Posts tagged "1960s"
The Ikettes - Venetta Fields, Robbie Montgomery and Jessie Smith in New York City circa 1965. The women would later leave Ike Turner and become “The Mirettes.” Yes, that is Ms. Robbie from “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” in the middle. Photo by James Kriegsmann/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images. 

The Ikettes - Venetta Fields, Robbie Montgomery and Jessie Smith in New York City circa 1965. The women would later leave Ike Turner and become “The Mirettes.” Yes, that is Ms. Robbie from “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” in the middle. Photo by James Kriegsmann/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images. 

“My brother and I called her Aunt Reesie, her friends called her Reesie. She worked hard on her acting career while supporting herself working in the Post Office all those years of workshops and off-off broadway plays paid off when she was picked as one of the original members of the Negro Ensemble Company. This led to movies and a part in the original Broadway play the WIZ. I really miss her because she was the one member of my family who seemed to understand me and had faith in me.”

This #myVBG on Clarice Taylor (1917-2011) was submitted by Tripp Taylor. I’m going to take a wild guess that you recognize her from later in her career on a very popular classic television show.

My brother and I called her Aunt Reesie, her friends called her Reesie. She worked hard on her acting career while supporting herself working in the Post Office all those years of workshops and off-off broadway plays paid off when she was picked as one of the original members of the Negro Ensemble Company. This led to movies and a part in the original Broadway play the WIZ. I really miss her because she was the one member of my family who seemed to understand me and had faith in me.”

This #myVBG on Clarice Taylor (1917-2011) was submitted by Tripp Taylor. I’m going to take a wild guess that you recognize her from later in her career on a very popular classic television show.

I am excited to announce Vintage Black Glamour’s fan site #myVBG! It was created so we can see and properly admire the VBG icons in YOUR life! I want to see women in your family like your grandmother who may remind you of Lena Horne or Diahann Carroll; a favorite diva aunt with the zest of a Josephine Baker or Gladys Bentley; a mother who brings to mind the heady brilliance of a Dr. Maya Angelou or Ruby Dee. The first three pictures are already up, my mother, grandmother and the beautiful lady picture here, my late great-grandmother Nellie Parson Swilley, my beloved “Mama Nell” in the 1940s. She was so lovely and sharp that a lady tried to buy the hat off of her head after church one day. This is not some family legend - I was actually standing there and watching in amazement at Sandy Mount Baptist Church in Smithfield,Virginia as this lady tried to buy her hat!) Mama Nell also taught me how to cook – and called me Sugarlump.I would be honored to have you share the divas in your family here for the world to see. 
Upload your photos at http://myvbg.com/ and tell us a brief story about her name, city, date and location of photo, a fun VBG-ish fact about her and tag me on Twitter (@VintageBlkGlam) or here on Tumblr with the hashtag #myVBG and#vbgbook. Thank you – I can’t wait to see your #myVBG!

I am excited to announce Vintage Black Glamour’s fan site #myVBG! It was created so we can see and properly admire the VBG icons in YOUR life! I want to see women in your family like your grandmother who may remind you of Lena Horne or Diahann Carroll; a favorite diva aunt with the zest of a Josephine Baker or Gladys Bentley; a mother who brings to mind the heady brilliance of a Dr. Maya Angelou or Ruby Dee. The first three pictures are already up, my mother, grandmother and the beautiful lady picture here, my late great-grandmother Nellie Parson Swilley, my beloved “Mama Nell” in the 1940s. She was so lovely and sharp that a lady tried to buy the hat off of her head after church one day. This is not some family legend - I was actually standing there and watching in amazement at Sandy Mount Baptist Church in Smithfield,Virginia as this lady tried to buy her hat!) Mama Nell also taught me how to cook – and called me Sugarlump.

I would be honored to have you share the divas in your family here for the world to see.

Upload your photos at http://myvbg.com/ and tell us a brief story about her name, city, date and location of photo, a fun VBG-ish fact about her and tag me on Twitter (@VintageBlkGlam) or here on Tumblr with the hashtag #myVBG and#vbgbook. Thank you – I can’t wait to see your #myVBG!

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

A Noxzema advertisement that appeared in the February 1968 issue of Ebony.

A Noxzema advertisement that appeared in the February 1968 issue of Ebony.

"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/ 

Diahann Carroll poses with her Tony for “No Strings” (1962) with fellow winners, Robert Morse (“How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”), Margaret Leighton (“Night of the Iguana”), and Paul Scofield (“A Man for All Seasons”) at the Waldorf-Astoria on April 29, 1962. Photo: Corbis.

Diahann Carroll poses with her Tony for “No Strings” (1962) with fellow winners, Robert Morse (“How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”), Margaret Leighton (“Night of the Iguana”), and Paul Scofield (“A Man for All Seasons”) at the Waldorf-Astoria on April 29, 1962. Photo: Corbis.