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Watch this Tribute to Black Beauties of the 1930s and 1940s

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Talented and gorgeous Black women rarely get their due. That's why we must continue to recognize and honor their achievements. This short video from YouTube is compilation of gorgeous Black women entertainers from the 30s and 40s. In just 5 minutes, you'll see a slew of new and familiar faces.





0:15 - 0:18 Nina Mae McKinney - Actress/Dancer/Singer
0:18 - 0:20 Betti Mays - 1940's Singer/Dancer
0:20 - 0:22 - Anne Wiggins Brown - Concert Singer/Broadway Actress of Porgy
0:22 - 0:24 Blanche Thompson - Dancer/Creator of The Brownskin Models Revue
0:24 - 0:26 Ethel Moses - Cotton Club Dancer/Actress
0:26 - 0:28 Mauri Lynn - Actress/Model
0:28 - 0:30 Dolores Brown - Singer/Recording Artist
0:30 - 0:32 Louise Franklin - Movie Dancer/Actress
0:32 - 0:33 Evelyn Preer - Actress/Singer
0:34 - 0:35 Marion Egbert - Cotton Club Chorine
0:36 - 0:38 Lavada Carter - 1930s Singer/Dancer
0:39 - 0:40 Valaida Snow - Singer/Dancer/Trumpeter
0:41 - 0:42 Hilda Simms - Actress
0:43 - 0:44 Hazel Scott - Singer/Pianist
0:44 - 0:45 Margot - 1930's Ballroom Dancer of Margot and Norton
0:46 - 0:47 Joyce Bryant - 1950's Singer
0:48 - 0:49 Margaret Whitten - 1930's/1940's Actress
0:50 - 0:51 Cleo Hayes - 1930's/1940's Dancer / Cotton Club
0:52 - 0:53 Jean Parks - 1940's Singer/Friend of Malcolm X
0:54 - 0:55 Marie Bryant - Dancer
0:56 - 0:58 Ellen Holly - Actress
0:59 - 1:00 Marva Trotter Louis - Model/First Wife of Joe Louis
1:00 - 1:02 Una Mae Carlisle - Singer/Pianist/Songwriter
1:02 - 1:04 Gladys Snyder - 1940's Actress
1:04 - 1:06 Edna Mae Harris - Actress/Singer/Dancer
1:06 - 1:08 Anna Mae Winburn - Singer/Bandleader of The Sweethearts of Rhythm
1:08 - 1:10 Vivienne Baber - 1930's/1940's Actress
1:10 - 1:12 Ginger Smock - Violinist
1:12 - 1:14 Lucille Battle/Mille Monroe - Actresses/Dancers
1:15 - 1:17 Angela De Lavallade - Actress/Model
1:17 - 1:19 Pat Rainey - Singer
1:19 - 1:21 Edna Mae Holly - Dancer/First wife of Sugar Ray Robinson
1:21 - 1:23 Pauline Green - Model
1:23 - 1:24 Etta Rae - Model
1:25 - 1:27 Anise Boyer - Dancer/Cotton Club/Anise and Aland
1:27 - 1:30 Millie Monroe, Mildred Boyd, Louise Franklin - Dancers/Actresses
1:30 - 1:32 Florence O'Brien - Comedian/Singer/Dancer/Actress
1:32 - 1:34 Suzette Harbin - Actress/Dancer
1:34 - 1:36 Nellie Hill - Singer/Actress
1:37 - 1:39 Francine Everett - Singer/Actress
1:39 - 1:41 Victoria Spivey - Blues Singer
1:41 - 1:43 Theresa Harris - Hollywood Actress/Singer
1:43 - 1:45 Ruby Hill - Singer
1:46 - 1:47 Bette McLaurin - Singer
1:47 - 1:50 Sarah Lou Harris - Model
1:50 - 1:52 Artie Young - Dancer/Actress
1:52 - 1:54 Madeline Belt - Dancer
1:54 - 1:57 Sahji / Madeline Jackson - Exotic Dancer
1:58 - 2:00 Connie Harris - Exotic Dancer
2:01 - 2:03 - Ida James - Singer/Actress
2:03 - 2:04 Rita Christiani - Dancer
2:05 - 2:07 Meta Cardoza - Dancer
2:07 - 2:09 Madelyn Green - Singer
2:09 - 2:10 Carroll Chilton - Dance Team of Chilton and Thomas
2:11 - 2:12 Eunice Wilson - 1930s Singer/Dancer
2:13 - 2:14 Neeka Shaw - 1930's Entertainer
2:15 - 2:17 The Pope Sisters - 1930's Sister Singing Group
2:17 - 2:19 Vivian Dandridge - Singer/Actress
2:20 - 2:22 Sheila Guyse - 1940s Singer/Actress
2:22 - 2:25 Judy Carol - Dancer/Singer
2:25 - 2:27 - Dorothy Van Engle - 1930s Model/Oscar Micheaux Actress
2:28 - 2:29 Ruth Hill - 1940s Singer
2:30 - 2:31 Fredi Washington - Actress/Dancer
2:32 - 2:33 - Isabel Washington - Actress/Dancer
2:34 - 2:35 Louise Jota Cook - 1930s Dancer
2:36 - 2:37 Blanche Calloway - Singer/Bandleader
2:38 - 2:39 Savannah Churchill - Singer/Recording Artist
2:40 - 2:41 Izinetta Wilcox - Actress/Singer
2:48 - 2:51 Florence Mills -
2:52 - 2:55 Bessie Smith -
2:56 - 2:59 Ethel Waters
3:00 - 3:04 Maude Russell - Dancer/Actress - Introduced The Charleston
3:05 - 3:07 Josephine Baker
3:08 - 3:11 Adelaide Hall
3:12 - 3:16 Valaida Snow
3:16 - 3:19 Lucia Moses - Cotton Club Chorine/Dancer/Star of Scar of Shame
3:20 - 3:23 Alice Whitman - Tap Dancer/Apart of The Whitman Sisters Revue that opened the doors for many black performers
3:24 - 3:28 Nina Mae McKinney
3:29 - 3:32 Hycinth Curtis - Cotton Club Dancer
3:33 - 3:36 Etta Moten
3:37 - 3:40 Elisabeth Welch
3:41 - 3:44 Billie Holiday
3:45 - 3:47 Maxine Sullivan
3:47 - 3:50 Ella Fitzgerald
3:51 - 3:54 Lena Horne
3:55 - 3:59 Katherine Dunham
4:00 - 4:02 Sarah Vaughn
4:03 - 4:06 Hazel Scott
4:07 - 4:10 Hadda Brooks
4:10 - 4:14 Eartha Kitt
4:15 - 4:19 Sheila Guyse
4:20 - 4:22 Dorothy Dandridge
4:23 - 4:26 Suzette Harbin
4:27 - 4:30 Ophelia DeVore - Pioneer of Black Models
4:31 - 4:35 Tessa Prendergast - Pioneer Designer
4:36 - 4:39 Pearl Bailey
4:40 - 4:43 Muriel Rahn
4:44 - 4:48 Ruby Dee

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