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Black History Facts: Esther Jones blogged by @Msjennyb β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € Did you know, Betty Boop was inspired by a black woman? β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € The legendary cartoon character was inspired by Esther Jones, otherwise known as β€œBaby Esther”, an African-American singer and entertainer, best known for her β€œbaby style” singing. She performed at the Cotton Club in Harlem, regularly in the 1920s. Her trademark vocal style, using β€œboops” and other jazzy scats and sounds caught the attention of actress Helen Kane. After that, Kane began using similar β€œboops” in her songs, including the β€œbaby style” singing as well. β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € Ten years later, cartoonist Max Fleischer introduced a caricature of the jazz age flapper, which then became the first and most famous sex symbol in animation. However, Kane immediately tried to sue Fleischer and Paramount Publix Corporation, saying that they used her image and style. In turn, video evidence of Baby Esther, provided by Fleischer, showed that the style pre-dated Kane, which lead to a ruling against her. BABlackHistory: BA Black History Facts: Esther Jones Black History Facts: Esther Jones blogged by @Msjennyb β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € Did you know, Betty Boop was inspired by a black woman? β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € The legendary cartoon character was inspired by Esther Jones, otherwise known as β€œBaby Esther”, an African-American singer and entertainer, best known for her β€œbaby style” singing. She performed at the Cotton Club in Harlem, regularly in the 1920s. Her trademark vocal style, using β€œboops” and other jazzy scats and sounds caught the attention of actress Helen Kane. After that, Kane began using similar β€œboops” in her songs, including the β€œbaby style” singing as well. β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € Ten years later, cartoonist Max Fleischer introduced a caricature of the jazz age flapper, which then became the first and most famous sex symbol in animation. However, Kane immediately tried to sue Fleischer and Paramount Publix Corporation, saying that they used her image and style. In turn, video evidence of Baby Esther, provided by Fleischer, showed that the style pre-dated Kane, which lead to a ruling against her. BABlackHistory

Black History Facts: Esther Jones blogged by @Msjennyb β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € Did you know, Betty Boop was inspired by a black woman? β €β €β €β €β €β €...

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