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The Fabulous Moolah - One of the greatest female wrestlers of all time! Tags: fabulous moolah greatest female wrestler all time word life production new quality entertainment featured

While the name Lillian Ellison may not be well-known to sports-entertainment fans, her alter ego is one that will never be forgotten: The Fabulous Moolah.

In the world of women's wrestling, there will always be one irrefutable legend that stands head and shoulders above the rest, and her name is Moolah. She was the longest reigning champion in the history of her chosen sport -- or any sport for that matter -- and in a career that spanned over 50 years she established a legacy that made her name synonymous with women's wrestling.

Born Lillian Ellison in South Carolina in 1923, Moolah became a fan of sports-entertainment following the passing of her mother; her father would take her to shows as a young girl in hopes of cheering up his distraught daughter, and little did he know the impact it would have.

Moolah was trained for the ring in the 1940s by then-Women's Champion Mildred Burke, the sport's biggest female star at the time. But her career actually began outside the ring, where she served as one of wrestling's first female valets. Dubbed "Slave Girl Moolah" by promoter Jack Pfeffer, she was an alluring presence at ringside for competitors such as the gruesome Elephant Boy and the United States Champion, "Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers.

Ellison's in-ring career began hitting its stride by the mid 1950s, when she began calling herself The Fabulous Moolah. In 1956, she outlasted 12 other ladies -- last eliminating Judy Grable -- to win a Battle Royal for the vacant Women's Championship of the World. She would go on to hold the title for the next 28 years, a feat unprecedented in the annals of human achievement. During that time, she became the first woman to ever wrestle in Madison Square Garden, as she and WWE promoter Vincent J. McMahon successfully beat the ban against women's wrestling at The Garden.

In July 1984, her 28-year reign was finally ended in Madison Square Garden by Wendi Richter, a young competitor managed by pop star Cyndi Lauper. The bout aired live on MTV, giving a whole new generation of sports-entertainment fans a glimpse of the greatest lady competitor in the game's history. 

Following the loss, Moolah began phasing out her in-ring exploits, choosing instead to manage protégé Leilani Kai, one of the many future Superstars she had trained during her time as champion. With Moolah's guidance, Kai beat Richter for the Women's Title, setting up a match between the two at the first WrestleMania in 1985. Richter would regain the gold, and it would be Moolah herself, under a mask as the "Spider Lady," who would finally take back the championship from Wendi not long after. During her final reign as champion, Moolah also took on another role; she became the "Queen" of WWE, often accompanying "King" Harley Race and manager Bobby Heenan to ringside.

Finally, in July 1987, Moolah lost the gold to "Sensational" Sherri Martel, and after captaining a team that defeated Martel's in the inaugural Survivor Series later that year, Moolah effectively retired from in-ring competition. As 1987 came to a close, it seemed that the queen of women's wrestling had finally come to the end of her run.

In 1995, her career was punctuated when she became the first female inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Inducted by then-Women's Champion Alundra Blayze, Moolah was recognized as the true pioneer -- and biggest legend -- in the history of women's wrestling.

After a 40-year career and induction into the Hall of Fame, imagine the surprise of our fans everywhere when in 1999, Moolah -- by that time in her 70s -- returned to WWE television, this time with long-time friend and fellow competitor Mae Young by her side. That October, the unthinkable happened: Moolah defeated reigning WWE Women's Champion Ivory to win the title for the fourth time and become the oldest titleholder in the history of the sport. She didn't hold the title gold for long, but it was a testament to her amazing tenacity and ability that she was able to make such a miraculous comeback in the first place.

Over the next few years, Moolah -- usually with Mae at her side -- would make a variety of appearances in WWE. In 2003, Moolah celebrated her 80th birthday by facing Victoria on Raw; that night, she defeated Victoria to become the first octogenarian to compete in a WWE ring. Her final appearance came at SummerSlam 2007, where Moolah & Mae were spotted with Mr. McMahon in his office during the show. Less than three months later, on November 2, 2007, Moolah passed away at the age of 84.

The name of The Fabulous Moolah will forever be etched in the annals of sport as the defining one in women's wrestling. Her name will always be synonymous with success, as she was a true trail blazer that set the path for the Divas of today to show the world what they can do.

