Joyce Bryant, The Black Marilyn Monroe, The Most Famous Woman I Never Heard Of

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Bronze skin, donned with signature platinum hair and a golden voice, Joyce Bryant apparently tore up the scene in the 1950's.  Unlike her counterparts Dorothy Dandridge, Eartha Kitt, Diahann Carroll, all highlighted on 50 SHADES OF BLACK, Joyce Bryant is not a household name.

I must say that I only learned of her today after scrolling through the blog posts of this tumblr user who recently starting following me on tumblr.  I saw the above image and thought to myself, "Who's this?  Looks like one of the classic Josephine Baker poses, but that's not Josephine!"

Joyce Bryant Jet Magazine 1955 Cover

Joyce Bryant Jet Magazine 1955 Cover

Read this entire 1955 Issue of Jet Magazine with Joyce Bryant on the cover.  Listen to music and learn more in this quick, but well linked article about Bryant at MadameNoire.

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Posted on July 19, 2012 and filed under blog.