When Gertrude “Ma” Rainey — known as “The Mother of Blues”— sang, “It’s true I wear a collar and a tie … Talk to the gals just like any old man,” in “Prove It on Me,” she was flirting with scandal, challenging the listener to catch her in a lesbian affair
T'Ain't Nobody's Bizness: Queer Blues Divas of the
"It was under the cover of night, because they could be prosecuted for same-sex activity." It might not seem like a big deal to us now, but back then, pursuing same-sex relations could get you thrown in jail.
Gladys Bentley was a male impersonator who sang and played piano on the New York gay club scene in the late singing some very naughty songs indeed!
Singing the Lesbian Blues in 1920s Harlem - Neatorama
African american men from the turn of the century. The shoes on the man on the right caught my eye, fantastic details.
James Van Der Zee I had to dedicate a post to Harlem Renaissance photographer James Augustus Joseph Van Der Zee. Born on June 1886 in Lenox, Massachusetts, James Van Der Zee became the most sought after photographer during the.
Jackie Robinson holds his son, Jackie Jr., as he sits with his wife Rachel on the front steps of their home in Jackie Jr. struggled with drug addiction as a young man and was killed, at just 24 years old, in a car accident in
This is an example of the suit styles that were popular in the Men started wearing single breasted suits with natural shoulders and a tubular silhouette. As the decade went on men's suits became narrower and narrower.