Vintage Drag From the Showroom to the Ballroom

...  Collection of videos put together to Showcase the Drag Talent of Yesteryear while playing Primadonna Supermodel Remix. This vintage footage features: Jack Doroshow (Mother Flawless Sabrina) Crystal Labeija Miss Alfonso from Chicago Rachel Harlow Dorian Wayne to name a few. Ultra Rare Video clips include scenes from the Pre-Stonewall 1950′s and 1960′s from the movie Queens at Heart 1967, The Queen 1968 and The Drag Show Video ‪Vérité‬” 2006. Videos like this are a little taste of what is being played in the background at the House Of Visual Showroom in The South Bronx nYc. Make An Appointment 347-265-5853 [...]

Flawless Mother’s Camp Beauty Pagent 1968

...  is a clip from the movie the Queen released in 1968 featuring Jack Doroshow as Flawless Sabrina the emcee of the Miss All-America Camp Beauty Pagent 1967. Also starring in the documentary was Richard Finocchio who is Rachel Harlow (Miss Philadelphia), Crystal Labeija (Miss Manhattan), Andy Warhol (Judge), George Plimpton (Judge) and Edie Sedgwick (Judge). HTF Film, The Queen (1968) clip ...

An International Chrysis 1951 to 1990

...  Schumacher born in Brooklyn, New York in 1951. He bacame International Chrysis when only at the age of twelve years old entering and joining pageants. In 1967 she appeared uncredited in the film The Queen in a chorus line with the likes of Crystal Labeija (Miss Manhattan) and Rachel Harlow (Miss Philadelphia). Also in the film was The Flawless Sabrina (Jack Doroshow) who founded The Nationals Academy and ran the events from 1959 to 1967. The movie was released in 1968 a year before the Stonewall uprising. International Chrysis went on to star in Jesus Chrysis Superstar and The Last [...]

National Drag History Month 2011, Real? or Faux?

...  is initiating? or is it a marketing scheme to promote the season opener of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Not that we’re knocking Ru’s hustle ( We Love you Ru!!) but it is important that we praise the founding “Mothers, Daughters, Sisters” and not just current drag starlets. We should never forget where it all began and in most cases it was before Stonewall. Lets remember Logo that people like  Mother “Flawless” Sabrina, Marsha P. Johnson, Charles Pierce, Crystal Labeija and all the other Legends and Divas who have paved the way for the LGBT community. Please help us complete this list below: Courtney Act  – Shane Jenek , [...]

Malcolm McLaren, Opulance, the Dance Floor With Willi Ninja

...  celebration of the Harlem, New York City drag  ball culture with Deep  in Vogue (1980) Malcolm McLaren’s dedication to the stars of the drag balls and the many houses such as: House of Ninja – Willie Ninja (1961 – 2006) House of Omni – Kevin Omni (1958) House of Labeija – Crystal Labeija /Pepper Labeija (1948 – 2003) House of Dupree – Paris Dupree (N/A) House of Xtravaganza – An ji Xtravaganza (1966 – 1993) House of Ebony  Malcolm McLaren born in North London in 1946 designer, singer-songwriter, band manager (Sex Pistols, New York Dolls, Bow Wow Wow) and [...]

The Nationals Academy 1959 – 1967, Divas Only

...  The Town Hall at 123 west 43rd street ( A landmark 1921 building) in Manhattan in New York City. The final judges were Larry Rivers (1923 – 2002) American artist, Andy Warhol (1928 – 1987) American POP artist, George Plimpton ( 1927 – 2003) American journalist/actor, Terry Southern (1924 – 1995) American author and Jenny Leiber. Because of their judging Miss Philadelphia Rachael Harlow is picked as the 1967 winner.  Before they would award Miss Philly, Miss Manhattan Crystal Labeija leaves the stage in a dramatic performance sure to steal the spotlight from Miss Harlow.  The Legendary Crystal LaBeija, Courtesy of [...]