Category: african american

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Ebony Magazine Covers from 1959

Bill Cosby playing basketball with his press agent Joe Sutton, 1968.

Photos by Michael Rougier for LIFE magazine

Eartha Kitt photographed by Gordon Parks in New York, 1952.

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Lola Falana photographed by Harry Langdon circa 1977

Born Loletha Elayne Falana on September 11, 1942 in

Camden, New Jersey, Falana was the product of an industrious family. Her father left Cuba to become a welder in the United States where he met her mother.

She spent most of her earlier years in Philadelphia as an up-and-coming dancer while also singing in the local church choir. Lola was discovered in Harlem by Sammy Davis Jr. who her perform in 1964, he cast her as the lead dancer in his Broadway musical The Golden Boy .

She recorded her first single My Baby in 1965 for Mercury Records. Sammy Davis cast her in his film, A Man Called Adam, her first film role. In 1975 she was nominated for a Tony Award and won the Theater World Award

for the Broadway musical Dr. Jazz.

She went on to become the first black woman to model for a line of cosmetics that was not targeted solely at blacks, in the successful Faberge Tigress perfume ads. By the late 1970’s, Lola Falana became known as the “Queen of Las Vegas”. She performed for sold-out crowds

at The Sands, The Riviera, and the MGM Grand hotels. The Aladdin hotel offered her $100,000 a week to perform. At the time, Lola was the highest paid female performer in Las Vegas.

While still performing in Las Vegas, Lola joined the cast of a short-lived CBS soap opera, Capitol, as Charity Blake, a wealthy entertainment mogul. In 1983, she was appearing at Bally’s hotel and casino in Atlantic City and, while playing baccarat, won a minority stake in the New York Mets, a stake Lola held until she sold it in 1988 for $14 million dollars to Frank Cashen.

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Lena Horne photographed by Philippe Halsman, 1954.

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Georgette Harvey, Ethel Waters and Fredi Washington on set of the Broadway play “Mamba’s Daughters”

at the Empire Theatre, 1939.

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Jet magazine

covers from 1971

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Gary Coleman at home with his parents Sue and W.G. Coleman in 1979.

Gary Coleman had been estranged from his parents since 1989, when Sue Coleman filed a court request to gain control of her son’s estimated $6 million fortune, insisting Gary was not able to handle his finances. Gary countersued and won a $1.3 million settlement, though he eventually declared bankruptcy in 1999. Gary rarely spoke to his parents after that and he left them nothing in his will when he died in 2010.

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O.J. Simpson, running back for the Buffalo Bills, poses with his wife, Marguerite, daughter Arnelle, 4, and son Jason, 2, in Buffalo, New York on October 10, 1973. 

In 1973, Simpson became the first player to break the highly coveted 2,000-yard rushing mark with 2,003 total rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. For his performance he won that year’s NFL MVP Award,

NFL player of the year and

The Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award. While other players had broken the 2,000-yard mark since Simpson, his record happened when the NFL only had 14-game seasons; as opposed to the now 16-game seasons.

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Publicity photos of Diahann Carroll as Dominique Deveraux and Billy Dee Williams as Brady Lloyd for Dynasty (1984)