Betty Davis
American singer
Betty Davis
Betty Davis is an American funk singer. She was Miles Davis's second wife.
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'What Do [A Million] Women Want?" If Trump Has to Ask, He'll Never Know
Huffington Post - 9 days
One day after he was inaugurated as 45th President of the United States, handed the nuclear codes, gave a forceful (indeed, even threatening Inaugural Address), and dominated the media world's 24/7 news cycle, Donald J. Trump was reduced to sending out his media spokesperson basically to assert that "Mine's bigger!" in terms his Inaugural crowd size. This defensive reaction coincided (and not by accident) with what became truly a million woman march around the U.S. and the world, including the biggest of all right on the Inauguration territory. Actually, it turned out to be 2.6 million marchers globally. Trump's assertions about the "biggest inaugural crowd in history," read with a scripted-straight face by Sean Spicer, was probably, visibly a lie. The brand new Administration obviously had been very effectively provoked by the mass, peaceful assembly of women into four fundamental professional PR missteps all at once: (1) stepping on its own Presidential Day One narrative; (2) send ...
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What a Wonderful World
Huffington Post - 3 months
The 1st round of the 59th Annual Grammy Awards is now over. For Grammy members who have had their latest albums submitted for an Award, the nail biting begins. Members from around the world have filled in their official ballots with their choices and now will have to wait patiently until early December to find out whether their picks have been chosen for a coveted Grammy Nomination. All of us know the odds, but we spend our time (in spite of the long odds) writing and producing albums, not so much for the glory of winning but more because of our deep abiding passion for music. So sit back while you wait and enjoy a tale of passion and intrigue. "Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, and flight to the imagination." Plato A friend came to me Yesterday, and told me All You Need is Love. Well It was One Sweet Day and I knew I Just Wanted to be Your Everything. I had a touch of Night Fever and felt it wouldn't be long before Another One Bites ...
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Why Lower, Longer Is Still a Good Bet
Wall Street Journal - 5 months
Why Long Rates Will Stay Subdued The Fed’s insistence on higher rates despite weak growth suggests it wants to curb enthusiasm for risk. The Fed’s insistence on higher rates suggests it wants to curb enthusiasm for risk.Why Lower, Longer Is Still a Good BetBy David Ader The Fed’s insistence on higher rates despite weak growth suggests it wants to curb enthusiasm for risk.
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1,000 Words: The right-to-die party
NPR - 6 months
Betsy Davis took her own life about a month after a California law took effect that declared that she had a right to. She had ALS, and so she gathered her friends for a two-day party that ended with her under a hillside canopy, saying goodbye to the friends who showed up.
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This Is Why It Takes Guts To Turn 60-Years-Old
Huffington Post - 6 months
Photographer:David Harry Stewart/AGEIST Bette Davis once said, in her classic no-nonsense way, "Old age ain't no place for sissies." She even had a sofa pillow embroidered with the quote for all her guests to see. Having just turned 60 myself, I'm beginning to believe wholeheartedly that Bette was spot-on with her message. One comment I kept receiving on my birthday week was, "You look pretty good for 60." What does that statement even mean? Is everyone supposed to look bad at 60? If I were 45 and look as I do now, would I look horribly worn out? In addition to my physical appearance, all of a sudden people started talking to me about "joint pain" and other assorted bodily aches and pains. "So Sandy, how are your joints? Are you getting around okay?" I've never had that conversation in my entire life, and I didn't feel the need to just because the calendar suddenly told me I was 60. External age discrimination is a real problem in our culture. It can contribute to who we ...
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1950 Bette Davis Film
NYTimes - 12 months
The return of Freddie Cheng.
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How to Co-Parent With Style and Grace
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Whether you're newly divorced or have been on your own for a while, there is one constant; co-parenting is hard. I doesn't matter if you're ex is June Cleaver or Bette Davis. The fact is that raising kids is hard enough, and now you have the added bonus of seven degrees of separation to the mix. However, by following a few simple rules of thumb, you can improve your relationship with your ex (and your kids) and co-parent with grace and skill. First, remember that you and your ex are on the same team. Believe it or not, most parents only want what's best for the kids. By using the children's best interests as your common ground, you immediately eliminate a lot of arguments before they start. If Johnny's failing English, call your ex and let her know you need to make a plan... together. Try to have a few ideas jotted down before the conversation takes place, so it stays on track. When you talk, make sure you're both on the same page; for instance if a private tutor is feasible f ...
