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RAYCEEN PENDARVIS



QUEEN OF THE SHAMELESS PLUG
ENTERTAINER • SPEAKER
HOST • EMCEE • MODERATOR

Bookings: AskRayceen@gmail.com




“I feel that I am walking in my purpose and standing in my light.”

- Rayceen Pendarvis


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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PRESS

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.

Rayceen Pendarvis
Press Room

MAGAZINES

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Welcome to the Ball: The World of WIG OUT!

“WHY WE WALK: Voices of the DC Ballroom”
July 27, 2017
From the acclaimed author of The Brother/Sister Trilogy and Choir Boy comes a mesmerizing trip into the heart of African-American drag ball culture; a play about loyalty, belonging, and dominating your doubters.  WIG OUT! is a dazzling spectacle about the timeless desires to be desired, find your home, and dominate anyone who throws you shade.  The play is scheduled to run from July 12, 2017 to August 20, 2017 at the Studio Theatre in Washington, DC.

Studio Theatre is Washington’s premier venue for contemporary theatre, “where local audiences will find today’s edgiest playwrights” (Variety).  Studio produces the work of today’s greatest writers, augmented by occasional productions of modern classics.  Studio's work is marked by its emphasis on excellence in acting and design, and the signature intimacy of its four theatres, all of which seat fewer than 225 patrons.  The quality of this work has been recognized over its 38-year history by sustained community support and 60 Helen Hayes Awards for excellence in professional theatre.

Project Briggs, Inc. Newsletter

“ON MY GRIND! - Q&A with Rayceen Pendarvis”
July 2017
Project Briggs, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and public charity foundation whose mission is to provide leadership, improve capacity building, communication, promote and to assist urban projects through innovative fundraising activities and
advocacy. 

Metro Weekly

“Pulse: One Year Later”
June 15, 2017
Metro Weekly is a glossy magazine read by more than 55,000 people in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. The weekly periodical has served the local gay and lesbian community since May 1994 and currently has the distinction of being the largest and longest continuously-running LGBT publication and website in the region! The print edition is published every Thursday and copies may be picked up for free at more than 500 distribution points. Metro Weekly is nationally recognized for its lively feature stories and interviews and readers also turn to the magazine for its reliable news coverage, community event calendars, nightlife guides, and timely reviews that cover the District's rich arts and entertainment scene.

2017 Capital Pride Guide – Unapologetically Proud!

“Our Lives. Our Stories. Celebrating 23 Years of Incredible Q&A's (and portraits) - Metro Weekly”
June 08-11, 2017
The Official Capital Pride Guide holds a special place in the hearts of members of the national capital region’s LGBTA community.  Each year, The Capital Pride Guide provides in-depth, moving interviews and articles highlighting local and regional residents and organizations.   It also showcases significant events and activities for the LGBTA community in the national capital region throughout the year, through the HAVEPRIDE365 campaign.  The Capital Pride Guide is also saved by many as their annual keepsake, as well as for a directory resource referenced throughout the year.

2017 Say I Do! LGBT Wedding Expo Magazine

“Meet The Host – Rayceen Pendarvis”
Summer 2017 - June 03, 2017
Say I Do! was founded to give LGBTQ couples a forum to meet LGBTQ-affirming vendors who are ready, willing and able to make wedding dreams come true whether its bride-bride or groom-groom!  No need for LGBTQ couples to "come out" to each vendor, Say I Do! is a place where their love is accepted, affirmed and celebrated!

Metro Weekly 

“Out On The Town – The AskRayceen Show”
May 04, 2017
Metro Weekly is a glossy magazine read by more than 55,000 people in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. The weekly periodical has served the local gay and lesbian community since May 1994 and currently has the distinction of being the largest and longest continuously-running LGBT publication and website in the region! The print edition is published every Thursday and copies may be picked up for free at more than 500 distribution points. Metro Weekly is nationally recognized for its lively feature stories and interviews and readers also turn to the magazine for its reliable news coverage, community event calendars, nightlife guides, and timely reviews that cover the District's rich arts and entertainment scene.

