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πšƒπš˜πš—πš’πšπš‘πš 𝚠𝚊𝚜 πš–πš’ πšπš’πš›πšœπš πšπš’πš–πšŽ πš‘πš˜πš•πšπš’πš—πš 𝚊 πš‘πšŠπš›πš πšŒπš˜πš™πš’ 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 π™»πš’πšŸπšŽπšœ π™·πšŽπš›πšŽ." 𝙸 πšŒπšŠπš—'𝚝 πš‹πšŽπšπš’πš— 𝚝𝚘 πšπšŽπšœπšŒπš›πš’πš‹πšŽ πš‘πš˜πš  𝚐𝚘𝚘𝚍 πšπš‘πšŠπš πšπšŽπšŽπš•πšœ πšŠπšπšπšŽπš› πšœπš™πšŽπš—πšπš’πš—πš πš–πš˜πš—πšπš‘πšœ πš πš˜πš›πš”πš’πš—πš πš˜πš— πš’πš πšπš’πšπš’πšπšŠπš•πš•πš’. 𝙸 πšœπš™πšŽπš—πš 𝚊 πš•πš˜πš 𝚘𝚏 πšπš’πš–πšŽ πš˜πš— πšπš‘πš’πšœ πš’πšœπšœπšžπšŽ. π™Έπš'𝚜 πš™πš›πš˜πš‹πšŠπš‹πš•πš’ πš–πš’ πšπšŠπšŸπš˜πš›πš’πšπšŽ πš˜πš—πšŽ 𝚒𝚎𝚝. πš‚πš˜πš–πšŽ πšœπšπš˜πš›πš’πšŽπšœ πšœπšŽπšŽπš– 𝚝𝚘 πšœπšπš’πšŒπš” πš πš’πšπš‘ πš–πšŽ πš•πš˜πš—πšπšŽπš›. π™³πšŠπš—πšπš›πš’πšπšπšŽ'𝚜 𝚠𝚊𝚜 πš˜πš—πšŽ 𝚘𝚏 πšπš‘πš˜πšœπšŽ πšœπšπš˜πš›πš’πšŽπšœ πšπš‘πšŠπš 𝙸 πšŒπšŠπš—'𝚝 πšœπšŽπšŽπš– 𝚝𝚘 πšœπš‘πšŠπš”πšŽ. π™·πšŽπš› πšœπšπš˜πš›πš’ πš’πšœ πš˜πš—πšŽ 𝚘𝚏 πšπš›πš’πšžπš–πš™πš‘ πš’πš— πšπš‘πšŽ 𝚏𝚊𝚌𝚎 𝚘𝚏 πšŒπš˜πš—πšœπšπšŠπš—πš πšŠπšπšŸπšŽπš›πšœπš’πšπš’. 𝙸 πšœπš‘πšŠπš›πšŽ 𝚊 πš—πšžπš–πš‹πšŽπš› 𝚘𝚏 πš™πšŽπš›πšœπš˜πš—πšŠπš• πšœπšπš˜πš›πš’πšŽπšœ πšŠπš‹πš˜πšžπš πš–πšŽ πš–πš˜πšŸπš’πš—πš 𝚝𝚘 𝙻.𝙰. πšŠπš—πš πšπš’πšœπšŒπš˜πšŸπšŽπš›πš’πš—πš π™³πšŠπš—πšπš›πš’πšπšπšŽ πš’πš— 𝚊 πšπš’πšπš πšœπš‘πš˜πš™ πš—πš˜πš πšπšŠπš› πšπš›πš˜πš– πš πš‘πšŽπš›πšŽ πšœπš‘πšŽ πšπš’πšŽπš. π™΄πš•πšœπšŽπš πš‘πšŽπš›πšŽ πš’πš— πšπš‘πšŽ πš’πšœπšœπšžπšŽ, 𝙸 πšœπš‘πšŠπš›πšŽ 𝚊 πš‹πšžπš—πšŒπš‘ 𝚘𝚏 πš™πš‘πš˜πšπš˜πšπš›πšŠπš™πš‘πšœ 𝙸 πšπš˜πš˜πš” πšπš‘πš’πšœ πš™πšŠπšœπš πš πš’πš—πšπšŽπš› 𝚘𝚏 πš‘πšŽπš› πšπšŽπšŠπšπš‘ πšŠπšπšπš›πšŽπšœπšœ - 𝚊 πš‹πšŽπšŠπšžπšπš’πšπšžπš• πšŠπš™πšŠπš›πšπš–πšŽπš—πš πš‹πšžπš’πš•πšπš’πš—πš πš˜πš— π™΅πš˜πšžπš—πšπšŠπš’πš— π™°πšŸπšŽ. πš’πš— πš†πšŽπšœπš π™·πš˜πš•πš•πš’πš πš˜πš˜πš. π™Ώπš’πšŒπš” πšžπš™ 𝚊 πšŒπš˜πš™πš’ HERE πš˜πš› πš’πš 𝚒𝚘𝚞'πš›πšŽ πš’πš— π™»πš˜πš—πš π™±πšŽπšŠπšŒπš‘ πšπš˜πš–πš˜πš›πš›πš˜πš , πšœπšπš˜πš™ πš‹πš’ πšπš‘πšŽ π™ΌπšžπšœπšŽπšžπš– 𝚘𝚏 π™»πšŠπšπš’πš— π™°πš–πšŽπš›πš’πšŒπšŠπš— π™°πš›πš πšŠπš—πš πš™πš’πšŒπš” πšžπš™ 𝚊 πšŒπš˜πš™πš’. πš†πšŽ'πš•πš• πš‹πšŽ πšπšŠπš‹πš•πš’πš—πš πšπš˜πš–πš˜πš›πš›πš˜πš  πšπš›πš˜πš– πŸ·πŸ·π™°π™Ό - πŸ»π™Ώπ™Ό (𝙼𝙾𝙻𝙰𝙰 - 𝟼𝟸𝟾 π™°πš•πšŠπš–πš’πšπš˜πšœ π™°πšŸπšŽ, π™»πš˜πš—πš π™±πšŽπšŠπšŒπš‘, 𝙲𝙰 𝟿𝟢𝟾𝟢𝟸).  I



