Black in the Day…A Birmingham First

October 30, 1979: On this day the first ever Black person was elected mayor of Birmingham, Alabama. When Birmingham elected me as mayor, it shook up the world,” he said. More than 70 percent of Birmingham black voters turned out to vote to help get Arrington elected for the first time. In his early years as mayor, many of Arrington’s policies were met with resistance ranging from businesses to the Legislature. “It was a real battle, but I was committed. The only reason I was able to stand there and…

The Racist and Rachet History and Present of the WWE

Admittedly, I haven’t been a fan of “wrasslin” since what was known as the “Attitude Era” when the Monday night wars were taking place. This was probably 20 plus years ago and, as a kid, I loved it. The action, the physicality, the pageantry of it all fed my love and addiction of wrasslin non-stop and made it a part of my then everyday life. Then something changed or, more so, I changed. As I grew from a boy to a man, I really started to take notice of my…

Rest In Power: John “Pops” Witherspoon

I was hesitant to write this without confirmation. I didn’t want it to be true… I was holding out hope and waiting for more information before posting because the last thing I wanted to do was announce this and be wrong… But it is true- The Family of John Witherspoon confirmed to Deadline in a statement that: “It is with deepest sorrow that we can confirm our beloved husband and father, John Witherspoon, one of the hardest working men in show business, died today at his home in Sherman Oaks…