… a true pioneer for real.

SHORT MONTH SPECIAL #4— Who knew that Marilyn Monroe was down for the struggle?
vintageblackglamour:


This photo,  according to Travilla’s business partner and long-time friend Bill  Sarris, shows Monroe and Travilla with an unidentified African-American  man at the 5-4 Club in South Central Los Angeles in 1952. It has been in  print only a handful of times, and has always appeared cropped, without  the second man.  
The  story of this photo, as Travilla and Bill Sarris tell it, is that he  and Marilyn spent the evening at an almost exclusively black club in Los  Angeles - something that just wasn’t done in 1952. The studio was  outraged, especially after her nude photograph scandal in March of that  year, and the fact that she had just been on the April cover of Life magazine and hailed as ‘The Talk of Hollywood.’ As a result of being  ‘caught on camera,’ they fired Travilla from the film they were working  on. But Marilyn - one of Travilla’s closest friends - stood up and said  ‘If he goes, I go.’ And of course, they let him stay, but they were  successful in keeping this picture out of the press.”
“Marilyn  was ahead of her time in terms of racial equality and civil rights.  Even Ella Fitzgerald credits Marilyn with getting her into some of the  ‘upper-crust’ jazz clubs of the day. She knew how to throw her weight  around and it fits that she would stand up for Travilla. 
“We’re  searching for this mans identity,”  He’s a part of history now that  we’re revealing the photograph in its entirety for the first time.
Please email and let us know if you have any idea who this man was. | http://www.travillatour.com/

Marilyn Monroe got in big trouble with her studio for this photo with William Travilla and a mysterious black man in an exclusive black Los Angeles club in 1952. Do you know who he is? 

SHORT MONTH SPECIAL #4— Who knew that Marilyn Monroe was down for the struggle?

vintageblackglamour:

This photo, according to Travilla’s business partner and long-time friend Bill Sarris, shows Monroe and Travilla with an unidentified African-American man at the 5-4 Club in South Central Los Angeles in 1952. It has been in print only a handful of times, and has always appeared cropped, without the second man.  

The story of this photo, as Travilla and Bill Sarris tell it, is that he and Marilyn spent the evening at an almost exclusively black club in Los Angeles - something that just wasn’t done in 1952. The studio was outraged, especially after her nude photograph scandal in March of that year, and the fact that she had just been on the April cover of Life magazine and hailed as ‘The Talk of Hollywood.’ As a result of being ‘caught on camera,’ they fired Travilla from the film they were working on. But Marilyn - one of Travilla’s closest friends - stood up and said ‘If he goes, I go.’ And of course, they let him stay, but they were successful in keeping this picture out of the press.”

“Marilyn was ahead of her time in terms of racial equality and civil rights. Even Ella Fitzgerald credits Marilyn with getting her into some of the ‘upper-crust’ jazz clubs of the day. She knew how to throw her weight around and it fits that she would stand up for Travilla.

“We’re searching for this mans identity,”  He’s a part of history now that we’re revealing the photograph in its entirety for the first time.

Please email and let us know if you have any idea who this man was. | http://www.travillatour.com/

Marilyn Monroe got in big trouble with her studio for this photo with William Travilla and a mysterious black man in an exclusive black Los Angeles club in 1952. Do you know who he is? 

SHORT MONTH SPECIAL #3: For the icon

… courtesy of the great blog Letters to Dead People

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Gordon Parks

Continuing my month-long series of posts shining a light on some of my favorite Black History Month notables, please check out this great expose on the iconic style of one of America’s greatest artistic treasures, the amazing Gordon Parks.

ALSO: If you’re not hip to the excellent The Selvedge Yard blog, stop drop and roll on over immediately. You won’t be sorry.

SHORT MONTH SPECIAL: Happy BHM, indeed— #1…

So, in order to do a little bit of Black History Month celebratin’, I’m going to be posting some news clips that show some of the lesser known folks who inspire a bit more conversation….

To kick this all off, here’s an interesting news clip about the woman who sued The Wachowski Brothers over the rights to The Matrix… apparently a court agreed that she did indeed write The Matrix (as well as most of The Terminator, too?!?! Damn, homegirl has quite the creative bug, ha) and awarded her a MEGA MEGA loot judgement.

Seems like this happened a while back, but I swear I never heard a peep about this in the media… mmmhmmm.

Just like those ‘One To Grow On’ PSAs nestled between commercial breaks, I’ll be hitting y’all with some other lesser-known news as February goes on!

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