African American flappers and Jazz Age women
HOLY SHIT I HAVE NEVER SEEN BLACK FLAPPERS BEFORE!
There were many fabulous African American flappers. No wonder - it was African American musicians who put the Jazz in “The Jazz Age”! The Charleston dance iteself, which so epitomizes the era, made its debut in the all-Black musical “Runnin’ Wild”, and no one danced that flapper number better than Josephine Baker…save possibly for fellow Black artist Florence Mills, who claimed credit for inventing it (she said she debuted it in her “Plantation Revue” in the early 20s, developing it from a dance popular among slaves). The Charleston song was written by Black composer James P Johnson. Without women and girls like those above, the 1920s would never have roared.
without black women there’d be no flappers, no jazz babies, no liberated (white) women.
re: the bold
Yes, this is true. It’s all true.
Unfinished showers, power outages and 2000 degrees of sun aside…Panama was a real charm. I made friends while walking around Casco Viejo and we sat and exchanged travel stories for hours and one of them took the photo of me above. I’ll tell the story of how I was chased down by an undercover cop in Peru and taken to a room with lots of handcuffs later. Just know I was really mouthy until I remembered all those episodes of “Locked Up Abroad” I’ve seen.
Casco Viejo, Panama, September 2014
American Trade Hotel, Panama, September 2014
that’s my secret
I’m always tired
*transforms into the incredible sloth*
What happened in Puerto Rico
I wanna know what happened in Puerto Rico
It’s too late for me to remember where I put the receipts for this, but IIRC more experiments + forced hysterectomies on women.
keep in mind Tuskegee happened at a HBCU and lasted 40 years (originally only planned to last 3 months) and the US knew of a ‘cure” penicillin.
My testimonio re: not celebrating the pill here. (tw: white folks don’t like my pov just see comments and this article was posted on other sites where white folks didn’t dig it either).
forced sterilization of PR women (we still have the highest rates of sterilization, read more about the 3 generations of sterilization (non-consensual and consensual) in her book, Matters of Choice, Iris Rodriguez who does qualitative work interviewing women in families, she also coined the phrase “agency within constraints” in her texts about this topic. this has happened with various women of color and women with disabilities throughout US history and currently.
reblogging for info