Black People : The kind of People we Saw on Free Television as Children

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  1. Ankhur

    Ankhur Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    As children these are the people we were exposed to on television

    Albert Einstein
    Eljah Muhammed
    James Brown
    Frank Sinatra
    Bruce Lee
    Ghandi
    Marian Anderson
    Malcolm X
    Elvis Presley
    Leonard Bernstein
    Picasso
    Dr King
    Odetta
    Nina Simone
    Duke Ellington
    The Beatles
    Jack Ruby
    Joseph Bonnano
    Mickey Mantle
    Nat King Cole
    James Baldwin
    Hugh Masekela
    the Jackson five
    Marvin Gaye
    Richard Pryor
    Jomo Kenyatta
    John Kennedy
    Robert MacNamara
    Kruschev
    Peter Sellers
    Mao Tse Tung
    Bulldog Connor
    Milton Burle
    Paul Robeson
    Jackie Gleason
    Fidel Castro
    Perry Como
    Bob Hope
    Mahalia Jackson
    Huey P Newton
    Bob Dylan
    Alan Ginsberg
    Ossie Davis
    Maralyn Monroe
    Olotunji
    Abie Hoffman
    Pete Seager
    Jimmy Hoffa
    Adam Clayton Powell Jr
    Pigmeat Markham
    Errol Garner
    Joe Louis
    Charles Manson
    Richard Burton
    Woody Allen
    Nehru
    Howard Hughes
    Ella Fitzgerald
    Groucho Marx
    Ralph Bunch
    Lerone Bennet
    Toshiro Mifune
    Aretha Franklin
    Sylvester Stewart
    Marlon Brando
    John Glen
    Willie Mays
    Chuck Berry
    Oscar Brown Jr.
    Bobo Brazil
    Stan Getz
    Jimi Hendrix
    Pharoah Sanders
    Judy Garland
    Red Skelton
    Imamu Barracka
    Sarah Vaughn
    Ho Chi Minh
    Barry Goldwater
    Bo Diddley
    Wilt Chamberland
    Eldridge Cleaver
    Ray Charles
    J Edgar Hoover
    Lucille Ball
    Jim Brown
    the Delfonics
    John Birch

    and I look at tv HDTV and cable, and wonder how many of these folks will be remembered, in the next 2 years, let alone the next 20 months
     
  2. Proverbs31Woman

    Proverbs31Woman Be kinder than necessary! MEMBER

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    Wow, you've captured quite a legacy of entertainers, advocacy leaders, talented composers, TV personalities and on and on. It's sad but so true, each generation has grown comfortable with the freedoms and opportunities that each person has attributed to and hasn't made it a priority to keep the torch lit by passing this history to the next generation; maintaining sensitivity and honor to the builders of the foundation that we stand on.

    In part, I believe many families leave the teaching and instruction to the schools and television, which is by far a long stretch. It doesn't help that each generation grows younger and younger, so a vast majority do not know the history that needs to be told. To me, it starts at home, in this way, we aren't dependant on a topsy turvey culture, with our children blowing in the wind with it.
     
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    Peace and Blessings Sister;

    Now if you want to go into education and stuff directly just for us kids;
    1 Sister Charity Bailey with folks songs and muliticultural music.
    once a week
    2 Captain Kangaroo with little skits and things hat emphasized a non culturaly specific morality and ethical values,
    on each day
    3 Mr. Wizard that brought chemistry, phyiscs and electronics to the undersatding of grde school children,
    on each week
    4 Dr John Henrik Clarke's African history series, although geared for the college level, it came on before school time and came on during the series daily on PBS

    Now for a period of over 12 years i have heard jHS, and HS students talk about nothing but fighting,

    but if you notice the list Comedy and Comedians where important

    And specificlay from our community;
    Dick Gregory
    Slappy White
    Godfrey Cambridge
    Stu Gilliam
    Skoey Mitchell
    Nipsey Rustle
    Flip Wilson
    Bill Cosby
    Red Foxx
    Moms Mabley
    Wild man Steve
    Rudy Ray Moore

    and for us children there were shows like;
    Officer Joe Bolton, that presented the 3 Stooges
    Uncle Fred Scott, comedic cartoons WB, Heckel and Jeckyl
    Soup Sales ( wel we know the stories)
    Sandy Becker; comedy skits
    Chuck McCann; comedy skits
    Abbot and Costello
    Dennis the Menace
    Buddy Hackett
    Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis
    the Flintstones
    Tom and Jerry
    and even though the Little Rascals had some very derogatory images
    the Black youth in those shows were seen as the ones with wisdom


    now today the children do not have comedy on television or music,
    even the cartoons only come on at night, and mostly are sick jokes for adults, and the ones that come on at day are pseudo violence from japan with little kids casting spells and making deals with demons and monsters

    so as children and then as teens, yes folks had a fight now and then but just violence for violence sake or fighting for fighting sake was concidered retarded

    and we related to each other via comedy, and slapstick
     
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    Peace to you!

    Yes, very 3 dimensional here and your points on that aspect are true indeed.
     
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