Bellas, I just discovered a new makeup muse.
The beautiful black woman with the stunning gaze that you see before you is Nina Mae McKinney. She was among the first African-American film stars.
Nina Mae appeared in over 30 films — more than Lena Horne or Dorothy Dandridge. She was called “The Black Garbo,” “The Brown Clara Bow.” But by the 1960′s her legacy and talent were all but forgotten. Her passing in 1967 went unmarked by any mainstream entertainment publication.
Here I was, thinking I knew my cinematic history, and especially my black actresses of yore, and I wouldn’t have known about this stunning figure in African American history were it not for Concrete Loop’s Black History Spotlight. Click here to learn more about this forgotten legend of black cinema, via a very dedicated MySpace fan page, and via the African American registry.
Nina Mae McKinney is exactly why I love Black History Month — every year I learn about somebody or something new during this annual celebration of our oft-overlooked foundation-layers. Someone whose life story and struggle helped to shape the society we live in today, to give us the opportunities we so readily take for granted now.
That’s my reason. What’s yours?
Give me a good enough reason, and you could win a $50 gift card from Home Depot!
From Jan. 15 through Feb. 28, The Home Depot is offering a commemorative â€œDreamâ€ gift card celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
If you purchase the collectorâ€™s edition â€œDreamâ€ gift card, The Home Depot will donate five percent of all sales to the Center for Civil and Human Rights, up to $1 million dollars. The donation will assist in the building of a permanent exhibition home for his personal writings and papers.
And one lucky reader can win a $50 value â€œDreamâ€ card right here. Not your typical beauty blog giveaway, but not too shabby! I know I could use $50 to spend at Home Depot right about now. You feel me?
All you need to do is share a fact about Black History Month with me — something verifiable online, thanks. I’ll pick one of the best and close these comments on Wednesday by midnight. I’ll announce a winner by the end of the week.
I can’t wait to learn from your entries, bellas and fellas! Not a bad way to kick off Monday, right?