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Henry Faulkner: Lost Artist of the Gothic South
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Archways & Gables (1972) Middling southern towns possessed of baroque and kinky histories suffered terrible dilemmas in the 1950s and 60s: how to grow and gain respect in the booming post-war era without flushing their rich heritage down the town branch. Lexington, the first capital of Kentucky when it was but a large Virginia county, presented a classic dilemma marked by the arrival of IBM's typewriter division and surrounded by a steadily metastasizing suburbia gobbling up its famous white-fenced horse farms. Wrecking balls for high-rise banks replaced the quaint old hotels as fast-food cholesterol bankrupted ancient neighborhood eateries. It was the America that terrified European preservationists. But in Lexington as elsewhere there were exceptions, scant tribes of artists, tale tellers and eccentrics who both refused to sell off the past even as they embraced a new kind of future--and for Kentucky none cast a sharper shadow than a brilliant young painter who trolled th ...
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DVD review: 'Parachute Jumper'
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Frank McHugh are friends and former Marine pilots, and Bette Davis plays a Southern girl trying to get a job as a secretary. Fairbanks finds work as a chauffeur to a rich woman who expects him to act as her stud in his spare time. The movie portrays the good guys, in a comedy, firing a machine gun at U.S. government agents. "Parachute Jumper" is the cultural equivalent of that, a cry of societal misery disguised as a romp, and it was made as things couldn't have been worse. The fall of 1932, with Hoover on the way out and FDR not yet in office, was a time of bank failures, 25 percent unemployment and the fear that everything, the financial system and the government - all the underpinnings of civil society - might disintegrate.
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Figurine found in attic sells for $5 million
Yahoo News - over 3 years
The executor of a Rhinebeck, New York estate made a huge discovery in the attic of George and Betty Davis, finding a rare Fabergé figure that recently sold at auction for $5.2 million.
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Harvey Milk To Be Honored With U.S. Postage Stamp
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The Harvey Milk Foundation confirmed Oct. 10 that the U.S. Postal Service would honor gay rights icon Harvey Milk with a stamp in honor of his memory and legacy. Milk, the first openly gay man to hold political office in California, will break new ground once again as the first openly LGBT political official to be featured on a postage stamp. Stuart Milk, Harvey's nephew, broke the news on Twitter: (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Post by Harvey Milk Foundation. "On behalf of the Milk family and the Harvey Milk Foundation, we are thrilled that our campaign for the stamp has succeeded and we thank all our partners including the USPS in this effort," Stuart, who is also Milk Foundation president and founder, told The Huffington Post in a ...
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Shutdown
Huffington Post - over 3 years
let's get real...who cares? the government has shut down did you hear me? The government has shut down this means I've been shut down Is anybody listening? I'm scared Life is so impersonal, isn't it? Given the circumstances, what will we do? Blow up? Start to scream? Tell everybody to fuck off? Hand out a bible or a religious tract? Try to catch a flight to Australia? Let me put it this way -- what does the future hold? if I don't have anything to eat, what will I have three days from now? can I stash away a Tylenol? I don't have a place to sleep and there is no place I have forty cents, not enough for a McDonald's Let me think -- should I order a gin martini with a twist? Or rent a very long movie with Bette Davis maybe find an unlocked downtown church to pray Is anybody listening? Don't force me into any shutdown Open the doors! Open the windows! Open the hearts! Please talk, please listen Help
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Black To The Future
Huffington Post - over 3 years
We know it doesn't open until November, but we can no longer contain our excitement for "The Shadows Took Shape," the interdisciplinary, Afrofuturist exhibition coming to The Studio Museum in Harlem. Cyrus Kabiru. African Guitar (from the C-Stunners series), 2012. Courtesy the artist. The exhibition title comes from an obscure poem by Sun Ra, an avant-garde poet and sound innovator who made waves in the 1960s and 1970s with his interplanetary theatricality, sci-fi philosophy and experimental electronic music. Like Sun Ra's work, the art exhibition follows themes of race and art into their future possibilities, weaving together textured and fantastical possible worlds. "The Shadows Took Shape" features 29 artists including Wangechi Mutu, The Otolith Group, Robert Pruitt, Saya Woolfalk, Laylah Ali, Sanford Biggers and Sun Ra himself. Some artists identify explicitly with the themes of Afrofuturism, while others explore parts of it through their own artistic mission. ...
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All About Bette: The Theater World Can't Get Enough of Davis
Wall Street Journal - over 3 years
"Me and Jezebel," opening next month, is the latest in a spate of productions about Bette Davis.
