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In 1955, Ms. Monroe persuaded the owner of the Mocambo to hire Ella Fitzgerald (the Mocambo did not book Black artists). Ms. Fitzgerald on Ms. Monroe to Ms. magazine in 1972: “I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt…it was because of her that I played the Mocambo, a very popular nightclub in the ’50s. She personally called the owner of the Mocambo, and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night. She told him - and it was true, due to Marilyn’s superstar status - that the press would go wild. The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. The press went overboard. After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was an unusual woman - a little ahead of her times. And she didn’t know it.” #vintageblackglamour #vbgbook #EllaFitzgerald #MarilynMonroe #MsMagazine #feminism #feminist #1950s #OldHollywood
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laradownes88 The temporary tattoo (cause I'm not hipster enough for the real deal). Available at laradownes.com or at @zincbar next Thursday Sept 10. Celebrating #billieholiday "Beautiful to take a chance/And if you fall you fall/And I'm thinking I wouldn't mind at all"
Words to live by.

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vintageblackglamour Actor Robert Earl Jones in a 1938 photograph by Carl Van Vechten which I am very excited about including in my next book, Vintage Black Glamour: Gentlemen's Quarters. The father of James Earl Jones, he appeared in Oscar Michaeux films, on Broadway and with Robert Redford in “The Sting”. In the 1930s, he was a boxer and the sparring partner of Joe Louis. Blacklisted in the 1950s, he appeared in an uncredited role as the club employee who offers Harry Belafonte a “piece of iron” in the 1959 film noir “Odds Against Tomorrow”. Mr. Jones died in 2006 at the age of 96. #vintageblackglamour #vbgbook #vbgmen #VBGent #RobertEarlJones #CarlVanVechten #1930s 2d

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andersondavideverwired #Repost @vintageblackglamour
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Invariably, whenever I post Dorothy Dandridge, folks come in to comment and shade Marilyn Monroe. You will never hear about me shading Marilyn Monroe - ever. In 1955, Ms. Monroe persuaded the owner of the Mocambo to hire Ella Fitzgerald (the Mocambo did not book Black artists). Ms. Fitzgerald on Ms. Monroe to Ms. magazine in 1972: “I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt…it was because of her that I played the Mocambo, a very popular nightclub in the ’50s. She personally called the owner of the Mocambo, and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night. She told him - and it was true, due to Marilyn’s superstar status - that the press would go wild. The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. The press went overboard. After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was an unusual woman - a little ahead of her times. And she didn’t know it.” #vintageblackglamour #vbgbook #EllaFitzgerald #MarilynMonroe #MsMagazine #feminism #feminist #1950s #OldHollywood
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the_fossils #Repost @vintageblackglamour <= thanks for this great photo and story!
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Invariably, whenever I post Dorothy Dandridge, folks come in to comment and shade Marilyn Monroe. You will never hear about me shading Marilyn Monroe - ever. In 1955, Ms. Monroe persuaded the owner of the Mocambo to hire Ella Fitzgerald (the Mocambo did not book Black artists). Ms. Fitzgerald on Ms. Monroe to Ms. magazine in 1972: “I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt…it was because of her that I played the Mocambo, a very popular nightclub in the ’50s. She personally called the owner of the Mocambo, and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night. She told him - and it was true, due to Marilyn’s superstar status - that the press would go wild. The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. The press went overboard. After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was an unusual woman - a little ahead of her times. And she didn’t know it.” #vintageblackglamour #vbgbook #EllaFitzgerald #MarilynMonroe #1950s #OldHollywood #mocambo #jazzvocalist
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sashabr76 #Repost @vintageblackglamour
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Invariably, whenever I post Dorothy Dandridge, folks come in to comment and shade Marilyn Monroe. You will never hear about me shading Marilyn Monroe - ever. In 1955, Ms. Monroe persuaded the owner of the Mocambo to hire Ella Fitzgerald (the Mocambo did not book Black artists). Ms. Fitzgerald on Ms. Monroe to Ms. magazine in 1972: “I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt…it was because of her that I played the Mocambo, a very popular nightclub in the ’50s. She personally called the owner of the Mocambo, and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night. She told him - and it was true, due to Marilyn’s superstar status - that the press would go wild. The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. The press went overboard. After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was an unusual woman - a little ahead of her times. And she didn’t know it.” #vintageblackglamour #vbgbook #EllaFitzgerald #MarilynMonroe #MsMagazine #feminism #feminist #1950s #OldHollywood
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  •   themelancholyphantom I will never have any disrespect for Marilyn Monroe, but I do dislike the godlike status some people hold her to. She was remarkable, but she's used to defend so many causes and/or movements that in my eyes, some of her quotes lose credibility. 2d

