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Justin Vivian Bond :: Hail to the ’V’

by BeBe Sweetbriar
Friday Oct 12, 2012

You would have to be living under some kind of trans-phobic rock to not know that the pronoun V and the prefix Mx refers to Tony Award nominee and cabaret performer extraordinaire Justin Vivian Bond.

Being hailed as "the best cabaret artist of (V) generation comes as no fluke. As stage performer, a recording artist, a film actor, and an author, Bond has done it all, and all the way receiving accolade and awards for V endeavors. With the publishing of V autobiography "TANGO: My Childhood, Backwards and in Heels" in late 2011, the release of V new CD "Silver Wells" earlier this year, and the production V new stage show "Mx America," Justin has been so busy that the fact that V had no permanent address to call home sort of went under the radar.

I had the privilege to catch up with Bond while V was preparing to pack for V upcoming appearances in San Francisco at the Rrazz Room and at a Project Inform benefit, and during our conversation we discussed what projects have been completed for Justin in the past year and a half, how Bond's busy schedule has prevented him time to find new housing digs, what all children will get from Justin's authored book, how Bond's new CD represents V ability to interpret a song, and what the concept is behind the new stage show "Mx America".

Based out of San Francisco, BEBE SWEETBRIAR is the Omni Present Drag Chanteuse. As an entertainer and hostess, BeBe can be scene every week hosting and performing at countless events and parties in the San Francisco. One of the few drag personalities to sing live while performing, BeBe has literally graced every notable stage in San Francisco, bridging many gay sub-community gaps. She has also been the opening act for Destiny’s Child Kelly Rowland, "Ugly Betty’s" Alec Mapa and Dance Diva Kristine W. Adding recording artist to her list of performance accomplishments in 2008 with the release of her first single "Save Me", Ms. Sweetbriar will soon release her fifth dance single in 2012 called "Show It Off"..
As an actress, BeBe was introduced to film with a lead role in the independent film "Under One Sun" with her character dealing with religious, racial and gender issues. Additionally, she appeared in the campy musical "Devious, Inc" (Australian Film Festival, San Francisco Short Film Fest) also adding additional vocals to the musical soundtrack. Both of these performances led to her selection for a lead role in Aisha Media’s next short film series, "Con-tin.u.um" to be released in 2012.


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