Each year for the past few years now, artist Rashaad Newsome holds "The King of Arms Art Ball," a night that mixes performance and vogue in New York City. Each year is full of excitement and standout performances and this year was no different. With performance legends Dawn Ebony, Lola Mizrahi, and Leiomy Maldonado, on standby to judge Each competition featured performers getting down to "Jersey House" beats by DJ MikeQ and Byrrell The Great.
This year's performance categories took inspiration from artists Nick Cave, El Anatsui, The Black Lives Matters Movement, and Africa in general with a category called, "Vogue Afrique." The performers, donning custom-made renditions of Cave's "Sound Suits" and mimicking the materials found in El Anatsui's shiny sculptural aluminum works, mixed vogueing styles with traditional African dance.
One of the performances that had everyone buzzing the next day was Justin Labeija who took the house down in his words "When you feel the AFRIK sprit as you get your 10's..."
Watch Justin's performance below:
While you're here you might as well get into this performance by Justin called Hands too.