September 6th, 2006

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is now an open-membership community. We'd been keeping it hush-hush prior to Femmecon so people could be secretive about their costume plans, but with that over, it's time to share the glitter!

Have a question about hair dye? Want to show off that really weird ensemble you put together last week involving pink cellophane and a bit of organza ribbon? Care to give us step-by-step directions for flawless rhinestone application? Want to vent about the worst false eyelash fiasco ever? Or do you just want to know where to find the perfect metallic fishnet stockings?

I envision glittermongers as a place for crafting in the service of glamour, and glamour in the service of revolution. But I'm open to your interpretations and ideas, too. C'mon over, and let's see what we can dream up!

(crossposted from mine)
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Willi Ninja Obituary from AP, respect.

Note: The AP wrote a very respectful obit for him. If you haven't heard of Willi before, rent "Paris Is Burning" and watch him move.

NEW YORK -- Dancer Willi Ninja, a star of the documentary "Paris is Burning" who was considered the godfather of the dance art form voguing and who inspired Madonna's "Vogue" music video, has died at age 45, friends and relatives said Tuesday.

Ninja died Saturday of AIDS-related illnesses at New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens, they said.

Madonna, speaking through a spokeswoman Tuesday, said she was sorry to hear of Ninja's death.

"He was a great cultural influence to me and hundreds of thousands of other people," she said.

Voguing, which dates to gay Harlem ballrooms in the first half of the 20th century, consists of a combination of model-like poses and creative arm, leg and body movements.

Ninja, inspired by Fred Astaire, "Great Performances" on PBS, Asian culture and Olympic gymnasts, was a self-taught performer who stitched together a patchwork of a career that covered the worlds of dance, fashion and music.

He performed with dance companies, worked under renowned choreographers and instructed models and socialites how to walk and pose for the paparazzi with frisson.

But it was for the magic Ninja worked on the ballroom floor and his appearance in the 1990 documentary "Paris is Burning" that he was probably best known.

The documentary chronicles the elaborate ball competitions in which participants walk in various categories or themes and are judged on the realness of their drag impersonations. On a deeper level, the balls are spins on issues of gender, class and race expressed through performance, observers say.

Ball participants are known as children of houses, improvised families that often serve as havens from hardships such as homophobia, poverty and racism many members face.

"Paris is Burning" director Jennie Livingston said Ninja, a "supremely gifted dancer" who was extremely focused and dedicated to his craft, was "one of the main reasons" she made the film.

The filmmaker also noted Ninja's warmth and ability to guide, nurture and love those around him, particularly the children in the House of Ninja, which he founded in the mid-1980s.

She recalled walking through Washington Square Park one summer day and spotting young men voguing beneath a tree. She approached to learn about this dance, which was new to her.

"'If you really want to talk about voguing you should meet Willi Ninja,"' Livingston said the young men told her. "That's where I first heard his name.

"Whenever you talk about vogue or voguing Willi's name is there," Livingston said in an interview Tuesday. "Willi refined voguing. He really brought it to an amazing level."
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