Started my journey over 35 years ago, I spent seven years training from the bottom up. I hold a Professional Human Services Degree (with emphasis on Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy). The forensic populations I worked with included violent offenders, those with mental health issues and those with HIV/AIDS, both on Federal and State levels. Now that I am retired from that aspect of my life, I am able to focus on the M/s community and volunteering. I have presented at LLC, TES, TESFEST, LSM, CLF, GLLA, and MsDs Conference. Former treasurer to MAsT Manhattan and attended MsC for the past 6 years. My house is a member of LHOCC (Leather Houses of Color Coalition).
Mari King aka Liquid has been a fixture in the BDSM/Leather community for more than a decade. She has competed in and won Ms. Henrietta Hudson Fetish 2008/2009. She then went on to be the only woman to compete in the first New York Leather Weekend contest. She has modeled and volunteered in the community at events like Leather Pride Night, and Folsom Street East. She has presented for TES’ Dw/sm group, and has raised money for charity at TES-Fest. She was the first person and first woman of color to grace the cover of TES-Fest Prometheus Magazine two years in a row. She has participated in the We Are Leather Women project, bringing awareness to the contributions of women in the leather community. She also has been interviewed and quoted in several kink related books, blogs, and magazines. Currently Mari is the Vice President of the Onyx Pearls NY Northeast Chapter where she uses her platform and position to educate and empower others both in and outside of the BDSM/Leather community.
Wicked is a little, a switch, an electrobrat, and a leather baby based out of NJ. She has been a part of the kink community for 5 years. Wicked serves the ONYX Pearls as one of two pledge mistresses who provide education on the history of ONYX, and the leather lifestyle. She finds fulfilling this role to be beneficial as it is her first time (hence leather baby status) as part of an empowering, and positive organization; also, as someone who is relatively shy, gaining experience and learning through the experiences of others help her feel more and more connected to the community. Along with being a part of the Pearls, Wicked has held volunteer positions at multiple kink events in New Jersey. Recreationally, she is a singer, and along with her state-side sister, Phixate, she is a die-hard fan of Harry Potter. Go Hufflepuff!
In 2005 silent answered a call for a photoshoot and discovered an awakening in her soul - deep slave tendencies and a strong desire to engage in consensual power exchange relationships. She also quickly recognized that success in the Lifestyle first required a fearless drive to strip the many layers of habits, conditioning, and societal expectations in order to develop an authentic and healthy relationship with self. This self-exploration became her personal Quest.
Silent, a proud native New Yorker, has been active in the local NYC scene and at a multitude of events up and down the East Coast. These activities, her consistent pursuit of a healthy honest relationship with self, and carefully surrounding herself with authentic, like-minded people who accentuated her Hunger for More all led her to embrace not only the Issues and Triumphs of Women of Color in the Lifestyle and M/s dynamics but also polyamory, kink, and bisexuality.
However, despite the hundreds of events, classes, conferences, and all that the NYC community offered silent never quite found a connection with a group or organization that fed her core. As the years went on, a spark grew in her to make more of a tangible difference in the Lifestyle community, and in 2017 she founded a monthly NYC munch for s-types as well as became the first sister to join the newly formed ONYX Pearls NY/NE chapter.
As the Pledge Mistress she continues her mission to pull together genuine, thoughtful, and inspiring individuals in the lifestyle to support and encourage growth, harmony, and success. Her positive nature and ever present smile smooths the way for many of us even on our toughest days
Has been an active member of the NYC and NJ bdsm scene for the past seven years. In that time she has participated in a wide variety of scenes and self exploration both as a top and a bottom as well as exploring power exchange in as a submissive ranging from scenes to having been a member of a M/s household. A previous volunteer for events like Tes Fest, GKE, and MSC. In her day to day life she is an avid crafter, animal lover, huge geeky nerd. And most importantly giant Harry Potter lover.