Posts tagged "1970s"
Esther Rolle (1920-1998) and Bern Nadette Stanis go over a “Good Times” script together in 1975. Photo: Isaac Sutton of Ebony.

Esther Rolle (1920-1998) and Bern Nadette Stanis go over a “Good Times” script together in 1975. Photo: Isaac Sutton of Ebony.

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!

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

Diana Sands on the 1972 poster for the film, “Georgia, Georgia”. The screenplay was written by none other than Dr. Maya Angelou, who also wrote the score for the film. I was lucky enough to find a full-size version of this poster a few years ago. Now to finally find a frame for it…

Diana Sands on the 1972 poster for the film, “Georgia, Georgia”. The screenplay was written by none other than Dr. Maya Angelou, who also wrote the score for the film. I was lucky enough to find a full-size version of this poster a few years ago. Now to finally find a frame for it…

The great Geoffrey Holder won two Tony Awards in 1978 for costume design and directing “The Wiz.” He is shown here in all of his 6’6” splendor in the October 1975 issue of Ebony.

The great Geoffrey Holder won two Tony Awards in 1978 for costume design and directing “The Wiz.” He is shown here in all of his 6’6” splendor in the October 1975 issue of Ebony.

"But for a lot of music fans, Marvin was the man. There’s plenty of audio covering his career, from Motown in 1963 (first hit: “Hitch Hike”) to just before he was killed, by his own father, in 1984. Video? That’s another matter. Back then, there was little television exposure for pop artists. The occasional spot on a variety show or Bandstand; later, a Shindig or a Hullaballoo. Gaye dutifully lip-syncs his hits on those and other shows. But he was not a happy to be there. As he told me in 1972, for Rolling Stone: “I got a thing; a psychological hangup about performing live. I don’t think I’ll ever enjoy performing.” Journalist Ben Fong-Torres, pictured here with Marvin Gaye in 1972.