'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)!
"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... -
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,…