Bessie Smith Known as the “Empress Of Blues”, Bessie Smith was said to have revolutionized the vocal end of Blues Music. She showed a lot of pride as an independent African-American woman. Her style in performance and lyrics often reflected her lifestyle. Bessie Smith was one of the first female jazz artists, and she paved the way for many musicians who followed. Bessie was born April 15, 1894 in Chattanooga, Tennessee to a part time Baptist preacher, William Smith, and his wife Laura.
Sojourner Truth and Women Suffrage “Who was Sojourner Truth?” Isabella Baumfree also considered Van Wagenen was born in 1797 and died in 1883. She was the first black to speak out to people about slavery and abolitionists. She was said to have a deep manly voice but had a quick wit and inspiring faith (Encyclpoedia, 474). It was Truth’s religious faith that transformed her from Isabella to Sojourner Truth. What is difficult to tell is her actual birth date because there are two different women with different birth dates such as Isabella’s is in the 1790’s and Truth’s is on June 1, 1843.
Wells’ was a committed campaigner for the rights of both women and African American regardless of gender, she never surrendered one group for the other, or the black women who tenanted both (Thomas, 2011). “Her willingness to recognize the limited roles and opportunities for black women made her a “woman before her time,”” Ms. Mayes said (Polke, 2015). Her creation of the Women’s Era club, offered women, especially black women, a public environment from which to build much desired political characters (Thomas, 2011). Wells-Barnett stood as a “one-man army” when it came to defending women, whether she did it on her own or with others. Wells-Barnett was considered a radical in her time because she continuously voiced her opinions of race and gender and even the fact, she spoke up about the issues she faced as a Black woman that some were scared to.
There was something special about Bessie Smith, though. Janis identified with her to the point of feeling that she was Smith reincarnated. Janis once said that she became a singer because Grant Lyons loaned her his Bessie Smith and Leadbelly records. She learned to sing the blues by listening to Bess... ... middle of paper ... ...other than to completely express herself, which is also the enchanting characteristic of her era. On a trip back to Port Arthur, Texas, her hometown, when asked what she thought about Port Arthur after so many years of separation, “getting loose,” said Joplin in a gratified tone, “getting together, getting down, having a good time” (Janis: The Way She Was).
Her impetuous individualism did not win the hearts of many either. These things combined with the complexity of her outlook on race and gender was revolutionary for her time. She was a true pioneer and extraordinary literate of the authentic portions of African-Americans and their traditions. Unfortunately, those authentic stories prostrated audience in a very uncomfortable way. At the time she was exactly what they did not want to hear.
Many people argue the outlook of women has not changed and that they are still portrayed as negative beings. However, African-American women in today’s society have had a very strong and powerful affect. They are phenomenal beings that through a history of trials and tribulations have come a long way in the face of adversity. One can not talk about the positive roles of women in any civilization without acknowledging their history: “History has constructed our sexuality and our femininity as deviating from those qualities with which white women, as the prize of the Western world, have been endowed” (Carby). The roles of women in society have been greatly overseen in the last few decades but now are coming to more of a perspective to people.
Bessie Smith was a rough, crude, violent woman. She was also the greatest of the classic Blues singers of the 1920s. Bessie started out as a street musician in Chattanooga. In 1912 Bessie joined a traveling show as a dancer and singer. The show featured Pa and Ma Rainey, and Smith developed a friendship with Ma.
Due to the legacy of slavery, African American women have never had the privilege of being submissive, docile, or fragile (Bell, 2004). As a consultant these qualities allow for one to survive in hostile work environment, where they must contend with both racism and sexism (Bell, 2004). As an African American woman these features are rewarding. Being who I am has empowered me to have a sense of pride, self-respect and loyalty. However, trying to balance all these characteristics can be very problematic because I am continually balancing to deflect negative
Even though she is a mother and a hardworking human being, she will be nowhere near happiness, all because she is an African-American woman. In the speech, Truth uses a lot of dialects to describe how she had felt as a woman and mother through her many hardships that only she can describe. “If my cup won’t hold but a pint and yours holds a quart, wouldn’t you be mean not to let me have my little half measure full?,” (Truth, lines 17-19) This clearly shows how Truth had felt
Images people once thought of as funny and humorous are now thought to be very hurtful and racial. Over eighty years ago, The Mammy was thought to be one of the most enduring images of the African-American woman. The Mammy grew out of slavery and the location of black women in the entanglement of social relations in a biracial slave society. The boundaries have been defined of the acceptable and unacceptable black female behavior. However, since time has elapsed the image of the Mammy has turned into a very negative one.