Keeping Ballroom Community Alive Network

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Resolve outstanding NYC summons warrants* on-site, without fear of arrest, for:

· Disorderly Conduct

· Consumption of Alcohol in Public

· Trespass (Violation)

· Littering

· Unlawful Possession of Marijuana

· Various Subway Offenses

· Urinating in Public


Manhattan DA Cyrus R. Vance Jr., Office of Court Administration, Legal Aid Society, and Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem:

Saturday, June 17, 2017

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Bethel Gospel Assembly, Inc.

2 East 120th Street, New York, New York 10035

(between 5th and Madison Avenues)

HASA Community Town Hall Meeting

HASA Community Town Hall Meeting

Tues., June 13th at 4:30 PM

at The Center 208 W. 13th St. (Between 7th and 8th aves)

Join us for the next monthly community town hall forum led by HASA clients for HASA clientsRegister Now!

We will discuss key issue that matter to our community to make sure that we have access to housing!  We also want to learn what key issues and problems that the city should address to help support people living with HIV/AIDS. Join us for a community discussion on:

  • Housing Discrimination - "We Don't Take Programs"
  • Tips on Finding Private Market Apartments
  • and How to Better Advocate at HASA


WHAT:  HASA Community Town Hall

WHEN: Tuesday, June 13th at 4:30PM 

WHERE: The Center 208 W. 13th St. (Between 7th and 8th aves)

TRAIN:  A,C,E or the 2,3 Train to 14th Street

*Dinner and a Metro Card will be provided* 

*To confirm your attendance contact Jason Walker at 917-200-1153 or email Jason@VOCAL-NY.org*


Meet the Organizer: Jamal T. Lewis

Jamal T. Lewis is a multidisciplinary artist, cultural worker and writer living in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, New York, hailing from Atlanta, Georgia. Their work interrogates and explores identity formation, loneliness, ugliness, desire(ability), race, class, gender, and sexuality. Their work has been featured in The LA Times, BuzzFeed, TriBeCa, AFROPUNK, and various other distinguished media publications. They are currently in pre-production for their debut documentary film, No Fats, No Femmes; and, in their free time, Jamal enjoys sleeping, dancing, and laughing with friends.

Jamal is deeply invested in creating and archiving stories that expands and complicates Black history, specifically those of marginalized communities: trans, gender non-conforming, fat, disabled, and various other locators language cannot contain and hold. Put simply, Jamal is a Black faggot who won't hush his-her mouth.

Photo credit: Brandon Nicholas, The Each-Other Project

Meet the Organizer: Timothy Tobias

Timothy Tobias, received a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Service from New York City College of Technology in 2011; shortly thereafter he attended Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College where he obtained a Master of Social Work. He didn’t’ stop there, in 2015 to further enhance his clinical skills and knowledge in social work practice, Timothy enrolled in a Doctorate of Social Work program at Capella University. Currently as a DSWc Timothy is infusing his coursework with vulnerable youth/young adults, particularly in the House Ball Community (HBC) to examine and explore innovative and appealing methods linked to engagement efforts heavily invested in overall health and wellness. Moreover, Timothy help to create the Health Outreach To Teens(HOTT) Youth/Young Adult Outreach Wellness Project at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center. Currently as the project coordinator for the wellness project, Timothy’s responsibilities are aligned with coordinating and facilitating a team of staff members who offers HIV/STI screening and treatment, primary care, PEP/PrEP treatment information, risk reduction and supportive counseling services to youth/young adults in the HBC.

He is known in the HBC as TimPrincess-Lanvin, an influential long participating member and world renowned voguer. Through his outreach efforts as a project coordinator he realizes that traditional HIV prevention paradigms along may not often be fruitful in engaging youth/young adults in the HBC. In response, Tim decided to develop framework enabling a strong connection between the Youth/Young Adult Wellness Project and the youth/young adults of the HBC. Subsequently, Tim has been able to successfully use his unique approaches to effectively engage and encourage youth/young adults of the HBC to take a more overall wellness approach in accessing health care services. He also uses his ballroom affiliation as a platform by creating more culturally sensitive and affirming artistic intervention. For example, Tim along with Martez Smith combine their love for vogue, and role as social workers by developing an appealing intervention called Elements of Vogue Experience. Elements of Vogue Experience is an artistic six session-multidimensional intervention that uses the power and strength within the six elements of vogue as a therapeutic tool to help address commonly known life struggles among youth/young adults in HBC. This intervention’s ultimate goal is aimed at improving the quality of life while adding meaning to the lives of youth/young adults of ballroom.

