T'Ain't Nobody's Bizness: Queer Blues Divas of the 1920s

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Join the Center, Andy Street LB, and Long Beach QFilm Festival for a fabulous film night showcasing the 2011 documentary” T’Ain’t Nobody’s Bizness: Queer Blues Divas of the 1920s.” This screening will be preceded by opening remarks from representatives from Andy Street, and The Center’s Executive Director Porter Gilberg. This event is free to attend and all are welcome!

The 1920s saw a revolution in technology, the advent of the recording industry, that created the first class of African-American women to sing their way to fame and fortune.

Blues divas such as Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, and Alberta Hunter created and promoted a working-class vision of blues life that provided an alternative to the Victorian gentility of middle-class manners. In their lives and music, blues women presented themselves as strong, independent women who lived hard lives and were unapologetic about their unconventional choices in clothes, recreational activities and bed partners. Blues singers disseminated a Black feminism that celebrated emotional resilience and sexual pleasure, no matter the source.

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February 1, 2019 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm(GMT+00:00)


Expo Art Center

4321 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807

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