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The Arts

The Arts

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arthur mitchell and dance theater of harlem

Actress Nina Mae McKinney, dubbed "The Black Garbo" in Europe, was one of the first African-American film stars in the United States and was one of the first African Americans to appear on British television.

Joan Myers Brown *she made history as one of the first black dancers in a white company*

Behind the Curtain at the New York City Ballet photographed by Henry Leutwyler





Janet Collins (1917-2003): dancer, choreographer, painter. "As a prima ballerina in 1951, she became the first Black artist to perform on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.

Little Ballerinas by Black History Album, via Flickr

Loïs Mailou Jones painting in her Paris studio in 1937 or 1938, with kitten supervising from her shoulder

Fashion Designer Ann Lowe, designer of Jackie Bouvier"s (Kennedy's) wedding dress and Olivia de Havilland's gown for the 1946 Academy Awards.



The First Negro Classic Ballet

1977 African American Poet and Playwright.Ntozake Shange's most famous work, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf: a choreopoem, opened in New York City in 1975.

There are over 500 statues and paintings of a Black Virgin Mary and Baby Jesus in churches in Europe. There are more scattered throughout the world.

Paul Laurence Dunbar was a poet during the late 19th & the early 20th centuries. He wrote his first poem at age 6. He gained national recognition for his poem Ode to Ethiopia in 1896 from his collection titled Lyrics of Lowly Life. Significantly, Dunbar's work is known for its colorful language and use of dialect, & a conversational tone with a brilliant rhetorical structure.

Scott Joplin was a composer & pianist. During his brief career, Joplin wrote 44 original ragtime pieces, 1 ragtime ballet, and 2 operas. His most notable work of classical music was "The Maple Leaf Rag" released in 1899 which became ragtime's first & most influential hit. Throughout his music career, he became The King of Ragtime having knowledge of playing the banjo, piano, & violin.

Camilla Williams was the First African American woman to sign a contract with a major American opera company (appeared in the title role of Madam Butterfly with the New York City Opera) on May 15, 1946.

Josephine Baker

Marian Anderson, the elegant and groundbreaking contralto who was the first African American to sing at the Metropolitan Opera, was born 116 years ago today in Philadelphia. She is probably best known to this generation for singing before a crowd of 75,000 at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939, after being refused permission to sing at Constitution Hall by the Daughters of the American Revolution. DAR has made the effort to make up for the slight ever since, inviting Ms. Anderson to sing at the hall o

Vinnette Carroll became the first Black woman to direct on Broadway. Before pursuing an acting career she worked as a clinical psychologist.

Edmonia Lewis (1870) was an American sculptor who worked most of her career in Rome, Italy who gained fame and recognition as a sculptor in the international fine arts world.

Portrait of a young man, Marrakech  - Zinaida Serebriakova 1932

Moses and his Ethiopian wife -- Story in Numbers 12 -- painted by Jacob Jordaens, 1650