Players Ball

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Players Ball
Formation 1974
Key people
Bishop Don "Magic" Juan

The Players Ball is an annual gathering of pimps, held in Chicago, Illinois. Other Players Balls take place across the country, most notably in Miami and Atlanta. Presently, there are "Players Ball" events in Las Vegas and Memphis, Tennessee. On December 16-18th 2011, a Players Ball was hosted in Hollywood, CA.[1]

Official Bishop Don Juan Players Ball[edit]

The 38th annual official Players Ball 2012 was held Saturday December 8, 2012 at the Key Club, Hollywood, Ca. Nick Cannon was the Dj for the event who is rumored to be in production filming a movie about Bishop Don Juan.

The 35th Anniversary of the Players Ball, was held on Saturday, December 5, 2009 at Chez Roues Banquet Hall in Chicago, IL. Ditch performed his first Players Ball show there.[2]


The idea stemmed from a scene in the 1973 blaxploitation film, The Mack,[3] in which the lead character, a pimp named Goldie, attends The Players Ball in Oakland, California. Comedian Dan Aykroyd parodied this event in his film Doctor Detroit.[4] Dave Chappelle satirized the event with "The Playa Haters' Ball" on an episode of The Chappelle Show. 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.[5]


The Player's Ball was shown in the HBO documentary Pimps Up, Ho's Down[6] and the Hughes Brothers' documentary, American Pimp.[7]

A DVD entitled Master Players Ball was also released in 2006. The DVD featured live scenes from a "Players Ball."[8]


2003 arrests[edit]

In 2015, the Players Ball took place in Atlanta, GA. A former prostitute by the name of "Tina F." reported that several pimps were arrested for having underage prostitutes, and claimed "Two years ago in Atlanta, they stopped it and arrested 15 pimps and charged them. One pimp had a 10-year-old girl in his stable." [9]

2005 protest[edit]

In 2005, a former prostitute identifying herself as "Brenda Myers-Powell." protested the Players Ball event at Mariella's Banquet Hall on 5th Avenue in Maywood, IL. Brenda called the event a "ball for child molesters" because she began being trafficked by pimps at the age of 14 and says her experience is a common one.[9]

Matthew Thompkins indictment[edit]

In 2006, Matthew Thompkins, a former Postal Worker of Manhattanville, NY, was indicted. He was a former "Pimp of the Year" of the annual Players Ball. His aliases included; "Knowledge" and "Daddy." [10] While searching his property, Police located two "Pimp of the Year" awards.[11]

Other versions[edit]

Las Vegas, Nevada[edit]

A well-known non-pimp Players Ball started in 1999 was thrown in Las Vegas and New Orleans as a private party for businesses attending adult oriented events. The event is organized by D-Money. The event was thrown twice a year and may coincide with other adult events such as AVN or Internext Expo. The last players ball event thrown by D-money, who has officially ended the events, was on June 9, 2010. Official Website

Memphis, Tennessee[edit]

In 2011, the annual Memphis Players Ball was also attended by Bishop Don Magic Juan, Good Game, MattShizzle, Candyman, The Black Hef and others. Ditch performed at the Memphis Ball which was located at a mansion in Memphis, TN.

Past events have featured performers including:


  1. ^ a b "The Players Ball Hollywood 2011 presented by Bishop Don Magic Juan, Snoop Dogg, & Serious Pimp - Chuuuch!!!". Archived from the original on 2013-06-14. Retrieved 2012-08-25. 
  2. ^ "Ditch Bishop Don Juan Other Players In Hotel Room Chicago Il.Wmv". YouTube. 2009-12-11. Retrieved 2012-08-25. 
  3. ^ The Mack (1973) - IMDb
  4. ^ Doctor Detroit (1983) - IMDb
  5. ^ Dowling, Denise (2000-01-29). ""Pimpin' is hard work" -". Retrieved 2012-08-25. 
  6. ^ Pimps Up, Ho's Down (1999) - IMDb
  7. ^ American Pimp (1999) - IMDb
  8. ^ "Masters Players Ball: Various: Movies & TV". 2007-01-23. Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
  9. ^ a b "Stop Glamorizing Pain - Stop Glamori... - Human Trafficking -". 2005-12-05. Retrieved 2012-08-25. 
  10. ^ "Archives - New York Post Online Edition". 2006-09-18. Retrieved 2012-08-25. 
  11. ^ "Philadelphia Inquirer". 2007-03-24. Retrieved 2012-08-25. 
  12. ^ "Snoop Dogg parties with the players in Chicago". 2002-12-04. Retrieved 2012-08-25. 

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