Zakia Jemaceye has a web cam and isn’t afraid to use it.
The local drag queen has taken to YouTube to squash Craigslist rumors and show Richmond and the world what’s hot and what’s not.
Diva Den features Jemaceye’s interviews with drag performers and onsite coverage of events sprinkled with a little commentary from the entertainer.
“The show showcases our talents here. Virginia has a lot of really fabulous performers,” she says. “We’re not marketing our area as well as Atlanta, Dallas, New York, and DC. We have a lot to offer.”
Jemaceye says she models herself after Wendy Williams whom she admires. She also pulls inspiration from DC’s Shi-Queeta Lee’s popular YouTube channel.
While Lee’s channel has gotten her a spot on cable access, Jamaceye has set her site much higher. She wants to be on LOGO.
She joined YouTube in September 2009, but started posting regular updates a few months ago and the e-mails have been pouring in.
She says former locals have been watching her show from other cities to stay connected while away from home.
“It’s really grown faster than I thought it was going to.”
She’s also been getting phone calls to cover national events like Ms. National Icon in Winston-Salem, NC and Miss Black America in D.C.
She hopes that her web show gives local divas exposure for bookings and showcases a vibrant nightlife community in Richmond.
“We have things to do in the Capital City,” Jemaceye says.
As for all the gossip on Craigslist? Jamaceye says she doesn’t have time for it and wants to see it squashed.
“I just have an issue with someone being on their computer being anonymous and being horrible to people by spreading gossip,” she says. “Drag is supposed to be fun and a hobby.”
Jemaceye wants to see change in the community and hopes her show can help bring that.
“It’s time that we need to unite and stop fighting,” she says. “Richmond is so small – when I go to other cities and see how other prides have streets and streets of people and thousands. We should be so much further along.”
On Tuesday, YouTube launched a new video as part of its new #ProudtToBe campaign to honor Pride month and LGBTQ voices. Compromised of over 20 videos with members of the LGBTQ community celebrating their diversity of sexual orientations and gender identities and sharing their stories and their stuggles. A montage of clips follows including pride [...]