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

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Artist Keith Haring attends the PRO-Peace Benefit to Raise Funds for the Great Peace March at the Palladium in New York City

on January 18, 1986. 

Photos by Ron Galella

Mickey & Sylvia circa 1958

Hazel Scott modeling her custom Balmain for Jet magazine (May 15, 1952)

Wallace Beery and Gloria Swanson (1916)  

On March 27, 1916, 30-year-old Wallace Beery married Gloria Swanson on her 17th birthday with her mother’s consent. The marriage was a disaster from the start. On their wedding night, Wallace got drunk and raped Gloria. After she became pregnant he tricked her into swallowing an abortifacient. 

In her 1980 autobiography Swanson on Swanson, Gloria describes the incident:

I was brushing my hair when he came into the room. He gave me a look that made me turn away, but he didn’t say anything. Then he turned out the light and in the darkness pulled me to him. I gave a coquettish little command to stop that I thought would make him laugh. Still he said nothing. He turned me and pushed me backward until I fell on the bed. He fell beside me, and there was nothing romantic about the way he began to repeat that I was driving him crazy.

He was raking his hands over me and pulling at my nightie until I heard it rip. I pleaded with him to stop, to wait, to turn on the light. His beard was scraping my skin and his breath smelled. He kept repeating obscene things and making advances with his hand and tongue while he turned his body this way and that and awkwardly undid his buttons and squirmed out of his clothes.

Then he forced my body into position and began hurting me, hurting me terribly. I couldn’t stand it. I begged him to stop, to listen to me, and finally when I couldn’t stand it any longer, I screamed. He told me to be quiet, not to wake the whole hotel, and he said it in a voice of quiet, filthy conspiracy. The pain became so great that I thought I must be dying. I couldn’t move for the pain. When he finally rolled away, I could feel blood everywhere.

Gloria’s mother Addie, in the room next door did not come to her aide and they never spoke about that night. Gloria discovered that she was pregnant a few months later. One morning she had asked

Wallace

to buy her something from the pharmacy to relieve her severe cramps. He bought her bottle of medication which she took without asking any questions. She became nauseous and passed out. When she woke up a nurse told her that she had lost her baby. She later discovered that

Wallace

had given her poison to abort their baby. She left him soon after this incident. 

Mae West and Raquel Welch in “Myra Breckinridge” (1970)

There were reports of conflicts between Raquel Welch and Mae West during filming.

Raquel Welch portrays a gay man who has a sex change and transforms into Myra Breckinridge.

Mae West

portrays

Leticia Van Allen, a casting agent. This was her first film role since 1943.

She was responsible for getting a then-unknown Tom Selleck cast as one of her studs in the film. 

Raquel Welch photographed by Terry O’Neill

for Paris Match, circa 1970..

Adam Clayton Powell Jr. and Hazel Scott on their wedding day in Harlem on August 1, 1945.

Madonna photographed by Herb Ritts in Honolulu, January 1985.

Harold Jackman photographed by Carl Van Vechten in 1932 and 1940.

Harold Jackman (1901-1961) was a teacher, model, actor, writer, and patron.

Jackman

was a central figure of the Harlem Renaissance.

He encouraged his artistic friends and helped them make connections with those who could further their careers.

His life long interest in documenting African American cultural life resulted in his recreation of what is now the Harold Jackman Countee Cullen Memorial Collection located at Robert Woodruff Library in Atlanta. Jackman was born in London to a West Indian mother and an unidentified father.

He attended the prestigious DeWitt Clinton High School, a predominately white, all boys school

in New York. In 1918, at school he met the man who would soon become known as Harlem’s first poet laureate, Countee Cullen. Jackman earned a B. A. from New York University and eventually received a Masters from Columbia University.  He was active in many organizations like the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the Urban League and the Negro Actors Guild, where he served on the executive board. For 30 years, Jackman taught social studies in the New York public school system. He loved to travel and became sexually involved with the writer, Edouard Roditi, in France.

Jackman’s diaries and collections are now considered some of the most important resources for writers and historians.