Bernice Julia Hilbert  |  Around 1938 she received a Rosenwald Scholarship for fashion design; it is believed she was the first African American woman to receive this award. ca. 1945

Bernice Julia Hilbert | Around 1938 she received a Rosenwald Scholarship for fashion design; it is believed she was the first African American woman to receive this award. ca. 1945

In 1934 the MPAA voluntarily passed the Motion Picture Production Code, known as the Hays Code. The code prohibited certain plotlines and imagery from films and in publicity materials produced by the MPAA. Among others, there was to be no cleavage, no lace underthings, no drugs or drinking, no corpses, and no one shown getting away with a crime. A.L. Shafer, head of photography at Columbia, took a photo that intentionally incorporated all of the 10 banned items into one image.

In 1934 the MPAA voluntarily passed the Motion Picture Production Code, known as the Hays Code. The code prohibited certain plotlines and imagery from films and in publicity materials produced by the MPAA. Among others, there was to be no cleavage, no lace underthings, no drugs or drinking, no corpses, and no one shown getting away with a crime. A.L. Shafer, head of photography at Columbia, took a photo that intentionally incorporated all of the 10 banned items into one image.

The late Eartha Kitt was born on a cotton plantation near the small town of North, in Orangeburg County South Carolina on January 17, 1927. Her mother Mamie Kitt was of Cherokee and African descent. http://hubpages.com/entertainment/Beautiful-Native-American-Women-2

The late Eartha Kitt was born on a cotton plantation near the small town of North, in Orangeburg County South Carolina on January 17, 1927. Her mother Mamie Kitt was of Cherokee and African descent. http://hubpages.com/entertainment/Beautiful-Native-American-Women-2

This is Lady Bird Cleveland, mother of legendary model Pat Cleveland photographed by Carl Van Vechten on November 16, 1954 with her painting in oil of Eartha Kitt. Now known as Lady Bird Strickland, she is still painting today. She told the Philadelphia Inquirer in 2013 that her calling is; to paint black history from the heart. By Nichelle Gainer

This is Lady Bird Cleveland, mother of legendary model Pat Cleveland photographed by Carl Van Vechten on November 16, 1954 with her painting in oil of Eartha Kitt. Now known as Lady Bird Strickland, she is still painting today. She told the Philadelphia Inquirer in 2013 that her calling is; to paint black history from the heart. By Nichelle Gainer

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