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I’ve always thought this photo of Smokey Robinson, lookin’ all smooth in a satin shirt and medallion in L.A. in the 1960s, was very cool. I’ve got my eye on it for the men’s edition of Vintage Black Glamour but in the meantime, the ladies are just about ready for you (June 2014!) You can pre-order right here! http://www.vintageblackglamourbook.com Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty.
Duke Ellington and President Harry Truman comparing musical notes at the White House on September 29, 1950. During another visit to Truman’s White House, the president, “wanting to converse as one piano player to another,” dismissed his guards and, as Mr. Ellington described it, he and the president acted like “a couple of cats in a billiard parlor.” Photo: Bettman/Corbis. PRE-ORDER for my new coffee table book Vintage Black Glamour is now available! http://vintageblackglamourbook.com/
Langston Hughes was born 112 years ago today in Joplin, Missouri. This photo was taken by Nickolas Muray, a Hungarian-American photographer who was also an Olympic fencer, in 1923 when Mr. Hughes was about 21 years old.
Two icons: Billie Holiday and William Faulkner, photographed in 1956 by Moneta Sleet Jr. According to Donald Clarke’s 2009 biography on Ms. Holiday, she was initially wary about meeting Mr. Faulkner because he was a Southerner. She called her friend, the singer Thelma Carpenter (best known in later years as “Miss One” from “The Wiz” and asked about him. Ms. Carpenter said that the meeting was likely set up by Bill Dufty, her ghostwriter for “Lady Sings the Blues” and that the singer and the writer “got along beautifully… he understood her perfectly.” Photo: Moneta Sleet Jr./Ebony/Art.com.
Cab Calloway, shot here in 1946 by the great William Gottlieb, was born on Christmas Day 1907 in Rochester, New York and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Mr. Calloway worried his family by dropping out of law school to pursue a career in entertainment, but clearly it worked out for him in the end.
Dr. Ralph Bunche (far right) with some of his friends at Harvard University, circa 1930. Dr. Bunche (1904-1971) was born in Detroit but raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Los Angeles, where he was valedictorian and graduated summa cum laude from UCLA. He earned a master’s degree in political science from Harvard in 1932 and taught at Howard University as he earned his doctorate from Harvard. Dr. Bunche played a critical role in the founding of the United Nations even as he maintained his duties as chair of the Political Science department at Howard, a position he held from 1928 to 1950. As Undersecretary General of the UN, his successful negotiation of four armistice agreements that ended the first Arab-Israeli war in 1949 led to him being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1950. He was the first African-American - and the first person of color anywhere in the world - to be awarded the prize. Photo: Los Angeles Public Library