Big Freedia in conversation with Faylita Hicks
We are so very excited to be presenting Big Freedia in conversation with the awesome Faylita Hicks, in celebration of the paperback release of Big Freedia: God Save the Queen Diva! The conversation will take place on Instagram Live.
Big Freedia is no stranger to Austin—help us welcome her back virtually, unfortunately!
“I am so excited about the paperback release,” says Big Freedia, whose star has risen since the release of the hardcover book. “Now more than ever, I’m looking forward to sharing my story with the next generation — from activists to LGBTQ+ youth to any ally. I truly believe my story can have a unifying effect.”
In this eye-opening memoir that bursts with energy, you’ll be transported into the world of Big Freedia, following her path from an overweight gay choir boy to the reigning queen of New Orleans Bounce. Readers will learn the history of Bounce, the New Orleans twist on hip-hop, and meet all of the colorful characters who pepper its music scene. Big Freedia reveals the inside story of her path to fame, the peaks and valleys of her personal life, and the liberation that Bounce brings her and every one of her fans who are searching for racial and LGBTQ+ acceptance.
With her own unique voice and unabashed enthusiasm, Big Freedia shows us how she arrived at this defining moment in music and culture, and how Bounce ultimately has allowed her to become her own version of diva, one booty-pop at a time.
About her forthcoming holiday album, Big Freedia’s Smokin' Santa Christmas
Big Freedia says, "Let's be real, we've all had one hell of a last four years and we finally have a reason to celebrate. This is just a fun tribute to putting 2020 behind us and welcoming a new day!" Big Freedia's Smokin' Santa Christmas, produced by New Orleans artist Boyfriend will be available on digital platforms everywhere on December 11.
Website - http://www.bigfreedia.com/
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Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/bigfreedia/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/bigfreedia
YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/user/TheQueendivatv
Faylita Hicks (she/her/they/them) is an activist, poet, essayist, and interdisciplinary artist born in Gardena, CA, and raised in Central Texas. They are the former Editor-in-Chief of Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review and the author of HoodWitch (Acre Books, 2019), a finalist for the 2020 Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Poetry, the 2019 Balcones Poetry Prize, and the 2019 Julie Suk Award. Their work has earned them awards, fellowships, and residencies from Broadway Advocacy, Catapult, Detention Watch Network, Jack Jones Literary Arts, Lambda Literary, Palette Poetry, Tin House, and The Right of Return USA, the first and only fellowship exclusively for previously incarcerated artists, amongst others.
Their work is anthologized in The Long Devotion: Poets Writing Motherhood and has been featured in Adroit, American Poetry Review, the Cincinnati Review, HuffPost, Kenyon Review, Longreads, Poetry Magazine, The Rumpus, Slate, Texas Observer, VIDA Review, and others. Hicks received an MFA in Creative Writing from Sierra Nevada University. www.FaylitaHicks.com
Big Freedia, born Freddie Ross, is a New Orleans hip-hop musician known for bringing "bounce" from the underground music scene to the forefront of the industry. Known for her supreme star power and charismatic charm, Big Freedia has performed alongside such artists as pop duo Matt and Kim, Wiz Khalifa, and Snoop Dogg. Big Freedia's music success is complemented by her television stardom in the reality show Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce, airing on the Fuse network. Big Freedia: God Save the Queen Diva! is her first book.