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Billie Holiday "Lady Sings the Blues" [Colorized image from an original black & white portrait first published in Down Beat magazine, February

Ethel Waters 1939. First African American to star in her own television program, Ethel Waters, The Ethel Waters Show, on NBC.

‘Ethel Waters, famed blues singer and actress, was born in Chester, PA, on this date October

The first and only integrated ballroom in New York City during the Harlem Renaissance.

Original caption: Savoy Ballroom, Harlem Landmark---A group of Afro-American people at the Savoy Ballroom, excited after night of dancing.

Kim Hamilton (Sept. 12, 1932 – Sept. 16, 2013) was an African American actress who appeared onstage, in films and on television and was the wife (1997 - 2000) of the late actor Werner Klemperer — Col. Klink on “Hogan’s Heroes.” Hamilton portrayed Helen Robinson in 1962's To Kill a Mockingbird. Her long career on TV began as Andy's girlfriend on Amos 'n' Andy. She had roles on The Twilight Zone, Days of Our Lives, All in the Family & many mor...

was an African American actress who appeared onstage, in films and on television and was the wife - of the late actor Werner Klemperer — Col. Klink on “Hogan’s Heroes.

Harry Belafonte and Dorothy Dandridge in Carmen Jones

This picture ALWAYS gives me a vintage boner. O_O wisdomsmind: “ Carmen Jones Beautiful Movie Couple (Harry Belafonte & Dorothy Dandridge) ”

Elizabeth Catlett was an African-American sculptor, painter and printmaker who died just before her 97th birthday. In a career spanning more than 70 years, She celebrated the heroic strength and endurance of African-American and Mexican working-class women. Throughout her career, Catlett was a progressive committed to improving the lives of Black and Mexican women, and she often used her art explicitly to advance their cause.

Elizabeth Catlett, Sculptor With Eye on Social Issues, Dies at 96

"Elizabeth Catlett renowned African-American sculptor and printer, was a champion of the arts, civil rights and women's rights. She will be remembered for her distinguished depictions of women and the black experience.

NINA SIMONE- Singer/musician and black activist

NINA SIMONE- Singer/musician and black activist JR: ugh, I love her, such brilliance and such pain - oh lord please don't let me be misunderstood

Internationally known, American jazz and classical pianist and singer: Hazel Scott

The great singer and pianist Hazel Scott with her then husband, New York congressman and minister Adam Clayton Powell Jr. (right) at the opening night of the club Bop City in New York City in April Photo: Martha Holmes/Time Life Pictures.

Actress Blanche Dunn

Blanche Calloway (February 1904 -December Jazz singer, bandleader, and composer from Baltimore. Not as well known as her younger brother Cab Calloway, the first woman to lead an all male orchestra. Made her first recordings in with Louis Armstrong.

Norton & Margot | 1934  From 1933 until 1946-47 Margot Webb and Harold Norton performed on the Afro-American vaudeville circuits of night clubs and theatres in the Northeast and the Midwest. Known professionally as” Norton and Margot,” they were one of the few Afro-American ballroom. This publicity photo was signed “To the sweetest Aunt in the world, My Marion, Lovingly Margot, 1934”.

Norton & Margot 1934 From 1933 until Margot Webb and Harold Norton performed on the Afro-American vaudeville circuits of night clubs and theatres in the Northeast and the Midwest. Known professionally as” Norton and Margot,” they were one of th

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