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John Feather, PhD: Why We Need Age-Friendly Communities
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Many of us who care personally and professionally about aging, and millions more who admire the screen legend Bette Davis, may recall the adage attributed to her that "old age is no place for sissies." While I could say a lot about this, I would suggest that the essential word here is "place." A sense of place is part of our identity and even shapes our capacity for successful aging. Millions of people who know nothing about the scholarly study of successful aging nevertheless know instinctively that they want to "age in place." They long for the ability to stay at or near home, safely and independently, to avoid ending up by default in an age-segregated retirement community or isolated in the faraway hometown of a younger relative. They're on to something. Done right, aging in place can help many older people preserve their independence, functionality, and even their health. That said, we have a lot of work to do to remove obstacles and enhance the possibilities. ...
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Pat Gallagher: Top 10 'Hollywood' A-List Wild Animals, Digital Animals, Domestic Farm Animals and Pets
Huffington Post - about 4 years
For your reading pleasure, here's our "Top 10 Hollywood A-List Wild Animals, Digital Animals, Domestic Farm Animals and Pets" list. Now, let's have some fun with animals (what could possibly go wrong with this list?). Before you embark on this count down, please keep in mind what our new BFF, comedian Jonathan Winters, told us recently: "The most terrible fear that anybody should have is not war, is not a disease, not cancer or heart problems or food poisoning -- it's a man or a woman without a sense of humor." Here's hoping all of you have a healthy sense of humor. This list is just for fun! Smile! Laugh! Enjoy! Gladys Pennyfeather (the sweet chicken in the Perdue Farms commercials) Is it me or do all chickens look alike? I worry that Gladys will be mingling with the other chickens one day and Jim Perdue will mistakenly put her in the wrong line. She's just so cute and probably one of the nicest barnyard animals you'll ever meat (oops, meet). Don't anybody get their ...
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jessica Care moore to Perform at 6th Annual Restoration Rocks Concert
Bed-Stuy Patch - over 4 years
Poet, playwright, actor and activist jessica Care moore may have left Brooklyn 12 years ago, but her thumbprint on the borough remains firmly embedded. Moore moved from her hometown of Detroit to Brooklyn in the mid-90s and soon after began working as a journalist at the Daily Challenge, when the newspaper's home office was still at Restoration Plaza. jessica Care moore is a wordsmith, loves to tell stories and loves the stage. So it wasn't long before she found herself running in Brooklyn's most happening poetry circles alongside a cadre of well-respected poets of that time, including Saul, Asha Bandele, Liza Jesse Peterson, Ras Baraka and a host of others.  She gave five winning performances at the Apollo Theater in Harlem and then formed the band "Detroit Red," setting her prose to rock, peppered with a dash of stage drama. And in 1997, she founded Moore Black Press and released her first book, "The Words Don't Fit In My Mouth." A few years later, she followed up with her s ...
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Broke Girls Guide: Weekender: Beachside Cinema, Moon Festivals and a Carmageddon Pub Crawl
Huffington Post - over 4 years
The Jets and the Sharks, the Montagues and the Capulets, the Bloods and the Crips, the Red Sox and the Yankees... History is full of big rivalries. And while we like to dabble all over town, the return of Carmageddon this weekend is a good excuse to exercise a little neighborhood pride. So whether you're an easy, breezy Westsider or a hipper-than-thou Eastsider, we've got you covered with a weekend full of local diversions. Friday Westsiders, start your weekend early by sneaking off to Fred Segal between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. -- their annual fall sale starts today and you're going to want to get there while the getting's good! Later, grab a to-go dinner at Huckleberry before heading to the pier for the first night of Front Porch Cinema. The eat|see|hear-produced, free fall movie series is screening the Wizard of Oz in celebration of the movie's 75th anniversary. After, stop by Andrew's Cheese Shop on Montana for a guided beer and cheese tasting with pairings. Eastsiders ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Betty Davis
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Miles attempted to use these demo songs to secure an album deal for Betty but neither Columbia nor Atlantic were interested and they were archived into a vault until 2016 for the compilation, Betty Davis, The Columbia Years, 1968-69, released by Seattle's Light in the Attic Records.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    In September 2009, Light in the Attic Records reissued Nasty Gal and her unreleased fourth studio album recorded in 1976, re-titled as Is It Love or Desire? (the original title was Crashin' from Passion).
