Date & Time
Wednesday, Jun. 26, 2024
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Virtual Program
Ticketing Free with advance registration

Join the African American Program for a free virtual screening of “Betty: They Say I’m Different.”

Presented as part of the From Slavery to Freedom Film Series, “Betty: They Say I’m Different” shares the story of Betty Davis and her pioneering work in the music industry.

A talented songwriter with a style all her own, Davis was the original funk diva – arriving on the music scene in 1970s and challenging the norms of what it meant to be a woman in music with her fearless personality and sound. Her former husband, Miles Davis, described her as “Madonna before Madonna, Prince before Prince.” Despite her innovative work in music, Davis left the music industry in the late 1970s. “Betty: They Say I’m Different” follows her influence and ultimate reclusion from the spotlight.

Following the screening, award-winning journalist Elaine Effort will be in conversation with Connie Portis, the founder of Sisters & Friends, and a lifelong friend of Davis.


This virtual screening is free with advance registration.

About the Moderator

Elaine Effort is a retired radio broadcaster for KQV radio where she served as a news reporter, producer, and host of Pittsburgh Profiles for 38 years. She is currently a contributing reporter for WESA radio. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Effort has a M.A. in journalism and is the daughter of a Tuskegee Airmen veteran. Effort has interviewed politicians, musicians, educators, artists, and many people from all walks of life that make up Pittsburgh.

About the Panelist

Connie Portis is the founder of Sisters & Friends, and the former publisher of a newspaper, a magazine, and the Black Business Directory. During her 30 years in business, Connie produced stellar events including the Black Extravaganza and Trailblazers Awards, Womanpower: Seminar for Black Women, and myriad other events and activities.

Connie was a lifelong friend of Betty Davis and cared for her when she returned home and retired from performing until her death.