Unsung

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Okay, so I cannot get the video to play here, you’ll have to click the link. But please do, it’s great. Trust me.

Vintage Style. How broad of a term that unites us all the dainty floral print tea dress edwarian girl,  to the exotic yet smooth and mesmerizing Josephine Baker  and 20’s vamp loving ladies, to the fierce glamour queens of the 30s and 40’s, (is there a better word to define Marlene Dietrich , Joan Crawford, Lena Horne, and Rita, to the 50’s gals who found the perfect combination of  pretty and sultry, (Marilyn, Dorothy, Lana, Elsabeth, the 60’s gave us a new, modern elegant, but strong, Jane Fonda, both Hepburns, Rita Moreno, Faye Dunaway and Brigitte Bardow. Even the 70’s gave us some bad ass ladies Bianca Jagger, Lauren Hutton, Debbie Harry and don’t forget Diana Ross.

Just in case you didn’t notice media allowed us only one or two ladies of color each decade. And not many of those. Not a lot of images for us vintage hounds to pore over.  And these are huge celebrities we’re talking about.  I love hollywood glamour shots as much as the next gal but I find street style much more inspiring(and attainable)  Let’s face it, I’m not going to many black tie events these days. For inspiration I want to see what the nurses, teachers, even housewives were doing on their well deserved nights out.  Images like this are hard to find, even harder to find with women of color. If you haven’t already, try looking in a few different places. You’ll be glad you did.

Also you can check out bvikkivintage a fabulous site with tons of vintage style images featuring African Americans. Also try doing a google search of harlem 1930’s and 1940’s images. Could it get any smoother than that?  Check out Maria Montez, Dolores Del Rio. See where you go from there and how you’re inspired.

