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  1. BHM: Cicely Tyson

    February 27, 2015 by 16stone

    Long before Lupita Nyong’o’ graced the red carpet with her dark skin and short natural hair, Cicely Tyson sparked a natural hair movement as far back as the early 1960’s. In Cicely’s interview with Oprah’s Master Class, she explained how she had a role as a young Ugandan woman. It only felt right that she cut her hair and did so without telling the director or production. Her short natural hair was a hot success and led to a secretary role on the show East Side/West Side. She was urged to keep her hair exactly the way it was and it proved to be a big hit. She received mail from beauticians all over the country saying she was affecting their business because everyone wanted to cut their hair like the character on TV. Soon after, the natural hair movement of the 1970’s exploded. Cicely no doubt being the first character on national tv to inspire woman all over the country.  Later in 1972 she proudly wore cornrows as the character Rebecca in the highly Oscar nominated film Sounder. Cicely Tyson’s impressive acting career spans nearly 65 years. Even in 2015 she is still making natural hair history. Just last week on the ABC network’s hit program How to get away with Murder, Cicely was seen combing main character Annaliese Keating’s natural hair out. Today we salute Cicely for not only her contributions in acting, but being a natural hair pioneer.

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  2. BHM: Ida James

    February 3, 2015 by 16stone

    It’s Black History Month year round over here at 16 Stone Vintage. But this year I thought I’d do something special and feature some of my favorite vintage beauties. To kick it off, let’s start with the lovely Ida James. Ida was a singer, actress, and bartender at Harlem’s Sugar Hill Cafe. Her sugary sweet voice was a great contrast when singing with Nat King Cole and his band. Here are some pictures and videos of this sweetie pie Ida James.

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     Ida James



  3. Hip Magazine

    January 15, 2015 by 16stone

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  4. Tan Magazine part 3

    January 6, 2015 by 16stone

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  5. Diahann Carroll by Carl Van Vechten

    December 31, 2014 by 16stone

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     Diahann Carroll

    Photos: Carl Van Vechten courtesy of Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University

     


  6. Our Life part 2

    December 14, 2014 by 16stone

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  7. Fly Me to the Moon….

    December 13, 2014 by 16stone

    Fly me to the moon
    Let me play among the stars
    Let me see what spring is like
    On a-Jupiter and Mars
    In other words, hold my hand
    In other words, baby, kiss me

    Fill my heart with song
    And let me sing for ever more
    You are all I long for
    All I worship and adore
    In other words, please be true
    In other words, I love you….

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  8. Color Magazine part 4

    December 5, 2014 by 16stone

    Here’s some earlier Color Magazine covers from the late 1940’s and early 1950’s

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  9. Essence Magazine

    November 6, 2014 by 16stone

    I’ve been featured for my personal style in Essence magazine three times now, and  one print ad. I’ve also been featured on their street style website at least 7 times. This is my favorite modern magazine and I am honored each time they select me. I feel like a part of history! Check out my latest feature in the November 2014 issue, page 30. I show readers how to wear a printed coat dress for fall. Also, let’s take a look back at the most fabulous vintage Essence magazine covers.

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  10. Ms Mary Mack Gets Jazzed Up

    October 8, 2014 by 16stone

    “Slave children were taught corn ditties, (the original name for Negro spirituals) to take their young minds off harsh plantation life. They would work & clap their hands in rhythm while singing. Miss Mary Mack happened to be one of those ditties. As other corn ditties, Miss Mary Mack was symbolic in that the Merrimack was an ironclad Union ship coming to fight the confederate army. It was built with rivets (silver buttons) & ships have always been referred to as females. There is also symbolism behind asking her mother (the Confederate States of America) for fifty cents (a metaphor for change) to see the elephants (symbol of the Republican party who “freed the slaves”) jump the fence (Mason-Dixon line).”

    Check out my new video for the song “Ms Mary Mack”. Video was directed by Richard Louissaint & shot in Bedstuy. If you like what you see & hear, feel free to spread the word. Every share helps! Also be sure to download the free mp3 at https://soundcloud.com/classicbeatz/feat-sixteenstone-mrs-mary-mack