I'm Cheryl M. Willis and I Got an Idea.LLC
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As a New Orleans native, I was shaped by the creativity and spontaneity of the city. "I Got an Idea" has been my way of living.
Driven by the arts, I'm immersed in screenwriting, children's book writing, film, dance, art, and photography.
Life is exciting as it is filled with imagination supported by exploration. There are so many ideas to investigate that I hope I live a really long time.
Tappin’ at the Apollo:
The African American Female Tap Dance Duo Salt and Pepper
Cheryl M. Willis
256 pages $39.95 softcover (7 ¥ 10)
110 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Ebook ISBN 978-1-4766-2315-3 2016
In the 1920s and 1930s, Edwina “Salt” Evelyn and Jewel “Pepper” Welch learned to tap dance on street corners in New York and Philadelphia. By the 1940s, they were Black show business headliners, playing Harlem’s Apollo Theater with the likes of Count Basie, Fats Waller and Earl “Fatha” Hines. Their exuberant tap style, usually performed by men, earned them the respect of their male peers and the acclaim of audiences. Based on extensive interviews with Salt and Pepper, this book chronicles for the first time the lives and careers of two overlooked female performers who succeeded despite the racism, sexism and homophobia of the Big Band era.
McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers
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