I can’t get enough of Sweet Betty. She used to kick it with Cab Calloway, so you know she was down with the brothers.
Matter fact, the Video Bar pulled up “Minnie the Moocher”... you gotta check that one out. It begins with a live-action clip of Mr. Calloway doing a crazy, swivel-kneed strut dance that’s the coolest shit you’re likely to see today.
But I wonder what Cab thought of the racist Betty Boop cartoon from 1935, “Making Stars.” See the screenshot with the three little pickaninnies? That’s the one. Supposedly, this cartoon was banned from television... and I see why.
But I ain’t mad at ’em. That was a different time, a different world.
UPDATE (07-07-07): Now that there’s new stuff on my Video Bar, let me point all interested parties to the YouTube clips I mentioned above. “Minnie the Moocher” is here; “Making Stars” is here.