Category: writer

Actor and comedian Tim Conway (born Thomas D…

Actor and comedian Tim Conway (born Thomas Daniel Conway in Willoughby, OH) – December 15, 1933 – May 14, 2019, RIP

Actor, writer and producer Bob Einstein (bor…

Actor, writer and producer Bob Einstein (born Stewart Robert Einstein in Los Angeles, CA) – November 20, 1942 – January 2, 2019, RIP

Spongebob Squarepants creator Stephen Hillen…

Spongebob Squarepants creator Stephen Hillenburg (born Stephen McDannell Hillenburg in Lawton, OK) – August 21, 1961 – November 26, 2018, RIP

Comic book writer, editor, publisher, produc…

Comic book writer, editor, publisher, producer and icon Stan Lee (born Stanley Martin Lieber in Manhattan, NY) – December 28, 1922 – November 12, 2018, RIP

Orson Welles and Dolores Del Rio photographe…

Orson Welles and Dolores Del Rio photographed by Edward Steichen for Vogue on April 15, 1941.

Comedian Dick Gregory poses for portraits, cri…

Comedian Dick Gregory poses for portraits, crica 1963.

Andy Warhol and Truman Capote for High Times m…

Andy Warhol and Truman Capote for High Times magazine (December 1978)

Warhol wrote about the photo shoot on September 26, 1978:

“[Toni, from High Times] had a Santa costume for me and a little girl outfit for Truman. But Truman wasn’t in the mood to go into drag, he said that he was already dressed like a little boy. Truman was really drunk, hugging around.” 

(Source: The Andy Warhol Diaries)

Harold Jackman photographed by Carl Van Vech…

Harold Jackman photographed by Carl Van Vechten in 1932 and 1940.

Harold Jackman (1901-1961) was a teacher, model, actor, writer, and patron.

Jackman

was a central figure of the Harlem Renaissance.

He encouraged his artistic friends and helped them make connections with those who could further their careers.

His life long interest in documenting African American cultural life resulted in his recreation of what is now the Harold Jackman Countee Cullen Memorial Collection located at Robert Woodruff Library in Atlanta. Jackman was born in London to a West Indian mother and an unidentified father.

He attended the prestigious DeWitt Clinton High School, a predominately white, all boys school

in New York. In 1918, at school he met the man who would soon become known as Harlem’s first poet laureate, Countee Cullen. Jackman earned a B. A. from New York University and eventually received a Masters from Columbia University.  He was active in many organizations like the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the Urban League and the Negro Actors Guild, where he served on the executive board. For 30 years, Jackman taught social studies in the New York public school system. He loved to travel and became sexually involved with the writer, Edouard Roditi, in France.

Jackman’s diaries and collections are now considered some of the most important resources for writers and historians.

Andy Warhol with Taylor Mead holding an earl…

Andy Warhol with Taylor Mead holding an early “Flowers” canvas in Queens, New York, 1964 

Photos by William John Kennedy

American novelist Ernest Hemingway presents Fidel Castro with…

American novelist Ernest Hemingway presents Fidel Castro with a trophy after he won the individual championship in The Ernest Hemingway International Billfishing Tournament on May 15, 1960. Castro caught five fish weighing 286 pounds to take the crown.