When I Rise is the inspiring story of Barbara Smith Conrad, a gifted black mezzo-soprano who, as a music student at the University of Texas, found herself in a civil rights storm that changed her life forever.
Barbara had transferred from Prairie View A&M University in the fall of 1956 as part of the first racially integrated undergraduate class at the University of Texas. Shortly after beginning her new life in Austin, Barbara’s innate musical talent attracted the attention of her professors in the School of Music, and she was cast as the romantic lead in the campus rendition of Dido and Aeneas — opposite a white male student.
feminist: because girls of all kinds can kick ass and rule the world :: (in honor of international women’s day 2014)
salute :: little mix / ****flawless (feat. chiamanda ngozi adichie) :: beyoncé / i am woman (remix) :: jordin sparks / how to be a heartbreaker :: marina and the diamonds / independent woman part i :: destiny’s child / never underestimate a girl :: vanessa hudgens / because i am a queen :: india arie / dance apocalyptic :: janelle monáe / girls just wanna have fun :: cindy lauper / primadonna :: marina and the diamonds / run the world (girls) :: beyoncé / girl on fire (inferno version, feat. nicki minaj) :: alicia keys / move :: little mix / bad girls :: m.i.a. / move like you stole it :: zz ward / q.u.e.e.n. (feat. erykah badu) :: janelle monáe / i don’t need a man :: miss a / i love it (i don’t care) :: icona pop / i’m the best :: nicki minaj / respect :: aretha franklin
Violeta Parra (1917-1967)
Violeta Parra was an Chilean folklorist and songwriter. Early in her life she became involved in politics and joined the Communist party. She also had an early start in music, composing her own songs at age of 12 and forming a duo with her sister Hilda during her school years. Together they played in small bars and pubs. In 1953 she won a prize for her music and travelled to Poland, Soviet Russia and France while promoting her music. In the early 1960s she lived in France and gained some reputation in Europe. Among other things Swiss television recorded a documentary about her.
She later returned to Chile with her two children and continued to record music that would become the foundation of the Chilean music movement Nueva Canción (New Song). The genre is distinguished by it’s political undertones, dealing with subject such as poverty, injustice and democracy.
During this period she recorded her most famous song: Gracias a la Vida. This song would later be immortalized by Argentinian singer Mercedes Sosa and become one of the most popular latin american song ever recorded.
In 1967 Parra tragically ended her own life by a gunshot to her head at the age of 49.
In 2011 there was a biopic named Violeta Went to Heaven made of her that was Chile’s nomination for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards.
Violeta Parra - Gracias a Vida (Thanks to Life)
Shirley Bassey performing, This is My Life (circa 1960s)
Lena Horne in 1938 film, The Duke is Tops/The Bronze Venus
dum dum dee dee dee dum dum dee dum do
all the little babies go oh oh i want to