Esther Jones, known as Baby Ester was the first Black sex symbol in animation. Now of course everyone thinks or thought that Betty Boop was this lady:

 

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BUT REALLY, the real Betty Boop was this lady:

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Now Esther was a black jazz singer in Harlem, New York. She performed at a placed called the Cotton Club in the 1920’s singing phrases like “Boo Boo Boo” “Wha Da Da” and  the infamous “Boop Boop A Doop”. A lady by the name Helen Kane tried to sue the company that introduced Baby Esther as a cartoon, but she ended up losing the case. Even after the Real Betty Boop was introduced, she was still portrayed as a white figure.

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That’s all I got for today. Check out Fact 6 tomorrow.

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