Eartha Kitt

See Stunning Photos of Billie Holiday, Eartha Kitt and Other Jazz Legends From Newark Museum of Art Exhibits

Click here to read the full article. The Newark Museum of Art is presenting two stunning exhibits of photography featuring Billie Holiday and a selection of jazz legends. “Jazz Greats: Classic Photographs from the Bank of America Collection” and “Billie Holiday at Sugar Hill: Photographs by Jerry Dantzic” opened last month and will run through August 22, 2022. “Jazz Greats” includes 33 photographs by 15 photographers that date from the 1920s to the 1980s, including Miles Davis, John & Alice Coltrane, Billie Holiday, Eric Dolphy (pictured, top), Louis Armstrong, Eartha Kitt, Ella Fitzgerald, and Dizzy Gillespie, along with photos of amateur...
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Rapp on Jazz: Eartha Kitt

Eartha Kitt, the globally-recognized singer, actor, comedian, dancer, and political activist, was born Earth Mae Keith in the small town of North, SC, in 1927. She overcame a difficult childhood and moved to New York in her teens, adopting the name Kitt from her relative who took her in. She thrived there, debuting on Broadway in 1945's "Carib Song." By the early 1950s, she was topping charts with her renditions of "C'est Si Bon" and "Santa Baby." Kitt soon went from stage stardom to films and TV, including the role of Catwoman in the 1960s "Batman" series.

When Eartha Kitt Spoke Truth to Power at a 1968 White House Luncheon

Actress Eartha Kitt amassed dozens of stage and screen credits, but is perhaps most fondly remembered for her iconic turn as Catwoman in the Batman TV series, a role she took over from white actress Julie Newmar. The producers congratulated themselves on this “provocative, off-beat” casting, executives at network affiliates...

Honoring Black History – Eartha Kitt

(QUEEN CITY NEWS) – Eartha Kitt was born in the town of North, S.C. in 19-27. She was often teased and picked on because of her mixed-race heritage – her father was white and her mother was Black and Cherokee. Upon moving to New York, Kitt gained a...

The Sound of Eartha Kitt, Cackling: A Q&A with Joshua Asante

Joshua Asante is a musician, photographer and writer based in Little Rock. Here, we talk with him about his Jan. 10 release, “I Don’t Act Like I Used To, A Retrospective of Rarities: 2010-2020,” a collection of solo recordings made in various spaces across the city over the last decade using a combination of sequencers, cell phone microphones and vocal effects filtered through guitar amplifier chains.

Marvel Star Tessa Thompson Wants to Play Catwoman Actress Eartha Kitt

Tessa Thompson wants to play Catwoman actress Eartha Kitt at some point. When speaking to The Wrap, the Marvel star talked about one of her dream projects. Most actors have those kind of goals, but she would like to honor the legacy of Kitt by bringing her story to the big screen in a new movie. She says that it's "been a dream for a really long time." Over the last few years, as speculation about Catwoman in The Batman exploded before Zoe Kravitz was announced for the role, appreciation for the other women that have worn that catsuit has exploded. Kitt especially has been getting her due on social media along with fellow Batman TV series Catwoman Julie Newmar. So, it only makes sense that Thompson would see some of herself in the performance and want to pay it forward for a new generation. Check out what she had to say down below.

The 5th Dimension’s Florence LaRue Talks New Memoir, Band History, and Eartha Kitt

At first, Florence LaRue didn’t want to be in the famous R&B group from the ‘60s and ’70s, The 5th Dimension—a band that was also recently reintroduced to audiences thanks to the recent documentary, Summer of Soul, from The Roots’ famed drummer Questlove. She’d just won a beauty pageant—the Miss Bronze California contest—and one of the group’s founders, Lamonte McLemore, had approached her but she declined, thinking McLemore would have asked anyone who’d won the contest. So, she sloughed him off.