Posts tagged "1960s"

"Me at sixteen with prom date. My brother’s best friend, Milton!" ~ Vanessa Shaw submitted this photo to our #myVBG page at http://myvbg.com.  The Vintage Black Glamour book (http://VBGbook.com) focuses mostly on artists and entertainers - but we never want to forget the legends in our own families! We are still accepting submissions to #myVBG where you have the chance to share the diva(s) or divo(s) in your family with the world. Feel free to upload your photos at http://myvbg.com/ - (please do not email me!) with his or her name, city, date/location of photo and a fun VBG-ish fact about them with the hashtag #myVBG and #vbgbook. Thank you!  #vintageblackglamour #myvbg #vbgbook #vintage #prom #1960s #1960sfashion 

I am so saddened by the loss of the great Geoffrey Holder who died on Sunday at the age of 84. Please read the tribute/announcement by Leo Holder. Mr. Holder was born in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad on August 1, 1930 and danced with his brother Boscoe’s dance troupe as a child. He arrived in New York in 1952 at the invitation of the legendary choreographer, Agnes de Mille and, to pay his fare, he sold 20 of his paintings. He would go on to win a Guggenheim Fellowship for painting in 1957. A few years before, he was a principal dancer at the Metropolitan Opera Ballet and appeared on Broadway in Truman Capote’s “House of Flowers,” where he would meet Carmen de Lavallade, his wife of 59 years. In 1975, Mr. Holder won two Tony Awards in the same evening for directing and choreographing the Broadway musical, “The Wiz.” He is best known to most for his film and commercial roles: as Baron Samedi in the 1973 James Bond film, “Live and Let Die” and of course, as the “Un-cola Man” in the ubiquitous 1970s 7-Up commercials and the 1992 film “Boomerang.” In this picture, Mr. Holder is sitting in front of one of his paintings, sometime in the 1960s. Photo: Bradley Smith/Corbis.

I am so saddened by the loss of the great Geoffrey Holder who died on Sunday at the age of 84. Please read the tribute/announcement by Leo Holder. Mr. Holder was born in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad on August 1, 1930 and danced with his brother Boscoe’s dance troupe as a child. He arrived in New York in 1952 at the invitation of the legendary choreographer, Agnes de Mille and, to pay his fare, he sold 20 of his paintings. He would go on to win a Guggenheim Fellowship for painting in 1957. A few years before, he was a principal dancer at the Metropolitan Opera Ballet and appeared on Broadway in Truman Capote’s “House of Flowers,” where he would meet Carmen de Lavallade, his wife of 59 years.

In 1975, Mr. Holder won two Tony Awards in the same evening for directing and choreographing the Broadway musical, “The Wiz.” He is best known to most for his film and commercial roles: as Baron Samedi in the 1973 James Bond film, “Live and Let Die” and of course, as the “Un-cola Man” in the ubiquitous 1970s 7-Up commercials and the 1992 film “Boomerang.” In this picture, Mr. Holder is sitting in front of one of his paintings, sometime in the 1960s. Photo: Bradley Smith/Corbis.

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.