Ask and ye shall receive

I scrolled through this thread and tried to catch everyone’s “dream Negress.” :)


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    Wouldn’t you rather have some of this, instead?


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    Jewish Steel says:

    Ah, yes. The 1976 hit by Gary Wright.

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    mclaren says:

    Meyers at Pharyngula already roasted that idiot into a charcoal briquette. To their credit, Psychology Today seems to have pulled the offending blog post. A little late, but better than nothing.

    Even so…why does this clown still have a blog at Psychology Today? He should be gone. Toast. History. No mas.

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    wmd says:

    Thanks for including your lovely and talented self.

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    @Joey Maloney: I should have known better than to click.

    And, you forgot The Queen.

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    Jewish Steel says:

    @Joey Maloney: Is she wearing a red dress with a gold star pendant?

    You know who else wore red with gold stars?

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    Martin says:

    No Beyonce up there? For shame… And how about Salli Richardson-Whitfield? Dad is white, but we’ve got a geek audience here to cater to.

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    R. Johnston says:

    Where’s Josephine Baker?

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    KG says:

    this might be my favorite blog post in the history of the blogosphere.

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    BR says:

    Know who you forgot? Naomie Harris.

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    Cat Lady says:

    That picture of FLOTUS – just wow. Barack FTW.

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    piratedan says:

    ty ABL, commenting as just another dude, admiration of the feminine form has never been about color of skin, its kind of like the relationship between beauty and art, I know it when I see it. When I was footloose and fancy free, I didn’t limit myself to only one shelf of the candy store when there was so much to experience. I should also add the disclaimer that not all beauty is evidenced at surface level, but for some of my gender, that lesson takes time to learn and understand (certainly true in my case).

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    sidereal says:

    In order of increasing hotness, obviously

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    Baron Jrod of Keeblershire says:

    Now now, what are you going to believe, a very serious and objective study or your lying eyes?

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    Uriel says:

    Oh yeah? So where’s…

    Oh, there’s Gabrielle Union and Aisha Tyler.

    Ok, guess I’m good with this.

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    I like women. Period.

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    General Stuck says:

    Can’t believe I forgot Lisa Bonet in the prior thread. And the massive crush I had on her once upon a time. Haven’t seen or heard from her in quite a while though.

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    sherifffruitfly says:

    Isn’t Olivia Wilde 1/2 black? I know she’s all kinds of MOTHERFUCKINGAWESOMEHOTSAUCE.

    Jessica Alba too?

    Or is this only for all-black hotties?

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    As soon as I saw the pictures, I was going to post “where is ABL?”

    Then I got to the end.

    Foiled again.

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    Ripley says:

    Saldana, Keys, Grier, Obama, wow. All is forgiven, ABL. I may even owe you change.


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    Uriel says:

    Wait wait wait- where’s Bianca Lawson? You gonna tell me Kendra the Vampire Slayer didn’t make the cut?!

    Man, this photo essay is bullshit! I’m out of here!

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    Joseph Nobles says:

    Is it wrong that I’m hearing “Dream Negress” set to the tune of “Dreamweaver”?

    No, it’s wrong to share it and get everybody hooked on it, right? Sorry… :D

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    Uriel says:

    @Chuck Butcher:

    I like women. Period.

    While l usually try to avoid the typical, vacuous internet high diving that seems to be so common now-a-days-

    Pretty much this.

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    Felanius Kootea (formerly Salt and freshly ground black people) says:

    @sherifffruitfly: I think Jessica Alba’s dad is Mexican-American. A number of the women pictured are biracial (Lisa Bonet, Halle Berry, Alicia Keys, Thandie Newton: part Zimbabwean, part British, Sade: part Nigerian, part British).

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    Warren Terra says:

    Glancing at her Wikipedia page, I don’t see any evidence that Wilde has any recent African heritage. Sadly, I did discover that she’s a Cockburn, the daughter of Andrew Cockburn. To be fair, I only really know the work of her uncle Alexander Cockburn (his brothers do sometimes work with him, but are perhaps more mainstream), but that’s one asshole no-one should have to be connected with, let alone related to. Her own politics aren’t as obviously repugnant as her uncle’s, at least according to her Wikipedia page.

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    Brother Shotgun of Sweet Reason says:

    @piratedan: Or, as Slothrop said (Gravity’s Rainbow): It’s the age range and figure envelope.

    Which I’ve discovered to be highly variable as my own personal age range and figure envelope have changed over the years.

    Wait! I just saw #20 above. Pam Grier was in there? I’ll have to go look through them again.

