It appears that the only “prototype” for a Black Woman is that of the one frequently seen on Reality TV Shows. I personally am only entertained by those women, and not “inspired” to emulate them in any way. It has everything to with the fact that my Late Mother was “grace”, personified. My Mom was only ONE example of the Class Black Queen that graced our Earth. Let me introduce to some, and present to others, a few more who will always bear the stamp of Classic Blackness:

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Phylicia Rashad aka “Clair Huxtable” (June 19, 1948-PRESENTLY QUEENING) | American actress, singer and stage director. She is known for her role as Clair Huxtable on the long-running NBC sitcom The Cosby Show (1984–92), which earned her Emmy Award nominations in 1985 and 1986. She was dubbed “The Mother” of the African-American community at the 2010 NAACP Image Awards (Info Source: Wikipedia). Her smile was contagious and as a child watching her on television, I respected her at an early age and wanted to be JUST like her…because she reminded me of my Mother-a classic beauty.

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Lena Horne (June 30, 1917 – May 9, 2010 ETERNALLY QUEENING) | American jazz and pop music singer, dancer, actress, and civil rights activist. Horne’s career spanned over 70 years appearing in film, television, and theater. Horne joined the chorus of the Cotton Club at the age of 16 and became a nightclub performer before moving to Hollywood, where she had small parts in numerous movies, and more substantial parts in the 1943 films Cabin in the Sky and Stormy Weather (Info Source: Wikipedia). At the tender age of five, I cried for my Parents to take me to see her in concert…and they did!

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Diahann Carroll (born Carol Diahann Johnson – July 17, 1935 – PRESENTLY QUEENING) | American television and stage actress and singer known for her performances in some of the earliest major studio films to feature black casts, including Carmen Jones (1954) and Porgy and Bess (1959) as well as on Broadway. Julia (1968) was one of the first series on American television to star a black woman in a nonstereotypical role and was followed by her portrayal of Dominique Deveraux in the primetime soap opera Dynasty over three seasons. She is the recipient of numerous stage and screen nominations and awards, including the Golden Globe Award for “Best Actress In A Television Series” in 1968 (Info Source: Wikipedia). I certainly recall watching Julia as a child, and thinking about how beautiful she was!

Black Women are Queens in their own right, and it’s time that we reflect the legacy that we come from. Glorifying the best of the best, and showing our Daughters what a classy Black Woman looks like, will be the way to keep these women–and countless others–alive and forever in our memories! Let’s take a step toward greatness…and bring back Classic Blackness!