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vintageblackglamour:

Happy 80th Birthday Nichelle Nichols! Ms. Nichols was born on December 28, 1932 in Robbins, IL and in this 1961 photo, Ms. Nichols rehearses a dance number with some of the cast from “Kicks and Co.,” a 1961 musical satire about segregation that was directed at one point by Lorraine Hansberry and produced by her husband). Although the show had major financial backing, an “all-star interracial cast” (Burgess Meredith, Lonnie Sattin, Vi Velasco) and success in Chicago, it never made it to Broadway as planned. Photo via The New York Public Library. 

vintageblackglamour:

Happy 80th Birthday Nichelle Nichols! Ms. Nichols was born on December 28, 1932 in Robbins, IL and in this 1961 photo, Ms. Nichols rehearses a dance number with some of the cast from “Kicks and Co.,” a 1961 musical satire about segregation that was directed at one point by Lorraine Hansberry and produced by her husband). Although the show had major financial backing, an “all-star interracial cast” (Burgess Meredith, Lonnie Sattin, Vi Velasco) and success in Chicago, it never made it to Broadway as planned. Photo via The New York Public Library

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lascasartoris:

African-American dancer Margot Webb, c1934

Margot Webb, a Cotton Club dancer (circa 1934) who gained even more notoriety as a ballroom dancer with her partner Harold Norton. They performed as “Norton and Margot” in the 1930s and 1940s. Brenda Dixon Gottschild (Amel Larrieux’s mother) has a wonderful book, Waltzing in the Dark: African American Vaudeville and Race Politics in the Swing Era, with a wealth of information on their career. Photo: Harry Possner via AmericanMemorabilia.com

vintageblackglamour:

lascasartoris:

African-American dancer Margot Webb, c1934

Margot Webb, a Cotton Club dancer (circa 1934) who gained even more notoriety as a ballroom dancer with her partner Harold Norton. They performed as “Norton and Margot” in the 1930s and 1940s. Brenda Dixon Gottschild (Amel Larrieux’s mother) has a wonderful book, Waltzing in the Dark: African American Vaudeville and Race Politics in the Swing Era, with a wealth of information on their career. Photo: Harry Possner via AmericanMemorabilia.com

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theartofbeingsingle:

To The Black Ballerinas. 

These women have let the world know through their grace, beautiful, strength and fluidity that the dancing black female body is a gorgeous force to be reckoned with. The bodies of black women have been politicized, sexualized, and dissected by every blade the collective public has, both physical and otherwise. But when these women dance, their bodies are unconquered, moving like sweetwater, undefined and unfathomably glorious. This photoset is to the power of the ballerina, who declare themselves with their feet, when they dance…they sing. 

OMG I have a picture my mom took of me with Dr. Pearl Primus when she came to Nigeria and was adopted as a chief’s daughter. :D