Category: african american

Marvin Gaye and his wife Anna Gordy (elder sis…

Marvin Gaye and his wife Anna Gordy (elder sister of Berry Gordy) pose for portraits in New York City,

June 1963.

Anna was a composer, songwriter and record executive. Born in 1922, she was 17 years older than Marvin, they married in 1963. She was the inspiration for his music like the song “Pride and Joy” and the album

“Here, My Dear.”In 1966, they had a son Marvin Gaye IIIAnna at 44, was unable to have children so she faked the pregnancy in public. In reality the biological mother was Anna’s 17-year-old niece Denise Gordy who conceived the child with 27-year-old Marvin. Anna and Marvin separated in 1972. Devastated, Gaye re-wrote the ballad “Just to Keep You Satisfied.” In 1975, Anna filed for divorce and it was finalized in 1977. In the divorce decree, he agreed to give her a portion of his royalties for his next album, “Here, My Dear.” Anna died in 2014, she was 92.

Ike and Tina Turner performing in 1971.(Phot…

Ike and Tina Turner performing in 1971.


by David Redfern) 

twixnmix: Aretha Franklin with her father, B…


Aretha Franklin with her father,

Bishop C.L. Franklin (1915 – 1984), and her sister, fellow singer

Erma Franklin

(1938 – 2002) in New York, 1971. 

C.L. Franklin served as the pastor of New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit from 1946 to 1979. The church was a commonplace for orgies which Ray Charles described as a “sex circus.” In 1940, while married to his daughter’s mother, Barbara Siggers, C.L. Franklin fathered a daughter named Carl Ellan Kelley (née Jennings) by Mildred Jennings, a 12-year-old girl in his New Salem Baptist Church congregation. Aretha also became pregnant at the age of just 12 in 1954. She gave birth to a baby boy she named Clarence Franklin, after her dad on January 28, 1955. Rumors swirled that her own father was the father of her first child but it was Donald Burk, a guy she knew from school. At the age of 14 on January 22, 1957, Aretha had a second child named Edward Franklin after his father Edward Jordan. In 1979, C.L. was shot during an attempted robbery. He remained in a coma until his death in 1984.

Erma, the oldest of C.L. Franklin’s six children died of throat cancer in 2002.  

(Photos by Anthony Barboza)

twixnmix: Malcolm X with his daughter Qubila…


Malcolm X with his daughter Qubilah Shabazz

in Harlem

on February 20, 1965.  

He was assassinated the next day at the Audubon Ballroom in front of his wife and children.

(Photos by Duilio Pallottelli)

Malcolm X Mugshots Malcolm: As a “leader,” I …

Malcolm X Mugshots

Malcolm: As a “leader,” I could talk over the ABC, CBS, or NBC microphones, at Harvard or at Tuskegee; I could talk with the so-called “middle-class” Negro and with the ghetto blacks (whom all the other leaders just talked about). And because I had been a hustler, I knew better than all whites knew, and better than nearly all of the black “leaders” knew, that actually the most dangerous black man in America was the ghetto hustler.

Why do I say this? The hustler, out there in the ghetto jungles, has less respect for the white power structure than any other Negro in North America. The ghetto hustler is internally restrained by nothing. He has no religion, no concept of morality, no civic responsibility, no fear – nothing. To survive, he is out there constantly preying upon others, probing for any human weakness like a ferret. The ghetto hustler is forever frustrated, restless, and anxious for some “action.” Whatever he undertakes, he commits himself to it fully, absolutely.

What makes the ghetto hustler yet more dangerous is his “glamour” image to the school-dropout youth in the ghetto. These ghetto teenagers see the hell caught by their parents struggling to get somewhere, or see that they have given up struggling in the prejudiced, intolerant white man’s world. The ghetto teenagers make up their own minds they would rather be like the hustlers whom they see dressed “sharp” and flashing money and displaying no respect for anybody or anything. So the ghetto youth become attracted to the hustler worlds of dope, thievery, prostitution, and general crime and immorality.”

― The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Nat King Cole and Sidney Poitier at the 35th A…

Nat King Cole and Sidney Poitier at the 35th Academy Awards on April 8, 1963.

twixnmix: Ike and Tina Turner photographed b…


Ike and Tina Turner photographed by

Jack Robinson in New York

on November 25, 1969.

Natalie Cole photographed by Michael Putland o…

Natalie Cole photographed by Michael Putland on October 23, 1975.

twixnmix: Chaka Khan and Ike Turner (1979) 


Chaka Khan and Ike Turner (1979) 

twixnmix: Malcolm X and Redd Foxx reunited in …


Malcolm X and Redd Foxx reunited in the early 1960′s.

In the early 1940s before converting to The Nation of Islam, Malcolm Little then known as “Detroit Red” became close friends with Jon Sanford aka Redd Foxx then known as “Chicago Red”. They both were sharp dressers and resembled each other with their red hair. They worked at Jimmy’s Chicken Shack in Harlem and hustled the street together. Redd confided to Anthony Major, who ran Redd Foxx Productions in the mid-1980s, that Malcolm was the only person he really trusted. “They used to rob places together and sleep on rooftops together. Redd said he knew Malcolm has his back and trusted him. If Redd was in a fight, he could turn his back and know Malcolm was gonna be in the other side, fighting with him.“

For a while they were partners in crime stealing suits and reselling them, dealing marijuana and other petty crimes. They had a falling out as Malcolm’s criminal activities increased resulting in his 6 year incarceration which led to his rebirth as Malcolm X. 

“Malcolm didn’t have the showbiz talent so he didn’t give a damn what he got into,” Redd said. “He’d take on anything to get some dough. He was a little bit more aggressive, but I’d rather be sleeping with a broad and go somewhere [to a club] and do fifteen minutes of comedy.” (Black and Blue: The Redd Foxx Story)

“We became good buddies in a speakeasy where later on I was a waiter; Chicago Red was the funniest dishwasher on this earth. Now he’s making his living being funny as a nationally known stage and nightclub comedian. I don’t see any reason why old Chicago Red would mind me telling that he is Redd Foxx.“ – Malcolm X (The Autobiography of Malcolm X)