Above are photos of me with Carlos Moore’s son, whose mother is the half-sister of my first girlfriend, Marilyn, who is holding a black doll Carlos was a good friend of Fela Kuti who was seen by the Black Panthers as a African archetype. My friend Bryan McLean played in the band Love, with Arthur Lee, who inspired Jimmy Hendrix. Travis Scott says Fela’s music influenced the waterfall scene. Carlos sold the rights of his book to a producer who went off Broadway with it.
The top photo was taken in Springfield Oregon. When I turned there was a black man standing there watching me. I thought about speaking, but, his look said;
“We all got our stories. Life, is a movie.”
Fela was born Fela Ransome Kuti in Nigeria in 1938; he dropped his given middle name because of its colonial associations. His parents sent him to London for a medical education, but he chose music instead, studying piano, composition and theory at Trinity College of Music.
Fela became an activist after bringing his band to the U.S. in 1969; he met Angela Davis and The Last Poets and learned about Malcom X and other black nationalists.
The cast of “Black Panther” discuss jamming to Fela Kuti on set via USA TODAY.