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Ebony Magazine Covers – 1953

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.

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Muhammad Ali photographed by Thomas Hoepker in Chicago, 1966.

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Muhammad Ali photographed by Thomas Hoepker in Chicago, 1966.

Co-founder of the Black Panther Party, Huey …

Co-founder of the Black Panther Party, Huey P. Newton in 1971.

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Che Guevara with his ex-wife

Hilda Gadea

and their daughter, Hildita, on

her 4th birthday in 1960.

Below is a letter he sent from the Bolivian jungle to Hildita for her 10th birthday on February 15, 1966:

Dearest Hildita,

I am writing you now, although you’ll receive this letter much later. But I want you to know that I am thinking about you and I hope you’re having a very happy birthday. You are almost a woman now, and I cannot write to you the way I write to the little ones, telling them silly things or little fibs.

You must know that I am still far away and will be gone for quite some time, doing what I can to fight against our enemies. Not that it is a great thing, but I am doing something, and I think you will always be proud of your father, as I am of you.

Remember, there are many years of struggle ahead, and even when you are a woman, you will have to do your part in the struggle. Meanwhile, you have to prepare yourself, be very revolutionary-which at your age means to learn a lot, as much as possible, and always be ready to support just causes. Also, obey your mother and don’t think that you know it all too soon. That will come in time.

You should fight to be among the best in school. The best in every sense, and you already know what that means; study and revolutionary attitude. In other words: good conduct, seriousness, love for the revolution, comradeship, etc.

I was not that way at your age, but I lived in a different society, where man was an enemy of man. Now you have the privilege of living in another era and you must be worthy of it.

Don’t forget to go by the house to keep an eye on the other kids and advise them to study and behave themselves. Especially Aleldita, who pays a lot of attention to you as her older sister.

All right, old lady. Again I hope you are very happy on your birthday. Give a hug to your mother and to Gina. I give you a great big strong one to last as long as we don’t see each other.

Your Papa

These photographs of Mata Hari were taken in…

These photographs of Mata Hari were taken in 1912, illustrating her costume for the new Indian dance she had created with Inayat Khan. 

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Malcolm X photographed by John Launois in Cairo, August 1964.

R.I.P. (May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965)

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Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks

and Mary Pickford

promoting the sale of

Liberty Bonds

during

World War 1 at the United States Sub Treasury building (now Federal Hall) in New York City on April 8, 1918.

The three stars appeared together in D.C., New York, and then split up to tour the country on behalf of the Bond Drive.

Malcolm X and Louis Farrakhan (then Louis X) d…

Malcolm X and Louis Farrakhan (then Louis X) during a visit to Brandeis University in April 1963.