OssieDavis (born Raiford Chatman Davis) (December 18, 1917 – February 4, 2005) Emmy and Grammy award winning Humanitarian, Playwright, Activist, Director, Author, Producer, Actor, Poet and “an upright example of Black Manhood”! Ruby Dee (October 27, 1922 - …) Emmy and Grammy award winning Journalist, Screenwriter, Activist, Playwright, Actor, Poet; widow of Ossie Davis and living proof that “Black don’t Crack”!
#BlackHistoryMonth 2014 CultureSOUL - The Carl Van Vechten Photography series
Van Vechten was a writer, photographer and patron of the arts in New York. He was said to be moved by the artists of the Harlem Renaissance movement and in 1939 he began a photography series that would last for nearly 25 years. Van Vechten, who became friendly with many of the artists, began photographing them in a bold color series. Some 50 years later, this series still stands as one of the finest photo essays on mid-century black artists available. A few highlights from the series here.
1. Eartha Kitt / 2. Harry Belafonte / 3. Ruby Dee / 4. Ossie Davis
5. Langston Hughes / 6. Zora Neal Hurston / 7. Pearl Bailey
8. James Earl Jones / 9. W.E.B. Dubois / 10. Mahalia Jackson