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Evelyn Preer - One of the first African American silent screen actors to transition into sound Hollywood films. Her versatility as a dramatic actor led her to Hollywood where she became a contract player for Paramount Studios. Preer’s career on the silver screen would have perhaps broadened further had she not developed post-parturition complications and died of double pneumonia in November, 1932 at the age of 36. Via Black Past

Evelyn Preer - One of the first African American silent screen actors to transition into sound Hollywood films. Her versatility as a dramatic actor led her to Hollywood where she became a contract player for Paramount Studios.

#Aretha Franklin Is In Talks With Lifetime About Her Biopic

With all this talk of biopics and family issues, it is refreshing that the future is looking bright for legendary soul singer Aretha Franklin’s Lifetime b

Judith Jamison. I long admired her grace as a dancer in the Alvin Ailey Dance Compay where she is now artistic director.

Judith Jamison of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. Photo by Andrew Eccles.

DelightFULL’s lamps are knowingly inspired by jazz musicians, and here are the most quintessential albums and how they’ve inspired these Mid-century lamps.

The Best Jazz Albums and Their Influence in Mid-century Lamps

DelightFULL’s lamps are knowingly inspired by jazz musicians, and here are the most quintessential albums and how they’ve inspired these Mid-century lamps.

Thelma "Butterfly" McQueen found it difficult finding work as an actress. She was often typecast in roles as maids and said, “I didn’t mind playing a maid the first time, because I thought that was how you got into the business. But after I did the same thing over and over, I resented it. I didn’t mind being funny, but I didn’t like being stupid.”

Thelma "Butterfly" McQueen found it difficult finding work as an actress.

Imitation of Life:  Fredi Washington was the young actress who played a nineteen-year-old Peola Johnson (Sarah Jane Johnson in the ’59 version.) They approached her to play the older version of Sarah Jane in the 1959 remake but she declined because she didn’t want to only be known as the black actress who was always passing for white. Washington, whose parents were both biracial, had very fair skin and green eyes but she was adamant about the fact that she identified as black.

Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind The Making Of “Imitation Of Life”

Louise Beavers & Fredi Washington in Imitation of Life Fredi Washington was the young actress who played a nineteen-year-old Peola Johnson (Sarah Jane Johnson in the version.

noirkulture | Women in Jazz

I can watch this over and over and over - The story of the troubled life and career of the legendary Jazz singer, Billie Holiday. Featuring Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor, and James Callahan.

Adam Wade June 16, 1975 Adam Wade hosts the Nationally televised game show Musical Chairs. He is the first African American game show host.

Adam Wade June 1975 Adam Wade hosts the Nationally Televised Game Show Musical Chairs. He is the First African American Game show host.

noirkulture | Taye Diggs to star on Broadway this summer in “Hedwig”

New Girl already is lining up obstacles for Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson). The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the Fox comedy has cast Taye Diggs to play a potential romantic distraction for the title character.

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