We are OVER THE MOON to announce this year’s Gayla line up! Not only will you be able to watch amazing performances from PK students on our very first virtual Gayla, we are also excited to some very stellar LGBTQ+ artists!

BE STEADWELL

Be Steadwell is a musician, filmmaker, storyteller from Washington DC. In her live performances, she utilizes looping, vocal layering and beat boxing to compose her songs on stage. Be’s original music features earnest lyricism, and ​affirming LGBTQ content. Be’s goal as a musician is to make other black girls, queers, introverts and generally marginalized weirdos feel seen and loved.

With a BA from Oberlin College ​and an ​MFA in film ​from ​Howard University​, Be’s love for music expands into filmmaking​. Her film Vow of Silence ​screened in film festivals around the world, including Black Star, HBO’s OutFest, The Schomburg Center, Inside Out Toronto, and Fringe Fest UK​. ​

Be has shared stages with fellow artist activists Big Freedia, Nona Hendryx, Nikky Finney and Gina Yashere. In 2017 Be sang at The Women’s March on the National Mall behind Maxwell and Janelle Monae in Toshi Reagon’s Big Lovely Band. In 2019, Be composed the music for The Alvin Ailey Dance Company’s production of “the gone”. Later that year, Be wrote and directed a musical, A Letter to My Ex​. Be’s musical​ tells stories of love- narrating one character’s journey through the year following a breakup. ​In 2020, ​Be released her newest album, Succulent. During the pandemic, you can find Be on her Patreon channel- Patreon.com/besteadwell.

SASSYBLACK

SassyBlack (Catherine Harris-White) is a multifaceted creative force with a focus in the performing and literary arts. Hailing from Seattle, this Goddess of “psychedelic soul” & “hologram funk” explores sound through deep electronic compositions.
A graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, Sassy has fostered a thriving solo career, writing and producing all of her music with over 15 projects released since 2014.
Along with her music, which has been featured on Adult Swim and the new BET series Twenties, her acting prowess has been featured on HBO’s Vinyl and Comedy Central’s Broad City. Sassy’s musical journey is available for listening and purchase through Bandcamp, Spotify & all other streaming platforms.

Social Media, Webpage & Music Links:
Instagram – @SassyBlackCat
Twitter – @SassyBlack
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/sassyblackofficial
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/sassyblackmusic/
Bandcamp: http://sassyblack.bandcamp.com/
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/sassyblack

BIG FREEDIA

Born and raised in New Orleans, Big Freedia is known as the cultural ambassador of Bounce music, a call and response style hip-hop with a rapid-fire beat indigenous to New Orleans.
A staple on the New Orleans club scene for over a decade, Big Freedia moved to the national stage after Hurricane Katrina. One of the first residents to return to New Orleans, her music was considered one of the uniting forces of the ravaged city. After a series of cult hit singles during the mid 2000’s, Big Freedia was tapped for a reality show, Big Freedia Bounces Back on Fuse TV. The docu-series followed the life of a choirboy turned Bounce rapper and remains the highest rated original series on the network.

As a result of the show, Big Freedia’s became a full-fledged star, releasing her first major label album, 3rd Ward Bounce (Asylum Records) in 2018. Big Freedia In 2016, she was featured on Beyonce’s Grammy-winning single, “Formation;” in 2018 on Drake’s Nice For What. In 2015, Big Freedia penned her first memoir, Big Freedia: God Save the Queen Diva! on Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster.
Big Freedia also lends support to the following charities: Habitat for Humanity, Liberty’s Kitchen, Upturn Arts, Youth Run NOLA, Team Gleason, Louisiana Department of Public Health, Dancing Grounds, Southern University, and Xavier University.

https://www.instagram.com/bigfreedia/
https://www.facebook.com/bigfreedia/
https://twitter.com/bigfreedia

A HUGE THANK YOU to last year’s performers!

Peppermint, Solomon Georgio, Pizza Mermaid and Champagne Honeybee!

And our AMAZING student performers, Nakita, Kasey, Jordan, Adrian, Leo and Joey!