In conversation with Untitled Queen about Untitled (America), drag show celebrating the Real Queer American Revolution

Poster for “UNTITLED (AMERICA)⁣

50 States. 1 Territory. 1 Drag Artist per State. All Queer People of Color. Premiering July 4th, 2020 | 5PM EST. Streaming on Twitch.tv/UntitledShow

Untitled (America) is an art drag experience asking what does it mean to be an American Queer Person of Color today? On the “holiday” of this nation’s birth, our art is in direct response to the racism, slavery, genocide, and white supremacy enacted at this country’s creation.

Below my conversation with Drag Artist and Curator Untitled Queen:

Untitled Queen by Andy Boyle

Francesco Ferranti: Good afternoon Untitled. Thanks for reaching out and talking to me about this amazing initiative. Can you first of all introduce yourself? 

Untitled Queen: My name is Untitled Queen. I use whatever pronouns. I am a Boricua-Filipino artist, drag queen, community organiser, based in Brooklyn-NYC. I am also a resident performer at Sasha Velour’s Nightgowns , which is the subject of a docu-series now streaming on Quibi.

Francesco Ferranti: What’s the genesis of “Untitled (America)”?

Untitled Queen: The idea for the show “Untitled (America)” came before what is happening right now with the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement. All my drag practice has always been centered in uplifting and providing a platform for Black, Brown and PoC artists. My close friend Horrorchata, who is also in the show, does Yes Mama and Latinx-focused parties. However, in the last few years we became more explicit and very direct in highlighting these voices. The emphasis of the show came in response to the change to the digital landscape cause of COVID-19, and to the opportunity of engaging with a wider and more gender-diverse number of performers.

Through the diversity of representation in region and style, we hope to show that there are many answers to what it means to be an American: where hope, anger, power, resilience, protest, change, love, kindness, apathy, pain, celebration, condemnation, questioning, investigating, and honoring intermingle. The show is by no means comprehensive or exhaustive.

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We’ll have you seeing STARS! Cast announcement PART 1 of 3 for UNTITLED (AMERICA)⁣. 50 States. 1 Territory. 1 Drag Artist per State. All Queer People of Color. Premiering July 4th, 2020. Twitch.tv/UntitledShow.⁣ ⁣ Meet the first 17 of our 52 incredible drag artists from across the country. Follow them and see what wonderful star is representing your state. ⁣ ⁣ Alaska – Glenn Coco / @Glenn.coco.official⁣ Arkansas – Kitty Kouture / @Thatkittygrrrl⁣ Connecticut – Robin Fierce / @TheRobinFierce⁣ D.C. – Ricky Rosé / @kinggrickyyrosee⁣ Florida – Cherub Borne / @Cherubborne⁣ Idaho – Vice / @vicesquiwlybones⁣ Louisiana – Laveau Contraire / @laveaucontraire⁣ Minnesota – Julia Starr / @Julia_Starr__⁣ Nevada – Lynn Troller / @lynntroller⁣ New Hampshire – Arabella The Goddess / @Arabella_TheGoddess ⁣ New Jersey – Olivia Lux / @theolivialux⁣ North Carolina – Vivica C. Coxx / @vivicaccoxx⁣ Ohio – Robyn DaCultyre / @HailRobyn⁣ South Carolina – Erica Chanel / @TheEricaChanel⁣ Utah – Mona Diet / @monadietslc⁣ West Virginia – Giselle Dior / @diordiva1⁣ Wisconsin – Anya Knees / @theonlyanyaknees ⁣ Video by @nickalciati ⁣ Benefitting @digdeepwater #NavajoWaterProject #UntitledAmerica #Queer #BlackLivesMatter #BlackTransLivesMatter #Indigenous #TheNavajoWaterProject #Drag #LGBTQIA #QTPOC #OpenCaptions #Accessibility #4thofJuly

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Francesco Ferranti: Which Selection Criteria did you use for the show?: 

United Queen: My criteria for choosing each drag artist was: 1. Each drag artist had to be a person of color. 

2. I wanted each drag artist (drag queen, drag king, non-binary, everything between and beyond) to be currently living in and performing in their state/territory. They did not have to be born in that state. I had this stipulation because I wanted the artist to reflect, be a part of, and contribute to their immediate community. 

3. I wanted an artist that had not been on television or was a living legend in their State/Territory. I was looking for artists who did not have the opportunity for as much exposure or for their voice to be amplified.

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Cast PART 2 of 3 for UNTITLED (AMERICA)⁣! 50 States. 1 Territory. 1 Drag Artist per State. All Queer People of Color. Premiering July 4th, 2020. Twitch.tv/UntitledShow.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Meet the next 18 of our 52 incredible drag artists from across the country. Follow them and see what wonderful star is representing your state. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Alabama – Queen Brown Suga Spice / @queenbrownsugaspice⁣ Colorado – Coco Bardot / @theecocobardot⁣ Georgia – King Perka $exxx Com-Fury / @kingperkasex⁣ Hawaii – Gdolce / @gdolce⁣ Indiana – Miss Thang / @theerealmissthang⁣ Iowa – Majesty Jekyll and Daddy Hyde / @mj_daddyhyde⁣ Kentucky – Leah Halston / @lelehalston⁣ Maryland – Chris Jay / @chrisjayphoto⁣ Montana – Octavia Octave / @the_queenoctavia⁣ Nebraska – Tia Pet / @tia.pet⁣ New Mexico – Lady Shug / @ladyshugdrag⁣ New York – Horrorchata / @horrorchatanyc⁣ North Dakota – Nicole Black / @miss__nicole__black⁣ Oklahoma – Topatío / @latinx_okc⁣ Oregon – Destiny Smokez / @officiallydestinysmokez⁣ Puerto Rico – Adi Love / @iloveadilove⁣ Texas – Papi Churro / @papichurroatx⁣ Washington – Rowan Ruthless / @thequeenrowan⁣ ⁣⁣ Video by @nickalciati ⁣⁣ Benefitting @digdeepwater #NavajoWaterProject⁣ #UntitledAmerica #Queer #BlackLivesMatter #BlackTransLivesMatter #Indigenous #TheNavajoWaterProject #Drag #LGBTQIA #QTPOC #OpenCaptions #Accessibility #4thofJuly

