- Players Ball
The Players Ball is an annual gathering of
pimps, held in Chicago, Illinois. The party has been a November tradition since 1974, when pimps from across the country gathered to celebrate the birthday of Don Juan now known as Bishop Don Magic Juan. Every year, the award for "Pimp of the Year" is given out. Juan was the winner 13 years in a row. [http://archive.salon.com/health/sex/urge/2000/01/29/pimps/]
The idea stemmed from a scene in the
1973 blaxploitationfilm, " The Mack", in which the lead character, a pimpnamed Goldie, attends The Players Ball in Oakland, California.
The Player's Ball was shown in the
HBOdocumentary " Pimps Up, Hoes Down" and the Hughes Brothers' documentary, " American Pimp". Other Players Balls take place across the country, most notably in Miamiand Atlanta.
Player's Balls in Illinois and Atlanta have been shut down because of the presence of underage girls and because of community protests.
A well-known non-pimp Players Ball started some years ago in Las Vegas, as a private party for businesses attending the
AVN Adult Entertainment Expo. The event is organized by DMoney. Past events have featured performers including Snoop Dogg, Digital Underground, Ice-T, LL Cool J, Fishboneand porn star Ron Jeremyas the MC.
References in pop culture
In 1993, rap duo
Outkastdebuted with their song " Player's Ball" but references to the actual Ball itself were fleeting.
In 1995, an episode of the
sitcom"Martin" featured a fictional version of the Ball. In the episode, the Ball was attended by blaxploitationstars Pam Grier, Rudy Ray Moore, Ja'net DuBois, Dick Anthony Williamsof " The Mack" and Antonio Fargas. Jerome (portrayed by Martin Lawrence) was awarded Pimp of the Year. Outkastalso appeared performing their song " Player's Ball"
In 2004, the
sketch comedyshow " Chappelle's Show" featured a sketch parodying "Pimps Up, Hoes Down" about an annual gathering of player haters (pimps and prostitutes who insult each other) called the "Player-Haters' Ball."
* [http://archive.salon.com/health/sex/urge/2000/01/29/pimps/ Salon.com article "Pimpin' is hard work"]
* [http://www.theplayersball.com/ Official site for DMoney Presents The Players Ball]
* [http://www.myspace.com/playersball07/ Official Myspace site for Gamma Upsilon Players Ball at SIUC]
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