Saturday, September 18, 2021

You Already KNOW!! Big Freedia Queen Diva isn’t Going Anywhere

“We don’t twerk, we bounce!” – Big Freedia

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If you didn’t already know Big Freedia the queen of bounce is continuing on in the promotion of the bounce movement. A New Orleans native, with a huge honest, humble, and helpful personality, has shed light to an underground movement and dance culture that has been around since the 80s.

Freddie Ross, better known as Big Freedia the Queen Diva, has been in the game for 15 years strong. His purpose is to make the world “aware of bounce music and it’s underground music.” He isn’t just doing this for fame or notoriety. It has been a long hustle to put the culture on the map.

“I’m very consistent in what I do and I have really worked hard. I’ve just been really on the grind making people aware of bounce music, the culture of New Orleans, and how I get down.”

Just like many dance styles in the black community, bounce mimics a style of African tribal dance. From the free movements to the free attitudes, bounce is overall just a feel-good style of music and dance.

“It comes from West Indies Africa, the style called Mapouka, which is the style of dancing that they do. The women in tribes would get in these different circles and enjoy themselves and just lay there hair down and not be judged or think that the style of dancing is derogatory to them or to anybody.”

Of course just as with everything else, the dance has evolved as the times and generations have changed.

Bounce is a dance for all people, from all walks of life. There aren’t any secrets; there aren’t any tips to take part in the bounce movement aside from simply moving your “azzzzzz”. Freedia explains:

“It’s all about rhythm, the beat, the motion in the legs, in the spine. Your body has a part to play in the whole movement.” Since it happens to fall in the category of hip-hop, bounce is very versatile in movements. “It depends on what style of dance you’re doing,” the Queen Diva shares, “If you’re going to do the twerking with your hands on your knees and your back up-right or if you’re doing the bend-over bust it open position.”

Those moves may sound as though they are for women only, but baaaby, men bounce too! Big Freedia says DJ Jubilee, whom she says is “one of the wonderful artist down in New Orleans,” was the bounce idol that was on stage with other men doing bounce. If you didn’t know, DJ Jubilee is known for having the first recorded song using the work twerk.

“Everybody looked at and everybody wanted to be like him. It was Dr. Jubilee and nothing but guys that would get on stage and twerk, pop and flip and just do the New Orleans thing. So there are some guys that aren’t afraid to do it, straight guys.”

There are styles of dance within the bounce culture that men in particular do, for example “The Peterpan,” which is a more consistent and faster version of a Tootsie Roll. Then there are also shoulder movements and footwork.

Watch the ‘Peterpan’:

For those of you looking lost like ‘is this like twerking?’ or ‘let me look this up on YouTube’ don’t worry; Big Freedia knows all things bounce. For those just starting out, you need to grasp the concept of making your butt bounce like a basketball. Easy thought for some, for others, not so much. Freedia says the most basic move would be bending over, “like touching your toes and making the legs do a little dip and your butt would be going up and down.” And if you still can’t get the hang of it, get to one of her shows early and take a class (as she is known for giving them and calling folks out on stage).

Or watch him on Fuse. With last weeks’ launching of the third season of his docu-style show “Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce,” we are definitely in for more excitement, more fun, more drama, and more bounce this season!

“There are no boundaries if we allow it,” Big Freedia shared about the limitations of what it recorded in his life. The show took off in season two where Freedia offered the world an unscripted look inside of his life; his family, his mom’s battle with cancer, his artistry, and all things bounce in New Orleans. As the most popular series in Fuse history, it’s no wonder things are taking off for him!

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Rolling Stone named Big Freedia’s “Just Be Free” as one of the BEST EDM, electronic and dance albums of 2014. There will be a UK tour with stops in Paris and Berlin to “show the other side of the world what we do,” Freedia dished. There is an autobiography in the works “God Save the Queen Diva” set to release this summer. And of course, there is a season four already scheduled for immediate release! If you didn’t know the tea before about Big Freedia and the bounce movement, you’ll soon find out!

Don’t miss all-new episodes of Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce every Wednesday evening at 11/10c. Find Fuse in your area with our channel finder.

Watch a sneak preview of the second episode of Season 3 of “Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce” tonight on Fuse by clicking HERE.

EUR BONUS COVERAGE:

BIG FREEDIA: QUEEN OF BOUNCE SHAKES UP HIGHEST SEASON PREMIERE IN FUSE NETWORK’S 12-YEAR HISTORY

Original Docu-Drama Delivers Double-Digit Gains in Total Viewers and Persons 18-34 and Ranks among the Top 10 Cable Networks in Persons 18-34 in Its Time Period. Get the FULL story HERE.

“In New Orleans we shall twerk and we shall bounce for a long time.” – Big Freedia

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8 COMMENTS

  1. I have watch his show it is horrible I am surprise this show is still on the TV he make mockery out of himself and so do the other that appears on the show.

