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Ruby Dee (October 27, 1922 – June 11, 2014) was an American actress, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, and activist. She is perhaps best known for co-starring in the film A Raisin in the Sun (1961) and the film American Gangster (2007) for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She has won Grammy, Emmy, Obie, Drama Desk, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Ruby Dee in RAISIN IN THE SUN. I suppose the reason Ruby Dee wasn’t nominated for best actress for RAISIN IN THE SUN is that the first time you watch it, you can’t take your eyes off of…

Young Diahann Carroll, 1954  | Black Hollywood Series by Black History Album, via Flickr

Young Diahann Carroll, 1954 (born is an American Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe- and Tony Award-winning actress and singer. Notable stage and film and TV credits: Carmen Jones Porgy & Bess No Strings Julia Claudine Dynasty

Juanita Moore (Oct. 19, 1914 – Jan. 1, 2014) was an American film, TV, & stage actress. She was the fifth African American to be nominated for an Academy Award in any category, and the third in the Supporting Actress category at a time when only a single African American had won an Oscar. Moore's portrayal of the broken-hearted housekeeper Annie Johnson whose daughter passes for white in Imitation of Life (1959) won her the nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

was an American film, TV, & stage actress. She was the fifth African American to be nominated for an Academy Award in any category,

Cicely Tyson

PHOTOS: Vintage Black Hollywood Awesomeness

Cicely Tyson Oscars on March Ms. Tyson was nominated in the Best Actress category for her role in the film, "Sounder". She and Diana Ross made history that year as the first Black actresses nominated in the Best Actress category in the same year.

Whatchu know about Hazel Scott? She was the first black woman to have her own television show and was married to Adam Clayton Powell. She was blacklisted during the McCarthy era and her show was quickly cancelled.

Whatch do you know about Hazel Scott? She was the first African American woman to have her own television show and was married to Adam Clayton Powell. She was blacklisted during the McCarthy era and her show was quickly cancelled.

LaWanda Page - b. October 19, 1920 American actress and comedienne. Also better known as Aunt Esther of Sanford and Son, sucka!

October 1920 American actress and comedienne. Also better known as Aunt Esther of Sanford and Son famous for calling Fred Sanford a sucka or fish eyed fool!

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"I told them (the producers) I couldn`t compound the lie that Black fathers don`t care about their children. I was proud of the family life I was able to introduce to television." - Esther Rolle, Actress (AND Soror of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc!

49 years ago the world lost a beautiful treasure. Forever the epitome of beauty and grace, Dorothy Jean Dandridge was in a league of her own. With a legacy that continues to live on, it is my sincerest hope that my dearest Dottie is at peace knowing...

49 years ago the world lost a beautiful treasure. Forever the epitome of beauty and grace, Dorothy Jean Dandridge was in a league of her own. With a legacy that continues to live on, it is my sincerest hope that my dearest Dottie is at peace knowing.

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