Black History Month Beauty: Dorothy Dandridge

Rise and Shine Gorgeous Ones,

Since Black History Month (as short as it is) is still running hot here at the Passions, there was no way that I would not honor Miss Dorothy Jean Dandridge.  She was the first African-American woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for best actress, which was certainly no small feat in 1954.  To say her time here was tragic would be an understatement but what I can say that much, if not all of her suffering in life can be directly attributed to the racism she faced in Hollywood.  One of her famous quotes pretty much covers it, “if I were white, I could capture the world,” – this after being either ignored for not only choice acting roles but any – or being offered roles that were largely offensive to an actress of her stature.   It is a refrain that some black actresses in Hollywood can even state today – but even they owe it all to Miss Dandridge for opening doors that always seem to be locked shut for actresses of color.

We salute you, Miss Dorothy Dandridge, this Black History Month and always.


2 Responses to “Black History Month Beauty: Dorothy Dandridge”

  1. 1 Donna
    February 18, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    What a great tribute this month to our ‘Beautiful and Brilliant’ … African-American Women.

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