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Trans*Harlem: Ball Culture







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Introduction

Ball Culture refers to the vibrant underground scene that first began in Harlem, New York City. Rooted in Harlem's tradition of bacchanalian nightlife, Ball Culture specifically relates to the culture of Balls, or gatherings of queer men and women and their allies to celebrate and empower their unique intersection of identities.

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Savoy Ballroom


Located in Harlem, New York City, the Savoy Ballroom was a medium sized ballroom for music and public dancing.
The establishment was in operation from March 12, 1926 to July 10, 1958. The Savoy Ballroom was situated between
140th and 141st Streets on Lenox Avenue.
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Savoy Ballroom Plaque (Close shot taken by TiffanyC)





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Savoy Ballroom Plaque (Wide shot taken by TiffanyC)








This is a video clip documenting my second individual trip to Harlem and my discovery (after 1 hour!) of the Savoy Ballroom Plaque. I start off my video by zooming into the street signs (140th street and Lenox Avenue) and then I make my way towards the plaque: it is hard to see the entire plaque in the video but I was able to capture the words "SAVOY" on video! At the end of the video, I zoom in on the street signs of 141th street and Lenox Avenue.



Notable Members


Dorian Corey


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Pictures of Dorian Corey's apartment taken by TiffanyC (I apologize for the two building pictures: wiki will not allow me to flip the photos so they are upright!)


This video clip is from my first trip to Harlem in search for Dorian Corey's apartment. This clip shows me walking down the street and then stopping in front of her building 453.



This video clip is from my second trip to Harlem. During my first trip, I did not get a shot of the street signs of Dorian Corey's apartment, nor did I record the surrounding buildings and environment of the street where Corey lived. This second video begins with a close shot of the street signs (W 140th Street and Amsterdam Ave) and continues with me recording the buildings and apartments on the same block as Corey's home. Then, I shot a wide frame of Corey's apartment building before going up her front steps and zooming in on the apartment building number "453". The light was on in the lobby of the building (i.e. to the right of the door) so I briefly zoomed in and saw a lamp and staircase. I ended the video by walking down the street and zooming in on the street signs (W 140th Street and Convent Ave).

Angie Xtravaganza

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Pepper LaBeija

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Pepper LaBeija (Taken by TiffanyC from the Schomburg Box 1 BGLA House/Ballroom Files)



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Front of the Funeral Program for Pepper LaBeija (Taken by TiffanyC from the Schomburg Box 1 BGLA House/Ballroom Files)


Willi Ninja
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Venus Xtravaganza

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Marcel LaBeija (Marcel Christian)

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Octavia St. Laurent

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Luna Luis Ortiz Khan

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Benny Ninja

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Kim Pendavis

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Ball Culture:


Vernacular


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From The EBONY RESURRECTION 2000 Ball (RYDE or DIE!!!!!)
Easter Sunday, April 23, 2000
433 Edgecomb Avenue (at 155th St)

Sexiest Spectator: You are NOT walking tonight either, but everyone in the ballroom has been lusting since you walked through the door, hoping after the Ball, that they can take you home and be seduced by you.

WOMEN:

European Super Models' Effect: That TransEuro 2000 bitch: You saw the shows last November!!! So you know the look this Spring/Summer. And you've seen those bitches destroy the runway! That's what we want!

Billion Dollar Sex Siren: You are every rich man's sexual fantasy. So much that your body has been insured for $1 billion. Jennifer Lopez don't ever want it! Galmourous [sic] sex is the key in sizzling hot lingerie!

BUTCHES:

Face to Face Combat: You are a soilder [sic] in the middle of war! your only weopon [sic] is face. Will you survive or will you become a casualty! (A soilder effect a must in all camaflouge! No point whatsoever on your face!)

BUTCH QUEENS & Niggas That Get Down On The Low:

New Face: What has the Spring brought forth! New face in just-bought-out-the-store outfit (with the tags still on!)

The War of Tokyo: Ninja 2000 (New Way): New Master Millenium in a futuristic ninja suit! Think Lil' Mike & John EBONY

$$ Ebony Man 2000: Thong Song Madness $$: You was shaking that thing so scandalous, with a look in your eyes so devilish... You got bumps like a truck truck truck, a face like what what what... We want to see you in that thong! Masculine Face, Body, Realness, and Seductive Sex Appeal in a thong!! In honor of Legendary Jihad Ebony! (Cash and trophy!)

Fag Out: It's Easter Sunday morning, you are on your way to the store to get some eggs for your Easter Trade (Oops!) Egg hunt. And you want all the niggas to know that you are a faboulous fag! In all pink!

FEM QUEENS:

Big Girls Runway: Full-figured models are in Vogue now! Can you do it in an ovah Spring Effect! Rumor has it that the legendary Latifah Adonis St. Claire will show the girls how it's done! Hmmm....

$$$ Titanic Head to Toe Overness $$$: You are on board the new Luxury Cruise Liner: The Titanic 2000 which is sailing across the Atlantic to Europe! You are at party on the deck for First Class Guests Only! Done in Year 2000 Labels Only. (Cash & Trophy)

From PATRICK EBONY PRESENTS WINTER MADNESS PART II
Saturday, March 5, 1994
2234 Third Avenue (Between 121 and 122 St)

BUTCH QUEENS

HEAD TO TOE IN ALL AMERICAN DESIGNER EXAMPLE CALVIN KLEIN VS DONNA KARAN

FURS, FURS AND MORE FURS MAURICE MONTANA SAID NO ONE WANTS IT.

FAGOUT EVERY DAY FAGOUT LIKE STRIKE APOSE EBONY

BQ VOGUE FEM VS FEM QUEEN CAT FIGHT BOO, BOO SAINT CLAIRE VS UGENE MILAN

PUNK ROCK VS FUTURISTIC BRING IT LIKE COREY BEONY, ERIC BAZZAR, EVIN ELITE AND DANNY MUGLER.

HIGH FASHION SKIWEAR IN THE NAME OF MY MOTHER LONNI EBONY

FEM QUEENS

HOOKER MADNESS

FEM QUEEN S&M?

GRAND PRIZE: BQ HIGH FASHION EUROPEAN RUNAWAY MODELS EFFECT FROM A FORIENG COUNTRY. ANDREW REVLON DESTROYED IT LAST YEAR, WHO? WILL IT BE THIS YEAR? DAVID ULTIMA, ROGER MILAN, DEVIN ELITE, ERIC ADONIS OR DARREN MONTANA, EXAMPLE:

FRANCE, ITALY, SCOTLAND, JAPAN, CHINA, ECT....$600.00

THANKSGIVING KIKI BALL HOSTED AT GMHC (GAY MEN'S HEALTH CRISIS)
November 2008

Black & White Pilgrims

Futuristic American Indians

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHEJsMQL9Ag



Video of G Xtravaganza discussing walking the category 'Bizarre':