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 “Mahalia Jackson” Queen of Gospel

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Mahalia Jackson, born October 26, 1911, best known as the Queen of Gospel, is one of the most lauded singers ever; as well as an activist and TV personality. Her recording of Move On Up a Little Higher was a major hit. It became the highest selling gospel single in history. She worked with artists like Duke Ellington and Thomas A. Dorsey and also sang at the 1963 March on Washington at the request of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

In 1959, Jackson appeared in the film Imitation of Life. By the end of the decade, much of Jackson’s work featured crossover production styles; she was an international figure, with a performance itinerary that included singing at President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration.

 

Jackson was also an active supporter of the Civil Rights Movement. She sang at the March on Washington at the request of her friend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1963, performing I Been Buked and I Been Scorned. In 1966, she published her autobiography Movin’ On Up. After King’s death in 1968, Jackson sang at his funeral and then largely withdrew from public political activities. (via Biography)

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