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.
I think it’s so easy to forget that we, WOC, were there in history too.
The flapper movement was originally started by WOC, and that was part of the reason why it was so scandalous for white women to be flappers at first—because they were dressing and acting line WOC. But of course you’ll never see that in a high school textbook.
I will reblog again for commentary.
Also think about it like this. I am 36 years old. THIRTY SIX and beyond Josephine Baker prior to these images I had never seen Jazz Age WOC.
Let that sink in.
36 years old and it wasn’t necessarily for lack of effort.
In Greek Mythology, The Garden of the Hesperides is Hera's orchard in the west, where either a single tree or a grove of immortality-giving golden apples grew. The apples were planted from the fruited branches that Gaia gave to Hera as a wedding gift when Hera accepted Zeus. The Hesperides were given the task of tending to the grove, but occasionally plucked from it themselves. Not trusting them, Hera also placed in the garden a never-sleeping, hundred-headeddragon named Ladon as an additional safeguard.
tell me about how lonely you are or tell me about why you keep waking up in the morning or talk to me about your mum’s eyes and your dad’s laugh. I don’t care about the weather and you don’t care about how my job’s going.
I’m so fucking in love with this.
how can i blacklist all posts like this can people just tag them #pseudo profound john green shit so i never have to see them
REFASHION: a compilation of ladies singing songs originally sung by men. + [ LISTEN ]
i. high for this - ellie goulding (the weeknd) // ii. bohemian rhapsody - p!nk (queen) // iii. sail - macy gray (awolnation) // iv. little lion man - tonight alive (mumford & sons) // v. get lucky - daughter (daft punk) // vi. don’t you worry child - within temptation (swedish house mafia) // vii. wicked games - cœur de pirate (the weeknd) // viii. take care - florence + the machine (drake ft. rihanna) // ix. somebody that i used to know - ingrid michaelson (gotye) // x. there is a light that never goes out - sara lov (the smiths) // xi. smile - janelle monáe (nat king cole) // xii. bizarre love triangle - frente! (new order) // xiii. how soon is now - t.a.t.u. (the smiths) // xiv. it takes a muscle - mia (spectral display) // xv. oh! darling - florence and the machine (the beatles) // xvi. everybody wants to rule the world - lorde (tears for fears) // xvii. take on me - anni b. sweet (a-ha) // xviii. we will rock you - beyoncé, britney spears & p!nk (queen) // xix. i bet you look good on the dancefloor - baby charles (arctic monkeys) // xx. real love - regina spektor (john lennon) // xxi. your song - ellie goulding (elton john) // xxii. starstrukk - marina and the diamonds (3oh!3) // xxiii. lover of the light - rita ora (mumford & sons) // xxiv. you just haven’t earned it yet baby - kirsty maccoll (the smiths) // xxv. young volcanoes - tiffany alvord (fall out boy) // xxvi. don’t think twice, it’s all right - ke$sha (bob dylan) // xxvii. underdog - kelly rowland (kasabian) // xxviii. no surprises - regina spektor (radiohead) // xxix. paranoia android - sia (radiohead) // xxx. what do you want from me? - p!nk (adam lambert) // xxxi. let her go - within temptation (passenger) // xxxii. i want you back - janella monáe (jackson 5) // xxxiii. we are young - little mix (fun.) // xxxiv. rebel rebel - tegan & sara (david bowie) // xxxv. mirrors - ellie goulding (justin timberlake) // xxxvi. the district sleeps alone - birdy (the postal service)