reply to post by Hemisphere
Who did you come up with?
Lena Horne – Come on now! It was not a trick question.
Ruby Elzy - The opera star of the 1930’s?
Josephine Baker – The stripper that became a French citizen?
Bessie Smith - the “Empress of the Blues"?
Ella Fitzgerald – the "First Lady of Song"?
Dorothy Dandridge – Oscar nominee for Best Actress?
Billie Holiday – “Lady Day”?
Mahalia Jackson - the “Queen of Gospel” music?
Sarah Vaughan – "The Divine One"?
Ma Rainey – the “Mother of the Blues”?
Aretha Franklin – the “Queen of Soul”
Or Whitney Houston, Jessye Norman, Ronnie Spector, Tina Turner, Erykah Badu, Diana Ross, Leontyne Price, or maybe Dinah Washington? All good choices.
None are wrong. And still no mention of the “mystery woman”. You see, one important answer is missing. Just my opinion and you can make up your
own mind how important the missing person is for yourself. Just a little later. If by some flash of genius (or is that Internet search?) you come up
with the answer before I make the critical post, STARS for you my friend! But try not to cheat. That’s the whole point of this, I want to show how
someone of significance (in my opinion) has been largely lost to us.
Mind you I’m posting this thread as an example of how events, people and history can be manipulated. Even something as seemingly insignificant as
our entertainment. I say “seemingly insignificant” in that if you do just the slightest amount of research into the lives of these women, you will
realize that their lives and careers were entwined with and defined by corporate power and political agendas. (And mostly not of their choosing.) That
makes this all not so insignificant in my opinion.
Please, this is in no way a slight against Lena Horne. Her career can stand proudly on its own. That another woman that made Horne’s career possible
has been nearly forgotten is the point. We are fed convenient, sterilized truths, with all the jagged edges removed. Most ATS members know this. Most
have an inkling of the extent to which that is so. And a few likely say “so what?” I am posting just another example of how our lives, choices and
opinions are constantly manipulated.
What do you think folks? Guesses? Do you care? Is the suspense too much? Bored to tears? I’ll post the identity of the “mystery woman” and the
story of my meeting her shortly.