My aunt Wanda was the ultimate entertainer. She wrote and cultivated music with Roger & Zapp (“I Wanna Be Your Man” for y’all 80s heads) Bootsy Collins, the Ohio Players and on and on. She was an excellent music teacher as well, who had like every copy of Rolling Stone you could imagine in the attic. #iloveyou #life
My Beautiful Aunt Wanda (in yellow) lost her battle with cancer this morning. This was a woman who encouraged me as well as my dreams from Day One. Her daughter, my cousin Shanell has always been my closest confidante. My last moments spent in Ohio before college in NY were spent with her. My heart is so heavy for them both. Auntie loved her music and her family #iloveyou Lol at her photo bombing 💙
Ms. ESTHER JONES, known by her stage name, “Baby Esther,” was an ” African-American singer and entertainer of the late 1920s. She performed regularly at the (The Cotton Club) in Harlem.
Singer Helen Kane saw her act in 1928 and (COPIED or stole ). Ms Jones’ ‘baby’ Singing Style! > for a recording of “I Wanna Be Loved By You.”
Ms. Jones’ singing style went on to become the inspiration for (( Max Fleischer )) cartoon character’s Voice and SINGING style of BETTY BOOP, was YES a Black Woman.
Her singing trademark Was.. “boop oop a doop “.. In a baby voice at the cotton club in Harlem. - Esther Jones who’s stage name was “Baby Esther” was a popular entertainer at Harlem’s Cotton Club in the late 1920s. Baby Esther interpolated words such as ‘Boo-Boo-Boo’ & ‘Doo-Doo-Doo’ in songs at a cabaret. Helen Kane SAW Baby’s act in 1928 and (stole) Used it in her hit song I Wanna Be Loved By You.
An early test sound film was also discovered, which featured Baby Esther performing in this style, disproving Kane’s claims. Baby Esther’s manager also testified that Helen Kane had saw Baby Esther’s cabaret act in 1928.
Supreme Court Judge Edward J. McGoldrick ruled: “The plaintiff has failed to sustain either cause of action by proof of sufficient probative force”. In his opinion, the “baby” technique of singing did not originate with Kane.
$250,000 infringement lawsuit
Esther’s manager also testified that , Helen Kane & her manager , saw Baby’s act somewhere between 1928-1929. Scholar Robert G.O’ Meally said, Betty Boop The WHITE CARTOON herself had, as it were, a BLACK grandmother in her backround.
Baby Esther was presumed dead by 1934, just when the lawsuit had ended.
@Learn your History or they will Hide it from you. @BLACK-American MUSIC and DANCE Styles. - Influential WorldWide “
don’t forget that Betty Boop was a major influence in Osamu Tezuka’s work. Tezuka is considered one of the fathers of modern anime with the “big doe eyes” style so to some extent all anime girls nowadays owe part of their legacy to this lady!