Starlets, Unsung: 7 Stories Of Lesser Known Black Women

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Paris Dupree

Paris Dupree, a legend in the Harlem ballroom industry, helped launch a subculture of fervently creative Latino, African American, gay and transgender individuals who performed at an annual drag show competitions.  The ballroom scene consisted of five founding house mothers, Dupree founding and mothering the House of Dupree in mid-1970’s. Dupree’s annual ball, entitled Paris is Burning inspired the title of the 1990 Jennie Livingston documentary based on the New York drag ball scene. Dupree recently passed away in August of this year.


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