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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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vintageblackglamour:

The unforgettable Eartha Kitt selling the new Carver-Washington half-dollars - for $2 each - at Macy’s in New York City in August 1952. The promotion was a special program to aid the Booker T. Washington Birthplace Memorial. The coins were embossed with the slogan, “Freedom and Opportunity For All - Americanism.” Photo: Bettman/Corbis.
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vintageblack2:

Aretha Franklin chats with Magic Johnson at the Artist’s ball which she founded to benefit charities. (1981)
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peakblackness:

James Baldwin, Odetta, Ralph Ellison, Ozzie Davis and Ruby Dee.Dunno the provenance of this photo, but I want to crawl all up in it.  Was Baldwin, as comfortable in his skin and unfussily charismatic as any human being who has ever lived, the axis of the whole conversation? (Just Baldwin he and Ellison by themselves would make this picture a serious contender.) Odetta penning an ill written. Ozzie’s tonsorial foreshadowing of Allen West. Ruby Dee giving us face.
Can a picture make you be a better person simply by looking at it? I would’ve said no before. Now I’m not so sure.~G.D.
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suedetaxi:

Mingus
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schomburgcenter:

Birthday of Harlem Renaissance photographer James Van Der Zee (1886) 
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Birthday of Harlem Renaissance photographer James Van Der Zee (1886) 
schomburgcenter:

Birthday of Harlem Renaissance photographer James Van Der Zee (1886) 
schomburgcenter:

Birthday of Harlem Renaissance photographer James Van Der Zee (1886) 
schomburgcenter:

Birthday of Harlem Renaissance photographer James Van Der Zee (1886) 
schomburgcenter:

Birthday of Harlem Renaissance photographer James Van Der Zee (1886) 
schomburgcenter:

Birthday of Harlem Renaissance photographer James Van Der Zee (1886) 
schomburgcenter:

Birthday of Harlem Renaissance photographer James Van Der Zee (1886) 
schomburgcenter:

Birthday of Harlem Renaissance photographer James Van Der Zee (1886) 
schomburgcenter:

Birthday of Harlem Renaissance photographer James Van Der Zee (1886) 
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classicladiesofcolor:

In 1945, Josephine Baker received the Croix de Guerre, the Rosette de la Résistance, and was made a Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur, for her underground resistance work against the Germans during World War II. [x]
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classicladiesofcolor:

Publicity shot of Butterfly McQueen as “Vashti” in Duel in the Sun (1946)
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blackhistoryalbum:

21-year-old Oprah Wi http://ift.tt/1jvkRkB