She moved and went to college at the University of Texas in Austin, but in 1963, she dropped out to pursue a career in singing folk and blues songs. She was very successful; she hit #1 in the Billboard charts with “Me and Bobby McGee” just 68 days after it was released. She was on top of the world, but everyone makes poor decisions, nothing lasts forever, and heroes always die. Joplin was an addict, which
Etta James was born Jamesetta Hawkins in Los Angeles and had a very tumultuous childhood as she was brought up by foster parents who ill-treated her. By the age of 5, she was known as a gospel prodigy, gaining fame by singing in her church choir and on the radio. At 12, she moved north to San Francisco, formed a trio and was soon working for band leader Johnny Otis. Four years later, she recorded, Roll with Me Henry, with the Otis band. James’ solo career was a slow starter, and she spent several years cutting low-selling singles for Modern and touring small clubs until 1960, when Leonard Chess signed her to a new record deal.
The remarkable novel Passing by the African American author Nella Larsen was published in 1929. Nella Larsen was born in Chicago to a black father from West Indiana a mother from Denmark. Her father left her when she was very young. Larsen faced racism even among her family since she was the only person with dark skin in her white family. She went to study nursing in Tennessee State University the only university that receives colored people at that time.
The first black woman to receive a degree in psychology despite her circumstances. Inez Beverly Prosser was born to Samuel and Veola Beverly on December 30th, Although her exact birth year is unknown some records indicated the year 1895. Prosser was born in Yoakum, Texas and was the second oldest of eleven children (Benjamin, 2008), her family was known to move around along the gulf coast in search of a better life and more educational opportunities. As u can imagine, growing up through the 19th century with racism and sexism there were very few educational opportunities for colored women and people. In spite of the odds placed against Prosser, she and all of her siblings graduated from high school, five of which also
Shaping Influences Ella Fitzgerald had a struggling childhood that impacted her future tremendously. Her mother died when she was fifteen, leaving her with her abusive step father. She then moved in with her aunt in Harlem, which was the hub of jazz music during the decade. Stated from the NPR news cast, Morning Edition, “She spent time with an aunt, then in foster care and a reformatory,” this transition in her life she kept as a secret for the public. Living in these situations taught her to strive for her dream of becoming a singer and dancer.
Vadim Torchillo Period: 2 4/27/17 Mrs. Tucker Final Draft - TKAM Literary Analysis Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, was born on April 28, 1926. She was born and raised in Monroeville, Alabama. She published To Kill a Mockingbird on July 11, 1960. Harper Lee became the only author to win the Pulitzer prize for her first and only novel. The book is based on her childhood life as an outsider.
His first wife was a black woman that was free,her name was Anna Douglass. Frederick and Anna had five total children . Three of which were boys there names were Lewis Henry , Frederick ,and Charles Remond, and two were girls whose names were Rosetta and Annie. Unfortunately Annie died at the age of ten. His second wife was white and her name was Helen Pitts.
Phillis Wheatley is a black, African slave, female poet, and then Christian American (Acton/ American Literature). The life of Phillis is attractive, some painful and some pleasant (poetry foundation). At that time, black skin people cannot be educated while she was American Christian and educated. Wheatley was a model of all black skin people or those were persecuted (Acton/ American Literature). She is the owner of the first published poems book in the colonies in 1773 after brought her from Africa to America; by that Wheatley was the first slave and third American woman do that (Biography).
Belva was born on September 14, 1884 in Litchfield, Illinois. She was a cabaret singer who was absolved from the killing of her boyfriend,Walter Law (Price). Belva Gaertner had an innumerable amount of relationships beginning with Mr. Overbeck. She later marries William Gaertner in 1917. Gaertner sues to have the marriage declared void because her divorce with Overbeck was not finalized.
Ella Fitzgerald was born on April 25, 1917 in Newport, Virginia. She had a troubling childhood as she was growing up. Her parents separated shortly after her birth leaving her with no father. As a way to express herself, she turned to singing. Ella’s fame and success started when she was discovered in an amateur singing contest.
#3-Examining how death and the losses were addressed within my African American family is openly discussed and always some one’s fault. The experience of my grandmothers death relates to the statistics of the life expectations of African America. According to (Walsh 2004 p. 56) African American woman life expectancy for older adults is 70.2 years and African American men life span is 66.1 according to the national Vital Statistics Report (Volume, 47 NO.28). My grandmother died young I believe she was 59 years old. She had her very first heart attack when she was in 50 years old and she stopped drinking and gave herself to the lord.