January 25, 1896 - November 1, 1927


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Black Santa


See Florence's personal Christmas greetings to the world

Also for Christmas shopping, think about Florence Mills children's books
Harlem's Little Blackbird

Written by Renee Watson Illustrated by Christian Robinson

Baby Flo

Subtitle: Florence Mills Lights up the Stage
Highly recommended! A beautiful book with delightful illustrations.

Both new children's books are complementary, as Baby Flo ( deals with Florence's early childhood, while Harlem's Little Blackbird covers her later years
Both would be  excellent presents for a young niece or nephew or  grandchild


Musical feature

Continuing the theme of the forthcoming Broadway revival, another of Florence's Shuffle Along hits:

This one is the great Eubie Blake playing his own composition:  

I'm Just Wild About Harry

Available on Biograph CD BCD 112 DDD


          Florence Mills: Month by Month
        1911    Teenage star of School Days in Darktown (Olympia Theatre, Brooklyn) produced by Cecil 
                  Mack of "Charleston" fame

        1916    With Panama Trio, and Alberta Hunter, at Panama Cafe
        1920    With the Tennessee Ten, and Bert Lahr, in highly successful production Folly Town 

           1921    In Shuffle Along  NAACP benefit performance at Lafayette Theatre
        1923    Entertains inmates at Sing Sing prison
        1924    Makes test recording at Victor Studios; alas, voice too soft for equipment
        1925    Contributes to fund for Garland Anderson, promising young black playwright
    1926    Makes sensational appearance at London Grand Charleston Ball

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 If any of you Florence Mills fans are  interested in chess you may like to check out my other book
See: The Doeberl Cup: Fifty Years of Australian Chess History