Bed-Stuy Store Named After Mahogany

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Tracy Chambers was Diana Ross's name in Mahogany, the 1975 anti-feminist camp classic about a lady designer who throws away the knitting needle to stand in the shadow of her man.

The film is notable for the great theme song, the incredible outfits, and Diana's bulging eyes when photographer Anthony Perkins turns psycho on her.

It became notable again in the '80s when drag star Lypsinka wrote a character named Mahogany Woods who pens a memoir ill-advisedly titled I, Mahog.

And now it's notable all over again because there's a vintage boutique in Bed-Stuy called TracyChambers Vintage and Inspired!

Just hearing that, I knew these people must have great taste and a fantastic sense of humor too.

I'd be thrilled to write their theme song.

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Danny
Danny

There was a sweat shop scene...it was when she went to take her aunt (Bea Richards) the sketches for her rainbow dress......Her aunt worked in a sweat shop type atmosphere as a seamtress and sewed her designs

VonD
VonD

Diana was one of my hero(in)es in this role! Je t'aimerai toujours, Miss Ross!

Jonster
Jonster

Diana:  "The men love me, the women love me, the children love me... You're just jealous Brian 'cause no one loves you."

Billy Dee:  "Let me tell you something, and don't you ever forget it: that success is NOTHING without someone you love to share it with! "

Yes, pure camp. 

Timmee
Timmee

Isn't there a scene in an Uptown (i.e. Harlem) sweat shop, or am I making that up?

latenitebump
latenitebump

sorry! i´ve seen this film a hundred times or more! i don´t remember anything of the kind in the movie. the movie takes place in chicago and rome. the only sweatshop from what i remember was...i don´t want to spoil the movie. just see it!

Jared DeWese
Jared DeWese

It wasn't an uptown Harlem sweat shop.  I believe the scene you're possibly referring to is her directing her seamstresses in her salon outside the aforementioned chateau once the Tracy becomes a designer at the largesse of the character played by Jean-Pierre Aumont.  The American scenes were also set in Chicago I believe, not New York. 

Dink
Dink

There is a scene of seamstresses making the clothes in a sweatshop-type situation. I guess you didn't pay attention much. 

latenitebump
latenitebump

 lies.he wrote scene not what she said.

Dangerwillrobinson
Dangerwillrobinson

Correct. 

Tracy brings a design illustration to her aunt, a seamstress, to sew up for her. Said aunt works in Ta-da- a sweatshop.

latenitebump
latenitebump

 her atelier in rome was not a sweatshop! thank you!

Musto
Musto

There certainly is, and I seem to remember Bruce Vilanch as one of the seamstresses (seriously) and Nine Foch is involved too.

Roisters
Roisters

"You are a loser and I am a winner!!"

Southern Dave
Southern Dave

Incredibly funny lines, too, such as Diana's "When I said I wanted to go home, I didn't mean the chateau!"

This movie was INSTANT camp, from the moment the first projector showed the first frame..

latenitebump
latenitebump

werq! i´m there!one of my favorite movies. fo´ real! it´s all that, some chips, (and a grape soda)!

Musto
Musto

Thanks to Christian Freedom for the tip.

Steinhope
Steinhope

And Mahogany is constantly on Ovation channel.

bitchtrollfromhell
bitchtrollfromhell

And there was a party at a club in Brooklyn recently called "Fuck Y'all I'm Diana Ross" and they showed "Mahogany".

OldMotownFan
OldMotownFan

That is the funniest thing I've read all night. Thank you. You made my weekend.

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