TRENDS, TRAVEL, HISTORY, FILMS AND BOOKS

May 30, 2021

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Trends, Travel, Film, History and Books provide readers with information that might be off the beaten path of their traditional news sources. Whether its innovation, unique travel, classic or new age films and documentaries, looking at history from a different perspective or discovering new and established authors, it brings a fresh look to things that are either old or new again.

MOMENTS IN THE SHADOW OF GREATNESS VOLUME ONE…

Moments in the Shadow of Greatness Volume One is a non-fiction, cultural, motivational, and inspirational book.  It is the first in a series of six books targeted toward young adults and adults ages 18 to 65. 

The book is based on news interviews and other interactions which the author has experienced with personalities and celebrities such as three time former Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali, Former First Lady Michelle Obama, Former U.S. Ambassador Andrew Young, Filmmaker Gordon Parks, Political Activist Jessie Rattley, Former President Barack Obama, and countless other movers and shakers whom have influenced and shaped American society as we now know it.

“The guy who takes a chance, who walks the line between The known and the unknown, who is unafraid of failure, will succeed.” Gordon Roger Alexander Buchanan Parks, Sr. Photographer, Filmmaker, Composer, Writer, Journalist, Poet, Novelist, Activist.
–Gordon Parks

ENJOY THIS BRIEF EXCERPT FROM GORDON PARKS – MOMENTS IN THE SHADOW OF GREATNESS VOLUME ONE…

It was during that interview with Parks that he shared the story of how he became the first black film director in Hollywood. He said, “After I wrote the “Learning Tree” and it became a successful book, several people came toward me to buy it for film. Finally, John Cassavetes, the actor, called me and said: I read the book. I think you should direct it.

I said, John you know there are no black directors in Hollywood and there are not going to be any black directors in Hollywood. And he said, “Well, I think I know a guy just ornery enough to do it.
I don’t like him and he doesn’t like me, but would you come out here the day after tomorrow?” That’s what I did.

I went out to Hollywood, met Kenneth Hyman, who was the head of Warner Brothers Seven Arts at the time, and the man just miraculously said to me: I love your book. We want to do a film. And, he didn’t care about the long- lasting law of discrimination or bigotry. He didn’t pay attention to it. His father owned the studio, and they had the money.
And he said, not only do I want you to direct it, I want you to write the music for it, I want you to write the screenplay and I want you to produce it. It was all over just like that. In fifteen minutes, because a man who had the integrity, lacked the discriminatory practices of his forefathers, and said I’m going to put a black man in here to do his particular book into a film; and that’s what happened.

I was very happy about that. It’s what my whole beginning was about; Trying to open it up for other black people. In fact, when I was doing “Learning Tree” as the first black director in Hollywood, I immediately asked for some other blacks to work with me behind the camera. They told me that would be impossible because no blacks were trained for it. I said let’s try to find some. They might be out there. You can never tell. And so, Kenny Hyman said, OK we’ll try. And we tried. And we had about eight people. Finally, it was more black people behind the camera than in the history of Hollywood.”

It was Parks sincerity, honesty and sense of purpose to uplift others that made him exceptional. I recall him as being humble and generous. The Renaissance man that spawned future generations of visionary artist, directors and producers will be forever remembered by me and the thousands inspired by his legacy.

The Gordon Parks Foundation permanently preserves the work of Gordon Parks, makes it available to the public through exhibitions, books, and electronic media and supports artistic and educational activities that advance what Gordon described as “the common search for a better life and a better world.”
–Gordon Parks Foundation –

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