famous african americans

Josephine Baker was a famous African American dancer, singer, and actress born in 1906 St. Louis, Missouri. Sadly she was not appreciated in the US, so she went to Paris in the 1920s, where her amazing talent, charm, and charisma were such a smashing success that she became a movie star there. Oh, and she had a pet cheetah named Chiquita, who often escaped the stage to terrorize the musicians.

Even more badass - during WWII, she served as a spy to the French military intelligence, collecting info about German troop locations at all the fancy parties she went to. She pinned those notes, written in invisible ink on her sheet music, inside her underwear. How cool is that.

She also contributed to the Civil Rights movement, and refused to perform for segregated audiences during her tours in the US.

Mabel Hampton

Mabel Hampton was a famous African-American lesbian activist. She was a dancer in New York City in the 1920s, where she starred in all-black productions during the Harlem Renaissance. Mabel Hampton was in a romantic relationship with Lillian Foster, for 46 years until Foster’s death. 

On a meager income, she managed to make many financial contributions to many gay and lesbian organizations.  Hampton collected memorabilia, letters, and other records documenting her history, providing a window into the lives of black women and lesbians during the Harlem Renaissance. She left a legacy of invaluable archival materials to the Lesbian Herstory Archives. She also marched in the first National Gay and Lesbian March on Washington. Then in 1984, she spoke before thousands of onlookers at New York City Lesbian and Gay Pride Parade, where, she is quoted as saying, “I, Mabel Hampton, have been a lesbian all my life, for 82 years, and I am proud of myself and my people. I would like all my people to be free in this country and all over the world, my gay people and my black people.”

anonymous asked:

hi can u do a mc thats an african american famous model and the rfa and v and saeran find out plsss hope ya do this one✨✌🏾

i’m so tempted to draw this….. this sounds so great and khhjhjhkjh


  • do you know that feeling you get when you witness something so overwhelmingly great you’re out of breath and your mouth is hanging open from shock
  • he feels like that every single time he looks at MC
  • just,,, jesus christ how can a single person be so beautiful,,,,
  • he’d seen MC’s pictures in magazines before- he’d never thought it was possible for them to be even prettier in real life
  • just… jesus christ he’s lucky…..
  • nobody believes him he’s dating the MC. the famous model. the amazing african-american model that every company wants to have as a model. 
  • seriously, he can’t even believe it? just, wow, he’s in love


  • jaehee is a person who can appreciate beauty
  • especially beautiful people
  • and she’s dead honest when she says that MC is just the most beautiful person she’s ever had the luck to look at 
  • for someone like her, an office worker, where most days were bland and repeating, going back home and seeing such a work of art just
  • there
  • it’s a blessing
  • Jaehee can’t get over how well MC’s skin matches with vibrant colors, and with pastels, and- just, everything fits MC so beautifully and the whole world seems to agree?
  • helps MC keep their schedule organized, too


  • when he sees MC’s name first pop up in the RFA chat he nearly falls over
  • he knows who MC is. who doesn’t? they’re one of the most popular models as of now, absolutely making the entirety of the fashion industry reconsider what the “typical beauty standards” were with their excellence and their modelling
  • of course he knows who MC is
  • and damn
  • he’s always asking if he can do a joint photoshoot
  • just…. imagine… seeing his pictures all over, next to the person he loves…
  • him and MC are a hot couple because the celebrity media is always onto them- but seriously, Zen never misses a chance to talk about MC’s accomplishments during interviews


  • he’s mesmerized
  • a few times before he’d thought of asking MC to maybe appear in some adverts for his company- just loose thought here and there he never really paid much attention to
  • but after meeting them, and realizing just how… amazing they were
  • not only did they reflect beauty like no other
  • but just, as a person, too, so beautiful to make him fall in love
  • he just had to ask
  • he doesn’t care if MC and him are dating or not, he’s going to pay MC a lot, and I mean a lot
  • he’s just so amazed by how much beauty and life appear on each photo where MC is


  • when he saw MC was a model his first rule was 
  • you can’t fall in love
  • MC just… has a whole career for them, they worked hard and deserve their fame
  • and he’s a hacker.
  • he’s just going to bring them down…
  • he can’t help but make a tripter bot for MC, though- it’s almost a reflex
  • he catches himself typing out the code at a ridiculously high speed while absentmindedly thinking of MC
  • of course after MC faces him and they start dating he’s dreamy
  • of course he is!!! look at his lover!!
  • MC is! the! prettiest! person!!


