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…Hugo BOSS Chicago Flagship Store Re-opening…
Editors Note / Society Events

…Hugo BOSS Chicago Flagship Store Re-opening…


By- DeoVonte “Deo” Means Hugo BOSS’s Chicago flagship inside The Shops at North Bridge hosted their re-opening celebration with current and former Chicago Bears team members, with 20% of sales from the event benefiting Bears Care, the charitable arm of the Chicago Bears. Earlier in the afternoon fans were invited to meet former Chicago Bear, … Continue reading

…Jean Paul Gaultier… The Icon Retires…The Legacy……
Editors Note / Intriguing & Impressive

…Jean Paul Gaultier… The Icon Retires…The Legacy……


…An icon Emeriti -crown’s a successor as the Dauphin of his iconic legacy…Deo… By- DeoVonte “Deo” Means The iconic French designer, Jean Paul Gaultier; commonly dubbed the “enfant terrible” of fashion – began the year 2020 – with a jovially auspicious message announcing his retirement. “Gaultier Paris will continue Haute Couture! I have a new … Continue reading

…RuPaul Teaches How To “Read” In Iconic SNL Sketch…
Intriguing & Impressive

…RuPaul Teaches How To “Read” In Iconic SNL Sketch…


 “Reading is throwing shade: A brutal insult wrapped inside a glorious wordplay.” –RuPaul Written By- DeoVonte “Deo” Means Taking a comedic; yet powerful blow at the critics of the highly controversial, yet wildly popular Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH ) initiative, RuPaul used his appearance on SNL to illustrate just why “reading is fundamental!” Ru-as … Continue reading

…The Flyy-Life’s 2019 Most Flyy & Eligible Bachelors…
Editors Note / Intriguing & Impressive

…The Flyy-Life’s 2019 Most Flyy & Eligible Bachelors…


By DeoVonte “Deo” Means …Two lost Angels discover salvation, under vast pink skies watching the sun rise… – Miguel Initially when I started the preparation process for this project, I decided to do things differently. I prayed and asked God to use me and direct my path. It was frustrating at times because He didn’t … Continue reading

Alvin Ailey 60th Anniversary- Chicago…Repertoire…2019…Pics
Editors Note / Intriguing & Impressive / Society Events

Alvin Ailey 60th Anniversary- Chicago…Repertoire…2019…Pics


Repertoire  repertoire noun rep·​er·​toire | \ ˈre-pər-ˌtwär  , ˈre-pə-\ Definition of repertoire:  a supply of skills, devices, or expedients, a list or supply of capabilities From the Late Latin noun repertorium, meaning “list,” has given us two words that can be used to speak of the broad range of things that someone or something can … Continue reading

…Damien Crawford, Speaks “Therapy” with The Flyy-Life…
Editors Note

…Damien Crawford, Speaks “Therapy” with The Flyy-Life…


By- DeoVonte “Deo” Means It’s documented and undeniable that Damien solidified his status as an LGBT influencer years ago. As an attractive, educated and upwardly mobile young man; he became venerated by viewers as the personification of the immaculate trifecta! Hailed by many as the “perfect 10’s”, what many didn’t realize is that beneath the … Continue reading

Sampson McCormick… “A Different Direction”…Speaks with The Flyy-Life…
Editors Note / Intriguing & Impressive

Sampson McCormick… “A Different Direction”…Speaks with The Flyy-Life…


By: DeoVonte “Deo” Means Sampson McCormick, the name that carries dual jurisdictional respect, both within the world of mainstream comedy and within the urban LGBTQ community at large.  Born in Washington, D.C.,  partially reared in Evergreen, North Carolina and returning to Washington D.C, ; he has become a popular, award-winning, stand-up comedian, writer and activist. … Continue reading

…”Perfect Holiday”- Holiday Party at Alhambra Palace…(Pics)
Society Events

…”Perfect Holiday”- Holiday Party at Alhambra Palace…(Pics)


By: DeoVonte “Deo” Means- LGBT Historian Upon exiting High Society’s “Perfect Holiday” party, I realized that for the first time in 13 years, I got a true aromatic wisp of the iconic Prop House days. Tonight’s event was held at Alhambra Palace. Located in the trendy west loop district – the venue spacing and layout … Continue reading

