Francine Everett (April 13, 1915 – May 27, 1999) was an African-American actress and singer who is best known for her performances in race films, independently produced motion pictures with all-black casts that were created exclusively for distribution to cinemas that catered to African American audiences.
Janet Collins, the first Black prima ballerina at The Metropolitan Opera in her dressing room on the night of her debut, November 11, 1951. Ms. Collins, a cousin of Carmen de Lavallade, performed Giuseppe Verdi’s “Aida” that night. She died in 2003 at the age of 86.
Jayne Kennedy - ground-breaking, ahead of her time, consummate professional, the first African American woman to grace the cover of Playboy, the first woman to join the staff of CBS Sports’ “NFL Today,” the first Black Miss Ohio.
Though the Great Gatsby focuses on white primarily upper class flappers, it is important to note that the style and flapper character was not only a white phenomenon. The Harlem Renaissance was booming in the 1920s and African American culture was just as revolutionary as white culture, if not more so in many ways. This website is primarily pictorial but the blurb at the bottom notes the importance of Jazz music (a primarily African American production) in the era.