Meet the Organizer: Jennifer Lee

Ms. Lee is dedicated to making an impact on the world by addressing health inequities, disparities and social determinants of health in disenfranchised communities that experience extreme poverty, economic inequality, limited social support and poor governance.  Through the lens of resiliency, community empowerment, advocacy/social justice movements, community-based participatory research, and a strengths-based approach, her research and work provides a pathway for individuals and communities to make changes through explicit aims at social and political change.  While addressing the social, cultural, political and economic determinants that underpin health, she also seeks to build partnerships with other sectors in finding innovative solutions.

Meet The Organizer: Martez Smith

Martez Smith is a first year PhD student at the University of Rochester, School of Nursing. Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, he developed an interest in research and social justice work by way of the house ball community. His experiences as a member of the House of Evisu, now known as the House of Xclusive-Lanvin, led him to pursue education in social work (The Ohio State University '13, BSW; Long Island University Brooklyn '17, MSW). Currently, Martez is researching the impact of kinship on health disparities among African diaspora LGBTQ communities, and organizing for social justice with the Keeping Ballroom Community Alive Network (KBCAN), which he co-founded in 2015.

Photo credit: Ajamu Ikwe-Tyehimba

The FREEDOM Ball: Keeping The Ki Alive Part 2




Just over a year ago, August 2015, we held the first ever Ballroom Symposium, entitled "Keeping The Community Alive." This year, in following tradition we are hosting an even BIGGER and BETTER event! The 2016 FREEDOM Ball is focused on raising awareness to the history and resilience of Black and Brown people all over the world. And more importantly, focusing on how we manage to survive and thrive, despite social injustices. On October 30, 2016, the Kiki Scene will show the world how we Reclaim the Narrative - how we tell OUR OWN stories... ON THE FLOOR!




School Girl and School Boy: Bring it ready to shake the room with a protest sign

Pretty Boy: Tonight we want you exude what it means to be pretty. The judges want to see you in the name of the ICON Prince's look to push the norms of gender expression.

Executive (MF vs FF): Black Wall Street

BQID: It is the year 2020 and you are the first woman of color to be elected President of the United States. Show us just how presidential you are with your attire and looks tonight.

Fem Queen: Bangy Cunt VS Neo Soul Nubian Goddess




Part I: Formation VS Rhythm Nation

Both Janet Jackson and Beyoncé have brought awareness to social injustice into the mainstream. Tonight, earn your spot to compete as a house with a tribute to Formation and/or Rhythm Nation movements. This should include unified movement in your choreography and a message of justice and liberation. Your production will be scored by the judges on a scale from 1 - 10 for each section on the score sheet (which will be released prior to the ball). The 2 houses with the highest scores will battle for grand prize.

Part II: A Family Affair

Each house will enter 7 people from their production to enter the battle zone. The 7 must have played a dancing role in the production in order to battle.




Did you know that 3 Black queer women founded the Black Lives Matter movement? Tonight, we pay homage to the Black women that have nurtured and cared for our community. In a team of three (3) bring it in one of our most popular freedom movements. The Black Panthers.


The Maasai is a tribe located in the country of Kenya. They are known for their longstanding culture and unique dress style. Show us just how beautiful Black and Brown skin really is. Serve carta in the name of the Maasai Warriors.



Show us how you’re #ReclaimingTheNarrative by giving us a Chant for Freedom



It’s a warzone in these streets and Black and Brown bodies are on the frontline. Bring it in a rogue soldier or militia inspired effect, showing your dedication to fighting oppression.



We’re taking it back to our roots tonight - before we were we colonized. Think tribal: animal pattern, furs, feathers, face/body paint, piercings, hair, embellishments!




2 trophies, 1 grand prize

Tonight is your chance to show the world what it truly means to #ReclaimTheNarrative. Africa is a huge continent with many cultures, traditions, & styles. Bring it in a look of African Royalty. And reclaim the narrative of Black Kings and Queens.


Information regarding tables will be released shortly.