Born in 1953, Yvette Jackson would later be known as the singer "Chaka Khan", front woman for the group Rufus and respected solo performer. Brought up in a loving yet sometimes unstable home, Khan tried to find her own niche, first as a young woman caught up in the dramatic social activism of the early 70, then as an aspiring singer, seeking a place in the competitive world of recorded music. Joining the group Rufus, the singer dealt with drug addiction, familial relationships, and romantic entanglements. As a solo artist, the singer branched out and explored different avenues to her craft that she was unable to pursue when she was a part of Rufus. Along the way, Khan becomes mother and grandmother, writing fluidly about the pleasures of both and the challenges of balancing career and family.
This report prepared by Reginald D. Garrard