2011 Kevin is a proud Board Member/Public Relations and Event
Coordinator for "Future Stars" Agency. Kevin is currently 2011 enrolled
in "Bloomfield College" majoring in "Clinical Laboratory Science/
Forensics; where he is presently a member of the "Honor Program" .While
attending Clara Barton H.S. for Health Professions, he majored in
Medical Lab Technology and Hospital Office Procedures. Burrus received
numerous awards, including Speech and Theatrical Arts, Business
Education Association, Kings County Hospital Volunteer Medal, Honors
English and History, and the Jr. Sanitation certificate.
2011 Mr. Burrus was accepted into the "Honor Program" at Bloomfield
College and is doing well in school. Burrus is currently in 2011
Attends and participates in panel discussions for Community Health
Forum's/ projects as well as hosting national screenings and lectures
for the National Black Pride celebrations, as well as community
organizations and universities (Penn State, William Paterson College,
etc.). He supplied and supported "Faces NY" (formerly Minority Task
Force on AIDS) with pictures for the Ball Community Memorial on World
AIDS Day 2007. Kevin has become a motivational speaker for youth at
risk, discussing homelessness, HIV/AIDS, drug education , prevention
and awareness, and domestic violence. He was guest speaker for "Safe
Space" graduation ceremony and GMHC workshop, and panelist for the
HIV/AIDS Forum at Chashama in NYC. In 2010, Kevin performed as an actor
in the play "Newark is Burning" at the FAMOUS New Jersey Performing
Arts Center in Newark.
2015 Kevin co-hosted the blogtalk radio show "I am ballroom give me my
status " with host "Tremain Tsunami". Keeping the ballroom informed and
educating the community on important issues, such as drugs, mental
illness, balls and health related issues and is helping educate the
community about "PREP" medication :"TRUVADA"the new HIV
2016 The House of Ultra Omni celebrates its 37th Anniversary and will
continue to support the ballroom community and other various
communities through support and service effots. As of 1995 we were
proud to have a "Paris France chapter of OMNI" and as of 2014 We are
proud to have "European Chapters of OMNI" as well as world-wide,
special thanks to Mother "Marina Omni" and father "Aus Omni" and
"Daniel Wang Omni", we have London, England, Paris France, the
Netherlands, Japan and Omni members from other countries as well. As of
2014 We became the "World-wide Pioneering Icon House of Ultra Omni""
2014 Mr. Burrus continues to educate the various
communities by becoming a guest speaker and constantly getting involved
in doing interviews on internet blogtalk radio shows such as "Ballroom
Radio" with "Izzi Rodriguez" . Burrus has produced and hosted a wide
array of shows, benefits and videos under the name of "Ultra-Omni
Productions/ Entertainment (aka) House of Omni," and has also
produced many other events. The House Of Ultra Omni inducted into the
NYC "Ballroom House Hall of Fame 2010. And was inducted into the 2012
"Dorian Corey Awards" Philadelphia PA, Ballroom House Hall of Fame. The
House of Ultra Omni celebrated its 35th year Anniversay April 2014, The
house has been active since January 21st, 1979. He has supported, as
well as had a cameo appearance in, the new documentary film "Flow
Affair" (2010). Kevin was involved with the fund raiser "The Love Ball"
for the Design industry Foundation for AIDS (1989 to 1991). Some of his
other national supporters include model/actress Beverly Johnson,
designers Bob Mackie and Jean-Paul Gautier, the singers/actresses
Madonna and Queen Latifah, and a host of many others. Kevin was
involved in and hosted the benefit for the Harlem Boys Choir at the
Jacob Javits Center, for Kwanzaa 1996.
Burrus worked for and with the Justice Project
(1991) and Covenant House (1996), including a major show called
"Style", which taught youth about living a longer existence. Other
supporters include Maxine Lewis (Apollo Theater's Children's Amateur
Night), and Dr. Ed Lover of radio's Hot 97 FM.
is presently co-host of the internet blog talk radio show "The Red
Carpet" since 2009. He was previously involved in radio promotions for
The Red Alert Show on radio's 98.7 Kiss FM (1991- 1992), New York's #1
Hip-Hop station. Back in the day, he was a dancer on Jerry Bledsoe's
"Soul Alive" TV show, which was syndicated on WPIX channel 11, and was
been included on podcasts for "Pink Mafia Radio". Burrus was also a
guest on "Morning Radio's Star & Buc Wild Show" (New York's
105.1 FM). He has traveled throughout major US cities performing in
countless clubs, balls and fundraisers.
