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The Resource The "Baby Dolls" : breaking the race and gender barriers of the New Orleans Mardi Gras tradition, Kim Marie Vaz

The "Baby Dolls" : breaking the race and gender barriers of the New Orleans Mardi Gras tradition, Kim Marie Vaz

Label
The "Baby Dolls" : breaking the race and gender barriers of the New Orleans Mardi Gras tradition
Title
The "Baby Dolls"
Title remainder
breaking the race and gender barriers of the New Orleans Mardi Gras tradition
Statement of responsibility
Kim Marie Vaz
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"One of the first women's organizations to mask and perform during Mardi Gras, the Million Dollar Baby Dolls redefined the New Orleans carnival tradition. Tracing their origins from Storyville-era brothels and dance halls to their re-emergence in post-Katrina New Orleans, author Kim Marie Vaz uncovers the fascinating history of the 'raddy-walking, shake-dancing, cigar-smoking, money-flinging' ladies who strutted their way into a predominantly male establishment. The Baby Dolls formed around 1912 as an organization of African American women who used their profits from working in New Orleans's red-light district to compete with other Black prostitutes on Mardi Gras. Part of this event involved the tradition of masking, in which carnival groups create a collective identity through costuming. Their baby doll costumes--short satin dresses, stockings with garters, and bonnets--set against a bold and provocative public behavior not only exploited stereotypes but also empowered and made visible an otherwise marginalized female demographic. Over time, different neighborhoods adopted the Baby Doll tradition, stirring the creative imagination of Black women and men across New Orleans, from the downtown Tremé area to the uptown community of Mahalia Jackson. Vaz follows the Baby Doll phenomenon through one hundred years with photos, articles, and interviews and concludes with the birth of contemporary groups, emphasizing these organizations' crucial contribution to Louisiana's cultural history."--Page 4 of cover
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DLC
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Vaz, Kim Marie
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Carnival
  • African American women
  • African American women
  • New Orleans (La.)
  • New Orleans (La.)
  • African American women
  • African American women
  • Carnival
  • Manners and customs
  • Race relations
  • Louisiana
Label
The "Baby Dolls" : breaking the race and gender barriers of the New Orleans Mardi Gras tradition, Kim Marie Vaz
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 167-173) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prelude: On being an example of hope / by Millisia White -- Foreword: Black storyville / by Keith Weldon Medley -- Introduction: A New Orleans Mardi Gras masking tradition -- Gender, race, and masking in the age of Jim Crow -- Women dancing the jazz -- "Oh you beautiful doll": the Baby Doll as a national sex symbol in the progressive era -- A new group of Baby Dolls hits the streets -- "We are no generation": resurrecting the central role of dance to the creation of New Orleans music -- Appendixes. A history of Baby Doll masking in the Baby Dolls' own words ; Some known Million Dollar Baby Doll participants ; The geographical landscape of the Million Dollar Baby Doll ; Million Dollar Baby Doll slang ; Charting the history of Baby Doll groups
Control code
ocn796355007
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xix, 178 pages
Isbn
9780807150733
Lccn
2012023994
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40022079809
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)796355007
Label
The "Baby Dolls" : breaking the race and gender barriers of the New Orleans Mardi Gras tradition, Kim Marie Vaz
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 167-173) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prelude: On being an example of hope / by Millisia White -- Foreword: Black storyville / by Keith Weldon Medley -- Introduction: A New Orleans Mardi Gras masking tradition -- Gender, race, and masking in the age of Jim Crow -- Women dancing the jazz -- "Oh you beautiful doll": the Baby Doll as a national sex symbol in the progressive era -- A new group of Baby Dolls hits the streets -- "We are no generation": resurrecting the central role of dance to the creation of New Orleans music -- Appendixes. A history of Baby Doll masking in the Baby Dolls' own words ; Some known Million Dollar Baby Doll participants ; The geographical landscape of the Million Dollar Baby Doll ; Million Dollar Baby Doll slang ; Charting the history of Baby Doll groups
Control code
ocn796355007
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xix, 178 pages
Isbn
9780807150733
Lccn
2012023994
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40022079809
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)796355007

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