Listen: Hughes, Hanna, Harlem discussed on Being Boss: Mindset, Habits, Tactics, and Lifestyle for Creative Entrepreneurs
"I'm curious to hear Hanna, is there anyone in this book that is specially inspired you like if you have a patron Saint of this book? Or you know, like one story that you really want to highlight that our listeners should hear about as well. What would that be? Or rather, I usually asked who my favorite woman is in the book, and I could never really decide because I, I love them all equally all my mother's, my mother's, and there's some stories that I just love because they're so preposterous. But someone asked me just, you know, like a after a book event I did in part sometimes I know that well was like, who do you have the most spiritual connection with? I'm like, oh my God, I don't know. And so, and I think a story that I would work in a path in life. Oh, man. It's just it's so hard because I really, I really carefully thought about who I wanted any one. I think the women, I admire the most are the women in my section, which is them women who punched Nazis metaphorically, but also not. And the women chosen the section where women who really could have easily not done anything during World War Two and really could have easily stood by as genocide occurred. But instead risked their lives and often died because they were so aware of injustices that were not directed against them personally. But that sort of courage I think is the part of the book where I'm like, okay, I will be serious here obviously, and and I think about them all the time, but really women who I'd just like if I could go and meet, maybe the way of thinking about it is Gladys, Bentley who I'm in mentioned Kano playing earlier, but she was a musician in the. Harlem renaissance and in the twenties and thirties in New York was a drag king who I have a quote, I can read you. This is like a quote I keep thinking about because she was basically like the piano player to so many of the great musicians who came out of that period and the poet links in Hughes described how she performed. And he said she could play the piano all night long literally all night without stopping from ten in the evening until dawn with scarcely a break between the notes sliding from one song to another. And I just like the abandon of that is something that just I would love. I would have loved to be there and see people just doing their craft and what they're passionate about. And she would wear these white tuxedos. She broke all the rules what was expected of a woman in her time. And I like my mom's a piano teacher to, and so I. Have never quite learned to play with total abandon. But I because she's like a classical musician the night, and I'm worst at jazz because I'm like through snuffing stood out, but every now and then when you get into a certain flow and it's just the best feeling in the world. So I think she would like do these ridiculous like naughty word play that she would just tell preposterous stories that were like sexual and and actually kind of like seem like tame by today's standards. I was like, wow, she sounds raunchy her her. The police would shut down the clubs. She performed it in because of the immorality of what was happening there. But then I read what that was, and it was like, she mentioned masturbation and everyone's like, oh, it's the twentieth. What's sad about her story is that as time went on in the fifties and the era of McCarthyism and the the, you know, anti gay hysteria of fifties, and she was a lesbian. She, she kind of retreated from her persona. She was always nostalgic for the way that she used to have this amazing menswear style. She may or may not have married a man having may or may not have married a woman before not an illegal, having had a ceremony, and she kind of then disavowed her previous life of amazing, white tuxedo top hat jazz life. But she always apparently, this is the one where her story is a little mercury towards the end, had kept a picture of the women who she may or may not have married in her house for the rest of her life. But that was a story where you realize that we don't.."
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