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    DPirate says:

    My Dream Negress

    Those gap teeth are so hot!

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    Warren Terra says:

    But such a grim, poorly lighted, badly composed picture of ABL. That pic belongs on an employee ID card. The other, happier pictures she’s posted would have fit so much better.

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    Brad Hanon says:

    More fool I for starting off the let’s-objectify-black-women game, and also for not mentioning the incomparable Hazel Scott. First black woman to have her own TV show, got smeared as a communist for unusually stupid reasons, played piano like the Devil on fire, and (god forgive me) had a truly epic rack. I’m kinda shallow deep down, okay?

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    bago says:

    Some people might say that timing is everything.

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    ABL says:

    @Martin: she’s in there with destiny’s childrenses.

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    bryanD says:

    You left *OUT* Mannix’s secretary.

    You left *IN* Michelle Obama.

    (And where is the Huxtable’s elder white daughter? She was hot. But *odd* casting!)

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    bago says:

    @Joseph Nobles: Some of us hear the word Dreamweaver and have html nightmares.

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    piratedan says:

    @Brother Shotgun of Sweet Reason: aye I grew up watching beautiful ladies like Diahann Carroll and Denise Nichols on my TV as a young lad and simply thought they were beautiful, period. We all have folks who sport beauty that speak to our inner ideal, I do believe that ideal is color blind or at least mine is.

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    patrick II says:


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    RadioOne says:

    but how does this post address the (O’Reilly) factors complicating Newt Gingrich’s electability as President?

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    ABL says:

    i think i’ve been blinded by pam grier’s rack. yowza!

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    Ruckus says:

    @Chuck Butcher:

    I like women as well.
    Not all of them mind you but the one’s I don’t like are never because of looks or race. Some of them I have to know a while before I know I don’t like them, some give me clues right away. But they all get the benefit of the doubt. It’s not a perfect system of course but over the years it has shown me that the most important organ for desirability is,

    the brain.

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    Cat Lady says:

    Tamron Hall Also, too.

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    @piratedan: Shorter piratedan: tits or gtfo!

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    bumper says:

    my DH suggests tyra banks

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    Uriel says:

    @Brad Hanon: Noting the fact that someone is very pretty (or even crazy gorgeous) =! objectifying. Just thought I’d throw that in there.

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    patrick II says:

    @Warren Terra:

    Olivia made this video for move on, so I think it is fair to agree that her own politics are not as repugnant as her uncle’s.

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    @ABL: I’m snickering like crazy over “destiny’s childrenses”.

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    Ruckus says:

    I believe that’s not the first time she’s used that for the same effect.

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    JordanRules says:


    A few shout-outs:
    Melissa Harris Perry (formerly Lacewell)
    Viola Davis
    Coretta Scott King
    Janet Jackson
    Camille Cosby
    My 2 little sisters :)

    Mrs. O is killin em.

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    ruemara says:

    Whoa. I think I will dream of lovely black women all night long. Thanks ABL. Especially for Nichelle Nicols who I adore.

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    I can find out I don’t like a person, I’m fairly cautious about what’s available but I start out with the assumption of good.

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    piratedan says:

    @Joey Maloney: pics or it didn’t happen

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    johnsmith1882 says:

    Uh, Josephine Baker? And Beyonce should have her own, more recent pic. She looks better with age and with a few more pounds on her. But I’m nitpicking. Nice job, ABL. Theorhetically, this doesn’t even sound like something that was necessary to do in order to debunk that article, like, all you have to do is read the headline and know that that’s a bunch of shit. But now that you did, and a picture tells a thousand words and all that, it really shows just how fucking retarded the article is.

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    @Fucen Pneumatic Fuck Wrench Tarmal:
    OK, I’m stupid – I don’t get it.

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    Ruckus says:

    And these are some of the famous ladies that we all see. What about the unsung beautiful black women out there? How do we celebrate them?

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    Kane says:

    Nothing is more appealing or attractive in a person than their being comfortabl­e in their own skin.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Chuck Butcher:
    That was my long winded way of saying the same thing.

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    ABL says:

    @johnsmith1882: i did it just for fun, not to prove a point. :)

    on my old pop culture blog, we used to have a “Daily Bale” (b/c I don’t even know why anymore. It just became a running joke.) Long story short, one of the reasons I keep paying the annual fee to maintain that blog is because every so often I like to scroll through that category… pantsless.

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    piratedan says:

    @Ruckus: how about by trashing that asshat’s reputation for publishing such an odious piece of shit in a respected magazine and calling the publication for task for allowing such twaddle to be associated with them?

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    ABL says:

    @JordanRules: Melissa is up there!

