African American Culture
Heather N. Paxton
Last updated 1 year ago
Blacks on Stage and Screen
Mr. and Mrs. Hendrix Jimi's Hendrix Grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Hendrix -- Jimi's Grandparents Zenora “Nora” Moore, Jimi’s paternal grandmother, was born on November 19, 1883 in Georgia to Fanny Moore, originally from Ohio, and Robert Moore Sr., a Georgia native. Fanny Moore was half Cherokee and half African American.
Rhee Gold, business and motivational speaker for dance teachers and studio owners
Clayton "Peg Leg" Bates (October 11, 1907 - December 8, 1998) had a successful career as a tap dancer despite losing his left leg in a cotton gin accident at age 12. He appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show many times and performed in vaudeville, films, and stage musicals. He and his wife Alice were the first African American owners of a Catskill Mountains resort, the Peg Leg Bates Country Club in Kerhonkson, New York. #TodayInBlackHistory
Women Who Kick Ass
Jazz trumpeteer Valaida Snow.She was named “Little Louis” after Louis Armstrong himself, who used to call her the world’s second best jazz trumpet player besides himself. She played concerts throughout the USA, Europe and China. Later she became addicted to morphine. While touring through Denmark in 1941, she was arrested by the Nazis and probably kept at Vestre Fængsel, a Danish prison in Copenhagen that was run by the Nazis, before being released on a prisoner exchange in May 1942.
Model Charlotte Stribling (a.k.a. 'Fabulous') in Harlem, 1950. Photo: Eve Arnold. The photos Ms. Arnold took over the course of a year in Harlem established her as a photographer. African American model Charlotte Stribling, or “Fabulous” as she was known, relaxes during a fashion show in Harlem’s Abyssinian Church, 1950. During this period Harlem hosted an average of 300 fashion shows a year, many of them showcasing clothes that the models themselves or local seamstresses had made.KA
African American Soprano, Sissieretta Jones, born Matilda Sissieretta Joyner, Taken 1889
Matilda Sissieretta Joyner Jones (1868-1933) African-American soprano sometimes called "The Black Patti" in reference to Italian opera singer Adelina Patti. Jones' repertoire included grand opera, light opera, and popular music. In June 1892, Jones became the first African-American to sing at the Music Hall in New York (Now known as Carnegie Hall.) Photo taken 1889.