Bessie Smith, also known as the empress of the blues, was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920's. She was born on April 15, 1894 in Chattanooga Tennessee. Bessie smith was the daughter of Laura and William Smith, a Baptist minister, and was one of seven children. Her mother, father, and two brothers died before she was nine. To earn money, Bessie and her brother became street performers, with her dancing and singing and him playing the guitar.
“It’s a long old road, but I know I,m gonna find the end,” that is one of Bessie Smith famous quotes. Bessie Smith is an American blues singer and is also known for “Empress of the Blues”. Bessie Smith was born April 15, 1894 and died on September 26, 1937. First I’m going to talk about her whole life. Then I’m going to talk about her career and what songs she did.
Sarah Louisa Wheelock experienced childhood with at once-over Michigan farm with an oppressive, injurious father, a hesitant mother unwilling to secure herself. Her youngsters, a disabled more seasoned sibling, and two sisters, Clarice, who discovered her break in marriage, and coquettish Betsy, who could do no wrong in their dad 's eyes. At sixteen, she yearns for opportunity even as the nation is overwhelmed by the beginnings of the Civil War. Her dad would have her hitched to their shocking neighbor Ezekiel Kunkle, a man twice
Barbara Charline Jordan was born on February 21, 1936. Jordan was born in Houston, Texas. Jordan’s parents were, Ben Jordan; a black Baptist minister, and Arlyne Jordan a so called ‘domestic worker’. Jordan was the first southern black female to be elected to the United States House of Representatives. Everything she did was dedicated for all the black people.
Ida B. Wells was a daughter born into slavery, in Holly Springs, Mississippi, on July 16, 1862. She grew up to become an active journalist and led an anti-lynching crusade around the 1890s. She was an important woman towards the society we have today. Living as African Americans in Mississippi, life was hard for the Wells family as they had to face discrimination and prejudice. Her father helped start Shaw University; it was from here that Ida got her early education.
She was the first African American woman to sing as a part of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. In those two years of studying with Guiseppe, a contest organized by The New York Philharmonic Society, gave her the opportunity to sing at the Lewisohn Stadium. In 1928, she performed at Carnegie Hall, which soon led to her tour all around Europe. Marian was the first African American singer to be invited to sing for Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. In 1939, the singer came across an incident involving the Daughters of American Revolution, who denied her to use their Constitution Hall for a concert, simply because she was African American.
Marian Anderson was a driven African American singer. "We don't take colored" (Collins 106). Marian was deprived of singing in many places because of the color of her skin. She was always well behaved and never wanted conflict so she never would argue.
Ella Fitzgerald, also known as “The First Lady of Song” or “Lady Ella”, was an extraordinary singer highly known in the Harlem Renaissance. Born in Virginia then moving to New York, Ella grew up during the 1920s and got her breakthrough in the early 1930s. She joined an orchestra and produced her first number one single, A-Tisket, A-Tasket. Ella’s contributions to the Harlem Renaissance included not only her songs, but her appearances in movies such as. Ella Fitzgerald is shaped into the woman that she once was through her background, accomplishments, challenges and hardships; she also leaves a legacy that would continue on to influence many generations to come.
*ATTENTION – GETTER : Imagine you are a small child lying on the dirt road of Calcutta, India. You are severely dehydrated because no one you ask will offer you some of their water. You are weak because you have not eaten for days. You are painfully coughing from your tuberculosis.
Taylor Swift visits children all over the world to lift their spirit and she is fighting to end world hunger. She has made an impact on young men and women across the world. Not just from her music, but also from her donations, visits to sick people, and many more. Taylor Swift was born on December 13, 1989 in Reading Pennsylvania.
Whitney Houston Whitney Houston, an African American legend, born on August 9,1963, was destined for her singing career. Her mother (Cissy Houston), cousin (Dionne Warwick), and godmother (Aretha Franklin) were all well known singers. Singing was in her blood. By the time she was 15, she had started trying to find a record deal by singing with her mother. She was then sought after by a photographer who was stunned by her natural beauty.