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Leontyne Price as Cleopatra in Barber's "Antony and Cleopatra at the Met  'Date and photographer unknown

Women of Distinction - Leontyne Price, Opera Singer Leontyne Price is an American opera singer (soprano) best known for her Verdi roles, above all the title role of Aida.Photo: Price as Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra by American composer Samuel Barber

Marian Anderson (1897-1993), renowned contralto and first African American to sing at the Metropolitan Opera.

Marian Anderson renowned contralto and first African American to sing at the Metropolitan Opera. This woman right here was a bad ass and one of the most expressive voices, I have ever heard

When i was a lili girl i wanted to b Lola Falana. Thats something new uve learned about me

When i was a lili girl i LOVED Lola Falana. Thats something new uve learned about me

Not much of an opera fan, but what a beautiful photo of Leontyne Price!

“ Leontyne Price (b. African-American opera diva of great vocal power and verbal wit, is 84 today!

Leontyne Price  (born 1927)  by Bradley Phillips (1929-1991).Regardless of their talents, African American singers were for years generally barred from performing with this country's more prestigious opera companies. In 1952, when audiences experienced the rich voice of Mississippi-born soprano Leontyne Price in a revival of Porgy and Bess, it became clear that this long-standing barrier would soon be breached.

Opera singer Leontyne Price (born by Bradley Phillips

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lelaid: Diana Ross in Bob Mackie by George Hurrell, 1985

The Harris Singers

CultureMUSIC: The Harris Sisters c. A doo wop group from the featuring sisters Marcene “Dimples” Harris, Beverly Hansen Harris, and Betty Jean Sanford Harris. One of their biggest hits, “Kissin’ Bug” (Audio).

Leotyne Price received the D.Mus. from Howard University in 1962.

Mary Violet Leontyne Price is an American soprano. Born and raised in Laurel, Mississippi, she rose to international acclaim in the and and was one of the first African Americans to become a leading artist at the Metropolitan Opera.

Beautiful Diahann Carroll

Diahann Carroll-Julia (gladiators better make the connection rn, do it for Shonda)

Lena Horne & Hazel Scott

Lena Horne & Hazel Scott

.Jesse Norman-Opera Diva

Jessye Norman, 67 [Jessye Mae Norman is an American Grammy award-winning contemporary opera singer and recitalist, and is a successful performer of classical music.

Moravian soprano Maria Jeritza wearing a spectacular costume as Turandot. Met 1926                                                                                                                                                     More

Moravian soprano Maria Jeritza wearing a spectacular costume as Turandot…

Así eran las divas negras que marcaron el paso a Beyoncé

Así eran las divas negras que marcaron el paso a Beyoncé

Actress Vonetta McGee. Born Lawrence Vonetta McGee in 1945 in San Francisco, Vonetta was a pre-law student before leaving college for Rome in the 1960s to pursue a career as an actress. Although she is known primarily for her work in blaxploitation films ("Blacula" and more), her first film work was in Italian films (“Faustina,” and “Il Grande Silenzio” (“The Great Silence”) where Sidney Poitier discovered her. He had her cast in his 1969 film “The Lost Man,” her first American movie.

Born Lawrence Vonetta McGee in 1945 in San Francisco, Vonetta was a pre-law student before leaving college for Rome in the to pursue a career as an actress.

King Peggy, King of Otuam, Ghana.  (YES, people...KING P-E-G-G-Y!)  American woman becomes King: http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/31/world/africa/king-peggy-otuam-ghana

King Peggy King of Otuam, Ghana Co-Author, King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village

Caterina Jarboro (1903–1986) was a pioneering African American opera singer.

Caterina Jarboro was a pioneering African American opera singer. In she sang at the New York Hippodrome–a feat that would make her the first black opera singer to sing on an opera stage in America.

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