Nationality and Place of birth: Israel Ethnicity: Ethiopian, African She won the Iaraeli Top Model competition at 16 years old. Article about Miss Avtau below: www.scribd.com/fullscreen She left Israel to seek a modelling career in New York. Israela signed a multi-million dollar deal with Avon Cosmetics in the US. She is the highest paid model after Bar […]Read More
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Nationality:French Place of birth: Nice, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France Ethnicity: Polish / TchadRead More
This 80-minute documentary focuses on the growing “wealth gap” in America, as seen through the eyes of filmmaker Jamie Johnson, a 27-year-old heir to the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical fortune. Johnson, who cut his film teeth at NYU and made the Emmy®-nominated 2003 HBO documentary Born Rich, here sets his sights on exploring the political, […]Read More
From the movie “Coming to America”. Choreography by Paula Abdul Her father (Harry Abdul) is of Sephardic Jewish background from Syria. Her mother is also Jewish and was born in Canada. Her parents have lived in Syria, Brazil, and Canada – and this varied background has contributed to incredibly different stories in the press […]Read More
Forbes staffers Jeff Bercovici and Meghan Casserly discuss the meteoric rise of Sofia Vergara, television’s top-paid actress, and the emergence of the hugely profitable Hispanic media market in the US.Read More
One of Stephen’s extraordinary abilities is to memorize landscapes up to the highest detail. During this flight he had a thorough look at the view of the Japanese capital from the helicopter including thousands of buildings, towers, high-ways, cars, buses, even down to intricate details of trees and windows. Following the 30 minutes ride Stephen […]Read More
Nationality:Australian Place of birth:Melbourne, Australia Ethnicity:Pakistani, Saudi Arabian and Lithuanian Shanina Shaik was a runner up on the reality TV series Make Me a Supermodel. While on the show, she met US model/actor Tyson Beckford, who featured as one of the judges and whom she is currently dating. “I’m not sure if my look is an […]Read More
Nationality: British Ethnicity: African descent On the cover of The Sunday Times Style UK with an featured interview inside the magazine Jourdan Dunn – runway star London born Jourdan Dunn was discovered in a local Primark at 16 by the legendary agency Storm Models (who also discovered Kate Moss) and has been unstoppable ever since. […]Read More
Real NASA African American Astronauts Please Click on their names below for more info. Former, current and candidate Michael P. Anderson Guion S. Bluford, Jr. Charles F. Bolden, Jr. Yvonne Cagle Robert L. Curbeam, Jr. Frederick D. Gregory Bernard A. Harris Joan E. Higginbotham Mae C. Jemison More: 1 Ronald E. McNair Leland D. Melvin Bobby […]Read More
Angolan and Portuguese ancestry http://youtu.be/tSKXJWQ-bp4 the beauty pageant titleholder who was a Top 10 finalist at Miss Universe 2007 and placed first runner-up to Miss World 2007, becoming Miss World Africa. She was the highest placed Miss Angola at both Miss Universe and Miss Worldbefore the win of Leila Lopes in Miss Universe 2011 She was also named Miss World Continental Queen of Africa. […]Read More
Nationality: Canadian Ethnicity and place of birth: Mogadishu, Somalia, African. She stands at 5’11 Ft tall. This woman also looks similar to Nefertiti. I can see her or other women with similar appearances portraying the ancient Egyptian/African Queen. Yasmin Warsame is a Somali-born Canadian supermodel. She moved from Somalia to Toronto, Canada when she was fifteen. Warsame […]Read More
Nationality: Canadian Ethnicity: She is African American and German. Born Denise Katrina Matthews, Vanity is a glamorous Canadian ex-model and lead singer of the all-girl group “Vanity 6” of German and African/American , she specialized in playing sultry female characters often in trouble with the law. (CNN) Vanity fronted the group Vanity 6 but was best […]Read More
Nationality: Brazilian Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Ethnicity: African, Austrian and Portuguese descent. Brazil’s population includes the largest number of people of African descent in the entire Western Hemisphere. Ms. Araújo became the first black actress to be a leading character of a telenovela in prime time of the largest Brazilian television network, Rede Globo. An artist rendition of her beauty below – @_jd_m […]Read More
Nationality: (Ajax, Ontario) Canadian Ethnicity: Indian and Jamaican She is 5’10 ft tall. Quote: The craziest thing I’ve ever had to do on a shoot: Shooting at night in the sea with what I was convinced were baby sharks. I’m best known for my (eyes, freckles, hips, etc.): Cat like eyes. She has been jetting around the […]Read More
Nationality: French Ethnicity: Guadeloupean / Martiniquais (Caribbean /West Indies) African descent. Ms. Augustin speaks French and English. She is 5’10 1/2 ft tall with blue eyes. Quote: Both my parents and my brother are dark skinned but the West Indies are a mix of genes from different countries and you never know what skin color your baby […]Read More
Nationality: British Ethnicity: Campbell is of African-Jamaican descent, as well as of Chinese Jamaican ancestry through her paternal grandmother, who carried the family name Ming. In 2012 Naomi Campbell received an island vacation home for her 41st birthday from her Russian billionaire boyfriend Vladislav Doronin. It’s shaped like the Egyptian Eye of Horus on a location known as Cleopatra […]Read More
Legendary black American stage performer who took pre-World War II Europe by storm but found constant racial harassment in her homeland.
