Vintage Black Beauty & History!!

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Dorthy Counts-Charlotte NC was actually the first black in America to step foot in an all white school. in 1957 she was treated so badly she had to leave the school after 4 days. That's 3 years before Ruby Bridges or any other integration story. She was bullied and hit with stones. The harassment started when the wife of John Z. Warlick, the leader of the White Citizens Council, urged the boys to "keep her out" and at the same time, implored the girls to spit on her.

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Maya Angelou

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Angela Williams

Lena Horne in Paris | 1947 by Black History Album, via Flickr

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Lenny Kravitz and his mother, Roxie Roker bka Helen Willis.

Remembering The 41 Greatest Moments From The 1993 VMAs

Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee

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Photo from Snapatorium

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Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole

Eye Candy: Vintage Black Celebrity Family Pictures

Ruth Brown, Clyde McPhatter & LaVern Baker

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Lena Horne & Hazel Scott

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Victorian Lady

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The Dent Sisters. Gorgeous girls!

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Brooklyn-reared modernist jeweler Arthur Smith (1917–1982). His jewelry designs are stunning.

From the Village to Vogue, The Modernist Jewelry of Art Smith

Joe and Katherine Jackson


Euzhan Palcy - the first black woman to direct a Hollywood feature film.

Euzhan Palcy - IMDb

Arthur Ashe, age 11, 1955, Harlem.

Tennis in Harlem

The Authority Behind Her Words -- FIFTY YEARS before her prayer at the Inauguration in 2013 -- Myrlie Evers comforting her three children at the casket of Medger Evers, WWII combat veteran and dedicated NAACP Field Secretary for Mississippi. He was shot dead in their home's driveway, as part of a sustained campaign of terror by white supremacists; his murderer was brought to justice in 1994. Photo ©Flip Schulke, 1963. Medgar's life story:

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Joséphine Baker Esta conexión entre la vanguardia estética más experimental y las manifestaciones más comerciales, en particular con la mediación de la danza, me parece un factor radicalmente nuevo que no se suele tomar en cuenta.

La cuestión artistica y estética del "baile".

Roland Hayes, the brilliant tenor who became the first African-American man to earn international fame as a concert vocalist, photographed by Addison Scurlock in 1940. Born to former slaves in Curryville, Georgia in 1887

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Holiday remained under police guard at the hospital until she died from pulmonary edema and heart failure caused by cirrhosis of the liver on July 17, 1959. In the final years of her life, she had been progressively swindled out of her earnings, and she died with $0.70 in the bank and $ 750 (a tabloid fee) on her person. Her funeral mass was held at Church of St. Paul the Apostle in New York City.


Isabelle Washington (sister of Fredi Washington) (1st wife of Adam Clayton Powell III)

We Shall Overcome...In Couture!: Vintage Photo Of The Week

Billie Holiday

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Post mortem slave and living baby.

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Lena Horne and children

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Betty Lou Williams (1932-1955), the youngest of 12 children, was born with a parasitic twin and had 4 legs and 3 arms. She entered the sideshows at age 2 and made enough money to send all 11 of her siblings to college. The pretty and curvaceous Betty Lou had no shortage of admirers and became engaged at age 23. Unfortunately, he stole her money and ran away. She died shortly after of an asthma attack, though friends claim it was of a broken heart.

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