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Cab Calloway during the Harlem Renaissance
Transcript of Cab Calloway during the Harlem Renaissance
The movement brought African Americans together and promoted their heritage and boosted their pride. Renaissance means rebirth. African Americans could escape their past of slavery and enter the new world of freedom. They could now express themselves without punishment and could do so freely. They contributed to the New Culture with their influence of art, literature, music, and acting. African Americans glorified their old culture.
An important figure during the Harlem Renaissance is Cab Calloway. Born Cabell Calloway III on December 25, 1907 in Rochester New York. He grew up in Baltimore, Maryland before going back to New York in 1929. In 1930 he got a gig at the Cotton Club. In 1931 he became very famous when his song "Minnie the Moocher" debuted. It sold over a million copies. Cabell died in 1944 at age 86 in Hoseekin, Delaware.
African Americans led a long life of slavery and struggle for abolition. The promise land they envisioned had not come to sight. The Harlem Renaissance was a “push” and “pull” movement. The deep South was treating the blacks badly with harsh crimes and working conditions. They weren’t treated fairly and many looked down upon them. Up North had a better economy and more job opportunities. The North didn’t welcome the new migrants with open arms. New African Americans found themselves living in the slums, Harlem being the largest of them all.
The Harlem Renaissance began around 1919 and lasted into the 1940's. It started in New York and led to changes all around the country.
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His contribution to the Harlem Renaissance was mainly in the music area. He and his band played at the Cotton Club many times. Not only was he a singer and band leader but he was an actor and even made appearences on Broadway.
Some of his more famous work is "Minnie the Moocher", "The Jumpin' Jive", "Moon Glow", "Zaz Zuh Zaz" and "Blues in the Night". The Big Broadcast, The Singing Kid, and Stormy Weather were some of the films he appeared in during the 1930's and 40's.
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