Lost Black History
Blue Vein SocietyBy Don ValentineVanessa Williams could be the marque image for the “Blue Vein Society.”In the late 1800’s, after emancipation, Blacks evolved into another skin caste era. During slavery the lighter skin Blacks were considered smarter and more reliable. The first Black fraternity (Alpha Phi Alpha 1906) and the first Black sorority (Alpha Kappa Alpha 1908) were very stringent on this rule for joining. Kappa Alpha Psi (1911), Omega Psi Phi (1911) and Delta Sigma Theta (1913) to name a few of the branches of the Black Greek tree. Terms such as “he/she has good hair” or “light, bright, nearly white.” These are all progenies of the plantation caste that created the “Blue Vein Society.”thewestsidegazette.com
Vanessa Williams on Miss America apology, "The Good Wife"
In 1983, Vanessa Williams made history as the first black person to be crowned Miss America. But she was forced to resign when nude photos of her were made public. She soon took back control of her career as a Grammy-nominated singer and an actress on the big screen. Williams joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss her Sunday debut on CBS’ “The Good Wife,” the public Miss America apology and her husband, Jim Skrip.cbsnews.com