Rayceen Pendarvis is an emcee, entertainer, activist, SWERV magazine columnist, former ANC Commissioner, and lifelong Washingtonian. Over the years, Pendarvis has hosted numerous fundraisers, pride festivals, arts festivals, talent showcases, fashion shows, balls, and other events. Furhermore, the Queen of the Shameless Plug frequently moderates panels and appears as a panelist at various conferences dealing with social justice and LGBTQ equality. In addition to a regular column in SWERV, Pendarvis also has written articles for Tagg, Unite Virginia, and TUV magazines.
The Goddess of DC has been honored by the community many times over the past several years, including awards from NYC’s Latex Ball, The DC Center for the LGBT Community, Casa Ruby, Empowerment Liberation Cathedral Church, and the Community Church of Washington, DC. In 2016, Capital Pride selected Pendarvis to be a recipient of the Heroes Award and appear in the annual Capital Pride Parade.
Later that year, despite not being ordained or ministering in a traditional capacity, Pendarvis was voted Best Clergy in the Washington Blade’s 2016 Best of Gay DC Awards. A tireless advocate, promoter, and champion of various causes, Pendarvis has earned the monikers “Queen of the Shameless Plug” and the “Goddess of DC.”
Rayceen Pendarvis can be seen regularly as the host of The Ask Rayceen Show, a free, monthly, live event on first Wednesdays (March-November) in DC. In addition to live music, show segments include panel discussions, interviews, competitions, improv comedy, and audience participation games. All are welcome and admission is always FREE.
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The professional career of Rayceen Pendarvis is one that constantly grows and evolves with each new endeavor. Although well known as an openly gay emcee, activist, entertainer, writer, entrepreneur, and so much more, Pendarvis is never interested in limiting professional career boundaries or creative reach. Despite this, “the Earthmother of the Gays” is also very conscious of not abandoning the basic moral integrity that has become the foundation of a meaningful life's work. For this reason, the consciously minded equality advocate has repeatedly refused financially lucrative projects that did not uphold positive values for the LGBT community, or society at large. Only creative ventures that are deemed uplifting and non-stereotypical are given the green light from the Pendarvis camp. This ensures that each new undertaking and every new avenue explored will be represented in the most admirable way. It's especially important since most of the people and causes that Pendarvis is passionate about are greatly undeserved.
With a heartfelt mission and clearly defined goals on the agenda, Pendarvis looks back on a body of work that resonates with meaningful intent. With a strong moral compass to guide the way, and a genuine heartfelt sense of advocacy, Pendarvis declares “I think it's important that you make the time that you're born and the time that you die and the dash in between account for something.” Indeed, Pendarvis is continuously working to make his “dash” in life, a throughly meaningful one!
Below are highlights of the many career endeavors Pendarvis has proudly taken on during the course of an amazing career.
"Nails By Raymond" is the professional slogan that immediately comes to mind whenever clients seek to experience the place where BEAUTIFUL NAILS ARE BORN!!!
When the social calendar of the phenomenal Rayceen Pendarvis is not filled with numerous cultural engagements, you can often find the “Prince of Pampering” at V.S.L. HAIR DESIGN. Conveniently located in the “gay friendly” neighborhood of Dupont Circle, this intimate boutique salon provides a variety of professional services. Specialties include various hair care services, waxing, facials and much more. The ever so charming Raymond (Rayceen's given name at birth), lovingly presides over the professional nail both and delights clients with regular & French manicures, pedicures, nail art designs, natural nails, fill-ins, tips, gel manicures, acrylic nails, silk wraps and much more.
As a Senior Nail Technician, Raymond consistently strives to provide professional high-end quality with a loving down-to-earth flair. Equipped with adequate resources and several decades of experience, clients seek out Raymond's skills because they require a technician who is highly accomplished in their craft. Whether you're a famous celebrity, such as American Idol/The Voice alumnus Frenchie Davis (pictured above) or a random walk-in seeking to “look like a celebrity”, all clients receive the same STAR treatment. Want proof? Here's what clients are saying:
“I've known Raymond for years and he's simply the best! Very hospitable. I'm so grateful to have Raymond as my
“Let me tell you, he is a total gem. Such a great personality, really personable, and a pleasure to talk to throughout my time there. He really made the visit enjoyable. He's absolutely a professional at what he does and knows the best ways to make you feel pretty and relaxed. Aside from the bubbles in my foot bath overflowing, everything was pretty fantastic about the
I went today to have a manicure and it was Amazing. Rayceen was such a joy to work with. Rayceen made it all about me while servicing me. I recommend everyone. I look FWD to my next time.
Rayceen Pendarvis is my ever cheerful pedicurist who loves his job at VSL. I've only had 2 pedicures in my life but I leave his shop feeling renewed and eager to show off my brand new feet.
“You know those people in life you are supposed to meet and when you do, you bless each other. This is one of those people. Thank you Raymond for not only the best manicure I have had in years, but also for the wisdom, hugs and love you shared.”
It's apparent the admiration is mutual! In a heartfelt social media post, Chandler/Pendarvis wrote :
“This evening GOD allowed a young man to sit in my chair name ROY and he showed me that we must always lift and inspire one another!! We had such a joyful fellowship l love my job!”
Indeed, joyful blessings are universally felt by everyone at V.S.L. HAIR DESIGN. The attentive and professional staff are always there to make your day a little bit better and A LOT MORE BEAUTIFUL!
Call today to make your appointment:
202-210-1282 (Raymond/Rayceen's Cell)
V.S.L. HAIR DESIGN
1607 Connecticut Ave., NW
(Near Q Street)
Washington, D.C. 20009
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