Harry Belafonte and Dorothy Dandridge photographed by Charles Williams in an offstage moment from “Carmen Jones”. A very similar shot from this session appeared in the September 30, 1954 issue of Jet magazine. H/T to African Heritage City for sharing this iconic photo.
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.
Stevie Wonder and his first wife, the brilliant singer and songwriter Syreeta Wright (1946-2004) as they celebrate their wedding day on September 12, 1970. Ms. Wright co-wrote “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours” and “If You Really Loved Me” with Mr. Wonder and recorded “With You, I’m Born Again” with Billy Preston in 1979. The newlyweds are seen as they leave Bernette Baptist Church in Detroit en route to their reception. They honeymooned in Bermuda. Photo: Bettman/Corbis.
Cicely Tyson and Miles Davis in August 1968 attending the premiere of ‘The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter’ in New York City. Tyson and Davis were not a couple at the time - they actually married in 1981. Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage.
The brilliant, peerless, hilarious Richard Pryor (1940-2005) was born 73 years ago today in Peoria, IL. In this photo, he and Phylicia Rashad are paying a visit to Ms. Rashad’s sister Debbie Allen in her dressing room on April 27, 1986. Ms. Allen had just opened in the return of Sweet Charity on Broadway. Photo by Ezio. Vintage Black Glamour (The Coffee Table Book!) is coming in 2014! Register your interest here http://vintageblackglamourbook.com/ And thank you!
"I am a bit obsessed with this awesome picture. It’s Hilda Simms, Langston Hughes (bottom right) and actor Canada Lee (center in white shirt) at a party with other artists around 1944." - Vintage Black Glamour. Photo by George Karger/Pix Inc./Time Life Pictures/Getty Images.
I am currently reading “The Life of Langston Hughes, Volume 1: 1902-1941” by Arnold Rampersad so, especially as I work on the Vintage Black Glamour book, Langston Hughes is often on my mind. In this photo by Nickolas Muray taken in 1923, Mr. Hughes was about 21 years old.
Elisabeth Welch (1904-2003) the American singer who introduced the “Charleston” on Broadway before becoming a superstar in England, photographed by Carl Van Vechten on January 19, 1933. She was the first singer to popularize the classic Cole Porter tune, “Love for Sale” and it would become a signature song in her career. She also introduced “Stormy Weather” to British audiences and would be so beloved there, she remained for the rest of her life. Photo: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript…