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Octoroon by Louisa Picquet • Tales of Southern Slave Life

Octoroon by Louisa Picquet • Tales of Southern Slave Life

Early family photo of Vanessa Williams' family, circa 1967.  A great picture, but I'm really posting it because Ms. Williams' mother (maiden name Tinch) has been mistaken for the model Helen Williams here on Pinterest and several other websites.  Both are beautiful ladies though :-)    Photo:  http://samechicdifferentday.com/2012/05/07/recommended-reading-vanessa-helen-williams-you-have-no-idea/#

A young Vanessa Williams with her parents, Milton and Helen Williams and younger brother, Chris (who is also an actor). Prophetically, Vanessa's parents put "Here she is: Miss America" on her birth announcement.

Octoroon by Louisa Picquet • Tales of Southern Slave Life

Octoroon by Louisa Picquet

for quadroon balls plaçage ballroom

for quadroon balls plaçage ballroom

Imitation of Life:  Fredi Washington was the young actress who played a nineteen-year-old Peola Johnson (Sarah Jane Johnson in the ’59 version.) They approached her to play the older version of Sarah Jane in the 1959 remake but she declined because she didn’t want to only be known as the black actress who was always passing for white. Washington, whose parents were both biracial, had very fair skin and green eyes but she was adamant about the fact that she identified as black.

Secrets Behind The Making Of "Imitation Of Life"

Louise Beavers & Fredi Washington in Imitation of Life Fredi Washington was the young actress who played a nineteen-year-old Peola Johnson (Sarah Jane Johnson in the version.

Slave Trade From Africa to the Americas:

The Trans-Atlantic slave trade ravaged practically all of West Africa. Although slavery had existed in West Africa for many centuries, the.

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