The REAL Betty Boop Was BLACK &The Low Down TRUTH Of Her Story Has Many PISSED

Posted On : February 4, 2017

ILOSM fam’ here’s a quick Black History Month fact for you: The original inspiration behind the infamous cartoon character, “Betty Boop,” was a Black female singer who, in a nutshell, was jacked out of everything (except her skin complexion), such as her likeness, her brand, her persona, her signature high pitched baby style of singing, etc. But what really has many people more angered about this, is the scandal-licious story behind what the individuals who jacked the originator actually had the nerve to do. See details below…

'ORIGINAL BETTY BOOP' THIEF #1

Here's where the 'Olivia Pope' worthy 'SCANDAL' comes in. Esther "Baby Esther" Jones was jacked by a Caucasian singer, named Helen Kane, who'd heard about Baby Esther through the grapevine and in 1928, visited the Cotton Club in Harlem, to study Esther's performance. Afterwards, Kane mocked Esther's 'baby style' voice and persona and in that same year (1928), she recorded the now famous song, "I Wanna Be Loved By You," which included ESTHER'S original phrase, “Boop-oop-a-doop." As Helen Kane gained major popularity from that song, she then re-created Baby Esther's entire likeness- short hair and all- just in a Caucasian image of her own instead...without crediting her original source. Kane became a far bigger mainstream success than Baby Esther, due to her larger mass appeal with White audiences across the U.S..

BUT WHAT HAPPENED NEXT WAS WAAAY WORSE!>>>

Prev 2 of 5 Next

Join us on Facebook for the most engaging discussions from the Old School! Old School News With A New Point Of View!