She can lay her jive just like a man

Born: December 28th, 1898 (21)
Place of Birth: Charleston, SC
Nationality: U.S. American
Religion: Sceptic
Occupation: Clarinetist, dancer
Voice: Contralto
Class: Welterweight
Hobbies: Girls, gin, cigars
Ism: Hedonism
Flower: Yellow lily (”Gaiety”)
Scent: Tabac Blond by Caron

Lou is Mayann’s best friend and something of a big sister. They grew up in the same neighborhood in East St. Louis, Illinois, where Lou’s family had moved in search for jobs, like many other southern Blacks in the early 20th century.

Lou and Mayann were an unlikely couple in the beginning. Mayann was around 12 years old when they won their first cakewalk contest in spite of the never-ending teasing that the scrawny but loud-mouthed girls endured. Neither of them were especially pretty to look at, but their moves were reckless and outrageous. From that point on, no more washing or cleaning, Mayann swore. No more coal-stealing or pickpocketing, Lou swore. It would be the two of them, against the world.