Metro Weekly 

“Welcome to Forum, Metro Weekly’s newest section”
March 02, 2017

Metro Weekly is a glossy magazine read by more than 55,000 people in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. The weekly periodical has served the local gay and lesbian community since May 1994 and currently has the distinction of being the largest and longest continuously-running LGBT publication and website in the region! The print edition is published every Thursday and copies may be picked up for free at more than 500 distribution points. Metro Weekly is nationally recognized for its lively feature stories and interviews and readers also turn to the magazine for its reliable news coverage, community event calendars, nightlife guides, and timely reviews that cover the District's rich arts and entertainment scene.

Metro Weekly 

“Dear President Trump...
Letters from the LGBT community to the incoming 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump”
January 19, 2017
Below you will find the "online version" of the letter written by Rayceen Pendarvis, followed by the full article in its original format.
Metro Weekly is a glossy magazine read by more than 55,000 people in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. The weekly periodical has served the local gay and lesbian community since May 1994 and currently has the distinction of being the largest and longest continuously-running LGBT publication and website in the region! The print edition is published every Thursday and copies may be picked up for free at more than 500 distribution points. Metro Weekly is nationally recognized for its lively feature stories and interviews and readers also turn to the magazine for its reliable news coverage, community event calendars, nightlife guides, and timely reviews that cover the District's rich arts and entertainment scene.

Metro Weekly 

“The Calling”
December 01, 2016
Metro Weekly is a glossy magazine read by more than 55,000 people in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. The weekly periodical has served the local gay and lesbian community since May 1994 and currently has the distinction of being the largest and longest continuously-running LGBT publication and website in the region! The print edition is published every Thursday and copies may be picked up for free at more than 500 distribution points. Metro Weekly is nationally recognized for its lively feature stories and interviews and readers also turn to the magazine for its reliable news coverage, community event calendars, nightlife guides, and timely reviews that cover the District's rich arts and entertainment scene.

Metro Weekly 

“20 black LGBT leaders discuss the new African American history museum
- This is our museum. It's our history”
September 22, 2016
Metro Weekly is a glossy magazine read by more than 55,000 people in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. The weekly periodical has served the local gay and lesbian community since May 1994 and currently has the distinction of being the largest and longest continuously-running LGBT publication and website in the region! The print edition is published every Thursday and copies may be picked up for free at more than 500 distribution points. Metro Weekly is nationally recognized for its lively feature stories and interviews and readers also turn to the magazine for its reliable news coverage, community event calendars, nightlife guides, and timely reviews that cover the District's rich arts and entertainment scene.

RizeUp! Magazine

“The Morning Tea Show”
Summer 2016
RizeUp! is a creative, urban, intellectual socially forward magazine produced by National Youth Pride Services and available exclusively via their mobile app (with limited content published on their official website). 

Articles are written by members, alumni, supporters and friends of NYPS.  The opinions, beliefs and attitudes expressed by their membership is supported by NYPS wholeheartedly and every effort is made to not censor items featured in the publication.

RizeUp! magazine is determined to showcase the best the community has to offer.  The publication firmly believes that this is their/our one SHINING moment to RizeUp!

Metro Weekly 

“Pride Amid Mourning: Capital Pride refuses to bow to fear”
June 16, 2016
Metro Weekly is a glossy magazine read by more than 55,000 people in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. The weekly periodical has served the local gay and lesbian community since May 1994 and currently has the distinction of being the largest and longest continuously-running LGBT publication and website in the region! The print edition is published every Thursday and copies may be picked up for free at more than 500 distribution points. Metro Weekly is nationally recognized for its lively feature stories and interviews and readers also turn to the magazine for its reliable news coverage, community event calendars, nightlife guides, and timely reviews that cover the District's rich arts and entertainment scene.

2016 Capital Pride Guide

“Capital Pride Heroes”
June 2016
The Official Capital Pride Guide holds a special place in the hearts of members of the national capital region’s LGBTA community.  Each year, The Capital Pride Guide provides in-depth, moving interviews and articles highlighting local and regional residents and organizations.   It also showcases significant events and activities for the LGBTA community in the national capital region throughout the year, through the HAVEPRIDE365 campaign.  The Capital Pride Guide is also saved by many as their annual keepsake, as well as for a directory resource referenced throughout the year.

