Girl Power! Cha, cha, cha...

Bringing some girl power with me to tomorrow's Print Fair and Festival at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach. We'll be premiering two new issues "Dorothy Dandridge Lives Here" and an English AND Spanish version of "Dead In Hollywood: Lupe Velez" - her death is the stuff of urban legends thanks to Kenneth Anger's tell-all tome "Hollywood Babylon." This art fair will also be the first time where you'll be able to pick up a copy of "Dead in Hollywood: Natalie Wood" - I spent last summer visiting Catalina Island photographing her last days. There are a lot of new photos in that one! (MOLAA - 628 Alamitos Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802). Hope to see everyone tomorrow! Now it's time for bed... zzzzzz

Dorothy Dandridge on the Cover of a Magazine (More)

I always find it so hard to say goodbye when I finish an issue of Dead in Hollywood. I can’t think of a better time to put the finishing touches on Dorothy Dandridge’s story then on the eve of the Academy Awards. I plan on doing a slideshow on Dandridge’s life in the near future. Stay tuned and turned on.

Dorothy Dandridge and the 27th Academy Awards

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Sky Bar

This edit is of a photo of Dorothy Dandridge taken at the popular Cleveland nightclub, Lindsay's Sky Bar, by photographer Frank Kuchirchuk. The photo is part of the Frank Kuchirchuk Collection of Jazz Photography at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Cleveland, Ohio. Kuchirchuk donated his entire collection of jazz images of nearly 200 photographs, most of which are negatives that have never been seen by the public, and feature such artists as Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Art Tatum, Stan Getz, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, and Anita O'Day performing at the height of their careers. (Oberlin.edu)

Dead in Hollywood: Dorothy Dandridge (Issue #9) zine coming soon.

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Pages: Dorothy Dandridge

π™ΏπšŠπšπšŽπšœ 𝟺 πšŠπš—πš 𝟻 πšπš›πš˜πš– πšπš‘πšŽ πšžπš™πšŒπš˜πš–πš’πš—πš πš’πšœπšœπšžπšŽ 𝚘𝚏 π™³πšŽπšŠπš πš’πš— π™·πš˜πš•πš•πš’πš πš˜πš˜πš: π™³πš˜πš›πš˜πšπš‘πš’ π™³πšŠπš—πšπš›πš’πšπšπšŽ. 𝙸 πš‹πšŽπš•πš’πšŽπšŸπšŽ πš’πš 𝚠𝚊𝚜 π™»πšŽπš—πšŠ π™·πš˜πš›πš—πšŽ πš πš‘πš˜ πšπšžπš‹πš‹πšŽπš π™³πšŠπš—πšπš›πš’πšπšπšŽ 𝚊 "πš‹πš•πšŠπšŒπš” π™ΌπšŠπš›πš’πš•πš’πš— π™Όπš˜πš—πš›πš˜πšŽ." π™³πšŠπš—πšπš›πš’πšπšπšŽ 𝚠𝚊𝚜 πšπš‘πšŽ πšπš’πš›πšœπš πš‹πš•πšŠπšŒπš” πš πš˜πš–πšŠπš— 𝚝𝚘 πš‹πšŽ πš—πš˜πš–πš’πš—πšŠπšπšŽπš πšπš˜πš› 𝚊 π™±πšŽπšœπš π™°πšŒπšπš›πšŽπšœπšœ π™°πšŒπšŠπšπšŽπš–πš’ π™°πš πšŠπš›πš. (IG: deadinhollywoodzine)

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The Dandridge Sisters: Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls

The Dandridge Sisters are an all black girl singing trio in the 1930's whose most famous member, Dorothy Dandridge, will go on to be the first black woman nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award in 1955 for her role in "Carmen Jones." The Dandridge Sisters are comprised of Dorothy and her older sister Vivian and their friend Etta Jones - not to be confused with the well-known jazz vocalist, Etta James. You'd be surprised how many articles incorrectly list James as a member of this trio. The Dandridge Sisters find success on radio shows and in Los Angeles nightclubs. It was in one of these nightclubs that they are invited to perform at the iconic Harlem nightclub, the Cotton Club. The Sisters are so popular at the Cotton Club that they are given a regular spot in the show. They are only 14-years-old at the time.

Geneva Williams: A Footnote in a Footnote's Footnotes

Hard at work on Dead in Hollywood: Dorothy Dandridge (Issue #9) and I’m finding it difficult to pull myself away from her mother, Ruby’s, story. Ruby was a successful radio and television actress in her own right who left her husband to live with her β€œcompanion” in 1922 America. Can you imagine? Sadly, her companion, Geneva Williams, was not a good woman. She overworks Dorothy and her sister, Vivian, and sexually assaults Dorothy one night after Dorothy returns home from her first date with a boy. I’d love to learn more about Geneva, but she’s become a footnote in another footnote’s footnotes.

Ruby Dandridge

Reading up on Dorothy Dandridge's life, I find myself drawn to her mother, Ruby Dandridge. Five months before Dorothy is born, Ruby leaves her husband, Cyril Dandridge, and moves in with her "companion," Geneva Williams. This was 1922! A black woman divorcing her husband was almost unheard of at the time and not to mention the fact that Ruby was also pregnant with Dorothy. But that's exactly what she does. She chooses not only to survive but to thrive in the repressed society of the 1920’s. I can’t even imagine what that must have been like for Ruby.