Brooklyn Nets present The Untold: Esther Jones

The iconic cartoon character, Betty Boop, that many have seen portrayed in movies, newspaper comic strips was inspired by a Black jazz singer Esther Jones or Baby Esther. The cartoon was introduced in the 1930s by cartoonist Max Fleischer. Betty Boop is known for her revealing dress, curvaceous figure and signature vocals “Boop Oop A Doop”. While there has been controversy over the years, the inspiration has been traced back to Jones who regularly performed at the prestigious Cotton Club in Harlem during the 1920s.

About The Untold

Presenting the stories you haven’t heard, and the stories you haven’t heard enough about. This is the mission of The Untold, bringing essential passages of our history to light through the eyes of modern-day Black historymakers: artists, activists, and athletes who push culture forward every day. Visit us each day in February for a new story as we present 28 untold stories of Black history.

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