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  1. The Negro Review

    March 31, 2014 by 16stone

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  2. Burlesque Legends

    September 13, 2013 by 16stone

    Check out these “shake dancer” legends in action. Most would compare shake dancers to modern day strippers. But burlesque performers were about mastering the art of tease. Most performers were also trained dancers. Burlesque was often used as a starter platform for dancers to take off in their careers. For instance Ethlyn Butler started off as a shake dancer, but later trained as a ballet dancer.

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    Tonga La Tour

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    Chicago’s Rosemarie Black aka Racetrack Rosie

    photo credits:

    Jet Magazine, Rosemarie Black facebook, FotoMarcos


  3. Sepia Magazine

    June 1, 2012 by 16stone


  4. Van Vechten Captures Joyce in Color…

    April 30, 2012 by 16stone

    Carl Van Vechten captures Joyce Bryant on film wearing Zelda Wynn Valdes gowns.

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    Photo credits: Carl Van Vechten


  5. Soul Magazine

    March 26, 2012 by 16stone


  6. Remembering Whitney…

    February 11, 2012 by 16stone

    I can’t even talk about this right now…. This is terrible and heart breaking news.

    Whitney you will never be forgotten…

    Whitney Houston

    August 9th 1963- Feburary 11th 2012

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  7. Goodbye Etta…

    January 21, 2012 by 16stone

    1938 –  2012

    Funny…about 2 weeks ago I was in my room playing “I’d rather go blind” over and over. I sang along every time for almost a full hour. Something about Etta’s sultry voice could make you feel her pain through the music. It was the blues… it was crying woman. I felt every shred of sorrow she encompassed through her voice. Etta, you will never be forgotten.

    Rest… at last.

    From Wikipedia: The Life of Etta James


  8. Vintage Music: Les Surfs

    December 28, 2011 by 16stone

    Les Surfs

    I randomly came across this interesting singing group from the 1960’s called Les Surfs. The Rabaraona family singing group of six originally from Madagascar, found success singing French pop songs. They later recorded albums in Spanish as well. Monikya, the lead singer along with her sister Nicole and 4 of their brothers toured all over world and appearing on many tv shows. What I found so appealing about this group is that they had a number of music videos. We like to think music videos were not a popular thing until the late 1970’s or early 1980’s. However, Les Surfs provides quite the contrary with a quick search on youtube. Might I mention, all the members of Les Surfs were under 5 feet in height. Check out some footage of this incredible group.

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  9. Vintage Look Alike: Nichelle Nichols

    December 23, 2011 by 16stone

    For years now, I’ve been stopped on the street by random people to tell me I look like a young Nichelle Nichols. I have friends who have begged me to dress as Uhura for Halloween. Well I think it’s an honor to resemble such a vintage beauty. I met her once at the Comic-Con. I thought to myself, okay this is how I will look in 50 years! Hopefully…

    From wikipedia: Nichelle Nichols (born Grace Dell Nichols; December 28, 1932) is an American actresssinger and voice artist. She sang with Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton before turning to acting. Her most famous role is that of communications officer Lieutenant Uhura aboard theUSS Enterprise in the popular Star Trek television series, as well as the succeeding motion pictures, where her character was eventually promoted in Starfleet to the rank of commander.

    Find more about Nichelle: http://uhura.com/

     


  10. Spotlight: Pearl Bailey

    August 10, 2010 by 16stone

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    Miss Pearl Bailey… There aren’t enough words in my heart to express how much I adore her talent. She was one of the most gorgeous vintage beauties of all times. She was delicate and feminine, and rough when she needed to be as well. Pearl got her start doing Vaudeville, but eventually made it to Broadway.

    Pearl performed among the most famous entertainers of her time. In 1954, she took the role of Frankie in the film version of Carmen Jones. She also starred in the Broadway musical House of Flowers. In 1959, she played the role of Maria in the film version of Porgy and Bess, starring Sidney Poitier and Dorothy Dandridge. Also that year, she played the role of “Aunt Hagar” in the movie St Louis Bluesalongside Mahalia JacksonEartha Kitt,and Nat King Cole

    Her beauty and grace continues to inspire me. The bellowing waves of her hair, and the perfect placement of the feather on the dress blows me away. A stellar confident posture and innocent gaze in her eyes will never be forgotten.

    Cheers to Pearl Bailey…

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