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.
April 27, 2016 marked the date Rayceen Pendarvis debuted as a radio show co-host. This milestone was later trumped when Pendarvis had the great honor to guest host Inside Out Radio on December 27, 2016, followed by The Lanada Williams Show on January 17, 2017. These career endeavors allowed the veteran host of numerous local events to now reach a much more sizeable audience via national radio airwaves and even greater numbers via online Internet broadcasts.
Below you’ll find a complete archive of these informative shows that deal with a myriad of topics including heavyweight issues involving Civil Rights, Gay Rights, Health & Wellness, and Political issues to much lighter subjects including Cyber Cruising, Culinary Tips, Comedy, and a roundup of the years most notable events.
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Furthermore, you may click below to view an additional archive of Radio Shows where Pendarvis is featured as a guest.
Thursday Night Tea with Alexx & Anthony is a comedy based live Internet radio show broadcasting in the great city of Washington D.C. Alexx Starr is a native Washingtonian and Howard University Alumni. He has also formally studied at the DC Improv and Riot Act comedy schools. A master impressionist, Alexx has been honing his skills for well over four years and performs all over the country and Aruba and St. Lucia. Anthony Oakes hails from North Carolina and attended The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He studied comedy through In Laughing Color’s Comedy Workshop. His southern charm and quick wit have been charming audiences for many years. The combination of Alexx and Anthony is symbiotic in nature; yin and yang. With observational, intelligent, witty, political humor at their fingertips, you are sure to enjoy. Look forward to amazing comedy sets, special guest, political figures, entertainers, community activists and more.
The Lanada Williams Show is all about relationships. Host Lanada Williams, a nationally certified counselor, offers accessible advice for family, friends and lovers. The show aims to help listeners make the most of life, love, and relationships.
WPFW's Inside Out is Washington, DC's only LGBT FM radio show. Airing every Tuesday (from 1pm to 2pm eastern standard time), the program tackles the tough subjects other shows deem too taboo to discuss. From the beginning, WPFW (89.3 FM or online at www.wpfw.org) has been the voice for alternative programming in the Washington metropolitan area. In essence, the station started out, and continues, challenging the norm and passionately serving the under-served of the LGBT community. WPFW has been and continues to be a unique community resource dedicated to aiding the community in a way that only radio can.
The Morning Tea Show is a radio show about empowerment, advice, and motivation. The radio show is produced by National Youth Pride Services, the fastest growing movement for Black LGBTQ youth and young adults in America.