“That was the only place blacks could go, like the Apollo. When all these headliners like Ruth Brown and Sam Cooke and Ellington came to Norfolk, they could only perform at that theater. It has a history of great singers.”
“Sometimes I would put it in French braids or just leave it out just to see how my hair would manage.”
“Everything is heating up,” she said. “They say the spots that’s heating up in the United States are called hotspots. When I heard that, I was like, ‘What’s the Wi-Fi password?’ “
Eventually the videos became more raw. Lauren Hope talked about being homeless, living with depression, looking for jobs, radio gigs and freelancing.