slimnoid asked:
That isn't Esther Jones in that photo, it's a model by the name of Olya who did a modern vintage photo shoot in tribute to Betty Boop. Boop was also, from what I can gather, based off of singer Helen Kane.

thebicker:

In regards to the photo in that post: it took some Internet detective work (and an awkward call to my office’s tech support explaining that I was trying to verify the identify of a historical figure and not looking at pinup websites for fun, YOU’RE ALL VERY WELCOME) and you are correct. That is not Betty Boop. I can’t verify who the model is, but the photo appears to belong to a group of pinup photographers called Retro Atelier.

In regards to the content: The text explicitly says Helen Kane ripped off Esther Jones and then became the inspiration for Betty Boop. Not sure how you’re trailing this photo around Tumblr without reading the text that accompanies it. But! I am glad to have the opportunity to research this further and share what I found.

Helen Kane tried to sue Paramount in 1932 for creating Betty Boop as a “deliberate caricature” of her. The defense showed footage of Esther Jones, known as “Baby Esther,” performing her boop-a-doop routine several years earlier, and Jones’ manager testified that Kane and her manager had seen Jones’ show in the late 1920s. A bunch of stage and film stars with similar acts also testified. Kane lost her lawsuit.

So how did the image get attached to that story? It appears there are no verified photos of Esther Jones. If you Google iamge search “real Betty Boop,” that Retro Atelier image is the first one to come up, which is probably how it ended up on that post.

I will add a note to that post indicating that it is not Esther Jones, but the story is backed up by history.

thebicker:

mysoulhasgrowndeep-liketherivers:

blackgirlsinked:

Esther Jones, known by her stage name, “Baby Esther,” was a singer and entertainer of the late 1920s. She performed regularly at The Cotton Club in Harlem. Helen Kane saw her act in 1928 and appropriated Jones’ ‘baby’ singing style for a recording of “I Wanna Be Loved By You.” Jones’ style went on to become the inspiration for the voice of Betty Boop.(What I Looked up)

Today in Black people invented everything you hold near and dear…

ETA: That is not a photo of Esther Jones, but the story is true. Check it out.

thebicker:

mysoulhasgrowndeep-liketherivers:

blackgirlsinked:

Esther Jones, known by her stage name, “Baby Esther,” was a singer and entertainer of the late 1920s. She performed regularly at The Cotton Club in Harlem. Helen Kane saw her act in 1928 and appropriated Jones’ ‘baby’ singing style for a recording of “I Wanna Be Loved By You.” Jones’ style went on to become the inspiration for the voice of Betty Boop.(What I Looked up)

Today in Black people invented everything you hold near and dear…

ETA: That is not a photo of Esther Jones, but the story is true. Check it out.

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nitanahkohe:

the Lakota woman who was raped as an inmate at Fall River corrections facility (South Dakota) is testifying against the white male guard that raped her today; please send prayers of support and love her way, as what she is about to do can be traumatizing and promises to be emotionally challenging.

Here is a resource post for trans women!

zebablah:

is this snake fucking serious 
like was that actually fucking necessary 

zebablah:

is this snake fucking serious 

like was that actually fucking necessary 

alwayssunnyinmyhead:


Drapetomania was a supposed mental illness described by American physician Samuel A. Cartwright in 1851 that caused black slaves to flee captivity.

Drapetomania- Because, why would someone want to run away when they have no autonomy, are forced to work all day erry day, and can be raped,killed, or sold any minute?

alwayssunnyinmyhead:

Drapetomania was a supposed mental illness described by American physician Samuel A. Cartwright in 1851 that caused black slaves to flee captivity.

Drapetomania- Because, why would someone want to run away when they have no autonomy, are forced to work all day erry day, and can be raped,killed, or sold any minute?