Category: black history

Ella Fitzgerald singing at Mr. Kelly’s, Chicag…

Ella Fitzgerald singing at Mr. Kelly’s, Chicago, 1958, photo by Yale Joel

Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte in Carme…

Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte in Carmen Jones  (Otto Preminger, 1954)

Eartha Kitt, photo by Susanne Schapowalow

Eartha Kitt, photo by Susanne Schapowalow

Opera star Leontyne Price, the first African A…

Opera star Leontyne Price, the first African American to sing principal roles at the Metropolitan Opera, 1961, photo by Irving Penn for Vogue

Sarah Vaughan, c.1946

Sarah Vaughan, c.1946

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Hattie McDaniel wins Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Gone with the Wind at the 12th Academy Awards (1940)

Billie Holiday, c.1944

Billie Holiday, c.1944

Eartha Kitt in her dressing room, 1952 “I&rsq…

Eartha Kitt in her dressing room, 1952

“I’ve always been multi-cultural myself. I’m not black and I’m not white and I’m not pink and I’m not green. Eartha Kitt has no color, and that is how barriers are broken.”

Lena Horne, 1947, photo by Yale Joel

Lena Horne, 1947, photo by Yale Joel

Mahalia Jackson in a 1962 photo by Carl Van Ve…

Mahalia Jackson in a 1962 photo by Carl Van Vechten

from 

Living Portraits: Carl Van Vechten’s Color Photographs Of African Americans, 1939–1964