RIP Mother Flawless Sabrina, Star of First Drag Docu “The Queen”
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The drag community lost a trailblazer with the passing of Mother Flawless Sabrina Friday night. Born Jack Doroshow in Philadelphia in 1939, she helped transform drag from an amusement for straight people into an art form that celebrated queer identity.
Doroshow first tried on women’s clothing as an 8-year-old, and by 19 had perfected the Sabrina […]

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Happy Birthday 2 Ya “Ida B. Wells” Feminist, Suffragist & NAACP Founder

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Ida B. Wells, born July 16, 1862,  was a journalist, newspaper editor, suffragist, sociologist, feminist, and an early leader in the Civil Rights Movement. She was one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

On May 4, 1884, a train conductor with the Memphis and Charleston Railroad ordered Wells to give up her seat in the first-class ladies car and move to the smoking car.Wells refused to give up her seat. The conductor and two men dragged Wells out of the car. When she returned to Memphis, she hired an African-American attorney to sue the railroad. She lost the case. This injustice led Wells to pick up a pen to write about issues of race and politics in the South. Using the moniker “Iola,” a number of her articles were published in black newspapers and periodicals. Wells eventually became an owner of the Memphis Free Speech and Headlight, and, later, of the Free Speech.

In 1896, she formed the National Association of Colored Women,  that would later become known as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Though she is considered a founding member of the NAACP, Wells later cut ties with the organization, stating that she felt the organization, in its infancy at the time she left, had lacked action-based initiatives.

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