Anna Karina. 1940-2019.
Danny Aiello. 1933-2019.
After appearing in the video for Madonna’s “Papa Don’t Preach” Danny recorded a response song titled “Papa wants the Best for You.”
René Auberjonois. 1940-2019.
As Christian, Amy, and Declan indicated The Great White Hope is based on the life of Jack Johnson, the first Black heavyweight champion in the US. The PBS documentary Unforgivable Blackness is widely available and worth screening not only for its depiction of Johnson, but its representation of the era. See, for example:
On this date in 1969 Fred Hampton was murdered by Chicago police.
In popular culture, the Kenya Land and Freedom Army (Mau Mau) was transformed into a caricature. This documentary, which is fairly liberal in its political orientation, was considered too shocking to screen and was subsequently marketed as an exploitation film. Numerous racist tropes are in play in these lurid posters.