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Interview: José Rivera, JR. - 'Queer Latinx Artist Reclaims Queen’s “Somebody to Love”'

Gay men are being incarcerated and murdered by the masses in Chechnya.  The Trum dministration continues o belittle all minorities with its absurdis media-politic, inciting violence and hate against the LGBTQIA+ communit and so many other. So many peopl, everywhere (America included), have to hide who they are to be accepted into the environment in which they reside.
 
“Somebody to Love” became about what, why and how can we as a community come together and realize that all we are doing is lovin, and giving our hearts so effortlessly to one another.  here is a real absurdity to anyone who doesn't understand this, and so I decided to make fun of just how absurd that is.

Interview by Kaylin Kaupish for Quail Bell Magazine, May 2017


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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Latinx musician and dancer José Rivera Jr. reclaimed Queen’s “Somebody to Love” as a queer resistance anthem. In the humorous video, he and a group of LGBT individuals break out of the gay conversion therapy program their families sent them to.

The Georgia Voice, May 2017


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José Rivera Jr. Creates Queer Resistance Anthem From Queen’s 'Somebody To Love'

“The gay singer debunks conversion therapy and busts out of the closet in his new music video.” -Allison Tate, The Advocate

7 Ways to Resist This Week “... the accompanying video certainly sticks a middle finger at the intolerance perpetuated by the administration. In the clip, Rivera plays a youth undergoing "conversion" therapy, but don't worry, it's more hilarious than heavy.” -Editorial Board at The Advocate

THE ADVOCATE Magazine, April 2017


Latinx Singer José Rivera Jr. Turns Queen’s “Somebody To Love” Into A Queer Resistance Anthem

"The hilarious but poignant clip sees Rivera fighting his family’s attempts at “converting” him to heterosexuality.

'Every day came another story about the Trump Administration being anti-LGBT—and I thought, Wow they are really trying to erase us,” he explains. “But instead of getting angry, I decided to use the amazing lyrics of this song to say, “I’m not going anywhere. You can’t erase me when all I want is love. All we do as a community is love. And none of us are going anywhere because of your petty intolerance and hate.'

LOGO NewNowNext, April 2017


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Jose Rivera, Jr. Refashions Queen’s ‘Somebody to Love’ as Queer Resistance Statement: WATCH“LGBTQ artist Jose Rivera Jr. has put forth a visual cover of Queen’s iconic “Somebody To Love” as a message of solidarity and resistance in the Trump era.”

Towleroad, April 2017


"Freddie Mercury is one of the most loved gay performers of the 20th Century, but now one of his most famous songs has been given an LGBT+ makeover.

José Rivera Jr has reimagined Somebody To Love with a new visual, transforming it into a rousing queer anthem."

Gay Times Magazine, UK, April 2017


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"José Rivera Junior is one of many international guest speakers to the UNIT in Berlin this May. The New York performance artist and singer is also interested in the technical aspects of the performing arts and is an enthusiastic supporter of the gay-lesbian nerd collective who has made the world more one-horned."  (Translated from German)

Interview with Torsten Schwick, Editor of Boner Magazine, Berlin DE, April 2017


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Latinx Singer José Rivera Jr. Turns Queen’s “Somebody To Love” Into A Queer Resistance Anthem

“Fantastic and highly entertaining new music video from José Rivera Jr.” - Mike Enders

Accidental Bear, April 2017

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José Rivera Jr. Creates Queer Resistance Anthem

Pride TV, Australia, April 2017


Queer Poland Rivera Jr.

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"José Rivera Jr. proponuje hit Queen na nowy hymn LGBT."

Queer Poland, April 2017


Windy City Times Rivera Jr.

Entertainment: VH1 slate, Kristen Stewart, 'Stranger Things,' Morrissey

Latinx singer, dancer and choreographer Jose Rivera Jr. has premiered his cover of Queen's "Somebody to Love" on LOGO's NewNowNext, claiming the song as a queer resistance anthem for the Trump era, a press release noted. ( The video also features nightlife personality Rify Royalty in the role of Rivera Jr.'s father. ) Rivera Jr. has also launched a funding campaign for his first visual EP, LQQK, The Way I Look, on Kickstarter. The video is at https://youtu.be/qFw4CMgMxI0.

