Rayceen Pendarvis is an emcee, entertainer, activist, SWERV magazine columnist, former ANC Commissioner, and lifelong Washingtonian. Over the years, Pendarvis has hosted numerous fundraisers, pride festivals, arts festivals, talent showcases, fashion shows, balls, and other events. Furhermore, the Queen of the Shameless Plug frequently moderates panels and appears as a panelist at various conferences dealing with social justice and LGBTQ equality. In addition to a regular column in SWERV, Pendarvis also has written articles for Tagg, Unite Virginia, and TUV magazines.
The Goddess of DC has been honored by the community many times over the past several years, including awards from NYC’s Latex Ball, The DC Center for the LGBT Community, Casa Ruby, Empowerment Liberation Cathedral Church, and the Community Church of Washington, DC. In 2016, Capital Pride selected Pendarvis to be a recipient of the Heroes Award and appear in the annual Capital Pride Parade.
Later that year, despite not being ordained or ministering in a traditional capacity, Pendarvis was voted Best Clergy in the Washington Blade’s 2016 Best of Gay DC Awards. A tireless advocate, promoter, and champion of various causes, Pendarvis has earned the monikers “Queen of the Shameless Plug” and the “Goddess of DC.”
Rayceen Pendarvis can be seen regularly as the host of The Ask Rayceen Show, a free, monthly, live event on first Wednesdays (March-November) in DC. In addition to live music, show segments include panel discussions, interviews, competitions, improv comedy, and audience participation games. All are welcome and admission is always FREE.
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Throughout a magnificent rise to prominence, the iconic Rayceen Pendarvis has always striven to utilize the influential power of the press for positive social change and overall cultural enlightenment. As each request for a personal interview is granted, Pendarvis is once again empowered with a platform to inform the public of issues that are paramount to the LGBT community and society at large. Special emphasis is also placed on harnessing the full power of each media platform – be it television, radio, magazines, etc, - in a strong effort to “shine a light” on causes that are undeserved within the gay community.
Below are some of the media outlets Pendarvis has had the pleasure of conducting in-dept interviews with throughout a long and thriving career.
Rod 2.0 is the brainchild of Rod Mccullom, an international multimedia producer and writer who reports on politics, race, global health & development, and specializes in reporting on HIV/AIDS issues across the Black Diaspora. He began his career as a reporter at The Los Angeles Times and has also written for Scientific American, The Wall Street Journal, NPR OUT.com, MTV/LOGO, MSNBC.com, The Washington Post's The Root, Colorlines, Poz, The Advocate (for which he scored two cover stories) and many others. He has also written and produced for several television shows, including ABC World News Tonight, Good Morning America, Nightline, NBC Chicago, FOX Chicago, and the entertainment show EXTRA.
Throughout his career, Mccullom has been a frequent contributor to Ebony magazine. In fact, his first report for Ebony in 2011 titled "Black Same Sex Couples Raising Kids in the South" was nominated for “Outstanding Magazine Article” by the GLAAD Media Awards. That same year, his blog, Rod 2.0, was also nominated by GLAAD for "Outstanding Weblog" (considered a "very rare" dual nomination). Mccullom is a contributor to the critically-acclaimed and award-winning 2012 anthology For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Still Not Enough as well as the 2010 anthology Obama and the Gays: A Political Marriage. He also authored The New 'West Side Story',
a history of the community-based opposition to the redevelopment of Chicago's Near West Side. An outstanding journalist, McCullom has had the great fortune to have been awarded more than a half dozen international media fellowships in recognition of his work. He has also had the honor of being nominated for an Emmy Award and has four GLAAD Media Award nominations. Most notably, Rod 2.0 won the 2013 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Blog.