Posts tagged "Vintage Black Glamour"

"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 

Tony Orlando and Dawn: Tony Orlando, Telma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent Wilson in the early 1970s. Their best known hit was “Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Ole Oak Tree” in 1973 and they starred in a short-lived variety show the next year on CBS. Telma Hopkins would go on to a successful acting career on various shows including, of course, “Family Matters.” Photo: Joel Brodsky/Corbis.

Tony Orlando and Dawn: Tony Orlando, Telma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent Wilson in the early 1970s. Their best known hit was “Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Ole Oak Tree” in 1973 and they starred in a short-lived variety show the next year on CBS. Telma Hopkins would go on to a successful acting career on various shows including, of course, “Family Matters.” Photo: Joel Brodsky/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.

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.

Diahann Carroll sits for a portrait by French singer Charles Aznavour on the Place Du Tertre in Montmartre, an artist meeting place in Paris on Sept. 13, 1972. They were filming “Cole Porter in Paris,” an NBC special that aired in January 1973. Photo: AP.

I thought I’d share one more picture from this extraordinary collection that will soon be featured in an exhibition in London. I think some of these fabulous vintage Black people, like boxing champion Peter Jackson, are worthy of their own movie. Where are you Idris Elba? Jamie Foxx? From The Guardian:

"Peter Jackson, December 2, 1889. Born in 1860 in St Croix, then the Danish West Indies, Jackson was a boxing champion who spent long periods of time touring Europe. In England, he staged the famous fight against Jem Smith at the Pelican Club in 1889. In 1888 he claimed the title of Australian heavyweight champion. Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images.

A member of the African Choir, London Stereoscopic Company, 1891. From The Guardian:
The African Choir were a group of young South African singers that toured Britain between 1891 and 1893. They were formed to raise funds for a Christian school in their home country and performed for Queen Victoria at Osborne House, a royal residence on the Isle of Wight. At some point during their stay, they visited the studio of the London Stereoscopic Company to have group and individual portraits made on plate-glass negatives. That long-lost series of photographs, unseen for 120 years, is the dramatic centrepiece of an illuminating new exhibition called Black Chronicles II.
Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

A member of the African Choir, London Stereoscopic Company, 1891. From The Guardian:

The African Choir were a group of young South African singers that toured Britain between 1891 and 1893. They were formed to raise funds for a Christian school in their home country and performed for Queen Victoria at Osborne House, a royal residence on the Isle of Wight. At some point during their stay, they visited the studio of the London Stereoscopic Company to have group and individual portraits made on plate-glass negatives. That long-lost series of photographs, unseen for 120 years, is the dramatic centrepiece of an illuminating new exhibition called Black Chronicles II.

Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Legendary Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida and the Platters including Zola Taylor in the 1950s. Photo: Galerie Verdeau.