Joyce Bryant Obituary Joyce Bryant has passed away unexpectedly
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Joyce Bryant Obituary , Death – Joyce Bryant was an American singer, dancer, and civil rights activist. Silver hair and tight mermaid costumes made her an early African-American sex symbol. Bryant joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 1955. A decade later, she became a classical singer and voice instructor. Joyce Bryant is a San Francisco native. Southern Pacific chef Whitfield Bryant (1904-1993) Her mother was an Adventist (1907-1995). Early jazz trombonist Frank Withers (1880–1952) Bryant wanted to teach sociology. Bryant eloped at 14 but divorced that night. In 1946, she sang with relatives in Los Angeles. Bryant said in a 1955 Jet interview, “Eventually, I sang alone.
” I needed home, so I took the club owner’s $25 offer to perform. Bryant made $400 a week in New York’s La Martinique nightclub and toured Catskill Mountains hotels in the 1940s.  She performed with Josephine Baker. Bryant sported a silver outfit, radiator paint-dyed hair, and fur. When she got onstage, Bryant “stopped everything.” Bryant’s silver hair and tight, backless, cleavage-revealing mermaid dresses became her trademark look and, combined with her four octave voice, elevated her status as one of the major headlining stars of the early 1950s. She was known as “The Bronze Blond Bombshell”, “the black Marilyn Monroe”, “The Belter”, and “The Voice You’ll Always Remember”. Etta James: “I didn’t want to look naive.
” I admired Joyce Bryant. She’s awesome. Joyce’s bright, individualistic style inspired me. 1952 saw Bryant release “A Shoulder to Weep On,” “After You’ve Gone,” and “Farewell to Love” “Love for Sale” and “Drunk with Love” have provocative lyrics. “Runnin’ Wild” was Bryant’s “first to pass CBS and NBC radio censors,” stated Jet.  “Love for Sale” was Bryant’s biggest hit, ironically. Boston, then practically everywhere, outlawed it. Bryant, who constantly faced prejudice and spoke out about racial injustice, was the first black performer at a Miami Beach hotel in 1952, despite KKK threats. Bryant attacked nightclubs for racial billing practices and urged entertainers to combat Jim Crow.
In 1954, she was one of the first black vocalists to perform at the Casino Royal in Washington, D.C. “Seeing them embraced by management was exciting,” she said. Donald Bogle says Bryant was posed suggestively in a 1953 Life magazine layout. Bryant was among Ebony’s five most beautiful black women the next year, along with Lena Horne, Hilda Simms, Eartha Kitt, and Dorothy Dandridge. In the 1950s, Bryant made $3500 per performance but was tired of it.   She hated working on the Sabbath and had silver paint in her hair. She’s religious. “I wore low-cut, tight dresses.” She performed eight gigs a day with a sore throat. “I can spray your throat with cocaine to fix it, but you’ll become addicted,” the doctor said.
“Make her sing,” my manager said. Bryant hated her club’s gangsters. After rejecting his advances, she was battered. Bryant quit in 1955 due to drug, gangster, and managerial pressure. Seventh-day Adventist Bryant attended Oakwood College in Alabama. Ebony published “The New World of Joyce Bryant: Former Café Singer Gives Up $200,000-a-Year Career” in May 1956. Bryant was enraged when hospitals refused crucial black patients. She organized fundraisers for blacks to buy food, clothing, and medicine, and she performed concerts without makeup for her church. Bryant supported Martin Luther King Jr.’s efforts to help blacks.
When Bryant asked her church to stand against discrimination, it refused, saying, “These are earthly problems with little spiritual value.” Bryant trained with Frederick Wilkerson at Howard University in the 1960s, which led to a contract with the New York City Opera. She performed with Italian, French, and Vienna Operas. She taught Jennifer Holliday, Phyllis Hyman, and Raquel Welch in the 1980s. Joyce Bryant: Filming The Lost Diva. 
Joyce Bryant Obituary , Death – Joyce Bryant was an American singer, dancer, and civil rights activist. Silver hair and tight mermaid costumes made her an early African-American sex symbol. Bryant joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 1955. A decade later, she became a classical singer and voice instructor. Joyce Bryant is a San Francisco…