belle-ayitian:

7th Annual ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon

  • Kerry Washington in Calvin Klein
  • Lupita Nyong’o in Giambattista Valli
  • Naomie Harris in Wes Gordon
  • Nicole Beharie in Suno
  • Danai Gurira in Reem Acra
  • Michael Ealy
  • Tika Sumpter in Bibhu
  • Brandy Norwood in Elana Reva
  • Gugu Mbatha-Raw in Vivienne Westwood
  • Tamera Mowry in Victoria Beckham
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Belle (2014) dir. Amma Asante

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How can I be too high of rank to dine with the servants, but too low of rank to dine with my own family?

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you break every rule when it matters enough

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pawntakesqueen:

Belle featurette from Fox Searchlight Pictures

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"My greatest misfortune would be to marry into a family who would carry me as their shame as I have been required to carry my own mother. Her apparent crime to be born negro and mine to be the evidence. Since I wish to deny her no more than I wish to deny myself you will pardon me for wanting a husband who feels ‘forgiveness’ of my bloodline is both unnecessary and without grace."

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feminhistory:

Oil on canvas, previously attributed to Johann Zoffany, 1779;

Dido Elizabeth Belle is depicted here with her cousin Elizabeth Murray. This painting scandalised many of it’s 18th century audience due to its portrayal of Belle, a woman of colour, in a non-subservient position. Considered to be one of the first paintings to do so, it was probably commissioned by Belle’s father Admiral Sir John Lindsay in the late 1770’s. 

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My greatest misfortune would be to marry into a family who would carry me as their shame.”

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Portrait of a Young Woman, Jean-Etienne Liotard 

Girl with a Pearl Earring, Johannes Vermeer 

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Just as in life, we are no better in paintings.

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