nora holt

Nora Douglas Holt - b. 1885 or 1890, d. 1974

Born Lena Douglas in Kansas City, Kansas, she changed her name to Nora in 1916. She was a singer, composer, teacher, and music critic who was an important part of the Harlem Renaissance - and the first African American woman to receive a masters degree in the United States.

She composed over 200 pieces of music by the mid-1920s, which were lost when they were stolen from storage while Nora was on a trip to Europe. Her only surviving work is a piano piece called Negro Dance.

After the end of her fifth marriage she became known as something of a wild socialite. Wealthy from an inheritance from her fourth husband, she was the subject of newspaper gossip and part of the cream of Harlem society. She never married again, but spent much of her time abroad, in Europe and later in Shanghai, performing in nightclubs and hobnobbing with intellectuals such as Gertrude Stein.

Later in life she was an editor and music critic for the Amsterdam News and New York Courier in NYC. She also organized radio programs and concert series that featured African American musicians. She retired to Los Angeles in the mid-1960s, and died January 25, 1974.

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anonymous asked:

For the if the had kids thing Pidge & Keith

I honestly have never considered Pidge and Kieth as a ship because I headcanon Keith as gay and Pidge as ace but they would make cute babies:

·       Name: Nora Ann Holt-Kogane

·       Gender: Female

·       General appearance: Dark Auburn hair, dark violet eyes, freckles, glasses, smol

·       Personality: Tiny spit fire of salt. Genius like her mom but less practical. Uses a combination of brains and instinct.

·       Special Talents: Good with computers and languages.

·       Who they like better: She doesn’t have a favourite. She often pumps heads with both her parents but knows they are just looking out for her. She has deep conversations with her mom but has Keith wrapped around her little finger.

·       Who they take after more: Pidge

·       Personal headcanon: Keith is actually a softy when it comes to Nora and who Nora goes to when she wants a hug or cuddle. He lets her paint his nails and do his hair.

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Nora Douglas Holt (1885-1974) - American musician and singer who composed over 200 pieces. In 1918 she was the first African American woman to earn her master’s degree from Chicago Musical College. During the roaring 1920s, Nora Holt was a wealthy socialite and party girl, Holt was a major player during the Harlem Renaissance. The photo is by an unidentified photographer c1930.                                                                                                                                    

Nora Douglas Holt (1885 or 1890 – January 25, 1974) was an American singer, composer and music critic. Born as Lena Douglas in Kansas City, Kansas, she was the first African American to receive a masters degree in the United States. She composed over 200 works of music and was associated with the leading figures of the Harlem Renaissance and the co-founder of the National Association of Negro Musicians. She died in 1974 in Los Angeles.