Flashback Friday: Orson Welles & The “Voodoo MacBeth”.
(Image Source: Inverse) It’s mind boggling to me, but back in the 1930s, during the height of the Great Depression, the federal government paid a then-unknown, and very young Orson Welles…September 1, 2017
Flashback Friday: Dick Gregory, John Lennon, and “Imagine”.
John Lennon, Yoko Ono and Dick Gregory. (Image Source: Yoko Ono’s Twitter account) Dick Gregory, comedian, entertainer, and civil rights activist, died last Saturday, August 19th, at the age of 84.…August 25, 2017
Flashback Friday: Eldridge Cleaver- From Panther to PTL.
Kathleen and Eldridge Cleaver in the early 1970s. (Image Source) I’m currently reading “PTL:”The Rise and Fall of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker’s Evangelical Empire” by John Wigger. Spoiler alert: my next…August 18, 2017
Flashback Friday: The Summer of Love.
(Image Source) The Summer of 1967 was something. Newark had riots. So did Detroit (there’s currently a major motion picture about part of that out in theatres right now). Yet… away from…August 11, 2017
Flashback Friday: The oh-so Noble Mr. Johnson.
Noble Johnson (Image Source) A few months back, I shared the story of Madame Sul-Te-Wan, the Black actress who got her big Hollywood start in “The Birth of a Nation” in…August 4, 2017
Flashback Friday: That time Flip Wilson and Bobby Darin had prayer with Elvis at the Sahara in Vegas.
Clockwise from top right, Elvis Presley, Bobby Darin, and Flip Wilson. (Google Images) According to Kevin Cook’s “Flip: The Inside Story of TV’s First Black Superstar”, a biography of comedian Flip…July 28, 2017
Flashback Friday: The Newark Riots.
(Image Source: NJ.com) I heard the story countless times growing up. My grandmother had warned my grandfather they shouldn’t go into Newark that Sunday in July of 1967. Not *that* Sunday.…July 21, 2017
Flashback Friday: The 1977 NYC Blackout.
(Image Source) Forty years ago yesterday, New York City, which supposedly never sleeps, went dark. And then, went mad. From Time: The blackout that hit New York on… July 13, in…July 14, 2017
Flashback Friday: Princess Diana visits AIDS patients.
Princess Diana was photographed in April 1987 shaking hands, sans gloves, with an AIDS patient, demonstrating that the disease could not be transmitted via casual contact. (Getty Images/ Source) Next month…July 7, 2017
Flashback Friday: When Sammy Davis Jr. got devilish.
(Image Source: Vice) Last week in the Anton La Vey post, I mentioned how Sammy Davis Jr. became a member of The Church of Satan for a while. This struck me…June 16, 2017
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