of Fire Island the 2nd Annual Mx. Juneteenth Drag Pageant on Fire Island. The event, celebrating Black drag artistry, takes place at The Ice Palace Resort on Fire Island June 18.
“World culture is influenced by American culture. American culture is influenced by Black culture, and therefore Black culture influences everything. BaBEC is excited to be partnering with The Flea for a celebration of Black liberation and jubilee during the week of Juneteenth. As equity architects, we are empowering Black artists to utilize their multiple mediums of expression to remind everyone who this world's tastemakers really are,” says Tomik Dash, founder and president of the Black and Brown Equity Coalition of Fire Island, in a statement.
The event is one of several programs announced as part of the theatre's line-up of public performances celebrating Juneteenth curated by Ebony Noelle Golden, James Scruggs, and Chanon Judson, who were commissioned to devise the programming. The works are being presented across New York City and Fire Island simultaneously June 11–19, also as part of the Festival of New York, a growing collective of organizations from across the five boroughs.
"Juneteenth marks the beginning of our journey toward liberation, and I’m thrilled The Flea can continue that legacy by commissioning exceptional Black artists, and presenting their work in public spaces for our city," says Flea Artistic Director Niegel Smith.