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Eryka Badu is the Queen of female liberation, black love, and life
Category: The Golden Era
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Along with D'Angelo and Mary J. Blige, singer Erykah Badu championed the hip-hop/soul movement of the '90s. Her smooth voice, trademark head wrap, and majestic demeanor manifest sentiments of black pride, self-love, and female liberation. Badu's collaborations with the Roots, as well as with jazz bassist Ron Carter, trumpeter Roy Hargrove, and funk vibraphonist Roy Ayers, signify her strong ties to the new and old schools of black music.

The daughter of professional actress Kolleen Wright, Badu began playing piano around the age of seven. She graduated from Dallas' Booker T. Washington High School, an arts-oriented magnet school, and studied theater at Grambling State University in Louisiana. After performing locally and cutting a demo with her cousin, Badu opened a concert for D'Angelo and impressed D'Angelo manager Kedar Mass nburg. Massenburg soon signed Badu to a solo deal for Universal and began transforming her demo into Baduizm (#2 pop, #1 R&B), which yielded the hits "On & On" (#12 pop, #1 R&B, 1997) and "Next Lifetime" (#61 pop, #1 R&B, 1997). An album that many critics would argue saved R&B music from complete dilution, Baduizm's integration of jazzy instrumentation, hip-hop beats, and soaring vocals quickly solidified Badu as torchbearer for soul music and won her two Grammys: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Album. Badu's next album, November 1997's Live (#4 pop, #1 R&B), brought her acclaimed live performances to the masses and yielded "Tyrone" (#62 pop, #1 R&B, 1997), an anthem about a woman's scorn for an oft-apathetic boyfriend.

In 1999 Badu plied her acting skills, appearing in The Cider House Rules, which was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. She also recorded a couple of successful songs with her Roots counterparts: the Grammy Award–winning "You Got Me" (#39 pop, #11 R&B, 1999) and "Southern Girl" (#76 pop, #24 R&B, 1999) with human beat-box Rahzel. For her next album, Mama's Gun (#11 pop, #3 R&B), a soulful journey into the genres of rock and reggae, Badu enlisted Roots drummer Ahmir-Khalib "?uestlove" Thompson for several tracks. The album yielded another hit, "Bag Lady" (#6 pop, #1 R&B, 2000).

This biography originally appeared in The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll (Simon & Schuster, 2001).

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First Female Rapper to Win Five Grammys Tags: lauryn hill queen hip hop music legend hip hop female rapper word life production

Singer, songwriter, actress. Born in South Orange, New Jersey on May 25, 1975. In 1998, Lauryn Hill released her solo debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, and became the first woman or hip-hop artist to win five Grammy Awards when she received Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Female R&B Performance, Best R&B Song ("Doo Wop (That Thing)") and Best R&B Album honors.

A natural performer, Hill sang at Harlem's Apollo Theater at age thirteen. Soon after, she met Prakazrel "Pras" Michel and his cousin, Wyclef Jean, and the three formed a band (which was at first called Tranzlator Crew, but later became the Fugees) and began performing in area clubs. While just a high school sophomore, Hill landed a recurring role on the television soap opera As the World Turns and soon after starred in Whoopi Goldberg's Sister Act II: Back in the Habit. In 1993, instead of heading for Hollywood, Hill enrolled at Columbia University where she studied for a year before going on leave to pursue her career. That same year, the Fugees released their first album, Blunted on Reality, which met mixed reviews. In 1996, the group released a successful second album, The Score, which sold 17 million copes, making the Fugees the largest-selling rap group of all time and winning them two Grammy Awards (Best Rap Album and Best R&B Performance by a duo or group).

Hill's first solo effort, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998), established her as a major talent in her own right. The album sold over 12 million copies and earned Hill five Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, a Billboard Award, a Soul Train Award and an MTV Music Award.

After an extended hiatus, Hill returned in 2002 with MTV Unplugged No. 2.0. The album was generated from Hill's two-hour acoustic performance on MTV's popular series MTV Unplugged. In October, 2005, Hill performed two songs at the Take Back TV concert launching Al Gore's CurrentTV.