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    Splitting Image says:

    @Joseph Nobles:

    Is it wrong that I’m hearing “Dream Negress” set to the tune of “Dreamweaver”?

    I was thinking “The Dream Police” by Cheap Trick.

    The Dream Negress, she lives inside of my head
    The Dream Negress, she comes to me in my bed
    The Dream Negress, she’s coming to arrest me, oh no

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    @ABL: it stares right back at you too, eh?

    i think i’ve been blinded by pam grier’s rack. yowza!

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    I don’t think I have enough superlatives at my disposal to express how awesome this is.

    Also, too: Blinded by Pam Grier’s rack. Also. Most certainly.

    Also, too, too: I am, myself, particularly fond of the vision of lovliness in the lower right corner.

    Also, too, too, too: I very much hope someone lets M. Harris Perry know what company she’s keeping…. #justsayin’

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    Mereswin says:

    Great post ABL and I’m glad you added my former employer IMAN and a tribute to my black mother.

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    @Chuck Butcher:

    proving definitively, you are a better man than me.

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    JGabriel says:

    Thirding or fourthing Josephine Baker. That’s a massive lacuna in this list.

    Also, seconding Naomie Harris.

    So glad to see Thandie and Kandyse here — just looking at them makes me melt inside.


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    Ruckus says:

    That’s a start. And is necessary even if it didn’t have the effect in question.

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    @piratedan: For good or ill, it wasn’t the publication, per se, it was the publication’s blog, where bloggers post without a single editor getting so much as a glance at it first. As a former reporter/current blogger, I suspected as much, and that was confirmed for me in a Twitter conversation with a different Psychology Today writer, Mikhail Lyubansky, who spent yesterday tearing into Mr. Black-Ladies-Are-Ugly.

    Editors are kind of important, it turns out.

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    fortygeek says:

    No Queen Latifah? Her rendition of “When You’re Good to Mama” in the remake of Chicago keeps my spine tingly for hours.

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    JordanRules says:

    @piratedan: Thats a damn good start.

    @ABL: Yasss! I knew I was gonna miss one. scrolls back up to admire more

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    Ruckus says:

    @Emily L. Hauser/ellaesther:
    Do you think anything will come of it from the publication side?

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    Arclite says:

    Last row, far right: HOT.

    Who is she? I want to check her IMDB page, and also google image to see if there are any bikini pics…

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    priscianus jr says:

    Here’s mine.
    And man, was she talented.
    What a tragedy.

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    piratedan says:

    @Emily L. Hauser/ellaesther: ty Emily, it just implies that anyone can come in and crap all over their reputation with some misbegotten piece of tripe like that, not exactly a shining moment for them.

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    JGabriel says:

    Emily L. Hauser/ellaesther:

    Editors are kind of important, it turns out.

    Especially for racially insensitive writers with no sense of appropriateness.


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    Comrade Mary says:

    @bago: I am living that nightmare right now. GAH!

    Good God, I haven’t heard the word “Negress” since the mid-70s when I read some paperback written in the late 60s. It feels a bit PT Barnum-y to me, like “This way to the Negress.” [cue panting hordes of BJ commenters]

    Some awfully gorgeous women in that collection, and even more that I see every day just walking down the street in Toronto.

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    Ruckus says:

    Not sure why but this post brings to mind one of my favorite songs.

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    @Fucen Pneumatic Fuck Wrench Tarmal:

    you are a better man than me.

    Nope, 23 yrs ago (a couple days ago in fact) I was a drunk and measured everybody by my assholishness – don’t want to continue on that road then everything associated with it has to change including how others are measured. The best I can claim is to no longer be that particular asshole. Me and halos don’t get along.

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    Maybe it’s the voice…Maybe it’s the way the woman wears a dress…But I find Sharon Jones a dead-sexy femme d’un certain age.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    Um, can I give Mae Jemison a shout out here? First African-American woman in space? And a babe? With BRAINS!

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    Comrade Mary says:

    Oh, and let me add one more gorgeous woman to the list: Marsha Hunt. More.

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    unsung beautiful black women out there? How do we celebrate them?/blockquote>

    I could link to a political friend of mine but this smart, charming, pretty woman is fairly recently married and that would be inappropriate. I will say that while she doesn’t quite fit the media mold on display here she is exactly as I’ve represented and as a male her company was flattering to have. Yes, I was faithfully married then and now.

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    eemom says:

    ok then. Problem solved. Next time there’s an issue with white men acting like racist assholes we know what to do — tickle their dicks. Damn, it’s so OBVIOUS.

