Slate Went Full Stupid, Dissed America’s Embrace of Black Women in Music [VIDEOS]

Slate Went Full Stupid, Dissed America’s Embrace of Black Women in Music [VIDEOS]

Slate Went Full Stupid, Dissed America’s Embrace of Black Women in Music [VIDEOS]

Slate wrapped up the disastrous entertainment year of 2016 with a Full Stupid headline.

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So according to author Julianne Escobedo Shepherd — whose credentials include “professor of music writing at NYU” — we Americans have never been “ready” to accept the musical talents of black women in popular music. That is so patently ridiculous, it’s laughable.

Let’s start in 1957, with Ella Fitzgerald accompanied by Louis Armstrong — a legend in his own right — with this classic: “Summertime,” from Porgy and Bess. 

The princesses of 1960’s music were three young women from Detroit, The Supremes.

And the reigning queen was Aretha Franklin, who hailed from Memphis.

If you were in college in the 1970’s, like me, you certainly remember the Pointer Sisters. They had a ton of hits, and I was a fan. Here they are from the 1976 movie Car Wash, with the late Richard Pryor playing a film-flam preacher.

When my husband and I were young parents in the 1980’s, and MTV was fresh and creative, our toddler girl would run from any room in our house to watch Tina Turner’s video, “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” We never understood her fascination with the video. We think it may have been Tina’s big ’80’s hair. Hair or not, it’s a great performance. Tina Turner rocked that decade.

So basically Slate just brushed aside decades of talented black women whose music was embraced by generations of Americans. But that wouldn’t fit Slate’s liberal narrative of America as a racist nation now, would it?

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  • One could also include Marian Anderson, a popular classical singer. She is best known for singing in front of the Lincoln Memorial on April 9, 1939. She had been denied a chance to sing at Constitution Hall because she was black. This was a case of actual racism, and not the fake racism the progressives at Slate are obsessed about.

  • Cindy says:

    And where’s Lena Horne!?

  • Cindy says:

    And where’s Lena Horne?!

  • Nina says:

    Great post Kim! And I know…couldn’t cover them all.. but here’s another one. Dorothy Dandridge. That music “professor” needs to go back to college and relearn her music history!

  • Mike says:

    Not to mention Leslie Uggams, Eartha Kitt, Mahalia Jackson, Natalie Cole, Janet Jackson…

  • VALman says:

    Did a search. Here’s a list: Chaka Khan, Aaliyah, Dionne Warwick, Toni Braxton, Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige Beyoncé, Rihanna, Donna Summer, Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey.

    Granted I don’t know some of them. Yet, as others have noted, there’s a long, long list of black female singers of every musical genre. So, I don’t know what Julianne Escobedo Shepherd is attempting to get at and, thus, I have to label it as Fail!

  • David says:

    hee hee, and there is so much frosting on my noggin that I even remember Memphis Minnie!!! Had the blessing of finally finding her grave site last January when I set out on a pilgrimage with Ivica Tvrtko during the annual International Blues Challenge to find her resting place. Along the way we got to visit the museums in the old recording studios in an around Memphis. Doggone, I do believe that there were a lot of “Black” singers we all enjoyed back in the day. We spent some time with Lolla Gully, a modern blues diva at the Northside Tavern in Atlanta too.. Did I mention that she happens to be Black too? Maybe these complainers just don’t know anything about the music that has been playing around them all their lives.

  • Cheri says:

    Don’t forget Pearl Baey, Dell’s Reese, and the opera singers like Denise Graves, Leontyne Price,…

  • Cheri says:

    That’s Pearl Bailey. Sheesh!

  • Cheri says:

    Wow, I really hate spell check sometimes. I just noticed they changed Della’s spelling as well.
    While I’m back, I will add Dionne Warrick and Roberta Flack, two of my favorites. Plus, Jessye Norman.

  • Freedoms bell says:

    Slate didn’t “go full stupid.” They have been full stupid since inception.

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