Hill is also a dedicated activist. She is the founder of the Refugee Camp Youth Project, which raises money to send inner-city children in her native New Jersey to summer camp. She has five children with long-term boyfriend Rohan Marley, Zion, who was born in August 1997, Selah Louise, who was born in November 1998, Joshua, John, and a daughter born in 2008. Marley is the son of legendary singer Bob Marley. 


FEMALES IN HIP HOP Tags: females hip hop music sarrta bartman word life production simone walker

From the Sugar Hill Gang's Rapper's Delight to break dancing, graffiti, Dj's, turntables and mixing, hip hop has established a sound on the earth that has changed the lives of millions forever. Hip Hop was first introduced by the African American Community during the late 1970's. It was a form of speaking jive or playing the dozens. Later on, hip hop would become the best selling music genre throughout the world.

Artists such as Wu Tang Clan and Tupac Shakur brought international attention challenging militants to fight, thinkers to think, and DJ's to turn the party out. Rumors would say that the female artist surfaced during the course of hip hop's history. But the truth is the female artist arrived on the scene in the late seventies along with other male rappers. Lady B was one of the first female rap artists to record an album. When we talk about accomplishments, for a female hip hop artists to record a whole album not only proved to the world that she had skills, but potential to survive in a male dominated genre. Later on, other female rap artists would surface from the underground such as, Salt n' Pepper, The Real Roxanne, Roxanne Shantae, Queen Latifah, MC Lyte (first to get a major record deal), Lil' Kim, Foxy Brown, Lauryn Hill, etc... Although only a few surfaced from the underground, there are countless amounts of female talent that never made it into the big leagues. The question today is where is the variety pack? What happened to the female selection of hip hop CD's within the local music stores, or DJ booths? When a girl desires to hear what a female has to say about a woman's worth how can they find an album in which they can relate to?

Every female in the world has their own story. All women are not single or even desire to lead a single life. In fact according to statistics, 69.3% of American women have been married, divorced, widowed, or separated. 30.7% have never been married. With statistics rating so low, for single women it is amazing how most music is geared around those who lead a single and promiscuous lifestyle. When choosing a female hip hop artist that can relate to the real issues of life, record labels have failed us. There are countless amounts of men that do promote mental growth, knowledge, education, and understanding such as Common, Mos Def, 9th Wonder, and so forth. But today's female artist seems to be more materialistic and immature mentally. That's not to say that there are not a countless amount of men within the genre that are negative. But the fact is that there is a huge variety of men dominating the game on both sides, but few women are heard throughout the industry that promotes positivity through their lyrical content.

Hip Hop has become a league that's almost equivalent to the law firms and medical fields during the 50's and 60's when females within those industries were nothing more than litigation secretaries and nurses who by the way did most of the real work. The music industry in the US does not teach young ladies of the future anything about surviving life. They are being taught that it's ok to lower their standards in order to get ahead. Women are steadily promoted as booty shaking backup dancers, @!$%#es, hoes, and materialistic self sufficient yet uneducated girls? Where is the realness in the industry that claims to keep it real? Although Rolling Stones Magazine crowns Nicki Minaj as the Queen of Hip Hop, it would be hard to prove that she is not due to the lack of competition. There are not enough female voices within the industry to even get the best results for the Best Female Rapper category during mainstream award ceremonies. When the majority talks about female rappers, we can only take a look back in times past to those that reigned well before this generation. If the female voice is going to survive within the world of hip hop, then they will have to present new faces that have never been heard or seen before. In times past, there were plenty of females who surfaced from underground. Of course, that was before capitalists and venture seekers got involved.

The fall of the Female Rapper

Most female artists in the late 90's were often portrayed by males as a promiscuous gangstress that would do anything to protect the man who disrespected her continuously by calling her names publicly such as bitches and hoes. Although a decade has past, not much has changed since that era. The female that is presented to the public today does not have a backbone of their own, and is often degraded by men and presented as modern day concubines.

Today, activists could compare the modern day mainstream female hip hop movement to Saartje Baartman. For those that do not know the history of Saartje Baartman, she was a slave from South Africa that was idolized because of the size of her buttocks. They were so amazed by her appearance that they offered to pay her as a dancer. If she went along with this plan, she would be able to raise money for the poor tribe in which she belonged. Instead they deceived her and used her for their own selfish agenda.