Biography of the African-American who became a major performer in the Paris cabarets of the 1920’s and 1930’s. The film follows her life beginning as a struggling performer in 1917 St. Louis, her frustrations leading to her move to France, and follows to her death in 1975.
Today in history, June 3rd, 1906… dancer, singer and actress Freda Josephine McDonald (aka Josephine Baker), who gained fame in Paris, France, thanks to her “risque” cabaret and musical hall performances, was born in St. Louis, Missouri.
While Ms Baker did perform on screen in a number of films – Siren of the Tropics (1927), Zouzou (1934) andPrincesse Tam Tam (1935), notably – she’s probably more universally recognized for her vaudeville stage musical acts which helped her become maybe the first international black female celebrity.
She was also politically active, making contributions to the Civil Rights Movement here in the United States, and assisted the French Resistance during World War II, becoming the first American-born woman to receive the French military honor, the Croix de guerre.
She died on April 12th, 1975 at age 68.
Since then, there’s really been only 1 true attempt to tell her story on film – the 1991, HBO movie, The Josephine Baker Story, which starred Lynn Whitfield as Baker. Whitfield would go on to win an Emmy Award for her performance!
In 1943, Oscar Hammerstein Jr. took Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen, rewrote the lyrics, changed the characters from 19th century Spaniards to World War II-era African-Americans, switched the locale to a Southern military base, and the result was Carmen Jones. Dorothy Dandridge stars as Carmen Jones, tempestuous employee of a parachute factory. Harry Belafonte plays Joe (originally José), a young military officer engaged to marry virginal Cindy Lou (Olga James). When Carmen gets into a fight with another girl, she is placed under arrest and put in Joe’s charge. Succumbing to her attractiveness, Joe accompanies Carmen to her old neighborhood, where, after killing a sergeant sent to retrieve him, he deserts the army. Carmen tries to be faithful, but fortune-telling Frankie (Pearl Bailey) warns her that she and her soldier are doomed. Enter Joe Adams in the role of boxer Husky Miller (a play on Carmen’s bullfighter Escamillo), who sweeps Carmen off her feet, ultimately with tragic consequences. Alhough both Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte were singers, their opera voices were dubbed in by LeVern Hutcherson and Marilyn Horne.Read More
Nationality: (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) American. Ethnicity: Cuban, African-American, Dominican and Portuguese background, Afro-Latina. She has appeared in Vogue and graced one of the four covers of its “All Black” issue. Her career started in 2004, when she signed with IMG Models. A fan of her Beauty, tattooed her image on the back of his hand. Her runway […]Read More
Nationality: American Ethnicity: Mother is Cherokee & African American & Father Dutch or German descent. Her surname Kitt is said to be of Dutch or German origin. In the late 1960s, Batman featured recurring villain Kitt as Catwoman after Julie Newmar had left the role, in season 3. She had sung and danced her way out […]Read More
Kongo art at the NYC Metropolitan Museum will assemble for the first time the majority of works produced by three of Central Africa’s most talented master sculptors. This exhibition is open to the public untill January 3, 2016. Kongo society’s most gifted artists were in great demand by patrons who required their talents for the […]Read More
Debutante cotillions. Arranged marriages. Summer trips to Martha’s Vineyard. All-black boarding schools. Memberships in the Links, Deltas, Bouleacute, or Jack and Jill. Million-dollar homes. An obsession with good hair, top credentials, and colleges like Howard, Spelman, and Harvard… This is the world of the black upper class– an exclusive, mostly hidden group that lives awkwardly […]Read More
Mark Walker outside of the Oba Palace in Benin (now Edo state) Nigeria posing with one of two statues that he returned to Nigeria, after having being looted over 117 years ago by his ancestor Captain Herbert Walker during the 1897 Punitive Expedition. This has opened the door to many requests for other stolen works, […]Read More
Nationality: Brazilian Place of birth: Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Brazilians are of mixed heritage Trade Mark: Her green eyes Brazil officially the Federative Republic of Brazil is the largest country in both South America and theLatin American region. It is the largest Portuguese-speaking country in the world, and the only one in the Americas. […]Read More
Nationality: American Ethnicity: German and African American. She was born in Germany. BIO/Interview below: When I was 13 years old, my mom was confronted by my mother agent, Sheilah Dixon of Millie Lewis South Carolina, to come to the agency to meet her. That meeting turned into a test shoot, which later turned into those […]Read More