“ALL THE WOMEN ARE WHITE, ALL THE BLACKS ARE MEN, BUT SOME OF US ARE BRAVE”: ON THE LEGACY OF BLACK WOMEN ENTERTAINERS (My latest column at Bookslut)

"Sometimes we'd make a six-hundred-mile jump and stop only once," Billie Holiday wrote in her autobiography Lady Sings the Blues (1956) about touring in the Jim Crow South. "Then it would be a place where I couldn't get served, let alone crash the toilet without causing a scene. At first I used to be ashamed. …