Vintage Vamp: Nina Mae McKinney

In 1920s Hollywood, films were silent, flappers were the rage, and the major movie goddesses of the day were white... with one notable exception: Nina Mae McKinney. The outrageously gorgeous, exceedingly talented triple threat set hearts racing as the saucy star of 1929's "Hallelujah!," the first all-Black film musical. On the strength of that scorching-hot performance alone, movie magazines and critics began calling her "Black Garbo..."


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