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    aliasofwestgate says:

    How about Janelle Monae? NeoSoul concept albums. Brains, beauty and song. Amazing combo, at least for music geeks like me. :D

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    @Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again):
    shoot, as my early teens come roaring back in my mind…

    I was that young once, huh.

    The Standells, great stuff.

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    Yutsano says:

    :: checks every caption very carefully ::

    WTF? No Jennifer Hudson? I DEMAND A RECOUNT!!

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    jheartney says:

    No Freema Agyeman? [/geek]

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    Groucho48 says:

    Melissa Harris Perry. Got to say, I’m madly in love with her. Even watched the Ed Show tonight though I can’t stand Ed, because she was on.

    Great looking, smart as a whip, smile to die for and a good sense of humor. Who could ask for anything more?

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    Ruckus says:

    @Chuck Butcher: @Chuck Butcher:

    The hardest thing for some of us to figure out is that we make the world around us better or worse by how we view and treat it and the other people in it, not how they view and treat us.
    To paraphrase JFK don’t ask what the world can do for you, ask what you can do for the world.

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    Ruckus says:

    Is it just me or did you miss the point once again?

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    @Chuck Butcher:

    shoot, as my early teens come roaring back in my mind…

    Hah! That angle didn’t even cross my mind.

    What year did that come out? ’66? I might have been 1-year old. Wasn’t familiar with the song (I first heard Dirty Water when I was…12?) until Minor Threat did it in the mid-’80s.

    Not to keep making you feel older, but I was born the morning after this happened.

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    Yutsano says:

    RE: Pam Grier:

    That’s not a rack. That’s death by jubley.

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    Church Lady says:

    The only one I’m not on board with are the Williams sisters. I’ve always thought they look like men in drag. Must be the huge muscles……

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    @Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again):

    morning after this happened.

    I was a fan before that happened. OK, 1953 just so you can quit working on me and my decrepitude.

    I can remember stopping at the soda fountain and rockin’ out to the Standells and feeling … rebellious. Yes, a soda fountain and candy store. Marion, Ohio.

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    Ruckus says:

    I’ll second or whatever on the Queen.

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    @Chuck Butcher:

    I wasn’t trying to pull anything out of you. Really. ;)

    BTW: My long-distance squeeze was born in ’54. Neither of you are old. Closer to my parents’ age than mine (’45 and ’46- they had me young), but not even close to old.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Ruckus: Beautiful and a lesbyterian. I am definitely down with that.

    EDIT: Where is Bnut? This thread is tailor-made for him. Damn Dawgs are never around when you want em. FSM bless em.

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    @Chuck Butcher:
    Dammit, since I have publicly relive my childhood – I want to make something clear, I owe Marion Co and Clark Co Ohio a tremendous debt for a fine Primary Education. If you bother to get around Ohio is an astonishingly pretty place rife with history.

    It breaks my heart to watch what is being done to that place by retarded politicians. It broke my heart to watch blatant greed gut the economic base. I watched all that from a distance – it became “Rustbelt” after I was gone.

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    @Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again):
    Oh hell, just funnin’ around. Really, thanks for that blast, I haven’t heard that in a long time.

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    eemom says:


    what point did I miss? That black women are attractive? That wasn’t a point I needed to see proved.

    OTOH, if there IS a point to this “Miss Negress America” contest in the context of the recent ugliness on this blog — yes, I guess I did miss it.

    Do I need to just “lighten up,” and not take this race stuff so seriously? That it?

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    @Yutsano: You can’t be, but I sure can.

    Thanks, S, P&T, for embedding the heartbreakingly beautiful Queen in this post.

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    James says:

    Whenever I see footage of Ronnie Spector and Aretha Franklin I drool like I was in the middle of a haldol vacation. Some very beautiful women…

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    Do I need to just “lighten up,” and not take this race stuff so seriously? That it?

    One of the problems with anything to do with bigotry is that bigots will piggyback on valid issues. People frequently get tied into knots trying to figure out where a stance is coming from and being tied in knots get it wrong – either direction and there ensues a dust up.

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    ABL says:

    @eemom: i put the post up in fun. who doesn’t like looking at pictures of hot people, yeah?
    @Joseph Nobles: i found myself humming “dream negress” as i was cleaning the kitchen. THANKSALOTDOOD!!!

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    Yutsano says:


    i found myself humming “dream negress” as i was cleaning the kitchen.

    I already see the problem. And it has nothing to do with the song.

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    Fortunately I don’t often suffer from earworms, though I am currently having a bit of difficulty with “Dirty Water” thanks to Temporarily Max.

    I am not currently cleaning anything.

