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Kevin Burrus

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Kevin Omni

 

 

 

On October 8th, 1958, Mr. Kevin "Omni" Burrus was born in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, New York. He was the fifth child of 6 children. He has strives to accomplish his goals and to reach all of his expectations. Through hard work, dedication and devotion, he has persevered and thus Kevin Omni Burrus, the Producer, Event Coordinator, Fundraiser, Actor, Educator, Activist, Public Relations/Media Contact/Volunteer and Support person was born.  Mr. Burrus utilizes all adversities and hardships as a stepping stone to success, rather than any situation presented as a road block. 
In 2014 and 2013 Kevin will be working on many volunteer projects. One of his greatest joys would be to help raise funds for the St. Jude Hospital Christian Fund for the Children with Cancer and The A.S.P.C.A for battered and abused animals; while continuing to raise much needed funds for the "Kevin Omni Burrus Funeral/Burial Fund. In 2014 Kevin continues his education in Clinical Lab Science as he has completed courses in Biology, Micro-Biology, Chemistry, Cellular-Molecular Biology and is now taking: Anatomy & Physiology as well as Immunology. In 2013 Kevin began working part time as a Micro-Biology "Lab Assistant" and continues to do so in 2014 as well as his volunteer work and Community Service.
In 2013 Kevin began supporting and raising funds for "Breast Cancer Awareness" through Bloomfield College "CSLE" CENTER FOR  Student Leadership AND Engagement Program. In 2014 / 2013 Mr. Burrus has volunteered spending time with youth's ages 5 through 13 @ The Newark YMWCA. He spent time teaching Arts & Craft, provided lunches, played games: Musical chairs and Dancing with the kids doing "Limbo" and other fun things. In 2013 Mr. Burrus assisted in making sandwiches for the homeless: "The Midnight Run" which provided food and clothing for the Homeless in NYC, this was incorporated by Bloomfield College. In 2013 Mr. Burrus continues to be of service to many diversified communities in New York as well as New Jersey. He continues to put forth and render his services for :"Arts From the Heart LLC" a not for profit company which provides services for youth's, artists and people whom are disadvantaged. In 2013 Mr. Burrus gets involved in Focus groups, Health Fairs and many other events through Bloomfield College.

In 2012 Burrus was responsible for hosting a Screening for the 30 year old film: "Harlem Fantasy", which enabled him to establish the much needed "Kevin Omni Burrus  Funeral/Burial Fund. It was established to assist those in the Community who have passed away without any insurance and or family and to provide them with some financial assistance. In 2014 Kevin Omni continues to raise funds for the burial fund. In 2012 Mr. Burrus also hosted and supported Inspiring Artist @The Chasama Gallery for raising funds to support the Artist and their wonderful art work. He has supported such events and many other volunteer services for "Arts From the Heart".In 2012 Kevin has hosted art exhibits at the famous "Chashma Art Gallery" located in Harlem NYC. He has also been featured in a New Book released 2012 "Voguing and the House Ballroom Scene of NYC 1989- 1992" published by "Soul Jazz Records LTD".
In 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.
In 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.

In 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 "Izzy 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.
Kevin 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" (1998).

Burrus has produced and hosted fashion shows for over 30 years, Balls for over 30 years, and has earned well over 250 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.
In 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.

In 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 Princess 1995).

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. 

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, 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.)  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.
 
 
He has been a faithful member of his church, Brookdale Baptist, and is a constant pillar to his family and friends. Kevin volunteers his time to many whom are less fortunate. He provides yearly donations of food and clothing to patients at Harlem Hospital through his church and various pantries, including the Salvation Army. Kevin's door remains open to all who are in need. Kevin devotes much of his time and energy to his young nephews and niece, as well as his siblings and 85 year old mother, all of whom he loves dearly.

 



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