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Have you heard of the Hazel Scott show? Well before Oprah had a show, Hazel Scott had HER show! My Black History Moment of the day goes to this queen Hazel Scott! Hazel Scott, an activist, jazz musician, and vocalist was the first Black American woman to broadcast worship on television. Born on September 22, 1950, musician Hazel Scott appeared in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee. She’d been named as a subversive — another addition to a long list of those who were somehow plotting against America. Artists, Scott told the committee, “ we are eager and anxious to help, to serve. We should not be written off by the vicious slanders of vicious and petty men. We are one of your most effective and irreplaceable instruments in the grim struggle ahead.” That struggle for freedom and equality was a vital part of Scott’s life. The longtime civil rights advocate had broken a barrier two months earlier when she became the first black woman to host a television variety show in America. The Hazel Scott Show was a weekly musical variety show that showcased Scott’s talents. For each show, Scott was “always costumed in gorgeous gowns, diamonds, and neatly coiffed hair.” The show was a mix of musical styles, sometimes with Scott providing vocals in addition to her playing. She was rejecting the prevailing media images of black women at the time. She was confident, sophisticated, beautiful, and talented, and the viewers loved her. Within a few weeks, the show had found more sponsors and went from a local weekly broadcast to airing nationally three times a week. She brought something new to the media landscape, something that would be gone before it could truly reach its potential. She paved the way for the Billy Daniels, the Nat King Cole Show and others. In 1950, Scott was offered a 15-minute program that would air every Friday night on the network’s New York affiliate, making her the first black woman with her own show on network TV. Talk about black girl magic! ✨ Thank you queen Hazel for paving the way for blacks that wanted their own tv shows! We salute you! .
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