Her renowned voice was distinct due to her abundant use different tones and with her ever changing range. In addition, Billie took the pain that she experienced throughout her life and conveyed it through song. Influential to jazz, Billie Holiday’s life and her music have continued to impact music and artists even now. Billie Holiday was born on April 7, 1915 and given the name Eleanora Fagan. However, just a few years into her life, she changed her name to what she is known as now- Billie Holiday.
"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive, and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style" (Angelou 12). These quoted words came from a strong, wise minded, African American woman whose legacy still lives on. In this essay you will understand a lot about Maya Angelou's early life on how she became famous, her careers, how many awards she has received, and also how her legacy continues to have an impact on people. Maya was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 4, 1928 (Angelou 8). During Maya's growth she spent most of her days at the library attending Toussaint L'ouverture Grammar school (Angelou 8).
Melinda in Speak suffers during her freshman year of high school, when she gets raped by a senior at her school. She is terrified of telling anyone and whishes it never happened, as seen in the book "Anything to get rid of this, these thoughts, whispers in my mind. Did he rape my head too?" (Anderson, 165). In The Odyssey Odysseus had been trapped on Calypso's island for years, and was forced to lay with Calypso, as seen in the reading, "Though he fought shy of her and her desire, he lay with her each night, for she compelled him."
It begins with the unwrapping of a long white scarf during the course of the dance the dancer becomes a queen, mother, daughter, and other things. At the end of it an expression of belief and happiness danced to the song "Right on be free". Ailey says " I am trying to express something that I feel about people, life, the human spirit the beauty of things". 1980 Ailey suffered a break down that put him in the hospital for several weeks. He lost a close friend he was going through a midlife crisis he was also having money problems but he kept working, his reputation as the founding father of modern day dance grew over decades.
The Garlands were frequently forced to leave the towns they traveled to due to their fathers affairs with men. Occasionally, the family would not be welcomed anywhere because of their fathers closeted homosexuality, causing them to spend many nights in their automobile. Their mother was miserable because of the situation and took her anger out on Judy. She hassled her to work hard so something could go right for the family. Their prayers were answered in 1935 when Judy was discovered by MGM at the age of 13, and signed a contract with them.
Marguerite Annie Johnson Angelou. Also known as Maya Angelou, was born on April 4th, 1928. This American poet, actress, singer, screenwriter, dancer, and civils rights activist, made quite an impact on the world. She became friends with fellow writer, James Baldwin. Baldwin “urged Angelou to write about her life experiences, resulting in the enormously
Gerrit Smith, her cousin, always had abolitionists, important reformers, politicians, and even runaway slaves in his home. In Gerrit's home she heard many fascinating ideas, and activists eager to improve all conditions of American life. She got to participate in inspiring debates about the anti-slavery cause, temperance, and the movement to ban the consumption of alcohol. Aside from meeting famous reformers, Elizabeth met one other important person in Gerrit Smith’s home, her husband Henry Stanton. In october of 1839, she heard him lecture and was fascinated (25-26).
Maya Angelou proceeded not to speak for the next five years in fear that others might die. Eventually she acknowledged her blamelessness in her sexual assault and the man’s death. Soon after she found that she had a talent with words and the same strength and attitude as her mother. At sixteen, she became pregnant with her son Guy and raised him despite her young age. She worked various jobs, until working as a prostitute, nearly losing her son, changing her ways, and taking up performing.
In this fictional story, Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Munoz Ryan, there is a girl named Naomi and her brother that meet their mother after 7 years. Their mother acts kind for a few days, but then Naomi and her family find out her secret which is that she mentally ill due to alcohol. Skylar (the mom) acts narcissistic and takes advantage of Naomi’s companionship skills. On the other hand, Skyla doesn’t appreciate her son Owen because he isn’t like other children. Skyla forces Naomi to babysit her boyfriend’s daughter in Las Vegas which separates her from her family.
After a few weeks went by, she moved in with her baby’s daddy. The whole school was making fun of her and wasn’t soon after her whole community found out. She was being shamed for her pregnancy and couldn 't get a good paying job to support her new family. When she was ready to have her child, she went into debt because she couldn 't afford for the care she need for her and her child. Not soon after, she became poor and went into poverty.