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    When do the pictures of hot black men start?

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    Yevgraf (fka Michael) says:

    Queen Latifah is all that and a bag of chips.

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    snaporaz says:

    “One of these pictures does not belong…”

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    Lysana says:

    @Sarah Proud and Tall:

    When do the pictures of hot black men start?

    This. My bisexuality demands equal time! And I start the list with my boyfriend. And Barack Obama.

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    Nate Dawg says:

    part of me hates in when people have racial “hangups” in their sexual attraction, but part of me understands it, i suppose. I’m not into girls, after all, and it’s not because I don’t enjoy their company.

    I guess the polite thing to do is keep it to yourself, if your sexual attraction is so limited, and maybe a little self-examination as to why you’re unattracted to a giant swathe of your own species.

    Me, I like every race. Except mark-larks. They’re just fugly.

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    stuckinred says:

    All this blabber and no Cassandra Wilson? Fucking losers.

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    @Comrade Mary:

    Good God, I haven’t heard the word “Negress” since the mid-70s

    There’s an episode of Star Trek where someone sees Uhura and says, “Ah, a Nubian maid!” and her character’s line is “Sorry, neither!”

    I was a pre-teen when TOS was in first-run. It was something like twenty years later when I saw that in a rerun for the umpty-umpth time and finally got the joke.

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    Deuce MacInaugh says:

    I was always partial to Gina Torres, myself.

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    isildur says:

    This is… an odd post. I don’t know whether to appreciate the post or cringe at the privileged care-posting in the thread.

    Oh well; since there seems to be plenty of privilege to go around:

    I just realized, in thinking back, that every woman I’ve dated has been a different ethnicity. The odd thing about that is that I didn’t actually notice this over twenty years of dating, serious relationships, and finally marriage.


    (to remain on topic: that includes a black girl who was substantially hotter than at least half women pictured in the post.)

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    pixelpusher says:

    What about double threat singer/TV star Brandy Norwood? Or can anyone top Billboard and carry a hit show for six seasons?

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    Splitting Image says:

    @Sarah Proud and Tall:

    When do the pictures of hot black men start?

    I’ll go with James Earl Jones and Sam Cooke.

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    bjacques says:

    I’ll always love Thandie Newton for her appearance on the Graham Norton Show in 2008, because I love a sense of humor):

    (in case the content’s blocked, it’s a clip from the show. Ms. Newton’s promoting Oliver Stone’s “W,” wherein she plays Condoleezza Rice, and Ricky Gervais, of “The Office,” “Extras” and other fine shows, is promoting, well something. Graham Norton had downloaded a script for a, er, blue movie featuring “Serah” (absolutely not Palin!)and others. He hands Ms. Newton and Mr. Gervais a few pages and has them read a scene as “Serah” and “Business Partner”…)

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    harlana says:

    @R. Johnston: My first reaction also! Where’s Josephine?

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @Joey Maloney:

    There’s an episode of Star Trek where someone sees Uhura and says, “Ah, a Nubian maid!” and her character’s line is “Sorry, neither!”

    Uhura’s cooler than that — what a psychotropically-altered Sulu actually calls her is Fair maiden’, to which she snaps “Sorry, neither!”

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    harlana says:

    @Anne Laurie: LOVE her! How about liplock with Captain Kirk. Shocking! (it was at the time, of course, which made it such a great moment in teevee history)

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    gnomedad says:


    No Freema Agyeman? [/geek]

    Yes, please!!

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    harlana says:

    @isildur: what is “privileged care posting”? just wondering

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    Eyeballs says:

    How dare you leave out Big Mama Thornton … ?

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    Cuppa Cabana says:

    This post would make Robert De Niro plotz.

    (But without Naomie Harris my dream is wanting.)

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    LGRooney says:

    To each his own, and all that, but where are the afros? Plenty of beauties with natural hair out there.

    And, no room for Mary J. Blige or Gladys Knight?!! WTF!

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    biff diggerence says:

    Where is Spike Lee’s sister, Joie?

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    Luci says:

    Ohhhh… ABL… YOU are our “dream Negress!” We are way lucky to have you here, and I hope all things go well for and with you!

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    Digital Amish says:

    I hope I’m not being too crude when I note, that over the years, I’ve learned that my dick is pretty much color blind.

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    grumpy realist says:

    add Leontyne Price and Grace Bumbry to the list. Oh, and another vote for Josephine Baker.

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    LGRooney says:

    @Digital Amish: At least one head of yours functions normally, then.

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    CynDee says:

    @Joey Maloney: You rat! You should be charged with brain assault.

