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    Pearl Bailey with her husband, John Randolph Pinkett in 1950, photo by Carl Van Vetchen. ”

    Eartha Kitt and her only husband John William McDonald *I woulda thought she'd have married more times but nope, she was happy with having scads of lovers.Ugh! She was so fabulous.*

    Eartha Kitt - 1959 by Isaac Sutton

    Pearl Bailey and her husband Louie Bellson backstage at "House of Flowers" where she is starring in the show in New York City 01-22-1955

    Della Reese and husband

    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.

    Billie Holiday by Carl Van Vechten

    Aida Overton Walker (14 February 1880 – 11 October 1914), also billed as "The Queen of the Cakewalk", was an African-American vaudeville performer. She appeared with her husband and his performing partner Bert Williams, and in groups such as Black Patti's Troubadours. She was also a solo dancer and choreographer for vaudeville shows.

    Marsha Hunt and daughter Karis Jagger

    Mel Brooks & Carl Reiner

    Russell Edgington (Denis O'Hare on True Blood) with husband Hugo Redwood

    Pearl Bailey photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1946

    Sammy Davis Jr. and Janet Jackson

    President Barack Obama and his sister, Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng

    Pearl Mae Bailey was a famous actress and singer and Louie Bellson was a famous jazz drummer, composer and bandleader. Bellson was Duke Ellington’s first white musician and met Bailey after being introduced by a trombone player. After a courtship lasting just four days they were married, in London.

    Carl Van Vechten and Nora Holt at Yale, June 22, 1955 Nora Holt is the 1st African America to earn a master decree in the U.S.

    Lena Horne and children

    The legendary Pearl Bailey

    Touring During WWII R-L: Lucille Ball, Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Greer Garson, Betty Hutton

    Three generations of the Pinkett/Smith ladies

    Cicely Tyson and Miles Davis in August 1968 attending the premiere of ‘The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter’ in New York City. Tyson and Davis were not a couple at the time - they actually married in 1981. Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage.