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Sheila Guyse MP (1925 - 2013)

Jet Magazine, March 10, 2014, News/Census, p. 16. With appearances on Broadway and in race films during the 40s and 50s, the actress/singer was most known for her role in the film Sepia Cinderella. G...

4/19/2015 4/19/2015

Oscar Deavereaux Micheaux MP (1884 - 1951)

Mini Bio (1) Oscar Micheaux, the first African-American to produce a feature-length film (The Homesteader (1919) in 1919) and a sound feature-length film (The Exile (1931) in 1931), is not a major ...

2/16/2009 1/15/2015

Ethel Waters MP (1896 - 1977)

Ethel Waters (October 31, 1896 – September 1, 1977) was an American blues, jazz and gospel vocalist and actress. She frequently performed jazz, big band, and pop music, on the Broadway stage and in c...

3/15/2012 3/15/2012

Valerie Black MP (deceased)

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10/13/2011 10/13/2011

Neva Peoples MP (1914 - 1995)

10/13/2011 10/13/2011

Bea Griffith MP (deceased)

"Beatrice Griffin"

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10/13/2011 10/13/2011

June Richmond MP (1915 - 1962)

June Richmond became one of the very first black singers to be featured regularly with a white band when she performed with Jimmy Dorsey's Orchestra in 1938. An enthusiastic vocalist who was excellen...

10/11/2011 10/11/2011

Herb Jeffries MP (1913 - 2014)

"The Bronze Buckaroo"

Herbert "Herb" Jeffries (born September 24, 1913) is an American jazz and popular singer and actor. Born in Detroit, Michigan as Herbert Jeffrey, he is the son of Umberto Balentino,[2] a pianist of...

10/9/2011 10/10/2011

Edna M. Harris MP (1910 - 1997)

"Edna M. Harris", "Edna May Harris"

Edna Mae Harris was one of the best actresses of the Black race in the 1930s and 1940s. She starred in some of the best all black cast independently produced movies in the 1930s and 1940s. An attract...

10/10/2011 10/10/2011

Mae Turner MP (1908 - 1999)

Attractive Mae Turner was one of the top femme fatales, vamps, and hussies of Black Cinema in the 1930s. She usually played the woman who was the ruin of a man. She was a fine actress who perfected t...

10/10/2011 10/10/2011

Nina Mae McKinney MP (1912 - 1967)

"Nina McKinney", "The Black Garbo"

Nina Mae McKinney (June 13, 1912 – May 3, 1967) was an American actress. Dubbed "The Black Garbo",[1] she was one of the first African-American film stars and was one of the first African-Americans t...

10/10/2011 10/10/2011

Ida James MP (b. - 1994)

Delicate beauty Ida James was a sweet-honey voiced singer who's singing could rival the birds, she gained popularity in the 1940s for her beauty, high, bird-like voice, grace, and glamour. She was th...

10/9/2011 10/9/2011

Jeni Le Gon MP

"Jeni Legon", "Jeni LeGon", "Jenny Le Gon"

Dancer, actress, and dance instructor Jeni LeGon was born Jennie Ligon on August 14, 1916 in Chicago, Illinois. Later, in London, she learned that she was descended from General Henry Beauchamp Lygon, ...

10/8/2011 10/8/2011

Ruby Ann Dee MP (1922 - 2014)

Ruby Dee (née Wallace; October 27, 1922 – June 11, 2014) an American actress, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, and activist, perhaps best known for co-starring in the film A Raisin in the ...

8/8/2011 10/8/2011

Eslanda Cardozo Robeson MP (1896 - 1965)

Eslanda ("Essie") Goode Robeson, (December 12, 1896 - December 13, 1965) the wife and business manager of Paul Robeson, was an American anthropologist, author, actor and activist. Eslanda Cardozo Goo...

4/14/2011 10/8/2011

Paul Robeson MP (1898 - 1976)

Paul Leroy Robeson (April 9, 1898 – January 23, 1976) was an African-American concert singer (bass-baritone), recording artist, athlete and actor who became noted for his political radicalism and act...

4/14/2011 10/8/2011

Hattie McDaniel MP (1895 - 1952)

One of the great American character actresses, Hattie McDaniel was the first African-American actress to win an Academy Award for her portrayal of the "mammy" figure in the film Gone with the Wind. S...

4/25/2011 10/8/2011

Lena Horne MP (1917 - 2010)

Lena Mary Calhoun Horne was a singer, dancer, actress, and activist who had a wildly successful career as a nightclub performer and recording artist. She was one of the first African-Americans to sign ...

3/16/2009 10/8/2011

Isabel Washington Powell MP (1909 - 2007)


Isabel Washington Powell, who gave up the nightclub and Broadway stage to marry Adam Clayton Powell Jr., and become a much-loved figure in uptown society, died on May 1. She would have turned 99 on M...

7/21/2010 10/7/2011

Fredi Washington MP (1903 - 1994)

Fredericka Carolyn "Fredi" Washington (December 23, 1903 - June 28, 1994) was an accomplished dramatic film actress, most active in the 1920s- 1930s. Fredi was a self-proclaimed Black woman, who chos...

8/30/2011 10/7/2011

Ossie Davis MP (1917 - 2005)

Ossie Davis (December 18, 1917 – February 4, 2005) was an African-American film actor, director, poet, playwright, writer, and social activist. During World War II, Davis spent four years in the Army...

3/11/2011 10/7/2011