BETTY BOOP - The Original Story
Ms. Esther Jones, known by her stage name, “Baby Esther,” was an African-American singer and entertainer of the late 1920s. She performed regularly at the (The Cotton Club) in Harlem.
Ms. Jones singing style went on to become the inspiration for Max Fleischer cartoon character’s voice and singing style of “Betty Boop”.
YES: “Betty Boop” was a black woman.
Singer Helen Kane saw her act in 1928 and copied it, stole it. Ms. Jones’ “trademark” singing style for a recording of, “I Wanna Be Loved By You.” with interpolated words such as ‘Boo-Boo-Boo’ & ‘Doo-Doo-Doo’ in her songs at a cabaret was a style all her own.
An early test sound film was also discovered, which featured Baby Esther performing in this style, disproving Kane’s claims. During the $250,000 infringement lawsuit, Esther’s manager testified that , “Helen Kane & her manager saw Baby’s act somewhere between 1928-1929.Baby Esther’s manager also testified that Helen Kane had saw Baby Esther’s cabaret act in 1928.”
Supreme Court Judge Edward J. McGoldrick ruled: “The plaintiff has failed to sustain either cause of action by proof of sufficient probative force”. In his opinion, the “baby” technique of singing did not originate with Kane.
As an added note, scholar Robert G.O’Meally said, Betty Boop, the WHITE CARTOON character herself had, as it were, a BLACK grandmother in her background.
Baby Esther was presumed dead by 1934, just when the lawsuit had ended.
I need people to stop using this picture. This is a photoshoot from 2009. This is the real baby Esther: http://blackamericaweb.com/2014/09/07/little-known-black-history-fact-esther-jones/
Dascha Polanco attends the Rolando Santana Fashion Show at NYFW
“I knew I wanted to sing, and I wanted to sing rock ‘n’ roll.” — Ronnie Spector
The Ronettes, 1966
Oh, Storm. It’s best to be a little less forward when you’re trying to initiate a threeway.
Badass women from history - part 2 (part 1)
- Cheering women at a Civil Rights march
- Black surfers at the beach
- Bessie Stringfield, “The Motorcycle Queen of Miami”—the first black woman to ride across the United States solo
- Black Lesbian group banner on the Lesbian Strength march, 1984
- Eartha Kitt doing yoga by the ocean
Illustrations by the very talented Daniel Danger (Previously on Supersonic). His power with sensual, eerie darkness is unrivaled. See more work below!
want this moment burned on my eyelids
So many girls saw this. Bless.
All hail the queen.
Let this sink in. She declared herself a feminist in front of a bunch of white women who decided they werent feminists like katy perry and then her husband and child, the things feminists evidently don’t have, wete cheering on and gave her an award
Why is this a great moment??? Ya shes a feminist alright. No.. The entire awards show was NOTHING about female empowerment. All she did up there was stick her ass out, imitate/talk about stripping, and sex. Im ALL for women being sexy and sexual. But thats not all we are. Thats all she portrayed. Thats all any of the women performers portrayed. Nicki Minaj sang about screwing men who liked her ass and then Drake came out, slapped hers, and even nuzzled it. Theres no female empowerment in any of that. I actually chuckled when Beyonce had that light up behind her. Sing SOMETHING up there not about having sex/pleasing a man, or requires you to gyrate your ass and you may be taken seriously. And no, Im not a hater. Im a fan of something they all have done and Im a HUGE female advocate. That was NOT empowerment on the stage. It was objectification. This very short, single moment did not define the whole show and people are acting like it did.
Just say NO to slut shamers. I don’t even like Beyonce’s music but I HATE it when people police other’s bodies and have no clue what feminism is.
NASA astronaut Leland D Melvin with his dogs Jake and Scout.
Still the cutest pic
best pic of the day!!!