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Invariably, whenever I post Dorothy Dandridge, folks come in to comment and shade Marilyn Monroe. You will never hear about me shading Marilyn Monroe - ever. In 1955, Ms. Monroe persuaded the owner of the Mocambo to hire Ella Fitzgerald (the Mocambo did not book Black artists). Ms. Fitzgerald on Ms. Monroe to Ms. magazine in 1972: “I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt…it was because of her that I played the Mocambo, a very popular nightclub in the ’50s. She personally called the owner of the Mocambo, and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night. She told him - and it was true, due to Marilyn’s superstar status - that the press would go wild. The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. The press went overboard. After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was an unusual woman - a little ahead of her times. And she didn’t know it.” #vintageblackglamour #vbgbook #EllaFitzgerald #MarilynMonroe #MsMagazine #feminism #feminist #1950s #OldHollywood
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Invariably, whenever I post Dorothy Dandridge, folks come in to comment and shade Marilyn Monroe. You will never hear about me shading Marilyn Monroe - ever. In 1955, Ms. Monroe persuaded the owner of the Mocambo to hire Ella Fitzgerald (the Mocambo did not book Black artists). Ms. Fitzgerald on Ms. Monroe to Ms. magazine in 1972: “I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt…it was because of her that I played the Mocambo, a very popular nightclub in the ’50s. She personally called the owner of the Mocambo, and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night. She told him - and it was true, due to Marilyn’s superstar status - that the press would go wild. The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. The press went overboard. After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was an unusual woman - a little ahead of her times. And she didn’t know it.” #vintageblackglamour #vbgbook #EllaFitzgerald #MarilynMonroe #MsMagazine #feminism #feminist #1950s #OldHollywood
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kindredthewife THIS IS INTERESTING! repost via @instarepost20 from @vintageblackglamour
Invariably, whenever I post Dorothy Dandridge, folks come in to comment and shade Marilyn Monroe. You will never hear about me shading Marilyn Monroe - ever. In 1955, Ms. Monroe persuaded the owner of the Mocambo to hire Ella Fitzgerald (the Mocambo did not book Black artists). Ms. Fitzgerald on Ms. Monroe to Ms. magazine in 1972: “I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt…it was because of her that I played the Mocambo, a very popular nightclub in the ’50s. She personally called the owner of the Mocambo, and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night. She told him - and it was true, due to Marilyn’s superstar status - that the press would go wild. The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. The press went overboard. After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was an unusual woman - a little ahead of her times. And she didn’t know it.” #vintageblackglamour #vbgbook #EllaFitzgerald #MarilynMonroe #MsMagazine #feminism #feminist #1950s #OldHollywood #instarepost20

In addition it seems that the source of the club's discrimination was her weight and "lack of sex appeal".
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vintageblackglamour Invariably, whenever I post Dorothy Dandridge, folks come in to comment and shade Marilyn Monroe. You will never hear about me shading Marilyn Monroe - ever. In 1955, Ms. Monroe persuaded the owner of the Mocambo to hire Ella Fitzgerald (the Mocambo did not book Black artists). Ms. Fitzgerald on Ms. Monroe to Ms. magazine in 1972: “I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt…it was because of her that I played the Mocambo, a very popular nightclub in the ’50s. She personally called the owner of the Mocambo, and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night. She told him - and it was true, due to Marilyn’s superstar status - that the press would go wild. The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. The press went overboard. After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was an unusual woman - a little ahead of her times. And she didn’t know it.” #vintageblackglamour #vbgbook #EllaFitzgerald #MarilynMonroe #MsMagazine #feminism #feminist #1950s #OldHollywood 2d

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ewapple More Vintage Black Glamour...Miss Dorothy...take a moment to take this in...#blackicon #vintageblackglamour #dorothydandridge 3d

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ewapple Miss Eartha by Mister Parks needs no filter or any embellishment on my part...repost @vintageblackglamour #vintageblackglamour #blackicon #earthakitt #cestsibon 3d

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vintageblackglamour Sidney Poitier getting his make-up touched up on the set of ‘To Sir, With Love’, in June 1966. Photo by Chris Ware/Keystone Features/Hulton Archive. #vintageblackglamour #VBGbook #VBGent #VBGmen #SidneyPoitier #1960s 4d

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thejalessa I wanna be this lady one day. I love everything about this picture. There's nothing more beautiful than #VintageBlackGlamour!! #goals #Monday #motivation #love 4d

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impactmagazine #Regrann from @vintageblackglamour - As the ‪US Open begins, I'd like everyone to remember one of the legends who paved the way for @SerenaWilliams, @VenusWilliams, @SloaneStephens and more. Althea Gibson (1927-2003), the first Black winner of the French Open (1956), the US Open and Wimbledon (both in 1957), photographed by Carl Van Vechten on November 20, 1958. Photo: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. #vintageblackglamour #vbgbook #AltheaGibson #tennis #usopen #usopen2015 4d

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vintageblackglamour As the ‪US Open begins, I'd like everyone to remember one of the legends who paved the way for @SerenaWilliams, @VenusWilliams, @SloaneStephens and more. Althea Gibson (1927-2003), the first Black winner of the French Open (1956), the US Open and Wimbledon (both in 1957), photographed by Carl Van Vechten on November 20, 1958. Photo: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. #vintageblackglamour #vbgbook #AltheaGibson #tennis #usopen #usopen2015 4d

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