It’s Black Women’s History Month Y’all!

At least it is at Acts Of Faith In Love & Life.

I’m editing a few posts right now but then I remembered I had started the first post of what was meant to be a series on AA women with Ethel Waters way back from 2009. Since I was doing daily posts then (how did I find the time?) I forgot to continue the series!

I so appreciate the contributions of my elders and forebears. I am very proud of my heritage and have never wanted to be part of anyone else’s ethnic or racial group. We need to better honor these women by living well. I hope more people will read it and enjoy it this time.

Spotlight on Ethel Waters.

Please note, the woman singing with the Duke Ellington orchestra is not Waters but Ivie Anderson. By the way, I did complete Final Cut Pro…then my Mac died.

I’ve decided to set aside some of the other topics on tap and instead will be featuring a few AA women who’ve kicked butt and taken names in honor of (Black) Women’s History Month.

Via the NYT’s Book Review of Heat Wave: The Life & Career Of Ethel Waters (thanks Nichelle!)

Waters’s influence on her fellow singers and actors — especially, but not exclusively, African-American women — was such that Horne described her as “the mother of us all.” (Artists of a later generation would come to describe Horne in the same terms.) Starting out in black vaudeville in the early decades of the 20th century, Waters originally performed and recorded the sort of bawdy come-ons (“It’s Right Here for You” and “I Want to Be Somebody’s Baby Doll So I Can Get My Loving All the Time”) that, in the hands of Waters, Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith and other women, first established the blues as popular music. Waters’s style was advanced: understated, sophisticated, dramatic without being histrionic, ideally suited to the soon-to-emerge repertory of elegiac, subtly blues-influenced pop music that would come to be thought of as the Great American Songbook. It was Waters who made hits of the future standards “Am I Blue,” “Supper Time” and “Stormy Weather” (years before it became associated with Horne).

If there’s someone you’d like to see featured leave a message in the comment section. We can discuss a possible guest post as well for coverage of more women.  I’m more focused on the less obvious choices of women so we can all learn something.  Doing research is so much fun! I hope you enjoy the series. Have a great weekend everyone!

27 comments to It’s Black Women’s History Month Y’all!

  • Faith

    Here's a great website that has an extensive catalog of vintage photos of many black women. It's worth reviewing, studying and mirroring the class and dignity blacks once held themselves to.

  • politicsgurl

    Hi Faith! May I suggest Ida B. Wells? I realize that she may be a more well known activist, but I find her activism and experiences abroad (esp. considering that time period) incredibly fascinating.

  • Vanessa F.

    Belva Davis, black woman journalist. She's won quite a few Emmy's for her work!

    btw…This post has given me inspiration for my own blog -- Focusing on architects and planners of course!

    Looking forward to this series.

  • yay, look forward to it! did you see my 28 days of black beauty series highlighting gorgeous black women for black history month?

  • Jacquie

    One of my favorite quotes:
    'I must sing my song. There may be other songs more beautiful than mine, but I must sing the song God gave me to sing, and I must sing it until death. --Charlotte Hawkins Brown, founder Palmer Memorial Institute

  • Jacquie

    Hi Faith. Excellent post! I feel like Women's History Month should be Black WHM, especially since bw are virtually non-existent during black history month (outside of Parks, King, and a few others).

    My inspirational lady for BWHM is Charlotte Hawkins Brown. Ms. Brown was the founder of Palmer Memorial Institute in Greensboro, NC, 1902. It started as a teaching college and soon became accredited as a community college. Ms. Brown was the administrator and president for 50 years, graduating 1000 students. Palmer Institute closed in the 50s and has since become a NC historic site.

    She wrote a book entitled "The Correct Thing To Do, To Say, To Wear" that is available (and I will be ordering soon).