At an early age of 8, Josephine was put to work. She did not have an easy time at work, she was frightened and hostile. While at work she experienced bullying and abuse from one of her employees who would injure her for not completing her chores correctly. After a brutal and bloody riot that she witnessed in her city of St. Louis, Josephine packed her belongings and left for good. She went many night without shelter and food, and in desperation for survival she looked to performing street dances.
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.
Billie Holliday's life was tragic. Born into poverty and out-of-wedlock, she rose to a position of artistic preeminence in the world of jazz, but her personal life was one of constant turmoil and struggle. She fought seemingly endless wars-with drug addiction, narcotics agents' harassment, racial discrimination, self-serving lovers, and with human parasites in and out of the music business. Withal, her vocal artistry was joyously and bitters sweetly transcendent. Many serious listeners consider her the greatest jazz vocalist ever.
Even though many characters, such as Ponyboy and Dally, have different perspectives on her, Cherry is an important figure in The Outsiders. Throughout the story, Cherry is involved in her group because she is mainly classified as a Soc. She is also the girlfriend of Bob Sheldon, who dislikes greasers and had beaten Johnny up before in the past. Cherry has an external conflict with Bob’s drinking, as she says that she’d never go out with Bob if he has liquor,
Hidden Girl by Shyima Hall (with Lisa Wysocky) tells the story of Shyima El-Sayed Hassan, who was sold into slavery when she was eight years old; however, she learns how to use her experience for good, and spreads the awareness of how slavery is still a huge problem today. Shyima was born on September 29,1989 in a small town near Alexandria, Egypt. She was the seventh of eleven children, causing her family to live in poverty. In Egypt, not going to school, being poor, cheating on your wife, and selling your children were seen as normal, as okay. After her sister Zahra was accused of stealing money from the family she worked for, Shyima was sent in her place.During her time in slavery, Shyima was mistreated.
Moran’s credibility stems mainly from her personal experience with her lifestyle as a prostitute. Moran used pathos in her editorial to grasp an emotional response from the reader. After a year of being an orphan under the state’s care Moran started to sell herself and eventually turned to cocaine. For several years she was mentally destroyed with low self-esteem, and has no desire to return to the streets.
Candy herself when we first begin the novel is beautiful and full of life. She starts taking heroin and soon it’s all she wants. From there she gets more addicted and soon works in a brothel before moving on to be a street prostitute. At their lowest point the unnamed narrator and Candy are expecting a child however Candy doesn’t stay clean which results in a premature stillbirth. After this more drug use and despair before finally the relationship ends because the characters can’t stay clean together.
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.
In Sandra Cisneros’ The House on Mango Street, the character of Mamacita has the strongest ties to her home she left, and perhaps the strongest desire to escape from Mango Street and return home. Mamacita is a woman with a husband and child, who moved to Chicago from a latin american country. She is somewhat overweight, doesn’t know much English, and stays mostly in her apartment for unknown reasons, singing songs from her native country and crying. Her husband fights with Mamacita, often over her desire to return, and her child is becoming assimilated into American society against her will. Because Mamacita has such strong ties to her heritage and origin, she clings to it tightly, resisting assimilation in any way possible, and highlights
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.
Ella’s fame and success started when she was discovered in an amateur singing contest. She amazed the judges with her voice and moved on to amazing things. Ella went to become the top female jazz singer for decades and earned the nickname “First Lady of Song”. In the 1950’s – 60’s, Ella became even more popular. She worked with Dizzy Gillespie and his band and vert famous producers.
At the age of 7 she was raped by her mother’s boyfriend, she was traumatized by that event she did not speak for several years and that inspired a poem called “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.” She says “It was brutal to be young and already trained to sit quietly and listen to charges brought against my color with no chance of defense.” She uses her writing has a way to cope. She has been criticized for her race and has caused struggles and hardships in her life. People can sense the emotion in her writings and might even relate to them. Maya Angelou speaks not only for herself, but a voice of entire nation, gender and race. She uses her gift of writing to inspire people.
Her mother was legally blind and a schizophrenic, which qualifies their family for welfare to only pay for her parents’ drug ritual. Throughout, the years of drugs the girls are brought around other users and Liz receives abuse from Ron while her mother is gone to the liquor store one night. Her mother also eventually breaks the news to Liz that she has HIV. The drugs drive a wedge in between her parents which leads them to separation. This seems to really affect Liz along with the new diagnosis of her mom.