Meet Cleopatra Jones. Standing at 6′ 2”, Tamara Dobson is one of the queens of Blaxploitation. Her racy wardrobe and on-screen fighting tactics left men wondering if they were in love or needed a protective order. Mother did not play. Although her acting career was short-lived, Dobson modeled in a slew of photos. Her curves and long legs were instant show stoppers.

Tamara Dobson photographed for LIFE Magazine by Richard Avedon, 1969

Act II: R.I.P. Vonetta McGee

Tamara Dobson/ Cleopatra Jones - "The way I feel tonight, Muhammad Ali will have his hands full!

Nina Mae McKinney: known as the black "Greta Garbo" she was one of the first African American actresses in the U.S. and one of the first black actresses to appear in British television

Nina Mae McKinney (June an American actress dubbed "The Black Garbo" when she worked in Europe. She was one of the first African-American film stars and one of the first African-Americans to appear on British television.

Francis Evett - actress of the 1900's

Francine Everett, African-American actress and singer best known for performances in race films, independently produced motion pictures with all-black casts created exclusively for distribution to cinemas that catered to African American audiences.

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Josephine Baker (June 1906 – April was an African-American dancer, singer, and actress who found fame in her adopted homeland of France. She was given such nicknames as the “Bronze Venus”, the “Black Pearl”, and the “Créole Goddess”.

Sissieretta Jones (1869-1933)   Sissiereta 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.

Singer Sissieretta Jones, often referred to as “The Black Patti” (in reference to Italian opera singer Adelina Patti). Jones sang grand opera, light opera, and popular music.

Debbie Morgan, an acclaimed television actress, was one of the most celebrated Black actresses of the 1970s. Appearing in the 1971 classic film, Mandingo, she made her name during that decade playing Elizabeth Harvey in the legendary miniseries, Roots.

DEBBIE MORGAN - Acclaimed television actress, was one of the most celebrated Black actresses of the Appearing in the 1971 classic film, Mandingo, she made her name during that decade playing Elizabeth Harvey in the legendary miniseries, Roots.

Phylicia Rashad & Debbie Allen

Often overshadowed by her older sister Phylicia, Debbie Allen has been a force in Hollywood for decades. Debbie is best known for her roles as Lydia Grant on "Fame," Jackie Warren on "In The.

Janet Duboise

Ja’Net DuBois aka Willona from “Good Times” co-wrote “The Jeffersons” theme song and shared the stage with Sammy Davis in “Golden Boy”. Ja'Net was born and raised in Brooklyn.

Inspiration: Actress Cecily Tyson

cecily tyson -- she had the most interesting unique little overbite, that made every word she uttered, seem interesting.

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