Pre-order begins today for my next book, Vintage Black Glamour: Gentlemen’s Quarters! We are still tweaking things a bit (including the final cover) but you can go to http://bit.ly/VBGmensbook right now and pre-order. Publication date: Early 2016. You can also still buy the women’s book, Vintage Black Glamour HERE. And, yes, that is boxing legend Sugar Ray Robinson.
On Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 6pm, I will be speaking and signing books at the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre at the Museum at FIT in New York City. This will be my last New York City signing for a while as I will be doing my best to expand to other cities this year. If you'd like to get your book, stop by FIT's book store at 227 W. 27th street or call them (212) 217-5690. Register at this link - and thank you!:
Missy Elliott’s Super Bowl takeover reminded me of this: If she acts, this could be a great role for her. Gladys Bentley (1907-1960) She was a 16-year-old renegade when she arrived in Harlem in the 1920s and was an immediate success singing at rent parties and clubs. Unapologetically masculine onstage, she was known for her signature top hat and tails and her gleefully obscene set drew large crowds to her shows at The Clam House, the famous gay club, and other hot Harlem venues of the day.
This iconic image of the one and only Eartha Kitt appears in my book Vintage Black Glamour. It was taken by Moneta Sleet, Jr., the Pulitzer Prize-winning Ebony photographer, in 1956 at the opening of Roxanne’s Dressmakng Shop in New York City, co-owned by Ms. Kitt.
Happy New Year to my dear Vintage Black Glamour readers and friends! I am a writer but…. I do not have adequate words to express my gratitude and the elation that I feel about everyone who purchased my book this year - and supported VBG from the (social media) beginning in 2011. Thank you SO much and Happy New Year (from The Three Degrees and me)!!
The great Redd Foxx (1922-1991) was born John Elroy Sanford 92 years ago today in St. Louis, Missouri. This photo of Mr. Foxx with Nina Simone in 1959 is one of my favorites. Photo: G. Marshall Wilson.
Thanks to you guys, my book is now sold out on Amazon! I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to have this high-class problem - but all is not lost! The book is still available via my publisher Rocket 88 Books so, if you have Vintage Black Glamour on your Christmas list, you’re still in time! http://rocket88books.com/products/vintage-black-glamour?_ga=1.179863719.2089587967.1413306829 Oh! By the way - the great Dinah Washington is in shoe heaven in this 1958 photo by Isaac Sutton.