This weeks #POP comes from one of the best black sitcoms of all time, The Cosby Show. Olivia lip syncs Koko Taylor's song, I Am Woman, for her grandparents anniversary: with Cliff Huxable as the guitarist, this has to be the cutest tribute to The Queen of Chicago Blues.
"I Am Woman, I know my stuff!"
The Cosby Show aired back in the 80's and kept running for eight seasons. Being one of the most watched sitcoms of this era, since it broke numerous stereotypes on African American families and ultimately helped change the way blacks are perceived. The show explored a different aspect of black culture, that didn't include poverty. They showed a thriving upper-middle class African American family in New York City, and this was HUGE for television during this time! After the show aired, it helped pave the way for other shows with predominantly black casts like The Fresh Prince, Family Matters and (one of our faves), A Different World. The show focused on the Huxtable family, Cliff and Claire Huxtable, a happily married couple with 4 children. Cliff was an obstetrician, while his wife, Claire, was a layer.
This totally contradicted the poor representation of African American people on television!
You can find today's #POP on episode 21 of season 7 (Home Remedies). Olivia plans to sing for her grandparents wedding anniversary, yet becomes ill. Instead she lip-syncs a Koko Taylor song, I Am Woman. Koko born Cora Anna Walton in 1928 on a Tennessee farm, started singing at her neighborhood church. Eventually she and her siblings started playing the blues with instruments they created. Koko and her siblings assisted with the fields until she married a truck driver named Robert Taylor and moved to Chicago. She started singing in blues clubs around Chicago until she was discovered by the legendary Willie Dixon and signed to Chess Records. Her rough, powerful vocals took the world of blues by surprised and proves that the blues wasn't exclusively for men. She made a name for herself as Queen of Blues and has she received many honors including: winning a Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album, Blues Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award, and was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.