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Debbie Harry photographed by Allan Tannenbaum …

Debbie Harry photographed by Allan Tannenbaum in New York City on November 27, 1978.

twixnmix: Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X at the …

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Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X at the United Nations on March 4, 1964.

Malcolm X arranged for Ali (then Cassius X) to meet with diplomats from Africa and Asia at the United Nations.

Sports writer Murray Robinson noted in the New York Journal American that Malcolm X intended to “make the heavyweight champion an international political figure.” Malcolm and Ali made plans to tour Africa together. Days later on March 6, Elijah Muhammad gave Cassius the name Muhammad Ali and forbade all members to communicate with Malcolm after he was ostracized from the Nation of Islam.

A few months later in May 1964, Muhammad Ali had a chance meeting in Ghana, with his former friend and mentor Malcolm X but he turned his back on him.

“Turning my back on Malcolm,” wrote Ali in his 2004 autobiography The Soul of a Butterfly, “was one of the mistakes that I regret most in my life. I wish I’d been able to tell Malcolm I was sorry, that he was right about so many things.  But he was killed before I got the chance… Malcolm was the first to discover the truth, that color doesn’t make you a devil. It is the heart, soul, and mind that define a person. Malcolm was a great thinker and an even greater friend. I might never have become a Muslim if it hadn’t been for Malcolm. If I could go back and do it over again, I would never have turned my back on him.” 

(Read more about their relationship in the book Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X)

Keith Haring painting a mural on Houston Str…

Keith Haring painting a mural on Houston Street and Bowery in New York City, 1982.  

(Photos by Martha Cooper)

Mariah Carey and husband Tommy Mottola at Gior…

Mariah Carey and husband Tommy Mottola at Giorgio Armani’s Madison Avenue store opening party in New York City on September 11, 1996.

Keith Haring attends Steve Rubell’s Fune…

Keith Haring attends Steve Rubell’s Funeral Service on July 27, 1989 at Riverside Memorial Chapel in New York City. 

(Photos by Ron Galella)

Diana Ross performing during the second of two…

Diana Ross performing during the second of two nights of her ‘For One and For All’ concert on Central Park’s Great Lawn in New York City on July 22, 1983.

Nas and Kelis during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Wee…

Nas and Kelis during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2004 – Baby Phat – Front Row at Gertrude Tent, Bryant Park in New York City on September 12, 2003.

twixnmix: Happy Birthday Keith Haring! (May 4,…

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Happy Birthday Keith Haring!

(May 4, 1958 – February 16, 1990)

“The public needs art — and it is the responsibility of a ‘self-proclaimed artist’ to realize that the public needs art, and not to make bourgeois art for a few and ignore the masses.”  

 – Keith Haring

twixnmix: Madonna, a former lover of Jean-Mich…

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Madonna, a former lover of Jean-Michel Basquiat tells her story

I am not sure if I met Jean-Michel in an art gallery or a night-club, but in those days you couldn’t tell the difference.

He had the presence of a movie star and I was crazy about him. He carried crumpled wads of money in the pockets of his paint-splattered Armani suits. Money he felt guilty about having. Money he always gave away to less fortunate friends.

I remember Jean-Michel’s tag – Samo- which was accompanied with a little crown and I remember thinking he was a genius. He was. But he wasn’t very comfortable with it.

I remember all the girls were in love with him and one night I looked out of his loft window and saw a girl whose heart he had broken, burning his paintings in a big bonfire. I wanted to stop her and rescue his paintings, but he didn’t seem to mind. He said it was their fate.

I remember him getting up at 3am and sleep-walking to an empty canvas. He stood inches away from it and proceeded to paint the most minuscule figures and what he did was so beautiful and intellectual and I stood watching him with dumbfounded amazement

He was one of the people I was truly envious of. But he didn’t know how good he was and was plagued with insecurities. He used to say he was jealous of me because music is more accessible and it reached more people. He loathed the idea that art was appreciated by an elite group.

When I broke up with him he demanded I give back the paintings he had given me. Not because he didn’t think I deserved them, but because he was obsessed with the idea that I would sell them.

He was so paranoid. of course, I was heart-broken but complied. Now I couldn’t buy one of his paintings if I wanted to.

When I heard that Jean-Michel had died I was not surprised. He was too fragile for this world.

I remember one summer having dinner with Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel at Mr Chow’s and feeling like the luckiest girl in the world to have known him. To have known all of them. Now they’re all gone.

(Source: 

New Straits Times – 2 June 1996)

twixnmix: A decade removed from fame and rece…

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A decade removed from fame and recently out of rehab, a 24-year-old Frankie Lymon shows off dance moves to a cheering crowd from his old neighborhood in Harlem in 1967. Lymon is also pictured shopping for music and chatting with his neighbor Margaret Williams. Frankie and his group once rehearsed in her apartment. Lymon was preparing for a comeback before he relapsed and died from a heroin overdose at the age of 25 on February 27, 1968.