Here’s a taste of showbiz, featured list after the jump

0:15 – 0:18 Nina Mae McKinney – Actress/Dancer/Singer
0:18 – 0:20 Betti Mays – 1940’s Singer/Dancer
0:20 – 0:22 – Anne Wiggins Brown – Concert Singer/Broadway Actress of Porgy
0:22 – 0:24 Blanche Thompson – Dancer/Creator of The Brownskin Models Revue
0:24 – 0:26 Ethel Moses – Cotton Club Dancer/Actress
0:26 – 0:28 Mauri Lynn – Actress/Model
0:28 – 0:30 Dolores Brown – Singer/Recording Artist
0:30 – 0:32 Louise Franklin – Movie Dancer/Actress
0:32 – 0:33 Evelyn Preer – Actress/Singer
0:34 – 0:35 Marion Egbert – Cotton Club Chorine
0:36 – 0:38 Lavada Carter – 1930s Singer/Dancer
0:39 – 0:40 Valaida Snow – Singer/Dancer/Trumpeter
0:41 – 0:42 Hilda Simms – Actress
0:43 – 0:44 Hazel Scott – Singer/Pianist
0:44 – 0:45 Margot – 1930’s Ballroom Dancer of Margot and Norton
0:46 – 0:47 Joyce Bryant – 1950’s Singer
0:48 – 0:49 Margaret Whitten – 1930’s/1940’s Actress
0:50 – 0:51 Cleo Hayes – 1930’s/1940’s Dancer / Cotton Club
0:52 – 0:53 Jean Parks – 1940’s Singer/Friend of Malcolm X
0:54 – 0:55 Marie Bryant – Dancer
0:56 – 0:58 Ellen Holly – Actress
0:59 – 1:00 Marva Trotter Louis – Model/First Wife of Joe Louis
1:00 – 1:02 Una Mae Carlisle – Singer/Pianist/Songwriter
1:02 – 1:04 Gladys Snyder – 1940’s Actress
1:04 – 1:06 Edna Mae Harris – Actress/Singer/Dancer
1:06 – 1:08 Anna Mae Winburn – Singer/Bandleader of The Sweethearts of Rhythm
1:08 – 1:10 Vivienne Baber – 1930’s/1940’s Actress
1:10 – 1:12 Ginger Smock – Violinist
1:12 – 1:14 Lucille Battle/Mille Monroe – Actresses/Dancers
1:15 – 1:17 Angela De Lavallade – Actress/Model
1:17 – 1:19 Pat Rainey – Singer
1:19 – 1:21 Edna Mae Holly – Dancer/First wife of Sugar Ray Robinson
1:21 – 1:23 Pauline Green – Model
1:23 – 1:24 Etta Rae – Model
1:25 – 1:27 Anise Boyer – Dancer/Cotton Club/Anise and Aland
1:27 – 1:30 Millie Monroe, Mildred Boyd, Louise Franklin – Dancers/Actresses
1:30 – 1:32 Florence O’Brien – Comedian/Singer/Dancer/Actress
1:32 – 1:34 Suzette Harbin – Actress/Dancer
1:34 – 1:36 Nellie Hill – Singer/Actress
1:37 – 1:39 Francine Everett – Singer/Actress
1:39 – 1:41 Victoria Spivey – Blues Singer
1:41 – 1:43 Theresa Harris – Hollywood Actress/Singer
1:43 – 1:45 Ruby Hill – Singer
1:46 – 1:47 Bette McLaurin – Singer
1:47 – 1:50 Sarah Lou Harris – Model
1:50 – 1:52 Artie Young – Dancer/Actress
1:52 – 1:54 Madeline Belt – Dancer
1:54 – 1:57 Sahji / Madeline Jackson – Exotic Dancer
1:58 – 2:00 Connie Harris – Exotic Dancer
2:01 – 2:03 – Ida James – Singer/Actress
2:03 – 2:04 Rita Christiani – Dancer
2:05 – 2:07 Meta Cardoza – Dancer
2:07 – 2:09 Madelyn Green – Singer
2:09 – 2:10 Carroll Chilton – Dance Team of Chilton and Thomas
2:11 – 2:12 Eunice Wilson – 1930s Singer/Dancer
2:13 – 2:14 Neeka Shaw – 1930’s Entertainer
2:15 – 2:17 The Pope Sisters – 1930’s Sister Singing Group
2:17 – 2:19 Vivian Dandridge – Singer/Actress
2:20 – 2:22 Sheila Guyse – 1940s Singer/Actress
2:22 – 2:25 Judy Carol – Dancer/Singer
2:25 – 2:27 – Dorothy Van Engle – 1930s Model/Oscar Micheaux Actress
2:28 – 2:29 Ruth Hill – 1940s Singer
2:30 – 2:31 Fredi Washington – Actress/Dancer
2:32 – 2:33 – Isabel Washington – Actress/Dancer
2:34 – 2:35 Louise Jota Cook – 1930s Dancer
2:36 – 2:37 Blanche Calloway – Singer/Bandleader
2:38 – 2:39 Savannah Churchill – Singer/Recording Artist
2:40 – 2:41 Izinetta Wilcox – Actress/Singer
2:48 – 2:51 Florence Mills –
2:52 – 2:55 Bessie Smith –
2:56 – 2:59 Ethel Waters
3:00 – 3:04 Maude Russell – Dancer/Actress – Introduced The Charleston
3:05 – 3:07 Josephine Baker
3:08 – 3:11 Adelaide Hall
3:12 – 3:16 Valaida Snow
3:16 – 3:19 Lucia Moses – Cotton Club Chorine/Dancer/Star of Scar of Shame
3:20 – 3:23 Alice Whitman – Tap Dancer/Apart of The Whitman Sisters Revue that opened the doors for many black performers
3:24 – 3:28 Nina Mae McKinney
3:29 – 3:32 Hycinth Curtis – Cotton Club Dancer
3:33 – 3:36 Etta Moten
3:37 – 3:40 Elisabeth Welch
3:41 – 3:44 Billie Holiday
3:45 – 3:47 Maxine Sullivan
3:47 – 3:50 Ella Fitzgerald
3:51 – 3:54 Lena Horne
3:55 – 3:59 Katherine Dunham
4:00 – 4:02 Sarah Vaughn
4:03 – 4:06 Hazel Scott
4:07 – 4:10 Hadda Brooks
4:10 – 4:14 Eartha Kitt
4:15 – 4:19 Sheila Guyse
4:20 – 4:22 Dorothy Dandridge
4:23 – 4:26 Suzette Harbin
4:27 – 4:30 Ophelia DeVore – Pioneer of Black Models
4:31 – 4:35 Tessa Prendergast – Pioneer Designer
4:36 – 4:39 Pearl Bailey
4:40 – 4:43 Muriel Rahn
4:44 – 4:48 Ruby Dee

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