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malesoulmakeup: Female Impersonators in Bronzeville, c. 1935 Even in the roaring 1920s, this African American neighborhood was friendly to gay men, lesbians, and gender-crossing folk. Bronzeville drew well-known African American performers such as Ma Rainey and Tony Jackson, who serenaded their audiences with songs like Sissy Man, Pretty Baby, Fairey Blues and Bull Dagger Woman.