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Women Wednesday - Tina Turner

Updated: Apr 4

The world mourns Tina Turner, whose five-decade career left an impact on numerous lives, as well as various genres. The "Queen of Rock n' Roll" is lived on by her legacy, and BoostHER would like to feature her in our Women Wednesday, Black History Month Edition. 

Tina Turner was a force to be reckoned with in the music industry. She rose to fame in the 1960s and skyrocketed in her solo career at 44 years old, pushing the preconceptions of age at the time. Her career started as a duo with her then-husband, Ike Turner, before releasing her solo album Private Dancer in 1986, launching her into solo stardom and winning her 3 Grammys. It was in her autobiography that she shed light on her struggle with domestic abuse, cocaine addiction, and infidelity, all of which she experienced with her ex-husband. 

As a black female artist, she defied societal norms and showcased to other black artists that their uniqueness is worth celebrating. She was the first black woman in the rock music industry to achieve international success. Her transparency with her struggles had an impact on other black girls and women, encouraging others to break the barriers society has put in place for them.


Here are some quotes from Tina Turner herself about life and her struggles: 

“My legacy is that I stayed on course... from the beginning to the end because I believed in something inside of me.” 

“People think my life has been tough, but I think it’s been a wonderful journey. The older you get, the more you realize it's not what happens, but how you deal with it.” 

“Sometimes you’ve got to let everything go—purge yourself. If you are unhappy with anything… whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you’ll find that when you’re free, your true creativity, your true self comes out.”

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