  2. :cj is right – and somebody needs to explain to big sissyia that he and his friends are copying the Jamaican dancehall queens from the late 90’s and early 2000’s, and they do it a whole lot better, but he wouldn’t know that – if he stepped one foot in Kingston he’d come back a real man, if they let him live – this is just another part of the plan to completely emasculate our young Black men, and to further devalue our young Black women, to devalue our race as a whole … sad part is they may never catch on …

  3. Truthfully speaking this right here is some simple minded blah blah blah by some arrogant snotty nose ignorant people throwing stones that are as big as a fragment of dust. Or who cannot read and comprehend. So they didn’t get the “Just like many dance styles in the black community, bounce mimics a style of African tribal dance. From the free movements to the free attitudes, bounce is overall just a feel-good style of music and dance.
    “It comes from West Indies Africa, the style called Mapouka, which is the style of dancing that they do. The women in tribes would get in these different circles and enjoy themselves and just lay there hair down and not be judged or think that the style of dancing is derogatory to them or to anybody.”
    Of course just as with everything else, the dance has evolved as the times and generations have changed.” So nobody can take credit fully! So nobody is stealing anything from anybody. I’ve seen some of those same moves on Soul Train reruns from the 70’s!! Point your fingers at yourselves at being part of the problem. And no dumb ITCH it hasn’t devalued our race more than the fake asses that try to devalue our culture. We’ve been shaking it till we break it since history. Only #tryintabewhatchaain’ts narrow it down to vulgarity and describe it less. Any woman who has a problem with expressing themselves or inflicting homo slurs at men who don’t are the problem in our culture and society. Giving birth and raising children and families to be just as closed and stupid as YOU!! I hope you get it…tell a friend!! They’ll tell you…….you’ve been educated be Dr. Truth……

    • um, no, you missed the whole boat … and your comment reflects an anger unrelated to other comments in this thread – be mindful that all are entitled to opinion and none are required to agree – look at the title of this article, because it’s true – this big, goofy, dingy looking drag queen is going absolutely nowhere, he will be stuck bent over and bouncing his smelly, used-up rump until arthritis kicks in, and the sad part is anybody watching will make him rich for nothing – this is further perpetuation of the dumbing down of our culture; nothing positive coming out of this, thank the you-know-whos behind the broadcasting of this buffoonery, calling us animals as they always have, so don’t believe the hype – this is not synonymous with African dance culture, and no, this was never on Soul Train either, that made me laugh – they want our Black youth to stay down and look away from what our real culture represents; we as Black people represent pride, strength and dignity, not this backwoods, gutter snipe ratchet stuff this clown is slinging … yeah, dance, break it down to the ground, have fun, but don’t lose your dignity at the same time; these clowns are not going to reflect an advancement in our culture, what they’re doing is straight vulgar and we are supposed to be better than that – our men are the original kings of the earth, not gender-confused lost causes; our women are the original queens above all other queens, not chicken heads this is not something for our Black youth to aspire to; it has no value and no place in our culture … now you have been educated … by a real doctor … don’t call yourself a doctor before you become one, and you’ve got a long way to go … now you run tell that …

      • You wrote a whole bunch of bullshit!! Obviously you’re young and don’t know what you’re talking about. You just a dumb or one of the dumbest KNEEGROWS. You wait until somebody white steps up to the plate and do the same thing like Madonna did with VOGUING or what Toni Basil did to Don Campbell did with LOCKING. It’s self righteous dumb ass Ninjas that put us in the position we’re in today. I don’t follow bullshit and dummies!! So quite naturally I wouldn’t agree with any of the foolishness posted before or after me. Hopefully one of you fools will Google and learn what I just told you…

        • you’re blind … and/or you read without comprehension … and/or you dislike commentary in opposition to homosexuality because you’re a ‘member of the club’ … I couldn’t care less … and don’t forget about freedom of speech …

      • I’d like to know how Big Freedia is emasculating black men? Black men always need an excuse don’t they? First it was whitey now it’s the gays. Next who will it be? The aliens from Mars? Big Freedia handles his business, took care of his mother when she was alive, supports his family and his team, he’s never been to jail, has always held down a job and owns his own property. That’s the mark of a man to me. Something thousands of black straight men in this country have never done, and that’s way before Big Freedia or any of the other gays when even showed up on the scene. He’s taken a bunch of young hood kids around the world with him, put money in their pockets and given them opportunities they are grateful for. They will have the last laugh not you. Perhaps he reminds you of your inferiority and you can’t deal with that. That a black gay man can come up against adversity and make something of himself and help others along the way while doing it. But who are you again? He’s an inspiration to countless young people who have to deal with assholes like you in the world. The mark of a man isn’t whether he wears a base ball cap and has a beard. It’s in his actions. And as far as I can see he has outclassed many of you by far. Now deal with that.

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