It’s been five years since he took the American Idol audition stage.
Ada Vox made quite the entrance for his “American Idol” audition with a gold dress complete with a black tulle tear-away train. The San Antonio drag queen felt right at home in front of the judges and for good reason. According to a pre-audition conversation Vox had with Katy Perry, it is not the first time the queen has faced the “American Idol” judges. Vox has already competed on “American Idol” Season 12 as Adam Sanders. Vox wasn’t a quickly dismissed contestant the last time either. He made his way to the top 50 contestants while on the show. That was five years ago and this time Vox is determined to make it all the way.
Perry: “And why do you think you got let go?”
Vox: “I didn’t have my stuff together. I was just a chubby little Latino boy into plaid shirts.”
Vox belted out “House of the Rising Sun” by Animals and Perry was shook. Vox’s rendition captivated all of the judges as he slowly let the song come to life in front of Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan. His range in the song prompted Bryan to ask about Vox’s range and that’s when the party really started. Vox immediately dropped her voice and sang one line from “Whoomp There It Is” by Tag Team and it sent Perry running around with joy. He then took his range as high as he could and Bryan couldn’t help but applaud the singer. Vox’s vocal skills were enough to get him through to Hollywood so get ready to see more of this powerful drag queen on your tv.
Cesar Chavez — the fierce activist for farm workers rights — died on April 23, 1993, but his legacy lives on through various celebrations on his birth month.
In 2014, President Barak Obama declared that the Latino leader would be celebrated by the nation on the day of his birth and declared March 31 would be Cesar Chavez Day.
President Obama said: “The values Cesar Chavez lived by guide us still. As we push to fix a broken immigration system, protect the right to unionize, advance social justice for young men of color, and build ladders of opportunity for every American to climb, we recall his resilience through setbacks, his refusal to scale back his dreams. When we organize against income inequality and fight to raise the minimum wage — because no one who works full time should have to live in poverty — we draw strength from his vision and example.”
People continue to honor Chavez with marches, parades, and festivals throughout March and April.
“Cesar Chavez was best known for his passionate fight to gain better working environments for thousands of workers laboring in harsh conditions on farms for low wages. He also staunchly believed in sovereignty of the United States border,” Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert said in a statement. “In fact, it was his firm belief that preventing illegal immigration was an essential prerequisite to improving the circumstances of American farmworkers; and in 1979, in a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., he demanded that the federal government enforce the immigration laws and keep illegal aliens out of the country.”
And in the very state that Gohmert represents, people there paid it no mind to his senseless words, and celebrated Cesar Chavez Day in the most beautiful way.
Thousands attended the march, including Texas Congressman Joaquin Castro.
“This weekend I joined #SanAntonians in the 22nd Annual Cesar E. Chavez #MarchforJustice to honor his legacy as a civil rights activist and labor leader,” Castro tweeted. “Very inspiring to see so many folks marching for great causes this weekend in #TX20.”
Here’s some more wonderful highlights from the march in San Antonio.
The red stands for “hard work and sacrifice” by immigrant workers, the United Farm Workers (UFW) state about the significance of their colors. The black eagle represents “the dark situation of the farm worker. The Aztec eagle is an historic symbol for the people of Mexico. The UFW incorporated the Aztec eagle into its design in order to show the connection the union had to migrant workers of Mexican-American descent, though not all UFW workers were Mexican-American.”
If you’d like to continue to celebrate Cesar Chavez, there’s another march on April 8.
D'Arrigo workers inviting people to their Cesar Chavez march on April 8 at 10 am / Trabajadores D'Arrigo de Brocoli invitando A la Marcha de Cesar chavez en el 8 de Abril at 10am. More/Mas @ https://www.facebook.com/events/1958802644434936/