The Black Doll

With the offer Darian Fadeley made to Marilyn Reed, the gift of Ed Fadeley’s kidney to a Black Jazz Artist, the great cultural breakout many have worked for, is etched in stone, in Bronx concrete. The foreigner, Stefan Eins, was able to read between the racist lines, and like a magician, create an Art Movement that destroyed the confines of ‘Imperial Culture’. Stefan has a special relationship with black people that perhaps mimics the worship of the Black Madonnas. When the graffiti artist, Nate Calkins, took over his mother’s home, it looked and felt just like this. Then there was the Native American Period. M had bonded with a great grandson of Quantum Parker, and her home was full of maidens with jet black hair. It was like being in a National Geographic show. Stefan weaves a feather into his long hair.

A Black Madonna or Black Virgin is a statue or painting of Mary in which she is depicted with dark skin, especially those created in Europe in the medieval period or earlier. The Black Madonnas are generally found in Catholic countries. The term refers to a type of Marian statue or painting of mainly medieval origin (12th to 15th centuries), with dark or black features.[1] The statues are mostly wooden but occasionally stone, often painted and up to 75 cm (30 in) tall. They fall into two main groups: free-standing upright figures or seated figures on a throne. The pictures are usually icons which are Byzantine in style, often made in 13th- or 14th-century Italy. There are about 450–500 Black Madonnas in Europe, depending on how they are classified. There are at least 180 Vierges Noires in France, and there are hundreds of non-medieval copies as well. Some are in museums, but most are in churches or shrines and are venerated by devotees. A few are associated with miracles and attract substantial numbers of pilgrims.

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Above is a photo of Marilyn Reed with her half-sister, Shauna, who gave Marilyn the black doll she is holding. Shauna would live with Carlos Moore and help him write ‘Fela – The Bitch of a Life’. Fela was a charismatic African performer who was befriended by the Black Panthers. My daughter’s half-brother was fathered by a Black Panther. He named his son after Malcolm X.

On our third date, Marilyn took me to see the movie ‘Black Orpheus’. My first girlfriend was introducing to me the black culture she was exposed to. This culture would change music in America, forever! The first album I ever bought was a Bo Diddly album. I danced before I went to school, and when I came home. I shop-lifted an album called ‘African Drums’. I choreographed my own moves. I watched the black dancers in High School. I invented dancing without a partner…

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