Kennedy Davenport

Reuben Asberry Jr.,[1] better known by the stage name Kennedy Davenport, is a drag queen, television personality, and dancer from Dallas, Texas who came to international attention on the seventh season of RuPaul's Drag Race, placing fourth overall, and on the third season of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars, where she was the runner-up.[2]

Kennedy Davenport
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Davenport performing in 2015
Born
Reuben Asberry Jr.
OccupationDrag queen, television personality, dancer
Known for
Websitehttps://kennedydavenport.com/

CareerEdit

Davenport first appeared on television in the eighth season of America's Got Talent in 2013. She was eliminated in the Vegas round.[3][4]

He was announced as one of the fourteen contestants in season seven of RuPaul's Drag Race on March 2, 2015,[5] where he placed fourth overall. After this, he made a one-episode appearance on Skin Wars with fellow Drag Race contestants.[6] On October 20, 2017, Davenport was announced as one of the returning queens for RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 3.[7] Davenport ultimately was the runner-up overall, losing to Trixie Mattel.[2][8]

Outside of Drag Race, Asberry has won numerous titles in drag pageants,[9] including Miss Gay Orlando 2016, Miss D’Elegance International 2013, and Miss Gay Black USofA 2009.[10] His dance performances are his signature component.[9]

Davenport also works as a musician; he released his first single, "Moving Up", featuring rapper Dresia Dee on March 16, 2018.[11][12]

In July 2020, he returned to the fifth season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars as a Lip-Sync Assassin.

Personal lifeEdit

His father, Reuben Asberry Sr., died in October 25, 2013.[13] A $33,000 bank payment was needed to prevent his house foreclosed upon. A GoFundMe page was created to help pay off the house note,[14] and a drag event was held to support him, featuring fellow Drag Race alumni.[1]

His drag mother is Kelexis Davenport,[15] who is also drag mother to the late season 2 Drag Race contestant Sahara Davenport.[16] Another one of Kennedy's drag sisters, Bianca Gisele Davenport Starr, was murdered on December 8, 2017.[17] Drag Race season 11 contestant A'keria Chanel Davenport, and other Drag Race Contestants throughout the years (Honey Davenport, Monét X Change and Ra'Jah O'Hara) are among members of the Davenport drag family.[18][19]

Pageant historyEdit

  • Miss Gay Black USofA 2009[20]
  • Miss Tampa Bay International 2009[20]
  • Miss Glamorous 2010[20]
  • North Carolina All American Goddess 2010[20]
  • Miss Parliament House 2010[20]
  • Miss Revolution 2010[20]
  • Miss Treasure Coast 2010[20]
  • Miss Gay South Central States USofA 2011[20]
  • Miss Parliament House 2011[20]
  • Miss Gay Georgia USofA 2012[20]
  • Miss Texas FFI 2012[20]
  • Mid America All American Goddess 2013[20]
  • All American Goddess (3rd Alternate)[20]
  • Miss D’Elegance International 2013[20]
  • Miss Gay Orlando 2016[20]
  • Miss West Palm Beach International 2016[20]
  • Miss Gay Texas USofA 2017 (1st Alternate)[20]
  • Miss Gay USofA 2017 (1st Alternate)[20]
  • Miss Gay USofA 2019[21]
  • Miss Pride South Florida 2019

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role
2019 Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts Himself

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref
2013 America's Got Talent Himself (contestant) Season 8 [3][4]
2015 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself (contestant) Season 7 (4th place) [5]
2016 Skin Wars Herself Episode: "Miss Skin Wars" [22]
2018 RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars Herself (contestant) Season 3 (Runner-Up) [2]
2020 AJ and the Queen Drag queen Guest appearance [23]
2020 RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars (season 5) Herself Guest (“Lipsync Assassin”)
Episode: "Stand-Up Smackdown"
[24]
RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars: Untucked (season 2)

Music videosEdit

Year Title Artist
2015 "Uptown Fish"[25] Shangela

Web seriesEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2015 RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked Herself Companion show to RuPaul's Drag Race [26]
2015 Transformations Guest [27]
2016 Hey Qween 2 episodes, Guest [28]
2016 How To Makeup World of Wonder series [29]
2016 Fashion Photo Ruview Guest, alongside Raven and Raja [30]
2018 Before She Walks In Guest [31]
2018 Whatcha Packin' Guest [32]
2018 Cosmo Queens Season Three, Episode Ten [33]
2019 Detailz Guest [34]
2019 Werq The World Season 1 [35]
2019 Follow Me Episode: "Mayhem Miller" [36]

DiscographyEdit

SinglesEdit

Title Year Album
"Moving Up" 2018 Non-album single

As featured artistEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
Dance

[37]
"Drag Up Your Life"
(RuPaul featuring the Cast of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars season 3)
2018 Non-album single
"Kitty Girl"
(RuPaul featuring the Cast of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars season 3)
18

