2023 Black future maker


D.J. “Shangela” Pierce is an Actor, Performer, and international entertainer who currently stars as a co-host of the Emmy and GLAAD Media Awards-winning HBO series We’re Here. She recently made history as a finalist on the hit Disney+ series “Dancing with the Stars,” becoming the first drag queen ever cast on the U.S. version of the show and the first male performer to be partnered with a male professional dancer. Shangela has performed on six of the seven continents and will be kicking off her 10-city “Fully Lit Tour,” produced by Live Nation, in January. 

Named “The Most Powerful Drag Queen in America” due to philanthropy work with her organization Feed The Queens, Shangela connected with her following to raise $100,000 to fight hunger in drag communities. 

A native of Paris, Texas, Pierce is an alumnus of Southern Methodist University and lives in Los Angeles.

Black Future Makers of 2023

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