Tom Boy to Woman
Belly (Hype Williams, 1998)
Dorothy Dandridge in Bright Road (1953)
Dorothy Dandridge made history with her role as Carmen in the movie Carmen Jones (1954). It wasn’t just one of the best roles offered to a black actress at the time, it also made Dandridge the first African American nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1954.
Harry Belafonte and Dorothy Dandridge photographed by Charles Williams in an offstage moment from “Carmen Jones”. A very similar shot from this session appeared in the September 30, 1954 issue of Jet magazine. H/T to African Heritage City for sharing this iconic photo.