Whats 'shade'?

As a member of the ballroom scene,its always interesting to see heterosexual women(and ironically heterosexual men) use the terms that have come from it. Lately terms as 'serving face' getting their 'face beat' and the ever popular 'shade' have become almost mainstream....... Reality TV viewers have taken these terms,not realizing the origin of the words...  

Urban dictionary defines 'shade' as .....


acting in a casual or disrespectful manner towards someone/dissing a friend
throwing shade, acting kinda shady

Can be used as a noun or verb.

Noun form = illegitimate behavior

Verb form = typically accompanied with the word "throw" or "throwing," as in to "throw someone shade" meaning to act shady, fake, or funny around or towards them.

......And while the exposure of this beautiful sub culture that has birthed some of the most amazing and talented people Ive ever met in life is truly a beautiful thing, I am concerned that the stars of 'Paris is burning' (a early 90's award winning documentary about the NYC ballroom scene) would be turning over in their graves seeing the culture start to almost be exploited without the knowledge behind it..... How many people know the impact of Willi Ninja and his influence on popular culture? Or who the wicked beauty,face diva Octavia St.Laurent was?

I have had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know some beautiful people in my many travels as a ballroom participant, I have met and competed with/against/along side of some of the most influential people of my era.I wouldn't trade these experiences for the world......and its no shade.

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  1. lol I've been using shade for soooo long. I didn't realize it wasn't a common term til one of my Stud friend's looked at me like I was crazy. "What do you mean throwing shade?" SMH

  2. ssssshhhhaaaddeee!!!