Short Biography of BJÖRK, CAROL BECKWITH, ANGELA FISHER, CHRIS COLFER, | 200 Words | in English
Biography of BJÖRK in Short
Björk had always been very happy to be different. With her first pocket money, she went out and bought a tent She wanted to sleep outside. She wanted freedom and she found it among the vast,
untouched highlands of Iceland.
She also found it through music. Björk had a voice that stood out. When she sangat her school, the song went on to be recorded, and she broke into the Icelandic charts at just eleven years old. Other children might have celebrated this Not Björk Stressed by the pressure, she stopped making music for a couple of years.
Then when punk came to Iceland, Björk found an energy that excited her. She created an all-girl band called Spit and Snot and, when they split up, plenty more bands after that. At eighteen she travelled to England to play with one of them, even though she couldn’t speak any English She ended up sleeping in gardens.
Alter all the bands, Björk released her own music. Her unique voice, style, and indescribable, uncatchable, totally free songs set her apart from everyone else.
On one red carpet, she wore a dress shaped like a swan and pretended to lay an egg on the ground. She recorded an album in a cave filled with bats in a music video, she slowly transformed into a polar bear.
After some difficult years, Björk created an album on her laptop, sitting alone with her headphones on, lost in swirling worlds of sound. The album was her biggest yet. But she still had to struggle with people thinking that men must have made the music for her, when really she had spent hours and hours stitching the notes together into shimmering melodies.
In 2000, the prime minister of Iceland tried to give Björk an island. She said no. She wanted to keep her privacy and her freedom.
Blörk stayed true to herself.
Biography of QUINTON WINTER in Short
(BORN 1945) & (BORN 1947)
Despite one being born in Australia and the other in America, both Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher had always been drawn to Africa
Carol first travelled there to visit a friend and ended up meeting with a group of Maasai people, a tribe of fierce warriors who move from place to place and centre their lives around cattle.
Angela had also fallen in love with the culture. She and Carol bonded immediately and set out together to photograph a Maasai warrior ceremony.
The two soon realized they shared a similar goal: to create a record of life on the vast, diverse continent that the very first humans came from.
Carol and Angela have since travelled over 270,000 miles, through forty countries, coming into contact with more than 150 different African cultures. They’ve made lifelong friends, been arrested, and witnessed great tides of change.
In Kenya, they met the Pokot people and saw the young girls of a tribe stand up against a traditional ritual that had been performed on women for hundreds of years. The ritual involves the girls being painfully and pointlessly mutilated for life. Not wanting undergo their the procedure. these girls left tribe behind and moved into a missionary school, continuing to practise their culture with each other. Boys in another school learned of this and joined together with the girls, establishing a new group and banishing the painful, outdated tradition.
As wars rage, cities swell, and the modern world encroaches, traditions transform and disappear. Thanks to the photographs of Carol and Angela, these times of powerful and important change will not be forgotten.
Biography of CAROL BECKWITH & ANGELA FISHER in Short
Biddy Mason was an African American born into slavery. At a young age, she was torn away from her parents and sold repeatedly, from slaveowner to slaveowner. Eventually she ended up on the plantation of a man called Robert Smith, a Mormon living in Mississippi
When church leaders put out the call for their followers to relocate to the west of America, Robert Smith set about moving his entire family and everything he owned over a gruelling two-thousand-mile trek, Biddy carried her youngest daughter on her back while she herded cattle, prepared meals, and looked after animals.
A few years later, Robert decided to move again, this time to California While she was there, Biddy made friends with black people who weren’t slaves, and who explained that California was a free state. While they were standing within that state’s limits, no person was the property of another person. That made Robert Smith nervous, and he tried to escape with his slaves to Texas, But Biddy’s friends went to the sheriff’s office and a party rode out to stop Robert Smith before he could get away.
On January 19th 1856, Biddy carned freedom for herself and her extended family of thirteen.
She began work as a nurse, gaining a reputation for her encyclopaedic knowledge of herbal remedies When patients couldn’t pay, she gave her services for free. When they could she saved every penny.
After ten years, Biddy bought two pieces of land and became the first black woman in Los Angeles to do so.
Biddy accumulated more and more wealth, always using it to help those around her. She fed the poor, let orphans live in her house, visited jails, and opened a school for black children.
If you hold your hand closed Biddy said, ‘nothing good can come in. The open hand is blessed, for it gives in abundance, even as it receives
Almost a hundred years after she died, November 16th was declared Biddy Mason Day in Los Angeles.
Biography of CHRIS COLFER in Short
Stuck in a hospital bed for three months when he was a child. Chris Colfer would escape by reading his way into fictional worlds. He loved fairy tales most of all, anything that started with ‘Once upon a time, and featured magic spells, evil witches, and heroic princesses.
At school, he never felt like he fitted in with the other kids. He once described himself as a llama. Where does a llama go?” he said. It’s not a cow. It’s not a horse. He was bullied and felt alone.
Even if he couldn’t find another llama, Chris at least found his passion: writing, acting, and singing. He performed at every opportunity. It hurt when the teachers at his school told him he couldn’t sing one of his favourite songs, ‘Defying Gravity because it was supposed to be sung by a woman His grandmother let him sing it in her church instead.
Once school was over, Chris auditioned for a part in a TV show called Glee. It followed a school choir that sings joyful covers of songs ranging from church hymns to pop hits.
Chris tried out for the role of Artie Abrams, a singer bound to a wheelchair because of a spinal cord injury in his youth. He didn’t get the part. But the director of Glee was so impressed and invested in Chris’s story that he wrote a character just for him
The character was called Kurt Hummel. He was a gay student who loved clothes and singing in the Glee club, and found himself being bullied for both his passions and his sexuality. As the show Look off, the writers included real stories from Chris’s life, including an episode where his character was made fun of for singing ‘Defying Gravity’.
Once the show had been a success Chris went back to writing and immersed himself in the fictional worlds he’d visited as a child. The result was a novel called The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell. In the story, a pair of twins are given a book that they realize is a portal between our world and the world of fairy tales.
Chris once said, ‘You’ve got to show the world who you are before it tells you’.