The “Queen of the Cakewalk”, Aida Overton Walker addressed Black writers/critics’ disregard for and criticism of the acting profession in a December issue of The Freeman. After first addressing the main topic at hand, she proceeded to suggest proactive steps that could prepare up-and-coming black performers for the stage. Below is an excerpt from her article:

"I have stated that we ought to strive to produce great actors and actresses; by this I do not mean that all our men and women who possess talent for the stage should commence the study of Shakespeare’s works. Already, too many of our people wish to master Shakespeare, which is really a ridiculous notion. There are characteristics and natural tendencies in our own people which make as beautiful studies for the stage as any to be found in the make-up of any other race, and perhaps far more. By carefully studying our own graces, we learn to appreciate the noble and the beautiful in ourselves, just as other people have discovered the graces and beauty in themselves from studying and acting that which is noble in them. Unless we learn the lesson of self-appreciating and practice it, we shall spend our lives imitating other people and depreciating ourselves. There is nothing equal to originality, and I think much time is lost in trying to do something that has been done and "overdone," much better than you will be able to do it."

The Freeman (Dec. 28, 1912) - Link


Let us tell you how we prepare for a show - in the style of Vaudeville


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(Left side)

1st Row: Vaudeville, Buttecheese, Cherry, Dizzy, Passion Paniting, Princess Blueblood, Piny Twilight, Tomboy Rarity, Brainy Twilight.

2nd Row: Wuta & Yuta, Star Singer, Skype, Silent Kosmo, Ace, Fluffle Puff, Corel-Lee Mclovin.

3rd Row: Emerald Knight, HyperBrony, Drift, Pinkie Tai, Wiggles, Serious Dash.

Above: Lola Cloudmaker

(Right Side)

1st Row: Joen Klausen, Banana Pie, Lovely Pages, GL Applebloom, Dimlight, Coffee Talk, USA Pony, Art Spark.

2nd Row: Pirate Dash, Mayday Mayday, Clockwork & Skydrifter, Raven, Timber The Wood Pony, Time Lord Dash, Lovely Laughter.

3rd Row: Sweden Pony, Lion Heart, Albino Pie, Cookie Cutter, Edgar Allan Poeny, Checkers

Above: Deadpool <—- (Theres alot of those blogs somewhere)


Women of the Edwardian Era circus and vaudeville, photographed by Frederick W. Glasier.

  1. Mademoiselle Scheel with Lions. 1905
  2. Charmion, Strong Woman. 1904
  3. Mademoiselle Octavia, Snake Charmer. 1901
  4. Gertrude Dewar, Mademoiselle Omega. 1908
  5. Nettie Carol. 1904
  6. Loie Fuller, Glorine, Butterfly Dancer. 1902

Between 1920 - 1924, Helen Keller lectured regularly on the national Vaudeville circuit. Part of her routine included fielding a series of questions from the audience. Below is a sampling of her typical responses:

Q: Who is your favorite hero in real life?
A: Eugene V. Debs. He dared to do what other men were afraid to do.

Q: What do you think of the KKK?
A: I like them about as much as a hornet’s nest

Q: Who are the 3 greatest men of our time?
A: Vladimir Lenin, Thomas Edison, Charlie Chaplin.

Q: What do you think of Soviet Russia?
A: Soviet Russia is the first organized attempt of workers to establish an order of society in which human life and happiness shall be of first importance, and not the conservation of property for a privileged class.

Q: What do you think of capitalism?
A: It has outlived its usefulness.

Q: Do you believe spiritualism is the cure for the world’s troubles?
A: No. I think the world’s troubles are caused chiefly by wrong economic conditions, and the only cure for them is social reorganization.

Q: Can you suggest any tax that people would pay willingly?
A: Yes! A tax on millionaires.

Q: Do you think any government wants peace?
A: The policy of governments is to seek peace and pursue war.

Q: Do you think the voice of the people is heard at the polls?
A: No, I think money talks so loud that the voice of the people is drowned.

Q: Which is the greatest affliction—deafness, dumbness, or blindness?
A: None.
Q: What then is the greatest human affliction?
A: Bone-headedness.

Q: Do you desire your sight more than anything else in the world?
A: No! No! I would rather walk with a friend in the dark than walk alone in the light.



(Photo: Helen Keller and Charlie Chaplin, 1919).


Photos from an early 1900s vaudeville theatrical production about the dangers of gambling and drinking featuring death as the party animal :)) _______________________________

In 1906 The Journal of the English Folk Song Society published a piece on the old English ballad “Death and the Lady.” Some enterprising female entertainer encountered the article and realized the story might be used as a great vaudeville piece about the evils of card play and alcohol […] Here Joseph Hall, the Brooklyn born photographer who had made a career on baseball pictures and theatrical production stills, captured the sequence of the action, providing a peculiarly detailed & rare view of the progress of a single vaudeville performance.