Burrus has appeared on LOGO TV News (2006), MTV News (1989), and most
recently BBC-TV of London. He has hosted affairs/filming at New York's
Club Escuelita, interviews (2002), the NY daily newspaper
Faces and Places (1990). Burrus was interviewed in Clique Magazine
(2007), The Village Voice (1995, 1997 and 2000), Time Out Magazine
2002, Fashions of the New York Times (1999, 2000 and 2005), Vrij
Nederland in Amsterdam (1991). New York Post (2001), Next
Magazine 1997, Vibe Magazine (2000) and One World Magazine (2002) with
Duane Pyous, Director of Photography, Legends Magazine & Esteem
Feedback online Magazine for many years. Burrus is also featured in the
book "Award Winning Men" by Ed Karvoski, Jr. (2002), and was
acknowledged in the credits from Holly Brubeck's book "Girlfriends"
Burrus has produced and hosted fashion shows for over 30 years, Balls
for over 30 years, and has earned well over 305 competitive
trophies and awards since his inception into the Ball community in 1979
- and in 2010, still winning trophies and setting examples "ICON FACE".
In 2009, Kevin received the "House of Latex Award for Excellence", the
Hollywood Star Award from Joseph Ebony, and in 2008 received the "PHIL
BLACK HONORARY DOCTORATE DEGREE IN HUMANE LETTERS @ The Greatest Ball
on Earth", produced by author Terrence Legend. Kevin also won the 2007
Pioneer Icon Award.
2014 His activism work continues , Burrus hosted a
"National House of Omni Convention" in Harlem NYC to bridge the gap
between the generations in regards to what is needed in the community
along with his good friend "Wolfgang Busch". There were workshops set
up to provide dialogue between the generations in regards to assisting
the Community and its needs.
2015 Kevin received the "Ballroom Gatekeeper Award" During Black Pride
NYC, August 2015. THIS "GATEKEEPER AWARD" added to his 305 trophies,
honors and awards to date.
2014 Mr. Burrus has received numerous honors: April 2014 "Bloomfield
College Community Service Recognition Award. 2014 A scholarship "Joel
Hall Scholarship Merit Award, from Chicago's "Links Hall" in Honor of
"Kevin Omni" for young and inspiring dancers. Also in 2014 he received
"The National Action Network Award" from the National Action Network
presented by the Rev. Al Sharpton for his Community support.
In 2010 he received "The ClubHouse 3000" award. and 2006
Burrus received the "Lifetime Achievers/MINI Ball Award" (New York's
Clubhouse Club. In 2005 he received the 25th OMNI Anniversary Award. In
2004, he received the "How Could We Ever Forget You Award" from the
House of Ebony's 25th Anniversary, The West Coast Hall of Fame Award
(2001), The Lifetime Achievers Award (2001), The Lifetime Friendship
Award (2002), The G.M.A.D Award (2002), The House of OMNI, the Lifetime
Achiever Mini-Balls Award (2004), The Realness Award from The
Clubhouse, the Black Pride Promoting Partner Award (2004/2005) from
Black Pride NYC, and the Jon Michael Harrington Humanitarian Award from
the GMHC House of Latex (2004). His other awards Include The Hall of
Fame (1984 and 1996), Legends Award (1993 and 1998), The Proclamation
Award (House of Ebony 1997), Outstanding Ballroom Participation Award
(House of Mugler 1995), and the Ballroom Appreciation Award (House of
Burrus has been involved with the ball culture scene since 1975. He
gave the very first Mini Ball in Brooklyn NYC (1982), which began the
trend of Mini Balls, along with his friend, Makuta Versace Chanel.
