Big Freedia Co-Signs T-Shirt Honoring Black LGBTQ+ Celebrities
Black Pride Matters.
Big Freedia took to her Instagram page on Saturday (Nov. 3), to pay homage to contemporary black queer celebrities (including herself). The New Orleans native donned a colorful T-shirt from Rebels + Royals with prominent entertainment figures' names on it. Freedia posted the picture on Instagram with the caption: "#YouAlreadyyyyyyyyKnowwwwww Black Pride Matters."
Names on the shirt include Frank Ocean, Janet Mock, Justin Simien, Amandla Stenberg, Kevin Abstract, Lena Waithe, and Janelle Monae.
The founder behind the shirt's company, Camille Reaves-Andrew is a black queer woman. She established the business three years ago, telling ESSENCE that the design "celebrates the diversity amongst those living the Black experience, especially the Black Queer community."
The University of Cincinnati alum was excited to know that Freedia wore her design, posting to her company's Instagram page, "We’re BOUNCING with excitement, and we just wanna share."
This year has been a breakout one for black LGBTQ+ entertainers since the industry is embracing the marginalized community and its versatility.
Former journalist-turned-author Janet Mock penned FX's hit series Pose, making her the first trans woman of color in history to be hired as a television writer. Podcast host Kid Fury is also teaming up with Master of None star Lena Waithe for an upcoming scripted HBO series.
Big Freedia recently became one of the few openly black queer rappers to experience crossover success when her vocals were featured on Drake's booty-bumping single “Nice for What.” Freedia also made a cameo in his "In My Feelings" video which has since garnered 153 million views on YouTube.
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