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Dorothy Dandridge relaxing on the living room floor of her Beverly Hills home. Los Angeles, CA 1950s Dorothy Dandridge (1922–1965) was the first African American to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress, becoming only the third African American to receive a nomination in any Academy Award category (after Hattie McDaniel and Ethel Waters) at the time.
Love when homage is paid to African-American stars of the past. (1950's)
Ruth King, a popular 1950’s model, on the runway in a fashion show. Photo via model Barbara Summers book, Black and Beautiful: How Women of Color Changed The Fashion Industry.
The Beulah Show, the first sitcom to star an African American actress, moved from radio to ABC TV on October 3, 1950, starring Ethel Waters for the first season. Hattie McDaniel, star of radio's Beulah, joined the cast around September of 1951 but only filmed six episodes of the second season before falling ill. She was quickly replaced by Louise Beavers who stayed with the show until its cancellation in 1952.
Vintage African American Wedding Party, Date Unknown, Possibly 1950s