This rising star of Brooklyn drag has a new show, an upcoming Bushwig presence, and a plan to slay That Other Borough as well: make way for Freeda Blackman!
Thotyssey: Hello Freeda! OMG August is nearly done… how did summer treat you?
Freeda Blackman: Hello hello, Thotyssey! This summer was Wild, but she kept it cute and treated me nice, lol! Hope you enjoyed your Summer as well.
Dragnet’s 10th anniversary was iconic — a revelation of sorts. I was actually runner-up, and it was the only competition I’ve competed in… so I was very proud of myself.
Congrats! So where are you from originally, and what sort of arts were you into while growing up?
I’m originally From South Jersey… a Gloucester County Queen. Growing up, I was into music. I love singing, and enjoyed rapping with my cousins.
What brought you to NYC, and to drag?
I was [done with] school, and moved to Paris for the summer to figure things out… but ran out of money, lol! My return ticket was for New York, and I had family here with an extra apartment… so I decided to stay.
I honestly thought about presenting femme and doing drag for 10+ years, but felt ashamed and embarrassed because naturally I present more masc… and there was nothing delicate or small about me. But when the pandemic started, I just thought about all the opportunities I denied myself — and promised myself that once things open up, so will I! So a year later, here we are!
Tell us what Freeda is like today as a queen, as far as looks and performing styles. Do you incorporate rap or live music into some of your numbers?
Freeda is very much in her P-Valley era, lol! She’s giving Stripper With Props, usually something see-through, netted and stoned. I love showing off the tits, and playing with different types of reveals. I usually perform rap songs by black queens mixed with current culture references, and my movement mimics the lyrics. Unfortunately I haven’t incorporated rapping or any live vocals into my performances, but… that’s coming very soon!
Exciting! You’ve been a presence at The Rosemont in Brooklyn for a minute now.
Oh, absolutely! My first booking was at the Rosemont as a door goddess for a weekly party hosted by icons Victoria Holiday and Vena Cava. I spent every weekend at the Rosemont, and at this point it really feels like home!
You can definitely expect a party! We are unique, creative and sell different fantasies, so you’ll get the diversity needed to keep you entertained! We also have a sexy DJ, great music, and the bartender… uffff, he’s a hottie!
Excellent! What else is coming up for you that the children should be looking out for?
Bushwig is coming, and my sister and I are gonna to be performing in Ruby Tuesday’s number. I’m also going to network with the Manhattan queens, so I will be competing in the city starting next month. So just look out for me, periodt, lol!
We can’t look away! Thanks, Freeda!