Etta James has died at age 73, according to her longtime manager.
The blues singer was born in 1938 in Los Angeles as Jamesetta Hawkins and proved herself a gospel prodigy from a young age, performing in churches and on the radio. At age 12, she began working with bandleader Johnny Otis and changed her stage name to Etta James; at 17, she launched a solo career where she became famous with ballads like “At Last.” Keep reading »
Originally, I was a little bit mocking of the fact that Beyonce got the honor of singing the song for President and First Lady Obama’s first dance at the Inaugural Ball last night — but that woman brought it. Above, the first couple dances to Etta James’ “At Last” and Barack even throws in a twirl or two. Amazing. Keep reading »
The Campaign for Museums and the 24 Hour Museum recently held a survey to commemorate Museums and Galleries Month. They asked a variety of people about the greatest and worst innovations and ideas of all time. While the wheel took the top spot, with the internet close behind, equal rights for women and the pill cracked the top five. Plus, two famous feminists, Mary Wollstonecraft and Emmeline Pankhurst, also were recognized as “People in History Responsible For the Best Ideas.” Hooray! We modern women sure have accomplished a lot — from the right to vote to the right to orgasm. Speaking of which, it’s National Masturbation Month, so be sure to congratulate yourself for all you’ve achieved! [Metro UK]
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