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Bob Cole, left, with J. Rosamond Johnson. Robert Allen "Bob" Cole (July 1, 1868 – August 2, 1911) was an American composer, actor, playwright, and stage producer and director. In collaboration with Billy Johnson, he wrote and produced A Trip to Coontown (1898), the first musical entirely created and owned by black showmen. The popular song La Hoola Boola (1898) was also a result of their collaboration. Cole later partnered with brothers J. Rosamond Johnson, pianist and singer, and James…

"A Quartette of DUSKY BEAUTIES" London,1903. "Rhoda King, Jessie Ellis, Birdie Williams, Gigas performed in "In Dahomey," the first all black musical comedy, which came to the Shaftesbury Theatre from New York with a cast of over 100. It was a huge success, and its Cakewalk, and Buck and Wing dances became crazes in the UK.

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The Vaudeville Actress Who Refused To Be A Stereotype

So beautiful. Williams and Walker were one of the few all-black acts allowed to perform on white vaudeville stages | The Vaudeville Actress Who Refused To Be A Stereotype

Leontyne Price (born 1927) by Bradley Phillips (1929-1991).Regardless of their talents, African American singers were for years generally barred from performing with this country's more prestigious opera companies. In 1952, when audiences experienced the rich voice of Mississippi-born soprano Leontyne Price in a revival of Porgy and Bess, it became clear that this long-standing barrier would soon be breached.

Joyce "The Bronze Bombshell" Bryant, NYC, 1954 by Philippe Halsman. She would become the first dark-skinned African-American woman celebrated by the mass media as a 'sex-symbol'.

Joyce Bryant was a blues and jazz singer in the 1940's and 50's. She was referred to as the Black Marilyn Monroe, and "the Voice You'll Always Remember". Remembered as a stunning performer with silvery blond hair offsetting a mahogany complexion, she rocketed to fame within the Black community and was regularly featured in magazines such as Jet and Ebony.

Leontyne Price (1927- )born Mary Violet Leontyne Price. Born and raised in the Deep South, she rose to international acclaim in the 1950s and 1960s, and was one of the first African Americans to become a leading artist at the Metropolitan Opera.

Soprano songtress Leontyne Price looking elegantly lovely in this wonderful colour portrait, photograph by Carl Van Vechten

Harry Belafonte | Black Hollywood Series Harold George Belafonte, Jr. (born March 1, 1927) is an American musician, actor and social activist. One of the most successful Jamaican musicians in history, he was dubbed the "King of Calypso" for popularizing the Caribbean musical style in the 1950s. Belafonte is perhaps best known for singing the "Banana Boat Song", with its signature lyric "Day-O".