The Queen: NYC Drag Pageant Scene Before House LaBeija - Wednesday Film Recommendation

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Jun 15

Social Inc is hosting a Wednesday Film Recommendation.

All Mohawk College students can access this film for free through YouTube.

This week:

The Queen: NYC Drag Pageant Scene Before House LaBeija"

"One freezing night in 1967, drag performers from across the country gathered in a cramped theater for a pageant that would forever change the face of drag. And by a stroke of luck -- as well as some clever marketing -- a documentary crew happened to be there, and managed to capture a moment that foreshadowed the creation of New York drag houses and the ball culture that we recognize today from Paris is Burning and Drag Race."

Watch “The Queen: NYC Drag Pageant Scene Before House LaBeija" here.

Featured 2SLGBTQIA+ Trailblazer: Willi Ninja

Recognized as the “Grandfather of Vogue,” Willi Ninja rose to prominence in the Harlem Drag Ball scene in the 1980s and took the dance form of voguing around the world. Willi Ninja founded the House of Ninja in 1982, acting as a “mother” to a group of adopted gay and transgender “children” in New York City. After appearing in the documentary Paris is Burning, Willi rose to fame as a choreographer, musician, runway model and modeling coach, as well as serving as a direct inspiration to various artists who immortalized the style in their music videos. Willi Ninja’s life illustrates what it means to be a black gay male in a world that lauds white male heteronormativity.


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