Friday, October 26, 2012

Some new looks at Billie Holiday

I guess if youve ever read my blog you know I have an unwavering love for all things Billie Holiday. That love goes back to the age of about twelve and though I dont listen to her as much she still has her own playlist on my Ipod. So imagine my surprise when my phone rings at about 1am a time when 6 days out of 7 I am sound asleep and my real annoyance when I heard my ex on the phone excitedly proclaiming " Get on your computer theirs something you have to see! I found it just for you!" I figured if someone calls at 1am knowing how nicely I string curse words together then it must be important and indeed it was! Pictures of Billie I had never seen. So I share with you.....
I cant help think what the prim and proper Ms. Hazel Scott thought of Billie Holiday as a woman first and foremost. Being she became the wife of a pastor and all. However,I remember in Billies Memoirs she tells a story of the young Hazel Scott auditioning for a job at Barney Josephens cafe society and Billie was really or rather her ghost writer was rather crass in their description of her.
Its always nice to see people finally not hoarding photos of Lady and for that I guess we can build an idol of Bill Gates and praise him twice a damn day....enjoy
Someone with a foot fetish must have taken this but those are a sharp pair of shoes!
I love this one you know damn well Billie didn't ski but you love this pic all the same!

Ethel Moses

Actress and dancer Ethel Moses, who became a leading lady in silent and sound black films, was the daughter of well-known New York Baptist Minister W.H. Moses. She began her show business career as a dancer in 1924, when she was cast with internationally-renowned entertainer Florence Mills in Dixie to Broadway. From 1928 to 1933, she along with her sisters, Julia and Lucia Lynn, performed as part of the Cotton Club Girls chorus line. In between performing at the Cotton Club, Moses appeared in Blackbirds (1926) and the Broadway Revival of Show Boat (1927). Wanting to diversify her career in show business and inspired by her sister Lucia Lynn (who received short-lived acclaim for her performance in the 1927 silent film, The Scar of Shame) Moses delved into world of race films, first appearing in Oscar Micheaux’s 1935 crime drama Temptation. In 1936, Moses married Cab Calloway’s pianist Bennie Payne and continued to perform in nightclubs throughout Harlem, New York where her alluring features and enterprising personality made her one of Harlem’s most notable entertainers of her time. Moses was a fixture and sex symbol in a variety of Micheaux’s films during the late 1930s, appearing in Underworld (1937), God’s Stepchildren (1939), and Birthright (1939). Yet, as the making of all-black cast independent films faded, Moses’ film career ended. By the beginning of the 1950s, she had retired and remarried, this time to Frank Ryan, a factory worker. The couple settled away from the limelight in Jamaica, Long Island. Though forgotten in the history of black film, Moses remains an important figure as she was one of the few black underground actresses who represented African American characters in roles that accurately reflected black life during a time when most major Hollywood filmmakers refused to do so. Sources: Edward Mapp, Directory of Blacks in the Performing Arts, (Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1978); Anonymous, “Cotton Club Girls,” Ebony, April 1949, Vo. 4, No. 6; Anonymous, “Parsons Pretty Daughter Chooses Stage Career,” The Pittsburgh Courier, October 4, 1924. Contributor: