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.
As my family reunion approaches this weekend, I feel compelled to finally share some of my family members with you all. Starting with one of the most fascinating members of my family, auntie Jean Terrell. Jean is my grandfather’s sister.
When I was growing up my great grandparents Lovick Jr. and Annie were the rocks of our family. When I was little, they demanded that the family always spent time together. They raised their children with love, tenderness, and respect. All those things trickled down to me. I had access to shining examples of loving individuals in my family. It seemed like every weekend we were at someone’s house singing songs, eating food, and sharing stories. As a result, I grew up with close relationships with my great aunts and uncles, as well as all their children and any other extended family. At one point, my family lived with my great aunt Geniver and my great grandfather Lovick Jr. lived there as well. Since he lived there, everyone in the family would stop by to see him and bring their entire families as well.
One of my fondest childhood memories was the 1992 Terrell Family Reunion. From what I remember it seemed like there was over 200 family members in attendance. The best part was the music. So many of my family member are musically talented. So every family reunion, they would get together as a live band and perform. Although we had much talent in our family as a whole, the standout performer was always auntie Jean. Naturally she would be the best singer in our family since she was a professional. Auntie Jean was once part of the famous girl group The Supremes. She was chosen to take Diana Ross’s place after being discovered while singing with her brother Ernie Terrell’s band.
It was brought to my attention the other day that in all my years in posting on this blog , I’ve never posted Ebony magazines. Admittedly, I’ve always admired Ebony. It was a staple magazine in my household growing up. I’m even featured in some ads in past issues. My mother was friends with Mr. Johnson, the publisher of a lot of these wonderful negro magazines. Every year he would give us free tickets to the world famous Ebony Fashion Fair. In honor of these memories, below are my favorite Ebony covers.