….Good Vibes….Holiday Party… (pics)
Editors Note / Society Events

….Good Vibes….Holiday Party… (pics)


By: DeoVonte “Deo” Means It’s widely known that the “flyy” component of Chicago’s urban LGBT community began to die roughly two-three years ago.  Closing 2018, our reality is that we’ve transitioned from a city with a highly respected night-life;  partying in the chicest locations, amongst the most beautiful people, – to now calling the archaic and … Continue reading

Brand Ambassador Christian Banks- Host Chicago’s White Party
Intriguing & Impressive / Society Events

Brand Ambassador Christian Banks- Host Chicago’s White Party


By- DeoVonte “Deo” Means Hailed by many as a modern-day personification of Michelangelo’s “David”; one of the first features recognized in Christian is his strikingly-captivating; almost angelic gorgeousness!  With the prowess of a corporate titan, within the span of almost 2 years, he’s transitioned his social media acclaim into a marketable business-line by becoming a … Continue reading

…A Weekend with Capriccio-The Final Verdict…
Intriguing & Impressive

…A Weekend with Capriccio-The Final Verdict…


By: DeoVonte “Deo” Means Disclaimer- (1) According to the Surgeon General, women should not drink alcoholic beverages during pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects. (2) Consumption of alcoholic beverages impairs your ability to drive a car or operate machinery, and may cause health problems. Your friends at The Flyy-Life, remind you to drink … Continue reading

…An Ethical Analysis & Brilliance of Drake’s- God’s Plan…
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…An Ethical Analysis & Brilliance of Drake’s- God’s Plan…


By- DeoVonte “Deo” Means “She say, Do you love me? I tell her, Only partly I only love my bed and my momma, I’m sorry”– Drake, God’s Plan The three fundamentals of an ethical theory are to be Descriptive, Evaluative and Analytical. Drake’s 2018 hit, God’s Plan, lyrically is a masterpiece because he flawlessly evoked … Continue reading

…Nephilim…Our Fallen Angels…2017 In- Memoriam…
Editors Note

…Nephilim…Our Fallen Angels…2017 In- Memoriam…


By-DeoVonte “Deo” Means Genesis 6:1–4 tells the readers that the Nephilim, which means “fallen ones” when translated into English, were the products of divine beings and humans (lit. daughters and sons of Adam). The Nephilim are known as great warriors and giants of their cause. (see Ezekiel 32:27 and Numbers 13:33).  Our annual In Memoriam spread is … Continue reading

…The Flyy-Life Mourns the Passing of Tre’Darrius Anderson…
Editors Note

…The Flyy-Life Mourns the Passing of Tre’Darrius Anderson…


By: DeoVonte “Deo” Means It seems like just yesterday. Two years before the historic 2015 ruling in which Justice Anthony Kennedy cast the deciding vote in the Obergefell v Hodges case making same-sex marriage legal across the entirety of the United States; the internet was abuzz with the story of two men from Memphis, Tenn. that … Continue reading

…Tank Tops & Tattoos Picnic… The “Litty” of the City Descends…
Society Events

…Tank Tops & Tattoos Picnic… The “Litty” of the City Descends…


By- DeoVonte “Deo” Means This past Sunday, many of the sophisticated and sexy luminaires of Chicago gathered at a Chatham residence to attend the Tank Tops and Tattoos cookout, hosted by Nolan, Marcell and CJ. Many might ask, why would a summer picnic garner such praise? The answer is simple. Chicago’s scene has become so … Continue reading

…The Allure of Cocktails, Pumps & Cufflinks 2017….At Torquet….
Society Events

…The Allure of Cocktails, Pumps & Cufflinks 2017….At Torquet….


By- DeoVonte “Deo” Means It must be Spring!  Why, because Anthony Galloway, the Director of Education & Outreach of Equality Illinois has relaunched the annual Cocktail’s, Pumps & Cufflinks event. Held in indisputably the chicest locals of the city, the monthly event is the calling siren to each year’s social scene events. Held at Torquret, … Continue reading

Social Media Exposing My HIV Status Did Not Crucify Me…Michael Clark Speaks….
Editors Note / Scandal Report

Social Media Exposing My HIV Status Did Not Crucify Me…Michael Clark Speaks….


