Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson and Shirley Temple, 1940s.Shirley Temple and Bill Robinson were the first inter-racial couple to dance on screen together. D.W Griffith could be quoted as saying;
“There is nothing, absolutely nothing, calculated to raise the gooseflesh on the back of an audience more than that of a white girl in relation to Negroes.”
After being introduced to each other in 1935, in the pre-production of The Little Colonel, Shirley would hold Robinson’s hand as they walked around the studio, her innocent view of the world held no prejudice towards him. She called him ‘Uncle Billy’ and he called her ‘Darlin’.
As they held hands when they danced together, Uncle Billy would squeeze her hand three times to remind her difficult steps were coming up. If he gave her hand one long squeeze, it meant that she was ‘doing really good’. Shirley recalled that the smile on her face was never acting in those dance scenes, she was ecstatic when they danced.
According to a newspaper article, Billy’s apartment was free of photographs, apart from one of himself and Shirley in a silver frame, and miniature of Shirley in a blue bonnet.
When they practiced together in Palm Springs for Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, she asked him which cottage he was staying in and he told her he was staying in the annex above the drugstore. She protested, saying it was a place only for the chauffeurs, and he told her not to worry because his own chauffeur was staying there with him.
After their last on-screen dance in Just Around the Corner (1938), Shirley lost contact with Robinson. She wanted to visit him in Harlem, when she visited New York in the months following the production, but it never materialized. He was the only guest missing from her wedding, but wrote a letter to the groom, stating;
“You ever hurt this Girl, I’ll come and cut you!”
When Shirley gave birth to her first child, Linda Susan, Uncle Billy phoned her up and asked to be the God-father. He sent the child a tiny ermine coat and told Shirley that he wished to live long enough to teach Susan to dance.Shirley and Bill met up in Los Angeles in 1949, he had hit upon hard times once his career had finished. Several days later she learnt that he had died penniless in Harlem, but crowds of 30,000 people lined the streets to pay tribute to him. It was in fact the same year that Shirley’s career in Hollywood finished, and as she writes in her book;“Our entertainment careers were finishing just as out duets always had, in good time and in step.”
A final, interesting statement she makes is during the time she fell dangerously ill after having a caesarean section, 3 after years after the death of Uncle Billy. In hospital, drifting in and out of consciousness, she envisioned his face on the ceiling, he told her to “… come on up, Darlin’. It’s fine up here.”
A 2500 year old mummy that had some amazing tattoos.
NO FUCKING WAY.
YO HOLD ON.
IT GETS BETTER.
This mummy, found in the Altai mountains of Siberia, is actually that of a young woman who died at about the age of twenty-five; she is thought to have been a member of the Pazyryk tribe.
She was buried with six horses and two similarly-tattooed men (the horned griffon that decorates her shoulder also appears on the man buried closest to her, covering most of his right side), possibly escorts. She was also wearing a horse-hair wig, silk, and elaborate boots, which is all a level of ceremony that would have likely only been accorded to a woman of high rank. You didn’t get inked like this unless you were very important, and had worked your way up to that importance.
…Hence, of course, the references to her by researchers as ‘The Ukok Princess,’ although due to the lack of weapons in her grave they have concluded that the woman was in fact a healer or a storyteller.
And now I’m all consumed with curiosity: Who was she? What amazing things did she accomplish? Why these symbols, and what did they mean? Who were the two men alongside her?
The most informative article about it can be found here, although I would completely eat up any other information you guys could find.
The Pazyryk burials are INCREDIBLE, no lie.