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    Comrade Javamanphil says:

    Just adding another “hell yeah” for Queen Latifah. Carry on.

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    CynDee says:

    ABL, glad to SEE ya!

    So glad to see Theresa Harris in here. We recently saw her in Babyface, with Barbara Stanwyck. Now we are looking for all of Theresa’s films. What an artist. When she’s in a scene I can’t take my eyes off her to look at anyone else.

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    WereBear says:

    Queen Latifah rules.

    Speaking of which, what about Oprah? I always thought she was lovely.

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    long ago says:

    Search YouTube for “Dandridge Chatanooga”, and fall in love.

    Little Dorothy is so scrumptiously adorable in that number (I.e. dancing and singing in “The Chatanooga Choo-Choo”) that I just want to eat her up, parasol and all.

    (Not to mention that the Nicholas Brothers were just epic dancers themselves).

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    Tim F. says:

    Needs more Gina Torres.

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    Barbara says:

    They all look terrific. As a female I am not sure if my opinion counts, but I especially love Lena Horne, Debbie Allen and Iman. You can see Iman from time to time on the Home Shopping Network, and she comes across as personable and down to earth. I didn’t realize that she used to be married to an NBA professional before becoming Mrs. David Bowie.

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    gogol's wife says:


    She just pops off the screen, doesn’t she? TCM is showing “Cat People” and “Curse of the Cat People” this week, and she’s in both of them.

    To the post, I will quote David Niven in “Guns of Navarone”: Q.E.D.

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    DKF says:

    I searched your pulchritudinous array in vain for an image of Diahann Carroll, with whom I became utterly smitten as a 12-year-old small town white boy in Upstate NY watching her in Julia so many years ago. What a goddess!

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    Teemu says:

    Needs more Janet Jackson.

    Anyway, that samba dancer photo is taken in Helsinki Samba Carnaval (Finland), of asian girl. I know, she’s a friend, and I’m playing in the drum band following her. I don’t know if she qualifies to this category. :) But I’d say let everyone google their own favourite (tip: search words rainha+bateria)

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    mr. whipple says:

    Made my morning! Schwing!

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    Egpt Steve says:

    Wow, I used to watch Pam Grier on “Miami Vice” but somehow I never noticed she was so immensely talented. No wonder Tubbs was so hot for her.

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    rikryah says:

    Black is beautiful.

    smooches ABL.

    thank you.

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    gogol's wife says:


    Correction: above I said that Theresa Harris is in “Curse of the Cat People,” but she isn’t (she is in “Cat People”). The other Val Lewton film she’s in is “I Walked with a Zombie” (a fabulous film despite the title, like all Lewton films).

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    Morbo says:

    No mention yet of Lenora Crichlow? We can’t have that.

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    tomvox1 says:

    All gorgeous, although I have to admit to some seriously get-down-get-funky thoughts whenever I see Pam Grier–tough, sexy, cool and va-va-voom! Time for a Foxy Brown retrospective!

    I do think that Beyonce is probably the sexiest woman on the planet currently, so that will hopefully be corrected in future editions of this delightful exercise. I might also add Gloria Hendry from Live and Let Die–3-foot ‘fro and a bod from Greek sculpture, not to mention breaking a Bond Girl color barrier. ;)

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    Brian R. says:

    Great list. But you need to add Nina Simone.

    And you forgot to provide an image of eeyoremom’s whining in the last thread.

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    Ash Can says:

    I just want to say that this post and thread givez me a happy. :)

    ETA: And we mustn’t leave Kathleen Battle out of this discussion. She’s fabulous.

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    Paul in KY says:

    FWIW, Joesphine Baker was a WW II hero & is a member of the French Legion of Honour. Gorgeous woman, too. As are all the ladies :-)

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    RossInDetroit says:

    I’ll see your India Arie and raise you Angelique Kidjo in a zebra print bodysuit. And a great voice too.

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    celticdragonchick says:


    Agree :)

    Thanks, ABL!

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    Tone in DC says:

    I’ll second Freema Agyeman.
    I’ll time travel with her at any point in human history.

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    tweedster says:

    Angela Bassett???? Hello?

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    shortstop says:

    Could Melissa Harris-Perry be any more adorable? Once the third baseman confessed that he fantasized about her talking dirty to him with that luscious mini-lisp. I could hardly fail to see his point.

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    Arclite says:

    How many keyboards need to be wiped off after this thread?

