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Bessie Smith

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Latest 1 May 2022 | Updated Daily

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Episode 519: Eco-friendly toys, Egyptian wisdom, an incredible medical tech breakthrough, the beauty of Tikal in Guatemala, the power of The Grapes of Wrath, the brilliance of Bessie Smith, and more…

The Daily Good

Good News: The Mattel toy company is taking great steps to create more environmentally friendly toys, Link HERE.The Good Word: More wisdom from The Egyptian Book Of The Dead.Good To Know: A genuinely surprising fact about ancient Egyptian workers.Good News: UK medical technology is trialling a new “artificial pancreas” for diabetes sufferers, Link HERE.Wonderful World: Take a little tour of the UNESCO World Heritage site, Tikal, in Guatemala, HERE.Good Times: Happy birthday to The Grapes of Wrath! Check out a brilliant scene from the 1940 film adaptation, HERE.Sounds Good: And Happy birthday to the “Empress of the Blues”, Bessie Smith! Watch and listen as she performs “St. Louis Blues” HERE.


14 Apr 2022

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Jackie Kay: “Bessie Smith: A Poet's Biography of a Blues Legend”


Jackie Kay’s “Bessie Smith: A Poet's Biography of a Blues Legend” is a terrific mixture of memoir and biography.


7 Apr 2022

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Hello World Doggone You- Bessie Smith

Hello World Doggone You

Hello World Doggone You- Bessie SmithDown Hearted Blues (Columbia 3844)'Taint Nobody's Business If I Do (Columbia 3898)Baby Won't You Please Come Home (Columbia 3888)Nobody Knows You When Your Down and Out (Columbia 14451)New Orleans Hop Scop Blues (Columbia 14516)Woman Trouble Blues (Columbia 14060)Moonshine Blues (Columbia 14018)Them Has Been Blues (Columbia 14147)* All selections from the original 78 rpm records.


8 Feb 2022

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Check It Out: STPL Podcast Episode 126 - New Databases and Bessie Smith

Check It Out: St. Tammany Parish Library Podcast

"Black Life In America", "Ethnic Diversity Source", and "The Wall Street Journal" are new databases the library has added. Head of Reference, Noelle Williams joins Amy Bouton to discuss how to access these great new sources. Also, we feature Bessie Smith in the Music Spotlight. (Runtime 21:45)


7 Feb 2022

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Jackie Kay | Bessie Smith: A Poet's Biography of a Blues Legend

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In conversation with Sapphire The National Poet Laureate of Scotland from 2016 to 2021, Jackie Kay is the author of the celebrated poetry collections Life Mask, Off Colour, and The Adoption Papers, winner of the Scottish Arts Council Book Award. She is also the author of Red Dust Road, a coming-of-age memoir of being a mixed race adopted daughter of communists in 1970s Scotland, as well as several plays, children's books, and the novel Trumpet, winner of the Guardian Fiction Prize. A fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, she is the chancellor of the University of Salford in Manchester, England. In her latest book, Kay combines history with personal narrative to offer a layered account of the life of the ''Empress of the Blues'' Bessie Smith. Sapphire is the author of the acclaimed novel Push, which was adapted into the Academy Award–winning film Precious. She is also the author of the novel The Kid and three collections of poetry. (recorded 9/30/2021)


1 Oct 2021

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Jackie Kay on Bessie Smith

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Scotland’s former National Poet Jackie Kay celebrates the tempestuous life of the great blues singer, Bessie Smith. Born in Tennessee in 1894 Bessie was a street singer before she made it big at a time of racial violence and segregation. Jackie Kay remembers growing up as a young black girl in Glasgow and she tells Kirsty Wark how she idolised this iconic singer. In Time’s Witness the historian Rosemary Hill explores the historical shift in focus from the grand sweeping narratives of kings and statesmen to a new interest in the lives of ordinary people. She argues that the turn of the 19th century and the age of the Romantics ushered in a more vibrant and serious debate about the importance of oral history, clothes, music, food and art.The artist Michael Armitage is exhibiting his latest work at the Royal Academy in London until September. Born in Kenya in 1984 but based between Nairobi and London, Armitage is influenced by contemporary East African art and politics, as well as drawing on European art history from Titian to Gauguin. His exhibition Paradise Edict showcases 15 of his large scale works painted on lubugo bark cloth, a material traditionally made in Uganda.Producer: Katy Hickman


21 Jun 2021

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3. Bessie Smith: "Empress of Blues"

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This week Niko and Matthew chatter about tattoos and crazy dreams. We discus the Potato Head family and vacationing in Mexico.  We also cover Bessie Smith's Gay and Queer icon status.  Link to "St. Louis Blues" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAIWkANToPA Intro Audio clip from Bessie Smith "Back Water Blues"


8 Mar 2021

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Huey Morgan and Bessie Smith

Sisters in the Shadow - Women in Blues and Jazz

Get the latest from Collette here:https://www.collettecooper.com/and on Instagram:@collettecooperWatch Huey's Latin Music Adventure on the iPlayer:https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000kjmqAnd follow him here:@hueymorganListen to Collette on Spotify:https://open.spotify.com/artist/65g0WFB1tb25Y3BzvES5eqOr buy her latest single Don't Throw Your Love Away on iTunes:https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/collette-cooper/490696523Theme music 'Lost Soul' by Collette CooperArt work by https://jaijo.com/


11 Sep 2020

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Bessie Smith with Desi Waters

Gay or Nay

Desi Waters joins us for a conversation about BESSIE SMITH (1894-1937), the "Empress of Blues." She was once the highest-paid touring artist in the US and released 28 singles her first year as a recording artist. She was also known to carry on affairs with her chorus girls, she enjoyed a nice buffet flat party, and she surprised her second husband by bringing home a newly-adopted son.  ​ DESI WATERS is an actor, singer, writer, and director.  Her favorite roles include: Mrs. Corry in Mary Poppins, Mabel in Fame: The Musical, The Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, Mariya in Uncle Vanya, and as a vocalist for President Clinton’s Birthday Celebration at Radio City Music Hall. TV credits include The Big Help for Nickelodeon, Broad City, CityKids, Grave Mysteries, Power, and The Blacklist. In 2019 she took on the role and responsibility of being a mom. ​ Read the Transcript or listen to the episode on Spotify or Apple Podcasts, support us on Patreon and get involved behind the scenes. CW: Sex and violence. We reference an interview with Ruby Walker which you can listen to on Spotify or iTunes (the clip we play for Desi runs from 6:58 - 8:47).


27 Jul 2020

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Ep 2 Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith

Dude! Check Out This Song

Three Badass blues ladies


13 Apr 2020