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What's the nastiest shade you've ever thrown? "Existing in the world."
January 16, 2014 8:35 AM   Subscribe

You may have heard the music of House of Ladosha, but that's just the beginning. This family of artists applies their fashion school and NYC nightlife roots to everything from printing t-shirts and performing spoken word to mocking Mapplethorpe.

When Dosha Devastation  and Cunty Crawford LaDosha aren't performing as a hip hop duo, they like to do each other's hair and ki.

Juliana Huxtable is a Tumblr queen, DJ, model, legal assistant by day, cyborg, priestess, and witch.

Other members include DeSe LaDosha, Reni Ma LaDosha, Gi Gi Givenchy Ladosha, LaFem Ladosha, General Rage Ladosha, Michael Magnan, Neon Christina Ladosha (selfies!), and YSL Ladosha.

Most links feature sexually suggestive LQQKs and words. Maybe don't view at a touchy employer's computer. If you click around on any of the Tumblrs you'll probably find porn eventually. Trans* 101 is here.
posted by Juliet Banana (14 comments total) 32 users marked this as a favorite

I'm 12 and what is this?
posted by codswallop at 9:04 AM on January 16 [4 favorites]

codswallop, start here. Here's a pretty great prior FPP. Ball culture is one of the greatest legacies of the gay underground. Thanks for the new FPP.
posted by mykescipark at 9:11 AM on January 16 [2 favorites]

Whoa, my world just expanded a bit.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 9:51 AM on January 16

Absolutely lovely. Thanks Juliet Banana.

Might sound condescending, but totally not meant that way, I love to see the kids coming up and redefining queer for themselves. Looks like the House of LaDosha is doing it, and doing it, and doing it well.
posted by Sophie1 at 10:56 AM on January 16 [2 favorites]

If you're interested in ball culture, I cannot recommend Paris is Burning enough. It's a fantastic slice of life documentary.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 10:57 AM on January 16 [1 favorite]

As an ex-New Yorker this makes me really, really happy. Thanks, JB.
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 11:03 AM on January 16

What's the nastiest shade you've ever thrown? "Existing in the world."

I'm sorry. I know this is the title. But I just have to quote it here because it's just so fucking perfect. Like Sophie1 says, I'm so glad that there is a whole generation of awesome making me look old and out of touch. It makes the aching joints not bother me so much.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 12:02 PM on January 16 [2 favorites]

Oh and in case anyone was wondering, ball culture is where vogueing came from, which is where Madge got it.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 12:18 PM on January 16

I love Paris is Burning, I had no idea that ball culture was still going. This is a fascinating glimpse into its evolution - this generation seems so much more worldly and erudite and less vulnerable.
posted by freya_lamb at 12:26 PM on January 16

I admire and envy ball culture. People who are marginalised by society, absolutely proud and loud about themselves despite everything else threatening to shut them down, coming in community together not just to make really fierce art and music and design but also to support each other like family.

I've wanted something like this for so long and am not sure if I ever will. :(
posted by divabat at 1:20 PM on January 16 [2 favorites]

I've wanted something like this for so long and am not sure if I ever will.

Some of us never feel like we actually belong that intensely anywhere. It suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucks.

Doesn't mean we shouldn't keep looking for it though.

Closest thing I can think of to ball culture that's more inclusive (NB I am not saying at all that ball culture needs to be more inclusive), that fits your criteria, is Burning Man. (Not that I've been.) Or the rave scene before it totally imploded, kinda.

I sort of have this hope that one day Pride Day isn't about being queer anymore, or at least it's about how everyone is queer (in one sense of the word or another), and that's okay, so let's let our freak flags fly and just be who we are without any fear.

Well I mean it would be great if that were every day.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 2:20 PM on January 16

feckless fecal fear mongering: heh, I was supposed to go to Burning Man last year but couldn't make it happen at the last minute. Though I've heard it can be pretty isolating if you're a minotiry.
posted by divabat at 2:44 PM on January 16

Yeah, my understanding is that a large majority of the attendees kind of visually blend into the playa.

Maybe other people like you are looking for a place to belong and all it needs is for you to spark the fire?
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 2:49 PM on January 16

This is the most delightful thing ever. Had I blundered into such a house at the tender age of nineteen I'd have thought "huh, maybe heaven looks like this". That was long before the articles say it started.

The Kids These Days have it tough in some ways but here is a little compensation. Sweet, sweet people: I feel better knowing they are in the world.
posted by jet_silver at 7:21 PM on January 16 [2 favorites]

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