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.

1 Comments:

Blogger The Divine Ms. Jimmi said...

Bless that queen. She was a real innovator.

11:35 AM  

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