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“Carmen Jones helped her, for all too brief a time, to reconfigure her definition of herself. It would be a bonafide triumph that she could take pride in. And once it was released, the various people at the studios in the years to come—the grips, the technicians, the makeup and wardrobe assistants, the extras, and the other stars—would again stop to stare as she came onto the lot for a day’s shoot. Never again, though, would she be viewed as simply “the Colored singer.” She would now be Dorothy Dandridge, a star.”-Donald Bogle

BGF Who Taught You? :: Mother’s girlfriend was strict and cruel. Was in a singing group with Etta James. Confronted racism at a young age. Couldn’t use restaurants and facilities because of skin color. Sang at The Cotton Club and the Apollo Theatre. First Black woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for best actress. Earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Movie created in her honor. Janelle Monae created a song named after her. #Dorothytaughtme #whotaughtyou #DorothyDandridge #DorothyDandridgeEyes #BlackHerstory #BlackExcellence #CarmenJones #AcademyAwards #BlackGirlFly #BlackGirlFlyMag #ToHarrietwithLove #BlackHistoryMonth #BlackHistory #VintageFlyGirl #VintageFly #WhoTaughtYouBGF

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Happy 92nd Birthday, to one of the most beautiful women that walked this earth, Dorothy Dandridge! Such a talent. Such an intellectual. Wish the world had given you your roses while you were here. We honor you today, “Angel Face.”
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Happy 93rd Birthday Dorothy Jean Dandridge! You were the first Black woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for your role as Carmen Jones in 1954. Thank you for your talent, grace and excellence. #RIP #DorothyDandridge #Hollywood #Breakthrough #BlackExcellence #CarmenJones #Visionary #Beauty #Actor #Singer #Dancer #WorldOfWilbekin #WOW

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HAPPY 93RD BIRTHDAY DOROTHY DANDRIDGE

The first Black woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as “Carmen Jones” in 1954. Breakthrough, beauty and brilliance all in one. Her work as an actress, singer and dance continue to inspire Hollywood and women around the world. Her contributions, excellence and vision continue to WOW us.