Being Black

The Real Betty Boop!


  • The iconic Betty Boop character was inspired by an African American jazz singer in Harlem.
  • The inspiration of the cartoon has been traced back to Esther Jones, who was also known as “Baby Esther”.
  • She performed regularly in the Cotton Club during the 1920s.


  • Betty Boop is a cartoon introduced by Max Fletcher in 1930.
  • She is best known for her curvaceous figure and signature vocals “Boop Opp A Doop”
  • Baby Esther’s trademark vocal style of using “boops” and other scat sounds.
  • Baby Esther’s “baby style” did little to bring her mainstream fame. 

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