June/July/Aug 2009

TV Time in Negroland

In the '50s, on the rare occasions black performers appeared on TV, African-American families gathered to watch and to judge.

Margo Jefferson

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Margo Jefferson is the author of On Michael Jackson (Pantheon, 2006).


May 29, 2009
10:21 am

This was wonderful. Are you familiar with David Hajdu's "Lush Life," a biography of Billy Strayhorn? He mentored Lena Horne. Staryhorn was something else.


May 29, 2009
2:51 pm

Yes, Lush Life is a wonderful book! He so gets the aura, the music, all of it.


June 16, 2009
1:24 am

In this vivid evocation of an era and a family, precise description does the work of psychological revelation and sociological scene setting. Jefferson's world comes fully, boldly alive, and we are with her around the TV, watching the world curl at the edges and the stuck layers begin to peel away. Jefferson's smart, fearless brain is the new skin behind the curtain.

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