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Dyllón Burnside Biography
Dyllón Burnside is an American actor and singer known for his role as Ricky Evangelista on American drama television series Pose. created byRyan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Steven Canals that premiered on June 3, 2018, on FX.
He got his first start at age 12 when he performed as the lead singer of hip-hop/R&B boy band “3D” with 2 of his cousins and managed by his mother. He toured with the likes of Stevie Wonder and Rihanna, with a distribution deal with Atlantic Records and performing in venues including Madison Square Garden and the Nokia Theater.
Burnside began feeling constricted by fronting a boy band after 10 years and wanted to explore arts less traditionally masculine: “The things that I was interested in didn’t necessarily align with my family’s or society’s idea of what it meant to be a man. … I can still be a male and sing Mozart or take a ballet class and that it not have anything to do with anything other than I wanted to take a ballet class.” Burnside enrolled at the CAP21 conservatory to take a vocal major as a result. He moved to New York City and took acting and dance classes including studying for a bachelor’s degree in media studies and writing from The New School.
He starred in the Tupac-inspired musical Holler if Ya Hear Me on Broadway in 2014, where he played Anthony while at CAP21. He was also part of NBC’s Peter Pan Live!, HBO’s High Maintenance and performed in BeBe Winans’s musical Born For This in both Atlanta and Washington, D.C.
He has also worked as a film producer on the award-winning short The Jump and as theatrical producer on Hold Up The Light at the non-profit Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. Burnside has also taught performing arts workshops and spoken at schools about how studying performing arts can be empowering and help young people find their means of self-expression.Dyllón Burnside Photo
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Burnside was born on 27 January, 1989. He is 30 years old as of 2019.
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Dyllón grew up on a ranch in Pensacola, Florida. His family then raised farm animals including: chickens, cows, horses and pigs.
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He emceed a benefit concert, duetting with Pose co-stars Billy Porter and Ryan Jamaal Swain to celebrate the Pose season 1 finale on July 23, 2018, raising money for GLSEN, and also talking about his coming out story and speaking with former Vibe editor-in-chief Emil Wilbekin about the importance of safe spaces for LGBTQ people.
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Burnside keeps his personal life very private and there is no any available information on his dating life.
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Interviewer: When/how did you first hear about the Stonewall Riots, and what did you make of them?
Dyllón Burnside: I first heard about Stonewall and the riots that took place there when I came to New York for a summer music theater program at NYU. I met an older couple who became big brothers to me. They were the first gay black married couple I had met in my life. I was so shocked, fascinated, and curious about them.
I didn’t know much about gay culture and had even less experience with gay bars. They took me on a tour of Christopher Street and the old “gayborhood” in the village. Stonewall was our first stop. I was lucky enough to meet guys like them who really had an interest in mentoring and caring for younger brothers.
That’s something I’m truly grateful for because everyone doesn’t find that and I think that kind of sharing of history and experiences is so necessary for the community. It gave me a sense of security and belonging. I was also shocked that I had never heard anything about Stonewall before, which highlighted for me a need to tell the stories of queer people and history in the media on a much larger scale. It’s why I do what I do.
Interviewer: What is the riots’ significance for you now?
Dyllón Burnside: To know that people fought with their bodies and souls for my right to be and express freely made me feel a responsibility to honor that bloodshed. It is also what emboldens me to keep fighting with pride.
Knowing that their fight produced results reinforces my faith that the work I’m doing and seeds I’m sowing to further liberate men, men of color, and queer men of color from the bondage of toxic masculinity, homophobia, transphobia, and misogyny, will bear fruit as well.
Interviewer: How far have we LGBT people come since 1969?
Dyllón Burnside: We have come to a place in history where LGBTQ folk are more visible and celebrated than ever, and that only continues with the rise of shows like Pose. The work of our ancestors made room for us to thrive in our communities.
We can now find refuge in our bars. We have safe places to pray and worship. We even have brilliant queer folks leading major companies and organizations and serving as leaders in our government. However, the work doesn’t end there. We still see our people persecuted all around the world and even here on U.S. soil.
Interviewer: What would you like to see, LGBT-wise, in the next 50 years?
Dyllón Burnside: In the next 50 years I’d love to see queer folks not only be accepted in the mainstream but embraced as the mainstream. I look forward to the day when the lives and experiences of queer people, specifically queer people of color, are normalized. No more being treated as the other.
I envision a world where the collective “we” invokes an image of all “the people” living and working side by side, sharing mutual respect and understanding.
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