James Baldwin, the brilliant, unapologetic literary genius, was born 90 years ago today in Harlem. A section of East 128th Street, between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue, will be renamed James Baldwin Way in his honor. In this photo, Mr. Baldwin is signing autographs for fans at Ludwigsburg High School in Germany, 1972. Photo: Regis Bossu/Stars and Stripes.

James Baldwin, the brilliant, unapologetic literary genius, was born 90 years ago today in Harlem. A section of East 128th Street, between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue, will be renamed James Baldwin Way in his honor. In this photo, Mr. Baldwin is signing autographs for fans at Ludwigsburg High School in Germany, 1972. Photo: Regis Bossu/Stars and Stripes.

Happy 84th Birthday to the magnificent Geoffrey Holder! This awesome photo, one of my favorites, was taken by Jerry Schatzberg.

Happy 84th Birthday to the magnificent Geoffrey Holder! This awesome photo, one of my favorites, was taken by Jerry Schatzberg.

Happy Birthday Iman! Can you believe this fashion legend is 59 years old today? This photo was taken by the great Francesco Scavullo in 1977.

I’ve always loved this photo of Dorothy Dandridge relaxing with extras on the set of “Carmen Jones”. What do you think they were talking about? Photo: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library

Josephine Premice (1926-2001), the splendid Tony-nominated actress, singer and dancer was born 88 years ago today in Brooklyn, New York. Diahann Carroll, her best friend for more than four decades, called the Haitian-American aesthete “a naturally elegant woman who had exquisite taste in everything in life” and credited her with her fashion advice that she still uses. Ms. Premice was also the mother of novelist and television producer (“A Different World”) Susan Fales-Hill who wrote a fantastic memoir about her mother called “Always Wear Joy.” In this photo, Ms. Premice is seen tying the ribbon on her high-heeled shoes just before a performance in May 1951. Photo: Kurt Hutton/Stringer/Getty Images.

Happy 79th* Birthday to the one and only Diahann Carroll!! One of my favorite #VBGlegends is seen here in a promotional photo for the Tony Awards - she hosted the 1969 ceremony. Photo by: NBC/NBCU/Getty. *She’s actually 79! I looked at my post last year (to be sure I didn’t use the same picture) and 78 stuck in my head. http://vintageblackglamour.tumblr.com/post/55689488478/happy-78th-birthday-to-the-magnificent-diahann

Happy 79th* Birthday to the one and only Diahann Carroll!! One of my favorite #VBGlegends is seen here in a promotional photo for the Tony Awards - she hosted the 1969 ceremony. Photo by: NBC/NBCU/Getty. *She’s actually 79! I looked at my post last year (to be sure I didn’t use the same picture) and 78 stuck in my head. http://vintageblackglamour.tumblr.com/post/55689488478/happy-78th-birthday-to-the-magnificent-diahann

I am saddened to learn that Alice Coachman, the first Black woman to win a gold medal at the Olympic Games (London 1948 for the high jump) died today at the age of 90 near her home in Albany, Georgia. In this photo, Ms. Coachman (far right) takes a break and watches the 1948 London games with fellow athletes Emma Reed, of Nashville, Tennessee (broad and high jumper) and Nell C. Jackson, of Tuskegee, Alabama, (200 meters and relay. Photo: Bettman/Corbis.

I am saddened to learn that Alice Coachman, the first Black woman to win a gold medal at the Olympic Games (London 1948 for the high jump) died today at the age of 90 near her home in Albany, Georgia. In this photo, Ms. Coachman (far right) takes a break and watches the 1948 London games with fellow athletes Emma Reed, of Nashville, Tennessee (broad and high jumper) and Nell C. Jackson, of Tuskegee, Alabama, (200 meters and relay. Photo: Bettman/Corbis.