DJ Sprinkles, “Ball’r (Madonna-Free Zone)” from Midtown 120 Blues, 2008 (via seki-gahara)
I posted this back in June of last year and it’s more relevant than ever. Fuck Madonna.
let’s drag madonna some more
Reblogging because I literally know people negatively affected by Madonna’s song.
We talk with Hip Hop dance pioneers Boogaloo Dana and Faisel of the group Medea Sirkus. They detail the rich history of Bay Area dance styles roboting, strutting and boogaloo which were developed independent of New York Hip Hop in the late 60s early 70s. Today these dance styles are considered Hip Hop.
Both Faisel and Dana describe the music scene at that time and recount the competitive nature of dance crews. They talk about the main cities where everything was jumping off, San Francisco, Oakland and Richmond..They talk about the unique styles each city had and how and why they developed. We continue our convo in part 2.
Semmes, Alabama is a town of some 3,000 mostly white and conservative people located just outside of Mobile, Alabama. The town puts on an annual Christmas parade that is organized by a group called Friends of Semmes, and this year, the group unwittingly invited some guests that they apparently did not vet so well, considering the audience that the guests would be performing for.
Those guests were none other than the Prancing Elites, a group of five young black men from Mobile who happen to be gay. They have been around since 2006 and were formed in part because males were not allowed to audition for the dance teams in their schools. Their style of dance is called “j-setting”, a form of cheerleader style hip hop. It also happens to be, according to the Prancing Elites Kickstarter page, very popular in southern black gay nightclubs.
So with all of this in mind, you can imagine that when the Prancing Elites showed up for the Semmes, Alabama Christmas parade to perform, dressed in skimpy Santa Claus outfits and wearing makeup, that their act was going to go over like a lead balloon.
Prancing Elites leader Kentrell Collins said: “We are no different than any team out there dancing. We want people to stop looking at gender and focus on the talent,” he said. “It’s OK for a woman to put on tights and play football but when a man wants to put on leotard and tights, it’s a problem.”
Viva Prancing Elites and their courage to perform in defiance of bigotry!
these group members are so elegant, in handling the pure hatred coming toward them. definitely watch the video of their dancing and their interview, linked in the title.
dance on *s
Can you imagine being a tiny queerby and realize who was dancing down your street at the annual christmas parade?
Can you imagine for the first time in your life seeing people who were THEMSELVES dancing down the street at you?
Can you imagine how that would feel, knowing for the first time, you weren’t alone?
And J-setting is not “cheerleader style hip hop,” its so much more. Its a style of dance that was born from the dance teams of HBCUs and taken to a whole new level by the gay, black, mainly male, dance/club scene.
The Jackson State dance team is called the “Prancing J-settes,” the original jsetters. I learned all this “through the grapevine” so feel free to correct me if Im wrong.
ooooh, good to know, thanks.
ugh i LOVE Black people and the things we come up with.
You can’t tell me Black people aint magic
that was AMAZING
bruh if only i could do that on a pole…. $$$$$$$
let’s not forgot this was on a moving fucking train like damn
the development of Black culture is fucking ridiculous. i lovelovelove being Black
damn im sitting here amazed what in the hell they over there moon walking on the ceiling and shit
I never get quality entertainment like this on public transportation. Really cool, and not at all what I was expecting.