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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

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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#Repost @thevagabondros Harry Belafonte & Dorothy Dandridge as their characters in 1954’s ‘Carmen Jones’. Beautiful people. This film was a game-changer. I recommend it. The film won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. It won and was nominated for many other awards. One of the biggest nominations was Dandridge’s nomination for 'Best Actress’. She was the first black woman to be nominated in the category.

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