Ruth Bowen was an African American entertainment booking agent, she broke race and gender barriers representing music legends including Aretha Frnaklin, Dinah Washington, Ray Charles, Sammy Davis Jr, Isley Brothers, Dionne Warwick, The Four Tops, Kool & The Gang , Bobby Womack, and others. Brown was the first black female booking agent to establish a theatrical booking agency. Ruth Bowen guided the careers of some of the most well known and successful entertainers in the world. Her musical journey began in 1944 when she met and married William “Billy” Bowen, one of the original Ink Spots, a group known as one of the first black entertainment acts to break the racial barrier. In 1974 Bowen changed the name of her Agency from QBC ( Queen Booking Corporation) to Renaissance talent, which later became the Bowen Agency Ltd, and remain until present
Chica da Silva, a well-known historical figure of Brazilian historiography, is an excellent example of “race democracy” in Brazil. Born of an African slave and a military nobleman of Portuguese descent, Chica da Silva won her social status and prestige by her licentiousness and sensuality that is a characteristic attributed to the black or “mulata” female in the Brazilian popular culture. In the eighteenth century in the gold mining region of Minas Gerais, Brazil, women, especially white, was scarce. “Concubinage” was a common practice and many slave-owners freed their slave mistresses upgrading their social status. Chica da Silva was the mistress of João Fernandes de Oliveira, who was the king’s representative in the region, he was also
Cleo Clayton is my second interview; she’s a 40 years old Jamaican American woman working class. The role that class race gender has played in her life is that she’s always had to work harder and smarter to make it in the corporate world, because she believes that all the odds are against her due to the fact that she’s a black women and she is also from a foreign country. Coming from a beautiful blended family’s that have a strong connection, when she turn 30 her mother diseased and her father was very involve in their family lives. Be that as it may both of her grand parents were very active and involves in their lives, always encouraging and continuously pushing her and her siblings to persuade their education and to strive for better
I am choosing Harriet Tubman as my research project because she is the epitome of courage and strength. During slavery Tubman risked her life to smuggle 300 African American slaves to freedom. The fact that she was able to accomplish the feat of freeing slaves is significant because she was a runaway slave herself with a bounty on her head. Also, Tubman was a proponent of the women’s suffrage movement attending events and giving speeches concerning the equality of women.
During the nineteenth century, Harriet Tubman was one of 1,538,000 brave people enduring the slave life (10). Tubman was born with the name Araminta Ross, but once she became a teenager, she decided that Harriet was a better name for her. Thinking she was an average-looking slave, and being only five feet tall with short, crinkly black hair, deep brown eyes, and big lips, she decided a common slave name suited her well (21). Slavery not only took away freedom from the African-Americans, but it also took away their individuality. Tubman no longer felt she could live with the name she had been given because she thought it made her unique, which she believed she was not.
somebody who from an early age knew I was responsible for myself, and I had to make good ( Oprah Winfrey). oprah carreer in media started in the mid 1970 's when she became the first African American women to cost host Nashville 's WLAC-TV. shortly after Oprah moved to Baltimore where she became the co host for the local talk show "PEOPLE ARE TALKING". Winfrey is well known for her talk show "The Oprah Winfrey Show" which was the highest-rated program of its kind. winfrey is now the CEO of Harpo Productions and the CEO CCO of the Oprah Winfrey Network Oprah Winfrey is a women of many accomplishments.
During the movement, Hurston was able to impact countless amount of people with her writings. In the Harlem Renaissance, she was acknowledged for her amazing intelligence, wittiness, and her magnificent writing style and how this unique author desired to fight for the rights of African Americans. During her lifetime she experienced grand success and was very well known, but, however, she also experienced disgrace and was slowly forgotten by the public. She was not well credited for all of her accomplishments, but now she is recognized as one of the best African American writers during the Harlem Renaissance. During her final decade, Hurston had difficulties getting work published.
Through the institution of African slavery alone, blacks played key roles in helping to boost the early American economy particularly throughout the Southern states where crops such as cotton were capital. What is truly unfortunate is the fact that much like the Native Americans, blacks served honorably alongside British troops in countless battles which helped to establish the United States. This is perhaps the most notable throughout the American Revolution where in some areas many free blacks were said to have voluntarily joined Patriot armies at higher rates than whites.4 Unfortunately, what would result for those helping to pave the way for an American victory would be additional generations of injustice and slavery for them and their descendants based upon the color of their skin
I have had the great privilege and blessing of being an African American female in America. Most people would consider this a curse because of the difficult and challenging journey, but I consider it a blessing. Being an African American female has made me strong and resilient. I stand on the backs of my ancestors who have conquered immense struggle and misfortune but still manage to survive and thrive. African Americans are academics, scientists, inventors, entertainers, and much more.
Beloved and The Color Purple are two powerful books that were written in the 1980s by two very intelligent African American women. Both the books and the authors have gone on to win multiple accolades and each book has had a movie based off its story. However, what makes both of these books special is that it was written on the rare subject of the African American woman. The books cover the real hardships that African American women faced in the late 19th and early 20th century. The books express the themes of life are ever changing for you to grow and family are those who love you.
The African American inventor I decided to do a report on is Lloyd Hall. He was not only a black inventor but he also a chemist. Lloyd Hall received his Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University in 1914, a Master of Science from Northwestern in 1916, and a Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) from Virginia State College in 1944. He also served as chief chemist for John Morrel and Company of Ottuma, Illinois (1919-1921) and became President of the Chemical Products Corporation, Chicago from 1921 to 1924.
Annie Easley is one of the three spectacular women who helped make modern space travel possible in a time where Jim Crow and the fight for civil rights was rampant. Easley was born to Bud McCrory and Willie Sims in Birmingham, Alabama on April 23, 1933. Being born years before the Civil Rights Movement would come to exist, opportunities, educational and career wise were extremely limited. African American children and white children were separated, or segregated, and more often than not, African American schools were inferior, with hand-me-down textbooks, and school buildings in poor conditions. However, through her hardships, and support from her mother, Annie Easley would go onto change the dynamic of space travel for the better.
Many wonder where inventors like Benjamin Franklin get their creative energy. Many so-called Founding Fathers are famous for one or two of their accomplishments, but anyone who knows their history knows that Franklin is known for many things, including their inventions. The armonica is not on of his well-known inventions, but its design is ingenious. Also called the glass harmonica, the armonica required a person to place himself or herself in front of the instrument and to rotate its glass bowls.
1. What does Du Bois mean by the “double consciousness” of African Americans? What Du Bois meant by the “double consciousness” of African Americans is that they look at themselves through the eyes of others. “This double consciousness, this sense of always looking at oneself through the eyes of others, of measuring one soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity” African Americans know that the rest of America see them as a lowly and controversial group of people because they were once viewed as a piece of property and not a human being. Now that they are freedmen, America doesn’t know what to think about them.