Collections by Michelle Brown WSG Icon Solomon Arnold-Infiniti Ballroom Legend

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He went from making it on his own at age 15 to become an icon in the ballroom culture for the House Infiniti. Along the way, he graduated with highest honors as the Valedictorian and a Presidential Scholar from Olive Harvey College and graduated in the top 1% of the Honors and Arts and Sciences Colleges as Summa Cum Laude from Chicago State University. His many Ballroom recognitions include being inducted into the Midwest Awards Ball Hall of Fame, receiving the Eric Christian Bazaar Breakthrough award (2002), being deemed a Legend for Bizarre Bazaar (2004), and deemed an Icon for Community Outreach as the Blueprint (2016). He was recently inducted into the Ballroom Scene Radio Hall Of Fame. He does not take his ballroom status lightly, recognizing that with the status comes great responsibility and he's used it to advocate for the LGBTQ community and has been recognized for his efforts to advance social justice and equality. Solomon founded In Demand Entertainment (IDE) in 2002. IDE's mission is to bridge the gap between public health and social service organizations and underserved populations, who are and in-need, at-risk, and often hard-to-reach, as a means for community empowerment. As a tool for fighting the HIV epidemic, Solomon pioneered the concept of getting ball participants screened at a Ball in Chicago. For his efforts to advance social justice and equality for the LGBTQ community, Solomon was also recognized in 2012 by the Coalition for Justice and Respect as a Community Warrior. In 2013 he was appointed by the Gay Liberation Network as a co-chairperson for the March on Springfield for Marriage Equality.

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