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    Ghanima Atreides says:

    Did i miss my two favorites?
    this lady.
    Michelle Obama is a great lady and a great beauty.

    she walks in beauty like the night
    of cloudless climes and starry skies
    all that is best of dark and bright
    meet in her aspect and her eyes

    and nicki minaj
    my personal heroine and the greatest grrlstyle rapstah evah

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    @Ruckus: I am going to guess that yes, because they really do have a reputation, and a fairly important kind of reputation, to uphold. But I’m also going to guess that it will be milque-toast and likely too-little-too-late (it’s already too late).

    @piratedan: Absolutely, and I have a feeling that in addition to what I said to Ruckus, they implement some policy or other intended to make it harder for someone to do that — but if it doesn’t involve the expense parts of publishing like editors and peer review, it won’t really help. (Though of course, I’m saying that about something that is only imaginary at this point. Don’t try this at home! Etc).

    @JGabriel: For that what you really need is an editor in your head. Which the gentleman in question appears to be lacking.

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    @RossInDetroit: That is quite a fashion statement!

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    Alex says:

    Goodness, no one has mentioned Rihanna? What is wrong with everyone?

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    R-Jud says:

    @Cuppa Cabana:

    This post would make Robert De Niro plotz.

    Roger Ebert also, too.

    The toddler was just sitting here with me, pointing to the faces on the screen and saying “Pretty, pretty, pretty…”

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    Paul in KY says:

    @Ghanima Atreides: That’s a pretty sedate Nicki Minaj photo. Was she going to a funeral?

    Cudlip ;-)

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    jibeaux says:

    Also, too, Lauryn Hill. Just remembered her.

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    jibeaux says:

    Jada Pinkett Smith.

    GAH! There’s too many.

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    R-Jud says:

    Also, too, your compendium needs MOAR TRACK & FIELD, ABL:

    The late, lamented FloJo (and her fingernails).

    Jackie Joyner-Kersee, shown here with her hardware. I watched her long jump at the 1987 (I think) Penn Relays, and my Dad took me down later to get her autograph. She was lovely.

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    Lawnguylander says:

    “Used to have a crush on Dawn from En Vogue*.”

    All of them, really.

    *Not En Vogue, but Dawn in a Lucy Pearl video. Sue me.

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    ChrisB says:

    Sorry if someone mentioned this before but where’s Geraldine?

    You know, from the Flip Wilson Show?

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    Paul in KY says:

    @R-Jud: I met Evelyn Ashford once. She had legs right up to here! Very pretty lady.

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    Ghanima Atreides says:

    @Paul in KY: i was pandering to the crowd here.
    full frontal Nicki would kill some of them.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @Ghanima Atreides: Don’t know if you saw it, but I gave mad props to you for your “Paul’s Colallary’ to your Libertarian theory back in that thread from last Friday. Loved the writeup.

    I have achieved immortality ;-)

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    Slowbama says:

    Seconded on Stacey Dash.

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    spark says:

    Williams Sisters FTW.

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    fraught says:

    About thirty-five years ago I was walking down Broadway in NY and as I passed the Palace Theater I saw Lena Horne and Sidney Poitier standing outside having a smoke during intermission. They were a couple at the time. Seeing them together, I suddenly realized that the whole concept of who was beautiful was going to be changing and would be tipping away from the white race forever. I’ve never seen two such beautiful people in my life. I’m surprised there is still argument on this.

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    jibeaux says:

    Erykah Badu.

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    utterdregs says:

    Where, oh where is Gina Torres?

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    trollhattan says:

    @Chuck Butcher:

    There ya go. As to the post, thanks! I shall now have some coffee and consider I’ve extended my lifespan in two ways this young morning.

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    Peter VE says:

    I (middle aged, middle class guy of mostly European descent) used to not find African American women attractive. I wasn’t racist, not me. They just weren’t attractive. Then we adopted a girl with some African heritage (maybe half??). Suddenly, a lot of African American women looked far more beautiful. To put it crudely, once I had skin in the game, I changed.

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    patrick says:

    no Tyra? what about the gals from En Vogue?

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    CWD says:

    Janelle Monae
    Talented singer, songwriter and dancer. From what I have seen of her perfomances (video only, never live unfortunately) the lady is all class and no fear. She is also as hot as a thousand suns.

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    Damn…too many beauties all at once. Can’t choose…it’s not fair!!

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    Juicetard (FKA Liberty60) says:

    As someone who is neither black nor female, I don’t have much comment other than if black women are supposedly so much less attractive, why is it that white men from Thomas Jefferson to DSK can’t seem to keep their hands off them?

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    Monala says:

    @tweedster: OMG, yes! I watched the trailer for “Jumping the Broom,” and all I could think was how stunning Angela Bassett is. She stands out in a movie filled with beautiful black women, and she’s in her 50’s!

