CELEBRATING ICONIC WOMEN IN HISTORY

BILLIE HOLIDAY

One of the greatest Jazz vocalist  in history. She lived a short life however; in her 44 years , she was able to leave behind an amazing collection of work  so bomb and that later would influence the come up of other legendary artist such as Diana Ross and Janis Joplin.

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Some Of Her Best Songs:

STRANGE FRUIT

BLUE MOON

LOVER MAN

JOSEPHINE BAKER

Baker got her start as a dancer in several Vaudeville shows, which was a type of theatre genre during the 20th century. She moved to New York City and participated in the Harlem Renaissance. Not long after she continued her success in Paris where she became one of the most popular performers due to her unique style of dancing and costumes. Her most famous performance was her showDanse Sauvage where she danced in a banana skirt.

 Baker helped the French military by serving as a spy during World War II. She’d pass on secrets she heard while performing  and transported secret information by writing with invisible ink on her music sheets Years later she moved back to the United States.

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ELLA FITZGERALD

Was a Jazz Singer in 1958 who was also the first African American woman to win a Grammy.

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ANGELA DAVIS

Educator, activist and writer for the Civil Rights movement in the 70’s. Best known for her involvement in a political murder case. She joined the Black Panthers and became a professor at UCLA, where her position as a professor was interrupted when she was arrested and imprisoned for about 18 months. After being found “not guilty” she took time off to travel and returned back to UCLA as a professor  and wrote several books.

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OPRAH WINFREY

Oprah started out as a reporter in Nashville. She went from  having her own show on television to having her own network. Oprah Winfrey is the first female African American billionaire

 

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