On this day, 97 years ago in Brooklyn, New York, we were blessed with none other than Lena Mary Calhoun Horne. Philippe Halsman took this photograph of her in 1954. Photo: Magnum Photos.

On this day, 97 years ago in Brooklyn, New York, we were blessed with none other than Lena Mary Calhoun Horne. Philippe Halsman took this photograph of her in 1954. Photo: Magnum Photos.

I am thrilled to have Janet Collins, the first Black prima ballerina at The Metropolitan Opera, in my upcoming book. But it also thrills me to see her getting more recognition and exposure in other ventures. My pal Karyn Parsons (Yes, that Karyn Parsons…) is the founder of Sweet Blackberry, whose mission is to bring little-known stories of African American achievement to kids. She created a Kickstarter to fund the 20-minute short on Janet Collins’ life that she is producing with Chris Rock narrating. Sweet Blackberry has produced two previous shorts for kids (on Henry Box Brown and Garrett Morgan) narrated by Alfre Woodard and Queen Latifah. Please check out the video at this link and donate - even as little as $1 can help! - so we can get this video in homes, schools and libraries around the world.https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/798791271/the-janet-collins-story-presented-by-sweet-blackbe

One of my favorite iconic shots of all time: Minnie Riperton on the cover of her 1974 album, Perfect Angel. Photo: Barry Feinstein.

One of my favorite iconic shots of all time: Minnie Riperton on the cover of her 1974 album, Perfect Angel. Photo: Barry Feinstein.

Today is the last day to pre-order in time to have your name listed inside of my Vintage Black Glamour book and have your name (or a loved one) listed in the Roll of Honour, a special set of pages to thank early supporters. You can still pre-order before the September release, but if you want to see your name in print, now is the time! You can pre-order by clicking HERE. Thank you!

Lois Towles, acclaimed concert pianist and sister of pioneering model Dorothea Towles, on the December 10, 1953 cover of JET magazine. A graduate of Wiley College (of “The Great Debaters” fame) Ms. Towles sang with Fisk University’s choir and later became a member of the school’s music faculty. This photo is gorgeous, but I am beyond thrilled to have an even better shot of Ms. Towles in my coffee table book - by legendary twin brother photographers Morgan and Marvin Smith, no less! The book will be released in September and if you pre-order by June 23, your name can be listed inside of the book in the Roll of Honour, a special set of pages to thank early supporters. Thanks again for all of your enthusiasm! http://rocket88books.com/products/vintage-black-glamour?_ga=1.63017199.1753292923.1390145021

Lois Towles, acclaimed concert pianist and sister of pioneering model Dorothea Towles, on the December 10, 1953 cover of JET magazine. A graduate of Wiley College (of “The Great Debaters” fame) Ms. Towles sang with Fisk University’s choir and later became a member of the school’s music faculty. This photo is gorgeous, but I am beyond thrilled to have an even better shot of Ms. Towles in my coffee table book - by legendary twin brother photographers Morgan and Marvin Smith, no less! The book will be released in September and if you pre-order by June 23, your name can be listed inside of the book in the Roll of Honour, a special set of pages to thank early supporters. Thanks again for all of your enthusiasm! http://rocket88books.com/products/vintage-black-glamour?_ga=1.63017199.1753292923.1390145021

*** UPDATE*** Many thanks to Shirley R. Gindler-Price and Jim Chew for pointing me in the right direction. This photo is one of thousands shot by  Philadelphia photographer John W. Mosley from the 1930s through the 1960s on Chicken Bone Beach in Atlantic City, NJ. Mr. Mosley’s archives are housed at Temple University in Philadelphia. Photo: John W. Mosley, Courtesy of the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, Temple University Libraries. This fabulous photo of beautiful friends (sisters? cousins?) has been making the rounds for eons online - via Pinterest, Tumblr, etc. However, no one has been able to identify any of these women or the photographer. I see the Shelburne (Hotel?) is in the background. Maybe they are in Atlantic City, NJ? If you have any information about the four women in this photo - or the photographer - please let me know in the comment section.

*** UPDATE*** Many thanks to Shirley R. Gindler-Price and Jim Chew for pointing me in the right direction. This photo is one of thousands shot by  Philadelphia photographer John W. Mosley from the 1930s through the 1960s on Chicken Bone Beach in Atlantic City, NJ. Mr. Mosley’s archives are housed at Temple University in Philadelphia. Photo: John W. Mosley, Courtesy of the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, Temple University Libraries. 
This fabulous photo of beautiful friends (sisters? cousins?) has been making the rounds for eons online - via Pinterest, Tumblr, etc. However, no one has been able to identify any of these women or the photographer. I see the Shelburne (Hotel?) is in the background. Maybe they are in Atlantic City, NJ? If you have any information about the four women in this photo - or the photographer - please let me know in the comment section.

"Education begins at the home. You can’t blame the school for not putting into your child what you don’t put into him." - Geoffrey Holder. The legendary dancer Carmen de Lavallade shared this beautiful photo on her Facebook page of her husband, the legendary dancer, actor, painter and director Geoffrey Holder with their son, Leo. While I understand that Mr. Holder is retired, Ms. Carmen de Lavallade is still performing masterfully today! Her latest show, “As I Remember It” will have its world premiere at Jacob’s Pillow in Massachusetts in June 2014 and will tour nationally through 2015. You can visit her website for more information. http://www.carmendelavallade.com/current/