W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Living Black History 365: Florence Mills The Harlem Blackbird Part Three





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Published on Feb 10, 2009

NOTE: This Is Three Of Three Segments. To View The Entire Video Please Click On The Following Links:

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Florence Mills is the greatest superstar you never heard of. Her larger than life talents and persona set the path for those to follow. This daughter of former slaves was without a doubt the first international Black female superstar from America. Talented as well as an outspoken advocate for her people at home and abroad, Florence was a proud product of the Harlem Renaissance. She was able to dine and entertain royalty and heads of state and yet still keep touch and break bread with the common folk. Her charity and generosity was as equal as her gargantuan talents. W.E A.L.L. B.E. created this documentary and interviewed Bro. Bill Egan, the author of the definitive Florence Mills: Harlem Jazz Queen to get a better understanding about this forgotten legend and her place in history. Also included is an interview from Florences husband, the dance great U.S. Kid Thompson who colorfully tells how Florence got started in show business.

The Official Florence Mills website

21 Questions with R2C2H2: Author Bill Egan shines spotlight back on The Blackbird and Jazz Queen of Harlem after 79 years in obscurity:

  • Category

  • Song

  • Artist

    • Duke Ellington
  • Album

    • 1928 (Live)
  • Licensed to YouTube by

    • SME (on behalf of Jazzsential); Sony ATV Publishing, EMI Music Publishing, SOLAR Music Rights Management, and 3 Music Rights Societies


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