  By:DeoVonte “Deo” Means Maliciously exposing someone’s HIV status has long been viewed as a tasteless tactic normally utilized by the weak and defeated. Yet, we still witness from time-to-time a disagreement, “reading session” or shade-fest that includes or ends in a “health-read.” Most times we roll our eyes, view the person that issued the … Continue reading

…Chicago’s Legend, Stevie Edwards Chats With The Flyy-Life…
Editors Note / Intriguing & Impressive

…Chicago’s Legend, Stevie Edwards Chats With The Flyy-Life…


     By- DeoVonte “Deo” Means In a time before party hosting became a lifesaving career for the unemployed, under employed and society rejects; there was one name that gathered the socialites of the city and set a standard. That name was Stevie…as in Stevie Edwards! Regardless of what demographic or sub-culture of the community you … Continue reading

The House of La’Beija Celebrates 50 Years and Chats With The Flyy-Life…
Intriguing & Impressive

The House of La’Beija Celebrates 50 Years and Chats With The Flyy-Life…


By: DeoVonte “Deo” Means When word first spread of the 50th anniversary of the House of La ’Beija, I was immediately taken back 15 years ago to my earliest days as a young college freshman entering the underground world known as “ballroom.” The name La ‘Beija signified New York!  It was the finest level of … Continue reading

The Ratchets Storm Atlanta’s Pride and Leave A Trail of Blood & Bruises….
Scandal Report

The Ratchets Storm Atlanta’s Pride and Leave A Trail of Blood & Bruises….


By- DeoVonte “Deo” Means At this point, I’m sure everyone has seen the horrifically appalling videos of the senseless violence that took place in Atlanta during their 2016 Pride celebration. I’m also almost positive that as more people make it home and recuperate from the festivities, perhaps a few more clips will become public. Shockingly, … Continue reading

Rahim Brazil of About Him, Chats with The Flyy-Life….
Intriguing & Impressive

Rahim Brazil of About Him, Chats with The Flyy-Life….


By:DeoVonte “Deo” Means The web series About Him, reached an almost epic level of support this summer on social media. The scenes, storyline and actors were the topic of many conversations held in the private Face Book groups. Here at The Flyy-Life, we strive to utilize our platform to highlight and chronicle the artistic, enterprising, … Continue reading

…The Rails Rooft-Top Party….Kensington Roof Garden & Lounge…pics
Society Events

…The Rails Rooft-Top Party….Kensington Roof Garden & Lounge…pics


By: DeoVonte “Deo” Means The fundamental beauty of pride has always been the ability to bring out those legends of the community that have transitioned out of a desire to be “present” every week, while celebrating the gregarious and youthful demographic that are your most loyal supporters throughout the year.  I decided to step out … Continue reading

….And then there was Otis Damo’n…Crowning The World…
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….And then there was Otis Damo’n…Crowning The World…


By: DeoVonte “Deo” Means Since my earliest years of being a young fashionisto, I’ve always been most fascinated with the art of haute couture millinery. One of my most fond memories was meeting the iconic Phillip Treacy years ago at a Neiman Marcus event. Pharrell Williams, and his now infamous Vivienne Westwood hat, can be … Continue reading

…Cocktails, Pumps & Cufflinks at DrumBar…(pics)…
Society Events

…Cocktails, Pumps & Cufflinks at DrumBar…(pics)…


  By: DeoVonte “Deo” Means On Wednesday evening, Anthony Galloway and his team hosted the 2016 edition of Cocktails, Pumps & Cufflinks at the chic Drumbar on the rooftop of the stunning Raffaelo Hotel located in Streeterville. For those “not-in-the-know,” CP&C is an entity that was launched last spring to provide a refreshing outlet for … Continue reading

…Versace Saunters Into Chicago…
Editors Note / Intriguing & Impressive

…Versace Saunters Into Chicago…


By: DeoVonte “Deo” Means During a normal lunchtime connect, I was encouraged by a colleague to checkout the new Versace store that opened this past Sunday on Rush Street. Considering the legendary Donatella Versace personally paid a visit to Sunday’s event, I found myself intrigued. My excitement was stimulated not merely from the accessibility of … Continue reading