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“Red Hot Mama” by Sophie Tucker

“Red Hot Mama” by Sophie Tucker is a wonderful example of Jazz music in the early 1900s. Jazz, burlesque, and theater are a few ways that Sophie expressed herself. Sophie was a larger woman who was forced to hide her face behind blackface because she was called fat and ugly. This continued until she lost her makeup during her travels and was forced to appear on stage without blackface. After that event, she never went on stage wearing blackface again.

Sophie uses the Song Red Hot Mama to display her self confidence and self-love. She talks about all of the boys wanting her because she is a Red Hot Mama. She sends a confident message that still needs to be heard to this day for girls across the world.

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