Category: african american

Eric Benet and Halle Berry at the New York Cit…

Eric Benet and Halle Berry at the New York City premiere of “X-Men”

on July 12, 2000.

Paul Robeson and his wife Essie Robeson w…

Paul Robeson and his wife

Essie Robeson with actress Anna May Wong,

writer and playwright

S. I. Hsiung and opera singer Mei Lanfang in London, 1935.

Pianist Hazel Scott and her husband NY Congres…

Pianist Hazel Scott and her husband NY Congressman Adam Clayton Powell Jr., talking with singer Ella Fitzgerald during opening night of Bop City in 1949.

(Photo by Martha Holmes/The LIFE Picture Collection)

Little Richard and Ike Turner at the Rock an…

Little Richard and Ike Turner at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland on April 2, 1998. 

Little Richard who was inducted into the Rock Hall in 1986, and Ike Turner in 1991, were longtime friends. Little Richard was used Ike’s piano intro on “Rocket 88″ for his song “Good Golly, Miss Molly.” Ike also said he had Little Richard in mind when he wrote songs for Tina Turner to sing. Little Richard wrote the introduction for Ike’s autobiography “Takin’ Back My Name” (1999) and

also spoke at his funeral in 2007. 

Little Richard: “When they first came to Los Angeles, I used to go over every day and Ike would be there with Tina and all of them. I remember when Tina couldn’t sing like she can today. Ike came and asked me to teach her. He asked me, ‘How would you sing this song?’ And when I sang, he would tell Tina, ‘Now that’s what I want you to do.’ But when she talks today she never mentions my name.”

Judy Pace and Don Mitchell (1972)

Judy Pace and Don Mitchell (1972)

twixnmix: Dorothy Dandridge in costume as Qu…

twixnmix:

Dorothy Dandridge in costume as Queen Melmendi of Ashuba for Tarzan’s Peril (1951).

Photos

by Ed Clark

Dorothy Dandridge circa 1957

Dorothy Dandridge circa 1957

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaking at the W…

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaking at the World Affairs Council in Los Angeles, 1967.

Photos by Ernest Reshovsky

JET Magazine covers from 1976

JET Magazine covers from 1976

twixnmix: Muhammad Ali: “Malcolm was my brot…

twixnmix:

Muhammad Ali:

“Malcolm was my brother, friend, mentor and often my confidant. He was a remarkable man whose thirst for truth and righteousness for all people set him on a path that often isolated him from others. But he knew it was the path that he must walk, regardless if he found himself walking alone. Malcolm inspired me with his eloquence and wisdom. He still inspires me. Sometimes the right road isn’t the easy road. It takes courage, conviction and personal sacrifice to stand up for truth and justice. Malcolm was that kind of man.”