Today we celebrate and that celebration naturally falls to me, being the only woman on the CoB team.
I would like to celebrate Tina Turner.
Life has never been easy for her, growing up in a segregated America, she was limited to where she could go in her own hometown, just because of the colour of her skin. Nut Bush City Limits describes some of what she had to face as a child/young woman.
Her late ex-husband, Ike Turner, helped to bring her to fame, but was also violent and abusive. Whilst she was with him, she sought comfort from his other women, as they were the only people who would really understand. From somewhere she found the strength to walk away, with 38 cents and her name: Tina Turner.
Following her separation and after a spell of poverty, she returned, reinventing as a solo artist. Unwaning charismatic, dynamic and powerful performances earned her superstardom status, the title of Queen of Rock n Roll and a plethora of awards. She continued to perform right up until she retired at 68 in 2007.
Tragedy struck in 2018, when her 59 year old son took his own life. She was dogged with serious health issues herself and now aged 79, soon she returned to the public eye to make a film dedicated to her son – Tina! Earning countless awards, the proceeds of the film/documentary have been donated to domestic abuse charities.
An incredible life, amazing woman and true inspiration. Simply the best.