February 21, 2017


Future Black History Month: Todrick Hall's Expanding Prominence

Tara Ziemba/WireImage
Tara Ziemba/WireImage

Fuse is once again celebrating an extended Black History Month by highlighting a variety of rising forces who are creating Future Black History before our very eyes. If you use the Internet in 2017, then you definitely know Todrick Hall, but the viral star is now making sure his platform and star power rise past his web beginnings.

In the past year, Todrick has elevated his YouTube channel featuring a slew of superstar guests, collaborating with the likes of Gwen StefaniPentatonix, Maddie Ziegler and more. Meanwhile, his latest studio album Straight Outta Oz saw collaborations with Nicole ScherzingerJordin Sparks, Amber Riley and a slew of the world's most famous drag queens.

Straight Outta Oz parlayed into a full-fledged summer tour for Todrick, featuring 30 dates across the U.S. and Canada, including multiple theater stops in big cities in New York and California.

Todrick's tour is just one of the most recent examples of this remarkable talent taking his powers to a higher platform. After being brought on a guest judge in Season 8 of RuPaul's Drag Race, Todrick was a main judge for the second season of the show's All Stars series, giving him his latest major TV opportunity. And as of last November, Hall took over the lead role of Lola for Broadway musical Kinky Boots, marking his biggest stage role to date as well. 

In whatever role, Hall stays true to who he is—he's talked about his struggles in Hollywood as a gay, black man—and undoubtedly that commitment to self has only led to bigger and better opportunities for the multi-talented star. What area will he conquer next? That's unclear, but as long as he stays committed to who he is, the opportunities will definitely continue.