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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.

Today is the last day to pre-order in time to have your name listed inside of my Vintage Black Glamour book and have your name (or a loved one) listed in the Roll of Honour, a special set of pages to thank early supporters. You can still pre-order before the September release, but if you want to see your name in print, now is the time! You can pre-order by clicking HERE. Thank you!

Three of my favorite geniuses were born on this day: Prince, who is 56 (!) Nikki Giovanni (71!) and Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000). The original caption from this May 2, 1950 photo: A 32-year-old housewife and part time secretary has won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for “Annie Allen,” a ballad of Chicago Negro life. The first woman to capture one of the famed awards, she is the mother of a 9-year-old boy and the wife of Henry Blakely, partner in an auto repair shop. Photo: Corbis.

Three of my favorite geniuses were born on this day: Prince, who is 56 (!) Nikki Giovanni (71!) and Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000). The original caption from this May 2, 1950 photo: A 32-year-old housewife and part time secretary has won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for “Annie Allen,” a ballad of Chicago Negro life. The first woman to capture one of the famed awards, she is the mother of a 9-year-old boy and the wife of Henry Blakely, partner in an auto repair shop. Photo: Corbis.

When I see pages like this from my book I get SO excited and I hope you do too! Many of you have asked me if there is still time to be included in The Roll of Honour and have your name printed in the book as a special thank you for supporting Vintage Black Glamour. The answer is yes! But - you have to get your pre-order by Monday, June 23. That is the latest my publisher, Rocket 88 Books can keep the pages open at the printer. Thank you again for ALL of your support!

A brief update on my Vintage Black Glamour book: If you pre-ordered the book, I trust that you received an email this morning from my publisher, Rocket 88 books. The good news is that the book looks great. I can’t tell you how excited to have so many never-before-seen images printed for the first time in my (first!) book. The not-so-good news is that the time my publishers and I spent securing many of these images from archives around the world has delayed the production to September 2014. The book is at the printer now in the beginning stages of the process that will bring it to your doorstep in the fall. 

I would like to thank everyone who has graciously pre-ordered the book and apologize for any inconvenience the delay presents to you. If you feel the wait will be too long, my publisher will happily send you a full refund. However, I hope you don’t mind sticking with me just a little bit longer because I really believe you will LOVE the result. Click here so you can get a sneak peek of some of the pages (updated from the previous “sneak peek”). Thank you again for all of your support, enthusiasm and interest - especially all of you “old-timers.” I am grateful for every bit of it.

I would like to extend Easter greetings to everyone celebrating today with this beautiful photograph of two women in Harlem on Easter Sunday 1947 by the legendary French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004). My favorite fun fact about Mr. Cartier-Bresson is that he and Langston Hughes were roommates as young struggling artists in Mexico in the 1930s. Photo: Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos.

Did you know that you can get a sneak peak at my new book? When you go to http://vintageblackglamourbook.com/ click the big red “Look Inside” button to get an idea of what you will be getting in June. This page features Princess Kouka of Sudan (Paul Robeson’s 1930s co-star) and the legendary dancer Jeni LeGon.