This past February, I used a photo of a stamp with the face of Paul Robeson as my “Profile Photo” on Facebook. Although his name is featured on the stamp, a few folks asked me who he was. I had just took it for granted that most people knew him or were aware. Growing up, I can remember seeing documentaries about him and hearing his name mentioned in multiple circles. For years, randomly in a particular setting, one might sing the words “Ol’ man river…” as a means of setting an oppressive tone for the conversation.
Recently, totally impromptu, I had the fortune of attending a Gordon Parks exhibit at Hermes on Madison Avenue with illustrious friends Kellyn, Charlotte and Michael via the invitation of Sir Havelock Nelson. While there, I was blessed with the opportunity to meet the great Geoffrey Holder.