Windy City Times, April 2017


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6-PACK — Abs Man + Political Neophyte + Queen-ing Out + I AM MICHAEL ... But Is He? + Entertaining Mr. Baguth + Oh, Deer!

Check out Queen's “Somebody to Love” as a queer anthem for the resistance.

Boy Culture Blog, April 2017


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Latinx Singer Turns Queen’s “Somebody to Love” into a Queer Resistance Anthem

The video also features legendary nightlife personality Rify Royalty in the role of Rivera Jr.’s father.

B-Gay.com, April 2017


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Pulp: Arts Around Ann Arbour | Bicentennial Smorgasbord U-M Department of Dance's "Glancing Back, Dancing Forward"

"Quarry is known as both a groundbreaking theatrical work of music, movement, and image, and a portrayal of the rise of Nazism, rendered powerful by insidious shifts in tone over the course of the opera’s three movements....

This suite is so effective in large part because of the dancers’ command of Monk’s movement and music. Considering the many other successful dances in Glancing Back, Dancing Forward, the Department of Dance has ample reason to celebrate."

*José was the assistant to Paul Langland, restaging director of "The Rally" from Quarry


B+B PREMIERE | Watch Prairie Empire’s Dreamy, Dance-y Video For “Circles”

“It’s like that dream you had where you’re at your high school dance but it’s not your high school, your ex is there but it’s not really your ex, your mom’s in the corner…”

Bedford + Bowery - 08.29.2016


On Being Gay and Latino After Orlando

All Things Considered host Jami Floyd spoke with Jose Rivera, a 24-year-old gay man of Puerto Rican and Italian descent, for some perspective on the tragedy. The dancer, choreographer and performance artist lives and works in New York City, and said, "They were my brothers, and my sisters, and it was incredibly disrupting to me. It put a fire under me that reminded me why I'm here."

WNYC/NPR 'All Things Considered' with host Jami Floyd - 07.17.2016


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"The choreography of Spooner’s work for the New Museum was devised with and is performed by Holly Curran, Maja Ho, Emily McDaniel, Ashton Muniz, José Rivera, Jr., Maggie Segale, and Jennifer Tchiakpe."

NEW MUSEUM - 04.27.2016


THE LO-DOWN - 2016


"Through a video cover version of the song, José 'grapples with his feminine and masculine identities while reflecting on memories of a past lover, seeking to address his own body dysmorphia through physical expression,' per a press release."

IDOLATOR - 02.03.2016


"...You have to check out this incredible rendition of “When We Were Young” by José Rivera Jr. It starts out with José and his band performing the song together, but then José takes us to the streets of NYC and totally crushes it with a team of dancers around him. It’s seriously straight out of a movie..."

ELITE DAILY - 02.12.2016


CORRIENTE LATINA - 02.05.2016


"NYC-based Puerto Rican-American performing artist and choreographer José Rivera, Jr. has released a gorgeous, immersive video cover of Adele’s song 'When We Were Young,' directed by Blake Pruitt."

AFROSSIP - 02.04.2016


“[José says] I create accessible work in a digital, shareable format to inspire change and encourage conversation on how we perceive our physical selves. The response to my live work OF CAKE & VANITY (inspired directly by my dysmorphia) created a dialogue on mental health between friends, family, and me. Seeing live performance is a privilege."

BEST GAY NY - 02.13.2016


"See this NYC performance artist take on Adele’s latest hit."

POPSKAND - 2016


"NYC based artist Jose Rivera Jr. truly shows his choreography talents and emotions in his latest cover of Adele’s “When We Were Young.” Rivera’s high pitched vocals make for an exceptional artist. "

CHRISTINA ALEXIS - 02.06.2016



"José Rivera Jr. is a director, choreographer, dancer, actor, multi media-performing artist, and knows how to deliver his message. His story, Of Cake & Vanity, is a deeply personal exploration of self...José is an absurdist, referring to his show as a 'Musical Painting.' Unusually accurate words."

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"When I met José Rivera, Jr., a queer performance artist, he had the same attitude towards sharing, and together we noticed a major lack of openness from many others. We discuss this, and how José’s work further explores these topics, in Episode 3 – Being Candid." 

PERMISSION PODCAST - 06.23.2015