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Andre Clark, born in Brooklyn, New York, is a 43 year old happy man that grew up in the Ballroom Scene from the age of 19. As a child, his dream has always been to be a famous entertainer. Now we all know that sometimes the ballroom scene can have a bad reputation with people that part take in escorting, drugs, and have nothing to live for, but with Mr. Clark it’s different. He is a man with morals and values that is very close to his family, not to mention he has a 24 year old son. Andre always looks to give back to the gay community through entertaining them with his creativity, dance, and fashion. For being such a great man and giving back to the ballroom community, the state of Georgia has even honored him and his Ballroom parent, The Iconic Stewart Ebony, with a day that is recognized by all for them being responsible leaders, advocates, and great fathers to countless kids around the world.
UrbanSocialites and Ballroom News Game On, wants to take this time to not only celebrate, but thank Andre Clark Mizrahi for the time and effort that he has put into the scene and for raising the standard in ballroom today. June 30th is the Iconic Andre Mizrahi & Stewart Ebony day. Andre Clark has and will continue making history and setting the standard higher in the ballroom scene; he is the Michael Jackson of the Ballroom Community. He is a trend setter, never falling in line with others on what they think he should do, always going on his own creative impulse. This man has set up his House of Mizrahi in places people never thought ballroom would be like Russia, Japan, and England. No one in ballroom has achieved the amount of awards that he has. When this man hits the floor, it is a statement that will last a life time. I had a chance to have a one on one talk with Mr. Clark in Atlanta, Ga and he comes off as a modest guy that has so many dreams he wants to achieve.
Jacob Aga: Does The House of Mizrahi reflect the man that you are today?
Andre Miza: Yes, 70 %
Jacob Aga: When you wake up in the morning and you look in the mirror, who do you see?
Andre Miza: I see a man that’s a role model for others. It was hard for me to say that years ago; I see a nice person, completely. I see a man that is a commodity to the ballroom scene. Those are things that I see that I’m happy with. I am happy with myself. I wouldn’t give my life up for anything, even for cash and I’m broke. That’s how much I love the life I was given.
Jacob Aga: Why do you come off so modest given all the accomplishments you have made in the ballroom scene?
Andre Miza: I don’t know, I think your suppose to be modest, that’s apart of my life, but don’t get me wrong I do have an ego, but I feel like you suppose to hide your ego, you just don’t go around slapping people in the face with it. You show a person your ego when you in a hot argument with someone, or someone is trying you, but to walk around with a big ego is just not right.
Jacob Aga: Out of the 24 years that you have been active in the scene, is there a time where you say, I don’t want to do this anymore?
Andre Miza: The sad part is that it’s not the big things that get to me too much, but it’s the little things. What I hate in the ballroom scene are the tired people that are shady on the judges panel and want to feel it on my time. There are times where I put all of my energy, life, and money just to make a difference in the scene, you know, to set the standard higher with creativity. I do make the moment and most times I am the statement but they don’t give me my grand prize because of the SHADE. With that being said it makes me just want to wash my hands with it, not close the house of Mizrahi, but not put in the time and effort with being creative and giving the ballroom scene all of me. That’s another thing, because I don’t want to be and I won’t be one of the older members that are apart of the ballroom scene that can’t show the new generation how it’s done and how to make moments and statements in the scene. I want to be able to deal with you and sit you down with my talent, whether you’re a star in the scene or an Icon. That’s why I stay in the game.
Jacob Aga: Does ballroom have a more positive impact or negative impact on the young gay community?
Andre Miza: I feel both; it’s negative and positive. Ballroom itself is positive, but the people that make up ballroom can be very negative. Negative comes about with the fights, the escorts, the older people introducing drugs to young kids, the chopping kids that paid for their effect and bring it right but they might get shaded just because they’re in a certain house. The positive side, there’s a lot. I wouldn’t even be the man that I am today if it wasn’t for ballroom. I have been able to teach vogue all around the world. I tell all my kids as long as you come to the ballroom scene to have fun and go to school and go to work and have a life outside the ballroom scene, your fine. And don’t get me wrong, I have made the mistake of having ballroom be my life. You can’t spend your last if your hungry to go to a ball, you have to have your rent and bills taken care of before a ball. If you can line that together and keeping the ballroom scene for a hobby, you will be fine.
“Fashion is beyond the world. Anything can be fashion and that’s what people fail to realize. I get inspiration from anything I see. PERIOD.”
Andre Miza: When it’s time to battle I go deep in my mind and sometimes I might even have a dream about it. That’s how intense I am about it because I feel like every time I hit the floor I have to make a difference and eat the runway. Anything that I see I use to shape and mold how I’m gonna bring it and that’s how it comes out.
Jacob Aga: In your words, what is voguing?
Andre Miza: It’s an art of dance. Showing your attitude, your grace, your precision, your show stopping performance, and your style; all of that in one.
Jacob Aga: The House of Mizrahi, what cities can we find it?
Andre Miza: We are every where. You can find the House of Mizrahi in Russia, Japan, London, New York City,Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Miami, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Detroit, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Kentucky, South Carolina, North Carolina, Baltimore, and I’m still missing some places but we are an International House that is everywhere.
Jacob Aga: Tell me something that happened in your life that was a turning point for you?
Andre Miza: Growing up I was in the fraudulent game, which is being mistaken for someone else, which is illegal. I got locked up for 30 days and that turned me around, period. It’s not the fact that I can’t do the time, but it was the fact that when I was locked up I was upset that I couldn’t be there for my mother and family if they needed me. The bottom line is I don’t need to get locked up for something stupid that I could have gotten another way. The fraudulent game is being CUT OFF and being locked up for 30 days taught me a lesson in so many ways.
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