Deep from the Hanna-Barbera vault, looks like there were some plans for re-coloring the neighborhood of our favorite stoned-aged family in Bedrock. Fred and Barney, meet your new neighbors, meet The Blackstones.
For Immediate Release
February 17, 2009
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
AND THE VICE PRESIDENT
AT SIGNING OF THE AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
12:50 P.M. MST
Investment Aspects of Black History Collecting
Black History is Now an Industry and is Becoming a Big Business:
What African Americans have said, done, produced and been through is now the focus of an ownership explosion. An increasing number of people want to do more than just hear about it, read about it or argue about it – they want to own it and accumulate it. Like it or not, various types of Black history and culture is being sought after, bought, sold and collected on a scale that was unimaginable 10 years ago.
This is one of the most important and significant times in Black History. To celebrate the election of a Black man as the 44th President of the United States, as well as the many achievements of Black Americans, I have selected a few of my favorite historical figures from the Museum collection to profile.
Elvis was a hero to most
But he never meant shit to me you see
Straight up racist that sucker was
Simple and plain
Mother fuck him and John Wayne
Cause I’m Black and I’m proud
I’m ready and hyped plus I’m amped
Most of my heroes don’t appear on no stamps…"
With the number of new Black Broadway shows that have opened in the past few years, like The Color Purple, there has been much written about the increase in Black attendance on Broadway. However, Blacks have been acting, writing, scoring and attending Broadway shows since the late 1800’s, so it’s not a new phenomenon. Here is a chronological history of the Great White Way in Black from 1896 – Present.
I find it ironic that today you see very few Blacks featured in advertising, but at the turn of the last century Black faces were used to sell everything from chemicals to oysters. Everyone is familiar with Aunt Jemima (Pancakes and Syrup), Rastus (Cream of Wheat) and Uncle Ben (Rice), but there were many who preceded and followed this famous trio of Black pitch people.