On the 22nd day of BHM, we have Carmen de Lavallade. Carmen de Lavallade is an African-American dancer, actress, and choreographer. Born in Los Angeles, CA de Lavalalde was no stranger to arts & culture. She was raised by her aunt, who owned one of the first African-American history bookshops on Central Avenue; and her cousin was Janet Collins, the first African-American prima ballerina at the Metropolitan Opera. She followed in her cousin's footsteps and began studying ballet with Melissa Blake at the age of 16. After graduating from High School, she was awarded a scholarship to study dance with Lester Horton. She became a member of (and lead dancer in) the Lester Horton Dance Theater in 1949. She stayed there until her departure for New York City where she made her Broadway debut in Truman Capote's musical House of Flowers. She also trained under ballerina Carmelita Maracci and as well as studied acting with Stella Adler. Carmen de Lavallade choreographed her signature solo Come Sunday, to a black spiritual sung by Odetta. The following year, she danced as the prima ballerina in Samson and Delilah, and Aida at the Metropolitan Opera. In 1957, she appeared in a televised production of Duke Ellington's, A Drum Is a Woman. In addition to many off-broadway roles in plays like Othello and Death of Salesman, she was also appeared in many films like, Odds Against Tomorrow, with Harry Belafonte. She frequently performed with the Alvin AileyDance Company, as well as appearing in productions by Agnes de Mille Ballet Theater. In 70’s she became a teacher and performance in residence at Yale. In the 90’s she returned to the Metropolitan Opera as choreographer for Porgy and Bess and Die Meistersinger. In 2004, de Lavallade received both the Black History Month Lifetime Achievement Award and the Rosie Award. In 2006, she was the recipient of the Bessie Award and the Capezio Dance Award in 2007. She also holds an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree. In 2017, she received the Kennedy Center Honors Award. Two days after President Trump's statement about the Charlottesville rally, she announced that she would forgo the related reception at the White House. She resides in NYC.
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Oliver Wendell "Ollie" Harrington was an American cartoonist and an outspoken advocate against racism and for civil rights in the United States. Of multi-ethnic descent, Langston Hughes called him "America's greatest African-American cartoonist". #blackhistorymonth#blackhistory
"Not all crimes are created equal" - 13TH
Ava duVernay's documentary explores racial disparity in the US through its prison system. It will be screened at the next Let's Talk followed by a panel discussion with fellow speakers Professor Jennifer Smith and Professor Carl Creasman.
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Celebrate #BlackHistoryMonth! BLACK BUSINESS ACHIEVERS YOU SHOULD KNOW: Clarence A. Avant (1931 - )
Opening doors for today’s hitmakers including moguls Russell Simmons and Sean “Diddy” Combs, Clarence Avant got his start in the ’50s managing a nightclub in Newark, N.J. In 1967, he negotiated his first joint venture between a black artist, William “Mickey” Stevenson, and a major recording company, MGM Records, to form Venture Records. In 1969, he launched BE 100s company Sussex Records and signed music great and Grammy award-winning legend Bill Withers.
In the ’70s, his founding of Tabu Records led to the signing of Kool & the Gang. Tabu also launched the careers of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, known for producing hits for some of the greatest musicians of all time, as well as Alexander O’Neal and the S.O.S. Band.
Always one to take risks, Avant helped promote Michael Jackson’s first solo tour, Bad, which became one of the largest tours of all time, landing a spot into the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest grossing tour in history, the tour with the largest attended audience and the most successful concert series.
Later becoming chairman of the board at Motown Records, Avant made imprints in Hollywood by executive producing films from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, including 1977’s Deliver Us from Evil, 1989’s Living Large and 1994’s Jason’s Lyric. Building a multimedia portfolio, he worked to capitalize on the digital boom as chairman of the site Urban Box Office.
Now, as CEO of Avante Garde and his music publishing enterprise, Interior Music Publishing, Avant continues to take risks and guide artists today.—Raqiyah Mays for @blackenterprise#blackhistory#Americanhistory#blackbizlegend#blackmenexcel#blackbusiness#BHM#ClarenceAvant
Baby girl learning about people like her who shaped her world. Well done mama👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿❤️🖤 Happy black history month. SWIPE LEFT TO SEE MORE 《《
. ...📽👉@princessserenitysays - Hello everyone! Here is a moment in Black History with Serenity! She has learned about 15 great African American figures/leaders and wants to tell you their names! She can identify them all too!