On this day on 1967, the world lost Nina Mae McKinney. Nina made her film debut in the film ‘Hallelujah’ in 1929.
“Hallelujah” was one of the first all black films released by a major studio. Nina made a few more films in the US and the UK, before leaving Hollywood in 1951.
I love and respect this Carolina girl (she was born in Lancaster, SC) for her talent and and unapologetic nature. Today, Nina (aka “Black Garbo”) is known for her glamourous nature and her influence on other actresses of her day. She is forever missed.
“People see me as a strong black figure, and I’m proud of that, but I’m a mix of several races: Hispanic, Chinese, Filipino. My dad was black, and my mom was Cheyenne Indian. So you look at things beyond just race, or even religion: I was raised Catholic, baptized a Methodist, and almost married a Muslim. - Pam Grier