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"True, there is silver under/ The veils of the darkness./ But few care to dig in the night/ For the possible treasure of stars"

--Gwendolyn Brooks, "Intermission"
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dorothydandridge:

Dorothy Dandridge photographed by Philippe Halsman.Halsman photographed Dorothy numerous times including her appearance in Esquire magazine’s when she was selected as Lady Fair for the June 1954 issue, her historic cover shot and spread for the November 1954 issue of Life. He  was once again selected to photograph Dorothy for Ebony Magazine’s January 1955 issue on the “Five Most Beautiful Negro Women in the World.” Also featured were Lena Horne, Hilda Simms, Eartha Kitt, and Joyce Bryant. According to Halsman, Dorothy was very tense and self-conscious. "Besides beauty and elegance, Dorothy has an unusual intelligence. Intelligence is an admirable quality, but in a studio it can be a hindrance. It is hard to reach the real Dandridge hiding behind the iron curtain of her intelligence.”
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yvngxdij:

today in Leimert Park, South Central, CA.
yvngxdij:

today in Leimert Park, South Central, CA.
yvngxdij:

today in Leimert Park, South Central, CA.
yvngxdij:

today in Leimert Park, South Central, CA.
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beatnikdaddio:

Muhammad Ali embraces a 3 year old Dave Chappelle (left) and his brother Sedar during a visit Dave and his parents paid to the champ’s hotel room after a training session for his fight with Jimmy Young for the heavyweight title. 1976.
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pnug:

Idris Elba
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stagesandpages:

Angela Bassett photographed by Robin Black for Violet Grey

V.G. WHAT KIND OF ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO ACTORS JUST STARTING OUT IN THEIR CAREER? A.B.: It’s the same with everything: You have to study your craft. Actresses make it look easy because that’s the way it should look—effortless. When a great actor does their job they’re leaving a piece of their soul in the room. It takes a little out of you, but that’s okay. Life will take a little out of you, love will take a little out of you. We’re talking about demonstrating the best and worst of the human experience.

Angela Bassett interviewed by Lexy Lebsack for Violet Grey
stagesandpages:

Angela Bassett photographed by Robin Black for Violet Grey

V.G. WHAT KIND OF ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO ACTORS JUST STARTING OUT IN THEIR CAREER? A.B.: It’s the same with everything: You have to study your craft. Actresses make it look easy because that’s the way it should look—effortless. When a great actor does their job they’re leaving a piece of their soul in the room. It takes a little out of you, but that’s okay. Life will take a little out of you, love will take a little out of you. We’re talking about demonstrating the best and worst of the human experience.

Angela Bassett interviewed by Lexy Lebsack for Violet Grey
stagesandpages:

Angela Bassett photographed by Robin Black for Violet Grey

V.G. WHAT KIND OF ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO ACTORS JUST STARTING OUT IN THEIR CAREER? A.B.: It’s the same with everything: You have to study your craft. Actresses make it look easy because that’s the way it should look—effortless. When a great actor does their job they’re leaving a piece of their soul in the room. It takes a little out of you, but that’s okay. Life will take a little out of you, love will take a little out of you. We’re talking about demonstrating the best and worst of the human experience.

Angela Bassett interviewed by Lexy Lebsack for Violet Grey
stagesandpages:

Angela Bassett photographed by Robin Black for Violet Grey

V.G. WHAT KIND OF ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO ACTORS JUST STARTING OUT IN THEIR CAREER? A.B.: It’s the same with everything: You have to study your craft. Actresses make it look easy because that’s the way it should look—effortless. When a great actor does their job they’re leaving a piece of their soul in the room. It takes a little out of you, but that’s okay. Life will take a little out of you, love will take a little out of you. We’re talking about demonstrating the best and worst of the human experience.

Angela Bassett interviewed by Lexy Lebsack for Violet Grey
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Angela Bassett photographed by Robin Black for Violet Grey

V.G. WHAT KIND OF ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO ACTORS JUST STARTING OUT IN THEIR CAREER? A.B.: It’s the same with everything: You have to study your craft. Actresses make it look easy because that’s the way it should look—effortless. When a great actor does their job they’re leaving a piece of their soul in the room. It takes a little out of you, but that’s okay. Life will take a little out of you, love will take a little out of you. We’re talking about demonstrating the best and worst of the human experience.

Angela Bassett interviewed by Lexy Lebsack for Violet Grey
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vh1:

Today would’ve been Whitney Houston’s 51st birthday. RIP Whitney ❤ We’ll always love you. 
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Jimi Hendrix at a private session in London, 1968. Photo by Chris Walter.