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RAYCEEN PENDARVIS



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

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“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
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NEWSPAPERS

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The Beacon/DC Edition

“Ask Rayceen Comes To Wellness Centers”
September 2017
The Beacon Newspapers is a family-owned business dedicated to providing well-written, useful information of interest to people 50 and over and their families.  Free monthly print editions of the Beacon cover the Greater Washington, DC area, the Greater Baltimore, Maryland area, Howard County, Maryland, and the Coachella Valley area where Palm Springs, California is located.  The Beacon’s award-winning content covers health, financial, career, housing, travel and arts topics, as well as local events and feature stories.

The Hill Rag

“Mayor's Arts Awards Finalists”
September 4, 2017
The Hill Rag is the community newspaper of record for Ward 6 in Washington, DC, and takes pride in delivering a wide variety of news from the Capitol Hill neighborhood.  The Hill Rag is also the flagship publication of Capital Community News.  The periodical is published monthly in print and daily online.

The Washington Blade

“Arts and Entertainment – Capital Pride Festival”
June 16, 2017
The Washington Blade is an award-winning LGBT news source with a large online following.  Founded in 1969 as a black & white one-sheet community newsletter, the Blade has continuously served as America’s Gay News Source. Readers locally and around the world rely on its unmatched coverage of LGBT issues, earning the paper the moniker “Newspaper of Record for the LGBT Community.”  A significant chapter in its history occurred when the Blade was selected to join the pool rotation for the White House Press Corps, thus becoming the first LGBT publication to participate in these duties.

The Washington Blade

“Best of Gay DC XV”
October 21, 2016
The Washington Blade is an award-winning LGBT news source with a large online following.  Founded in 1969 as a black & white one-sheet community newsletter, the Blade has continuously served as America’s Gay News Source. Readers locally and around the world rely on its unmatched coverage of LGBT issues, earning the paper the moniker “Newspaper of Record for the LGBT Community.”  A significant chapter in its history occurred when the Blade was selected to join the pool rotation for the White House Press Corps, thus becoming the first LGBT publication to participate in these duties.

The Washington Blade

“Capital Pride Announces 2016 Award Recipients”
May 20, 2016

The Washington Blade

“Steamy ’Triangle’ to be screened”
January 01, 2016

 

The Washington Blade

“Arts & Entertainment”
October 02, 2015

 

The Washington Blade

“'PHOTOS: ‘Paris is Burning’ anniversary”
September 29, 2015

The Washington Blade

“'Paris is Burning' celebrates silver anniversary: Reel Affirmations revives 1990 gay classic”
September 25, 2015

The Washington Blade

“Our Heroes 2015 – Exhibit on history of AIDS in D.C. on display”
September 11, 2015

Washington Informer

“Poets Follow Path of Rich, Black Tradition: ButtaFlySoul Hosts Poetry Slam During Black Pride”
May 28, 2015 - June 03, 2015
The Washington Informer Newspaper Co. Inc. is a multimedia organization and publisher of The Washington Informer, a weekly newspaper reaching over 50,000 readers each week with their award-winning print edition. Founded in 1964 by Dr. Calvin Rolark, the Informer was created to highlight positive images of African Americans. Today, the publication continues to only do positive news as they strive to EDUCATE, EMPOWER, and INFORM their readers. At the 2011 Second Annual Ethnic Media Awards competition, the Informer received first-place honors for feature writing and local news. The newspaper also sponsors the annual Washington Informer Spelling Bee.

The Washington Blade

“Queery: 20 Questions for Rayceen Pendarvis”
May 01, 2015

The Washington Blade

“A low-key Black Pride”
May 26, 2011

The Washington Blade

“SOCIALAGENDA: Black Pride Health & Wellness Festival”
June 04, 2010

The Washington Blade

“Black Pride Fashion Show”
June 02, 2010

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