RizeUp! Magazine

“50 Winners Who Are Helping Others Win”
February 14, 2016
RizeUp! is a creative, urban, intellectual socially forward magazine produced by National Youth Pride Services and available exclusively via their mobile app (with limited content published on their official website). 

Articles are written by members, alumni, supporters and friends of NYPS.  The opinions, beliefs and attitudes expressed by their membership is supported by NYPS wholeheartedly and every effort is made to not censor items featured in the publication.

RizeUp! magazine is determined to showcase the best the community has to offer.  The publication firmly believes that this is their/our one SHINING moment to RizeUp!

Ngoma Center for Dance FY15 Annual Report

“In The Community”
January 26, 2016
Ngoma Center for Dance (N-Go-mah) is a 501(c)3 arts organization whose mission is to provide a conduit between multicultural dance artists and their enthusiasts, across generations and social classes, with a deeper understanding of the art of dance through intense community integration, inspirational performance, competitive training, and artist development.  Their vision is to present a performing dance company known locally, nationally and internationally for its brilliance in contemporary ballet and innovative dance works; train all students with the utmost refinement and education best-practices; and to enrich the lives of communities through their love of dance and theatre.

Tagg Magazine 

“Team Rayceen Showcases Their Talent at Artomatic”
December 3, 2015
Tagg Magazine is an innovative, queer women focused magazine that is distributed throughout the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. Their readers are a diverse group of queer women from young professionals to those with established families who recognize a strong need for more coverage of the DC Metropolitan Area lesbian community.

    SWERV Magazine 

“THIS IS LUV”
March/April 2015
SWERV Magazine is a national lifestyle periodical, celebrating the culture and community of African American Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) people throughout the country. Launched in the Winter of 2008 as a quarterly publication, SWERV features same-gender-loving men and women in literature, music, visual and performing arts, film, television, sports, politics, and more. The publication also includes sections on fashion, health & fitness, news, travel, special events, and advice, courtesy of Rayceen Pendarvis.

Tagg Magazine 

“The Ask Rayceen Show”
March 25, 2015
Tagg Magazine is an innovative, queer women focused magazine that is distributed throughout the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. Their readers are a diverse group of queer women from young professionals to those with established families who recognize a strong need for more coverage of the DC Metropolitan Area lesbian community.

Environmental Factor  

“Program highlights issues and progress in transgender health disparity”
July 2014
The Environmental Factor is produced monthly by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), Office of Communications and Public Liaison.  The Factor is NIEHS’ premier newsletter highlighting science-related activities involving the institute, including articles about lectures, meetings, scientific accomplishments, and special events of interest here and at our supporting institutions.

Metro Weekly 

“Spiritual Engagement”
May 22, 2014
Metro Weekly is a glossy magazine read by more than 55,000 people in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. The weekly periodical has served the local gay and lesbian community since May 1994 and currently has the distinction of being the largest and longest continuously-running LGBT publication and website in the region! The print edition is published every Thursday and copies may be picked up for free at more than 500 distribution points. Metro Weekly is nationally recognized for its lively feature stories and interviews and readers also turn to the magazine for its reliable news coverage, community event calendars, nightlife guides, and timely reviews that cover the District's rich arts and entertainment scene.

    SWERV Magazine 

“Winter Meltdown 2014: The 2nd Time Around!”
March/April 2014
SWERV Magazine is a national lifestyle periodical, celebrating the culture and community of African American Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) people throughout the country. Launched in the Winter of 2008 as a quarterly publication, SWERV features same-gender-loving men and women in literature, music, visual and performing arts, film, television, sports, politics, and more. The publication also includes sections on fashion, health & fitness, news, travel, special events, and advice, courtesy of Rayceen Pendarvis.

Metro Weekly 

“Honor recognizes contributions to D.C.'s LGBT community”
November 03, 2013
Metro Weekly is a glossy magazine read by more than 55,000 people in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. The weekly periodical has served the local gay and lesbian community since May 1994 and currently has the distinction of being the largest and longest continuously-running LGBT publication and website in the region! The print edition is published every Thursday and copies may be picked up for free at more than 500 distribution points. Metro Weekly is nationally recognized for its lively feature stories and interviews and readers also turn to the magazine for its reliable news coverage, community event calendars, nightlife guides, and timely reviews that cover the District's rich arts and entertainment scene.

