“Gary Stephens was born in Arizona in 1962, and studied Painting at the University of Arizona and Drawing at the San Francisco Art Institute in United States.
His recent work engages urban African style, exploring contemporary trends in the African tradition of hair braiding.”
(Source: artblackafrica, via mochafleur)
55. Lena Horne (The Graceful One)
Horne was the first black performer to be signed to a long term contract by a major Hollywood studio. Her sensual voice, alluring stage presence, and spectacular sense of style and stunning beauty were pure Old Hollywood perfection. In 1944, Lena Horne was the first African-American to land on the cover of a movie magazine. Her undeniable charm and good looks won her a ton of attention. One-shoulder dresses were a signature of Lena Horne’s on-stage ensembles for many years. “They didn’t make me into a maid, but they didn’t make me into anything else either,” she wrote in “Lena,” her 1965 autobiography. “I became a butterfly pinned to a column singing away in Movieland.” In the 1940’s, Lena Horne shun roles that called for her to play maids, opting instead for non-speaking cameos that focused on her beautiful voice. Lena Horne was a full-fledged Renaissance woman whose award-winning talents on stage and in film, coupled with her Civil Rights work, made her an icon.