Josephine Baker performing in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1936
Billie Holiday in Europe, c. January 1954
Hollywood Icons: Dorothy Dandridge by Hayden Williams
Chicago’s South Side 1946-1948 photographed by Wayne F. Miller (via)
Gorgeous friends, circa 1940.
A young Kenyan woman holds her pet deer in Mombassa, March 1909.Photograph by Underwood and Underwood
Maya Angelou doing a little reading in her dressing room before her performance at the Village Vanguard in New York City. Long before she was a poet and writer and the icon we know today, Dr. Angelou was a dancer and singer of folk and calypso songs (she even recorded an album in 1957 called “Miss Calypso” and appeared in the film “Calypso Heat Wave” that same year. This photo was taken by G. Marshall Wilson, who was a staff photographer at Ebony for 33 years. Photo: Art.com
Sister Rosetta Tharpe in Manchester, 1964.
Lena Horne in 1938 film, The Duke is Tops/The Bronze Venus
Dorothy Dandridge at the 8th Cannes Film Festival, 1955
Nina Simone as captured by Alfred Wertheimer, December 1964.
Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin performing in Amsterdam (1968)
Helen Humes and female dancers in Dizzy Gillespie’s 1947 musical film, Jivin’ in Be-Bop