A few months ago, I stumbled across the Facebook page of Vintage Black Glamour and was instantly smitten with the beautiful, rarely seen images of famous black folks and some not so famous black folks.
VBG is the brainchild of writer Nichelle Gainer whose goal, according to a recent NPR profile, was to start a book project showcasing a collection of rarely seen historical photos of actors, educators, writers, students, musicians and more — all African-American.
The book is still in a work in progress, so Gainer decided to share her photo finds and now curates the Vintage Black Glamour Tumblr blog, the Facebook page and Pinterest account.
They are some of the most beautiful images out there, and so of course, I had to share.Take a peek.
|I think you know by the looks of those legs, that that is the one and only Tina Turner.|
|I would pay good money to know what had Harry Belafonte and Martin Luther King laughing so hard. I love this photo.|
|Man, that Eartha Kitt had the presence to make a room, and staircases smoulder.|
|You didn't think Josephine Baker ran out and got her pedicure done in the streets right? But only she could don a leopard print number and look so fab as her feet got some pedicure action.|
|Ah, Toni Morrison. You are Beloved.|
|Red Foxx and Nina Simone chillin in 1959. To this day, Sanford and Son is among my all time favorite television shows.|
|Aretha Franklin. Nuff said.|
|The poet, Langston Hughes.|
Kudos to Gainer for curating this collection, and shining a light on these rarely seen images. Can't wait for the book which will make a great coffee table book, don't you think?