the book is forthcoming. by Danyel Smith. a history of black women in pop. from It Books/HarperCollins (2014). now writing. tumbling this stuff keeps me inspired, and keeps my brain sane.
Posts tagged birthdays


Happy Birthday #ErykahBadu. PHOTO: #Badu (right), age nine, and her sister, Nayrok, age six, in Dallas in 1980. Interstate 45 in #Dallas can be seen in the background.

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‘One day I realized I was living in a country where I was afraid to be black. It was only a country for white people. Not black. So I left. I had been suffocating in the United States…A lot of us left, not because we wanted to leave, but because we couldn’t stand it anymore…’ —Josephine Baker

in St. Louis Missouri, Baker was born on this day in 1906. She died April 1975, in Paris. Here she is in 1951.


art: JBaker in Brazil



Happy birthday, Sade


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in Nutbush, Tennessee, she was born on this day, in 1939.



Beyonce - B’day 

Happy B’Day Queen B!



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