old times not forgotten

Posted in Undogegorized by chamblee54 on March 9, 2008


Reading about Shirley Q. Liquor brought back memories of a night long ago.
A young man, who I will call Carroll, grew up across the street. In his spare time, he did drag shows. What I was expecting was Carol Burnett and Lily Tomlin, using his own voice. One Sunday night, free admission and a buffet was all I needed to venture downtown and see the show.
The venue was an unpretentious bar called Club Sheba. The clientèle was mostly lesbians, many of whom were African Americans.
It is interesting to note that Club Sheba was located on Forrest Avenue. The street was named for Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Confederate General who founded the Ku Klux Klan. Forrest Avenue was later changed to Ralph McGill Boulevard, after the former editor of the Atlanta Constitution.
As show time approached, I saw a table that had empty seats. I pulled back a seat, and a beefy lady informed me that she did not want a man to sit at that table.
The first act was what I expected. The reputation of Carol Burnett did not suffer,and Lily Tomlin was still in the closet.
After the first act, I shot a game of pool with my friend, and went to the buffet for a second plate.
”You’re not supposed to get full”
I went back to the pool table. After a while there was a crowd standing around, and it was evident that a second act was going to start soon. I saw a black lady in the crowd making faces at me, took a second look, and realized that it was Carroll.
He did not use his voice this time, but lip synced to Grace Jones and Diana Ross. He wore blackface and an afro wig.
The crowd at the Club Sheba enjoyed this part of the show. Many of the Black Lesbians went to the stage and stuffed dollar bills in his faux bosom.


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  1. Denny said, on March 11, 2008 at 12:00 am

    And we all know what excellent judge of characters gays and lesbians are.

  2. Blackface Drag At Club Sheba | Chamblee54 said, on January 31, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    […] If you want a picture of Mary Cheney, go somewhere else. The second part of this feature is a repost. The show was performed in 1979. I recently saw “Carroll.” He lives in Pennsylvania […]

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