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An advertisement for The Hazel Scott Show (1950).

The 15-minute long musical program is noted for being the first U.S. network television series to be hosted by a Black woman. Despite good ratings and reviews, the show was cancelled a week after Hazel Scott appeared before the House Un-American Activities Committee.
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An advertisement for The Hazel Scott Show (1950).

The 15-minute long musical program is noted for being the first U.S. network television series to be hosted by a Black woman. Despite good ratings and reviews, the show was cancelled a week after Hazel Scott appeared before the House Un-American Activities Committee.

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(Source: press.umich.edu)

Singer Patti Austin getting help reaching the microphone.
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Singer Patti Austin getting help reaching the microphone.

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After much hesitation, Esperanza (Rosaura Revueltas) joins the community’s women in strike.
Salt of the Earth (1954)

After much hesitation, Esperanza (Rosaura Revueltas) joins the community’s women in strike.

Salt of the Earth (1954)

(Source: worldcommunity.ca)

Josephine Baker

Josephine Baker

(Source: shs.umsystem.edu)

Katherine Dunham and her dance company in Stormy Weather (1943)

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"Hot Tamale Blues"—Ruby Dandridge and The Rhythmanians

Hindi film legend, Nargis

Hindi film legend, Nargis

(Source: oldindianphotos.in)


Dorothy Dandridge as “Princess Malimi” in Drums of the Congo (1942).

I don’t remember the source, but I do remember first saving this photo on a floppy disk. Enough said.

Dorothy Dandridge as “Princess Malimi” in Drums of the Congo (1942).

I don’t remember the source, but I do remember first saving this photo on a floppy disk. Enough said.

Butterfly McQueen and Ethel Waters in Cabin in the Sky (1943).

Butterfly McQueen and Ethel Waters in Cabin in the Sky (1943).

(Source: bobbyriverstv.blogspot.com)

Viola Gertrude Wells, known as “Miss Rhapsody”, began her singing career in jazz, blues and religious music at Newark’s Orpheum Theater’s Amateur Hours. Later in her career, she performed at President Roosevelt’s Inaugural Ball with her own group, the Three Sportsmen of Rhythm. [Source]

Viola Gertrude Wells, known as “Miss Rhapsody”, began her singing career in jazz, blues and religious music at Newark’s Orpheum Theater’s Amateur Hours. Later in her career, she performed at President Roosevelt’s Inaugural Ball with her own group, the Three Sportsmen of Rhythm. [Source]