Vintage Black Glamour
Esther Rolle (1920-1998) and Bern Nadette Stanis go over a “Good Times” script together in 1975. Photo: Isaac Sutton of Ebony.
I am excited to announce Vintage Black Glamour's fan site #myVBG - created so we can admire the VBG icons in YOUR life! This is my late great-grandmother Nellie Parson Swilley in the 1940s. I would be honored to have you share the divas in your family on #myVBG. Upload your photos at myvbg.com/ with her name, city, date/location of photo, a fun VBG-ish fact about her with #myVBG and #vbgbook. Thank you!
I’ve always loved this photo of Dorothy Dandridge relaxing with extras on the set of “Carmen Jones”. What do you think they were talking about? Photo: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library.
Josephine Premice (1926-2001), the splendid Tony-nominated actress, singer and dancer was born 88 years ago today in Brooklyn, New York. Diahann Carroll, her best friend for more than four decades, called the Haitian-American aesthete “a naturally elegant woman who had exquisite taste in everything in life” and credited her with her fashion advice that she still uses. Photo (1951): Kurt Hutton/Stringer/Getty Images.
So pleased to see Vintage Black Glamour on The Cut today! \o/ ~ Beyond Jean Harlow: Rarely Seen Photos of Glamorous Black Women
Happy 79th Birthday to the one and only Diahann Carroll!! One of my favorite #VBGlegends is seen here in a promotional photo for the Tony Awards - she hosted the 1969 ceremony. Photo by: NBC/NBCU/Getty.
I am saddened to learn that Alice Coachman, the first Black woman to win a gold medal at the Olympic Games (London 1948 for the high jump) died today at the age of 90 near her home in Albany, Georgia. In this photo, Ms. Coachman (far right) takes a break and watches the 1948 London games with fellow athletes Emma Reed, of Nashville, Tennessee (broad and high jumper) and Nell C. Jackson, of Tuskegee, Alabama, (200 meters and relay. Photo: Bettman/Corbis.
The unforgettable Eartha Kitt selling the new Carver-Washington half-dollars - for $2 each - at Macy’s in New York City in August 1952. The promotion was a special program to aid the Booker T. Washington Birthplace Memorial. The coins were embossed with the slogan, “Freedom and Opportunity For All - Americanism.” Photo: Bettman/Corbis.
This fabulous photo of beautiful friends (sisters? cousins?) has been making the rounds for eons online. However, I am finally able to post this with a credit thanks to two VBG Facebook fans. This is one of thousands shot by Philadelphia photographer John W. Mosley from the 1930s through the 1960s on Chicken Bone Beach in Atlantic City, NJ. Photo: John W. Mosley, Courtesy of the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, Temple University Libraries.
"Education begins at the home. You can’t blame the school for not putting into your child what you don’t put into him." - Geoffrey Holder. The legendary dancer Carmen de Lavallade shared this beautiful photo on her Facebook page of her husband, the legendary dancer, actor, painter and director Geoffrey Holder with their son, Leo.
Happy Father’s Day gentlemen! This is Harry Belafonte taking a ride with his daughter Shari in 1957.
"I believe that often young performers, lacking a continuity of experience, lacking a knowledge of the history of entertainment, of the tradition and great contributions that our people have made to theater, may tend to feel that a whole new world begins with each newcomer. Not so." ~ Ruby Dee, shown here with baseball icon Jackie Robinson in a scene from the 1950 biopic of his life. Ms. Dee died at the age of 91 on June 11, 2014. Photo: Schomburg.
The great Trinidadian-born pianist Hazel Scott was born on this day in 1920. One of my favorite things about her? Her hands were once insured by Lloyds of London. My other thing is this quote: “Any woman who has a great deal to offer the world is in trouble. And if she’s a black woman, she’s in deep trouble.”
The great Geoffrey Holder won two Tony Awards in 1978 for costume design and directing “The Wiz.” He is shown here in all of his 6’6” splendor in the October 1975 issue of Ebony.
Diahann Carroll poses with her Tony for “No Strings” (1962) with fellow winners, Robert Morse (“How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”), Margaret Leighton (“Night of the Iguana”), and Paul Scofield (“A Man for All Seasons”) at the Waldorf-Astoria on April 29, 1962. Photo: Corbis.
Sara Lou Harris, one of the first Black models to appear in national advertisements, in the late 1940s. “We launched black girls into the modeling field and I was the first to become a national poster girl for cigarette advertising,” she told Ebony in 1974. The Bennett College graduate also toured Europe as a singer and had a brief career as a radio announcer and an actress. Photo: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library
When I see pages like this from my book @VintageBlkGlam I get SO excited and I hope you do too! Many of you have asked me if there is still time to be included in The Roll of Honour and have your name printed in the book as a special thank you for supporting the book. The answer is yes! But - you have to get your pre-order by June 23. That is the latest my publisher, Rocket 88 Books, can keep the pages open at the printer. Thanks again! rocket88books.com...