Beverly Johnson paved the way for African American models, breaking down many racial barriers in the '70s. When she first pursued a modeling career, she was rejected by every modeling agency she reached out to. However, after things began to shift culturally, her phone began to ring off the hook. She appeared in over 500 magazines and walking the runway for Yves Saint Laurent, Ralph Lauren, and many more.
Art Tatum was widely acknowledged as one of the greatest jazz pianists of all times. Tatum, a child prodigy, was leagally blind; he learned to play by ear. He developed a unique playing style that utilized the entire keyboard. His technique, harmony, and improvisational style extended the limits of what was possible in jazz piano. He greatly influenced later jazz greats such as Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk, Oscar Peterson, an Bill Evans.
Esther Phillips. Soul Sister, Jazz Songstress, Disco Diva and everything in between. A voice that is Simone, Holiday & Wilson all wrapped into one.Whether it is Atlantic's "And I Love Him" or CPI's " What a Diff'rence a Day Makes" you think you have heard these tracks before & then Esther socks it to you. However the terrifyingly autobiographic "Home is Where Hatred Is" allowed us a tiny window on the demons that Esther contended with. That she created art is without dispute.