Singer Alberta Hunter had an extraordinary life. At age twelve, she left her Memphis home for Chicago, where she got her start at a rough club called Dago Frank's. She moved to New York City in the 1920s and became part of the Harlem Renaissance alongside such luminaries as Duke Ellington and Langston Hughes. During the '30s, like many black artists, she found refuge from the racism of her native country in Europe and won stardom and acclaim there. Astonishingly, at the age of 59, following her mother's death, she quit her music career to take a nursing course. She worked at a hospital in New York City for twenty years before being forced to retire at the age of 81. At that point, Hunter was persuaded to return to the stage, and her second singing career continued until her... More >>>
Ernestine Jackson and Janice Lorraine in Cookin'
at the Cookery.