Posts tagged "African American"
I am happy to announce that Vintage Black Glamour - THE BOOK! - is scheduled to be published in Spring 2014! Starting today, you can register your interest in the book (registering is different from pre-ordering, which will be available starting early February) at vintageblackglamourbook.com. My publisher is Rocket 88 an imprint of London-based Essential Works, and after you register, you will be contacted by email in early 2014 with further details about the book and, if you wish, you may pre-order at that time. Once again, thank you so much! ~ Nichelle Gainer
Eartha Kitt photographed by the legendary Charles “Teenie” Harris in May 1966, leaping though a poster to launch a Citizens Committee on Hill District Renewal program on Vine and Colwell Streets in Pittsburgh, PA. Mr. Harris (1908-1998) was a photographer who captured the full-spectrum of African American life for over forty years, primarily as one of the principal photographers for the Pittsburgh Courier newspaper. Few photographers anywhere captured us so well: from family life to beauty contests to sporting events, social life, civil rights demonstrations and visiting celebrities, Mr. Harris was there with the Speed Graphic camera that he would use well into the 1970s. Photo: Carnegie Museum of Art
Diahann Carroll and New York Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm on April 22, 1974 at the premiere of Ms. Carroll’s movie, “Claudine.” In her 2008 memoir, “The Legs Are The Last To Go,” Ms. Carroll talks about hosting a fundraiser for Congresswoman Chisholm’s 1972 presidential bid at her Beverly Hills home. Photo: AP.
Lorraine Hansberry, the playwright behind the enduring play, “A Raisin in the Sun,” in January 1959. The Chicago-born writer died of cancer at the age of 34 in 1965. Her good friend James Baldwin wrote after her death, “When so bright a light goes out so early, when so gifted an artist goes so soon, we are left with a sorrow and wonder which speculation cannot assuage. One is filled for a long time with a sense of injustice as futile as it is powerful.” Photo: Associated Press.
For Labor Day, I thought I would show people actually working! This is a photo of journalists Enoch Waters and Audrey Weaver hard at work at the Chicago Defender in the 1940s. When Mr. Waters died in 1987, Ms. Weaver told the Chicago Tribune, “He knew the business, was a good writer and traveled covering stories everywhere.” Ms. Weaver died in 1996. Photo by The Abbott Sengstacke Family Papers/Robert Abbott Sengstacke/Getty Images.
Harry Belafonte and Dorothy Dandridge photographed by Charles Williams in an offstage moment from “Carmen Jones”. A very similar shot from this session appeared in the September 30, 1954 issue of Jet magazine. H/T to African Heritage City for sharing this iconic photo.
Nat “King” Cole at home with his wife Maria in 1957. Their daughter Carol Cole once said that her mother “radically altered” her father’s style. She replaced his zoot suits with the classic, bespoke pieces that were to be his trademark. Photo: Frank Carroll/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images.