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    Erykah Badu, Never hotter than when her Afro wig came off mid-performance at Dave Chappelle's Block Party, and she just went with it.

    Lena Horne & Hazel Scott

    Aretha Franklin is crowned the "Queen of Soul" at the Regal Theater in Chicago-May 1964.

    Hattie McDaniel, Oscar Night | Black Hollywood Series Hattie Mcdaniel was the first black performer to win an Academy Award.... Best Supporting Actress for her role of Mammy in Gone with the Wind (1939).McDaniel was also a professional singer-songwriter, comedienne, stage actress, radio performer and television star. She was in fact the first black woman to sing on the radio in America. Over the course of her career, McDaniel appeared in over 300 films, although she only received screen ...

    Beautiful 1870

    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.”

    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.

    Aida Overton Walker (1880 – 1914), also billed as Ada Overton Walker and as "The Queen of the Cakewalk", was an African-American vaudeville performer and wife of George Walker. 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.

    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'.

    Amelia Earhart is helped out of her deep sea diving suit after exploring the bottom of the sea off Block Island, Rhode Island. July 25, 1929.

    Lena Horne in Paris | 1947 by Black History Album, via Flickr

    Pearl Bailey and Cab Calloway

    Tilda Swinton, Makes style choices that mere mortals must never attempt, except in fantasies. Case in point: invisible eyelashes.

    Sissieretta Jones was a world-famous soprano who in June 1892, became the first African American to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Touring internationally in the late 1800s and early 1900s, she sang both classical opera and performed in musical comedies with her own troupe

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    Carte-de-visite portrait of Edmonia Lewis (1845-1890), African American Sculptor. Lewis, the first famous American sculptor of African descent, had a Chippewa mother and a free black father. After being orphaned at age twelve, she was adopted by abolitionist parents and eventually developed into an accomplished Neo-classical sculptor. While in Rome, she worked and exhibited with the likes of Harriet Hosmer. #Victorian #women #artists

    Erykah Badu and daughter.

    Black hair beauty entrepreneur Madame C.J. Walker (c.1899)

    African American Soprano, Sissieretta Jones, born Matilda Sissieretta Joyner, Taken 1889♥

    Portrait of unidentified WWI soldier, ca. 1917. He is holding a U.S. model 1917 Enfield rifle. Although this great nation has not always been there for us, we have always been there for our nation.