Black fact of the Day Nov 30th
- Feel Free To Forward:November 30, 1912 Gordon Roger Alexander Buchannan Parks was a groundbreaking Black photographer, musician, poet, novelist, journalist, activist and film director. He is best remembered for his photo essays for Life Magazine (in which he was the first Black to work for the Magazine) and as the director of the 1971 film "Shaft" (He was also the first Black to director a full featured film "The Learning Tree" for a major filming company).My Ode to Mr. ParksGordon Parks...His name will forever stain the pages of life,both in our heartsas well as the magazine...His books,whether poetry or novelwill continue to appear on the desks of literary art studentsall over the world...FIRST BLACK THIS.FIRST BLACK THAT.AWARDS OUT OF THIS WORLD!Gordon Parks,was ground breaker,kicking in doors in the fashion worldonly weeks after picking up his FIRST camera...double exposing every shot but one on the rolls,but Gordon kept shooting for his goals,lived with his camera to his nose...CLICK-CLICK FLASHCLICK-CLICK FLASH& DAMN that brother could write!composing a note for every photo,to help bring them to life...like trees in Kansas that young black boys learned fromscreen play: shocked the world& still they wanted more...Gordon Parkspassed at 93left no unturned stonesbrought Flavio back home& was the greatest that ever did itlike the cover shot of Muhammad & X & King & Me...Mr. Parks shot me in the heartlong before I ever knew his work was his work,leaving meangeredthenhonoredat the comparison of ours& it hurt...to hear his last shutter-shutto see his last flash-flashthen the umpteen emailsthen the numerous phone calls& I thank all of y'allbut rest assure,that just like there will always be a mic open enough to allow y'all to spit onthrough his arts: photography, drawings, paintings, films & memories...Mr. Gordon Parks, will live on...& I'll make sure of it!...As if y'all couldn't have guessed that THIS would've been the fact of the day(smile)...LOVE YOU GORDON!Stay BuildingStay BalancedKN2
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