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First person: Kool Lady Blue

Ruza Blue, known as Kool Lady Blue, began one of New York's most popular nightclubs - the Roxy. It started as a roller skating ring and disco in the Chelsea section of Manhattan and became a hip hop club in the 1980s.

Born into a working class English family, Ruza moved to New York and lived in the Chelsea hotel before starting a weekly dance party for her British friends.

The trend took off and helped spark an entire hip hop culture. In this first person account Kool Lady Blue recalls the wild days of the Roxy and the role she played in America's cultural history.

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