David Bowie and supermodel Iman were married on June 6, 1992 at St. James Church in Florence, Italy St. James Church, an Episcopalian house of worship built in the 18th century, is only authorized to bless civil ceremonies, the father of glam rock and the glamorous Somali-born model were first wed in Lausanne, Switzerland before celebrating […]Read More
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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: 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
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
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
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: Brazilian Place of birth: Sao Paulo, Brazil. She is 5’10 ft tall. Television Actress, Model and Personality. Débora Nascimento began her acting career as the lead character of the short film Cérbero, directed by Gastão Coimbra, and making a guest role on a television show called Paraíso Tropical novel/soap, as Elisa. Q&A with Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Brazil’s population […]Read More
When some of the richest people on earth want to sell their homes they turn to Dolly: The eight billion dollar woman. She’s gained the trust of the rich and famous and her knowledge of their secret lives helped her move over $8 Billion in high-end real estate. Now she’s revealing all, from the new […]Read More
Nationality: American Ethnicity: Somali and Ethiopian Fatima Siad raised in Boston, Massachusetts, she placed third on America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 10. Personnel Quote: Be Comfortable in your Own Skin And You Won’t Hate on Others in Theirs Personal Quotes: I don’t want to be known as ‘Baby Iman. I want to make a name for myself. […]Read More
Nationality: American Place of birth: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA Ethnicity: Japanese / French / Belgian / English http://www.businessinsider.com/model-carolyn-giles-is-suing-volvo-for-making-her-look-like-an-escort-2012-8Read More
Place of birth: China Xiao Wen Ju (born May 19, …., in Xi’an, Shaanxi, China) is a professional fashion model who is considered one of the Chinese supermodels. She tried her luck in Europe during the F/W 11 season, and had a great start in New York, Paris, and Milan. She has walked the […]Read More
Nationality: Canadian Place of birth: Toronto, Ontario, Canada Ethnicity: African Amercian/Native Indian/ScottishRead More
Nationality: American Place of birth: Bronx, New York, US Ethnicity: Mexican and Afro-Bajan descent. Stacey Dash was born in the Bronx, New York. Stacy knew that she wanted to act, and from an early age began to act professionally. She made regular appearances on “The Cosby Show” (1984), “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” (1990), and also “St. Elsewhere”(1982). At 22 she […]Read More
Nationality: Brazilian Place of birth: Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil The actress starred in the TV Globo soap opera Esperança in April 2002 with the approval of the director Luiz Fernando Carvalho who was impressed with his test and suggested to the author, Benedito Ruy Barbosa, the changing age of the character, Julia, oldest first, so it could […]Read More
Thankfully through science and technology, Archaeologists have revealed the remains of what they say was a “high status” woman of African origin who lived in York during Roman times. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/north_yorkshire/8538888.stm Roman remains in York are ‘elite’ African womanRead More
Nationality: American Place of birth: San Francisco, California Ethnicity: Syrian and German American Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address Steven Paul “Steve” Jobs was an American businessman, designer and inventor. He is best known as the co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Apple Inc. Jobs passed away on October 5, 2011 at the age of 56. […]Read More
Nationality: British Birth Name: Helen Folasade Adu Birth Place: Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. Ethnicity: English and Yoruba Nigerian the British singer Sade Adu, was born to an English Mother and a Yoruba Nigerian Father. She was born in Nigeria and lived there until she was four was 4 years old. http://youtu.be/KWy3X7f4MyY Source: http://www.sade.com/gb/biography/ http://youtu.be/Jg7OgfFkkGARead More
Nationality: American Place of birth: Lake Jackson, Texas. U.S. Ethnicity: Mexican and Native American Cherokee Selena Quintanilla-Pérez (April 16, 1971 – March 31, 1995), known simply as Selena, was an American singer-songwriter. She was named the “top Latin artist of the ’90s” and “Best selling Latin artist of the decade” by Billboard for her fourteen top-ten singles in the Top […]Read More
Nationality: Brazilian Ethnicity: Brazilian/Japanese Place of birth: Cruzeiro D’Oeste, Parana, BrasilRead More
Nationality: American Ethnicity: African American/Native American (Cherokee) and Caucasian (English/Italian). http://youtu.be/mUKuMOqQ90o Salli Elise Richardson was born November 23, 1967, in Chicago, Illinois. Salli’s acting career was first nurtured in the theater. Her first feature performance was in 1991 as “Denise” in Up Against the Wall (1991). However, her breakthrough role was in 1993’s How U Like Me […]Read More
Nationality: American Ethnicity: Unknown, she’s adopted. Kristen Wilson was born and raised in Massachusetts where she trained as a dancer and performed with the Boston Ballet for four years. She received her BFA degree in musical theatre from Syracuse University. Taking time out in her junior year to take part in a national tour of […]Read More
Nationality and Ethnicity: African American African-American stunner Darcel Wynne was born on June 13, 1953 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Darcel moved to Hollywood, California as a teenager and got her first professional television dancing gig at age fourteen (she lied about her age and claimed she was eighteen in order to get this particular job). […]Read More
Carlos Slim Helu doesn’t believe in handouts. He’s got another approach to improving people’s lives. The 2012 Forbes Billionaires list: http://www.forbes.com/billionairesRead 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