African American Legacy Series Spotlight: Ode To The Music Contributions Of Aretha Franklin

I just want to focus on Ms. Franklin’s retooling of other classic songs to point out her musical brilliance. As a trained pianist and arranger she oversaw the construction of those songs and added her own spin. The harmonies alone took these songs in a completely different direction.

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AA Legacy Series Spotlight: Josephine Baker

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I wasn’t in any particular rush to write about Baker for my African-American (Women) Series Spotlight – not because I don’t think she’s fabulous – but because she’s already so famous. Then I saw this photo that Nichelle posted to Vintage Black Glamour via Vintage Beauties and literally swooned!

STYLE GAME: PROPER!

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AA Legacy Series Spotlight: Eartha Kitt

I’m reconfiguring an archived post that was my tribute to Eartha Kitt at news of her passing a little more than two years ago.

Reading the post again I just realized some of the themes we’ve recently been focused on – femininity, appearance, health and making choices as […]

AA Legacy Series Spotlight: Belva Davis

We’re winding down the end of (Black) Women’s Heristory Month. I invited readers to submit essays on women have moved or influenced them for inclusion and Vanessa Francis answered the call. Ms. Francis is an urban planner and policy analyst who runs the blog Wicked Urbanity. Check it out. She wrote a terrific […]

AA Legacy Series Spotlight: Betty Davis & Alice Coltrane

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First of all these two ladies are far more than the wives of famous musicians. Betty Davis & Alice Coltrane were the equals of their counterparts in more ways than one. We are fortunate to still have one of these illustrious women amongst us and shouldn’t forget their contributions.

AA Legacy Series Spotlight on Della Reese

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Continuing the AA Legacy Series for (Black) Women’s History Month, I want to highlight the actress and singer we know as Della Reese (clink the link for a video tribute). I was conducting research online and found the Della Reese dot com address but it’s not something she’s running. It’s […]

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 […]