Florence Mills, 1920’s.
Florence Mills (born Florence Winfrey) was one of the greatest entertainers and singing, dancing jazz performers the world has ever seen. She was one of the all-time greatest stars of the black theatre, the first black international female superstar of the Twentieth century and a major figure of the Harlem Renaissance. She was also a charitable, socially and intellectually aware woman, who spoke out for the rights of her fellow African Americans. Florence Mills is largely forgotten and neglected today, mainly because the primitive recording techniques of the early twentieth century couldn’t capture her remarkable voice, and she was never filmed, so no record of her performance remains. (from www.florencemills.com)