stephen bourne

anonymous asked:

I like to read biographies about classic actresses (especially black actresses). This Christmas I'd like to buy myself some books and I was wondering if there were any you could recommend?

Books I’ve Read (and recommend):

Dorothy Dandridge: A Biography (Donald Bogle) - this was the first biography I ever read.

Everything and Nothing: The Dorothy Dandridge Tragedy (Dorothy Dandridge) (Autobiography)

Thursday’s Child (Eartha Kitt) (Autobiography) - this is a very rare find; I was fortunate to find it at my school’s library a couple of years ago but a few copies are available on Amazon. Plus, Ms. Kitt wrote quite a few autobiographies.

Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams: The Story of Black Hollywood (Donald Bogle) - this isn’t a biography but since the first moment I opened it, it has remained to be my go-to book on everything Black Hollywood/Los Angeles. It may introduce you to some actresses you’d previously never heard of.

Florence Mills: Harlem Jazz Queen - although she wasn’t a screen actress, she was definitely a trailblazer for many.

Hazel Scott: The Pioneering Journey of a Jazz Pianist, from Cafe Society to Hollywood to HUAC - another book about a non-actress, but very good!

Books I Haven’t Read (but have heard/read good things about):

Vintage Black Glamour (Nichelle Gainer)

His Eye is On the Sparrow (Ethel Waters) (Autobiography)

Heat Wave: The Life and Career of Ethel Waters (Donald Bogle)

The Legs Are the Last to Go (Diahann Carroll) (Autobiography)

American Cocktail: A “Colored Girl” in the World (Anita Reynolds) (Autobiography)

Lena (Lena Horne) (Autobiography)

Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne (James Gavin)

One Life to Live: The Autobiography of an African American Actress (Ellen Holly) (Autobiography)

With Ossie and Ruby: In This Life Together (Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee) (Autobiography)

Between You and Me (Pearl Bailey) (Autobiography)

Books That I Have Read but Personally Didn’t Care For:

The Josephine Baker Story (Ean Wood) (try for The Hungry Heart, written by her son Jean Claude)

  – I’m still reading this book, but it’s kind of a hard read…the author (who passed away a few years ago) includes a lot of quotes from old press that put Baker and the words “primitive” “jungle” “animal” “monkey” in the same sentences. It was important that he added these things but every time I read a quote like that, I can hear a black ancestor in their grave saying “Compare her to an animal one more time…”

     Also, Josephine Baker was known to embellish or change details of her life (according to the book, she actually admitted that she did this) but the way in which the author informs us of this…it’s a wee bit annoying. He’ll include a quote from her about an event in her life, then in the next sentence will say something like: “But that was a lie because…“ The first two sentences of that were okay, but after that, I’m constantly saying to myself: “So why even put that in there…”

Hattie McDaniel: Black Ambition, White Hollywood (Jill Watts)

  – I was debating whether I should put this on my “didn’t care for list” because 1) I didn’t actually finish the book and 2) it’s actually a very informative book–I mean it’s filled with historical facts–but some reviewers have argued that it was more fact-telling than storytelling, and based on what I did read, I got a little of that, too.

There’s also:

Nina Mae McKinney: The Black Garbo (Stephen Bourne)

  – I haven’t read this book, but it hasn’t received the most glowing reviews– the author himself was disappointed with it. However, this was the first and only full biography written about Nina Mae McKinney.


what turns you on? ft. ian crying with laughter

e.g. the only video i could get before my phone battery fucked up like the piece of shit that it is

Wasn’t Thea’s whole crusade against keeping secrets for like 3 seasons. So why in the hell would she advise Oliver to keep William a secret? Why is she destroying our Ship?????

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In a week season 3b starts so it’s the right time to share my Wolf’s Bane Yoshikitty pics.

They were all game even if probably thinking “WTH is that?”

Linden made laugh so much, I was crying. Got a free auto when I showed him the photo.

Melissa simply ROCKS!

If you want to do something with them, send me an ask and I’ll give you better quality & without the watermark; as long as you give me credit for the original.


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