"Portrait of Darth Vader as a Young Hipster." The great James Earl Jones early in his career. I saw him for the first time as boxer Jack Johnson in “The Great White Hope”. The man with the incredible screen voice turned to drama to help him with a speech impediment as a child.
Notable members of The Negro Ensemble Company.
- The women of TNEC. Rosalind Cash (far right), Esther Rolle (3rd from left), Hattie Winston (foreground), Clarice Taylor (far left), and others. February ‘69.
- Hattie Winston.
- Moses Gunn.
- Phylicia Rashad.
- Roxie Roker.
- Clarice Taylor.
- Rosalind Cash.
- Richard Roundtree.
- Al Freeman, Jr.
- Esther Rolle.
THIS is Black history.
Black actors, TAKE NOTE. If you don’t know who these people are, RESEARCH THEM! That’s your homework, lol.
They paved the way for us. Without them and their sacrifices and achievements there would be no space for us to freely create as Black artists.
We stand on their shoulders.
Born on this day: November 30, 1953 - June Pointer of The Pointer Sisters (born June Antoinette Pointer in Oakland, CA). Happy Birthday to this soulful sister on what would have been her 60th birthday.
Born on this day: November 26, 1939 - The legendary Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock in Nutbush, TN). Happy 74th Birthday, Tina!! Much love to this rock & roll and R&B icon!!!