Dancers from the First American Negro Ballet founded in 1937( via)
Fashionable Black Americans (circa 1940s)
(footage found in Prelinger’s open archive)
The black women of Marvel
Misty Knight, Idie Okonkwo, Tilda Johnson (Nightshade), Tamara Devoux (Captain Universe), Monica Rambeau (Spectrum), Tamika Bowen (Wildstreak), and Ororo Munroe (Strom)
Beverly Johnson photographed by Dirck Halstead in Halston c. 1975 (via)
Billie Holiday at record producer Harry Lim’s jam session, photographed by Life photographer Charles Peterson, c. 1939
Other musicians in attendance include Duke Ellington, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Johnny Hodgers, J.C. Higginbotham, Hot Lips Page and Chu Berry among others.
Hattie McDaniel receiving her Oscar for Gone With the Wind from Fay Bainter, February 1940. She was the first African-American to win an Academy Award.
Billie Holiday at the Newport Jazz Festival, c. 1957
Eartha Kitt singing, I Want to Be Evil
Nina Simone performing at the Harlem Cultural Festival (1969)
Original Caption: Lady Day slaying your faves, as usual, in an appearance at the L’Olympia in Paris, c. 1958
18th November 1968- The Queen Mother goes backstage to meet the Supremes after a Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium. (via)
The Queens, c. 1950
"Once, when we were playing at the Apollo, Holiday was working a block away at the Harlem Opera House. Some of us went over between shows to catch her, and afterwards we went backstage. I did something then, and I still don’t know if it was the right thing to do - I asked her for her autograph."
Illustration by Warwick Goble for Folk-Tales of Bengal by Lal Behari Day (1912) (via)