Florence Mills

It was always Florence's desire to perform for black audiences , especially her Harlem friends and neighbors . J. A. Jackson credited Will Vodery with persuading Lew Leslie to allow the special , two - week engagement .

Author: Bill Egan

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 0810850079

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 327

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This biography reveals the lost history of the life of the 1920s Black female international superstar. Mills was lionized by the crowned heads in Europe and opened doors for generations of Black female stars from Lena Horne to Diana Ross. Although her career and shows changed the nature of Black entertainment, and thereby the wider American popular culture, she was largely forgotten in later years. Anyone who wants to understand the history of Black entertainment from Bert Williams to Michael Jackson and, by implication, the history of American popular culture, needs to understand the ways in which Florence Mills changed the rules forever.

Florence Capital of the Kingdom of Italy 1865 71

perception that matured over centuries, defining the inhabitants of Florence in opposition to those of the countryside and Tuscany in general. Florence had always been a politically and culturally 'dominant' city to which all people ...

Author: Monika Poettinger

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350013995

Category: History

Page: 376

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This edited collection provides the first comprehensive history of Florence as the mid-19th century capital of the fledgling Italian nation. Covering various aspects of politics, economics, culture and society, this book examines the impact that the short-lived experience of becoming the political and administrative centre of the Kingdom of Italy had on the Tuscan city, both immediately and in the years that followed. It reflects upon the urbanising changes that affected the appearance of the city and the introduction of various economic and cultural innovations. The volume also analyses the crisis caused by the eventual relocation of the capital to Rome and the subsequent bankruptcy of the communality which hampered Florence on the long road to modernity. Florence: Capital of the Kingdom of Italy, 1865-71 is a fascinating study for all students and scholars of modern Italian history.

Florence The Machine An Almighty Sound

news was announced: Florence + The Machine were up for a Grammy award, as 'Best New Artist' to be precise. ... Awards season was just a few months away ... but as always, Florence remained realistic and down to earth, outwardly at least ...

Author: Zoe Howe

Publisher: Omnibus Press

ISBN: 9780857127938

Category: Music

Page: 256

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Tells the story of her upbringing in South London to her thrilling rise to international fame as a singer and also a highly individual fashion icon. Her collaborations and working relationships with Chanel Creative Director Karl Lagerfeld, her manager Mairead Nash and her friend Isabella Summers who to this day forms part of ‘the machine’.

Florence Foster Jenkins

These elite Wednesday evening gatherings would feature dramatic recitations, performances by guest musicians and singers, and often—but not alwaysFlorence herself would perform, in costume, accompanied by McArthur or another pianist if ...

Author: Darryl W. Bullock

Publisher: Abrams

ISBN: 9781468314090

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 208

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"Probably the most complete and absolute lack of talent ever publicly displayed." —Life MagazineMadame Jenkins couldn't carry a tune in a bucket: despite that, in 1944 at the age of 76, she played Carnegie Hall to a capacity audience and had celebrity fans by the score. Her infamous 1940s recordings are still highly-prized today. In his well-researched and thoroughly entertaining biography, Darryl W. Bullock tells of Florence Foster Jenkins meteoric rise to success and the man who stood beside her, through every sharp note. Florence was ridiculed for her poor control of timing, pitch, and tone, and terrible pronunciation of foreign lyrics, but the sheer entertainment value of her caterwauling packed out theatres around the United States, with the 'singer' firmly convinced of her own talent, partly thanks to the devoted attention for her husband and manager St Clair Bayfield. Her story is one of triumph in the face of adversity, courage, conviction and of the belief that with dedication and commitment a true artist can achieve anything.

Florence Leon

Like always, Florence is in a hurry. She is breathless and worried about being late. She doesn't look where she puts her eet and trips on a young man's cane. It's Leon. Florence falls backward. And Leon collapses.

Author: Simon Boulerice

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers

ISBN: 9781459818248

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

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Florence and Leon have never met. Florence is a swimming instructor. She has a small problem with her lungs: it's as if she's breathing through a straw. Leon is an insurance salesman. He has a small problem with his eyes: it's as if he's seeing the world through a straw. One day Florence and Leon bump into each other, literally, and this mishap turns their lives upside down. Over slushy drinks with proper straws, Florence and Leon find out how their differences make them alike.

Always Florence

Bobbie Molloy's dream to paint in Florence gave her the strength to battle cancer.


Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 9780373366354

Category: Cancer

Page: 363

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Bobbie Molloy's dream to paint in Florence gave her the strength to battle cancer. Now that she's recovering, and just weeks away from leaving for Italy, she won't let anything or anyone stop her from making that dream come true. Not even Nate Raleigh. From the moment he rushes in to save what's left of her studio--after his young nephews had inadvertently trashed it--next-door neighbor Nate has Bobbie intrigued. Everything about him is complex and endearing: two excellent reasons to keep her distance. She can't risk getting involved when she's just passing through. Her dream has kept her alive and it has to come first. No matter what the cost.

Dante and Renaissance Florence

In defending the republic he was even more full of spirit and constantly persevered . Several times he freed this great city of Florence from many persecutions , many plots , and many acts of treachery . How many wars threatening your ...

Author: Professor of Medieval Literature Alastair Minnis

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521841658

Category: Art

Page: 324

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Simon Gilson examines Dante's reception in Florence in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, when Dante was represented, commemorated and debated in all media in a wide variety of ways. Gilson pays particular attention to Dante's influence on major authors such as Boccaccio and Petrarch, on Italian humanism, and on civic identity and popular culture in Florence. Ranging across literature, philosophy and art, across languages and across social groups, Gilson's study fully illuminates for the first time Dante's central place in Italian Renaissance culture and thought.


came Florence close upon it , and absorbed his whole attention , Whether as a foredoomed difficulty and disappointment ... and ambitious scenes— still blotted here and there with Florence — always Florence — turned up so fast , and so ...

Author: Charles Dickens





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Dombey and Son

blotted here and there with Florence -- always Florence -turned up so fast , and so confusedly , that he rose , and went up - stairs , to escape them . It was quite late at night before candles were brought ; for at present they made ...

Author: Charles Dickens




Page: 837

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Dombey Son

came Florence close upon it , and absorbed his whole attention . ... for marriage company and marriage altars , and ambitious scenes— still blotted here and there with Florence — always Florence — turned up so fast , and so confusedly ...

Author: Charles Dickens





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