    More Details Hide Details Both reissues contained extensive liner notes and shed some light on the mystery of why her fourth album, considered possibly to be her best work by many members of her band (Herbie Hancock, Chuck Rainey, Alphonse Mouzon), was shelved by the record label and remained unreleased for 33 years. After a final recording session in 1979, Davis eventually stopped making music and returned to Pennsylvania. Material from the 1979 recording session was eventually used for two bootleg albums, Hangin' Out in Hollywood (1995) and Crashin' from Passion (1996). A greatest hits album, Anti Love: The Best of Betty Davis, was released in 2000.
  • 2007
    Both Betty Davis (1973) and They Say I'm Different (1974) were re-released by Light in the Attic Records on May 1, 2007.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1973
    She had two minor hits on the Billboard R&B chart - "If I'm in Luck I Might Get Picked Up", which reached no. 66 in 1973, and "Shut Off the Lights", which reached no. 97 in 1975.
    More Details Hide Details Davis released two more studio albums, They Say I'm Different (1974) and her major label debut on Island Records Nasty Gal (1975). None of the three albums was a commercial success. Davis remained a cult figure as a singer, due in part to her open sexual attitude, which was controversial for the time. Some of her shows were boycotted and her songs were not played on the radio due to pressure by religious groups and the NAACP.
    Her first record, Betty Davis, was released in 1973.
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  • 1972
    She wrote music while in the UK and returned to the US around 1972 with the intention of recording songs with Santana.
    More Details Hide Details Instead, she recorded her own songs with a group of West Coast funk musicians.
  • 1971
    After the end of her marriage with Davis, Betty moved to London, probably around 1971, to pursue her modeling career.
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  • 1969
    Her relationship with Miles Davis began soon after her breakup from Masekela and in the spring of 1969, Betty returned to Columbia's 52nd St. Studios to record a series of demo tracks, with Miles and Teo Macero producing.
    More Details Hide Details At least five songs were taped during those sessions, three of which were Mabry originals, two of which were covers of Cream and Creedence Clearwater Revival.
  • OTHER
  • 1968
    In 1968, when she was still involved with Hugh Masekela, she recorded several songs for Columbia Records, with Masekela doing the arrangements.
    More Details Hide Details Two of them were released as a single: "Live, Love, Learn" b/w "It's My Life."
  • 1967
    Betty's first major credit was writing "Uptown (to Harlem)" for the Chambers Brothers, 1967.
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    She met Miles Davis in 1967 and married him in September 1968.
    More Details Hide Details In just one year of marriage she influenced him greatly by introducing him to the fashions and the new popular music trends of the era. In his autobiography, Miles credited Betty with helping to plant the seeds of his future musical explorations by introducing the trumpeter to psychedelic rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix and funk innovator Sly Stone. The Miles Davis album Filles de Kilimanjaro (1968) includes a song named after her and her photo on the front cover. Miles believed that Hendrix and Betty had an affair which supposedly hastened the end of their marriage, but Betty denies this. Hendrix and Miles stayed close after the divorce, planning to record until Hendrix's death. The influence of Hendrix and especially Sly Stone on Miles Davis was obvious on the album Bitches Brew (1970), which ushered in the era of jazz fusion. The origin of the album's title is unknown, but some believe Miles was subtly paying tribute to Betty and her girlfriends. In fact, it is said that he originally wanted to call the album Witches Brew—it was Betty who convinced him to change it.
    The single was a local jam for the Cellar. Yet her first professional gig was not until she wrote "Uptown (to Harlem)" for the Chambers Brothers. Their 1967 album was a major success, but Betty Mabry was focusing on her modeling career.
    More Details Hide Details She was successful as a model but felt bored by the work. According to Oliver Wang’s They Say I’m Different liner notes, she said, “I didn’t like modeling because you didn’t need brains to do it. It’s only going to last as long as you look good.”
  • 1945
    Born in 1945, Betty Mabry grew up in Durham, North Carolina, and just outside Pittsburgh.
    More Details Hide Details On her grandmother’s farm in Reidsville, North Carolina, she listened to B.B. King, Jimmy Reed, and Elmore James and other blues musicians. One of the first songs she wrote, at the age of twelve, was called "I’m Going to Bake That Cake of Love." Aged 16, she left Pittsburgh for New York City, enrolling at the Fashion Institute of Technology while living with her aunt. She soaked up the Greenwich Village culture and folk music of the early 1960s. She associated herself with frequenters of the Cellar, a hip uptown club where young and stylish people congregated. It was a multiracial, artsy crowd of models, design students, actors, and singers. At the Cellar she played records and chatted people up. She also worked as a model, appearing in photo spreads in Seventeen, Ebony and Glamour.
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