Other appearancesEdit

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Throw Ya Hands Up" 2015 RuPaul RuPaul Presents CoverGurlz 2
"Cha Cha Heels" 2016 Lucian Piane, Katya Zamolodchikova RuPaul's Drag Race: The Rusical
"One Last Christmas Card" 2017 Adam Barta featuring Mrs. Kasha Davis, Eureka O'Hara, and Kennedy Davenport Non-album singles

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ a b c "'Drag Race All Stars 3' Runner-Up Kennedy Davenport on Racism From Fans: 'Drag Has No Color'". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  3. ^ a b "Five Facts About Kennedy Davenport". QWEERIST. 2018-01-12. Retrieved 2019-05-08.
  4. ^ a b America's Got Talent (2013-07-17), Kennedy Davenport - Drag Queen Gets Down to Donna Summer's "Last Dance"- America's Got Talent 2013, retrieved 2018-02-18
  5. ^ a b Nichols, JamesMichael (2015-01-28). "'RuPaul's Drag Race' Adds New Judges, Will Premiere March 2". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-02-18.
  6. ^ "Drag Queens Stomp the Runway at 'Skin Wars'". 2016-05-12. Retrieved 2018-02-18.
  7. ^ "RuPaul To Reveal 'All Stars' Season 3 Cast On Upcoming VH1 Special: 'Prepare To Be Gagged'". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-02-18.
  8. ^ Fitzpatrick, Molly. "RuPaul's Drag Race's Kennedy Davenport on the All Stars 3 Finale". www.vulture.com. Retrieved 2019-05-08.
  9. ^ a b Schlichte, Garrett (15 February 2018). "Does RuPaul's Drag Race Have a Race Problem?". Slate Magazine. Archived from the original on 20 February 2018.
  10. ^ Fortino, A. Sebastian (25 February 2010). "New Miss Black Gay US of A Crowned". South Florida Gay News. Archived from the original on 21 February 2018. Former Miss Black Gay US of A Kennedy Davenport was proud to hand over her crown to Miss Bordeaux.
  11. ^ gardTV (2018-03-16), Kennedy Davenport :: Moving Up feat. Dresia Dee (VIDEO), retrieved 2018-03-17
  12. ^ "'Drag Race' Runner Up Kennedy Davenport Releases Disco-Flavored 'Moving Up'". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-05-08.
  13. ^ "Reuben Asberry Sr.'s Obituary on Dallas Morning News". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2018-02-18.
  14. ^ "'Dancing Diva of Dallas' Raising Money to Save Family Home". CW33 NewsFix. 2015-11-12. Retrieved 2018-02-18.
  15. ^ "'RuPaul's Drag Race,' Season 7 :: The Kennedy Davenport Interview". EDGE Media Network. Retrieved 2018-02-18.
  16. ^ Richard Curtin (2012-10-09), Kelexis Davenport on the death of drag daughter Sahara Davenport, retrieved 2018-02-18
  17. ^ "Texas Police Arrested a Man for the Murder of Kennedy Davenport's Drag Sister". Hornet Stories. 2017-12-14. Retrieved 2018-02-18.
  18. ^ Voorhis, Genevieve Van. "The House Of Davenport Has Turned 'Rupaul's Drag Race' Season 11 Into A Family Reunion". Bustle. Retrieved 2019-05-08.
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  20. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Kennedy Davenport". Our Community Roots. May 28, 2018.
  21. ^ USofA Pageants - Miss Gay USofA 2019!!! Kennedy Davenport, retrieved 2019-05-26
  22. ^ Boulet, Ruth (2016-05-11). "Skin Wars meets RuPaul's Drag Race: a Season 3 episode 4 preview". Channel Guide Magazine. Retrieved 2020-04-10.
  23. ^ Nolfi, Joey (2019-12-03). "RuPaul brings 22 Drag Race queens to costar on AJ and the Queen". EW.com. Retrieved 2019-12-03.
  24. ^ McCallian, Paul (July 17, 2020). "RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars Recap: Roast Battle". Vulture. Retrieved July 18, 2020.
  25. ^ Hinzmann, Dennis (April 8, 2015). "WATCH: Shangela's Bringing You 'Uptown Fish'". Mic.com. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
  26. ^ Untucked: RuPaul's Drag Race Episode 1 | Born Naked. YouTube. March 23, 2015. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
  27. ^ James St. James and Kennedy Davenport: Transformations. YouTube. July 15, 2015. Retrieved August 20, 2019.
  28. ^ Hey Qween (2016-02-22), Kennedy Davenport on Hey Qween with Jonny McGovern!!! | Hey Qween, retrieved 2019-05-08
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  34. ^ Detailz w/ Dida Ritz: IMHO at DragCon NYC 2019. YouTube. September 13, 2019. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
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  36. ^ FOLLOW ME: Mayhem Miller. YouTube. June 10, 2019. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
  37. ^ "Dance/Electronic Songs - March 31, 2018". Billboard. Retrieved October 17, 2019.