Tag Archives: American History

These 11 Speeches from the Last Two Centuries Changed the World

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These 11 Speeches from the Last Two Centuries Changed the World

Standing On Their Shoulders – Zelda Wynn Valdes

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You may not have heard of Zelda Wynn Valdes, but you’ve certainly seen her designs. The fashion designer is credited with creating the original Playboy bunny costume. The work of the trailblazing fashion designer/entrepreneur highlighted the coveted hour-glass figure in the 1940s and 1950s.

In 1948, was the first Black designer to open up her own shop on Broadway. Valdes created gorgeous gowns many stars like Mae West, Joyce Bryant, Josephine Baker, Gladys Knight, Sarah Vaughan, Dorothy Dandridge, Ella Fitzgerald and countless others.

Later in her life, she created costumes for the Dance Theater of Harlem, and Zelda Wynn Valdes also helped found the National Association of Fashion and Accessory Designers. She died in 2001 at age 96.

Check out some of her work.

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Valdes fits a gown on Dorothy Dandridge

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Ella Fitzgerald

Credit: mycoloures.com

The History of Juneteenth

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June 19th, 1865 marks the date that American slavery was effectively outlawed in U.S. territories. Two years after Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, Union soldiers arrived in Galveston Texas with news that all slaves were free, and with resources to enforce said freedom.

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Credit: HuffPost Black Voices

SLAVES TO SPINNING ALONG THE BLACKSTONE:

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For history buffs, this is a great read and a necessary repost. Thanks Marilyn!