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
Posts tagged Screen Actors Guild
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!
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
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
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: African American and Caucasian Michael Michele has won acclaim for her portrayals of strong and capable women on television as well as in feature films. Born in Evansville, Indiana, on August 30, 1966, she, like practically everyone in the Hoosier State, grew up a big basketball fan. Michele played roundball […]Read 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
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
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
She is African and German American or Dutch Paula’s family lived across the street from the 20th Century Fox lot when she was growing up and she was a fan of films from her earliest years. Her mother, who also appreciated good films, was a schoolteacher, and her father was a lawyer. Study film at […]Read More
Spanning sixty years, this deliciously entertaining history uncovers the audacious manner in which many blacks made a place for themselves in an industry that originally had no place for them. Through interviews and the personal recollections of Hollywood luminaries, Bogle pieces together a remarkable history that remains largely obscure to this day. We discover that […]Read More
The American actor is the star of the Television series Prison Break, playing Michael Scofield. He was born to a father of African-American, Jamaican, English, German, Jewish and Cherokee ancestry and a mother of Russian, French, Dutch, Lebanese and Syrian descent. Regarding his ethnicity and his experience with racism, he made the comment on an interview: “My […]Read More
She is African-American and Irish Jennifer Sue Beals was born in Chicago on December 19, 1963 as the second child of Jeanne Anderson and Alfred Beals. Her mother, an Irish-Catholic retired elementary schoolteacher, still lives in Chicago. Her African-American father owned a grocery store on the South Side of Chicago where she spent the first […]Read More
Is of Spanish and Lebanese descent, and fluent in Arabic, Spanish, Portugese and English. Studied international relations & drama at college in Mexico City. Father was born in Lebanon and came to Mexico to start a small business where he met her mother. Her Lebanese-Mexican father was a rich businessman and her mother was an […]Read More
Before and After Spanish dancer Eduardo Cansino‘s daughter Margarita trained as a dancer from early childhood. At age 12, mature-looking Rita joined Eduardo’s stage […]Read More
Set in nineteenth-century New Orleans, the story depicts the gens de couleur libre, or the Free People of Colour, a dazzling yet damned class caught between the world of white privilege and black oppression.Read More
Diahann Carroll at the 1969 Academy Awards with Don MarshallRead More
Diahann Carroll with John F. Kennedy. During Carmen she meets Marlon Brando. He pats her on the “fannie” but finds that she is a proper young lady, when she remarks “I beg your pardon” — a line she will continue to assert in Hollywood. Later he sends her An Actor Prepares and takes her out […]Read More
Susan Sarandon and Christopher Reeve presenting Louis Gossett, Jr. with the Best Supporting Actor Oscar® for his performance in “An Officer and a Gentleman” at the 55th Academy Awards® in 1983.Read More
Lou Gossett Jr. wins Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series, or TV Motion Picture for his role in “The Josephine Baker Story.” Thanks to Bob Cooper, Brian Gibson, Lynn Whitfield, and the foreign press.Read More
Classic groundbreaking 1967 movie about an interracial couple and the white parents’ reaction upon meeting the black boyfriend for the first time. The movie stars three of the greatest actors in American cinema: Katherine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy and Sidney Poitier.Read More