Well, we are the originals.They are copies. White
people stole credit on different things that black people did.
Black people have invented alot to help the world be better
and make our lives easier. We black people are the inspiration
for ideas, concepts, sciences, math, education, style, music,
dance, and much more.
Thus, I’m speaking about the iconic cartoon character Betty
Boop, who was inspired by a black jazz singer in Harlem. Max Fleischer
introduced her in 1930. She was the first and most famous sex symbol in
animation. Betty Boop is well known for her revealing dress,
curvaceous figure and signature vocals BOOp OOP a Doop.
While there has been controversy over the years, the inspiration has been
traced back to Esther Jones who was known as Baby Esher and performed
mostly in the Cotton Club during the 1920s.
Baby Esther’s trademark vocal style of using boops and other
childlike scat sounds gained the attention of actress Helene Kane
during a performance in the late 20s. After observing Baby Esther,
Kane took on her style and began using boops in her songs as well.
Helene Kane, who found fame earlier on, often included this baby style
into her music. When Betty Boop was introduced, Kane promptly sued
Fleischer and Paramount Publix Corporation informing the public
that they were using her image and style.
Video evidence came to the light of Baby Esther performing
in a nightclub. The courts then ruled that Helene Kane did not
have the exclusive rights to the booping style or image and it predated her.
Baby Esther’s baby style did not bring her mainstream fame and she died
in obscurity. Yet, a piece of her lives on in the iconic character Betty
We don’t learn this type of material inside schools usually so
you just have to dig deeper. What else don’t we know about black history?
Well, we need to learn it because everything about black history matters.