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'Freedomways - A Quarterly Review of the Negro Freedom Movement', New York, 1974. Artwork by C.W. Byron of Blues music pioneer Bessie Smith (1894-1937).

Happy birthday to Bessie Smith (b. April 15, 1894)!

radicalarchive:

'Freedomways - A Quarterly Review of the Negro Freedom Movement', New York, 1974. Artwork by C.W. Byron of Blues music pioneer Bessie Smith (1894-1937).

Happy birthday to Bessie Smith (b. April 15, 1894)!

Blues and gospel singer Gwen Avery was a “Jukebox Baby.”

"Because dyke hands are the sexual organs of lesbian love, they can be as shocking to view as the penis through an open fly, or as bold (delicious) to behold as the breast of a womon suddenly uncovered." —SDiane Bogus, “Dyke Hands,” in Dyke Hands & Sutras Erotic & Lyric

Tiny & Ruby...

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Trumpeter and vocalist Ernestine “Tiny” Davis (right) and her partner, drummer, pianist and bassist Ruby Lucas, lived together for 40 years. Tiny was a part of the all-female swing band, the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, in the 1940s; before that, in the ’30s,…

Ethel Waters and Diana Ross… back in the day!

I love your blog. I've learned so much about black lesbian history. I've never thought we had such an interesting past. Thank you a lot! — Asked by halfhoe

thank you!