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Francesco Ferranti: What does Drag mean to you, both as a political tool and art form?:

Untitled Queen: Drag has always been a community art project, which gives a platform for activism and social change. Drag as an art form also is rooted, started and created by Black Trans People. We have to give back to our ancestors. 

Francesco Ferranti: The show will be benefiting The Navajo Water Project – @digdeepwater . Can you tell more about the cause? How did you discover this initiative? 

Untitled Queen: The Navajo Project is an Indigenous-led community-managed utility alternative that brings hot and cold running water to homes without access to water or sewer lines for Indigenous communities in Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. I discovered the project through Indigenous activist Allen aka @lilnativeboy . I usually tie the events I produce and curate to charitable causes. 

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Join us 1 week from today! Here is our final cast announcement PART 3 of 3 for UNTITLED (AMERICA)⁣. 50 States. 1 Territory. 1 Drag Artist per State. All Queer People of Color. Premiering July 4th, 2020. Twitch.tv/UntitledShow.⁣⁣ 5 PM EDT. ⁣⁣ Meet the remaining 17 of our 52 incredible drag artists from across the country. Follow them and see what wonderful star is representing your state. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Arizona – Té the Diamond / @tethediamond⁣ California – Kornbread / @kornbreadthesnack⁣ Delaware – Amerie Jameson / @you.need.more.jameson⁣ Illinois – Lucy Stoole / @tyislucystoole⁣ Kansas – Amanduh Masters / @amanduhmasters⁣ Maine – Chartreuse Money / @thecharmoney⁣ Massachusetts – Neon / @neoncalypso⁣ Michigan – Emma Sapphire / @emma.sapphire⁣ Mississippi – Lexis Redd D’Ville / @lexisdville⁣ Missouri – Moltyn Decadence / @moltyndecadence⁣ Pennsylvania – Sapphira Cristál / @sapphiracristal⁣ Rhode Island – Onyx / @yung.onyx⁣ South Dakota – Persephone Shakers / @persephoneshakers⁣ Tennessee – Aubrey Ombre / @aubreyboomboom⁣ Vermont – Sasha Sriracha / @sasha_sriracha10⁣ Virginia – Amber Saint Lexington / @_ambersaint⁣ Wyoming – Skarlet Killz / @skarlet_killz⁣ New York 2 – Untitled Queen / @untitledqueen⁣ ⁣⁣ Video by @nickalciati ⁣⁣ Benefitting @digdeepwater #NavajoWaterProject⁣ #UntitledAmerica #Queer #BlackLivesMatter #BlackTransLivesMatter #Indigenous #TheNavajoWaterProject #Drag #LGBTQIA #QTPOC #OpenCaptions #Accessibility #4thofJuly

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Francesco Ferranti: Can you give us a little sneak peak of some of the performances? 

Untitled Queen: So excited to highlight some of the performers in the show. 

Portrait of The Twins, Majesty Jekyll and Daddy Hyde.

Majesty Jekyll and Daddy Hyde [Pronouns: The Twins] / IOWA

Majesty Jekyll and Daddy Hyde are drag twins born from Iowa City but not conceived there. They toy with mixed mediums using art, dance, makeup, fashion, theatre, and poetry to convey their own validation in this queer world. Daddy Hyde is Mr. Gay Iowa City 2020/21. 

Portrait of Adi Love.

Adi Love [Pronouns: She/Her] / Puerto Rico 

I’m Adi Love the “Fashion Puelka “ queen of ratchet couture. Puelka meaning Pig. I’m a trans performer of color here to break the rules of drag , gender and represent the beautiful diversity of identities and bodies in our queer community. I’m here to laugh at taboos and shake shit up . Trust and believe you’ve never met a girl like me.

Portrait of Lady Shug.

Lady Shug [Pronouns: She/They] / New Mexico

Amazing Indigenous Artist from Dine Territory of 4 corners area. Former Miss New Mexico and Las Vegas Nv Pride. From HBO’s SERIES We’re Here. 

Portrait of Queen Brown Suga Spice.

Queen Brown Suga Spice [Pronouns: She/Her] / Alabama

Queen Brown Suga Spice is the Spiciest Bitch in the South. She is located in Birmingham Alabama, fairly new to drag, starting only 5 months ago.

THE SHOW WILL BE  FULLY OPEN CAPTIONED. TUNE IN TODAY 4th JULY at 5PM EDT Twitch.tv/UntitledShow . For more info on how to caption your videos check this video created by Untitled.

For more info:

Navajo Water Project: https://www.navajowaterproject.org

Find more about Untitled’s work on Instagram, Website and YouTube

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