Classic Ladies of Color

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Martha Flowers. Photographed by Carl Van Vechten. (1953)
Martha Flowers. Photographed by Carl Van Vechten. (1953)

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Helen Humes singing “Million Dollar Secret” before a lively audience. 

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Actress in tan role dancing with a spear at the Great Star Theatre

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Actress in tan role dancing with a spear at the Great Star Theatre

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1931
by Lotte Jacobi

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1931

by Lotte Jacobi

Daisy Richardson performing ”Grosvenor’s Square” with the Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra, 1946.

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Eartha Kitt. Photographed by Carl Van Vechten. (1954)
Eartha Kitt. Photographed by Carl Van Vechten. (1954)
Actress Marki Bey

Actress Marki Bey

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Iris Yamaoka was born in 1911 (IMDb says 1910) in Seattle, Washington. She had small roles in six Hollywood films between 1929 and 1937. During World War II, she and her brother, Otto Yamaoka (also an actor) were sent to the Heart Mountain “Relocation” Camp in Cody, Wyoming. Neither performers returned to Hollywood post-WWII.
Iris passed away in New York City on November 28, 1960. Her brother, Otto passed away on June 5, 1967—also in New York City.

Iris Yamaoka was born in 1911 (IMDb says 1910) in Seattle, Washington. She had small roles in six Hollywood films between 1929 and 1937. During World War II, she and her brother, Otto Yamaoka (also an actor) were sent to the Heart Mountain “Relocation” Camp in Cody, Wyoming. Neither performers returned to Hollywood post-WWII.

Iris passed away in New York City on November 28, 1960. Her brother, Otto passed away on June 5, 1967—also in New York City.

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Adrienne Fidelin appeared in the September 1937 issue of Harper’s Bazaar, making her the first black model to appear in a major fashion magazine.

Adrienne Fidelin appeared in the September 1937 issue of Harper’s Bazaar, making her the first black model to appear in a major fashion magazine.

(Source: The New York Times)

Jazz trumpeter, Clora Bryant 
[The Girls in the Band]

Jazz trumpeter, Clora Bryant 

[The Girls in the Band]