Actress Theresa Harris as she appeared in the 1948 film, “The Velvet Touch,” which starred Rosalind Russell. Ms. Harris was the inspiration behind Lynn Nottage’s play, “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark” which starred Sanaa Lathan. From Donald Bogle’s Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams: The Story of Black Hollywood: “Harris - who was both outspoken and highly intelligent - didn’t mince words about the plight of colored actresses. She told Fay M. Jackson, of the California Eagle in August 1937: “I never felt the chance to rise above the role of maid in Hollywood movies. My color was against me. The fact that I was not ‘hot’ stamped me as either an uppity ‘Negress’ or relegated me to the eternal role of stooge or servant. I can sing but so can hundreds of other girls. My ambitions are to be an actress. Hollywood had no parts for me.” Photo via A Certain Cinema.

Actress Theresa Harris as she appeared in the 1948 film, “The Velvet Touch,” which starred Rosalind Russell. Ms. Harris was the inspiration behind Lynn Nottage’s play, “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark” which starred Sanaa Lathan. 

From Donald Bogle’s Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams: The Story of Black Hollywood: “Harris - who was both outspoken and highly intelligent - didn’t mince words about the plight of colored actresses. She told Fay M. Jackson, of the California Eagle in August 1937: “I never felt the chance to rise above the role of maid in Hollywood movies. My color was against me. The fact that I was not ‘hot’ stamped me as either an uppity ‘Negress’ or relegated me to the eternal role of stooge or servant. I can sing but so can hundreds of other girls. My ambitions are to be an actress. Hollywood had no parts for me.” Photo via A Certain Cinema.

  1. thenursedawn reblogged this from vintageblackglamour
  2. perlenoire reblogged this from redvelvetlola
  3. redvelvetlola reblogged this from vintageblackglamour
  4. lightning-heart reblogged this from monkeyknifefight
  5. sourires-lumineux reblogged this from lenasbook
  6. lenasbook reblogged this from vintageblackglamour
  7. morganae reblogged this from trobador
  8. utsukushiki-ohgonki reblogged this from vintageblackglamour
  9. benaltrecose reblogged this from vintageblackglamour
  10. lifeofliree reblogged this from vintageblackglamour
  11. revclgreen reblogged this from vintageblackglamour
  12. ssioned-replacement reblogged this from thenursedawn
  13. mypoten reblogged this from vintageblackglamour
  14. des-cerises reblogged this from evangelala
  15. evangelala reblogged this from thenursedawn
  16. monochromepeaches reblogged this from vintageblackglamour
  17. heardmagazine reblogged this from vintageblackglamour
  18. latoyapandora1 reblogged this from vintageblackglamour
  19. anna-vintage reblogged this from vintageblackglamour
  20. zoastertoaster reblogged this from 2brwngrls
  21. kyleandmaxinesdaughter reblogged this from vintageblackglamour