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Following the hit debut of “Dreamgirls” on Broadway in late 1981, the cast – Loretta Devine, Sheryl Lee Ralph, and Jennifer Holliday – appeared on the cover of the May 1982 cover of Ebony magazine!

Throughout her 20-year Hollywood career, Jamaican actress Madge Sinclair never lost sight of her Caribbean identity. It was a similarity she shared with a famous cousin, pan-African giant Marcus Garvey. She is depicted here as the Queen of Zamunda in Coming to America, but was also Belle in Roots.

Aretha Franklin with her sister, Erma Franklin, in 1963 #vintage #celebrity

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Roxie Roker, actress. She is best known for her groundbreaking role as Helen Willis on the The Jeffersons. She is the mother of rock star Lenny Kravitz and the cousin of NBC's Today Show's Al Roker. R.I.P.

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Actress Esther Rolle (1920-1998) trying on a dress the Joseph Magnin store in Beverly Hills in 1974. Ms. Rolle was a professional dancer and a founding member of the Negro Ensemble Company before taking on her best known role as Florida Evans on “Good Times.” Photo: Isaac Sutton/Ebony.

Tina Turner (WOW, she’s 73!) has collected Grammy awards and influenced much of pop culture (ahem, Beyonce) and now the icon is splashed across the Vogue Germany cover with a headline plucked from one of her songs, “Simply The Best.” Source: http://cocoafab.com/tina-turner-lands-her-first-vogue-germany-cover-at-73/

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Sidney Poitier with his first wife, Juanita Hardy, and playwright Lorraine Hansberry at the opening of "A Raisin in the Sun" in New York City in 1959. Photo: Moneta Sleet for Ebony magazine via Art.com.

Lena Horne & Duke Ellington on the October 1949 cover of Ebony.

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☥ The state of California was named after the mythical Black Queen Califia. According to the story, California was an island where only Black women lived. The women were the most powerful women in the world. When Cortez arrived in California, searching for this mythical queen, her influence on him was so severe, he paid tribute to this powerful Black Woman Queen Califia by naming the state after her. California literally means, “the land where Black women live."