When she was 19, Whitney Houston was discovered in a nightclub by the renowned Clive Davis of Arista Records, who signed her immediately and took the helm of her career as she navigated from gospel to pop stardom. Her debut album “Whitney Houston” became the biggest-selling album by a debut artist. Several hit singles, including 'Saving All My Love For You', 'How Will I Know', 'You Give Good Love', and 'The Greatest Love of All', were released from the album, setting her up for a Beatles-beating seven consecutive US number ones. In 1989 she teamed up with Aretha Franklin on the R&B hit "It Isn't, It
Ethel Merman who was born in 1908 as (Ethel Agnes Zimmerman) was an american actress and singer from Astoria , New York . Though Ethel was not trained in music many said she could“ belt out a song like no one else ” , many songwriters still sought out Ethel’s music knowing she was untrained such as Irving Berlin and Cole Porter who was known as major songwriters of the early 1900’s . Ethel is remembered for her great appearances in many great musicals . She started her career by singing at private parties and nightclubs . She was hired as a torch singer at Les Ambassadeurs and from there she began to gain publicity .
After her performance the word “FEMINIST” in big bold shining letters was flashed and like a virus spreading, artist per artist claimed to be a feminist. Using it as if it were a brand that lead to profit. One particular artist stood out among the crowd, Taylor Swift. Taylor Swift started out her career as the doe-eyed country girl who sang about fantasies and woes of most teenage girls. Despite this, when asked in one of her interviews with ______ as to whether she would consider herself as a feminist given that she is giving voice to girls around the world, she answered with a resounding no.
These two women show us how Hollywood treated black and white passing actresses. Hollywood sees Gloria as their latest star and dubs her as “America’s little sweetie pie”. She is given the leading lady role in almost all the new films and when she 's older she can still get work in acting. She is most famously known playing Marie in The Belle of New Orleans and much later on she is honored with the United Motion Pictures Medal of Honor. She is adored and successful even when it is hinted that she is not fully white.
The exotification of Dolores del Rio is evident in an article published by a Photoplay issue in 1934, as she is described as possessing “golden skin, smooth as mellowed ivory and her dark, flashing eyes bespoke the lue of those maidenly ‘senoritas’ who peep at life from behind cloistered shutters… When the young man comes to call on a senorita in Mexico… he brings his guitar” (38). Through the exotification of Dolores del Rio, Hollywood found great success in the United States and in Latin America, one of the most profitable film markets in the cinematic industry. As a white-passing Latinx woman, del Rio was “more easily able to move in and out of ethnic roles” (33). Because Dolores del Rio was a Latinx woman that held “upper-class roles” and a Eurocentric standard of beauty while nonetheless, identifying with her Mexican heritage, she not only appealed to the white American public, but to Latin American audiences as well (Hershfield
BESSIE SMITH: ' 'The Empress of Blues ' ' Bessie Smith was an extraordinary singer in the 1920s till the middle of the 1930s. She left a huge impact on the music played today. Some people say, if it was not for her, we would never have singers like Adele nor Lady Gaga. Nevertheless, we would never have had Frank Sinatra or Janis Joplin who also found inspiration in her. There are many more singers/performers who were influenced by Bessie and her way of singing.
Bessie Smith was one of the most popular and successful female blues singers of the 1920’s and 1930’s. She was an important influence on other singers such as Billie Holiday, Mahalia Jackson, Nina Simons and Janis Joplin. Bessie’s heart wrenching blues expressed the harsh realities experienced by the black underclass in this era. Bessie Smith was born in Tennessee in April 1894, born one of seven children and into poverty. Her father who was a Baptist died soon after her birth.
The movies Dream girls and Sparkle are very similar and empowering for that time in which it came out. The director or Dream girls is Bill Condon who also directed two Twilight movies. Then the director of Sparkle is Salim Akil who directed the television show The Game. Both films covey the theme of girl musical entertainment trying to make it in the music industry. Each movie shows the struggles of how tough it is for women to get in the industry, also the toll it takes on others involved in the process.
Thanks to Christine, Fleetwood Mac's album turned into a big hit (Morrison, 2006). Christine wrote Rumours, then became a hit album. When Bill Clinton used Fleetwood Mac's song “Don't Stop” it gave the band some more influencers (Lowe, 2004). Though Fleetwood Mac is known for their songs, they had many struggles during the making of their
Along with this, during the seventy-fifth Golden Globes Awards, many celebrities wore all black to support the Time’s Up movement, while other donned a Time’s Up pin. Oprah Winfrey, during her acceptance speech for lifetime achievement at the Golden Globes, condemns the women who were strong enough to empower other women to stand up and share their stories against sexual harassment. She says it “does not affect just the entertainment industry. It is one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics, or workplace.” Oprah’s speech inspired many women to share their story, leading to more