Three years ago on April 19th, Prince attended a show at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis to hear singer Lizz Wright. CBS Minnesota reports that whenever he went to the Dakota, he'd enter through a special door. β€œWe just kind of had a way that avoided him being seen,” said Lowell Pickett, the Dakota’s owner. β€œHe would walk in the side door and walk up the stairs to a table that was kind of by itself, and we’d close a curtain next to it so it was kind of like a box seat.” Just about every month, Prince would show up at the club. On Thursday, my husband surprised me for my birthday with a trip to Paisley Park on the anniversary of Prince's death - Paisley Park was Prince's home and recording studio. Tomorrow we'll be touring the complex and attending "Paisley Park After Dark." On Sunday, the three year anniversary of his death, we'll be taking a VIP tour of the complex as well as celebrating his life afterward at the Dakota. Today we toured "Prince's Places" in and around Minneapolis. The following photos are of the night my husband surprised me and me standing in front of the Dakota Jazz Club. I have the fucking best husband in the world! Many more photos to come!

Dorothy Dandridge and the 27th Academy Awards

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 πšŠπš›πš›πš’πšŸπšŽπšœ πšπš˜πš› πšπš‘πšŽ πŸΈπŸ½πšπš‘ π™°πšŒπšŠπšπšŽπš–πš’ π™°πš πšŠπš›πšπšœ πš˜πš— π™ΌπšŠπš›πšŒπš‘ 𝟹𝟢, 𝟷𝟿𝟻𝟻. πš‚πš‘πšŽ πš’πšœ πšπš‘πšŽ πšπš’πš›πšœπš π™°πšπš›πš’πšŒπšŠπš—-π™°πš–πšŽπš›πš’πšŒπ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š•πšŽπšŠπšπš’πš—πš πš›πš˜πš•πšŽ. πš‚πš‘πšŽ πšœπš‘πšŠπš›πšŽπšœ πš‘πšŽπš› π™ΎπšœπšŒπšŠπš› πš—πš˜πš–πš’πš—πšŠπšπš’πš˜πš— πš πš’πšπš‘ π™Άπš›πšŠπšŒπšŽ π™ΊπšŽπš•πš•πš’, π™°πšžπšπš›πšŽπš’ π™·πšŽπš™πš‹πšžπš›πš—, π™Ήπšžπšπš’ π™ΆπšŠπš›πš•πšŠπš—πš, πšŠπš—πš π™ΉπšŠπš—πšŽ πš†πš’πš–πšŠπš—. π™ΊπšŽπš•πš•πš’ πš πš’πš—πšœ πšπš˜πš› "πšƒπš‘πšŽ π™²πš˜πšžπš—πšπš›πš’ π™Άπš’πš›πš•," πš‹πšžπ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 πš’πšœ πšŠπš— πš˜πšŸπšŽπš›πš—πš’πšπš‘πš πšœπšŽπš—πšœπšŠπšπš’πš˜πš—.

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Watched the β€œWhitney” documentary this past week. Two weeks ago I was staying at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills down the hall from the room where Houston died. In one of the more painful sequences of the documentary, Houston is shown struggling through a dissonant rendition of her signature hit "I Will Always Love You" during what was intended to be a comeback tour, prompting fans to demand refunds at some performances.

Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston

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. (

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.

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.

Death Site: The Landmark Motor Hotel

On October 4, 1970, Janis Joplin, one of the most iconic female musicians of the 1960s died from an accidental overdose of heroin in room #105 of the Landmark Motor Hotel, at the tragic age of 27. The Landmark Motor Hotel (7047 Franklin Ave.) lies in the heart of Hollywood. The hotel’s name might have changed - it’s now called The Highland Gardens Hotel - but you can still stay in the same hotel room where Joplin died. She lived in this room for the last few months of her life. The closet contains a small brass plaque, commemorating Joplin’s life, and the walls are heavily decorated with fan art and notes, comprising a ever-evolving shrine to the late singer.