SWERV Magazine 

“Ballroom: Icons, Legends and Much More!”
Spring 2013
SWERV Magazine is a national lifestyle periodical, celebrating the culture and community of African American Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) people throughout the country.  Launched in the Winter of 2008 as a quarterly publication, SWERV features same-gender-loving men and women in literature, music, visual and performing arts, film, television, sports, politics, and more.  The publication also includes sections on fashion, health & fitness, news, travel, special events, and advice, courtesy of Rayceen Pendarvis.

Bonus Material

Click below to view exclusive behind the scenes footage of SWERV MAGAZINE's historic 2013 photo-shoot in celebration of Ball Culture Month featuring The Royal House of iconic Ballroom Legends, iconic fashion designer Douglas Says and celebrity photographer Mike Ruiz as well as video footage of the official cover launch red carpet affair in New York City.



SWERV Magazine Spring 2013
Official Cover Launch


On Thursday, April 18, 2013, SWERV Magazine in association with Global Network of Black Pride proudly commemorated the month of April as 'Ball Culture Month' by celebrating the 2013 Spring Issue with an exclusive VIP Launch. Guests in attendance were Icon and Legend Cover Models; Tracy Africa, Rayceen Pendarvis, Leiomy Prodigy, Roxxy Evisu, David Ultima-Xtravaganza, Robbie St. Laurent, the cover's Celebrity Photographer, Mike Ruiz, Fashion Designer, Douglas Says, SWERV Magazine Publisher Jamil Fletcher, SWERV Magazine Fashion Editor Yarde' Noir, Wade Davis, DeMarco Majors, Yancey Edwards Balenciaga, Laurence Pinckney, Marco Hall, Christian Ruart, James Saunders, the Cast of the web series, 'No Shade', Wolfgang Busch & all of the Houses of New York.

Nathan Hale Williams served as host for the evening with
Allie Rocwell covering the red carpet.  Click below to view video coverage of the red carpet affair at The Splash Bar
in New York City,

Metro Weekly 

“SCENE - Miss Ziegfeld's 2012 Pageant”
October 13, 2011
Metro Weekly is a glossy magazine read by more than 55,000 people in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. The weekly periodical has served the local gay and lesbian community since May 1994 and currently has the distinction of being the largest and longest continuously-running LGBT publication and website in the region! The print edition is published every Thursday and copies may be picked up for free at more than 500 distribution points. Metro Weekly is nationally recognized for its lively feature stories and interviews and readers also turn to the magazine for its reliable news coverage, community event calendars, nightlife guides, and timely reviews that cover the District's rich arts and entertainment scene.

Metro Weekly 

“Highlights from DC Black Pride 2010”
June 04, 2010
Metro Weekly is a glossy magazine read by more than 55,000 people in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. The weekly periodical has served the local gay and lesbian community since May 1994 and currently has the distinction of being the largest and longest continuously-running LGBT publication and website in the region! The print edition is published every Thursday and copies may be picked up for free at more than 500 distribution points. Metro Weekly is nationally recognized for its lively feature stories and interviews and readers also turn to the magazine for its reliable news coverage, community event calendars, nightlife guides, and timely reviews that cover the District's rich arts and entertainment scene.

Metro Weekly 

“Fun in the Sun: 2006 D.C. Black Pride Festival”
May 28, 2006
Metro Weekly is a glossy magazine read by more than 55,000 people in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. The weekly periodical has served the local gay and lesbian community since May 1994 and currently has the distinction of being the largest and longest continuously-running LGBT publication and website in the region! The print edition is published every Thursday and copies may be picked up for free at more than 500 distribution points. Metro Weekly is nationally recognized for its lively feature stories and interviews and readers also turn to the magazine for its reliable news coverage, community event calendars, nightlife guides, and timely reviews that cover the District's rich arts and entertainment scene.

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