On Easter Sunday 1948, recently divorced jazz pianist, crooner, and legend in the making, Nat “King” Cole married singer Maria Hawkins Ellington. The Coles were married in Harlem's Abyssinian Baptist Church by Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
Zelda Wynn Valdes was the first black female fashion designer to own her own boutique. Her famous, figure hugging silhouette was worn by stars such as Dorothy Dandridge, Josephine Baker, Ella Fitzgerald, Joyce Bryant, Maria Cole, Edna Robinson and later superstars like Gladys Knight and opera diva Jessye Norman. She also designed dresses for legendary figures like Marlene Dietrich and Mae West.