Ryan Jamaal Swain rose to fame as Damon on Pose, and has been working hard for this moment. Swain will receive the Represent Pride award at 2019’s Urban One Honors, which will be presented by Billy Porter.
Tuesday, November 12, Cathy Hughes, Urban One Founder and Chairwoman held a “Press Supporting Press” event. Hughes revealed more information about the honors show, and being in the business for 40 years. For instance, Missy Elliott, Sylvia Rhone, and Jamie Foxx will also be honored during the ceremony. Tickets for the show can be purchased here.
“It’s so amazing to be a part of an organization that is about the excellence of black people,” stated Swain. “To know that I’m an honoree at this year’s Urban One Honors in conjunction with celebrating the 40-year anniversary of Radio One; It just shows we’re in a place where we are accepting innovation, diversity and inclusion – and not just buzz words. It’s so beautiful to have Billy Porter presenting me with my award and it’s going to be an event that I feel will set the tone for the trajectory of entertainment, media, radio and also the world.”
After the event, we spoke with Swain on queer representation, his role as Damon, success, and “the power of a dream.” Check out the interview below.