Karen Mulder (@karenmulderfc)
102 y/o Dancer Sees Herself on Film for the First Time
Apr 20, 2015
UPDATE: Alice passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 6th, 2016. She spent the last day of her life in good spirits, enjoying listening to music and having her mail read to her. Thank you to all the thousands of fans who sent in cards, flowers, and art. You truly gave her deep joy and meaning in the last years of her life!
Alice Barker was a chorus line dancer during the Harlem Renaissance of the the 1930s and 40s. She danced at clubs such as The Apollo, Cotton Club, The Zanzibar Club, and on Broadway—with legends including Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. Although she danced in numerous movies, commercials and TV shows, she had never seen any of them, and all of her photographs and memorabilia had been lost over the years.
After years of searching we found three “Soundies” Alice appeared in and were finally able to show them to her — she had never seen herself in motion in her life!
You can learn more about Alice at the little website we’ve set up for her: www.alicebarkernotbaker.com/
All of Alice’s films from this video are collected here: youtu.be/rpg5D0AAA2w
For more info about the dancers of the Harlem Renaissance, we recommend the lovely documentary “Been Rich All My Life” —several of the women in the film danced with Alice back in the day!
A little more about the who’s who here: “We” are friends of Alice who searched for the films and made this video. I’m David Shuff, a volunteer who visits the home with my therapy dog Katie, and have known Alice for 8 years. The woman in the video is Gail Campbell, a recreation therapist (and an amazing one at that!). She never gave up on finding Alice’s films, and uncovered the first piece of the puzzle that lead to us finding them — which was Alicia Thompson; a historian of black female performers who had been looking for Alice for years (her site is forclassicmovieloversonly.trip… and her YouTube channel is “MusicandDancing4Ever”). She told us that Alice was in films called ‘soundies’.
Using that clue I found jazz historian Mark Cantor of jazz-on-film.com and he was able to send us three of Alice’s soundies from his collection. Shortly afterwards Alicia got us a few more films.
This video was filmed on cellphones (and almost as an afterthought!) by my friends Darin Tatum and Tom Hunt.
This is so beautiful…
I don’t really dig the thing in the nose, though. I just don’t.
Les Copains / Fall 2010 / RTW
Model: Fei Fei Sun / Sun Feifei / 孙菲菲
Ordeal in Otherwhere
LARKIN POE – “Black Betty” (Live at JITV HQ in Los Angeles, CA 2017)
Jam In The Van
Sep 22, 2017
Really nice. These girls ROCK!
Oo so very lickable…
Standing Nude with Garden Background, 1913 Amedeo Modigliani (1884–1920)
I’m here for ya, send your note to email@example.com, eh, girls?
I mean hey, I could, I would and I will eat you all day long, don’tcha know.
Photographer: Adam Mont
Wow, such loveliness…
15-Year-Old Angelina Jolie During One Of Her First Photoshoots (Interview)
If you haven’t heard who Angelina Jolie is, you’ve probably lived under a rock for past couple decades (no offense if you did). The famous 43-year-old actress has been gracing our silver screens for more than two decades, causing boys and girls alike celebrity crushes. Though we all know the iconic Jolie looks, not many of us have seen how she has looked in her teens. To unveil this secret, we have decided to share a collection of modeling photos and headshots taken by photographer Harry Langdon almost 30 years ago at one of Jolie’s first photo shoots. She was only a 15 year old at that time, but the photographer didn’t know that. He was told she was 18.
“Normally before I begin a new session I find out more about the background of a new client. My Representative that time, withheld the beautiful girl‘s age from me since they thought if I knew, that might inhibit the way I worked with her. I was told and thought she was 18, and judging from her sensuality, it was a matter of very quickly gaining her trust. Never coming on in any way, because once a photographer crosses that forbidden line, the subject will become inhibited. So Angelina just ‘came on to the camera.’ No restrictions. I just kept my cool and allowed her to perform. Hardly saying any more than “turn right, turn left.” No conversation was necessary.” – Harry told Bored Panda.
Don’t forget to scroll down for beautiful pictures of when Angelina Jolie’s young looks adorned Harry Langdon’s camera.
Angelina Jolie was 15 years old at one of her first photo shoots
This Rare 1894 Photograph Shows a Young Indigenous Woman Smiling at the Viewer
By Megan Cooper on June 9, 2020
In the early age of photography, portraits of people were few and far between, but they had one thing in common: serious faces. Nowadays, you’d expect to see an emotionless face in these old-timey photographs, which is why the recent discovery of an image of a young woman smiling from nearly 130 years ago is really unusual and utterly fascinating. The photograph taken in 1894, which features a Native American girl named O-o-dee of the Kiowa people, was found at an auction in 2019 and is now protected by the Smithsonian Institute. Since its discovery in the George W. Brentz collection, O-o-dee’s bright smile has captivated people around the world via social media. One Redditor comments, “Wow. What a smile can do. Suddenly it looks like this photo was taken a lot more recently.” Another says, “Very cool picture. I think this is the first old picture I’ve seen of someone smiling.”
So why is it that most photos from this era feature straight-faced people? There are many theories as to why people’s faces appear stern and dour in these historic photographs. While the long exposure times for capturing historic photographs did make smiling impractical—imagine holding a smile for more than thirty seconds—it’s not the only reason that our great-grandparents kept their faces neutral. In the late 19th century, the photographic arts took inspiration from portrait painting, so when people sat for photographs they emulated the resolute faces of the portraits they saw.
O-o-dee’s portrait differs from this tradition, and she points a bright smile at the viewer. Her traditional buckskin dress decorated with elk bone honors her indigenous roots, and displays the craftsmanship of the Kiowa tribe. Her smile is truly effervescent. At a quick glance, her portrait would look right at home on any family’s mantle. What makes this photograph even more special is that it documents a person from a group whose stories have long been lost to the historical record. Indigenous women continue to be woefully underrepresented in the historical narrative, and they often have their voices drowned out by those of the more powerful communities around them. Through O-o-dee’s smiling face, we get to see a glimpse into the lives of a group of people who have had so much taken away from them, and yet have continued to persevere.
All images via the National Anthropological Archives at the Smithsonian Institute
And what a cutie!
Samantha Fish Band – ‘Goin Down’
Jun 3, 2012
Samantha Fish performs Goin’ Down as her encore number at Dickie Doo BBQ in Sedalia, Mo., on June 1, 2012. Video by Randy Kirby.
From my dear friend Frank Petrilli just moments ago!
He wanted to know if I had seen this and I hadn’t. Frank rocks.
A beautiful juvenile Queen Conch, photographed by its rescuer, my dear friend Margaret O’Brien.
Art by Little Lis
“We’re not mean, in our town of Halloween.”
Morticia was a childhood megacrush! Lol, still is….
The gorgeous Larissa Bohmhoff
Ella Fitzgerald was not allowed to perform in Hollywood’s most popular nightclub, The Mocambo, because of her race & body size. Marilyn Monroe, who was a big fan, called the owner and explained that if he booked Ella, she would be there every night, which guaranteed huge press coverage. He booked Ella and Marilyn was there, front table, every single night as promised. Ella said, “After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was an unusual woman, a little ahead of her time, and she didn’t even know it.”
— Vanessa Shan