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Vintage Black Glamour (A #Gatsby Remix)

The “summer of Gatsby” begins today. Looking forward to watching DiCaprio play an emotional and irreverent Gatsby, but I think I’ll celebrate by returning to one of my favorite Tumblrs: Vintage Black Glamour, curated by Nichelle Gainer.

Gainer: “Guests at a breakfast party for Langston Hughes in 1925 including E. Franklin Frazier, Hubert Delany and Rudolph Fisher. hosted by Regina Anderson (Andrews) and Ethel Ray at 580 St. Nicholas Avenue in Harlem. Photo: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library”

DiCaprio has nothing on this dapper gentleman:

Gainer writes: “Paul Robeson, majestic singer and actor, brilliant scholar and athlete, fierce political activist and all-around renaissance man, in a 1925 photo by Edward Gooch. According to Shadow And Act, David Harewood, the British actor and star of Showtime’s “Homeland” is in talks to portray Mr. Robeson in an upcoming film. Wynton Marsalis has signed on to score the film as well.”


Gainer: “I thought I’d share one of the first pictures that inspired me to create Vintage Black Glamour. The caption from Corbis on this circa 1920s picture reads “Photo shows Thelma and Bonnie, called the “Graceful Creoles,” posing coyly for the photographer at the Lido. The Lido is in Venice, Italy. And you thought you just loved “Thelma and Louise”… : )”

For more and to support the project (which will soon become a book) follow Gainer at Vintage Black Glamour.

Featured Image Credit: Gainer: “Mildred Parson Mason Larkins, photographed by Richard Aloysius Twine (1896-1974) of Saint Augustine, Florida between 1922 and 1927. Photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory.”

[EDIT: There was a typo in Nichelle Gainer’s name in the first version of this post. Corrected 5/10/13 11:09 AM EST]