Why DragTots, Inner Demons, and Falling in Love With Yourself (W/ Mijon Zulu, Nick Probst, Eric Sosa, and Lolo Borella)
What a week! Inner demons were rampant on both franchises. We learned about polydactylism. We still have no idea what the game within a game is. We learned about colorism in the black community. We got all the elder energy from Tabitha, Vannessa Van Cartier and Fred Van Leer’s come to Jesus monologue to Love Masisi. And, now that World of Wonder is done advertising Drag Tots, maybe we can get back to our regular drag programming? Unclear. Either way, this week’s filler All Stars episode was luckily balanced out by a stellar submission from Drag Race Holland. Apparently, Europe is still the moment. Sadly this week, we say goodbye to our fabulous summer intern. Celia, we love you and miss you already. Thank you for elevating the Huntys to higher heights. Also, on the pod today we have two queer creatives that are making uplifting spaces in Amersterdam and Brooklyn, NY! Eric Sosa, the bar and venue owner of C'mon Everybody and Good Judy talks to us about how he opened a queer Brooklyn bar in the middle of the pandemic. Friend of the pod Lolo Borella (formerly Beniza) joins us to get all those boots on the ground tea from Holland.
- This was literally the worst episode of this season.
- Is this Drag Race or just a really long Drag Tots advertisement??
- Kylie Sonique Love’s positive energy is EVERYTHING!
- Eureka was a fighter during that lip-sync.
- We have no time for complaining!
- Ginger Minj and Trinity K. Bonet had amazing characters.
- Ra’Jah O’Hara’s joy is MAGNETIC!
- Reggy B can GET IT!
- Holland is serving so much trade.
- Is Tabitha’s personality getting lost in translation?
- Drag queens NEED to have a sense of humor.
- I’m sorry but...what is an Instagram queen??
- Vanessa Van Cartier is Envy Peru’s drag mom and we can feel that same warmth.
- Love Masisi talking about colorism touched our hearts.
- My Little Puny and Keta Minaj better be the top 2!!
About our guests
Eric Sosa is a queer Puerto Rican bar and venue owner based in NYC for 20+ years. Mr. Sosa got his start in entertainment working professionally on stage and transitioned to venue programming in the mid-2000s. He has played an integral role in music programming at various venues across NYC including the acclaimed Zipper Theatre and Galapagos Art Space. In addition to venue programming, Mr. Sosa has helped navigate the careers of artists under the management moniker Monarch Artists. His desire to create inclusive queer spaces led him to open C'mon Everybody in 2015 and the recently opened Good Judy in 2020.
Lolo Benzina is an Italian (now almost Dutch) creative. After 16 years of working as a successful choreographer and modern dancer, Lolo got tired of the narrow confines that define the performing arts and began to flourish in the nightlife scene where a larger audience could be reached with more innovative performances.
In 2015, Lolo was asked by Jennifer Hopelezz to organize Superball, a fierce battle of drag kings and queens. Today, this legendary event continues to influence queer and drag culture throughout Holland as well as Europe (No, really. It is now the biggest international Drag Ball in Europe), organized by Lolo, DjPrisz (Priss), Darling Peter, and Maayan Bengal.
Lolo is the mother of the Vipers Squat through which she creates performance spaces and acts for many parties and festivals (Wasteland, Lowlands, Oerol festival). She is also a resident queen for Club Church and the House of Hopelezz, resident stylist for the team at Funhouse (Rapido Events), and has performed at parties in Paris, Istanbul, Italy, Belgium, and, basically, all over Europe.
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