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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. 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


  3. Pam

    May 5, 2014 by 16stone

    Pam Grier

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  4. The Negro Review

    March 31, 2014 by 16stone

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  5. Hep Magazine

    March 4, 2013 by 16stone

    Hep Magazine was a monthly publication of Good Publishing Company of Fort Worth Texas. The company also published Bronze Thrills and Jive magazine. These magazines all have similar story lines based on true confessions of ordinary people and celebrities.  The magazine was popular in beauty and barber shops because of what was considered “risque articles” which were not suitable reading in black families homes. Publication of this magazine had ceased by 1977 and had been in circulation for almost two decades.

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  6. Nobu McCarthy

    February 26, 2013 by 16stone

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    Nobu McCarthy

    Something a little special today! Yesterday I was booked on a commercial for Vitamin Water Japan.  I was having a conversation with one of the crew members about 16 Stone Vintage, when she mentioned Nobu McCarthy. Low and behold I found this gorgeous Canadian- Japanese model and actress. Boy, is she a beauty. See Nobu is action on the Barney Miller show below.

  7. Carmen Jones Promo Posters (part one)

    January 19, 2013 by 16stone

    I am totally in love with these hand colored promotional posters for Carmen Jones. If you have been reading this blog for a while, you know I’m obsessed with hand colored photos. This film featured some of the most famous actors of the period (1954). Carmen Jones features: Dorothy Dandridge, Harry Belafonte, Pearl Bailey, and Diahann Carroll. Directed by Otto Preminger and written by Oscar Hammerstein II (book), Harry Kleiner (screenplay). More to come!


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  8. RIP to Jeni Le Gon

    December 12, 2012 by 16stone

    Jeni Le Gon, tap dancing legend passes away at age 96 in Vancouver.

    Learn More: Jeni Le Gon


    See Jeni Le Gon perform in the 1939 film Double Deal

  9. Happy Birthday Ms. Dandridge

    November 9, 2012 by 16stone

    Dorothy Jean Dandridge 

    (November 9, 1922 – September 8, 1965)

  10. Cuban Bombshell: Chelo Alonso

    October 8, 2012 by 16stone

    Chelo Alonso

    Learn more about Chelo