Friday, September 08, 2006

Willie Ninja, RIP

Malcolm McLaren - Deep in Vogue

Willie Ninja, who helped create voguing, the dance form, died of AIDS-related heart failure in Queens this past Saturday. He was 45.

Ninja was one of stars of the 1990 documentary Paris is Burning, which covered New York City's drag vogue-ball scene.

He would also be immortalized in the song and video for Malcolm McLaren's "Deep In Vogue," which I have posted here. The song would top Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play Chart on July 29, 1989--ten months before Madonna would unleash her own voguing song unto the top of both the dance and pop charts.


Blogger The Divine Ms. Jimmi said...

Bless that queen. She was a real innovator.

11:35 AM  

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