For more than 50 years, Geoffrey Holder and Carmen de Lavallade, have shared a marriage filled with theater, dance, art, travel, and a true meeting of the minds. She is an iconic dancer, teacher, choreographer and visual artist. He is a dancer, choreographer, painter, avid art collector, actor, Tony Award-winning director and costume designer. Read their story at the link.
Happy 82nd Birthday to James Earl Jones! Mr. Jones, who is almost as handsome as his father, Robert Earl Jones (!), was born 82 years ago today in Arkabutla, Mississippi! This photo was taken on May 29, 1961 by Carl Van Vechten.
Ja’Net DuBois is shown in 1964 at the time she shared the Broadway stage with none other than Sammy Davis in “Golden Boy.” The Brooklyn-born diva co-wrote and sang the theme from “The Jeffersons” and of course, you know that she was “Willona” on “Good Times” in the 1970s. She is also a co-founder (with Danny Glover and Ayuko Babu) of the Pan African Film & Arts Festival. Photo: John D. Kisch/Separate Cinema Archive/Getty Images.
Esther Rolle! "I told them (the producers) I couldn`t compound the lie that Black fathers don`t care about their children. I was proud of the family life I was able to introduce to television." - referring to her show "Good Times" and her insistence on having a husband and father figure" ~ The beautiful Esther Rolle
Redd Foxx (born John Elroy Sanford), stand-up comedian and actor. He was best known for his starring role on Sanford and Son. He was called Red because of his reddish hair and complexion, and took the surname Foxx from baseball star Jimmie Foxx. He was one of the 1st black comics to play to white audiences in Las Vegas and became known as the "King of the party records," performing on over 50 records in his lifetime. His other work includes Cotton Comes to Harlem, and Harlem Nights. R.I.P.