This month’s column is special and it goes out to someone extra special in our Queen City drag community — Boom Boom LaTour. For those who have not heard, Boom Boom recently had a heart attack and is currently recovering in the hospital day by day. Boom Boom (aka Ricky Carter) is a living legend in the Queen City doing drag for decades dating back to the late ‘60s. Her name alone brings memories and smiles to faces across the South. Boom Boom was an early pioneer for drag, becoming a staple and one of the memorable faces at Charlotte gay bars like Blue Note, Oleens, Chaser’s and The Scorpio. You could find her still today greeting patrons at The Scorpio.
When her cousin Ron Deese posted on Facebook about Boom Boom’s health, not surprisingly, the news of her heart attack created an outpouring of emotion and well wishes. Having had my father recover from a heart attack, I know how difficult and tedious it can be. So I asked Facebook friends to send messages for my column. Indeed, love can heal the heart from friends in times like this.
“To Boom Boom with Love” — Boom Boom, read and listen to what your drag family and friends have to say, their stories, how you have made a difference in their life and their love for you.
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The thing I love most about her — her ways of being loving, and always 100% real. I want her to get well, which I know will happen, because she’s a trooper. I can’t imagine entering Scorpios without my lovable read.
— Aiesha Paris
Boom Boom is my drag grandmother. She was very instrumental in getting me started in my career as a female impersonator. She helped guide me as I created my character and honed my craft. Boom Boom’s sharp wit and kind, generous heart are what I love most. A true mentor and friend to me! I love you Boom.
— Kerri Nichols
Always sweet to me. When I was having a bad start to the weekend Boom Boom always got me laughing.
— Nadia Rain
“Boom Boom is legendary — the Queen of Queens. Being fresh out of the closet in the ’80’s was fantastic! Scorpios was alive and leading the way was Boom Boom and I will never forget. Her shows had just the right mix of talent, great costumes and that added touch of humor that I looked forward to each and every Sunday night. I still tell stories. You are a legend here in the “Queen City” and always will be. You are one amazing “queen.”
— Lynn Griffin-Roberts
Every time I walked through the doors at Scorpio, she would say, “Hey golden arches.” And we’d both look at her picture next to her stand. It would just make my night.”
— Lakeisha Paris
Without Boom Boom there would not be me or my drag family.
— Sierra Santana
I remember meeting Boom Boom LaTour while we both worked at Chasers. I loved how her voice boomed over the loud music. Boom Boom and Tina Terell were the first people who told me I could do drag. I was especially fond of Boom Boom because she had a way of making you feel comfortable enough to tell her your deepest darkest secrets, after all she was one of the first non family members that I told I was HIV positive, and the way she grabbed my hand and reassured me it was going to be alright, she actually encouraged me to go get treatment. I just wanted Boom Boom to know that her words of wisdom back in the day were great and I love her — all that Boom Boom was and is. I love you Gal hurry and get well!
— Gregory Terry-Patton
Boom Boom is a wonderful person inside and out. I always looked forward to the annual Christmas show at Scorpios and her 12 days of Christmas performance. I’ve never met a kinder more compassionate person than Boom Boom. Here’s wishing you a speedy recovery.
— Tony Baker
Quoting Rod Stewart, “You’re ageless and timeless, You’re in my heart, you’re in my soul.” Boom Boom, come home.
— Walter Adams
I remember being really young and watching Boom Boom perform in the late ’90’s. I moved away for about four years at one point and when I came back for the first time, I heard, “Hey bitch where you been?’”Always so funny and that smile. Get well Boom Boom, the 12 days of Christmas needs you! Charlotte needs you!
— Eric Strube
Thank you for always being my protector… love you, get well soon.
— Michael O Brailey
The way you make someone proud to be who they are, no matter what the meanies say and do. You are such a beautiful person and I expect to see you soon stamping this massive hand of mine and telling me to stay out of trouble! I love you!
— Jacinto De Leon
Boom Boom, has always stood the test of time. And there’s no one greater! You can overcome this. I know you can! Your time is not up! Get well, get stronger. You are legendary Charlotte royalty! Your light shines bright!
— D Perris Floyd-Bloxsom
I am Blessed to know the alter ego of Boom Boom (the real man) and I can tell you that never does he meet me without a smile, a hug, or words of encouragement. I love you, Rick (Boom Boom) ‚ the man, the legend, the friend. Get well!
— Dale Pierce
As most everyone knows, coming out was a big issue for me. Immediately after coming out, my friends took me out to Scorpio to just take my mind off things. With the obvious look of “emptiness” that had overcome my face due to the rejection I faced from my family, the first person to ask if I was okay that night was Boom Boom. Although I shrugged it off and said, “Oh, nothing, baby.” I am so thankful that she took that moment and just asked.
— Hunter Lynn Eagle
Boom Boom is not only a legend in the drag community, but, someone whom I truly admire and adore. For many years anytime I needed a shoulder, an ear, or a dose of reality, Boom was the person I would turn to. I have had the honor of being mentored and shown the ropes in Charlotte by this amazing person and I cringe at the thought that we might not have Boom forever. Playing a big role in bringing drag to Charlotte, we all have so much indebted to people like Boom Boom and Brandy Alexander that we tend to take for granted on a daily basis. They’ve paved the way for acceptance in this community and I, for one, am eternally grateful for the laughs, the tears, and the sacrifices I’ve shared with her. Boom, keep fighting and we will keep praying. Love and prayers!
— Robert Porter
Boom Boom was the first person I met the first time I went to Scorpios. I was so nervous and he immediately made me feel at ease. Over the many years, he has been a friendly face both at Scorpios and Chasers and no holiday was complete without his Christmas numbers. Much love and well wishes to Boom Boom!
— Brian David Coone
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My apologies to those who were not part of this column. There were so many wonderful stories and well wishes for Boom Boom. On behalf of all of us, Boom Boom, get well soon. You mean the world to each of us. You make a difference in our life, just by being yourself and we need you.
Soak up all that love. : :
Fundraiser: The Scorpio will host a benefit show for Boom Boom on May 17, 7:30 p.m. Proceeds will benefit Boom Boom’s recovery.
— Buff Faye calls the Queen City her home and does drag to end world hunger (and to raise money for charities). Find her at your favorite bars and hot spots. Plus don’t forget her monthly Sunday drag brunch and regular Friday night party bus. Learn more at AllBuff.com. Follow on Twitter @BuffFaye