Sunday, February 24, 2008

Black History Month - Shana from Jem and the Holograms

Black History Month
Shana from Jem and the Holograms

Shana Elmsford is the Fashion Designer, Drummer, Bass Guitarist and Backup Vocalist for one of my favorite pop/rock groups...Jem and the Holograms. I couldn't let Black History Month go by without putting a spotlight on Shana. Ok...she's an 80's cartoon character...but she rocks!! Truly Outrageous!!

Shana was a foster girl who grew up at Starlight House (the foster home that Jerrica and Kimber's family ran). She designed most of the clothes for the band and was showcased in a few episodes as a top designer. Shana briefly left the band to pursue her dream of being a professional fashion designer. During her absents from the band they hired Raya to play the drums in her place. When Shana returned to the group she started playing bass guitar. The girl got skills!!

She dated Anthony Julian the talented director that shot some of their music videos and movie. He supported Shana in her career moves. When he got the job working on a mini-series...he hooked her up with the star/producer Liz Stratton to get the job as a designer for the show. The character Shana was voiced by Cindy McGee and Anthony was voiced by T.K. Carter.

Quote from The Talent Search (Episode 28)
: I've warned you to make my co-stars to look less glamorous than me.
: Ms. Stratton. I won't do less than my best for anyone. You don't want a designer. You want a flunky to feed your ego. I quit.

Here is a great site to see more Jem and the Holograms: The Ultimate Jem Site