Tag Archives: Harlem

Muslim BENGALI Indian co-habitated in HARLEM

©ourtesy of hijabeng reblogged ladyfabulous: Source: rebj

“In the final years of the nineteenth century, small groups of Muslim peddlers arrived at Ellis Island every summer, bags heavy with embroidered silks from their home in Bengali villages. The American demand for “Oriental goods” took these migrants on a curious path, from New Jersey’s beach boardwalks into the heart of the segregated South. Two decades later, hundreds of Indian Muslim seamen began jumping ship in New York and Baltimore, escaping the engine rooms of British steamers to find less brutal work onshore. As factory owners most sought their labor and anti-Asian Bengali immigration laws closed in around them, these men built clandestine networks that stretched from the northeastern waterfront across the industrial Midwest. Continue reading

Sculpture “Friends” By , Nnmandi Okonkwo

Nigerian sculptor Nnamdi Okonkwo created this monumental sculpture that stands outside of Fifth Avenue on the Park, a condominium building in Harlem. The sculpture stands right in front of Marcus Garvey Park and has been cause to much controversy. Many people claimed that the statue gave a bad representation of Black women but through it all the sculpture has remained to our delight. More info: Nnamdi Okonkwo’s website :: ©ourtesy of Natalie Walker and Laurie Carlos on FB plus Gino & Leslie.

The InFamous ‘Jewel Box Review’

WHAT? ….A DRAG

The Jewel Box Revue was a famous drag/female impersonator touring company that began in 1939 and ran well into the 1960s. Danny Brown and Doc Benner were lovers and longtime producers of the revue, and were said to be pretty tough customers who never backed down from a fight and were known to run a very tight ship. They were hard on their employees but could be brutal to anyone who messed with “their girls.” The show became incredibly popular throughout the United States. Stars of the revue such as Mr. Lynne Carter, whose talent and skill as a dancer was legendary, became quite famous and included the Rat Packer and toe-tapper Sammy Davis Jr. as a fan. The drag revue was most often comprised of “25 Men & One Girl.” The one girl was none other than Miss Storme DeLaviere who served as the sole male impersonator for the revue. Storme would garner iconic status within the LGBT community in 1969 for being one of the first people to fight back against police officers during the raid on the Stonewall Inn. The riots that followed would spark the modern gay-rights movement. Despite government crackdowns against gay performers and female impersonators, the revue successfully toured America and Canada for nearly 30 years. At the height of its popularity the revue headlined at the famed Apollo Theater in Harlem to rave reviews. (Jewel Box Revue photos via QueerMusicHeritage. Click on photo to begin slide show.)The Jewel Box Revue was a famous drag/female impersonator touring company that began in 1939 and ran well into the 1960s. Danny Brown and Doc Benner were lovers and longtime producers of the revue, and were said to be pretty tough customers who never backed down from a fight and were known to run a very tight ship. They were hard on their employees but could be brutal to anyone who messed with “their girls.” The show became incredibly popular throughout the United States. Stars of the revue such as Mr. Lynne Carter, whose talent and skill as a dancer was legendary, became quite famous and included the Rat Packer and toe-tapper Sammy Davis Jr. as a fan. The drag revue was most often comprised of “25 Men & One Girl.” The one girl was none other than Miss Storme DeLaviere who served as the sole male impersonator for the revue. Storme would garner iconic status within the LGBT community in 1969 for being one of the first people to fight back against police officers during the raid on the Stonewall Inn. The riots that followed would spark the modern gay-rights movement. Despite government crackdowns against gay performers and female impersonators, the revue successfully toured America and Canada for nearly 30 years. At the height of its popularity the revue headlined at the famed Apollo Theater in Harlem to rave reviews. (Jewel Box Revue photos via QueerMusicHeritage. Click 4slide show.) – - posted by ©Storme DeLarverie 

June is LGBT’s PRIDE Month

International Celebrations in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York City, just to Name a few Cities where Ya’ll can join in for the Fun, Pomp & Ceremony’s _____________________________________________

©Tony Viramontes, Fashion IllustratorWorld SCHEDULE

JUNE Parades (All)

Harlem Pride, Inc.,

SAN FRANCISCO

Paris, FRANCE

Sao Paulo, BRAZIL

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LA Grand Marshall Johnny Weir and Margaret Cho  [June 12]

Acceptance is crucial—especially when you are a teenager facing all the hurdles of growing up, learning who you are and establishing yourself in society. Add being LGBT, and you begin to see what it is that so many of our youth face today.  “GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) Network is a youth leadership organization that empowers youth activists to fight homophobia and transphobia in schools by training student leaders and supporting student-led Gay-Straight Alliance clubs in California and throughout the country,” said Daniel E. Solis, Southern California Program Manager.  [View Parade Photos from 2009]

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