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Gladys Bentley Presentation

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Gladys Bentley Presentation

  1. 1. Gladys Bentley(1907-1960)<br />A Presentation By - Alex Ackerman<br />
  2. 2. Gladys Bentley<br /> Life<br /> Harlem Renaissance<br /> Career<br /> “I Am A Woman Again” <br />
  3. 3. Life<br />August 12, 1907 – January 18, 1960<br />Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania <br />Eldest of four children<br />Ran away to New York City at the age of 16<br />
  4. 4. Harlem Renaissance<br />1920s through 1930s<br />“New Negro Movement”<br />Jazz & blues flourishes<br />Cabaret and club life<br />
  5. 5. Career <br />Blues<br />Started working as a pianist and singer upon arriving to Harlem<br />Improvised “indecent” lyrics to popular melodies<br />Became popular with white audiences<br />Performed at the Cotton Club and The Clam House<br />
  6. 6. Career<br />Performed in a white tuxedo and top hat<br />Described as a “bulldagger”<br />Music featured raunchy lyrics<br />Married her white (woman) lover<br />Flaunted her sexuality<br />
  7. 7. Career<br />Left Harlem in 1937 for Los Angeles<br />Performed at clubs catered to a homosexual crowd<br />Was harassed by the police for cross-dressing<br />
  8. 8. “I Am A Woman Again”<br />Rise of McCarthyism<br />Homosexuals targeted<br />Gladys changes her act<br />Starts wearing dresses<br />
  9. 9. “I Am A Woman Again”<br />Gladys writes autobiographical article in Ebony Magazine<br />
  10. 10. “I Am A Woman Again”<br />Female hormone treatment “cures lesbianism”<br />
  11. 11. “I Am A Woman Again”<br />Married a man<br />Attempt to salvage career? <br />
  12. 12. Life<br />Gladys never regained musical popularity<br />Became a devoted member of church<br />Died January 16, 1960<br />
  13. 13. Works Cited<br />http://www.queerculturalcenter.org/Pages/Bentley/BentleyBio.html<br />http://www.glbtq.com/arts/bentley_g.html<br />http://www.queermusicheritage.us/jun2004gb5.html<br />http://www.queerculturalcenter.org/Pages/Bentley/Index.html<br />http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=7634493<br />
  14. 14. Woks Cites<br />http://www.studiomuseum.org/exhibition/harlem-postcards-summer-2010-sanford-biggers-tiara-hernandez-hew-locke-and-ginger-brooks-<br />http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/6143864/gay_and_lesbian_history_spotlight_gladys.html?cat=3<br />

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