Ethel Waters in New York City - the 1910's
from His Eye Is On the Sparrow, pages 145,146:
The master of them all, though, was Lucky Roberts. Everybody calls him Pop, but reverently. He now runs a restaurant up on the hill in Harlem. I don't call it Sugar Hill. I don't use that kind of language. Any night you can go up to Pop Roberts' place and hear operatic arias sung magnificently by the great singers who are waiters and waitresses there. Fine singers! People I know, people I admire, people I've worked with! But they are Negroes and have to wait on tables because they can't get any work in show business. They are colored. Period.
Charles Samuels and Ethel Waters, His Eye Is On the Sparrow (1950), p. 145,146. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1429194471218 accessed: 4 March, 2024
Listening tohide composers
written by Domenico Cimarosa, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
|performed by anonymous African-American men and women
|in the company of others, indoors, in public