Category: african american

twixnmix: Eartha Kitt with her daughter Kitt …

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Eartha Kitt with her daughter Kitt McDonald in the late 1960s.

twixnmix: Ruby Dee photographed by Carl Va…

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Ruby Dee photographed

by Carl Van Vechten on September 25, 1962.

twixnmix: Jet magazine covers from 1975

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Jet magazine

covers from 1975

Iman and her daughter Zulekha Haywood atten…

Iman and her daughter Zulekha Haywood attend the 4th annual BET Honors at the Warner Theatre on January 15, 2011 in Washington, DC.

twixnmix: Jet magazine covers from 1974

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Jet magazine covers from 1974

71-year-old Ike Turner and 42-year-old Laurenc…

71-year-old Ike Turner and 42-year-old Laurence Fishburne at John Singleton’s Hollywood Walk of Fame induction ceremony on August 26, 2003

At age 19 in 1951, Ike Turner released “Rocket 88,” which many consider to be the first rock and roll record. Laurence Fishburne best known for playing Morpheus in The Matrix trilogy

was nominated for an

Academy Award in 1994 for his portrayal of Ike Turner in the biopic What’s Love Got to Do With It (1993). He also starred in Boyz n the Hood (1991), directed by John Singleton. At age 24 in 1992, John was the youngest person ever nominated for Best Director, and the first African-American to be nominated for the award.

Hue was a monthly celebrity and gossip magaz…

Hue was a monthly celebrity and gossip magazine published in the 1950s by Johnson Publishing, the publishers of Jet and Ebony. It was digest-sized like Jet, but unlike that magazine Hue featured full-color covers and had a back cover often used to highlight aspiring actresses and models. The covers tended to be a mix of celebrities and models, generally all women, with the exception of the occasional male star.

Hue was a monthly celebrity and gossip magaz…

Hue was a monthly celebrity and gossip magazine published in the 1950s by Johnson Publishing, the publishers of Jet and Ebony. It was digest-sized like Jet, but unlike that magazine Hue featured full-color covers and had a back cover often used to highlight aspiring actresses and models. The covers tended to be a mix of celebrities and models, generally all women, with the exception of the occasional male star.

twixnmix: R&B guitar duo Mickey &…

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R&B guitar duo Mickey & Sylvia (1956-1958)

In 1955 Mickey Baker (1925-2012) formed Mickey & Sylvia

with his guitar student Sylvia Vanderpool (1936-2011). Their biggest hit was “Love is Strange” in 1956.

It topped Billboard’s R&B chart for two weeks and reached No. 11 on the Hot 100. They followed up with “There Oughta Be a Law,” which hit the R&B top 10 but would be the duo’s last big hit. They split up in 1959 but would record together off and on into the mid-60s. More than a decade later, Vanderpool under her married name, Sylvia Robinson would

be dubbed The Mother of Hip Hop. She helped introduce the world to rap music as founder Sugar Hill Records. The act she discovered, Sugarhill Gang, recorded rap’s first national hit single, “Rapper’s Delight,” in 1979. 

twixnmix: R&B guitar duo Mickey &…

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R&B guitar duo Mickey & Sylvia (1956-1958)

In 1955 Mickey Baker (1925-2012) formed Mickey & Sylvia

with his guitar student Sylvia Vanderpool (1936-2011). Their biggest hit was “Love is Strange” in 1956.

It topped Billboard’s R&B chart for two weeks and reached No. 11 on the Hot 100. They followed up with “There Oughta Be a Law,” which hit the R&B top 10 but would be the duo’s last big hit. They split up in 1959 but would record together off and on into the mid-60s. More than a decade later, Vanderpool under her married name, Sylvia Robinson would

be dubbed The Mother of Hip Hop. She helped introduce the world to rap music as founder Sugar Hill Records. The act she discovered, Sugarhill Gang, recorded rap’s first national hit single, “Rapper’s Delight,” in 1979.