February 11, 2017

AIDs Crisis 

The AIDs crisis in the 1980s were where HIV/AIDs ran rampant through the gay community because of a lack of information about the disease and a dismissal of the epidemic by the government. An anonymous gay man who lived through this wrote, "By the early 80s, I had what I would consider a really large circle of friends and acquaintances and once the epidemic really started to hit, it was not uncommon to find out three, four, or more people you knew had died each month."


And All that I Could See See Was the Bottom of the Ocean Sea Sea 


Boi George 

Boy Geroge is a popular '80s singer, songwriter, and DJ. He is most well known for his androgynous appearance. 



Celia Cruz 

Born in 1925 and passing away in 2003, Cruz was a Cuban singer who is commonly known as the Queen of Salsa or the Queen of Latin Music. She is also considered the most popular Latin artist of the 20th century. 




A Christian denomination with a primarily African-American membership called the Church of God in Christ. It is the fifth largest denomination of Christianity in the US with over 6.5 million members. 


Cheryl Pepsii

Born in 1968, Cheryl Pepsii is an American R&B/Soul and Gospel singer and actress. She is best known for her 1988 ballad, "Thanks for my Child" 


Debbie Allen 

Born in 1950, Allen is an American actress, dancer, choreographer, television director and producer. She is most well known for her portrayal of dance teacher, Lydia Grant, in the 1982 musical television series, Fame.



A French artist known as one of the Founders of Impressionism. 


Doris Day 

A 94 year old retired American actress, singer, and animal activist. 


Dunkin Hines and Pillsbury 

Both are companies that make baking mixes. 


Easy Breezy Beautiful 


E. Lynn Harris 

A gay, American author born in 1955 who is famous for his depictions of Black men who are not openly gay. Some of his most well-known works are Invisible LifeJust As I Am, and If This World Were Mine.


Enrique Cruz

A Dominican baseball player who played for both the Milwaukee Brewers and the Cincinnati Reds.  


Faye Dunaway 

An American actress who is currently 76. She has won an Academy Award, three Golden Globes, a BAFTA, and an Emmy. Some of her most well known works are The Happening, The Thee Musketeers, The Towering Inferno, and the controversial, Mommie Dearest


Flavor Flav 

An American musician, rapper, actor, television personality, and comedian. "He is also known for popularizing the role of the hype man and for yelling 'Yeahhhhh boyyyyyyy!' and 'Flavor Flav' during performances 


Fleet Enema 

A saline laxative 


Hallelujah in the Sanctuary 



Heay D and who! Soul fa a Real 

 Huxtable House 

The family that The Cosby Show revolves around. 


I Like My Meat Down Low and My Top Jet Black 

The real lyrics by T.I. King are, "I like my beat down low and the top let back"



Laverne and Shirley 

An American sitcom from the mid-70s to the early 80s about single roommates who work as bottlecappers in a brewery. A spin-off of the show, "Happy Days."



An Afro-Cuban ethnic group of Yoruba ancestry that practices La Regla Lucumi, a West African religion that draws from Caribbean and Roman Catholic traditions. 


Maybe She's Born With It, Maybe It's Maybelline 



Ms. Nottage (Lynn Nottage) 

An American playwright born in 1964 whose work explores the lives of Black women. She is most well known for Intimate Apparel, Ruined, for which she won the Pullitzer Prize for Drama in 2009, and Sweat, for which she won the 2016 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.


My Man's Gone Now 


Old Way vs New Way Vogue

New Way vogue: The voguing style starting in the '90s which includes arm control and body contortions. 

Old Way Vogue: This voguing style was predominant in the '80s. It alternates between standing and floor positions. 



Paris is Burning

Check out the Section on it here! 


Pirates of the Caribbean 

A popular movie released in 2003 that follows the infamous pirate, Captain Jack Sparrow. 


Please just Stop the Music, Music 



Sheila E, "Glamorous Life" 



Shirley Caesar 

An 11 time Grammy award winning Gospel Singer who is currently 78. In 2017, she made an online video talking about the "perverted homosexual spirit" 


Stonewall Riots 

A rebellion that is considered the catalyst of the LGBT civil rights movement in the US. At the time in New York, there were laws prohibiting presenting homosexuality in public and businesses that were known for serving and being frequented by gay customers were often shut down. It was on June 28th, 1969 when police raided the popular gay bar in Greenwich Village, Stonewall Inn. That raid sparked protests and demonstrations that very night against this type of discrimination. These protests went on for another six days and were handled violently by the police.


To Be Real 


"Under the Rainbow" 


Vanessa Williams 

The first African American recipient of the Miss America title when she was crowned in 1984. During her year as Miss America, she had to resign the title under pressure from the Miss America Organization when she learned that Penthouse magazine would be publishing unauthorized nude photographs of her. 


"We Shop Limelight for Mimosas" 

A shopping center in a landmark 19th century church in New York City which as 3 levels of fashion boutiques and eateries.


West Side Story 

A modern musical adaptation of Romeo and Juliet set in New York City in the mid 1950s. The fight is between two gangs, the Sharks and the Jets. Maria is the Juliet equivalent. 



"Walk For Me" 




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