Black Creative Artists and Performers We Should Know

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Only a few of the African American Fiction Writers, Playwrights, Poets, Authors, Composers, Actors, Singers, Musicians, etc.--are known to the general public. Here are a few that should be well-known!

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Nat "King" Cole at home with his wife Maria in Their daughter Carol Cole once said that her mother “radically altered” her father’s style. She replaced his zoot suits with the classic, bespoke pieces that were to be his trademark

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Nat “King” Cole at home with his wife Maria in 1957. Their daughter Carol Cole once said that her mother “radically altered” her father’s style. She replaced his zoot suits with the classic, bespoke...

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When John Waters met Little Richard

In 1987, the iconic filmmaker John Waters was sent by Playboy magazine to interview his all-time hero – Little Richard. It was a surreal, almost religious experience for John who had been a lifelong fan of the godfather of rock'n'roll. So why did it almost end in a fistfight?

Ike & Tina Turner, we figured out what suppressing the black male does to the mind. On Air Radio, Ike And Tina Turner, Ike Turner, Vintage Black Glamour, Pop Rock, Black Celebrities, Celebs, Black Actors, Black History Facts
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 He looks like Prince!" because Cab Calloway INVENTED Prince. The cool jazz cat persona, the rock star, the sharp-dressed blues man. Cab set the mold. Prince looks like him. Harlem Renaissance, Music Icon, Soul Music, 20s Music, Indie Music, Jimi Hendricks, Adele, Rock And Roll, The Blues Brothers

Cab Calloway (1907-1994)

Calloway Jr. and Martha Eulalia Reed in Rochester, New York. Calloway was raised in Baltimore, Maryland and in high school he sung with a group called the Baltimore Melody Boys. Calloway attended Crane College in Chicago for pre-law but soon abandoned his studies for a … Read MoreCab Calloway (1907-1994)

Marvin Gaye was one of the top artists of the twentieth century and highly influential in the music industry. After years of battling substance abuse, Gaye moved in with is parents to work on some personal and business issues. During a severe altercation, Marvin Gaye, Marvin Marvin, Music Icon, Soul Music, My Music, Music Class, Indie Music, Soul Singers, Shows

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Tammi Terrell was an American recording artist, best known as a star singer for Motown Records during the most notably for a series of duets with singer Marvin Gaye. Music Icon, Soul Music, Music Is Life, Indie Music, Rap Music, Tammi Terrell, Divas, Jazz, The Ventures
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Vintage Vamp: Tammi Terrell

In the mid-60s, honey-voiced singer Tammi Terrell was one of music's hottest superstars. Not only were her duets with Marvin Gaye instant classics, her glamour girl looks were copied by an entire generation of girls. With her cafe au lait skin, wide-set eyes and cupid's bow mouth, Terrell was the woman every girl wanted to be, and every guy wanted to be with...

The Pointer Sisters do a few last-minute touch ups before hitting the stage in They were photographed by Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer Moneta Sleet Jr. Photo via Ebony archives Vintage Black Glamour, Vintage Beauty, Vintage Fashion, 70s Fashion, Vintage Style, Family Photo Outfits, Family Photos, Black Girl Magic, Black Girls
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The Pointer Sisters do a few last-minute touch ups before hitting the stage in 1973. They were photographed by Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer Moneta Sleet Jr. Photo via Ebony archives on Art.com.

Vintage Hairstyles Retro Photographic Print: Esther Rolle, 1974 by Ted Williams : - size: Photographic Print: Esther Rolle, 1974 by Ted Williams :

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Esther Rolle, 1974 Photographic Print by Ted Williams. Find art you love and shop high-quality art prints, photographs, framed artworks and posters at Art.com. 100% satisfaction guaranteed.

Billie Holiday, by Roy DeCarava. One of Roy DeCarava’s most iconic photographs, this work communicates the legendary jazz singer&rs. Billie Holiday, Lady Sings The Blues, Divas, American Women, Roy Decarava, Jimi Hendricks, Jazz Musicians, Portraits, Foto Art
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Billie Holiday photographed by Roy DeCarava in 1952.

 Baldwin "To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time.

Great American Heroes & Icons (Who Were Also Style Icons) - MANNER

We’ve never been the ones for in-your-face, rah-rah, chest-beating type of patriotism that persists in many corners of this country. We were always more of the quiet, internalized patriotism type, where we won’t necessarily wear it on our sleeves and vocalize it too often, but runs just as deep as the former. Relax…this isn’t a […] We've never been the ones for in-your-face, rah-rah, chest-beating type of patriotism that persists in many corners of this country. We were always more of the…

Max Robinson was the first African American broadcast network news anchor in the history of American television. Max Robinson was the first African American broadcast network news anchor in the history of American television.

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Max Robinson was an American broadcast journalist for ABC News and served as a co-anchor for ABC World News Tonight. He was the first African American broadcast network news anchor in the history of American television. He was also one of the original founders of … Read MoreMax Robinson (1939-1988)

In the Black actress to receive an Emmy award was Gail Fisher Fisher was also the Black person to have a speaking part in a nationally televised commercial in 1961 & is the only Black woman to receive the Duse Award from the Lee Strasberg Actors Studio Black Actresses, Black Actors, Gail Fisher, Beautiful Black Women, Beautiful People, Vintage Black Glamour, Vintage Beauty, African American Women, American History
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The HistoryMakers: Omega Psi Phi members huddle around their fraternity mother, “Sister” Lottie Wilson. Jesse Jackson kneels at left, Calvin Morris kneels at right. Poet Langston Hughes, also an Omega, stands behind at center.

The HistoryMakers: Omega Psi Phi members huddle around their fraternity mother, “Sister” Lottie Wilson. Jesse Jackson kneels at left, Calvin Morris kneels at right. Poet Langston Hughes, also an Omega, stands behind at center.

Tap dance legend Dianne Walker comes to Tap Fest in Allentown Dance Legend, Tap Dance, Dancer, Actors, Articles, Friends, Creative, Black, Fashion
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Tap dance legend Dianne Walker comes to Tap Fest in Allentown

Veteran tap dancer Dianne Walker calls them "the sound of joy" — the signature click, clacks, taps and shuffles of tap dancing."When the foot hits the floor with the metal tap, you have...

The Harlem Eye: HarlemOneStop: Harlem's Heritage: Lindy Hop and Swing Dance…. Frankie Manning and His Influences Harlem Roots -World Impact

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