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Nina Flowers :: Drag’s non-stop superstar

by BeBe Sweetbriar
Wednesday Aug 31, 2011

Guess who's coming to dinner? The definite crowd favorite and winner of Miss Congeniality on the first season of "RuPaul's Drag Race," Nina Flowers, finally makes her debut performance in San Francisco. The promoter and hostess, Isa Manzanita, of the 'little drag show that could' D'Lysh at one of San Francisco's oldest gay establishments, Deco Lounge, shows the bigger shows that she can not only attract top local drag talent, but also bring in the big guns like the 2009 "Drag Race" runner-up. Since appearing on the inaugural season of LOGO's popular drag reality series, Flowers, the former Miss Puerto Rico Continental and Miss City Lights Continental, has been non-stop with performances and DJ gigs across the country.

Along with constant traveling every week to club and Pride stages in city after city, Nina somehow manages to maintain a DJ residency at Track's, Denver's largest gay nightclub. With a dance single release earlier in 2011 called "I'm Feelin' Flowers", the extraordinary make-up artist continues to work on her recording career after her first single "Loca" made it to #15 on Billboard's Top Dance Club Play chart in early 2010 with remixes by notable remixers Joe Gauthreaux and the legendary Manny Lehman. Though it wasn't easy, I caught up with Flowers while in for a breather at her Denver home to talk about her experience on "RuPaul's Drag Race," her life after appearing on the reality show, her future in music, and what took her so long to get to San Francisco.

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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