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Francis Evett - actress of the 1900's

Francine Everett, African-American actress and singer best known for performances in race films, independently produced motion pictures with all-black casts created exclusively for distribution to cinemas that catered to African American audiences.

Ladies of Jazz:  Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Thelma Carpenter, Lena Horne, Sarah Vaughan, Pearl Bailey

Ladies of Jazz: Ella Fitzgerald (April 1917 - June Billie Holiday (April 1915 - June Thelma Carpenter (January 1922 - May Lena Horne (June 1917 - May Sarah Vaughan (March 1924 - April Pearl Bailey (March 1918 - August

1984 - Oprah started out as the host of AM Chicago.

Oprah Winfrey, then the new host of WLS-TV's morning talk show "AM Chicago," strikes a pose on State Street in 1984 for a Chicago Tribune photographer (Chicago TV Nostalgia, Day

harry belafonte (b. 1927); with his children during the civil rights movement. grew up in jamaica, became the king of calypson, singer/songwriter/social activist.

Model turned actress Shari Belafonte turns 61 today - she was born in Here she is in the later with her dad and older sister Harry Belafonte and Adrrienne.

Thelma Carpenter standby to Miss Pearl Bailey Ms.Carpenter played Sunday matinees during Pearl Bailey’s run in Dolly and also served as the standby for all others performances. She went on over 100 times during the all black company’s run, at one point going on for every performance for four weeks straight!

Thelma Carpenter standby to Miss Pearl Bailey Ms.Carpenter played Sunday matinees during Pearl Bailey’s run in Dolly and also served as the standby for all others performances. She went on over 100 times during the all black company’s run, at one point going on for every performance for four weeks straight!

Louis Armstrong playing for his wife at the Giza Plateau

a 1961 new york times photo, showing louis armstrong playing trumpet for his wife, lucille, in front of the great sphinx and pyramids in giza, egypt. i wanna play for you in egypt!

The Golden Age of Hollywood: Ja'net Dubois, most known for her character "Willona Woods" on TV show, Good Times.

Ja’Net DuBois aka Willona from “Good Times” co-wrote “The Jeffersons” theme song and shared the stage with Sammy Davis in “Golden Boy”. Ja'Net was born and raised in Brooklyn.

Actor Earle Hyman is best known for his role as Grandpa Huxtable, the father of Heathcliff Huxtable on the Cosby Show. What many don’t know is that Earle was also a great theatre actor. Trivia: Earle is also the third cousin of singer Phyllis Hyman Photo By Carl Van Vechten

The young Earle Hyman (Grandpa Huxtable on "The Cosby Show") was in a relationship for 50 years with Rolf Simes

Thelma Carpenter

Thelma Carpenter, the singer and actress best known as “Miss One” from “The Wiz” in the We have solved the riddle of the mystery lady in the photo with Sarah Vaughan, Nat “King” Cole,.

Beah Richards

The formidable Beah Richards began her career in film during the Her first significant role came in the iconic 1959 race drama, Take A Giant Step starring opposite Ruby Dee, Frederick O'Neal, and Johnny Nash. She attended Dillard University

EARTHA KITT

Eartha Kitt -Eartha Mae Kitt was an American singer, actress, dancer and cabaret star. She was perhaps best known for her highly distinctive singing style and her 1953 hit recordings of “C'est Si Bon”.

Marion Harris (1896 - 1944) - Find A Grave Photos

Marion Harris – was an American popular singer. She was the first widely known white singer to sing jazz and blues songs. Her death came at age 38 when she fell asleep smoking in her hotel room and a fire erupted.

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