  • ok but… jesus christ when he realizes who he actually lured into he RFA he has a small freakout
  • he didn’t. mean to 
  • y’know
  • especially not MC
  • most models would maybe fade out easily and be forgotten- but not MC. even he knows that they’re too famous to go missing
  • so of course, he’s scared at first
  • but… after a long time passes, and things slowly start changing in his life
  • he starts finding the beauty in MC that he once found somewhat intimidating is now calming and tender in his heart


  • he can’t see very well the first time he sees MC in person, but he knows 
  • after all, photographers do tend to have a small grasp on the modelling world even if slightly
  • and he’d heard wonders and praises followed by that same name- MC
  • the second MC greets him, he can just tell
  • they’re beautiful
  • the intonation in their voice, the way they carry themselves, the way they treat him- it’s so… beautiful, in a way he’d never thought he’d see ever again
  • it feels genuine. pure, unclouded beauty radiating from MC in such a way he feels safe near them
  • he wants to try and photograph them; arranging flowers that compliment their outfit and skin, trying his absolute best to not waste his chance to preserve the love he feels for MC in a photography

Founded in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has been one of the most influential civil rights organizations in the history of the United States. They are best known for their campaign against the separate but equal doctrine of Plessy v. Ferguson. The organization’s activism helped lead to the landmark case of Brown v. Board of Education, which declared segregation in public schools unconstitutional. The NAACP fought for a federal antilynching law, publicized the injustices of Jim Crow statutes, and provided a platform for thousands of African Americans to speak up for their rights. 

For those who are confused about race/ethnicity. “Black” is a race with several ethnicities. The arrows above demonstrate the migration of enslaved black people from Africa to other parts of the world. 

Black line = African Americans = descendants of enslaved blacks in the USA

Red lines = Afro-Latinxs = descendants of enslaved blacks in Latin America (Central America, South America, and some of the Caribbean-Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, etc.) 

Blue line = Afro-Caribbeans = descendants of enslaved blacks in the Caribbean (ex: Jamaica, Haiti, Trinidad, etc.) 

Africa = Africans 

All of these people are black. But not all black people are African American. 

Famous black people
Africans: Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama, Iman, Idris Elba
African Americans: Michelle Obama, Oprah, Beyonce, Jay-Z  
Afro-Latinx: Celia Cruz, Gina Torres, Zoe Saldana, Laz Alonso 
Afro-Caribbeans: Bob Marley, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Wyclef

*I should mention there are black people in other parts of the world as well (Afro-Palestinians, Afro-Iranian, etc.) 

**I made this in a hurry, let me know if anything is off 

Edward “Ned” Needles Hallowell: A Name Forgotten To History

He was an officer that commanded the all black 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry following the death of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw at the Second Battle of Fort Wagner in 1863. (of the Movie “Glory” Fame).  Legacy: The character of Major Forbes in the film Glory is based somewhat on Edward Hallowell.

He was a Quaker from Philadelphia who’s father was an abolitionist.  Lt. Edward Hallowell accepted an appointment in the 54th Massachusetts, which was to be led by Robert Gould Shaw as colonel and his brother Norwood as Lieutenant Colonel. The regiment was to be made up of white and black abolitionists fighting together for black freedom. Edward recruited African-American soldiers in Philadelphia and was actually the first officer to occupy the barracks set aside for the 54th at Camp Meigs in Reedville. Recruiting for the regiment proved so successful that a second regiment, the 55th, was formed. Norwood Hallowell was designated as the 55th’s colonel and Edward was promoted to major and was second-in-command to Shaw.

By the time of the famous assault by the 54th on Fort Wagner Hallowell was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. In the assault on Fort Wagner he commanded the left wing with half the regiment’s companies. Because of the narrow defile through which the 54th had to pass the left wing was deployed directly behind Shaw and the right wing. Hallowell suffered three wounds in the assault and went home to recuperate. Upon returning he commanded the 54th as a full colonel for the rest of the war, except when he was in temporary command of a brigade. The 54th and Hallowell continued to serve with distinction during the war. He fought at the Battle of Olustee, the Battle of Honey Hill and the Battle of Boykin’s Mill. At Boykin’s Mill, Hallowell was in command of Major General Potter’s 3rd Brigade.

He was mustered out of the Union Army volunteer service in 1865. Hallowell marched with the Massachusetts members of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment at a post-war victory review held in Boston in December 1865. After the war Edward returned to Medford and became a wool commission merchant. His wounds from the war undoubtedly cut his life short and he died in 1871. He is buried with his wife Charlotte at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge.

Little lasting recognition of either Edward or his brother Norwood exists. One exception is at the famous Union Club off of Boston Common which has meeting rooms dedicated to Edward and Norwood as well as Robert Gould Shaw.