According to former South African President Mbeki,"What followed was five years of exhibitions in museums and at fashionable parties, her spectacular buttocks and breasts bare, French and British men and women clustering around her, mocking her at the same time that her body made them uncomfortable with their own desire. Her days were punctuated by rape and scientific examinations."

This is something that young black girls should be mindful of when conducting such behavior. Although the story of Saartje Baartman has been broadcast through stage plays, spoken word performances, blogs, and books, apparently it has failed to make its way inside the homes of urban women in America. According to African American history, black girls in times past have been blamed for rapes, abusive relationships, and accused of being weak willed and materialistic. When the popular culture promotes this type of image to masses of people, they give the world that same impression of urban women. That can be insulting not only to the average black female but her daughters as well. People perish continuously for the lack of knowledge. When they are not informed of the things that happened within their own history, they lose sight of their own cultural identity, and as an end result, they allow themselves to be used in a way that Saartje Baartman was used. Hip Hop labels, promoters, producers, managers, and so forth (black or white) feed young women false information on what it takes to make it as a female rapper. Their whole goal is to accomplish their own personal agenda. At the end of the day, when the industry is done using her, she is pushed to the side as if she is nobody as she watches mainstream producers and so forth gimmick her through someone else. (Lil Kim vs. Nicki Minaj) Even more than that, they monopolize from their so called beef. What's more disturbing about it is that even black people, some which are educated continue to promote this image because they see it as a step towards success for themselves and the African American Community. But how does this affect the black community? In the year of 2010, there were 434,758 live births from parents ranging between the ages of 15-19 years old. That's 41.5 live births per 1000 with African Americans having the highest rate according to the US Census Bureau. 63% of the teen population within the United States suffered an STD for the year 2010. African-American adolescents 13 - 19 accounted for 1,919 AIDS cases alone. (Respect Your Mind, Protect Your Body) Hip Hop Magazines, blogs, and so forth go out of their way to promote negative images of black girls because that's what's hot within the popular culture. Speaking out against things that affects the black community has become an act of hating and doing wrong has become the history of the African American culture according to the stereotypes that are often promoted through mainstream media. More than a few black men lead other cultures to think that it is ok to disrespect the average black girl in this manner. When others speak on it, racism is the levee that holds the propaganda in place which further gives political parties the motivation to mock blacks such as the President of the United States through stereotypes promoted in mainstream media. According to Eric Bolling of Fox News, Obama chills in the white hizzouze with thugs while popping forties.

Until the female rapper comes to the realization of how they are demoralized by mainstreamers, they will never develop a community like the males within the hip hop genre. Education is the key to surviving life. We would like to see the average female rapper not only become successful on the hip hop charts of America, but successful in all that they do in life. It is important for black women to stand up and speak out loud against those that market the negative images of themselves. Females need to create a movement letting the world know that they are much more than what is seen on television. All the way from Dj's, Break dancers to emceeing, women have proved themselves in times past to be just as talented as any male. But who will support the strong females of today? Who will support the talent that everyone claims does not exist, but has a large community underground?

There should be someone who can talk to the girl with low self-esteem as she is a part of this world too. There should be someone who can council the poor at heart through their music, or open the blinded eye. To teach each is what rap intended. It was not created just to rock a party, and for those who say so, I would question their passion and knowledge of not only hip hop, but life in general.

What does it take to succeed as a female rapper in today's industry? Lyrical skills no longer matter. In order to make it within the world of hip hop in times past you would have to have real talent. Now if a female artist puts on an outfit that promotes sexuality auto tune can make up in the areas where she lacks creativity. Lyricism no longer counts in a world that corporate America has taken over. It solely depends on how well you can dress or how much money you've made from your glorious hustling lifestyle. It seems as if women are no longer able to think consciously aloud. All black women are not uneducated, and many have decent paying jobs, college educations and live a positive lifestyle with her husband and kids. The big question is why do U.S. corporations continue to spread propaganda in hip hop/rap music throughout the face of the earth keeping urban youth subjected to an old crack epidemic lifestyle.

Simone Walker
Word Life Production

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