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Elvis Week in Memphis with notes on Johnny Cash

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This show courtesy of KDTN Blogtalk's Music in Review Radio Show --Was Johnny Cash's first wife black? 
Johnny Cash's first wife, Vivian Liberto, is supposedly Italian on her father's side, but in pictures she appears to have some African origins, which must've been .
No she wasn't black. People from the Mediterranean region such as Italy, or Greece tend to be more dark skinned. If there were any African origins in her family heritage, it would have come to light many many years ago. Italians can go from fair skinned, with blue eyes, and blonde hair, to what is called olive skinned, brown eyes, and jet black hair. If there is any type of African heritage, it would more likely be of Arabic decent, than of black African decent. Which would be much further to the south, for that genetic trait. Many times those of Arabic decent are forgotten geographically as being a part of the African continent. 

Ok I can see where you might get then idea of her heritage from. At the due to the hairstyles it was uncommon for a female of Italian decent to in that period to be mistaken sometimes, as part black, especially in a photograph. Also how makeup was APPLIED could, and still can give the appearance of another racial/ethnic background/heritage.