UBE’s Vogue Academy puts the power in the pose RICH LOPEZ | Staff email@example.com Strike a pose; there’s nothing to it.
At least, that’s the intention every Friday night at United Black Ellument’s Vogue Academy. The weekly class held at Resource Center teaches the fundamentals of vogueing, but it has also become a place for community — proving the power of dance and expression.
United Black Ellument is a program at the Center geared toward empowering young, Black, same-gender-loving men. Director Jalenzski Brown oversees the happenings for UBE, including the academy. “There would be no academy without Jalenzski,” said Cedrick Johnson, who goes by Jrock.
In turn, there wouldn’t be the academy without Jrock. He serves as the founder of today’s iteration of Vogue Academy and volunteers with Resource Center to teach his weekly students.