The world lost a pioneer this year when Little Richard passed away on May 9th at the age of 87. Like many black LGBTQ+ people in the entertainment industry, Richard struggled with the narrative around his sexuality but he did confirm on a few occasions that he was indeed a part of the community. Best known for hits like “Tutti Frutti” and “Good Golly, Miss Molly” Richard is a music icon known the world over.
Meshell has been wowing audiences since the 90s with songs like “If That’s Your Boyfriend (He Wasn’t Last Night)” and “Stay”. She was also tapped to pen and perform the theme song entitled “Nova” for “Queen Sugar” in 2016. Meshell is a community treasure and consistently tours the country and world to great acclaim.
Marshall has been on the music scene for over 40 years. He has penned songs for musical greats such as Linda Clifford and Dennis Edwards, he was also a finalist on the 1985-86 season of star search and is the winner of a Joseph Jefferson award for his role in Dream Girls. He has relocated from Chicago to Germany where he continues to make his special brand of global soul music.
Pride month is not complete without Frenchie Davis. Best known for her appearances on American Idol and The Voice as well as a stint on Broadway in “Rent”, Frenchie is known the world over for her powerful and sultry voice. Frenchie is always a headliner at pride celebrations around the country.
Tori Fixx/ Larry Peace
Tori Fixx is one of the most celebrated openly black gay hip hop artists of the past 20 years. He is also a renowned producer and film composer. He was Prince’s personal DJ and now spends most of his time making people dance in Minneapolis and various DJ gigs all over the country. He can be heard spinning online every Sunday as DJ Larry Peace.
Originally from Flint Michigan, Shea penned her first hit song while she was serving 10 years in prison for robbing a convenience store so that she could fund her gender affirmation surgery. Since then she has made a huge splash with songs like “I Am American” and “Don’t Shoot Me”. Shea can be seen all over the country and world on her tour stops.