Actress Esther Rolle (1920-1998) trying on a dress the Joseph Magnin store in Beverly Hills in 1974. Best known as Florida Evans on “Good Times,” Ms. Rolle was born to Bahamian immigrant parents in Pompano Beach, Florida, the 10th of 18 children. Inspired by two of her sisters who were also actresses (Rosanna Carter and Estelle Evans, who appeared in “To Kill a Mockingbird”) she moved to New York when she was 18 years old to begin a career in writing before she was talked into acting. She was also a dancer and performed with the Asadata Dafora troupe for twelve years before becoming a founding member of the Negro Ensemble Company. She also attended several colleges, most notably Spelman, and was a member of Zeta Phi Beta sorority. When asked about portraying a variety of maids throughout her career, Ms. Rolle told People magazine in 1990, “I’m glad to take on the role of a domestic because many of your black leaders, your educators, your professionals came from domestic parents who made sacrifices to see that their children didn’t go through what they did. But, I don’t play Hollywood maids, the hee-hee kind of people who are so in love with their madam’s children they have no time for their own.” Ms. Rolle was particularly concerned about black images and Hollywood and she was not shy about speaking up. She left her most famous role on “Good Times” in protest to what she thought was the increasing buffoonery of the J.J. character. She told People in that same 1990 interview, “I told the producers, ‘I did not agree to do a clown show for you to degrade young black men. I ruffle a lot of feathers. And I’m also selective—that makes you a troublemaker. But so be it. I laid a cornerstone for black actors, and that makes me happy.” Photo: Isaac Sutton from the Ted Williams and Ebony Collection at Art.com.
my ex texted me today “you can delete my number i don’t care anymore”
and i replied “who is this”
Boss level ether
|—||Kim McMillen (via awakenedvibrations)|
And we got this other thing that’s been working for a long time where you don’t have to be racist anymore, it’s called self-hate. It works on itself it’s like real estate of racism. Where, just like that, when someone comes up and says something like “I am a god”, everybody says, “who does he think he is?” I just told you who I thought I was! A god! I just told you, that’s who I think I am. Would it have been better if I called a song that said “I am a nigga”? Or if I had a song that said “I am a gangster”? Or if I had a song that song “I am a pimp”? All those colors and petinas fit better on a person like me right? But to say you are a god? Especially when you got shipped over to the country you’re in and your last name is a slave owners’. How could you say that? How could have that mentality?
This is what I always have said….especially after Kanye’s Bush & Taylor Swift incidents…America HATES a confident black man or black woman. America is like: After all the SHIT and terror we’ve put you through…WHO THE FUCK are you to be so confident and in love with yourself…People are mad a niggaz spirit has not been broken yet. Oppressors are amazed at the fact that after all the shit they’ve put people through that we can still smile, and laugh, and believe and KNOW we are divine. And that makes them angry and hate themselves as well…because they cannot find that spirit in themselves. So they project it on the oppressed and the vicious cycle continues.
prince playing Father’s Song with piano in the dark on the stage
killin the game!