Laverne Cox photographed by Carter Smith for Watch! Magazine, April 2017
Sometimes I have to pinch myself. I mean, if my 18-year-old self looked at my life right now, she’d say, ‘Yep, that’s exactly right.’ It took me a little longer to get here than I thought, but you’re doing just great.
‘Wilma Rudolph, the first American woman to win three Olympic Gold Medals in track and field in one year, was born in Clarksville, TN, on this date June 23, 1940. Rudolph accomplished this feat although stricken with polio at an early age.’
Since February is Black history month, I’ve decided to do my part and share some tidbits from Black history every day. I’m hoping to bring to light some lesser-known figures in black history along with some of the more common ones.
Today’s figure: Jackie Robinson
‘Jackie Robinson, the first Black baseball player in the major leagues, was born in Cairo, GA, on January 31, 1919. Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, ending five decades of segregated baseball. At the time of his retirement in October 1972, Robinson is believed to have been the most respected of all baseball players.’
(photo: Jackie Robinson)
- CARTER Magazine
On developing as a person and as an actress: I was sitting in a
restaurant like this. And I’m working on this script. To my right, a guy
was like “I’m producing this thing” and I was like, you can’t play a
regular person and live only in circumstances where people are only
talking about movies. The most important part of my job is feeling like I
understand as much as I can about humans and human behavior.
Emma Stone photographed by Carter Smith for Elle Magazine, July 2011