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o Hair historians, such as Lori L. Tharps and Ayana D. Byrd, state that in 1950, an Ohio housewife and hairdresser named Christina Jenkins invented hair weaves and patented her unique hair weaving technique. Jenkins, the wife of a jazz musician, thought it would be more feasible to sew hair directly to the head instead of weaving hair together and attaching it to the scalp with pins.

When it comes to black weave hair styles, sew in hair weaves are among the most popular hair weave methods out. Some examples of hair extensions...

Louis Armstrong playing for his wife Lucille in front of the Sphinx in Egypt during his tour of Egypt as a jazz ambassador to promote the United States, 1961 [1233 × 1280] - Imgur

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'.


Vintage Vamp: Hazel Scott

Hazel Dorothy Scott (June 11, 1920 – October 2, 1981) was an internationally known, American jazz and classical pianist and singer. She was a prominent jazz singer throughout the 1930s and 1940s. In 1950 she became the first woman of color to have her own TV show, The Hazel Scott Show, featuring a variety of entertainment. To evade the political persecution of artists in the McCarthy era, Scott moved to Paris in the 1950s and performed in France, not returning to the United States until…

Ciallagalena Cobb Williams, circa 1915 "Discover the true story and history of Treme, New Orleans as seen on HBO. Featuring local musicians, artists, dancers, and writers. FAUBOURG TREME: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans retraces the fascinating and unique history of America’s oldest black neighborhood."

Women of Distinction - Jessye Norman, Opera Singer Four-time Grammy Award-winning American opera singer. A true dramatic soprano, Norman is associated in particular with the roles of Aïda, Cassandre, Alceste, and Leonora in Fidelio.

Hairareus • Indian Wavy • 26', 28' & 30' • Full weave w/minimal leave out #Hair #Weave #Curls

Joyce Bryant, jazz singer. She was affectionately called the Black Marilyn Monroe & The Bronze Blonde Bombshell. She gained national & international acclaim for her earthy, sultry tone, silver-tinted hair (she dyed it to not be outdone during a performance with Josephine Baker) and figure-flattering costumes. It was rumored that her dresses were so tight that she had to be carried off stage at the end of her performances. Her records were often banned from radio for being too suggestive…

Miriam Makeba (1932-2008) South African-born singer who became known as Mama Afrika, one of the world's most prominent black African performers in the 20th century.

Minnie Brown, taken at White Studios, NY, 1907 From the link: “She was an actress and singer. And also a member of the Williams & Walker Vaudevillian troupe. In 1920 she served as vice president for the National Association of Negro Musicians.”