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Monday, October 22, 2007

Black Stars On The Starwalk

There is a blog that I love called "Discover Black Heritage". It features points of interest and historical significance specific to our community all across the country. Of course now that I'm in Los Angeles, her recent posts on it were of special interest to me, particularly the one on the Blacks featured on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame. They are as follows, in alphabetical order:

A - C
Muhammad Ali, Debbie Allen, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Marian Anderson, Louis Armstrong, Pearl Bailey, Anita Baker, Count Basie, Harry Belafonte, George Benson, Chuck Berry, Halle Berry, James Brown, LeVar Burton, Mariah Carey, Diahann Carroll, Benny Carter, Ray Charles, James Cleveland, Natalie Cole, Nat “King” Cole, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Sam Cooke, Don Cornelius, Bill Cosby, Scatman Crothers, Andrae Crouch.

D - G
Destiny’s Child, Dorothy Dandridge, Billy Daniels, Miles Davis, Sammy Davis, Jr., Fats Domino, Earth, Wind & Fire, Billy Eckstine, Duke Ellington, the Fifth Dimension, Stepin’ Fetchit, Ella Fitzgerald, the Four Step Brothers, the Four Tops, Jamie Foxx, Aretha Franklin, Morgan Freeman, Errol Garner, Marvin Gaye, Dizzy Gillespie, Danny Glover, Berry Gordy, Louis Gossett, Jr.,Robert Guillaume.

H - K
Arsenio Hall, Herbie Hancock, Al Hibbler, the Harlem Globetrotters, Jester Hairston, Lionel Hampton, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Hall, Billie Holiday, Linda Hopkins, John Lee Hooker, Lena Horne, Janet Jackson, Mahalia Jackson, Michael Jackson, the Jacksons, Samuel L. Jackson, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Etta James, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Quincy Jones, B.B. King, Eartha Kitt, Gladys Knight.

L - R
Patti LaBelle, Cleavon Little, Little Richard, Frankie Lymon, Bob Marley, Larry McCormick, Johnny Mathis, Hattie McDaniel, Oscar Micheaux, the Mills Brothers, Thelonious Monk, Eddie Murphy, Nichelle Nichols, the Nicholas Brothers, Brock Peters, the Pointer Sisters, Sidney Poitier, Charley Pride, Richard Pryor, Queen Latifah, Lou Rawls, Della Reese, Lionel Richie, Chris Rock, Paul Robeson, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross.

S - Z
Isabel Sanford, John Singleton, Wesley Snipes, the Spinners, Donna Summer, the Supremes, the Temptations, Tina Turner, Cicely Tyson, Sarah Vaughan, Dionne Warwick, Forest Whitaker, Billy Dee Williams, Joe Williams, Vanessa Williams, Nancy Wilson and Stevie Wonder.

Upcoming ceremonies in 2008 will include Angela Bassett, among others.

Address: 6299 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Map & Driving Directions Official Website: Hollywood Chamber of Commerce

From I.W.: Some of these I can see very easily, but others, ummm, not so much...

There was another post that was also of interest to me, and certainly new information:

Dubbed by locals as the Silver Four Ladies of Hollywood, the Hollywood La Brea Gateway is a 30-foot tall Eiffel Tower shaped gazebo located near the start of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The structure, supported by four silver statuettes, is a tribute to the multi-ethnic actresses of Hollywood. The figures represent Mae West, Anna May Wong, Dolores Del Rio and Dorothy Dandridge, the first African American to be nominated for an Academy Award as Best Actress for her portrayal of Carmen Jones in 1954.

Address: Intersection of Hollywood Blvd. and LaBrea, Los Angeles, CA

IW: I went to look at it, and even tho it really doesn't look like Dorothy Dandridge to me, at least they tried.


SolShine7 said...

I used to past those statues almost daily and never thought about what they stood for. Good find!!

Invisible Woman said...

Thanks, but DBH is a great blog....