The brilliant, peerless, hilarious Richard Pryor (1940-2005) was born 73 years ago today in Peoria, IL. In this photo, he and Phylicia Rashad are paying a visit to Ms. Rashad’s sister Debbie Allen in her dressing room on April 27, 1986. Ms. Allen had just opened in the return of Sweet Charity on Broadway. Photo by Ezio.
Vintage Black Glamour (The Coffee Table Book!) is coming in 2014! Register your interest here http://bit.ly/VBGbook And thank you!
Sleeping on the crime-infested, graffiti-covered subway 1970s
Remembering Alvin Ailey On This Day: December 1, 1989 Alvin Ailey founder of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater passed away in New York. Anna Kisselgoff of The New York Times wrote of Mr. Ailey, "You didn’t need to have known Ailey personally to have been touched by his humanity, enthusiasm and exuberance and his courageous stand for multiracial brotherhood."
On This Day: November 30, 1912 photographer Gordon Parks was born in Fort Scott, Kansas. "His 1948 photo essay on the life of a Harlem gang leader won him widespread acclaim and a position as the first African American staff photographer and writer for Life Magazine". Parks worked for Life Magazine for two decades, chronicling subjects related to racism and poverty, as well as taking photographs of celebrities and politicians. He was also a celebrated composer, author, and filmmaker.
Parks’ work is on view in ‘The Making of an Argument’ at the New Orleans Museum of Art through January 19, 2014, and in Rome at Palazo Incontro, December 5, 2013-February 16, 2014. (Photograph of ‘Baby Parks’ courtesy of the Gordon Parks Foundation).
oh, yeah… shes my favorite ever ever…
Are you excited for the holidays? Looking for delicious vintage deserts to bake for your family and friends? Grab a copy of The Brown Betty Cookbook: Modern Vintage Desserts and Stories from Philadelphia’s Best Bakery. This brand new book has been placed on the shelf just in time for Thanksgiving! The cookbook is based on the recipes of the Brown Betty Boutique, a bakery that opened up in Philadelphia when three generations of African-American women came together to share their delectable treats. The Jean Blackwell Hutson Reference and Research Division invites you to explore these amazing recipes that can be found in our collection! The women of the Brown Betty Boutique share both their stories and their recipes, leaving room for big appetites between the pages. Make sure you make your way over to the Schomburg to jot down a few recipes before Turkey Day!
Life is a question of nerves, and fibres, and slowly built-up cells in which thought hides itself and passion has its dreams. You may fancy yourself safe and think yourself strong. But a chance tone of colour in a room or a morning sky, a particular perfume that you had once loved and that brings subtle memories with it, a line from a forgotten poem that you had come across again, a cadence from a piece of music that you had ceased to play… I tell you, that it is on things like these that our lives depend.
I am happy to announce that Vintage Black Glamour - THE BOOK! - is scheduled to be published in Spring 2014! Starting today, you can register your interest in the book (registering is different from pre-ordering, which will be available starting early February) at vintageblackglamourbook.com. My publisher is Rocket 88 an imprint of London-based Essential Works, and after you register, you will be contacted by email in early 2014 with further details about the book and, if you wish, you may pre-order at that time. Once again, thank you so much! ~ Nichelle Gainer