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    dug says:

    I may need a few minutes before I can stand up now.

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    Binky the Bear says:

    Michelle Obama?
    Venus and Serena?
    3/4 of the WNBA?
    Condoleeza Rice? Very genteel.
    Jennifer Hudson, before and after?

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    jake the snake says:

    The following story may or may not be offensive. It is certainly sexist. In my defense, It occurred in 1968, and I was 17.
    The story begins at an amusement park, where, while riding
    the roller coaster (The Wild Mouse), I heard a redneck asshole yell at the top of his lungs, “2, 4, 6, 8, I don’t wanna integrate.” I assume he was offended by the presence on black people in the park, or was just a racist asshole.
    Shortly after that, I was watching the tonight show where
    one of the guests was actress Judy Pace. The first thought
    that popped into my mind was: 2, 4, 6, 8, I want to miscegenate.

    Also, a few years later I developed a crush on this young woman.

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    billy rae valentine says:

    @Cat Lady: indeed. i’ve never seen Michelle looking better than that white house correspondence dinner.

    i’d take her in that pic over Jackie O any day.

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    @Chuck Butcher: hellz yeah.
    I’d like to put all those women in a swimming pool and dive in like Scrooge McDuck.

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    ABL says:

    josephine baker and nina simone were clear lapses on my part. i mostly went through last night’s thread and jotted down the names people had thrown out (which is why i added the picture of myself, ahem), and then spent about five minutes googling names on my own. honestly, once i got to that photo of phylicia rashad, i was DED.

    i simply love the look on her face. it’s classic huxtable face, and reminded me of my favorite cosby show moment when she goes off on elvin:

    “”And if you don’t get it together, and drop these macho attitudes, you are nevah gonna have anybody bringing you anything, anywhere, any place, any time, EVAH!!!”

    there are tons of women i left out. it was just supposed to be a fun post. we can still have fun around here, right?

    i hope so.


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    gil mann says:

    What, I gotta go find my own pictures of Spinderella? I don’t expect the FPers here to pander directly to me, but this… this is pushing it. Real good.

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    SLKRR says:

    This post = Win.

    I humbly contribute Taís Araújo, the first black woman to star in a leading role on a Brazilian telenovela.

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    blahblahblah says:

    Billie Holiday

    Billie Holiday

    Billie Holiday

    Billie Holiday

    Did I mention Billie Holiday?

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    Tuttle says:

    Ovid once said “At night there is no such thing as an ugly woman.” and Christian Dior once said “There is no such thing as an ugly woman, just ones who do not know how to make themselves attractive.”

    They’re both wrong because, as the Russian proverb has it, there should be no modifier: “There is no such thing as an ugly woman.”


    As for an entry… How ’bout Kia Ling? Reminds me of another old saw; “Skin without freckles is like a sky without stars.”

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    Mike B says:

    Who’s that babe in that last photo? Yowza!


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    Citizen_X says:

    Do they have to be real? ‘Cause, just for fun, I’ll go with Lana Kane.

    Who is, of course, voiced by Aisha Tyler: third row up from the bottom and, as Mr Sheen would put it, sha-mokin’.

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    Mike B says:

    I think there needs to be a poster version of this in the Balloon Juice store.

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    Howlin Wolfe says:

    @R. Johnston: That’s what I was wondering: where’s La Baker?

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    Howlin Wolfe says:

    @Sarah Proud and Tall: Care to identify her?

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    Howlin Wolfe says:

    I know what they look like, so I know they’d be great additions to this list: May J. Blige and Erikah Badu.
    Ivy Anderson, who sang for Duke Ellington in the ’30s, was also HAWT. My HTML skills are terrible, so I can’t insert picturs of them in comments. :-(

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    Sad_Dem says:

    Ah, Thandie Newton. She passes the Ferrari test. It goes like this:

    TN: Honey, I’m sorry, but I crashed your Ferarri.
    SD: What?!? OMG, are you OK?

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    DaddyJ says:

    I’d like to nominate Treme‘s Khandi Alexander, me.

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    Brian R. says:


    Is it just me or did you miss the point once again?

    Again? Every time.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @gogol’s wife:

    I have the whole Val Lewton box set. Love. Them.

    I Walked with a Zombie is absolutely astonishing for 1943 when it comes to race, especially when you look at the movies that, say, Preston Sturges was making at the same time, which have scenes that will make you cringe in embarrassment (Ale and Quail Club, I’m looking at you). Just the subtext that slavery was a horrible crime that hangs over the entire island is huge for the time.

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