Burrus pioneered the sequel "Legends, Statements & Stars Balls
1 Through 10" (1989 - 2000). He also pioneered the theme "Lifetime
Achievers/Icons, Stars & Status Balls" (2003-2009). 2011 Kevin
became Celebrity judge "Hustle Contest" along w/Ralph Mc Daniels
producer of:"Video Music Box". Kevin also appeared and danced :"Soul
Alive & Dance Fever Dance television shows 70's. Kevin is also
a Talk Show host for: "The Ian Show", an online Internet radio show.
and has been a guest on Tom Bluementhal's Blog Talk Radio internet
show. He has subsidiary members in other cities (Chicago, St. Louis,
Milwaukee, Detroit, Los Angeles, Oakland, Raleigh and Durham,Virginia,
Washington DC, NYC, and in New Jersey and South Carolina, as well as
subsidiary members in Paris, France and London, England. He produced
several roller-skating events at the world-renowned Empire Roller Rink
in Brooklyn, NY, some of which events were Gospel and included
Godmother La Rose Omni and Reverend Hezekiah Walker.
2015 Kevin continues to support the annual " NYC Black Pride Boat Ride"
hosted by "James Saunders, JS Marketing LLC This has been a
successful event providing an atmosphere of Unity and Pride within the
african american community.
In 2016 Kevin continues to
work in association with Christopher James Robinson "Deep House Mafia
Marketing Promotions Co. Inc. Which includes parties @ Club Space, Tiki
Bar & Bar 13. Also includes Superstar Disco Jockey's : Junior
Vasquez, Andre Collins, Mike Q of "Qween Beat Productions". While
working with "Deep House Mafia Marketing, includes a major fund raising
event for "Coloniel Abrams" along with recording artists such as: Inaya
Daye, Sandy D, Darryl D'bonneau, lottie Dah, Curtis Akins, Byron
Burrus is presently hosting events for performers, R & B
singers and house music artists including Melba Moore, Melisa Morgan
,Colonel Abrams, Tanya Gardner, Loleatta Holloway, Ultra Nate, Kenny
Bobien, Rolon Clark, Toni Smith, Martha Wash, Barbara Tucker,
Meli'sa Morgan, Jennifer Holiday, Inaye Daye, Allison Williams, Kevin
Aviance, the late Phyllis Hyman, Rochelle Flemming, Lil Mo. He has
worked with rap artists Li'l Kim, Trina, HoodSide, Chastity, J.Ross
Parelli and a host of others. He works as promoter/host for many clubs,
CLUB PACHA, CLUB REMIX, CLUB SPACE,IBIZA NYC, Club Mass, NYC, NY, also
known as the new Club Shelter. The Brooklyn Morgan Warehouse, Esco's
(formerly Escuelita's), including Club Rebel, Club Playground, Tunnel,
Studio 54, Twilo, Sound Factory Bar, Club Warehouse, Octagon, Shelter,
Roxy's, Synagogue and Diva Lounge, Langston's, The Club House, Brooklyn
Cafe/Sensation, Palladium, Red Zone, Red Parrot,The Brownstone (Newark
NJ), Dc Convention Center, The Paradox (Baltimore MD.) CLUB SOUND
FACTORY. Most recently, Burrus has been an integral part of
aLg Productions via Youtube, interviewing singer J. Ross Parelli and
Miss Black New Jersey (2009) Beauty and Scholarship Pageant. He has
also been a contributing writer for Clique Magazine, and has written
independent stories about the Ball Culture, as well as columns about
NYC nightlife. A contributing writer to "RockStar Ballroom Magazine"
for its premier issue (Winter/Spring 2005), and "Cut Magazine"
(Chicago, 1992), stories published in "Verbal Abuse Magazine" 1995.
Burrus was interviewed in Clique magazine (2007) Atlanta Georgia, "Time
Out Magazine 2002 " In The Meantime" (Fall 2006) Hollywood California ,
and Out in Jersey Magazine (Spring/Summer 2006) , and Swerv Magazine
(Winter/ 2014) Washington DC, He has also been interviewed in "Ballroom
Magazine, 2014" in Florida.
Burrus is a member of the Harlem Arts Council (2000). He served as a
Black Pride NYC board member (1998 - 2002), and was also a member of
the NAACP Jamaica, NY Branch (1993). As a Peer Counselor for Harlem
United Community AIDS Center, he was responsible for conducting
outreach to various venues educating those at greatest risk, people
living with and threatened by HIV and AIDS. In 2013/ 2014 Burrus was
employed as a "Micro-Biology Laboratory Assistant and "Media Help Desk
employee for Bloomfield College. Burrus has worked as a
network and help desk operator, Jr. Data Communications technician for
banks and brokerage securities firms from 1978-1993, and was employed
for 15 years on Wall Street, NYC.