THE LEADING BLACKS

"Today's black leaders, I'm afraid, have become leading blacks. And you don't ever confuse the two. Black leaders are chosen by us...The leading blacks are chosen by the media." —Dr. Julia Hare

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A quietly revolutionary imagineer of mid-20th Century fashion photography and art direction, Lillian Bassman died today, February 14, 2012.

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Don Cornelius
The television and music LEGEND—the first black executive in television to wholly own his brand—died of his a gunshot wound to his head at his home in Encino, California today, Wednesday, February 1, 2012. The case is still under investigation. 
The circumstances of his death, however tragic, don’t belie his triumphs in creating one of the world’s most successful and famous entertainment brands. I like to think he changed the entire scope of the music industry for the better.

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Don Cornelius

The television and music LEGEND—the first black executive in television to wholly own his brand—died of his a gunshot wound to his head at his home in Encino, California today, Wednesday, February 1, 2012. The case is still under investigation. 

The circumstances of his death, however tragic, don’t belie his triumphs in creating one of the world’s most successful and famous entertainment brands. I like to think he changed the entire scope of the music industry for the better.

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Eiko Ishioka

Died Saturday, January 23, 2012 in Tokyo

She not only created stage and video costumes for the likes of Grace Jones and Björk, she did costumes for Jennifer Lopez’s film The Cell, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, The Fall, Immortals, the upcoming Mirror Mirror with Julia Roberts, Closet Land, and for Cirque de Soleil’s Varekai show.

She art directed the album cover for Miles Davis’ “Tutu”, Paul Schader’s film Mishima, as well as an infamous ad campaign for the Japanese department store, Parco.

MAJOR, MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN DESIGN. May she rest in peace.

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R.I.P. SUE MENGERS

Sue Mengers, one of Hollywood’s most influential and colorful agents, died October 15 at her home in Beverly Hills after a series of small strokes.

Her death was first reported by Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter in a blog post at VanityFair.com. Mengers, who claimed to be 78 although some sources list her age as 81, was surrounded by her friends Ali MacGraw, Joanna Poitier and Boaty Boatwright, Carter wrote. 

Mengers, who at her peak in the ‘70s represented such stars as Barbra Streisand, Bob Fosse, Michael Caine, Peter Bogdanovich, Ryan O’Neal and Faye Dunaway, blazed a trail for women agents in Hollywood.

—Hollywood Reporter

Click here to read the obituary by Nikki Finke.

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You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever — because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well-worn path.

Steve Jobs, in his 2005 commencement address at Stanford.

 

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Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.

Steve Jobs (via galaxycrawler)

R.I.P. and THANK YOU to the Ultimate Game-Changer (1955-2011) 

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